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Virgin Product Launch Draws Sparks
Leave it to marketing maverick Sir Richard Branson to turn a product launch into a spectacle. The chairman of Virgin was on hand at Powder to introduce Virgin Pulse, a new line of 15 different “lifestyle electronics”—including MP3 players and cordless phones—that are being sold at Virgin Megastores and Target.
Virgin Pulse launch
Powder
Wednesday, 10.15.03, 7 PM onward
CateringMood Food Limited
DJDJ Cassidy
Event Managementrand.m productions (Closed)
LightingLevy Lighting Inc.
Models/EntertainmentParty Productions NYC
Video ProjectionsEyeMag Media
The products served as props throughout the evening, as Rand.m Productions incorporated them into Lucite display cases for décor, and Mood Food placed the pieces beneath clear-topped serving boxes that made the hors d’oeuvres look as though they were sitting right on top of CD players. "We really worked with the products," says Rand.m’s Rand Burrus. "It was all about the pulse of life—and the color red."

Red gels on the lights gave Powder’s cavernous, curved white walls a sexy, warm crimson glow, while Eyemag Media's video projections of an electronic pulse and the Pulse products flashed on the walls. Blinking red ice cubes adorned the cocktail of choice, the Virgin Pulse martini (otherwise known as a cherry cosmo), and caterwaiters carried trays with blinking red lights.

But the real surprise came when models paraded down a white runway in the middle of the venue for a fashion show of sorts: They were actually wearing the Virgin Pulse products—and little else. More products were incorporated into costumes worn by performers like break-dancers and go-go dancers, booked through Party Productions NYC. Grindergirl gave a flashy performance by grinding power tools against her trademark metal corset, and stopped to pose with the star model of the show: Sir Richard himself.

Erika Rasmusson Janes

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Virgin chairman Richard Branson posed with Grindergirl at the Virgin Pulse launch event at Powder.
Virgin chairman Richard Branson posed with Grindergirl at the Virgin Pulse launch event at Powder.
Models wearing the Virgin Pulse products—and little else—paraded down a white runway in the middle of the venue.
Models wearing the Virgin Pulse products—and little else—paraded down a white runway in the middle of the venue.
Mood Food served hors d'oeuvres on trays with blinking red lights.
Mood Food served hors d'oeuvres on trays with blinking red lights.
The entrance was flanked by men dressed in beefeater guard uniforms.
The entrance was flanked by men dressed in beefeater guard uniforms.