Ralph Lauren has launched a new line of men's fragrances dubbed the Big Pony collection, derived from the supersized polo player logos the designer featured on some of his sportswear. The four fragrances in bold and colorful bottles are Sporty, with lime and grapefruit notes; Seductive, with dark chocolate and musk; Adventurous, with pine and ginger root; and Stylish, with notes of mandarin and kyara wood. Each is priced at $50. To launch the new line, Lauren commissioned a "soundtrack song" by One Republic called Secrets along with a promo video; on the Big Pony fragrances website fans can also mix and match clips characterizing the different scents to create their own videos peopled by beautiful, stylish, sexually available and apparently somewhat accident-prone Ralph Lauren models.
Versace's readying the bright lights and big runways for its Fall Fashion Week collection, and it's teased a behind-the-scenes, black-and-white shoot by Mario Testino to get you ready. And if the fashions don't get your attention, Valerija Kelava (caught last week in Prada's campaign), Iselin Steiro and Anna Selezneva probably will.
Olympus' great new compact PEN E-PL1 digital camera with professional-grade digital single lens reflex (DSLR) image quality, point-and-shoot simplicity and high-definition (HD) video encourages you to realize your creative vision. To emphasize the point they have launched a contest to win one of the 12-megapixel cameras, along with $5,000 to bring that vision to life, and then some. Dubbed the "PEN your story challenge", the contest runs through June 6th at http://www.youtube.com/getolympus and http://www.getolympus.com, via video proposals submitted by entrants. Your "vision" can be anything you can produce with the PEN E-PL1 and a $5,000 budget, be it a short film with HD video, a fashion spread of pro-quality still images, an adventure chronicle combining both, or an amazing photomontage.
Once the proposal submissions have been narrowed down to 20 semi-finalists selected by the community via thumbs up "likes", six of the best will be selected by a panel of judges from Olympus, as well as the YouTube community. Those six individuals will receive the PEN, the funds and time to bring their proposals to life. Once the six finalists have uploaded their final creations to YouTube for the world to see, one lucky Grand Prize winner will be selected based on a combination of popular vote and the panel of Olympus judges. The Grand Prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to New York City to attend the Olympus-sponsored US Open on Olympus Day. The winner's work will be displayed on the giant video board at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center before an audience of thousands.
To help things along Olympus is offering professional tips on making your filmmaking dreams become a reality from multi Webby-Award winner Erik Beck, executive producer of the online DIY filmmaking network Indy Mogul . Beck has produced a how-to video with tips and tricks to assist you with the production of your submission for the PEN your story challenge. The challenge is open to residents of the United States and Canada. When submitting your video proposal for the PEN your story challenge, be sure to explain how, as a finalist, you plan to use the creative features of the Olympus PEN E-PL1 such as the in-camera art filters for your project. Meanwhile check out http://Twitter.com/getolympus, http://www.Facebook.com/getolympus and http://www.Flickr.com/groups/getolympus as well.
For the first time in over a hundred years, we get an inside view of how Dunhill manufactures its beautiful leather goods. Never before has Dunhill shown the outside world how the world class craftsman create their products. In this clip we get to see a portion of the film demonstrating the making of Dunhill's Double Document Case.
While we have always admired the finished product, watching the craftsmen at work makes it all that more interesting. It happens in the Walthamstow workshop and all by hand. Each leather artisan is responsible for the construction of a piece from start to finish and includes a stamped card with their name on it inside the finished product. The sense of personal pride taken by the master craftsmen translates into the highest quality and standard of work for Dunhill.
From the consumer's perspective, watching the skills and techniques involved helps one understand the price tag of over 1,800 British Pounds Sterling for this special bag. The company has a hundred and sixteen years of experience and the same processes that were used in the beginning are still being employed in the crafting of their leather goods today. Anyone who has an interest in fine products should find this glimpse, albeit orchestrated for film, into the manufacturing process at Dunhill fascinating.
All Zondas are equal, but some are more equal than others. That is to say, each supercar from exclusive automaker Pagani is an absolute jewel of exotic machinery, but even amidst this rarefied field, there are certain examples that stand out above the others. Like the one you see here, the Zonda PS.
Created as a one-of-a-kind example for discerning British client Peter Saywell, the Zonda PS is based on the penultimate Zonda F after the exclusive Zonda Cinque was all sold out and the Zonda R can only be driven on a race track. The Zonda PS is identifiable by its unique paint scheme and four-abreast tail pipes, and is said to be powered by a 650-horsepower version of the Zonda's Mercedes-AMG V12 engine driving through the sequential transmission developed for the Zonda's imminent successor.
Now that the HD DVD/Blu-ray battle seems to be over with Blu-ray declared the winner, investing in a high-end Blu-ray player isn't a foolish endeavor. Goldmund, the high-end AV manufacturer that created the amazing home theater I toured last October, has come out with the Eidos 20 BD, a Blu-ray player that offers an "AC-Curator" power supply circuit which dramatically improves picture and sound stability and dynamics, "Mechanical Grounding" construction which removes from the player mechanism spurious vibrations blurring the video signal and increasing jitter and "Magnetic Damper" a device lowering reading errors. The Eidos 20 BD is priced at $16,900.
In an interesting and unforeseen attempt to freshen up a veteran instrument company's image while consequently raising one of Europe's preeminent A/V pioneers to world renown, Steinway and Sons have paired with Peter Lyngdorf to "expand the Steinway & Sons brand into the high performance digital sound system market," according to Steinway & Sons Executive Vice President, Frank Mazurco. Their first offering from this new amalgamation, Steinway Lyngdorf, will be dubbed the Model-D, and it will be available for shipment and installation in early Fall 2007 starting at $150k. Audiophiles: check out how Lyngdorf's installers utilize their patented "RoomPerfect" technique to acoustically correct any room here.
I've always considered the digital photo frame to be a rather curious gadget without a lot of functionality but Aluratek has created a new version that doesn't just display your photos but also has 256MB of built-in memory. The photo frame can play background music or video in addition to holding all your photos. It even has a remote control. The 10.5-inch frames let you transfer files directly from your computer. The frame has 1024x768 video resolution and sells for $199. This might make an excellent gift for Mother's Day.