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Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri Designs Ballet Costumes in Tribute to Philip Glass

Posted: March 13, 2019 

"A NIGHT IN ROME: Maria Grazia Chiuri has long been passionate about dance — as was Christian Dior himself. Following her spring ready-to-wear 2019 show for Dior, centered on that specific form of art, Chiuri has created the costumes for the “Nuit Blanche” ballet to be held at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome as part of a tribute to American composer Philip Glass.

The program comprises three ballets performed by the dancers and orchestra of Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera and scheduled from March 29 to April 2.

The  performances will kick off with “Hearts & Arrows” with choreography by Benjamin Millepied, followed by “Glass Pieces” with choreography by Jerome Robbins, and “Nuit Blanche” choreographed by Sébastien Bertaud. For the occasion, étoile Eleonora Abbagnato, director of the ballet corp of Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera and an étoile at the Opéra National de Paris, will dance with étoile Friedemann Vogel in “Nuit Blanche.”

“I have admired Eleonora Abbagnato for years. She is an extraordinary artist who has worked hard to reach her goals,” Chiuri said of accepting the dancer’s offer. “She is a great source of inspiration for a new generation of women. Her career, just like mine, has taken shape between Italy and France, which brings the two of us even closer,” added Chiuri, who hails from Rome and joined Dior in 2016, after a long collaboration with Pierpaolo Piccioli leading Valentino.

For “Nuit Blanche,” Chiuri has created 16 costumes for the ballet group and the two étoiles. Knits and tulle are layered on bodysuits, with an eye on functionality. Abbagnato’s full skirt is punctuated by silk romantic flowers on two layers of tulle — a floral reference to Dior’s heritage. The two main dancers wear mother-of-pearl, finely iridescent colors, while the other dancers wear powdery hues sheathed in black tulle for visual impact.

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Four Major Tips For You Retail Business In The E-commerce Era

Posted: March 13, 2019

"Many retailers reasonably believe that sooner or later, online shopping may provoke the end of traditional retail formats. Indeed, nowadays buyers often visit traditional stores only to look at products they would like to purchase and then order them at a more favorable price via the internet. However, this feature of consumer behavior is not an insurmountable obstacle. With the correct organization of various sales channels and the ability to manage them as a single complex, retailers are able to increase their sales and even compete with online stores. We have formulated a few tips that can help traditional retailers to stay afloat in the era of online sales.

Use Information About Consumers to Develop an Individual Approach

Nowadays it is much easier to get reliable information about consumers. There are many sources of this information, from traditional polls to software that can analyze your customers even without their knowledge. Information about models of consumer behavior allows marketers to break classical consumer segments into micro-segments and then successfully design promotional campaigns for these groups of people. For example, your store can develop specialized marketing and product offerings targeted to take into account individual perception of your brand."

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NCA Offers Condolences To The Easley Family

Posted: February 25, 2019 

The NCA offers our deepest condolences to the Easley family for the recent passing of Herb Esley. Herbert C. (Herb) Easley Jr. 85, of Phoenix passed away at home surrounded by his family on February 21, 2019. He was born to Herbert C. Easley Sr. and Clara M. Skinner on December 21, 1933 in the small oil town of Taft, California. He grew up in Los Angeles and San Francisco before moving to Phoenix in 1947 where he then graduated from North High School in 1951. View the full obituary online here


Ruth E. Carter Makes History as First Black Woman to Win Best Costume Design at Oscars 2019

Posted: February 27, 2019

By Jen Juneau

"Ruth E. Carter just made history at the 2019 Oscars.

While attending the ceremony on Sunday evening in Los Angeles wearing a stunning blue-and-gold gown, Carter took home her first-ever Academy Award for Best Costume Design — making her the first black woman to ever do so, for her efforts in Black Panther.

“Wow. I got it. This has been a long time coming. Spike Lee, thank you for my start. I hope this makes you proud,” she said as she accepted the honor, referring to her work on her first feature film, School Daze, over 30 years ago.

“Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” continued Carter, 58. “It’s been my life’s honor to create costumes. Thank you to the Academy, thank you for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen.”

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Path To Success: Analytical, Creative In-Store Layout Will Lead To Maximum Profits

Posted: February 20, 2019 

By Abby Heugel, Contributing Writer for

"Designing your store's interior is both an art and a science that requires creativity, psychological insights and a littler bit of testing. How you organize things can tell your bran's story, create an immersive shopping experience and set you apart from the competition. Here are some of the basics when it comes to creating effective retail interiors that attract more customers to your store, get them browsing for more products and encourage them to head toward the check out."

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