Empire’s Jussie Smollett to Hosts 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception at 20th Century Fox Studios

Black AIDS Institute/Heroes in the Struggle Honors Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown

17 hits p2 ebrite head no bg-crop-u909The Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made commendable heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America. The 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception will be held on September 16, 2017, at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles at 6:00 PM.

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Empire’s Jussie Smollett to Hosts 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception at 20th Century Fox Studios

Founded in May 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on the Black communities. Our motto is Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution. The Institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions, leaders, and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

The 2017 inductees include Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown. The 2017 Corporate Hero is Novant Health. Black AIDS Institute Board Member Jussie Smollett serves as Chair and Host. The 2017 theme is Black Men Honoring Black Women and celebrated R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi performs a special tribute. The awards presentation is produced by Russelli & Hall.

“At the age of fifteen, I began working with the Black AIDS Institute and I am proud to be a member of the Board of Directors,” said Smollett. “Although it is not spoken about like it used to, the AIDS epidemic is not over, especially in Black communities. I am humbled to pay tribute to these remarkable women in our community. Continue reading

Landmark Exhibition “World War I and American Art” Makes Final Stop at Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Public Programs Explore Contemporary Cultural Connections and Role of Art in Healing Wounds of War, October 6, 2017–January 21, 2018

World War I and American Art was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

World War I and American Art, the first major exhibition to examine how American artists reacted to the First World War, opens at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts on October 6, 2017. Works by more than seventy artists, including George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, and John Singer Sargent, represent a pivotal chapter in the history of American art that has until now been overlooked and underestimated.

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James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960). I Want YOU for U.S. Army, Nearest Recruiting Station, 1917. Poster, 40 x 29 1/2 in. Collection of Walton Rawls. Photo: The Library Company of Philadelphia

Timed to coincide with the centennial of the entry of the U.S. into the war, this ambitious exhibition organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, revisits a critical period in history through a wide variety of artistic responses, ranging from patriotic to dissenting. Garnering acclaim from outlets such as Forbes, The New York Times, and PBS NewsHour, the exhibition and its central themes of how artists respond to geopolitical turmoil is strikingly relevant today. American artists were vital to the culture of the war and the shaping of public opinion in several ways. Some developed propaganda posters promoting U.S. involvement, while others made daring anti-war drawings, paintings, and prints. Some worked as official war artists embedded with troops and others designed camouflage or took surveillance photographs.

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James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960). I Want YOU for U.S. Army, Nearest Recruiting Station, 1917. Poster, 40 x 29 1/2 in. Collection of Walton Rawls. Photo: The Library Company of Philadelphia

The exhibition features many high-profile loans from both private and public collections, including most importantly Sargent’s monumental tableau Gassed (Imperial War Museums, London), which has been seen in the U.S. only once before (in 1999).

Working as an official war artist for the British government, Sargent witnessed the aftermath of a German mustard gas attack on British soldiers. He represented the harrowing scene on an epic canvas measuring about 7½ x 20 feet,” says Frist Center curator Trinita Kennedy. “Our presentation of the painting and the exhibition as a whole will be enriched by a lecture on opening day entitled ‘Mr. Sargent Goes to War’ by Richard Ormond, the artist’s great-nephew and a renowned scholar based in London.”

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Claggett Wilson (1887–1952). Front Line Stuff, ca. 1919. Watercolor, pencil, and varnish on paperboard, 18 3/4 x 22 7/8 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alice H. Rossin, 1981.163.11. Photo: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY

The organization of the exhibition mirrors the historical unfolding of the war itself. It begins by showing how American artists interpreted the threat of war while the U.S. remained neutral between 1914 and 1917, the debate to enter it, and then how the conflict involved them directly as soldiers, relief workers, political dissenters, and official artists. The spectrum of political points of view and purpose can be seen through the juxtaposition of works. Hassam’s flag paintings are impressionist and patriotic, while Hartley’s tribute paintings to his slain friend and possible lover, a German military officer, are abstract and mournful. Bellows, at first an opponent of the war, later encouraged US involvement by vilifying German war crimes with macabre detail. O’Keeffe’s more personal work reflected her conflicted feelings about her younger brother’s enlistment.

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Marsden Hartley (1877–1943). Portrait, ca. 1914–15. Oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 21 1/2 in. Lent by the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Bequest of Hudson D. Walker from the Ione and Hudson D. Walker Collection, 1978.21.234

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George Bellows (1882–1925). The Return of the Useless, 1918. Oil on canvas, 59 x 66 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2009.6. Photo: Douglas Dalton. Reproduced with permission of The Bellows Trust

A group of patriotic artists came together to form the government’s first art agency in the service of war: the Division of Pictorial Publicity. On display will be iconic recruitment posters created by Laura Brey, Howard Chandler Christy, James Montgomery Flagg, and others that promoted enlistment with stirring imagery and language. There are also posters aimed at mobilizing women on the homefront, encouraging them to enter the workforce to support the war effort. As part of the Frist Center’s presentation, an education gallery with interactive electronic stations will allow visitors to explore such ideologically motivated works of art. Continue reading

Eddie Bauer Introduces The EverTherm Down Jacket, A Breakthrough In Down Innovation

Eddie Bauer has introduced the EverTherm Down Jacket. Insulated by an ultra-thin sheet of down fabric, the jacket removes the need for quilting found in traditional down jackets, eliminates cold spots, and provides superior uniform warmth in a lightweight, slim profile.Eddie Bauer Logo

Since 1920 Eddie Bauer has been an innovation leader in outerwear and gear,” said Mike Egeck, Chief Executive Officer at Eddie Bauer. “The EverTherm Down Jacket is a transformative step forward in insulation technology. It will change forever the way people think about down.”

Eddie Bauer, the man, was an outdoor guide. He pioneered the use of down as a method of insulation, and in 1936 invented the Skyliner Jacket, the first quilted down jacket patented in America. Now Eddie Bauer is revolutionizing down outerwear once again by eliminating the need for quilting in the EverTherm Down Jacket.

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Adrian Ballinger, Eddie Bauer Guide, wears Eddie Bauer’s new EverTherm Down Jacket

Powered by 30g THINDOWN™ insulation and a water-repellent StormRepel® Super DWR shell, the EverTherm Down Jacket provides warmth down to -15 degrees with moderate activity. The men’s jacket weighs an ultra-light 11.36 oz., while the women’s jacket weighs only 9.12 oz. Eddie Bauer is the first outdoor brand in North America to develop THINDOWN outerwear and has exclusive rights to the technology through 2018.

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Caroline George, Eddie Bauer Guide, wears Eddie Bauer’s new EverTherm Down Jacket

Eddie Bauer continues to work with world-class guides and athletes to build and test its technical products. The EverTherm Down Jacket has been tested on Mt. Everest, ski touring in the Grand Tetons, and alpine climbing in the Alps to perfect the warmth-to-weight ratio, and versatility, of the jacket.

It’s the best jacket I’ve worn: it’s ultra-light, warm, and slim,” said Eddie Bauer alpine climbing guide Adrian Ballinger, who tested the jacket during his seventh summit of Mt. Everest earlier this year.

The EverTherm Down Jacket is now available for pre-order online at www.eddiebauer.com/evertherm and will be in all stores nationwide on September 24. The jacket is available in both a non-hooded ($249) and hooded ($279) version for him and her in a variety of colors. And like all Eddie Bauer products, the EverTherm Down Jacket is guaranteed for life.

UGG Collective Launches for Fall/Winter 2017

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UGG® has unveiled their second UGG® Collective campaign for Fall/Winter 2017. The global marketing program features a cast of real Californians and continues to celebrate its uniqueness and elevated position by featuring personalities who highlight the diversity and spirit of the brand. From majestic mountains and wild woodlands to buzzing cities and quiet beach towns, California represents an eclectic paradise that brings together people from all across the world. For their new campaign, UGG® and the cast traveled across the state, finding locations that represent the culture of the brand and California alike. The campaign stills and videos will live globally in digital, print and UGG® store window displays.

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Kyle MacLachlan for the FW17 UGG Collective

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The cast consists of Californian photographers, musicians, actors, artists, surfers, and skaters. Like UGG®, they are provocative, progressive, free-spirited, sensual, optimistic and warm. Each season, UGG® selects new groups of unique individuals to represent the brand and in telling their stories, the brand tells theirs.UGG-AW17-Phase-2-M-CASUAL SHOE COLLECTIONUGG-AW17-Phase-2-W- KASEN COLLECTION - FASHION-BOOTUGG-AW17-Phase-3-W-HANLEI_CLASSIC-II TALL_KIM_CLASSIC II SHORT-COLUGG-AW17-Phase-2-W-KASEN-PROD-COLUGG-AW17-Phase-3-W-CLASSIC-II-PROD-COL Continue reading

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Unveils Seventh Annual September Stylemaker Issue

Annual Issue Features Influencers Including Joy the Baker, Lili Diallo and Barri Leiner Grant

Better Homes & Gardens (BH&G), the leading lifestyle brand reaching 40 million consumers a month published by Meredith Corporation (www.meredith.com), today released its seventh annual Stylemaker issue, highlighting creative forces and tastemakers who influence the worlds of beauty, food, home design, and entertaining. The issue is available on newsstands today.

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Better Homes & Gardens’ seventh annual September Stylemaker issue

The cover features interiors stylist and author, Lili Diallo. Diallo joins 39 other Stylemakers from all ages and walks of life who shape the way we decorate, cook, garden, organize, dress, and celebrate.

The Stylemakers featured in this issue embody the Better Homes & Gardens brand,” says Stephen Orr, Editor-in-Chief of Better Homes & Gardens. “Just as we do with our own content, these influencers were chosen for their ability to reach, engage with and inspire our readers in various aspects of their daily lives.”

The 2017 BH&G Stylemakers include:

  • Joy Wilson: Food writer and photographer known as Joy the Baker. Her blog attracts over 600,000 unique visitors a month.
  • Helen Norman: Fashion and lifestyle photographer and owner of Star Bright Farm in Maryland.
  • Lior Lev Sercarz: Owner of spice shop La Boite in New York and author of The Spice Companion.
  • Jean Brownhill: CEO of Sweeten, a company founded to help homeowners planning a renovation find the right contractor and navigate trouble spots.
  • Gregg Renfrew: Founder of Beautycounter, a non-toxic beauty brand that aims to get safer products in the hands of everyone.
  • Dallas Shaw: Fashion illustrator, style expert, and author of The Way She Wears It.
  • Kim Ficaro: Prop and interiors stylist who recently launched her own home collection with an e-commerce store, Totem Home, for which she collaborates with artisans in Mexico and Morocco on a range of designs.

To celebrate the issue, Better Homes & Gardens is hosting its sixth annual Stylemaker event at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on September 28th. Over 80 top influencers and tastemakers are expected to join for a day of classes, workshops, and panels.

Stylemaker is an annual event that brings to life the pages of Better Homes & Gardens with a day of thoughtfully curated panels and activities,” says Stephen Bohlinger, Group Publisher. “We pride ourselves on our ability to reach a wide audience who trust us for guidance on everything from decorating, gardening and food to health, beauty, and fashion. Stylemaker is a way for us to showcase our strengths across all those verticals.

Sponsors of the event include Bertolli, Gymboree, and Torani.

For more information about Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker go to: www.bhg.com/stylemaker

New Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series Launches for 2017

Tommy Bahama introduces the Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series, custom-designed fan apparel, featuring 40 of the top universities across the country. Additional schools will be added throughout the year. Designed to appeal to students, alumni, and families, the Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series features University logoed polo shirts, camp shirts and half zip pullovers in college colors and details that are packed with school spirit. (The Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series was developed in conjunction with licensing partners IMG College Licensing, LLC, Fermata Partners, Learfield Licensing Partners and 289c Apparel, Ltd. )

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Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series

We’re very excited about the new Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series and the opportunity to expand our existing sport product offering that includes MLB and NFL,” says Doug Wood, CEO of Tommy Bahama. “The collegiate series offers our guests a well-rounded selection of upscale fan apparel that showcases their favorite college.”

The Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series features some of the brand’s signature styles in a range of college colors, each embroidered with the school’s logo. Styles are offered in two fits: the existing Standard Fit and the new Trim Fit, which is slimmer through the body and sleeves. Key styles in the new Trim Fit include: the Clubhouse MVP, a DryTech polo in college colors with logo on left chest; the Camp Safari Polo, an all over palm print polo; and the Tiki Time Camp shirt, a classic Hawaiian print shirt in school colors to display your school pride and Aloha style.

Offered in Standard Fit, the Collegiate Emfielder, Clubhouse Alumni Polo, Collegiate Fez Fronds, Catalina Twill Camp and Campus Flip, a reversible half zip pullover, are all a great way to show support for your favorite school. The Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series suggested retail prices range from $110 – $165.

Tommy Bahama is also celebrating its debut in the collegiate market with a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational, the premier early season college basketball tournament. The Tommy Bahama Maui Jim Maui Invitational Sweepstakes is the ultimate prize for any college basketball fan — a trip for two and all access VIP tickets to the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational held in Maui, November 20-22. The prize also includes airfare, lodging, dinner at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store in Wailea and a $1,000 Tommy Bahama gift card to use in store or online. The Tommy Bahama Maui Jim Maui Invitational Sweepstakes runs from August 14-September 12 at Tommy Bahama retail stores and online. Continue reading

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Celebrates the 10th BIRTHDAY of its Famed 10022-SHOE Salon

It’s been 10 years since Saks revolutionized the shoe industry with a shoe floor so big it needed its own zip code; the luxury retailer marks this incredible milestone with more than 75 exclusive styles, windows featuring custom designer birthday cakes, exclusive made-to-order programs, and moredownload (2)

On August 17, Saks Fifth Avenue will celebrate the 10th birthday of its famed 10022-SHOE salon. A pioneer in the footwear industry, Saks Fifth Avenue was among the first retailers to place a greater focus on shoes by creating a shoe department so big, the U.S. Postal Service granted the floor its own ZIP code―10022-SHOE. And now, 10 years later, 10022-SHOE is home to 110 designer brands―a number that has more than doubled since its inception in 2007; holds as many as 200,000 pairs of shoes; and has been expanded into 25 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Brands such as Jimmy Choo, CHANEL, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Saint Laurent, and Gucci, among others, have been with 10022-SHOE since the very beginning and will honor its 10th birthday at Saks with exclusive styles, made-to-order programs, custom birthday cake window designs, and more.

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Throughout the past 10 years, Saks Fifth Avenue has held a constant and dominating presence in the shoe industry, selling on average 850,000 pairs of shoes per year, which equates to approximately 8.5 million over the course of its 10 year history―that’s enough “shoe footage” to travel up and down the Empire State Building close to 2,000 times!

Coupled with its impressive selection, 10022-SHOE has played host to many launches, exhibitions and firsts:

  • In 2008, 10022-SHOE was chosen to host the 70th anniversary exhibition of ruby slippers honoring the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz,” which included styles by designers including Oscar de la Renta, Stuart Weitzman and Roger Vivier, as well as Judy Garland‘s original ruby slippers designed by Adrian Greenberg of MGM studios;
  • From 2008 to 2015, designers such as Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Edgardo Osorio of Aquazzura, Paul Andrew and Nicholas Kirkwood, among many others, made special appearances at 10022-SHOE locations across the country;
  • In early 2015, 10022-SHOE paid tribute to Disney’s live-action film inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella,” by collaborating, in partnership with Disney Consumer Products, with nine luxury designers―including Paul Andrew, Tabitha Simmons, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jimmy Choo and Salvatore Ferragamo―to create their own interpretations of Cinderella‘s famed glass slipper;
  • Later in 2015, 10022-SHOE made history with the launch of Manolo Blahnik’s first U.S. shop-in-shop in the United States; and
  • In 2016, Saks opened its first store dedicated solely to shoes—10022-SHOE Greenwich—located in the heart of Greenwich, CT.

The strength and growth of 10022-SHOE over the past 10 years is a testament to Saks’ commitment to the footwear category as well as our customers’ desire for the depth and breadth of our designer and emerging designer shoe assortment,” stated Tracy Margolies, Chief Merchant, Saks Fifth Avenue. “10022-SHOE is a landmark for shoe lovers in New York City and around the world for one-of-a-kind merchandise and experiences that they cannot find anywhere else―a core principle of Saks’ identity.”

Beginning this month, Saks Fifth Avenue is celebrating 10022-SHOE‘s 10th birthday with:

  • More than 75 exclusive shoe styles from powerhouse brands such as Aquazzura, Gucci, Giuseppe Zanotti, Valentino Garavani and Gianvito Rossi;
  • 12 exclusive made-to-order programs, including programs by Prada, Alexandre Birman, Manolo Blahnik, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roger Vivier and Jimmy Choo; and
  • 16 designer Happy Birthday 10022-SHOE cakes featured in the New York flagship store’s windows designed by brands such as Valentino Garavani, Gianvito Rossi, Gucci and Prada.

From Thursday, Aug. 17 until Sunday, Aug. 20, Saks will showcase a visual installation in its New York flagship, entitled “10 Galleries: A Decade of Shoes.” Each of the 10 installations will play off the 10022-SHOE exclusive items and trends and invite customers to discover, interact with, and celebrate all things shoes.

Notable footwear designers share memories about Saks Fifth Avenue and 10022-SHOE:

Designer Christian Louboutin speaks about his fondest memory of Saks’ 10022-SHOE: “Doing a personal appearance on the shoe level when it was first opened where women told me intimate stories about themselves and their shoes. It made me understand the desire of the American customer, their differences in their approach, and their taste for luxury.”

Designer Manolo Blahnik speaks about his fondest memory of Saks’ 10022-SHOE: “I think when we first launched our boutique in 2015―we had a book signing and dinner. It was an honour to meet so many women who loved my shoes … I love it [Saks]! It has always been one of my favourite stores, so beautiful and feminine!

Designer Sandra Choi of Jimmy Choo―a brand which first launched at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1997―recalls her favorite memory, designing the commemorative 2007 10022-SHOE stamp: “The custom Jimmy Choo stamp I designed for the inauguration of the shoe floor 10 years ago. It was designed to reflect the unique zip code that was created to mark the opening. It featured a sketch I drew of a signature pump, it was such a fun and original idea.”

Designer Nicholas Kirkwood speaks to his exclusive 10022-SHOE birthday style: “I wanted to create something completely different to celebrate the 10022-SHOE 10th birthday, but also something special, and I loved the idea of the interplay between masculinity and femininity so it was from there that I designed the Combat boot.”

Designer Paul Andrew speaks about his partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue: “Saks has been a signifier of style and sophistication since they opened their doors for the first time in 1924. When I launched my own brand in 2013, my very first order came from Saks. It was a surreal moment—and Saks will always hold a special place in my heart for that reason.”

Designer Edgardo Osorio of Aquazzura speaks fondly about Saks Fifth Avenue: “Saks is such an iconic shopping hub, especially the historic Fifth Avenue flagship, and it’s just amazing to be carried there and all over the United States … Saks was the first department store to buy AQUAZZURA in the U.S. and as one of our key partners, they have continued to believe in me and my designs ever since. Over the years the working relationship has blossomed into a friendship.

Check out Saks’ 10 top shoe trends in the upcoming Saks Fifth Avenue Shoe Book, which will be available in stores and on saks.com August 16. Visitors can view their local stores’ 10022-SHOE celebratory activities on the Store & Locations page on Saks.com. Saks Fifth Avenue also welcomes viewers to connect via its social channels, and to follow #10022SHOE for insider access.