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No brand celebrates women in all their complexities quite like Chanel. It is constantly finding new ways to fuse the modern and the classic, the strong and the feminine – something that’s perfectly encapsulated in its iconic perfumes. For their latest project, a multimedia online experience aptly titled The Fifth Sense, Chanel teamed up with i-D to highlight some of the most innovative and complex women working in the arts today. As part of the project, Chanel and i-D are highlighting the artistic practices of six women, specifically exploring the ways in which their visions are influenced by smell.

Entitled “Making Movement,” the fifth film in the series profiles the stunning Japanese ballet dancer Nozomi Iijima as she choreographs her very first piece. Inspired by Chanel No. 5, Iijima’s piece marries technical precision and fluid self-expression to create something that’s at once beautifully unfamiliar and timeless. “In dance, the classic is the foundation of the modern,” she explains. “And so as a woman and as a dancer I feel I have to carry both.” Not only is Iijima’s unique approach to movement endlessly mesmerizing, it illustrates strength in femininity – a notion that couldn’t be more Chanel.

Through The Fifth Sense, Chanel and i-D challenge female artists to view their work through a different lens, ultimately urging them to create something fresh and beautiful.

Find out more about The Fifth Sense and click here to watch “Making Movement”.

Cannabis Tourism: Las Vegas Comes to the Party

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As Nevada nears the expected July 1st start date for its emergent recreational marijuana program, tourists, 21 years and older, will be able buy pot while visiting Las Vegas and other Nevada cities. Nevada officials are hoping this will make the state even friendlier to tourists, and those in the cannabis industry agree.

Nevada is one of eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana. It already had legal medical pot. Medical dispensaries started opening in 2015. The state now has 55, mostly in Las Vegas or surrounding Clark County.

Attitudes regarding marijuana regulation have also changed as other states (Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Alaska) have passed their own laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Even though marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and state lawmakers are cautious about running afoul of the Justice Department, voters, on the other hand, have forged ahead. The public opinion tipping point may have occurred as 56% of US voters surveyed said they would support legalization.

Colorado and Washington have fully legalized cannabis for recreational use since 2014, so with larger state populations, it would seem logical that those states would be bigger markets for cannabis. But those with knowledge of the marijuana industry believe that Nevada, and Vegas in particular, represents an even greater opportunity. According to a survey by Love Home Swap, the Las Vegas Strip attracted over 39 million tourists annually, making it the most visited tourist attraction in the world over both the Eiffel Tower and Times Square. If even a small percentage of tourists buy cannabis in Vegas, the numbers will be huge. In the not too distant future, we could see annual cannabis market in Vegas growing to anywhere between $500 million to $1 billion.

Despite rules against smoking pot in hotel rooms or outdoors, legal marijuana may provide an extra incentive for tourists. Already known for some of the world’s best hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and entertainment, and now we’ll have hopefully become known for the best cannabis experience as well.

“I think Las Vegas has the potential of being the new cannabis tourists center in the United States, overtaking Colorado, if not in actual sales, but in perception.”

How does the tax revenue help Nevada?

For one, Gov. Brian Sandoval most recently projected that recreational marijuana sales will bring in more than $60 million in state revenue over the next two years. Revenue collected from the cultivation will be funneled toward schools, and revenue from recreational marijuana sales tax will go towards the state’s rainy day fund.
Starting in July, all marijuana — both medical and recreational — will be taxed 15 percent at the cultivation transaction level, but only recreational marijuana have a state excise tax of 10 percent, both medical and recreational will have the applicable local sales tax (8.25% in Clark County) and a 3 percent local gross revenue fee.

Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Program

For fear that the medical marijuana program could be smothered by the new recreational program; lawmakers have made it easier to be a part of the medical program and decreased the tax on medical by 10 percent. The new bill will make the medical program more accessible to Nevada citizens, by streamlining the program, and folding the administrative duties into the Department of Taxation.
“What’s important is that you’re creating that delta between medical and recreational costs – it’s keeping the cost down for medical,” Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks, who sponsored the tax bill.
The medical marijuana program already was at risk due to bureaucracy which limited the number of people pursuing medical cards. While medical cards used to cost about $100 for a year’s value, the cards now will cost half the price ($50) because background checks no longer are required. Additionally, the cards will now be good for two years. Because recreational marijuana is now legal and anyone can get product, there is no point in doing the background checks. The Department of Public Health will continue to issue the medical cards.

Facts on Community Impact of Legalization

The marijuana industry has grown significantly since 2000 and federal officials maintain that the legalization of marijuana will contribute to the increase of youth and adolescent use because it will make marijuana easier to obtain, reduce its perceived risks with more adult role models smoking it.
However, studies in Colorado have shown no connection between legalized marijuana and youth marijuana use. In Colorado teen use is lower than the national average; fewer teens report using marijuana than said they did prior to legalization. Surveys conducted in Colorado interviewed over 17,000 students in middle & high school showing that from 2009 to 2015 the rates in which teenagers smoked marijuana has decreased. The state of Colorado has also seen the percentage of teenagers who have smoked marijuana in the past 30 days drop to 21%, from 25%. Colorado believes, underage use will continue to decrease with their implementation of strict age limits, and risk awareness programs.
In 2014, Colorado invested $2 million generated from marijuana sales tax revenue on campaigns aimed at anti-marijuana education of minors and double that amount, $4 million in 2015 (out of a total projected marijuana sales tax revenue of $125 million). The current campaigns provide information on marijuana laws, the impacts of youth use, the dangers of driving under the influence of any drug, and the harmful side effects of using marijuana.

Celebs Come Out for Glamorous Opening of NYC’s Maxwell’s Chophouse

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Sarika Rastogi, Pippa Cohen and Fiona Bora

Certainly everyone is gearing up for the beach season – which in New York means the reopening of all our Hamptons faves. But Wednesday evening saw a decidedly fab crowd gather for one last glamorous Manhattan bash, before digging out the swimsuits for the Memorial Day weekend.

The occasion? The opening of Maxwell’s Chophouse, NoMad’s newest dining hotspot. With the Avion Tequila cocktails flowing, mother and daughter proprietors Babette Haddad and Melissa Haddad Malaga hosted a glittering guest list: Oscar winner Marisa Tomei, actress Zuleikha Robinson, Real Housewives‘ Dorinda Medley and John Mahdessian, HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder, supermodel Alex Lundqvist, fashion designer Carlos Campos, Brit rockers The Struts…and superstar DJ Elle Dee manning the decks.

Maxwell’s itself is poised to be one of the summer’s hottest scenes, serving up steakhouse classics and seafood specialties in a plush, grandiose space, with patterned floors, high-ceilings and lots of swanky gold trimmings. But stylistas will surely be fighting for space on spectacular rooftop, with its jaw-dropping downtown views.

  • Marisa Tomei and Babette Haddad
  • Zuleikha Robinson and Alexander Klingspor
  • Scott Lipps
  • Carlos Campos
  • Avion Tequila
  • Bruce Perlmutter, Prudence Inzerillo, Carson Kressley
  • DJ Elle Dee
  • Luke Ditella, Charles Thorpe
  • Rooftop Garden

Omar’s Celebrates 4th Anniversary With Glamorous Bash

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Alexandre Assouline, Michaela Vybohova & Omar


When Omar Hernandez opened his namesake West Village nightspot in in 2013, it immediately came to epitomize the new paradigm of elite, clandestine, yet anything by stuffy members-only supper club. Since then its plush, elegant rooms have been a prestigious meeting point and glamorous refuge for many of New York’s most fascinating people in media, fashion, publishing, etc., while also earning a stealthy reputation as a magnet for international royalty. It has, as well, hosted parties for the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Carolina Herrera and Mikimoto/BlackBook, the latter attended by Parker Posey, Nolan Funk and Cynthia Rowley.

This week the party was for Omar’s itself, a dress-up affair celebrating its fourth anniversary. In attendance were notables in fashion (Christian Siriano, Catherine Malandrino, Halston’s Cameron Silver), society (Tinsley Mortimer, Ann Dexter-Jones) and art (Tatyana Murray, Xander Ferreira), as well as photographer Ellen von Unwerth, publishing scion Alexandre Assouline, models Alex Lundqvist and Michaela Vybohova and the inimitable George Wayne – who all toasted the evening with specialty Tequila Avion cocktails. Superstar DJ Elle Dee was on the decks, providing the soundtrack.

A good bet the guest list for its five-year anniversary fete is already being considered.


  • Cameron Silver & Omar
  • Xander Ferreira & Ann Dexter-Jones
  • Tatyana Murray & Omar
  • Keytt & Alex Lundqvist
  • Catherine Malandrino & Omar
  • Amanda Whitcroft & Gabe Kennedy
  • George Wayne
  • Keith Patrick, Camilla Olsson, Omar & Nabeela Abrahams

Chanel’s ‘The Fifth Sense’ Celebrates Empowerment With Surrealist Short ‘JellyWolf’

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CHANEL is synonymous with femininity. That’s why the iconic brand has partnered with i-D to celebrate women across the arts with a new platform, The Fifth Sense. A multimedia experience that showcases original content from today’s leading voices, it evaluates the relationship between creativity and fragrance. As part of its mission, the site will spotlight six women from different creative fields, as they analyze the role scent plays in the artistic process.

For their fourth project, Israeli-American filmmaker Alma Har’el delivers a hypnotic short that analyzes the relationship between scent and vision, fantasy and the real world. Inspired by CHANEL Nº5 L’Eau, JellyWolf presents a synaesthetic experience through the lens of a coming-of-age story, using surrealist imagery to explore the different realms of female identity. Starring Kiersey Clemons and Lisa Bonet, the film captures the spiritual nature of scent while also serving as a visual feminist manifesto that embodies the ethos of empowerment. Through i-D’s relationship with CHANEL, The Fifth Sense offers creative women the opportunity for self-acceptance and expression.

“This film is a trippy little love letter to women,” says Har’el. “I wanted to capture a sense of wonder that scent holds and a liberated feminine identity that develops from getting connected to what scares you.”

Learn more about The Fifth Sense, and watch JellyWolf, below:

Japanese Rock Star Yoshiki Makes His Classical Debut at Carnegie Hall

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Known primarily as the founder and drummer of Japan’s hardest heavy metal act, X Japan, Yoshiki also has a softer side. The multi-instrumentalist composer will be making his Carnegie Hall debut this Thursday and Friday accompanied by the Tokyo Philharmonic.  Yoshiki will be performing pieces from his recent album, Yoshiki Classical, which features collaborations with legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, and Quartet San Francisco.

Along with original compositions, Yoshiki will also perform well-known classics, using his heavy metal background as inspiration for his work. As a leading voice in the Japanese metal world, Yoshiki Classical at Carnegie Hall, will solidify the composer’s place in the American classical canon, as he transcends genre in what is sure to be a groundbreaking performance.

Yoshiki Classical at Carnegie Hall runs from January 12 to the 13, at the Perelman Hall in New York. Buy tickets, here.

BlackBook Wishes You a 2017 Filled With Happiness and Prosperity

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As a sometimes shocking (the loss of David Bowie, Prince, et al) and often contentious 2016 comes to a close, we would like to extend to everyone our hopes for a 2017 that is filled with kindness, enlightenment and positive inspiration.


The BlackBook Staff

Music App Treble Launches New Track from Taylor Bennett

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Can an an app help make your record happen? The new music networking app Treble actually made it possible for Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett to assemble the area musicians needed to record his new track “New York Nights, by assisting in bringing together creative like minds. A short video shows how it all came together.

The younger brother of Chance the Rapper, Bennett will be headlining for the first time at Chicago Metro on December 23. “New York Nights” is the first track from what will be the release of his new EP in early 2017.


The Trump Scorecard: Lies, Facts & The Mediascape

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Image by Gage Skidmore 

Report Claims Putin Was Personally Involved in Election Hacks

The sense of retro, Cold War intrigue deepens, on the news that Vladimir Putin himself may have been involved in the purported hacks on the US Presidential election. Indeed, an NBC News report cites US intelligence officials as having “a high level of confidence” in this new revelation. Michael McFaul, US Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, points to a Putin “vendetta against Hillary Clinton…because of what she said about [Russia’s] parliamentary elections of 2011.” The implication now is that the intelligence is veritably incontrovertible.


Disappointed in the docile media? Take heart, Vice has just sued the FBI to disclose info about Trump, Clinton and Breitbart. Go Vice.


It Turns Out the President and First Lady Will Actually Live in the White House. Considering that 100,000 New Yorkers signed a petition demanding that Melania leave, one guesses she’ll find D.C. slightly more hospitable.


It’s No Holiday For Trump Tower Businesses, according to CNBC. “For November, we’re down 30 percent.” Surely they thought Trump was pro-business.


Trump Cabinet Watch: ABC News has compiled the definitive list. Americans asked for change – does “no previous experience” count?


Conflict of Interest for Trump’s Secretary of State Pick?

Trump’s choice of Alex Tillerson for the role of Secretary of State would seem only to deepen the Russian intrigue. As ExxonMobil CEO, he has had strong ties to the Kremlin, so alarms have sounded about conflict of interest. And Jennifer Wang reported in Forbes that the sanctions following Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea likely cost the company about a billion dollars – so big money is at stake.


Trump is getting push back from Republicans: John McCain, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham are all less than thrilled about Tillerson’s nomination, especially his ties to Russia.


Trump Conflict of Interest Watch: Newsweek reports on the tangled web of possible conflicts of interest involving Trump’s own businesses.


Why should the Russians have all the fun? Rachel Maddow delves into Turkey’s arrest of a Trump business partner, seemingly to gain leverage with the new administration.


Trump agitated against US-China policy again on Fox News Sunday, wondering aloud, “why we have to be bound by a ‘one China’ policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.” China wasn’t happy.


“We’re going to start saying Merry Christmas again.”

Fox News has been on the front lines of the purported “War on Christmas” for years now, despite a lack of evidence that such a war actually exists. They reported on the 10th of Trump’s speech declaring, “We’re going to start saying Merry Christmas again.” It seems like not much to make a fuss about, but alarmists could draw a line to his anti-Muslim rhetoric during the campaign…as the idea that Christmas is under threat has long been couched in Islamic fears. Simply put, American values are multicultural, which is why we started saying Happy Holidays vs Merry Christmas to begin with – to be inclusive, right?


Trump Inauguration Watch: TheWrap reported that two leading talent bookers were apparently offered ambassadorships “if they could deliver marquee names.” The bookers spoke on condition of anonymity, but one was quoted as saying,“Never in a million years have I heard something so crazy.”  In a related story, John Legend told the BBC that he is “not surprised at all” that no notable pop stars have signed on to play Trump’s inauguration. “Creative people tend to reject bigotry and hate,” he explained. Notably, Elton John was rumored to be signed on for the festivities – but his publicist issued a definitive statement refuting said rumor:”Incorrect. He will NOT be performing.” There’s always Kid Rock to fall back on – which would at least be fittingly uncool.


Kanye West Visits Trump

Another seemingly innocuous incident. But Trump’s refusal to take the standard daily intelligence briefing is only magnified by his willingness to spend time on such frivolous photo ops. CNN’s “Who Tweeted It” draws amusing, but surely also worrying comparisons between their rhetoric. We may yet discover that Kanye was offered a cabinet position.


President Obama appeared on The Daily Show, and warned Trump about skipping daily intelligence briefings: “If you’re not getting their perspective, their detailed perspective, you’re flying blind.”


It’s No Holiday For Trump Tower Businesses, according to CNBC. “For November, we’re down 30 percent.” Surely they thought Trump was pro-business.


Surely in a retort to a petition that has gathered more than 4.8 million signatures, the RNC apparently has a plan to keep the Electoral College from any mutinous attempts to swing their votes over to Hillary. It’s also seemingly a furtive plot, as an exclusive AOL story is short on actual details.


Not every designer is refusing to dress Melania. Although the issue has seemingly been swept aside, since The Cut reported that Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenberg might be willing. Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford will not – though the latter admits, “even had Hillary won, she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes. They’re too expensive.”


Trump Boycott Watch: Wired reckons that the alt-right’s boycott of the new Star Wars Rogue One flick is an attempt to ” cast themselves as the oppressed rather than the would-be oppressors.” It’s not hard to imagine this as the first salvo in an all out war between the Trump camp and Hollywood. Expect Office Christmas Party to be assailed as an attack on capitalism.