Rimmel London Celebrates 180 Years of Fabulous Cool with Kate Moss, Rita Ora and Georgia May Jagger


LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Georgia May Jagger attends the Rimmel London 180 Years of Cool party at the London Film Museum on October 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Rimmel London)

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 10: Georgia May Jagger attends the Rimmel London 180 Years of Cool party at the London Film Museum on October 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Rimmel London)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Kate Moss arrives at the Rimmel London 180 Years of Cool party at the London Film Museum on October 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Rimmel London)

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 10: Kate Moss arrives at the Rimmel London 180 Years of Cool party at the London Film Museum on October 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Rimmel London)

On the evening of Thursday 10th October 2013, London’s cool crowd and special VIP guests gathered at the London Film Museum for the ultimate birthday party to celebrate the imminent 180th anniversary of edgy make-up brand, Rimmel London. The evening was hosted by longtime brand ambassador (and the main face of the brand) Kate Moss, Singer Rita Ora and rock-and-fashion progeny, Georgia May Jagger. Incredibly enough, trend setting Rimmel London is one of the world’s oldest beauty brands having been the fashion-forward inventor of the hip London look since 1834. Aptly, the party was hosted at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden, just a few meters away from the Strand where the first Rimmel headquarters was located back in 1860.

This must-not-be-missed, invite-only event was an incredible reflection of Rimmel’s cutting-edge style – past, present and future. The fashion elite partied with Rimmel ambassadors Kate Moss and Georgia May Jagger, who arrived in authentic London style in Rimmel-branded black cabs. Guests also witnessed a unique fashion show and enjoyed a surprise performance from the London’s hottest music artist, Rita Ora, who was (in early September) announced, is the latest style icon to collaborate with Rimmel.  With her widely followed and truly unique sense of British style, Rita Ora will brings the perfect edge and glamour to the brand through her new ‘must have’ color collection. Taking inspiration from the looks that has turned her into such a media magnet, Ora will work with Rimmel London to create what is expected to be most trendy & stylish exclusive lip and nail shade color collection of the season, to be released as in March 2014 for the spring/summer season, ensuring that Rimmel is beginning the next 180 years with a bang. Continue reading

Entertainment Leader John Sykes to Receive Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award at the 2013 T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala


Clear Channel President of Entertainment Enterprises and one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative leaders, John Sykes, will receive the Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award at the 38th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala to be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York City. The Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award is the T.J. Martell Foundation’s most prestigious music industry honor and is
awarded to a person who has made profound contributions to the music and entertainment industries.

John Sykes, President Clear Channel Entertainment.  (PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell Foundation)

John Sykes, President Clear Channel Entertainment. (PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell Foundation)

The T.J. Martell Foundation (www.tjmartell.org/) has also announced that Sting and Bryan Adams will perform at the star-studded annual event. President Bill Clinton, also a past T.J. Martell Foundation honoree, will present longtime friend John Sykes with the prestigious award.

John Sykes has been a music and entertainment industry leader for over 30 years, and continues to create enterprising, recognizable television brands and events that reach millions of people around the globe. Prior to joining Clear Channel,
he built and operated a number of leading entertainment brands. He was a member of the original team that founded

President Bill Clinton.  (PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell Foundation)

President Bill Clinton. (PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell Foundation)

MTV in 1981 and spent 21 years at Viacom. John was the President of VH1 from 1994-2002 and led the rebrand of the
television network to a music and pop culture channel. He served as chairman and CEO of Infinity Broadcasting from 2002-2005.
As the current President of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, Sykes is responsible for developing new business partnerships and platforms across a range of media including television, digital platforms and live events. He also
is co-executive producer of Clear Channel’s annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, one of the most recognized, record-setting music festivals in history seen and heard here in the U.S. and around the world. Sykes also guides the company’s
relationship with Ryan Seacrest Productions on the creation and distribution of television programming, as well as the development of other media and entertainment content.

Sykes has made history through an array of philanthropic projects, producing some of the world’s biggest benefit concerts. In 2012, he co-produced the special one-night-only concert event “12-12-12” (A Concert for Sandy Relief), which raised over $53 million to support victims of Hurricane Sandy, which was nominated for two Emmy Awards. In October of 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center, he co-produced “The Concert for New York City” at Madison Square
with Harvey Weinstein and James Dolan, which raised over $50 million to provide support for the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. In addition, while serving as President of VH1 he created the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, which has raised over $45 million to rebuild music education programs in public schools across America. John has also been instrumental in serving the New York community as a Board Member of the Robin Hood Foundation for nearly two decades. He also serves on the boards of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.

Wild Turkey® Introduces Wild Turkey Spiced


If variety is the “spice” of life, then Spiced Rum drinkers have reason to rejoice. In a move designed to offer a more masculine choice to Spiced Rum, Wild Turkey® Bourbon has written a new chapter in its impressive history of innovation for drinkers and make the bold leap into the wild world of whiskey.

Forever changing the Bourbon category, the legendary brand introduces Wild Turkey Spiced(TM), the first-ever spiced Bourbon from the “Island of Kentucky.” Featuring world-famous Kentucky Straight Bourbon with exotic spice, Wild Turkey Spiced is the consummate choice for drinkers curious about Bourbon and looking to trade-up from Spiced Rum.

Since its introduction, Wild Turkey has maintained a distinctive distillation and ageing process that gives it a smooth taste WILD TURKEY SPICED BOURBONand a lingering flavor. Wild Turkey uses a differentiated process whereby the bourbon is distilled at a low proof to seal in its flavors. Very little water is added to Wild Turkey, resulting in a full-flavored authentic bourbon taste similar to what one would get straight out of the barrel. Wild Turkey is a genuine drink with a sought after “burn” that comes from its high proof, an attribute fundamental to the brand and critical in maintaining its authentic bourbon characteristics.

Wild Turkey has over 150 years of spirits heritage. Austin Nichols began operations in 1855 as a wholesale grocer specializing in the sale of teas, coffees and spirits. In 1869, the Ripy family founded a distillery on what is now known as Wild Turkey Hill in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; Austin Nichols purchased the distillery in 1971. Wild Turkey got its name in the 1940s after a distillery executive brought a private supply of 101 proof bourbon along with him for a wild turkey hunting trip with friends. They liked it so much that the next year they asked him to bring along some of that same “Wild Turkey” bourbon. He honored his friends’ good taste by turning their nickname into a legendary brand.

At 86 proof, Wild Turkey Spiced is a truly unique Bourbon experience that maintains the brand’s signature bold flavor while highlighting spiced cues previously found only in island spirits. Wild Turkey Associate Master Distiller and Bourbon Hall of Famer Eddie Russell created an eminently mixable, yet sip-able spirit with a sweet and spicy taste profile that can be enjoyed on its own, but really shines when mixed with cola.

The release of Wild Turkey Spiced continues a nearly 40-year tradition of innovation dating back to 1976 when Wild Turkey took the category in a completely different direction with the original honey flavored Bourbon, better known today as American Honey®. Like all Wild Turkey Bourbons, Spiced is born from a natural aging process
using American oak barrels with the deepest number 4 or “alligator” char that is used to age every Wild Turkey Bourbon variant.  Wild Turkey Spiced joins a growing product line-up that features flagship Wild Turkey Bourbon 81 and 101, Wild Turkey Rye, Wild Turkey Forgiven(TM), Rare Breed®, Kentucky Spirit®, American Honey® and Russell’s Reserve®.

I wanted to develop a liquid that brought to life the best of our robust Bourbon, while borrowing cues that have made island spirits so appealing,” said Russell.  “As the category continues to grow, many people, especially rum drinkers, are becoming curious about Bourbon and its sophisticated, more pronounced taste profile. We believe Wild Turkey Spiced is the perfect drink to bring them into the category.”


With 27 years of experience, Edward “Eddie” Freeman Russell knows a thing or two about  bourbon. As the son of renowned master distiller, Jimmy Russell, and the fourth generation Russell to work at the Austin Nichols distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky,  Eddie Russell is of an unmatched pedigree in the bourbon industry. Russell began his career at the distillery as a relief operator, eventually becoming a  supervisor of new production and then a warehouse supervisor. After two decades in  the business, he assumed the position of Manager of Barrel Maturation and  Warehousing. In this role, he collaborated with his father to create “Russell’s  Reserve,” the award-winning, 10-year old small-batch bourbon that serves as  testimony to the family’s heritage of distilling craftsmanship and tradition. Eddie Russell was recently promoted to Associate Distiller, where he will work even closer with Jimmy to ensure the continuation of the quality, taste and genuine spirit of  Wild Turkey® Bourbon. Continue reading

HALSTON Launches Digital Flagship Boutique


HALSTON announces the launch of its premiere digital flagship store at www.HALSTON.com, which went live Oct 11th in over 80 countries, including the United States, Canada, the European Union and the Asia-Pacific nations, among others. The e-commerce site will feature HALSTON HERITAGE ready-to-wear, dresses, evening gowns and handbags, and will include a special feature dedicated to founder Roy Halston Frowick and the heritage of the iconic brand he created.

Halston Heritage E-commerce site.  (PRNewsFoto/HALSTON)

Halston Heritage E-commerce site. (PRNewsFoto/HALSTON)

Combining state-of-the-art technology with HALSTON HERITAGE’s modern and sophisticated design aesthetic that reflects iconic codes from the brand’s legacy – simplicity and timeless elegance – the site blends a luxury brand experience with approachable, easy-to-shop functionality. Ben Malka, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HALSTON said, “The launch of HALSTON’s first e-commerce store is an important milestone for one of America’s most iconic fashion brands. The site will serve as our global flagship and will give us the opportunity to present the brand the way we envision it, while reaching new audiences in new markets across the world.”

The launch of the online store is a partnership between HALSTON and Branded Online, an innovative e-commerce provider who developed the proprietary platform, and will manage all back-office functions including fulfillment, distribution and client services. The day-to-day business including merchandising, marketing, brand creative and brand communication will be run by HALSTON. The site will serve as a complement to the company’s on-going digital strategy, which is integral to the growth strategy of the company and will strengthen direct communication and interaction with clients and fans through the digital space and social media platforms.

This e-commerce launch follows the rollout of the first HALSTON HERITAGE retail stores earlier this year. Under the vision of new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ben Malka, an industry veteran, today HALSTON HERITAGE is an approachable luxury lifestyle brand – mixing legacy codes with a modern edge to create an effortless women’s collection of ready-to-wear, dresses, handbags, footwear and small leather goods. The new HALSTON HERITAGE has been worn by modern style icons including Gisele Bundchen and Halle Berry among many others, and is carried by some of the world’s premier retailers including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-A-Porter and Harvey Nichols, and as of Spring 2013 – the first HALSTON HERITAGE stores. The brand’s robust retail expansion now includes boutiques in New York on Madison Avenue and in Soho, as well as others in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Troy Michigan, Las Vegas and Kuwait. By the end of 2013, there will be more than 20 HALSTON HERITAGE boutiques worldwide.

Roy Halston Frowick was the creator of luxury American fashion, whose groundbreaking designs still influence and inspire us today. Founded in the 1960’s, the HALSTON label took the fashion industry by storm. Originally known for his innovation in millinery, Halston used his signature materials of jersey, cashmere and suede to reinvent the jumpsuit, the shirtdress, and the classic caftan, permanently leaving his mark on fashion. The 1970’s and the era of Studio 54 became synonymous with Halston’s designs.

Soon after, he was named “the premier fashion designer in America” by Newsweek. His strong connection to pop culture was evident through his friends and clients, which included Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor and Anjelica Huston. Halston went on to create one of the best-selling fragrances of all time in his signature tear-drop shaped perfume bottle designed by Elsa Peretti., as well as creating strong codes that are quintessential to the brand even to this day, For more information please visit www.HALSTON.com.

— Phillip D. Johnson