NEW YORK FASHION WEEK REVIEW: MATHIEU MIRANO SPRING/SUMMER 2013

Written by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

Collection Images photographed by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

Mathieu Mirano 2013 Spring/Summer Collection @Phillip D. Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com

Mathieu Mirano 2013 Spring/Summer Collection @Phillip D. Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com

Mathieu Mirano 2013 Spring/Summer Collection @Phillip D. Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com

Mathieu Mirano 2013 Spring/Summer Collection @Phillip D. Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com

I am always up for new discoveries during NEW YORK FASHION WEEK and this past September, I was extremely happy to discover MATHIEU MIRANO, a young designer with a great, great future in the industry. A breakthrough designer if there was any that week, Mirano showed a glamorous yet structurally modern Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The 21-year-old designer expertly demonstrated an eye for utilizing elegant fabrics, designing refined and appropriate daywear, an affinity for cutting fabric that’s rarely seen in someone his age and an aptitude for designing a killer evening gown. Continue reading

TOO FACED COSMETICS ANNOUNCES FRANCESCA EASTWOOD AS THE NEW FACE FOR FALL 2013

TOO FACED COSMETICS, the playful, feminine prestige cosmetics brand, announced FRANCESCA EASTWOOD as the new face for their FALL 2013 COLLECTION. Working directly with Too Faced co-founders JERROD BLANDINO and JEREMY JOHNSON, Miss Eastwood will brings her adventurous, free-spirited glamour to the brand though print advertising, merchandising materials (in-store, web) and personal appearances throughout the year.

Too Faced Cosmetics Announces Francesca Eastwood as the New Face for Fall 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/Too Faced Cosmetics)

Too Faced Cosmetics Announces Francesca Eastwood as the New Face for Fall 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Too Faced Cosmetics)

TOO FACED COSMETICS is a brand that invites and encourages women to be the best version of themselves that they can possibly be. Since its inception in 1998, the company has earned a reputation for its commitment to empowering real women with the luxury of having the best quality cosmetics offered with a stylish and playful flair that brings a sense of positivity to the world. The brand allows everyday girls to achieve artistry looks with its educational, de-mystifying approach while still dominating fashion magazines, movies and television shows alike. Continue reading

ONE MILLION MOMS FOR GUN CONTROL ANNOUNCES DEMONSTRATIONS IN NYC AND DC

MOMS WHO CAN’T ATTEND TO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL AND VIRTUAL GATHERINGS

ONE MILLION MOMS FOR GUN CONTROL announced today that it will sponsor several major events in January to demand action on common-sense gun control laws. ONE MILLION MOMS FOR GUN CONTROL (http://www.onemillionmomsforguncontrol.org) was formed within 24 hours of the Connecticut elementary school shooting in Sandy Hook and is dedicated to harnessing the power of social media and the motivation of outraged mothers. In less than one month, ONE MILLION MOMS FOR GUN CONTROL has tens of thousands of members and has established more than 75 local chapters across the country.

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BUDWEISER, THE ‘KING OF BEERS’ UNVEILS BUDWEISER BLACK CROWN ON JAN. 21

FIRST TV SPOT WILL BE FEATURED DURING SUPER BOWL XLVII

BEER WAS CROWD FAVORITE DURING NATIONWIDE ‘PROJECT 12’ COMPETITION

BUDWEISER is America’s No. 1 premium regular beer, selling more than its four nearest competitors combined. It started with a bold experiment. A year ago, BUDWEISER asked its 12 brewmasters to envision their own unique version of one of the world’s most iconic beers. After 12 recipes, six beers brewed for national sampling, and 25,000 opinions, the experiment has resulted in a new golden amber lager based on the voice of the people: BUDWEISER BLACK CROWN. BUDWEISER BLACK CROWN is brewed at Anheuser-Busch’s state-of-the art breweries in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Columbus, Ohio and Williamsburg, Va.

Budweiser Black Crown proved to be the crowd favorite during "Project 12," a nearly year-long process in which 12 beers from Budweiser brewmasters across the United States were ultimately narrowed to one winner through consumer sampling and feedback. The winning recipe will available for purchase nationwide starting Monday, Jan. 21 in 12-oz. glass bottles in six-, 12- and 24-packs, and in 22-oz. single bottles.-b: The Budweiser Black Crown recipe was the crowd favorite among the more than 25,000 adult drinkers from coast to coast who participated in the brand's Project 12 sampling initiative.  (PRNewsFoto/Anheuser-Busch)

Budweiser Black Crown proved to be the crowd favorite during “Project 12,” a nearly year-long process in which 12 beers from Budweiser brewmasters across the United States were ultimately narrowed to one winner through consumer sampling and feedback. (PRNewsFoto/Anheuser-Busch)

The winning recipe from Budweiser’s “Project 12” is now a new brand available for purchase starting Monday, Jan. 21. In suitable fashion for the King of Beers, BUDWEISER BLACK CROWN will take its place on the national stage less than two weeks later when its first 30-second television advertisement airs during SUPER BOWL XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3. The Super Bowl commercial was filmed in Los Angeles last month and directed by Samuel Bayer, whose previous Super Bowl work includes a spot that won an Emmy for best commercial. More information about the spots will be released later.
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THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE 2013 ESSENCE FESTIVAL JULY 4-7, NEW ORLEANS, LA

THE DEFINITIVE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: 4 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS OF WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT, EMPOWERMENT AND INSPIRATION

NEWLY REBRANDED ‘ESSENCE FESTIVAL’ TO EXPAND CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING AND BRING THE ‘PAGE TO THE STAGE’ HIGHLIGHTING HEALTH, CAREERS, EDUCATION, CIVIL RIGHTS, RELATIONSHIPS, STYLE, BEAUTY AND MORE

MORE THAN 30 CHART-TOPPING MUSICAL ACTS TO PERFORM: JILL SCOTT, MAXWELL, NEW EDITION, CHARLIE WILSON, KEYSHIA COLE, LL COOL J, BRANDY, BRIDGET KELLY, BIG DADDY KANE, BLACKSTREET, JODY WATLEY, LEELA JAMES, LES NUBIANS, MINT CONDITION AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

OVER 50 SPEAKERS TO APPEAR AT DAYTIME EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE: REV. AL SHARPTON, REP. JOHN LEWIS, DR. STEVE PERRY AND MORE

PLUS, AN ALL-STAR GOSPEL TRIBUTE TO MUSICAL POWERHOUSES PASTOR DONNIE MCCLURKIN AND TRAMAINE HAWKINS

2013 ESSENCE Festival.  (PRNewsFoto/Essence Communications Inc.)

2013 ESSENCE Festival. (PRNewsFoto/Essence Communications Inc.)

ESSENCE‘s 19th annual gathering of music, culture, community, empowerment and inspiration has a brand new look and a new name. The new 2013 ESSENCE FESTIVAL–recently renamed to reflect the event’s expanded cultural focus–will take place JULY 4-7 in New Orleans, LA. This year’s Festival promises to bring “the page to the stage” with 4 days of entertainment and information on health, careers, education, civil rights, relationships, style, beauty and more that will get you into the Festival groove! Sponsors of the 2013 ESSENCE Festival include presenting sponsor COCA-COLA and major sponsor WALMART. Continue reading