Avon Names Megan Fox As The Face Of Instinct

EXPLORE YOUR WILD SIDE WITH NEW FRAGRANCES FOR HIM AND HER

Avon Products, Inc. announced this week that actress Megan Fox will serve as the face of Avon Instinct, a duo of fragrances for him and her. The fragrances will launch globally beginning this fall in Europe, followed by the U.S. and other regions in 2014. A smoldering presence on screen and off, Fox is the perfect fit for the intensely exotic new scents – lush, fruity floral for Her and woody aromatic for Him. Evoking the intoxicating feeling of losing inhibitions and indulging desire, Instinct is an ode to the kind of sensuality that Fox embodies.

Actress Megan Fox named as the face of Instinct, a new duo of fragrances for him and her #AvonInstinct

Actress Megan Fox named as the face of Instinct, a new duo of fragrances for him and her #AvonInstinct

Actress Megan Fox has been in the spotlight since she was a teenager. She first became a household name when she starred as Mikaela Banes in the first two “Transformers” movies. She has since had roles in films including Jennifer’s Body, Friends With Kids, Jonah Hex, Passion Play and This Is 40.  Most recently, she wrapped production on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for Paramount which will be released in 2014. Fox regularly graces the covers of fashion and beauty magazines internationally and is renowned for her iconic looks.

Avon Instinct for Her (left) and For Him (right)

Avon Instinct for Her (left) and For Him (right)

When Avon approached me to be the face of Instinct, I was thrilled about the opportunity to represent these fragrances,” explains Fox. “I’m so excited to be a part of this brand I’ve always loved and respected.”

When we developed Avon Instinct, we were looking for someone who could portray the essence of a wildly alluring fragrance,” reveals Denise McEvoy Vice President Global Fragrance Marketing, Avon. “No one evokes magnetic attraction better than Megan–men and women alike see her as a bold, captivating beauty. She’s the perfect face for a scent that’s intensely alluring and a little bit dangerous.” Continue reading

Jim Beam Distillery Opens Fred’s Smokehouse

Visitors Are Encouraged to Pull Up a Chair at the Beam Family Table

Beam Inc., a leading global premium spirits company, recently celebrated the opening of Fred’s Smokehouse on the grounds of its flagship distillery in Clermont, Ky.  Named after seventh generation master distiller and great-grandson of Jim Beam, Fred Noe, Fred’s Smokehouse embodies the same heritage of the historic Beam family smokehouse built by Jim Beam himself and still located in Bardstown, Ky., while offering a modern, bourbon-inspired twist to traditional Kentucky fare. Inspired by the bold, rich flavor of some of Beam’s best-selling whiskies, the menu includes selections such as Devil’s Cut(TM) Pulled Pork BBQ on a Brioche Bun, Aunt Mimi’s mouthwatering bourbon baked beans and a signature homemade chocolate bourbon pie with Graeter’s Jim Beam® Bourbon ice cream.

Seventh generation master distiller and great-grandson of Jim Beam, Frederick "Fred" Booker Noe III, offers a toast to guests at the grand opening of his new namesake counter-service restaurant, Fred's Smokehouse. The cafe is located adjacent to the Jim Beam American Stillhouse on the grounds of Beam's flagship distillery in Clermont, Ky., and is inspired by the bold, rich flavor of some of Beam's best-selling whiskies.  (PRNewsFoto/Beam Inc.)

Seventh generation master distiller and great-grandson of Jim Beam, Frederick “Fred” Booker Noe III, offers a toast to guests at the grand opening of his new namesake counter-service restaurant, Fred’s Smokehouse. The cafe is located adjacent to the Jim Beam American Stillhouse on the grounds of Beam’s flagship distillery in Clermont, Ky., and is inspired by the bold, rich flavor of some of Beam’s best-selling whiskies. (PRNewsFoto/Beam Inc.)

What an honor,” said Noe. “Not only does the distillery’s first cafe bear my name, but Fred’s Smokehouse truly embodies my family’s heritage. It’s a place where our friends can pull up a chair, enjoy some bourbon favorites and be a part of our family.”

Adjacent to the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, the bourbon-inspired cafe is a casual respite for guests looking for one more way to enjoy the world’s No. 1 selling bourbon as they soak in the distillery history.  The red-barn building, which was originally built on the distillery grounds in 2005, was used to house Jim Beam’s antique fire truck until the distillery restored and reopened it as a counter-service cafe overlooking the rolling foothills of Kentucky and the historic Jim Beam Distillery. Callahan’s of Louisville caters the restaurant and its menu, made mostly of Kentucky products and featuring select recipes from Fred’s personal memoir Beam, Straight Up (Wiley; September 2012).  Menu prices range from $1.49 to $8.99.

A replica of a 1930s stillhouse, the Jim Beam American Stillhouse showcases the centuries-old Jim Beam Bourbon-making process from start to finish. Guided tours ($8) start with Beam’s natural limestone water well and take guests through the mashing, distilling, barreling, storing and bottling lines. A total whiskey immersion engages the senses, while also offering guests a historical look at The First Family of Bourbon. Complimentary self-guided tours are also available.

The Jim Beam American Stillhouse also offers guests a one-of-a-kind retail experience with branded items featuring the world’s No.1-selling Bourbon Jim Beam, Knob Creek® Bourbon, Red Stag by Jim Beam(TM), Devil’s Cut, Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, Old Tub® and Old Grand Dad. Other Exclusive specials include:

—  Jim Beam® American Stillhouse 2013 Clermont Limited-Edition Bourbon – Hand-numbered and signed by Noe, only 7,500 bottles of this seven-year-old whiskey are available (SRP: $39.99)

—  Fred’s Smokehouse Decanters – Since the early 1950s, hundreds of Beam decanters have celebrated history, sports, politics and more. The limited-edition ceramic decanter commemorates the grand opening of Fred’s Smokehouse and retails exclusively at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse for $149.99. The decanters were expertly crafted by Louisville Stoneware.

Fred’s Smokehouse is open daily 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday (March 1 – November 1) and will have limited hours November through February. For more information about Fred’s Smokehouse, visit www.AmericanStillhouse.com.

OVATION TO PREMIERE A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK STARRING JON HAMM AND DANIEL RADCLIFFE

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men, 30 Rock) bring Bulgakov’s darkly comic A Young Doctor’s Notebook to the screen for the first time as the critically-acclaimed series will debut this October, on Ovation with episodes airing weekly.

A YOUNG DOCTORS NOTEBOOK: L to R. Old doctor (Jon Hamm), Young doctor (Daniel Radcliffe)

A YOUNG DOCTORS NOTEBOOK: L to R. Old doctor (Jon Hamm), Young doctor (Daniel Radcliffe)

Young doctor (Daniel Radcliffe) and old doctor (Jon Hamm)

Young doctor (Daniel Radcliffe) and old doctor (Jon Hamm)

A YOUNG DOCTORS NOTEBOOK: L to R. Old doctor (Jon Hamm), Young doctor (Daniel Radcliffe)

A YOUNG DOCTORS NOTEBOOK: L to R. Old doctor (Jon Hamm), Young doctor (Daniel Radcliffe)

Renowned Russian writer and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov’s book A Young Doctor’s Notebook was adapted into a television series by writers Mark Chappell, Shaun Pye and Alan Connor (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret). It is a darkly humorous account of the turbulent experiences of a newly graduated young doctor (Radcliffe), artfully told through the eyes of his older, opiate-addicted self (Hamm), who narrates the action from his own notebooks. The young doctor lands a post at a small hospital in a remote village during the Russian Revolution.  Dealing with superstitious and poorly educated patients creates for the doctor a brutal, panic-inducing introduction to his medical practice, causing the young doctor to struggle with doubts about his own competence.

Old doctor (Jon Hamm)

Old doctor (Jon Hamm)

Young doctor (Daniel Radcliffe)

Young doctor (Daniel Radcliffe)

Produced by Big Talk Productions, and originally broadcast on Sky Arts in the UK last year, A Young Doctor’s Notebook became the highest-rated program in the network’s history, with audiences up over 1000% on the slot average, and receiving universal critical acclaim. Continue reading

Aria Hotels adds the Elatos Resort and Health Club to its Collection of Greek Hotels and Villas

Aria Hotels (www.ariahotels.gr), a specialist in authentic Greek hospitality in the country’s lesser-known hideaways has added the Elatos Resort & Health Club (www.elatos.com) to its collection of boutique hotels and villas. Elatos is a hidden gem just over two hours from Athens on Greece’s Mount Parnassos offering quiet, relaxed skiing in winter and glorious hiking, mountain biking and other country pursuits all year round. In the coming months the hotel will undergo a number of improvements and upgrades which should be completed by December 2013.

Aria Hotels adds the Elatos Resort and Health Club to its collection of Greek hotels and villas

Aria Hotels adds the Elatos Resort and Health Club to its collection of Greek hotels and villas

Elatos Resort and Health Club

Elatos Resort and Health Club

Elatos Resort and Health Club

Elatos Resort and Health Club

The Elatos resort which was built in 1996 comprises 39 classic chalets built using timber specially imported from Finland. Each is beautifully integrated into the landscape, typically nestling among fir trees. There are seven different types of chalet to choose from, accommodating between two and six people in two or three bedrooms, each ranging from 70 to 140 sq m. All chalets are equipped with a living room, fireplace and kitchen, one or two bathrooms and a veranda. Facilities include satellite TV, telephone, minibar and independently controlled heating.

In the central clubhouse is a restaurant, bar, health club and conference centre. Aria Hotels will be introducing an all-new restaurant concept combining local cuisine with an innovative international touch. The health club provides a beautiful heated indoor swimming pool under a magnificent vaulted wooden ceiling, a sauna, Jacuzzi and fully equipped gym with a wide range of massage, health and beauty treatments available. For children there is babysitting and a mini club catering for every need, keeping younger members of the family busy, happy and safe. Continue reading

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Creekside Farms debuts its special line of 2013 Holiday Wreath Wonders

Not every family-owned farm can create tens of thousands of gorgeous unique handmade artisanal wreaths each year, but Creekside Farms in Monterey County, California is proud to celebrate its 25th Anniversary of doing just that. Creekside Farms’ founders, Carol and Larry Umbarger, never realized what could happen when they moved to a Monterey County ranch in 1969 to offer their children a more rural upbringing. Many family members spanning three generations have joined them in their successful family business. The perfect way to commemorate the holiday season and the wonders of nature, Creekside Farms is producing a very special line of unique and exclusive hand-harvested aromatic artisanal 2013 Holiday Wreaths and Garlands. These wreaths also make perfect gifts for friends, family and clients.

Ignite holiday spirit with Creekside Farms' Fragrant Berries and Cones wreath, hand made with a blend of traditional evergreen and California greens and accented with vibrant pepper berries and pinecones.  (PRNewsFoto/Creekside Farms)

Ignite holiday spirit with Creekside Farms’ Fragrant Berries and Cones wreath, hand made with a blend of traditional evergreen and California greens and accented with vibrant pepper berries and pinecones. (PRNewsFoto/Creekside Farms)

All Creekside Farms’ products are handmade, assembled and carefully packed for shipment direct from their 12,000 square foot facility. Care instructions are provided in each box. The wreaths are shipped safely straight from the Farm to your door… or the doors of your family, friends and clients. Shown on the website, www.creeksidefarms.com, the beautiful high quality and unique natural pesticide-free wreaths produced by Creekside Farms make a wonderful and long-lasting thoughtful gift. The holiday wreaths, which include Christmas greens mixed with California greens such as bay, eucalyptus, olive and rosemary, offer a lovely way to welcome guests this holiday season.

Creekside Farms wreaths have been seen in top home decor retailers and catalogues, including Williams-Sonoma for over 18 years, Pottery Barn, Sur La Table, Restoration Hardware, Front Gate, Pro Flowers, Orvis and Harry and David. Also in 2011, they launched their own retail site, www.creeksidefarms.com, and have had a great response. In addition to the holidays, Creekside Farms produces wreaths year round for all occasions, including a wreath for every season, special wreaths for weddings, aromatic herbal wreaths, lavender wreaths, gift baskets, and baby boy and girl wreaths.

Creekside Farms’ dedicated staff is available to answer any questions. Their Corporate Gift Concierge offers volume discounts and expertly handles corporate gift orders within any budget for businesses that want to thank their clients and employees with a unique gift that conveys appreciation and value.

 

Charlie Wilson, Sheila E. Headline Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29-Sept. 1

20th Anniversary Event features Hip Hop Icon Doug E. Fresh, Actor Anthony Anderson, Comedian Chris Spencer, more at PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

R&B Legend Charlie Wilson and World-renown Percussionist Sheila E. will join the nation’s top African American entrepreneurs, executives and professionals at the landmark 20th anniversary edition of the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Whatever the agenda—be it entertainment, lounging poolside, hitting the links or courts, or being pampered at the spa—the power networking, luxury and fun is the bottom line at this one-of-a-kind Labor Day Weekend, set for Aug. 29- Sept. 1, at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.—the site of the very first Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge.

 

BLACK ENTERPGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach GardenPRISE has long been the ultimate source to build Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 4 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media and is the definitive source of information for and about African American business leaders, personal finance, careers and small business.

Legendary R&B Artist Charlie Wilson will be joined by world renown percussionist Sheila E. among the entertainers for the 20th Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this Labor Day Weekend, August 29-Sept 1.  (PRNewsFoto/Black Enterprise)

Legendary R&B Artist Charlie Wilson will be joined by world renown percussionist Sheila E. among the entertainers for the 20th Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this Labor Day Weekend, August 29-Sept 1. (PRNewsFoto/Black Enterprise)

The prestigious weekend continues to be the largest African American sporting event of its kind, with two decades of showcasing world-class entertainers (Raphael Saadiq, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Fantasia, Steve Harvey, Babyface, Earth Wind & Fire, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Chrisette Michelle, Anthony Hamilton and Dave Chappelle are just a small sampling of the showstoppers who have performed at the Challenge) and attracting African American achievers from every arena, ranging from then-teen tennis sensations Venus and Serena Williams, to golf legends Charlie Sifford and Lee Elder. Other entertainers and personalities slated to appear at the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge include Actor Anthony Anderson, Comedian Chris Spencer and Hip Hop Icon Doug E. Fresh, with still others to be announced. The yearly conclave draws hundreds of attendees, including some of the nation’s top corporate executives, professionals, tastemakers and entrepreneurs for fun in the sun, top-notch entertainment, and all-inclusive amenities in a relaxed and engaging environment. The most determined golf and tennis competitors will compete for the coveted Purple Jacket, awarded to the champions of the Challenge tournaments, as well as trophies by Tiffany.

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Charlie Wilson, one of the most prolific and energetic live entertainers of his generation, is currently commanding center stage with the sparkling ballad “My Love Is All I Have,” which has already reached #1 on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary chart. No one slam-dunks a ballad like Wilson, the Grammy-nominated multi-talent behind the 15-week Billboard UAC chart-topper “You Are.” And that truth remains undisputed with “My Love Is All I Have” from Wilson’s fourth solo album Love, Charlie from P Music/RCA Records. The set — released on Jan. 29, Wilson’s birthday, debuted #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #4 on the Top 200. His second single, “Turn Off The Lights” is presently making its way to the top of the Urban Adult Contemporary chart. Continue reading

THE KNOT EXPANDS PRESENCE IN COUTURE BRIDAL FASHION INDUSTRY

cs_PR_main_imageAnnounces COUTURE Los Angeles Bridal Market for August 2014

XO Group Inc. www.xogroupinc.com), a global media and technology leader and creator of the top two wedding websites, www.TheKnot.com and www.WeddingChannel.com, today announces Couture LA, a new wholesale marketplace for the bridal fashion industry on the West Coast. The new show will be produced to bring leading bridal designers and salon buyers together in an unprecedented setting. In expanding its B2B business and establishing a new standard in the bridal trade show industry, The Knot will connect the industry’s most influential bridal gown designers with retailers at the iconic Siren Studios on famed Sunset Boulevard, in the heart of Hollywood

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching nearly every bride in America through the number 1 wedding website, www.TheKnot.com; The Knot national and local wedding magazines; The Knot book series; and syndicated columns in newspapers nationwide. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (www.xogroupinc.com), a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives.

For 18 years and 36 seasons, Couture has helped establish some of the most iconic names in the wedding business at our NYC-based Couture Show, and the time is right to expand to provide the same high-level show to serve our partners’ needs on the West Coast,” said Jennifer Davidson, Global Fashion Director of The Knot. “We’re all about applying a fresh voice and intelligent solutions across each of our platforms. Our partner’s require a quality production that will help foster industry growth and deliver the latest styles into the doors of bridal salons and in turn, directly to brides. In doing so, our brides benefit and are ensured the latest styles from the top names in the business.”

The backdrop will include hip exhibit space in an actual Hollywood Soundstage, complete with “boulevards” named after famed LA landmarks where designers, buyers, stylists, media and industry leaders will get down to business in style. Already signed on for the August 2014 show are industry powerhouses (in alphabetical order): Alfred Angelo, Allure Bridals, Casablanca Bridal, Jasmine Bridals, Jordan Fashions, Maggie Sottero, Mon Cheri Bridals, Moonlight Bridals, Paloma Blanca, Private Label by G, Sincerity Bridals/Justin Alexander, Sottero & Midgley and Watters Bride/Wtoo.

We are thrilled to have an all-star roster of industry leaders supporting this show at such an early stage. It proves once again that when we work together, we can create smart, successful, cost-effective solutions for the bridal industry,” said Davidson. “We are truly unique in that we are the only entity that touches every facet of this vast wedding eco-system, 365 days a year. We are the most-trusted voice to our brides and the essential media and B2B solution to our partners, the designers and salon operators. We are proud to step in and answer this call from our friends in the industry.”

Mark McNairy And Heineken Debut Exclusive Collaboration For The 2013 “#Heineken100 ” Program

Popular Menswear Fashion Designer Creates Two Unique Exclusive Offerings

Heineken® announced two collaborative shoes with menswear fashion designer Mark McNairy for the #Heineken100 program — an exclusive seeding program that celebrates Heineken’s “Man of the World.” Through the creative helm of the #Heineken100 creative director, Chris Gibbs, the duo created two signature colorways for McNairy’s classic chukka saddle boot.

#Heineken100 Mark McNairy White Chukka Saddle Boot.  (PRNewsFoto/HEINEKEN USA Inc.)

#Heineken100 Mark McNairy White Chukka Saddle Boot. (PRNewsFoto/HEINEKEN USA Inc.)

In its fourth year, the #Heineken100 influencer program identifies and celebrates various tastemakers across the nation that represent Heineken’s “Man of the World.” The collaborative products are exclusively available to the 100 individuals on the #Heineken100 list. Previous collaborative products for the program include: McNairy saddle shoes, a Public School designed camouflage duffle bag, a Tsovet watch, Android Homme sneakers, and tote bags designed by fashion duo Dee & Ricky.

Each of the 2013 #Heineken100 program collaborative shoes feature a Heineken green eva sole, white laces, black weld, white eyelet, and black pebbled leather side — one pair having a white suede upper with a red rear stripe, and the other having a black pebbled upper with a black rear stripe. Both will be packaged in a clear acrylic lid box, and customized sizing label.

#Heineken100 Mark McNairy Black Chukka Saddle Boot.  (PRNewsFoto/HEINEKEN USA Inc.)

#Heineken100 Mark McNairy Black Chukka Saddle Boot. (PRNewsFoto/HEINEKEN USA Inc.)

This is Heineken’s second year partnering with the fashion visionary, Mark McNairy, for our coveted ‘#Heineken100’ program,” said Belen Pamukoff, Brand Director of Marketing, HEINEKEN USA. “Mark McNairy has provided Heineken with not only a progressive take on classic men’s fashion, but a signature collaborative product that is exclusive to the brand.”

Announced earlier this month as the Creative Director for the 2013 #Heineken100 program, Gibbs led the charge for the design of each shoe. The two collaborative pairs of shoes mark the first of four collaborative products that Heineken and Gibbs will release during the remainder of 2013.

When developing this year’s program, I decided to bring Mark McNairy back as a partner to create an updated version of last year’s shoe,” said Gibbs. “But in true McNairy fashion, Mark took it one step further and created two pieces for this year’s ‘#Heineken100’ program.”

Supported by the strength of a cult following of dedicated, fashion/forward young men around the globe, designer Mark McNairy has risen from an under-the-radar favorite to a driving force in contemporary American style with his new collection of menswear and footwear, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam. Defined by a strong sense of sartorial history with an eye fixed on the future, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam is the result of the designer’s vast knowledge of American and English tradition and complete dedication to craftsmanship.

Heineken and I had such great chemistry working together for last year’s ‘#Heineken100’ program that I wanted to take it up a notch,” said McNairy. “For this year’s collaboration, I decided to put a modern spin on a classic silhouette in two colorways that speak to various Heineken ‘Men of the World.’ One colorway is for those who desire a more traditional look and the other for those who have a more adventurous style.”

Link to view video footage of Mark McNairy and Chris Gibbs discussing the #Heineken100 Mark McNairy collaborative classic chukka saddle boots: https://vimeo.com/72866892

HEINEKEN USA Inc., the nation’s leading upscale beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV, the world’s most international brewer. European brands imported into the U.S. include Heineken Lager, the world’s most international beer brand, Heineken Light, Amstel Light, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Strongbow Cider. HEINEKEN USA also imports the Dos Equis portfolio, Tecate portfolio, Sol, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico. For a safe ride home, download the HEINEKEN USA-sponsored Taxi Magic(TM) application from your smartphone at www.taximagic.heineken.com

The Shopping Event of the Year Returns to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile®

Trendsetters and shopping pros are invited to a 12-day spectacular that promises a fashionable finish to the summer. The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival™ presented by MasterCard® returns to The Magnificent Mile® in Chicago from August 22 – September 2.

The Magnificent Mile is a shopping destination unlike any other in the nation, with flagship stores, popular brands, trendy boutiques and several multi-story malls all located within a one-mile stretch along North Michigan Avenue. The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival provides the perfect excuse to start shopping for the Fall/Winter season, with a variety of offers and a non-stop calendar of festivities around the district, many of which are free to the public. Special events include standout fashion shows, haute culinary celebrations, live outdoor concerts and more—all with added benefits for MasterCard® cardholders.

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Fashion-forward, fine dining, and family-friendly programming throughout the Shopping Festival includes a host of celebrity appearances at signature events to celebrate the world-class Magnificent Mile experience. Big-name and high-end retailers, award-winning restaurants and iconic attractions through The Magnificent Mile district also present unique in-store experiences as well as elegant evenings to remember. A sampling of events includes:

Thursday, August 22: The festivities begin with #ShopFest: A Kick-off to Fall Fashion, featuring a live performance by award-winning recording artist Jason Derulo and a special appearance by Emmy-nominated actress Christina Hendricks , star of AMC’s Mad Men. Michigan Avenue’s three retail centers, 900 North Michigan Shops, The Shops at North Bridge and Water Tower Place, present an outdoor runway show along North Michigan Avenue. This fun and fashionable evening promises to shake up the season’s must-have styles with celebrity entertainment, cocktails and small bites. To purchase tickets, visit www.TheMagnificentMile.com. ($30; attendees must be 21+; Pioneer Court – 401 N. Michigan Avenue, 5:30 pm)

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Saturday, August 24 and Saturday, August 31: Dressed to the Nines, The Art Institute of Chicago’s special Saturday evening viewings of Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at The Art Institute of Chicago, celebrate fashion trends of 19th-century Paris—trends that also happen to be hot this summer in 21st-century Chicago. Throw on a casual or couture ensemble that suits the theme to enjoy these fashionable festivities. (The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, 6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Sunday, August 25: Want to avoid the crowds of Michigan Avenue? Then join Water Tower Place for an exclusive, posh after-hours soiree. Featuring music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, the shopping center will be open for guests attending the event. Guests will also receive a Water Tower Place coupon book, valued at $650. Purchase tickets and RSVP at www.ticketweb.com. (Cost is $20 per person, with $3 from each ticket donated to Immerman Angels; Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Avenue, 6:00 – 9:00 pm) Continue reading

Samsung Mobile and Internationally Recognized Designer Alexander Wang Reveal Industry’s First Crowd-Sourced Bag to Benefit Art Start Charity

Co-created print designed using creative drawing tools on the Samsung GALAXY Note II for the creation of a limited-edition bag on sale globally now

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, and New York-based designer Alexander Wang revealed the finished product following months of collaboration with some of the industry’s most creative contributors. The limited-edition Alexander Wang Wallie Gym Sack is the first co-created bag inspired by crowd-sourced sketches and images created using the GALAXY Note II. The bag will go on sale this August in key markets around the world and online to raise funds for Art Start, an award-winning, nationally-recognized charity that uses the arts to nurture the creative talents of at-risk children and youth.

Samsung Electronics and designer Alexander Wang reveal the first co-created, limited-edition Wallie gym sack, inspired by crowd-sourced sketches and images created using the GALAXY Note II.  (PRNewsFoto/Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.)

Samsung Electronics and designer Alexander Wang reveal the first co-created, limited-edition Wallie gym sack, inspired by crowd-sourced sketches and images created using the GALAXY Note II. (PRNewsFoto/Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.)

Founded in 1991, Art Start is an award-winning, New York City-based non-profit organization that uses the arts to save lives and to transform communities and a, nationally recognized model for using the creative arts to transform young, at-risk lives. Focusing on children and youth between the ages of 5 – 21, Art Start’s creative arts workshops seek to nurture the creativity and talents of their youth participants, while instilling the confidence to pursue meaningful opportunities in life. Through Art Start’s daily creative arts workshops taking place inside some of the city’s loneliest places, at-risk youth living in New York City collaborate with local teaching artists and educators who donate their time and guidance to nurture the youth’s creativity and talents. To date, Art Start has given over 11,000 young people the chance to find their voices in a nurturing, supportive, and safe environment. Visit www.art-start.org to learn more about the organization.

Collaborating with Alexander Wang and Samsung has exposed the Art Start youth to a whole new level of the creative process,” said Johanna De Los Santos, Executive Director at Art Start. “Our kids have been able to see how an idea or concept can become a tangible piece that will be sold across the world, and it’s because of a concerted collaboration. Through this project, our kids learned that their creativity is indeed a tool for positive expression, and with the courage and confidence to share your ideas with the world, great things are possible.

Samsung Electronics and designer Alexander Wang reveal the first co-created, limited-edition Wallie gym sack, inspired by crowd-sourced sketches and images created using the GALAXY Note II.  (PRNewsFoto/Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.)

Samsung Electronics and designer Alexander Wang reveal the first co-created, limited-edition Wallie gym sack, inspired by crowd-sourced sketches and images created using the GALAXY Note II. (PRNewsFoto/Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.)

At the start of the year, Wang engaged a group of close friends, stylists, photographers, and others to create “doodles” — an image, pattern, or a photo — on their Samsung GALAXY Note II device. Through the active idea-capturing and immediate-sharing benefits, the celebrated New York designer then curated these sketches into one collectively-inspired final print for a unisex drawstring lambskin backpack. Continue reading