Holly Hunt launches Ralph Rucci Collection for HOLLY HUNT

Ralph Rucci for Holly Hunt Collection - Rib Chair

Ralph Rucci for Holly Hunt Collection – Rib Chair

HOLLY HUNT is excited to announce the first installation of the Ralph Rucci furniture collection at the HOLLY HUNT New York Showroom at the A&D Building, 150 E 58th Street, New York. The Ralph Rucci Collection feature luxurious materials –upholstered silk velvet, horsehair, duchesse satin and suede as well as wood, bronze, lacquered surfaces, rock crystal and hammered steel. Rucci’s debut collection, now showcased at the HOLLY HUNT New York Showroom, was unveiled to the public at a launch event hosted in tandem with Margaret Russell, Editor In Chief of Architectural Digest, in early spring.

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The Interior Design industry is moving ever closer to fashion, and there is not another designer with whom I could be more proud to work than Ralph Rucci,” says Holly Hunt

Ralph Rucci for Holly Hunt Collection - Rib Chair

Ralph Rucci for Holly Hunt Collection – Rib Chair

For more than thirty years, Ralph Rucci has been assembling an atelier of uniquely talented, creative individuals who share both his aesthetic and his passion for meticulous workmanship, as well as being credited with raising the standard of the American fashion industry. He brings this artisanal approach to his furniture collection. Since 1981, Rucci’s work continues to evolve through innovative techniques and the use of resplendent fabrics, always with his eye on meticulous detail, which never fails to elicit a deep, emotional response. With unique and luxurious materials and skillfully crafted components, he continues his vision of adding refinement, beauty and tranquility to both the world of fashion, and now, interior design.

Ralph Rucci being interviewed at the launch event hosted in tandem with Margaret Russell, Editor In Chief of Architectural Digest, in early spring. (Credit: Richard Speigel/www.thefashiontribune.com)

Ralph Rucci being interviewed at the launch event hosted in tandem with Margaret Russell, Editor In Chief of Architectural Digest, in early spring. (Credit: Richard Speigel/www.thefashiontribune.com)

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Kenneth Cole Applauds The Supreme Court’s Decision To Support Marriage Equality For All

Fashion Designer and social activist Kenneth Cole has long –and boldly– supported marriage equality (and gay rights) for over awearness_logofifteen years; and views today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as a step forward for all who wish to get married.

“Since our first gay rights advertisements in 1995 we have been firm believers in equal rights for all,” says Cole.  “Today’s Supreme Court decision echoes what we have long believed, and validates ‘for better or for worse,’ the importance of every relationship and everyone’s inherent right ‘to have and to hold.'”

This June, Kenneth Cole Productions announced its fifth year collaborating with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), with the sale of a limited edition t-shirt encouraging Americans to show support for marriage equality through AWEARNESS. AWEARNESS, The Kenneth Cole Foundation promotes, encourages and inspires meaningful social change, and supports like-minded Change Agents and organizations to make a difference. They also sell products and host events in support of their important causes. As part of each partnership, an AWEARNESS “Change Agent” is selected, and their story of social activism is highlighted to inspire others to get involved. These interviews and products can be seen on the AWEARNESS website www.awearness.com.

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This year’s t-shirt is inscribed with the message “Equality… Get Married to the Idea,” and features a pink equal sign inspired by the HRC logo that took over social media in anticipation of today’s decision.  AWEARNESS, The Kenneth Cole Foundation will donate 100% of the net-profits from the sale of each t-shirt to HRC.

Additionally, Kenneth Cole is hosting in-store events June 27 in New York City and San Francisco with local screen printers on-site to print customers’ favorite Kenneth Cole and HRC graphic collaboration.

To learn more about Kenneth Cole Productions longstanding support of equality visit http://www.awearness.com/#Page_IssuesArchiveCivilLibertiesPage

NYC PRIDE ANNOUNCES DEBORAH COX AS ONE OF TWO PERFORMERS FOR 27th ANNUAL DANCE ON THE PIER

CHER TO DEBUT NEW SINGLE AT NYC PRIDE 2013

NYC Pride announced Deborah Cox will perform at the annual Dance on the Pier. Fresh off her captivating Broadway performance as Lucy in “Jekyll & Hyde,” the Grammy-nominated and multiplatinum-selling artist will rock the stage on Hudson River Park‘s Pier 26 as part of the closing for NYC Pride’s official events. NYC Pride also announced that its famous Dance on the Pier has found a new outdoor home: Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in Tribeca. Dance on the Pier, now in its 27th year, will again serve as the official closing to NYC Pride week on Sunday, June 30. Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 will also play host to The Rally, the official Pride kick-off event, and Rapture on the River, the official women’s event.

I am thrilled to be at this year’s Pier Dance! This year’s party under the stars will be a huge celebration because of all the recent progress made towards equality for the LGBT community,” says Deborah Cox.

DEBORAH COX performance during 37th Capital Pride Festival at the Main Stage on Pennyslvania Avenue and 3rd Street, NW, Washington DC on Sunday afternoon, 10 June 2012 by Elvert Barnes Photography

DEBORAH COX performance during 37th Capital Pride Festival at the Main Stage on Pennyslvania Avenue and 3rd Street, NW, Washington DC on Sunday afternoon, 10 June 2012 by Elvert Barnes Photography

Deborah Cox joins a long list of incredible performers who have taken the stage at the Dance. Artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Hudson and Whitney Houston have all been part of the world-famous event. Known internationally for her hit songs, “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here,” “Absolutely Not,” “Leave The World Behind,” and “Beautiful U R,” crowds can expect incredibly danceable beats along with powerhouse vocals. Continue reading

FASHION SHOW REVIEW: PARKE & RONEN RESORT 2014

By Phillip D. Johnson

Photographed by Richard Spiegel (www.thefashiontribune.com)

2013 Spring/Summer Collections Images by Getty Images

Parke & Ronen, a fashion company and brand founded by fashion designers Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel is one of my must-see collections at New York Fashion Week. Lutter and Jehezkel designs a menswear and men’s swim collection offering shirts, pants, shorts, sportswear, footwear, and accessories that is sold at their New York and Los Angeles boutiques, as well as in top stores in the United States and internationally. Their most recent collection, Resort 2014, was shown in earlier June and was a continuation of their move into becoming less known as a men’s swimwear company and more as an emerging lifestyle brand. Standout pieces in the collection included their colorblock camp shirts, the ready for summer keyhole cardigan sweaters and their always well-received trunks and briefs.

Credit: Richard Spiegel/www.thefashiontribune.com)

Credit: Richard Spiegel/www.thefashiontribune.com)

(Credit: Richard Speigel/www.thefashiontribune.com)

(Credit: Richard Speigel/www.thefashiontribune.com)

 (Credit: Richard Spiegel/www.thefashiontribune.com)

(Credit: Richard Spiegel/www.thefashiontribune.com)

The company has two in-house labels: The “White Label” that features casual contemporary sportswear, tee-shirts and swimwear and is sold in many stores, and the limited “Boutique Label” in their New York and Los Angeles boutiques and selective stores. The designers plan to launch a men’s underwear line this coming September, in time for the 2014 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Week shows.

(Credit: Richard Speigel/www.thefashiontribune.com)

(Credit: Richard Speigel/www.thefashiontribune.com)

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GRAND MARSHALLS ANNOUNCED FOR 44TH ANNUAL NYC LGBT PRIDE MARCH

ON EVE OF HISTORIC WINDSOR V. UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES CASE, NYC PRIDE ANNOUNCES 2013 GRAND MARSHALS: EDITH WINDSOR, HARRY BELAFONTE, EARL FOWLKES TO LEAD MARCH DOWN 5TH AVE.

NYC Pride announced that it has selected and confirmed Edith Windsor, Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes as Grand Marshals for the 44th annual NYC LGBT Pride March. These individuals represent dedication, greatness and inspiration within the LGBT community.

This year The March will be joined by over 300 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of non-profits, communitynyc-pride-logo (1) organizations, corporate sponsors, small business, political candidates and activists! With over 50 floats prepped to make the trek down 5th Avenue, this year’s March will be one of the largest and most exciting in history.

The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

The Grand Marshals will lead this year’s LGBT Pride March, which runs from Midtown along 5th Avenue to the West Village along Christopher Street. (For more information on the March and this year’s Grand Marshals, including full biographies, please visit www.nycpride.org/events and click on the March tab.)

(Archival Photo. Credit: Phillip D. Johnson)

(Archival Photo. Credit: Phillip D. Johnson)

(Archival Photo. Credit: Phillip D. Johnson)

(Archival Photo. Credit: Phillip D. Johnson)

 “We believe this year will be historic. LGBT rights are expanding across the country and these individuals embody the soul of a movement far from over. They are tirelessly fighting for all of us. They are the great waves in a sea of hope: Edith’s never-ending battle for marriage equality, Harry’s unending fight for human rights, Earl’s focused leadership and selfless spirit. So with great pride, we congratulate them and honor them for their unwavering dedication to the idea of a more just and verdant future for all peoples,” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride.

Edie Windsor’s fight against DOMA began when she was slapped with $360,000 in federal estate taxes upon the death of her partner

In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 photo, Edith Windsor speaks during an interview in her New York City apartment. Windsor has found some notoriety at age 83, as her challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act will be heard by the United States Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 photo, Edith Windsor speaks during an interview in her New York City apartment. Windsor has found some notoriety at age 83, as her challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act will be heard by the United States Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

of 44 years, Thea Speyer. She’s worked to bring her case all the way to the Supreme Court. Justices heard the case in March of this year and a decision from the Court is expected in late June.

Harry Belafonte, well-known for his musical talents, is a longtime advocate for civil rights and universal equality. We honor him as a Marshal for his fervent dedication to the LGBT community and the global struggle for peace and equity.

Earl Fowlkes serves as the President/CEO of the Center for Black Equity. Earl works tirelessly on the front lines of progress, seeing through the Center’s mission: to fight for health, social and economic equity in the Black LGBT community.

This year’s Grand Marshals have enriched the LGBT community through their dedication, accomplishments and commitment to the LGBT civil rights movement. By recognizing Edith Windsor’s historic court case, Harry Belafonte’s trailblazing activism and Earl Fowlkes’ outstanding LGBT leadership, we hope to inspire further action in attaining worldwide equality,” said Mike Dunlap, March Director for NYC Pride.

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NYC Pride also recognizes outstanding achievement and acknowledges the effort required behind the scenes to produce Pride. The March Committee and our panel of judges (located at the Reviewing Stand at Fifth Avenue and 8th Street) will evaluate the March contingents to determine which best represent the concept of the following March Awards:

Best Use of Theme Award

Best Marching Contingent Award

Best Decorated Vehicle Award

Best Musical Contingent Award

Most Original Award

And That’s a Wrap: A Roundup of the Best of Tribeca Film Festival 2013

By Phillip D. Johnson

Film Stills provided by the Filmmakers and Tribeca Enterprises (via Getty Images)

Posted with permission from L’Etage Magazine (www.letagemagazine.com)

As a first-time attendee to the Tribeca film Festival in Downtown New York City, I didn’t quite know what to expect but I ultimately came away from the experience more educated–and entertained–than I thought I would. The whole experience, in and of itself, was an eye-opener for me. And based on conversations with TFF veterans, this was the best year yet for the festival. Even as a first-timer, I have to agree. The Village Voice said of the festival: “Tribeca is finally up and running…This is the second #Tribeca_Film_Festival_Aboutyear of the tenure of Artistic Director Frederic Boyer, formerly programmer of Cannes’s Directors Fortnight sidebar, and the mix-more than 100 films-appears to be broadening and deepening…There’s a wealth of under-the-radar riches here.”

From over 6,121 submissions (feature films, documentaries, narratives and shorts), there were–in the feature film section–53 world premieres, 6 international premieres, 15 North American premieres, 5 U.S. premieres, and 9 New York premieres, with 12 documentaries, 12 narrative films and 24 feature films in competition. In the Short Film Section, there were 30 world premieres, 6 international premieres, 8 North American premieres, 3 U.S. Premiere and 13 New York premieres. The festival featured the works of 38 first-time directors (including actor Clark Gregg who starred in and directed Trust Me, and Whoopi Goldberg, who produced and directed I Got Somethin’ to Tell You), 11 first-time female directors, 27 first-time male directors, 114 feature length directors, 10 returning directors and a special screening celebrating the 30th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s newly restored ‘The King of Comedy’ closing the 12th annual Festival.

Of course, much like the semi-annual New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center (and other venues around town), it was a case of too many films (or fashion shows) you want to see and too little time to see them all. Starting at 9:45 am every morning, I managed to see as many as I could and the following were my favorites and the films and documentaries that have stayed with me even now.

50 Cents in HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS

50 Cents in HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS

Retired drug dealer Bobby in HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS

Retired drug dealer Bobby in HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS

Matthew Cooke, Director of HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS

Matthew Cooke, Director of HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS

HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS (2012, 100 minutes, Director: Matthew Cooke) At first blush, I think I know what this documentary was going to be about. But then I was very pleasantly surprised just the same. This sneakingly shocking and candid documentary took me to places I least expected but was glad to go to anyways. How to Make Money Selling Drugs was a blunt but highly entertaining examination of how a street dealer can rise to cartel drug lord with somewhat relative ease. The movie examined the whole U.S. War Against Drugs from the viewpoints of former (retired) drug dealers, DEA agents, defense lawyers, prosecutors and politicians who used the misguided war against drugs and egregious drug laws to get (and stay) elected, addicts, innocent people whose lives were nearly destroyed by the drug culture and rights advocates such as actors Susan Sarandon and Woody Harrelson. Some things I already knew (example: that law enforcement –police departments across the land– liberally uses the search and seizure laws to confiscate drug dealers’ properties, which they then sell at auction and use the proceedings to balance their respective yearly operating budgets; that police misconduct–missing drugs from drug busts and police station evidence lockers, false drug arrests, corrupt cops who become drug dealers themselves– has arisen across the country as a result). Other facts that came out of the film were not surprising but very, very disturbing: the ineffective war on drugs is not only a MAJOR EPIC failure but equally that the United Sates government itself is indeed the biggest illegal drug dealer of them all. Why am I not surprised? If you ever get a chance to see this film, make it a priority to do so. Continue reading