Neiman Marcus: Art of Fashion Spring 2014

Spring break is coming! Today a fellow Mom and I are going to buy musical instruments for the children to play on while on school break. We are also hoping to find the best student alto sax for her teenage son who is always keen to learn new things. While waiting, I pass the time shopping online and checked some spring inspiration from luxury department store Neiman Marcus.

They recently announced Andreas Sjödin as the photographer of The Art of Fashion for Spring 2014. The campaign includes twenty-six images of innovative fashion and will appear in the March edition of the Neiman Marcus publication, the book. Versions will also run in the March issues of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Incredible! Neiman Marcus Spring/Summer 2014 campaign is shot by famous Swedish photographer Andreas Sjodin

Sjödin was raised in the suburbs of Stockholm. He spent his first 10 years working as an art director on ad campaigns for international fashion companies. “During that time, I got to work with all the important photographers, the most important being [Richard] Avedon,” he says. “Working with him, I realized, Wow, there is an even better job in this industry than art director and that is being a photographer! The energy and passion he had, even at 75, was like a child. I wanted to be like that.”

“Andreas Sjödin isn’t interested in just beauty,” says Eddie Nunns, Vice President of Neiman Marcus Brand Creative. “Each photograph must contain an element of surprise – something that will captivate the viewer.” Other notable photographers of The Art of Fashion campaign have included Richard Avedon, Arthur Elgort, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Lillian Bassman and Paolo Roversi.

The Art of Fashion was a revolutionary step for a retailer, as the campaign was designed to feature cutting-edge fashion and provocative photography. Designer merchandise featured for Spring 2014 includes: Akris, Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaïa, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Jil Sander, Lanvin Paris, Manolo Blahnik, Mary Katrantzou, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, Peter Pilotto, Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren Collection, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, The Row, Tom Ford and Valentino.

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Raffiné Beauty Salon Celebrates Art Dubai

Raffine Beauty Salon has collaborated with Dubai-based Canadian artist Michelle Angle Jenkins to mark the upcoming Art Dubai 2014. Recently launched in Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Raffiné Beauty Salon will interpret Michelle Angela Jenkins work titled JOY, into nail art. Working closely with Michelle, Raffine’s nail artists have created artwork to celebrate the art season allowing art lovers an opportunity to wear art throughout March and April and view some of Michelle Angela Jenkins artwork at the salon.

A graduate from the University of Toronto’s Teachers College (OISE), Canadian Artist Michelle Angela Jenkins lives and works in Dubai. She has exhibited her works in over seven countries, including Dubai where she has showcased at several locations over the years. Art has been a focus and passion for Michelle throughout her studies and as an undergraduate at the University of Windsor, she had the opportunity to use different mediums such as metals and clay however painting with acrylic has proven to be her preferred medium. The collaboration with Raffine Beauty Salon is the first for Michelle – the translation of her artwork into nail art is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy her art.

“ This is an exciting project for me; I have never had an opportunity to work with nail artists. Unraveling the emotional of my creation onto this form of art piece is incredible. Working with the Raffine artist allowed me to understand the challenge of small space like the nail. The experience of inviting someone into the interpretation of my work was very personal. From your hand to my heart may we continue to connect our dreams and cultures through art” said Michelle Angela Jenkins.

“The Dubai art scene is thriving and as the Art Dubai is celebrated we wanted to bring this new age idea of interpreting art of artist into nail art. Our nail artist has been working closely with Michelle to ensure that every emotion and true passion is reflected on the final product. This is a great opportunity for art lovers to wear art and we are looking forward to welcoming them to Raffine” said Cheryl Vaughn, Director of Raffiné

Throughout March and April, visit Raffine Beauty Salon, Sofitel Palm Jumeirah, to view Michelle Angela Jenkins’ exhibition and have your own personal nail art done to celebrate Art Dubai. For booking call 044556636.

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The Constance Mauritian Easter Getaway

Constance Hotels and Resorts is offering a perfect spring getaway. Whether it is a family break for Easter or a last minute romantic holiday, the Constance Mauritian Easter Getaway is the spring offer perfectly designed to cater to everyone’s taste and preferences.

The Constance Mauritian Easter Getaway package includes complimentary airport transfer, refreshing welcome cocktail, 30 min Jet lag massage to leave guests feeling invigorated and refreshed upon the arrival. Accommodation will be facing translucent lagoons for an ultimate bliss. Before Easter Sunday Dinner, guests will be taken on a special journey of wine and chocolate tasting for a memorable experience.

Constance Mauritian Easter Getaway is also an ideal option to anyone travelling with children. Special and exciting activities have been organized to keep the little ones entertained – from Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Eggs from the Easter Bunny, Pancake party, Chocolates truffle cooking session, Easter Crafts workshop and an Easter Banana Trip. All these activities will definitely make every child’s stay an unforgettable experience and relaxing for their parents.

Both Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice are available to book for the Mauritian Easter Getaway between18 to 28 April 2014.

Constance Le Prince Maurice is a 5* resort and part of the Constance Ultimate Hotels collection, as well as one of the Leading Hotels of the World.

At Le Prince Maurice stunning architectural design meets relaxed luxury creating a deluxe paradise. With the Sisley spa and Spa de Constance, exceptional international cuisine created by our chefs from around the world and two 18-hole championship golf courses, Constance Le Prince Maurice indeed offers an ultimate experience.

Constance Belle Mare Plage is a 5* family friendly resorts and part of Constance Unique Hotel Collection.

The Resort runs alongside a perfect 2km white sand beach and is set amidst 37 acres of beautiful tropical gardens. It is offering 5 styles of accommodation from contemporary suites with ocean view to family villas complete with private garden, pool and butler service. There are 7 restaurants serving island and international cuisine, and 5 bars offering beachside vibe complete with traditional ukulele music to sophisticated cocktail lounge.

For those searching for activities there is a superb choice of sports including first class diving centre and free, unlimited use of two 18-hole championship golf courses. Constance Belle Mare Plage is also home to Spa de Constance and Shiseido Spa for the total body and mind rejuvenation.

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