Reign Opens in the Meatpacking District

Santino LoConte believed there was something missing from the men’s retail experience in New York.
“You have your department stores, but I’m not a fan of the large format shop-in-shop. It’s a little overwhelming for me to go to Barneys and walk through multiple floors of men’s product,” said LoConte, who is 29. “They do an excellent job, but it’s not a one-stop shop for someone with a certain aesthetic and a certain fashion sense.”
The 1,600-square-foot store, which will open to the public on Oct. 19, is located in the Meatpacking District at 807 Washington Street, which used to be occupied by Nicholas Kirkwood. The space is minimal with a 12-foot circular skylight and a courtyard that will be used for a variety of activations and exhibitions.
The shop is 60 percent ready-to-wear, 30 percent footwear and 10 percent accessories. LoConte has stocked the store with brands including R13, Mr. Completely, Tim Coppens, Public School, Stone Island, Kappa and Maharishi. Going forward the boutique will also carry Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please collection, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Martine Rose, Rick Owens, Our Legacy and Juun.J, which isn’t being sold at any other retailers in New York. LoConte has plans to integrate more high-end

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The Reign of Law

The Reign of Law

Purchase one of 1st World Library’s Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary. ORG The Anglo-Saxon farmers had scarce conquered foot-hold, stronghold, freehold in the Western wilderness before they became sowers of hemp – with remem-brance of Virginia, with remembrance of dear ancestral Britain. Away back in the days when they lived with wife, child, flock in frontier wooden fortresses and hardly ventured forth for water, salt, game, tillage – in the very summer of that wild daylight ride of Tomlin-son and Bell, by comparison with which, my children, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, was as tame as the pitching of a rocking-horse in a boy’s nursery – on that history-making twelfth of August, of the year 1782, when these two backwoods riflemen, during that same Revolution the Kentuckians then fighting a branch of that same British army, rushed out of Bryan’s Station for the rousing of the settlements and the saving of the West – hemp was growing tall and thick near the walls of the fort.

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Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna: A Lost World Where Women Reign

On an island deep in the ocean mists, the moon rises over a mythic world where women rule the winds and tides. Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, now playing at Washington D.C’s National Harbor, captures the strength of the female spirit and the power of women’s voice in its new show from Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

A re-imagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Amaluna is a coming-of-age tale about the passage of feminine wisdom between a queen and her daughter. Along the way, young Miranda is guided by the ancient knowledge of a host of goddesses, a tribe of Amazons and her mother Prospera, the benevolent ruler of the island.

The Goddess Narrative

With a cast that is 70% women and anchored by an all-female band, Amaluna showcases some serious girl power. Its storyline taps into something even deeper.

In the collective imagination, we retain an undeniable fascination with the archetype of the warrior princess, the empress, the oracle, the dragon mother.

For what do we long?

Perhaps the goddess narrative speaks to us of some long forgotten magic and power that we can call upon in our times of need. Cirque du Soleil unveils this lost world where women reign in a performance that is at once magical and moving.

Musician and vocalist Julie McInnes, who stars as Prospera, is a force of nature on stage. “This show is a phenomenal celebration of what it means to be a woman,” says McInnes. “Amaluna celebrates female strength, from grace to technical ability. The cast feels that energy. The women are beautiful, strong, athletic and sexy.”

The Act of Transformation

Much like Disney Pixar’s Brave, Amaluna puts the mother-daughter relationship at the center of the story. “It represents that time when a mother is doing her best to make sure her daughter has the best start in life,” says McInnes. “I think about my own mother dropping me off at boarding school, the process of letting go. When Prospera brings on a storm, for her daughter it opens up the possibility of love.”

As Miranda makes the transformation from a girl into a woman, she learns to embrace and control her feminine power for love, strength and defiance, from a cast of characters that exude beauty and defy gravity. In a brilliant piece of casting, Miranda is portrayed by a contortionist who balances on the edge of an illuminated water bowl before taking the plunge and coming into her own.

The act of finding one’s self hit home with Andréanne Nadeau, the talented aerialist who plays the Moon Goddess. “I had been a dancer my whole life, but I didn’t know I would end up here,” Nadeau says, as she balances herself in a training hoop backstage. “Still, there was something inside me that pushed me forward, little by little. I just followed my passions and they led me here.”

The Healing Arts

Cirque du Soleil is famous for its fanciful reimagining of what humanity could be. Imagination is a precursor for social change, for it brings the impossible to life. The circus arts have been used for education around the world, including through Cirque du Monde, the company’s social good initiative to empower at-risk youth.

Creative expression, whether through dance and movement or poetry and song, has long been recognized as a transcendent experience that helps us engage the world in a new way. Stories told through artistic outlets are the mirrors in which we discover and find ourselves. “I don’t hide from my emotions when I perform,” says Nadeau. “Instead, I let them fuel my expression. If I am upset, frustrated, confused, happy, whatever it is I am feeling, I release it through my movement.”

The arts can help us tap into our own internal sources of strength and playfulness, darkness and whimsy. When we dream, when we perform, we act out our innermost desires, recreating ourselves and bringing our stories out into the light.

In the circus of the imagination, anything is possible.

Amaluna is playing in Washington D.C. through September 21, 2014. It will host a special benefit on September 19 to support social circus programs for youth.

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Expect Plenty Of Death In The Season Finale of ‘Reign’

Prepare yourselves, Royals, more death is coming to French court.

This season on “Reign” there’ve been beheadings, battles and bedding ceremonies, but tonight’s final episode is upping the stakes for some of your favorite characters on the show. Adelaide Kane — who plays fledgling monarch Mary, Queen of Scots — spilled a few finale secrets to HuffPost TV, explaining that she’s very different from the character she plays:

Fans should be ready for a few things before tonight’s season finale airs.
Last week’s episode saw King Henry finally go full on crazy and Mary team up with Catherine to plan his imminent demise. Things didn’t work out too well for the scheming Queens and on tonight’s episode, Francis finds himself in danger and Mary might be his only hope. So what’s in store for our newlyweds?

“A couple of loose ends are going to be tied up,” Kane said. “We’re going to resolve some of the open plot threads.” And how does the show plan on doing that? Murder, of course. “There’s going to be some death, as there is in every episode,” she admitted. “Just a casual Thursday in the castle.”

But will Mary, who hasn’t been afraid to get her hands bloody this season, be involved in the action? Kane certainly hopes so. “I’d love to see her just stab somebody!” the actress joked.

Seriously though, fans should prepare for plenty of pomp and circumstance before the show says goodbye. A festival will be taking place, some jousting and oh yeah, a baby will be born. “Lola goes into labor,” Kane revealed. “But there’s no baby in the finale so you’re going to have to wait until the second season to find out about that.”

Don’t bother to ask Kane what fans can expect in Season 2.
“They don’t tell me anything,” the actress said. “I’ve been asking everybody. I have my little spy network that I bribe with baked goods and hugs, but it never works.”

One thing that does work on the show: the clothes.
Apparently, dressing the part of the queen has its perks. Since the pilot episode, critics and fans alike have agreed on one thing and that’s how damn good the cast looks while tromping all over the French castle. While we’re sure their good genes are to blame, it doesn’t hurt that Kane and company have had their choice of designer duds every episode. From Alexander McQueen ball gowns to Gucci mesh tops and everything in between, the costume department on the show deserves a round of applause for the all the hard work they do, and Kane agrees.

“I don’t even bother giving input,” Kane said. “They don’t ask me and they don’t need to. They know exactly what they’re doing.” And while donning couture sounds fun, Kane admits it’s one of the hardest parts of the job. “It’s very exciting but at the end of a 16 hour day, I want to rip them to shreds, douse them in gas and burn them,” the actress said. “You trip over your damn self all the time and going to the bathroom is so tricky.”

Since the show is taking a temporary leave of absence, Kane waxed nostalgic on the first season by revealing which scene was her favorite to film.
“I love anything with Megan (Follows) and anything with Toby (Regbo),” Kane said. “I love our fight scenes where we get to scream at each other. It’s very cathartic.”

Mary has no problem standing up for herself on the show, but Kane isn’t anything like her royal alter ego.
On the show, Kane totally embodies her strong and often stubborn character, but the actress want her fans to know, there’s a difference between who she plays on TV and who she is when the cameras aren’t rolling.

“I hate conflict,” Kane said. “I don’t like fighting people.” Thankfully, back-stabbings and assassination attempts are something the Australian actress doesn’t have to deal with in her personal life, but she says it’s always better to take the high road in any argument. “I’ve had my fair share of bullshit to deal with,” Kane said. “It’s always better to take the upper hand.”

The season finale of “Reign” airs Thursday, May 15, at 9 p.m. EDT on The CW.
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