A New Direction for GMHC

The Board of Directors of GMHC and Dr. Marjorie J. Hill would like to announce that they have mutually decided that it is now an appropriate time for GMHC to identify a new leader and for Dr. Hill to pursue the next chapter in her career. “Leading GMHC during the last several years has truly been an honor, but after more than seven years as GMHC’s CEO, longer than any other head of an HIV/AIDS service organization, it is time for me to pursue new opportunities,” said Dr. Hill. “I care gmhclogodeeply about GMHC’s mission and look forward to giving any help I can to ensure that the transition to new leadership goes smoothly.”

GMHC is most grateful to Dr. Hill for her many years of service not just to our organization but to the issues of prevention, treatment, and advocacy concerning the landscape of HIV and AIDS in this country,” said Myron Sulzberger Rolfe, Chair of GMHC’s Board of Directors. “We wish her the very best on the next chapter in her long career in public service.”

As of September 29, 2013, Dr. Hill will no longer serve as CEO of GMHC. GMHC’s Board of Directors is currently identifying potential candidates to serve as its next leader as GMHC faces new issues and challenges in the years ahead. Janet Weinberg, GMHC’s Chief Operating Officer, will continue to serve as GMHC’s interim CEO.

The Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to leading the fight against AIDS on a national platform with a mission to fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplifts the lives of all affected. They provide prevention and care services to men, women and families that are living with, or affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City and also advocate scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide. For more information, visit www.gmhc.org.

Gyft Introduces First Gift Card Registry And Newly Enhanced Website

Consumers Can Now Customize and Share A Personalized Gift Card Registry

Gyft’s updated website allows users to purchase gift cards and manage their Gyft Wallet Online

Gyft, Inc, the newly launched service that allows customers to buy, send, manage and redeem gift cards via mobile devices, announced the first ever Gift Card Registry for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, holidays and special events. This addition comes with the launch of a completely redesigned website that offers users enhanced features for their gift card management. Gyft, Inc. provides a gift card platform for consumers and retailers that enables customers to upload, buy, send, and redeem gift cards conveniently from their mobile device. Gyft is seamlessly integrated with Facebook so users can send gift cards to their friends around special events.

Gyft, Inc., the newly launched service that allows customers to buy, send, manage and redeem gift cards via mobile devices, announced the first ever Gift Card Registry for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, holidays and special events. This addition comes with the launch of a completely redesigned website that offers users enhanced features for their gift card management. Gyft's Gift Card Registry allows consumers to select up to eight merchants to add to their registry and users are given a personalized URL that can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or added to any wedding website or invitation.  (PRNewsFoto/Gyft)

Gyft, Inc., the newly launched service that allows customers to buy, send, manage and redeem gift cards via mobile devices, announced the first ever Gift Card Registry for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, holidays and special events. (PRNewsFoto/Gyft)

Gyft’s newly enhanced website allows users to create their own custom registry, manage their gift card wallet and purchase gift cards from hundreds of retailers. With the implementation of both an online and mobile solution, wallets will now be synced between their online and mobile accounts.

Gyft’s Gift Card Registry allows consumers to select up to eight merchants to add to their registry and users are given a personalized URL that can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or added to any wedding website or invitation. With the gift card industry well over $100 billion annually and more than $20 billion spent each year on wedding gift registries, Gyft has continued to show its ability to disrupt a growing market.

The average person would rather have a $25 gift card over a $40 item as it gives them the flexibility to purchase exactly what they want so the ability to create a customized wish list made sense,” said Gyft COO and Co-Founder, CJ MacDonald. “Gyft makes it extremely simple to give and receive the most popular gift, on the fly, from your mobile phone.”

We initially created Gyft as a simple way for consumers to manage their gift cards from their mobile device,” says Gyft CEO and Co-Founder Vinny Lingham. “However, as we have grown our users expressed an interest to do much more than just manage their gift cards. As a result, we created a multi platform approach enabling consumers to redeem their cards from a mobile phone and manage their account from almost any web enable device.”

Since launching last September more than $10,000,000 in plastic gift cards have been uploaded to the mobile app with users adding a new gift card every two seconds. Gyft supports over 300 retailers making it the largest digital platform to buy and manage gift cards all in one place.

To experience Gyft and create a FREE registry, please visit www.gyft.com or download the app from Google Play or the App Store.

Gyft is a private company funded by Google Ventures, Founder Collective and 500 Startups, with offices in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit www.gyft.com.

Feast Your Eyes on Fashion: Seattle to Rock the Runway Again

Fashion show kick-off in the Pacific Place Atrium at 600 Pine Street, followed by four more days of sizzling fashion discounts and prizes at participating Downtown Seattle merchants.

September 18th fashion show kicks off a five-day, city-wide shopping, dining and savings celebration presented by Seattle Met, Pacific Place and the Downtown Seattle Association’s Metropolitan Improvement District.

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Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway’s second annual runway show just got exponentially more exciting with the addition of co-emcee LaTrina Bidet, whose sense of humor is as renowned as her sense of style. Bidet will be joining Seattle Met’s own fount-of-fashion-wisdom Laura Cassidy who promises more plaid, leather and spikes in addition to statement outerwear and dark, moody florals trending this fall. Net proceeds from ticket sales will fund Junior League of Seattle and the organization’s programs for child advocacy, childhood nutrition and life skills development for girls in the state’s foster care system among others.

Pacific Place and Seattle Met magazine will present Downtown Seattle’s second annual collaborative charity benefit fashion show in the atrium at Pacific Place. Seattle Met will stage “red carpet” photos for everyone attending the event dressed to impress. Ticket holders also will enjoy cocktail receptions and raffle prizes, while they and the public will get to enjoy special events taking place in and around the stores and restaurants at Pacific Place before and after the runway show. The event is made possible, in part, by event sponsor Metropolitan Improvement District.

The runway show will give 250 seated ticket holders a close-up view of some of Seattle’s finest autumn clothing and accessories, while hundreds more will enjoy unobstructed views from the balconies above for free. The Roche Bobois lounge opens at 6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders on the second floor of Pacific Place, with a cocktail reception featuring fine wines from O Wines, Peroni beer, signature cocktails and appetizers, courtesy of Pacific Place restaurants: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Il Fornaio, Johnny Rockets, Mexico Cantina y Cocina, Pike Place Chowder and Thai Ginger. General admission ticket holders also will enjoy their own cocktail reception on the second floor of Pacific Place with wine, cocktails and appetizers.

At 7:30 p.m, Downtown Seattle will Rock the Runway with a major fashion show of 40-plus autumn looks from participating downtown retailers, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Barneys New York, Club Monaco, Momo, Mario’s, sandylew, The Finerie, Columbia Sportswear, Eileen Fisher, GUESS? and emilie SLOAN among others. In addition, Aveda is providing beauty products and Gary Manuel will style the models’ hair for the runway show.

This year’s event is sure to top last year’s inaugural show for at least one sizzling reason – deals! Five days of dining and shopping discounts follow the party beginning Wednesday, September 18th. Guests and visitors will enjoy savings of 10 to 30 percent off and free gifts with purchase at 40 retailers and restaurants including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Coach, Twist and Williams-Sonoma. Seattle Met, Pacific Place, and the Metropolitan Improvement District are extending an open invitation to celebrate the season with the return of the Emerald City’s premier collaborative benefit fashion show.

New this year, Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway kicks off a city-wide, five-day shopping, dining and savings celebration, September 18-22. Downtown Seattle retailers and eateries continue the celebration all weekend with in-store events and specials including sizzling fashion discounts, gifts with purchase and prizes at participating merchants. Currently there are 40 participating retailers and restaurants signed on, with more to come. For details and updated information on all participating retailers and restaurants, go to http://www.seattlemet.com/runway.

Fashion show tickets for General Admission and VIP access are available for $75 and $125 respectively and may be purchased through the event web site, www.seattlemet.com/runway. General Admission ticket holders will receive seated access to the show, swag bags, cocktails and appetizers courtesy of Pacific Place restaurants.VIP ticket holders will receive premier seating for the show, deluxe swag bags, access to the Roche Bobois lounge and reception, and courtesy valet parking. In addition, hundreds more from the public will have the opportunity to witness the fashion show for free from the balconies above.

Runway Show Sponsors includes The Downtown Seattle Association’s Metropolitan Improvement District, Northwest Cadillac Dealers, Proximo Spirits, Roche Bobois, STAR 101.5, O Wines, Peroni, Aveda and Gary Manuel. Continue reading

Spring 2014 Preview: Makeup Trends From Maybelline New York

Straight from backstage at the 2014 spring/Summer RTW Runway shows, Maybelline New York reports the latest beauty trends you’ll want to wear this spring

Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline

Just days after completing its ninth season as the official cosmetics sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Maybelline New York is sharing the latest trends – straight from the Spring/Summer 2014 runways. This season, the brand and its bevy of talented makeup and nail artists, collaborated with some of the industry’s most sought-after designers including DKNY, Mara Hoffman, Rachel Zoe, Tibi, Richard Chai, SUNO, Lacoste and Wes Gordon. The result? Show-stopping beauty looks that will grace the faces and nails of fashionable women everywhere come spring.

Orange lips at DKNY

Orange lips at DKNY

SPRING 2014 BEAUTY TRENDS

Orange Lips and Tips

Bright, almost neon shades of orange will be the go-to hue for spring. Backstage at DKNY, Maybelline New York’s Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in Electric Orange was applied to models’ lips, then blotted for a matte, almost stained finish. Brows were groomed and shaped using the brand’s Master Shape Brow Pencil. The rest of the face was left bare. “A flawless complexion is the perfect canvas for standout lips and clothes that steal the show,” said makeup artist Charlotte Willer.

The Look at DKNY

The Look at DKNY

At SUNO, it was all about an electric pop of citrus on the nails. Models wore Maybelline New York’s Color Show Nail Lacquer in Orange Fix, a bright tangerine shade. Backstage at Mara Hoffman, the same vivid hue was used to create a spectrum design on models’ nails.

Vivids played a huge role in DKNY’s runway look. Neon Red was used to create a gorgeous statement lip

Vivids played a huge role in DKNY’s runway look. Neon Red was used to create a gorgeous statement lip

White Eyes

Backstage at Tibi, white eyes stole the show. Makeup artist Alice Lane used an angled shadow brush to draw Color Tattoo Cream Gel Shadow in Too Cool in a smooth, straight line across the upper lashline and out toward the temples. The shimmery white shade was also applied to the inner corners of the eyes, for an ethereal, fairy-esque look. Continue reading

The Film Society of Lincoln Center names Director/Writer ANDREA ARNOLD as the 2013 FILMMAKER IN RESIDENCE during 51st New York Film Festival

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER names Director/Writer ANDREA ARNOLD as the 2013 FILMMAKER IN RESIDENCE during THE 51ST NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold

The Film Society of Lincoln Center (www.filmlinc.com) has named director/writer, Andrea Arnold, as the 2013 Filmmaker in Residence, to take place during the 51st New York Film Festival. The initiative is in partnership with luxury brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, to further the goals of filmmakers at an earlier stage in the creative process. Arnold will have the opportunity to focus on developing or refining new work, and participate in master classes, mentorships or cultural exchange and enrichment film programs with the Film Society of Lincoln members, the film community and the public.

We are thrilled to announce Andrea Arnold as the 2013 Filmmaker in Residence during the 51st New York Film Festival.  Our b-3757_film_society_of_lincoln_center_partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre on this cornerstone program fosters excellence in the filmmaking community, and reflects our shared belief in the universal power of film to inspire and engage the global community.” states Rose Kuo, Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Andrea Arnold is an English director and writer who made her debut with two short films, MILK in 1998 and DOG in 2001. In 2005, Arnold won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for WASP and her first feature film, RED ROAD won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2006 and also played during New Directors/New Films. Her 2009 film FISH TANK starring Kate Jarvis and Michael Fassbender, once again won the Jury Prize and in 2011, she directed an adaptation of Emily Bronte¹s Wuthering Heights. The film was shown at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Osella for Best Cinematography.

The Filmmaker in Residence initiative also consists of Advisory Board members, announced in June, who will be participating. These include: Henry Bean, Brady Corbet, Charles Finch, Naomi Foner, Larry Gross, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny Huston, Tamara Jenkins, Ed Lachman, Bennett Miller, Matthew Modine, Ed Pressman, Ira Sachs, Paul Schrader and Marisa Tomei. Their involvement may include nominating potential candidates, mentoring the filmmaker once selected, panel participation during the 51st New York Film Festival and/or attending/hosting events in support of the initiative.

The Film Society and Jaeger-LeCoultre recently announced their multi-year partnership, which kicked off at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala in April, honoring Barbra Streisand, and extending through the New York Film Festival as well as a series of events throughout the year, including the annual Film Comment Luncheon in January. The new festival_logo_596884471_largepartnership allows for both organizations to further support the film community, and support for the arts.

A major player in watchmaking history since 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre is the first Manufacture to have been established in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. It played a pioneering role by uniting the full range of technical and artistic professions under one roof and made an indelible imprint on the watchmaking development of the entire region. Guided by time-honored know-how and a constant quest for technical enhancements, the master-watchmakers, engineers and technicians craft each watch in harmony with the same passion. Each masterpiece, heir to 180 years of expertise, benefits from cutting-edge technologies while being crafted in harmony with the noblest traditions. Building on a vast heritage encompassing 1,231 calibres and 398 registered patents, Jaeger-LeCoultre remains the reference in high-end watchmaking. Continue reading

Final Spring/Summer 2014 RTW Milan Fashion Week Released

Milan Fashion Week starts today, just as London Fashion Week comes to a close. Check out the final schedule of events below which run from Wednesday, September 18th to Monday, September 23rd.

Wednesday September 18th

9.30 am Paola Frani

10.30 am Angelo Marani

11.30 am Simonetta Ravizza

12.30 pm Dsquared2

2.00 pm Gucci

3.00 pm Luisa Beccaria

4.00 pm Fay

5.00 pm Alberta Ferreti

6.00 pm No. 21

7.00 pm Byblos Milano

Thursday September 19th

9.30 am Max Mara

10.30 am Blugirl

11.30 am Andrea Incontri

12.30 pm Fendi

2.00 pm Just Cavalli

3.00 pm Krizia

4.00 pm Costume National

5.00 pm Jo No Fui

6.00 pm Prada

6.00 pm Daniela Gregis

7.00 pm Ports 1961

8.00 pm Anteprima

8.45 pm Francesco Scognamiglio

Friday September 20th

9.30 am Blumarine

10.30 am Emporio Armani

11.30 am Antonio Marras

12.30 pm Sportmax

2.00 pm Etro

3.00 pm Iceberg

4.00 pm Les Copains

5.00 pm Tod’s

6.00 pm Trussardi

7.00 pm Aigner

8.00 pm Versace

Saturday September 21st

9.30 am Bottega Veneta

10.30 am Stella Jean

11.30 am Ermanno Svervino

12.30 pm Roberto Cavalli

2.00 pm Angelos Bratis

3.00 pm Jil Sander

4.00 pm Cividini

5.00 pm Gabriele Colangelo

6.00 pm Aquilano. Rimondi

7.00 pm Emilio Pucci

9.00 pm Moschino

9.30 pm Philip Plein Continue reading

JustFab Announces Launch of New Flagship Store in Los Angeles

JustFab (www.justfab.com), known for its engaging and personalized online shopping experience, has announced the opening of a 3,000 square-foot flagship store located at the Glendale Galleria.  After redefining how women shop for fashion online, JustFab is once again at the forefront of innovation as the first fashion subscription e-commerce company to open a retail store. Located at 1126 Glendale Galleria in Glendale, CA, on the first level of the Glendale Galleria, the JustFab flagship store celebrated with a grand opening event hosted by Kimora Lee Simmons, the brand’s President and Creative Director, on Saturday, September 14 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Pacific Time. The retail store is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Pacific Time and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Pacific Time.

Worldwide Leading Fashion Subscription Company is the First to Expand into Retail Web-driven Lifestyle Fashion Brand Changes the Future of Retail with Innovative Boutique Merging Fashion, E-Commerce and Technology JustFab (www.justfab.com), known for its engaging and personalized online shopping experience, has announced the opening of a 3,000 square-foot flagship store located at the Glendale Galleria.  After redefining how women shop for fashion online, JustFab is once again at the forefront of innovation as the first fashion subscription e-commerce company to open a retail store. Located at 1126 Glendale Galleria in Glendale, CA, on the first level of the Glendale Galleria, the JustFab flagship store celebrated with a grand opening event hosted by Kimora Lee Simmons, the brand's President and Creative Director, on Saturday, September 14 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Pacific Time. The retail store is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Pacific Time and Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Launched in 2010 as a web-only fashion brand offering women's footwear, JustFab has since expanded successfully into multiple international markets and into new product categories such as handbags, jewelry, denim and other accessories. Now, with over 33 million members worldwide through a portfolio of lifestyle fashion brands including JustFab (www.justfab.com), FabKids (www.fabkids.com), ShoeDazzle (www.shoedazzle.com), and Fabletics (www.fabletics.com), co-CEOs Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler are taking the company into traditional retail, upending the typical growth strategy most brands follow. "JustFab has reverse engineered e-commerce into traditional retail with the opening of its flagship store.  We have created the global leader in fashion subscription in just three short years and will now bring our customized shopping experience into physical stores to enable customers to touch and feel our products," said Ressler. "JustFab is now an omni-channel brand and has proven its innovation in fashion, television and retail." "We've heard from our members that being able to see and try on products before they buy is still an important part of the shopping experience for them," said Goldenberg. "With the JustFab flagship, we are giving current VIP members and new customers a new way to connect with the brand and to experience the JustFab world in person." JustFab's retail boutique was designed to mirror the brand's online shopping experience, with cohesive, trend-driven collections showcased against sleek white surfaces. Customers are able to shop curated product displays, with trend story videos and in-store personal stylists offering inspiration and fashion advice on how to wear the trends featured. Customers can now register at the boutique for exclusive VIP member pricing that was previously available online only. Casual shoppers can opt to purchase items at regular retail price. JustFab has merged technology and fashion at its retail store to deliver an efficient and seamless shopping experience to all customers who walk through JustFab's doors. The company's product team custom-engineered a proprietary retail application that maximizes sales floor efficiency, allowing stylists to focus on providing superb customer service. Using the app's floor activity toolsets, JustFab stylists are able to check inventory instantly or to send product requests from anywhere within the boutique on their iPad(®) mini devices, eliminating the need for stylists to physically check inventory or pull requested styles from the stockroom. The retail app also makes it easy for stylists to create wishlists for customers, or to get real-time status updates of customer requests. JustFab continues to change the way women shop for fashion all over the world, giving members in the US, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Spain the celebrity treatment every month as they receive a new and customized selection of shoes, handbags, jewelry and denim. FabKids is a leading children's apparel brand that offers busy parents a new way to keep growing kids in stylish, affordable and ready-to-play outfits. Devoted to pampering their clients with world-class service, ShoeDazzle offers "Daily Fix" deals and both exclusive ShoeDazzle-label and designer-brand styles. Launching in October 2013, Fabletics will offer high quality lifestyle athleticwear and accessories for today's modern woman.

Launched in 2010 as a web-only fashion brand offering women’s footwear, JustFab has since expanded successfully into multiple international markets and into new product categories such as handbags, jewelry, denim and other accessories. Now, with over 33 million members worldwide through a portfolio of lifestyle fashion brands including JustFab (www.justfab.com), FabKids (www.fabkids.com), ShoeDazzle (www.shoedazzle.com), and Fabletics (www.fabletics.com), co-CEOs Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler are taking the company into traditional retail, upending the typical growth strategy most brands follow.

JustFab has reverse engineered e-commerce into traditional retail with the opening of its flagship store.  We have created the global leader in fashion subscription in just three short years and will now bring our customized shopping experience into physical stores to enable customers to touch and feel our products,” said Ressler. “JustFab is now an omni-channel brand and has proven its innovation in fashion, television and retail.”

We’ve heard from our members that being able to see and try on products before they buy is still an important part of the shopping experience for them,” said Goldenberg. “With the JustFab flagship, we are giving current VIP members and new JustFab_logo21customers a new way to connect with the brand and to experience the JustFab world in person.”

JustFab’s retail boutique was designed to mirror the brand’s online shopping experience, with cohesive, trend-driven collections showcased against sleek white surfaces. Customers are able to shop curated product displays, with trend story videos and in-store personal stylists offering inspiration and fashion advice on how to wear the trends featured. Customers can now register at the boutique for exclusive VIP member pricing that was previously available online only. Casual shoppers can opt to purchase items at regular retail price.

JustFab has merged technology and fashion at its retail store to deliver an efficient and seamless shopping experience to all customers who walk through JustFab’s doors. The company’s product team custom-engineered a proprietary retail application that maximizes sales floor efficiency, allowing stylists to focus on providing superb customer service. Using the app’s floor activity toolsets, JustFab stylists are able to check inventory instantly or to send product requests from anywhere within the boutique on their iPad(®) mini devices, eliminating the need for stylists to physically check inventory or pull requested styles from the stockroom. The retail app also makes it easy for stylists to create wishlists for customers, or to get real-time status updates of customer requests.

JustFab continues to change the way women shop for fashion all over the world, giving members in the US, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Spain the celebrity treatment every month as they receive a new and customized selection of shoes, handbags, jewelry and denim. FabKids is a leading children’s apparel brand that offers busy parents a new way to keep growing kids in stylish, affordable and ready-to-play outfits. Devoted to pampering their clients with world-class service, ShoeDazzle offers “Daily Fix” deals and both exclusive ShoeDazzle-label and designer-brand styles. Launching in October 2013, Fabletics will offer high quality lifestyle athleticwear and accessories for today’s modern woman.