Hisotric Hotels

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 Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 250 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties

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Restaurant Companies Will Become Tech Companies

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Over the past year, restaurant chains have invested heavily in recruiting serious tech players into top management in chief information officer or chief technology officer roles. Starbucks Corp. hired a former Adobe executive Gerri Martin-Flickinger. Chipotle Mexican Grill hired Starbucks’ former CIO Curt Garner. And countless other restaurant chains have announced the hiring of a first technology chief or vice president who will develop and implement new digital strategies that will fundamentally increase customer engagement, from RAVE Restaurant Group to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Blue Apron, HelloFresh, Plated and others are popping up across the country offering consumers the promise of a restaurant-quality meal they can make themselves without the fuss of shopping or the need for cooking skills. Typically meal kits are ordered online and delivered straight to consumers at a reasonable price. Some argue that the meal-kit trend will be a flash in the pan and peter out. Guests will be able to use their smart phones to order, pay ahead and get their meal delivered by Postmates.

A new service called Dispatch, scheduled to debut before the end of the year, will allow guests to order and pay through the restaurant apps, then at checkout select a delivery option. Guests will then see a selection of delivery price quotes from local courier providers and to track their delivery selection in real time.

ChowNow likewise is developing online ordering platforms designed to allow restaurant operators to control the ordering-to-payment-to-delivery process through their own branded apps or websites. In San Francisco, Chicago and New York, the software company is partnering with specially trained Uber drivers to offer delivery, and the service is expected to expand to more markets next year.

Film To Be Made On The life of Lamborghini

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The life and loves of Ferruccio Lamborghini will be the subject of an upcoming film depicting the founder of the famous car company named after him.

Already assigned the working title of Lamborghini — The Legend, the biopic project was announced this week and is expected to film this summer in Italy and other locations around the world.

The film is expected to draw inspiration from an unspecified biography about Lamborghini and input from the car creator’s son, Tonino
Originally a tractor manufacturer, Lamborghini first rose to prominence as a developer of agricultural equipment during the postwar period in Italy. He eventually created the automobile company Automobili Lamborghini in 1963, and the cars bearing his name went on to become some of the most celebrated exotic sports cars in the world. His innovation and success made him one of Italy’s wealthiest industrialists, and he eventually retired to pursue winemaking in the 1970s.

Broadway HD

A new streaming service called Broadway HD is aiming to extend the reach of Broadway and Broadway-caliber shows to anyone, anywhere. While it’s free to subscribe to the service, most shows require a one-time payment (around $8) to stream — though there are a few free options, mainly short, behind-the-scenes stuff. Broadway HD is a trendy idea, especially for those who live far away from New York . Although, Broadway HD’s selection might be too limited to attract most casual theater fans. It currently has around 100 offerings, which are drawn from Broadway Worldwide’s Direct catalog, as well as BBC Worldwide North America and public television station WNET.

Broadway Theatre On A Laptop?

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A new online streaming service is launching on Monday hoping to one day become the Netflix of Broadway theater.

BroadwayHD currently has a modest list of plays and musicals ready to stream but hopes to eventually be the place where theater fans and educators turn for their live event fix.

This new service was founded by Broadway producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, a Tony Award-winning husband-and-wife producing team behind such shows as “On Your Feet!” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” and “Legally Blonde.” They say that they’re not trying to replace Broadway live theatre but it’s another route to Broadway and eventually see it live.

Users can buy a monthly subscription for $14.99 and or a yearly one for $169.99. There’s also free content. The shows can be streamed to computers, mobile devices and TVs — both Apple TV or Google Chromecast.

While sites such as iTunes, Amazon Video, Netflix and GooglePlay stream musicals and plays on phones and tablets, BroadwayHD hopes to become the go-to library to find live-captured theatrical events, whether from off-Broadway or the West End, after a show has been seen in cinemas or on cable TV.

While the service currently leans heavily on the archives of the BBC, WNET-TV in New York and Broadway Worldwide, the creators hope they will be able to expand their titles with partnerships and their own captures. They’ve also added commentaries, introductions and documentaries.

Offerings at launch include more than 120 productions, mostly classics from Shakespeare and Anton Chekov. A sample of what you can now find on BroadwayHD includes Orlando Bloom in the 2013 Broadway revival of “Romeo and Juliet,” a live “Jekyll & Hyde” with David Hasselhoff in 2001, Helen Mirren in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Montego Glover and Chad Kimball in “Memphis,” Daniel Craig and Stephen Rea in “Copenhagen” from a BBC TV movie in 2002, and Rufus Sewel in “Henry IV.” Up next will be Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” after it airs on HB

Donna Karan is stepping down as the chief designer of Donna Karan International after 30 years at one of the world’s most recognizable fashion houses. Karan, 66, will turn Donna Karan International will suspend the production of the Donna Karan collection, and will no longer show at New York Fashion Week, according to the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Donna Karan International was purchased by French conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2001. The DKNY (Donna Karan New York) clothing line, founded in 1988, is known for its stylish, simple and clean designs geared at youthful customers. Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne took over as creative directors of the DKNY brand in April.

Givenchy Fashion Show Opening To The Public

Givenchy will open its spring 2016 show to 1,200  — non-industry, civilian members of the public in New York City.  Eight-hundred-twenty tickets will be distributed first-come/first-served via registration on the dedicated Web site, givenchynyfw15.com as of 10 a.m. today.  100 tickets have been reserved for residents living near the still-undisclosed outdoor show site, and 280 tickets will go to students and faculty of local fashion schools such as High School of Fashion Industries, Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. The venue has been kept under wraps. Creative director Riccardo Tisci says it is his dream to have a public showing.

Tisci reveals that the show will take place on the street — he’s careful not to name which one — and that there will be simulcast screenings at various outposts around Manhattan. The show will also have an art component, produced in collaboration with his longtime friend — “and second mother,” he adds — Marina Abramovic

The fashion show is scheduled for September 11. 2015

Big Data & Modeling ?

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researchers from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing and team at the school thinks they have perfected a formula to predict the fall’s fashion model star. The team like fashion because its cutthroat.

400 models were researched to see who would be the most in-demand model for the Fall/Winter 2015 season.

They counted how many posts the models did, and how many likes and comments each post would get, on average.’Using the Fashion Model Directory – that’s evidently a thing – they combed through data on everything from number of jobs down to measurements. They collected the data on their portfolios: how many runway walks the models had already done, and a few other figures such as height [and] shoe size.’

Restaurants Offering Edible Flowers

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Brightly colored flowers are—in salads, on top of doughnuts, and served individually in minimalistic bowls—resembling works of art. With the height of the summer season, when pea flowers, elderflowers and nasturtiums are in season there’s no better time to add floral  to a meal.

Lyle’s,LondonLocated in the ever-trendy mecca of Shoreditch in East London, Lyle’s serves seasonal British fare with a changing daily menu. The Chegworth Salad is a colorful mix of pea flowers, broad bean flowers, cuckoo flowers,nasturtium flowers, borage, and leaves all sourced from the Chegworth fields in the English countryside. The salad is topped with a dressing made with reduced apple juice from the orchards.

Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Alicante, Spain:

Romantic concoctions like a dish dubbed “animated forest,” with thyme flowers, lavender, rosemary, wild purple garlic, campanula, sprouts and mushrooms over fungi can make anyone believe in the concept of food as art. A stunning new addition to the dessert menu, “rare flowers,” includes bean flower, rosemary flower, sage, lemon, thyme,convolvulus, oxalis flower, tagete, elderflower and violets, mango, litchis, elderberry and the irresistible fragrance of flowers..

Fashion & Technology

Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) has teamed up with Fashion Futurologist and Professor of Fashion and Technology, Dr. Sabine Seymour, to reveal how the integration of technology will transform our wardrobe in the coming decades.

According to Dr. Seymour, the transformation in apparel will start with our underwear, which will have in-built sensors to track personal data, such as heart rate and body temperature.

The changes will be changes, with personalisation in every aspect of our wardrobes. In years to come, we will be able to change the pattern, colour and even the shape and style of our garments.

In the future, we can expect much more space in our wardrobes, as garments will be able to alter in form, extending and contracting in length, and changing shape and design as required. Therefore, there may only be a need for one dress or shirt and the wearer will be able to download the latest designs.

Getting hot on public transportation or carrying a spare sweater in case of colder weather could also become a thing of the past, as garments will be able to adjust to your body temperature. With the rise of 3D printing techniques and on-demand manufacturing, we will see the introduction of the digital cobbler, who can create shoes that fit your feet perfectly, and for the rest of your life.

Garments will become gesture and touch-sensitive, just like phones, tablets or gaming systems are today, but with a sense of style and a true design aesthetic.