Fall/Winter 2014 London Fashion Week Commences

London Fashion Week, 14-18 February is set to showcase some of the world’s leading fashion talent. Set over five days, the schedule is packed with shows, presentations, installations, showrooms, events and parties from the best and brightest names in the industry. As well as the trade events, there are more ways for the public to enjoy the London Fashion Week experience with live streaming, social media and a line-up of events and exhibitions around town.

At a press conference to open London Fashion Week Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council, announced updated figures showing substantial growth in the UK fashion industry over the past five years.

  • The direct value of the UK fashion industry to the UK economy is £26 billion; up from £21 billion in 2009. Showing an increase of 22% in nominal terms (source: Oxford Economics 2014)
  • The UK fashion industry is estimated to support 797,000 jobs (source: Oxford Economics 2014). This is a decrease of 2.3% from 2009
  • Whilst employment figures have dropped overall the increased contribution to UK GVA reflects higher productivity within the fashion sector. The British Fashion Council is committed to supporting growth in the sector which it hopes will lead to more employment opportunities
  • Fashion’s total contribution to the economy via both indirect support for supply chain industries and induced spending of employee’s wage income is estimated to have risen to over £46 billion. An increase of 23% since 2009 (source: Oxford Economics 2014)

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘These latest figures are clear evidence of the hugely important contribution that fashion makes to our economy. It is a dynamic industry whose value is increasing thanks to the dazzling creativity of our designers, the brilliant colleges that bring up the next waves of talent and a fast moving retail sector, which covers the spectrum of great style from bespoke to high street. My office will continue to work with the British Fashion Council to ensure that London remains on the front row in the international fashion stakes.’

George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer said: ‘London is about to host one of the central events in the fashion calendar, but more importantly it is about to showcase the world class talent we have in our fashion industry. It is testament to the designers, large and small, of the United Kingdom, and to all those who work in the wider retail industry.’ 

Sam Moore, COO, Oxford Economics, added “Our research underlines the continued and growing importance of the fashion industry’s contribution to the UK economy. Despite, the severe economic headwinds that have confronted British industries since 2009, the growth of the fashion industry is a testament to the popularity of the UK’s fashion industry.”

‘I wish all those involved a successful London fashion week, and hope that it generates more opportunities for some of our most promising creative talents. A successful fashion industry means more jobs for the people of this country and that in turn means economic security for families in Britain’

This February will shine the spotlight on London’s creative industries as London Fashion Week, the BAFTA Film Awards and the Brit Awards all set to showcase the very best of each industry’s outstanding talents in the space of just six days. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “London Fashion Week is a fabulous showcase of what makes London one of the most exciting and dynamic cities on earth – its creativity. With the BAFTAs and the Brits taking place at the same time, let’s celebrate the great British talent that is acclaimed around the world.” Continue reading

TONI&GUY® Hair Meet Wardrobe(TM) Announces Partnership With Marchesa


In celebration of its national US launch, TONI&GUY® Hair Meet Wardrobe(TM) is pleased to announce its partnership with esteemed fashion house, Marchesa, as the brand marks its 10th anniversary.  Marchesa, founded by British-born talent Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, will embark on a collaboration with TONI&GUY® Hair Meet Wardrobe(TM) forged on a like-minded philosophy that hair and wardrobe come together to complete a look.

TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe | Marchesa AW14 | Hair by Mark Hampton.  (PRNewsFoto/TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe)

TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe | Marchesa AW14 | Hair by Mark Hampton. (PRNewsFoto/TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe)

Commencing their relationship at the Marchesa Fall/Winter 2014 runway show during Fashion Week in New York, TONI&GUY® Hair Meet Wardrobe(TM) styled the hair that graced the catwalk at the iconic New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue.  The hair designs were led by TONI&GUY® Hair Meet Wardrobe(TM) Global Ambassador Mark Hampton, who worked with the Marchesa design duo to create signature looks inspired by the idea of a tribal, Scottish woman with rebellious and modern hair.  The runway show was enhanced by the enviable hairstyles, marking new trends for the AW14 season.  “I love collaborating with designers to create a head-to-toe look that is not only beautiful, but also portrays the story that inspired the collection.  Working on behalf of TONI&GUY® Hair Meet Wardrobe(TM) and with Marchesa has been amazing. I’m proud of the hair we created for this show and honored to be working with such incredible designers,” said Hampton.

British born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have built a fashion empire defined by elegant eveningwear and one of a kind couture designs. The duo met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Georgina’s draping and design expertise paired with Keren’s textile creations resulted in a business partnership and the establishment of Marchesa in 2004. With the extravagant and eccentric fashion icon and Italian heiress the Marchesa Luisa de Casati as their muse, Georgina and Keren’s beautifully crafted runway collections and accessories line fuse exquisite detailing with supreme femininity. Coveted not only by celebrities, but by women of all ages, Marchesa continues to be the centerpiece of iconic red carpet moments and high-end fashion alike. Based in New York, the Marchesa collections are presently available worldwide. Continue reading


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The time that the Internet has been waiting for has finally arrived: Elaine Stritch now has a verified Twitter account. At 89, Stritch proves it’s never too late to get on the social media train.

Follow Elaine at @ElaineStritch and visit her Twitter page at twitter.com/elainestritch. Her inaugural tweet reads: “Hello Twitter! Hold on to your hats. I’m ready to tweet everything from anywhere to anyone who gives a damn!”

About finally getting her own Twitter handle, Stritch says, “Once someone explained to me what Twitter is, I was happy to be a Twittee. How nice to be able to share my experiences.”

Twitter’s Lara Cohen is “thrilled to have her,” and the entire Twitter team is eager to welcome her to the Twitterverse.

Stritch joining Twitter is happening in concert with Sundance Selects’ February 21st release of Chiemi Karasawa’s documentary ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME. Stritch will be tweeting all throughout her NYC press tour for the film, as graces all with her irreverent wit and brassy candor. With her countless celebrity friends and wide breadth of press she’ll be doing, the potential humor she is about to unleash on Twitter is seemingly limitless.

ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME showcases the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité. By turns bold, hilarious and moving, the film’s journey connects Stritch’s present to her past. The film also features appearances from Stritch’s famous friends, including Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro. The film is Executive Produced by Alec Baldwin and Cheryl Wiesenfeld and produced by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger and Chiemi Karasawa.

Watch the trailer to ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME here


Oscar® winner Jennifer Lawrence will return to present at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Leading Role, arrives for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA February 24, 2013.

Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Leading Role, arrives for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA February 24, 2013.

Lawrence took home the Oscar for her lead performance in “Silver Linings Playbook.” She is nominated this year for her supporting role in “American Hustle.” Previously Lawrence was nominated for her leading role in “Winter’s Bone.” Her other credits include “X-Men: First Class” and “The Hunger Games” series.

New Alberto VO5® Men’s 3-in-1 Brings 5 Essential Vitamin Formula To Convenience-Craving Men

Now men have their own personal reasons to love the legendary Alberto VO5® brand, with the introduction of VO5 Men’s 3-in-One, combining VO5 shampoo, conditioner and body wash in just one, no-clutter, out-of-the-shower-quick bottle.  Five essential vitamin-enriched VO5Men’s 3-in-1 provides convenience while delivering the outstanding performance and value that the iconic, born-in-Hollywood brand has long provided smarter shoppers.

VO5 Men’s 3-in-1 represents another first, in extending the brand’s proprietary five-essential-vitamin formula beyond hair care to body care.  Available in masculine scents such as Ocean Surge and Fresh Energy, VO5 Men’s 3-in-1 offers guys a clean feeling from head-to-toe.  And with a suggested retail price of 99 cents for 12.5 fluid ounces, men’s morning routines just got simpler and more affordable.

“Consumers love the superior performance and value that VO5 hair care products deliver, and we saw an opportunity to extend VO5’s secret five-vitamin formula to the male segment,” said Nina Riley, VP Marketing at High Ridge Brands, owner of Alberto VO5. “VO5’s Men’s 3-in-1 is a phenomenal product that satisfies men’s need for a time-saving, head-to-toe shower experience.”

VO5 Men’s 3-in-1 products are now available nationwide.  For more information on Alberto VO5, please visit www.vo5haircare.com.

DL1961 Premium Denim Launches Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign

Company Introduces Instasculpt Jean for Women and Performance Denim for Men

DL1961 Premium Denim has released its Spring/Summer 2014 marketing campaign. Shot on the beaches surrounding New York City by fashion photographer, Boo George, the campaign, featuring models Josephine Skriver and Roch Barbot, highlights the easy, light summer feel the Spring/Summer collection encompasses. From sea to shore, the campaign pays homage to the long, lazy days of New York summer, spent on the beaches of Montauk and the rooftops of New York City.

DL1961 Premium Denim Launches Spring/summer 2014 Campaign & New Instasculpt Fit.  (PRNewsFoto/DL1961 Premium Denim)

DL1961 Premium Denim Launches Spring/summer 2014 Campaign & New Instasculpt Fit. (PRNewsFoto/DL1961 Premium Denim)

DL1961’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection is designed using the most technologically-advanced, lightweight denim fabrics with immaculate cut and sew detailing. In addition to the brand’s existing revolutionary DLX and dlpro technologies comes DLX Hybrid, a special formula using XFIT Lycra and cotton fibers to achieve a more worn-in look. The fabric has an incredibly soft feel and is available in a wide variety of vintage washes and cuts including the standout Riley boyfriend jean.

For women, DL1961 launches Instasculpt, a revolutionary fit that will micro sculpt your legs, butt and mid-section. This style, priced at $178, has a higher rise and longer inseam to create the sleek and lean look that every woman desires.

Styled throughout the campaign is new novelty denim for women including the Angel eyelet skinny jean ($244), Emma legging fit in new camouflage and floral prints, Angie cargo jean with key pocket placement for slimming effects ($178) and Bardot ultra high-rise crop with scalloped hem,available in multiple washes ($168). This season, DL1961 expands its shorts offering, introducing the roll-up Karlie boyfriend short ($103) and scalloped Casey dolphin short ($138). DL1961 also continues its ready-to-wear collection with a wide range of quilted, pleated denim tanks, a selection of denim jackets and chambray dresses.

For men, DL1961 introduces Performance Denim, advancing the four-way stretch for added comfort, style and 360 degree movement for those with more active lifestyles. Key styles include the Russell slim straight jean ($168), Mason slouchy slim jean ($168) and the Nick slim fit ($168), all available in a variety of washes. DL1961 also introduces a collection of chambray shirts for men.

As a brand that calls New York home, we love to capture the lifestyle and essence of those who wear DL1961 in their everyday lives – including summertime when denim is more uncommon,” stated Sarah Ahmed, DL1961’s Creative Director. “For Spring/Summer the collection embodies the effortless spirit and simplicity of summer through our innovative technologies that keep you cool and comfortable.

DL1961 is available online at www.DL1961.com and at specialty stores worldwide, including Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Prices range from $158-$188 for women’s and men’s core styles and $178-$248 for novelty pieces. In conjunction with the campaign, which will kick off with advertising in March magazines including ELLE and People StyleWatch, as well as taxi tops, subway stations and billboards around Manhattan, the brand unveils an updated website look to help you discover your perfect fit.

The Hollywood Museum Premieres “Celebration of Entertainment Awards Exhibit” February 20 through April 30

Showcasing the Best Motion Picture and Television Award Contenders

As awards season goes into high gear, The Hollywood Museum is debuting a new exhibit showcasing the Best Motion Picture and Television Award contenders. Celebrating the 2013 awards season, the exhibit honors the magic of movies and television in a unique showcase featuring costumes and props from the year’s most popular and critically acclaimed films and television series.

Hollywood Museum.  (PRNewsFoto/The Hollywood Museum)

Hollywood Museum. (PRNewsFoto/The Hollywood Museum)

The exhibit runs from February 20 through April 30 at The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building, right across the street from where the Academy Awards® will be held on March 2. The Hollywood Reporter is sponsoring the exhibit.

Curated pieces from motion picture award winners and nominees include Nebraska, Captain Phillips, Her, The Grandmaster, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Fruitvale Station aswell as fan favorites Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Conjuring and Ender’s Game.

Hollywood Museum.  (PRNewsFoto/The Hollywood Museum)

Hollywood Museum. (PRNewsFoto/The Hollywood Museum)

Award winning and popular TV shows on display include Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Scandal, Homeland, Mad Men, The Newsroom, Nurse Jackie, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time,and Dancing with the Stars.

“The Hollywood Museum has always been a showcase reflecting Hollywood’s history, and this new exhibit is the perfect stage to incorporate pop culture by spotlighting the current Hollywood award season,” says museum President and Founder Donelle Dadigan. “It is a tribute to each studio and Guilds that contributed to this year’s Oscars®, Golden Globes®, Emmys® and guild and critics’ awards.”

Also part of the exhibit are award statuettes from the Oscars®, Golden Globes®, Emmys®, Screen Actor Guild Awards®, Art Directors Guild and People’s Choice Awards®.

The Hollywood Museum gratefully acknowledges the contributions for “Celebration of Entertainment Awards” Exhibit from ABC, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, AMC, Annapurna Pictures, BBC Worldwide Productions, Block 2 Distributions Limited, Bootleg Productions, CBS, DWTS Productions, HBO, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Independent Spirit Awards, Lionsgate, Newline Cinema, Nurse Productions, Paramount Pictures, People’s Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Showtime, Significant Productions, Sony Pictures Studios, Sony Archives and Collections, Sony Pictures Television, Summit Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Television, UROK Productions, Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company.