BOUCHERON STARTS ITS YEARLONG CELEBRATION
WITH A GALA EVENING
Boucheron, the jeweler of sensual desire, held a unique gala to launch its 150th anniversary celebrations in majestic style.
To the delight of its guests, the jeweler invited them to the preview of its ephemeral “COLLECTIONS PARTICULIERES, PARIS” exhibition, set up in a private mansion in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, followed by an intimate dinner at the Petit Palais.
Boucheron was able to reveal, to this handful of privileged individuals, its hugely original exhibition: “COLLECTIONS PARTICULIERES, PARIS”, a display of the latest masterpieces from the “Enchanting Boucheron” High
Jewelry collection, set alongside some of the most highly sought after and admired contemporary art works of the moment. The guests were able to enjoy a preview visit of the nine Galleries comprising this precious Jewel Case, and to discover at the very heart of the exhibition the Treasure Room, the proud home to the seven anniversary jewel sets created by the jeweler. In this ephemeral installation, the unique creations of the House of Boucheron stood side-by-side with masterpieces by some of the greatest contemporary artists - Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Martial Raysse, Kristin Baker, Maurizio Cattelan, Richard Prince, Liza Lou, Paul Fryer and Rodolphe Von Gombergh.
The atmosphere was warm and hushed when Boucheron's guests sat down to enjoy their meal at the Petit Palais. Extraordinarily refined decoration highlighted by bouquets of flowers composed by famous Parisian florist Eric Chauvin, gentle music and exquisite dishes were waiting for the 150 guests who had come to celebrate the jeweler's anniversary. Boucheron had called upon the assistance of world renowned chef Yannick Alleno, one of only a few chefs to have been granted 3 stars by the Michelin Guide Rouge for his gastronomic restaurant at the Hôtel Meurice. The chef was delighted to be participating in such a prestigious event. “When Boucheron invited me to celebrate its anniversary, I was very honoured and I quite naturally accepted to work using recipes inspired by the themes of the 150-year collection," declared Alleno. Especially for the guests who were part of the elite invited to the gala, the chef dreamt up an hors d'oeuvre inspired by Voluptuous, a main dish on the theme of Magic or Mysterious and as can only be expected, a dessert taking its inspiration from Gourmand.
To ensure the magic lasted, the jeweler had reserved a surprise for its guests. After the main dish was over, and before dessert was served, the Petit Palais was plunged into darkness for a few seconds, as if preparing some spectacular apparition. The air was filled with a gentle melody and the stage lit up to reveal Emmanuelle Seigner, looking absolutely sumptuous in a Stefano Pilati dress, who treated us to a "Happy Birthday Boucheron". With typical grace and sensuality, she went from table to table before taking the plaudits from an audience who had been won over by her performance.
2008 SEASON AT THE 5TH AVENUE
Kicking off the 2008-2009 season at The 5th Avenue Theatre is the beloved classic MAME, playing February 9th-March 2nd. The eccentric Auntie Mame takes her orphaned nephew on one whirlwind adventure after another, proving "life is a banquet." Featuring over 350 costumes by Tony-award winning designer Gregg Barnes and the $30,000 finale piece from Luly Yang's "Passage to Shanghai" collection, this hilarious comedy stars three-time Tony nominee, Dee Hoty, as the delightful title character.
BIG things are happening this season at The 5th Avenue Theatre! From a monstrous world premiere to huge laughs to epic love stories, the 2008-2009 Season invites you to stop sweating the small stuff and escape to an unforgettable world of EXTRA LARGE entertainment.
Cabaret- March 25 - April 13, 2008
Shrek the Musical- August 14 - September 21, 2008
The Drowsy Chaperone- October 28 - November 16, 2008
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers- December 3 - 28, 2008
Memphis- January 27 - February 15, 2009
Hello, Dolly!- March 10 - 29, 2009
Sunday in the Park with George- April 21 - May 10, 2009
Grease- May 12 - 30, 2009
LACMA BCAM BORN - BROAD CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM OPENS
Transformation Phase I Is Open
Years in the making, Phase I of LACMA's Transformation is now a celebrated reality. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, the BP Grand Entrance, the new modern galleries—all are open for you to experience at the heart of LACMA's twenty-acre, seven-building campus.
Through the month of February, visiting BCAM requires a dated, timed ticket. This ticket will not add to the cost of LACMA admission (free for members and children 17 and under, $12 to $8 for non-members) and provides access to all open galleries on the campus. To order tickets, go online or visit or contact the LACMA box office (323 857-6010).
OTTERBOX LAUNCHES STYLISH PROTECTIVE CASE FOR NEW BLACKBERRY PEARL SMARTPHONES
Fort Collins, COLO- Exclusive to the Defender™ Series line, Otter Products, LLC. introduces the slim-fit OtterBox 1936 case to protect the new BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8120 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8130 smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM). Allowing complete access to the trackball, sync/charge USB port, camera and self-portrait mirror, the OtterBox provides an ideal solution for on-the-go protection with style.
The OtterBox for BlackBerry® Pearl™ case for 8120 and 8130 smartphones offers sleek, sexy protection while remaining completely interactive
Included belt clip provides easy carrying option. Camera and self portrait mirror also usable through the back of the case
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