Lancôme Launches Jason Wu For LANCÔME Fall/Winter 2015 Collection

Jason Wu (#JasonWuForLancome) once again joins Lancôme to unveil his fourth seasonal collection, available this month at at Lancôme counters nationwide and online at Lancome-usa.com. The latest Fall-Winter 2015 Jason Wu cosmetics line pays homage to the versatility and confidence of the modern woman with a limited edition Multi-Palette for eyes and cheeks (in 6 Bold Shades; 2 Contouring Shades; 6 Nude Shades), plus two classic L’Absolu Rouge lip looks ( in 377 Rose Couture and 328 Delicate Lace; $30 each).

JASON WU FOR LANCÔME Fall-Winter 2015 Collection

JASON WU FOR LANCÔME Fall-Winter 2015 Collection

Featuring sultry pops of color for high drama eyes, elegant nude shades for natural looking eyes, and cheek contouring essentials, the exclusive Multi-Palette was custom created by Wu to infuse formal sophistication with avant-garde flair. Inspired by an artistocratic Parisian look—minimal, seasonless, and playful— for Wu, this muse represents a return to formal suiting and civility while still maintaining contemporary strength.

Paired with the collection’s signature red lip, it’s easy to transform any look from bare to bold with a single swipe. This season’s iconic red features a feminine pink tint and subtle satin texture to evoke old world glamour. Or, look fresh and effortless in an instant with a universally flattering nude lip shade, personally selected by Wu to help eyes smolder.

As a designer, I believe that good style begins with the fundamentals,” Wu explains. “Since every woman should have a bold and a nude lip in her makeup bag, that’s where we started. Then, the overall collection was cultivated to enable women to embrace their own personal beauty with universal classics. ”

 

Express Yourself with Eddie Borgo for Target

When Target announced its latest designer collaboration with Eddie Borgo, who’s crafted a first-of-its-kind limited-edition collection of customizable jewelry, accessories and wall art, in late May, the excitement couldn’t be contained.

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Eddie Borgo

Eddie has an amazing eye, and we love the ingenuity and quality of craftsmanship of this collection,” said Kathee Tesija, Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer for Target. “Our guests are looking for ways to personalize their look and express their individual sense of style, and this line gives them the ability to do just that through beautifully designed jewelry and accessories that feel incredibly luxurious.”

Poppy Delevingne, face of the campaign, poses with designer Eddie Borgo

Poppy Delevingne, face of the campaign, poses with designer Eddie Borgo

The collection features the designer’s signature aesthetic – geometric shapes and symbols inspired by sculptural art and architecture – and on-trend textures, colors and finishes (think silver, gold and rose gold combined with materials like hand-poured resin, brass mesh and chains). It gets even better; the best part of this collection is how easy it is to custom-create your own unique pieces! Simply select a jewelry or accessory item, such as a handbag, necklace or earrings, and style it with a variety of components, including charms, studs and totems.

When designing this collection, I was inspired by the idea of modernizing the 1960s and 1970s craft culture and empowering people to be creative,” said Borgo. “It’s been exciting to bring the spirit of this collection to life, and I can’t wait to see how Target’s guests make it their own.”

Now with the launch of the collection only days a way, the company has released the Eddie Borgo for Target Look Book and and it’s not just the galaxy-inspired disc bags and backpacks that have people calling the collection “out of this world.” Priced from $7.99 to $49.99 the Eddie Borgo for Target collection will be available at select Target stores and Target.com beginning July 12.

It’s a Plaid, Plaid World at Target this Fall

Target’ has announcement that it’ll be going mad for plaid by paying homage to this fan-favorite, brisk-weather pattern as only Target could with an Epic Plaid Takeover.

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Kathee Tesija, executive vice president and chief merchandising and supply chain officer for Target explains it further: “When we started to think about fall, we knew we wanted to do something special, something that would usher in the season in a way that only Target could. downloadPlaid has been a defining element of style for every generation, and we felt it would be the perfect centerpiece for this design moment: it can be both fun and fashionable, so it offered us a lot of flexibility as we thought through ways we could bring it to life for our guests.”

Like the pattern itself, Target’s crossing lines all over the place, bringing tartan touches to everything from home goods and must-have fashion for the entire family to plaid Coke bottles, shampoo bottles, ChapStick tubes, dog leashes, Band-Aids, paper towels… with more than 360 items you’ll definitely want to “check” out.

We’ve had so much fun working on this concept, and it’s been amazing to watch it build from a seed of an idea to a program that will canvas an entire Target store. My hope is that our guests have as much fun shopping these products as we’ve had developing the concept. There’s also an element of surprise that I think guests will experience as they travel from aisle to aisle. I can’t wait to be in the store with them to see how they react to those fun touches, like plaid diapers or mouthwash.”

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American sportswear designer Adam Lippes

The cherry on top of Target’s plaid campaign? A partnership between Target and American sportswear designer Adam Lippes, who has created a limited-edition collection of apparel, accessories, and specialty home goods. But there’s a catch: Target challenged Lippes to create the entire line around one thing and one thing only: buffalo plaid. (Lippes is a native-born son of Buffalo, New York). Trust me when I say you’ll want to mark your calendars for this one.AdamLippes_Logo-Lockup-FINAL

Fans of the New York-based designer know him for his fashion-forward, feminine designs and basics, while those discovering him for the first time will swoon over his innovative and refreshed take on a classic pattern.

As a designer, I’ve always admired Target’s ability to make beautiful products available to everyone,” said Lippes. “I was thrilled when they approached me with the challenge of creating an entire collection around buffalo plaid. It’s also been exciting to design for categories that are entirely new for me.”

Target’s plaid takeover begins in August and will continue through October. Prices range from $1.99-$179.99, and availability in stores and on Target.com will vary. Adam Lippes for Target launches at all Target stores and Target.com on Sept. 27.

LGBTQ Weddings Study Revealed by The Knot

Third Annual Study Finds That LGBTQ couples Do Not Consider Their Marriage a “Same-Sex Marriage” But a Marriage

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 The Knot, the #1 multiplatform wedding resource, has releasing the results of its third annual LGBTQ Weddings Study and The Knot LGBTQ Edition digital magazine. The LGBTQ Weddings Study surveyed more than 1,200 LGBTQ singles or couples who were recently married or engaged and planning a wedding to uncover spending habits, trends and traditions that couples are embracing or adapting to bring their wedding vision to life. The issue is available now on TheKnot.com, and a 10-page insert of the edition is printed in The Knot Summer 2015 Weddings magazine. (You can also explore The Knot‘s top-ten Gay-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations, plus 50 others here.)

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching nearly every couple in America through its #1 wedding website, TheKnot.com; mobile apps; The Knot national and local wedding magazines; The Knot book series; and syndicated columns in newspapers nationwide.

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The Knot LGBTQ Edition 2015 features planning and etiquette tips from wedding professionals, along with inspiration from real weddings, including *NSYNC alum Lance Bass and his husband Michael Turchin’s Los Angeles wedding. Photo courtesy of The Knot

Since our inception in 1996, The Knot has had a rich history of supporting love and marriage for all,” said Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group Inc., parent company of The Knot. “Starting with The Knot Millennial Couple, Kimberly Acquaviva and Kimberly McGannon, to hosting a pop-up chapel in Central Park to celebrate New York State’s passage of the 2011 Marriage Equality Act, we’ve always believed in helping all couples plan their wedding–no matter who they are, or who they love.

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PHOTO BY SARAH ROSE BURNS PHOTOGRAPHY

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PHOTO BY TARA BETH PHOTOGRAPHY

Key Findings from The Knot 2015 LGBTQ Weddings Study:
Trends:
— Of the LGBTQ couples surveyed, 96% don’t consider their marriage a “same-sex marriage”—they consider it a marriage
— 95% of couples refer to this occasion as a wedding, as opposed to a commitment ceremony or civil union, up from 82% in 2014
— 60% of couples agree that guests could use advice and services when navigating LGBTQ wedding etiquette
— 95% of couples agree that vendors need a way to communicate that they’re LGBTQ friendly, and — 81% of couples look to vendor reviews when seeking LGBTQ-friendly wedding vendors
— The most popular reception venues include restaurants (13% for men, 16% for women), family or friends’ homes (13% for men, 12% for women), and historic buildings or homes (11% for men, 8% for women) [This most certainly shed light on the lie that Churches plays an overriding role in LGBTQ marriages]

Traditions:
— 57% of men and 69% of women had a formal proposal, and for 71% of those couples, it was a surprise
— 56% of men and 76% of women exchanged rings with their engagement; 36% of men and 56% of women at the time of their proposal, while 20% of couples purchased them after the proposal
— 97% of couples exchange wedding bands at the ceremony
— 70% of couples walk down the aisle; men are nearly three times as likely to walk down the aisle together, while women prefer a family or friend escort

Spending Habits:
— LGBTQ weddings are small, intimate affairs—men have an average of 77 guests and women have an average of 71 guests; 9 in 10 LGBTQ weddings have less than 150 guests
— Men spend an average of $15,992 on their weddings, compared with $13,055 for women; 23% of men and 21% of women spend more than $20,000
— 85% of men and 79% of women pay for the majority of the wedding themselves

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Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin at their wedding. PHOTO BY MICHAEL SEGAL PHOTOGRAPHY

The featured celebrities on the cover of The Knot LGBTQ Edition, Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin, exemplify a personalized wedding and many of the trends revealed in The Knot LGBTQ Weddings Study. The magazine allows an all-access, VIP, backstage pass to the December 2014 wedding of the former *NSYNC member. “It was a gorgeous view of all our favorite people in the world,” says Lance about his wedding. The magazine also includes planning and etiquette advice, style inspiration and sweet love stories from real couples, along with real wedding images and inspiration. (See some of The Knot‘s favorite, most stunning LGBTQ couple shots in the issue above and below, and get The Knot Special LGBTQ Edition, available right now on Issuu.com)

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As we celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize marriage equality for the entire country, our study shows that LGBTQ couples are hosting intimate weddings, with a focus on the guest experience and lots of personalized details,” said Anja Winikka, site director of The Knot. “Best of all, 91% of men and 95% of women respondents say that ‘my wedding day was the best day of my life so far.‘”

 

Postal Service Previews New “Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever” Stamp

Today, the U.S. Postal Service previewed the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp. Launched in 2013, the Music Icons series consists of beloved musicians whose blend of sound and way of life broke musical boundaries. The first inductees were Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. Last year’s inductees were Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

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Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll™, is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His music and unique performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences, made him enormously popular. “The King’s” influence continues to inspire many of today’s artists, musicians, designers and social influencers.

During his lifetime, Presley starred in 33 films, recorded 18 number one singles, and racked up 14 Grammy nominations and three Grammy wins. He sold out every one of the 1,140 concerts he performed after serving in the Army. To date, no one has ever surpassed his record for scoring the most Top 40 hits, a total of 114. Presley is the first recording artist to have sold more than one billion albums, cementing his status as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Presley left an indelible mark on American pop music, inspiring and influencing thousands of rock musicians. Nearly 40 years after Presley’s death, more than 600,000 people still visit his Graceland home in Memphis every year.

Priscilla Presley will join Postmaster General Megan Brennan in dedicating the stamp on the morning of Aug. 12 at Graceland in Memphis as part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration.

The USPS also joined with Sony Music’s RCA/Legacy Recordings in announcing the upcoming debut of an exclusive music CD titled ELVIS FOREVER that includes an Elvis song, “If I Can Dream,” as you’ve never heard it before. Customers can get this track first by picking up a copy of the commemorative $9.99 ELVIS FOREVER at their local Post Office location and available online beginning August 12 — on the same day as the Elvis Presley stamp dedication ceremony.

The Postal Service previously honored Presley on a stamp in 1993. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum calls that stamp the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time. This Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Presley taken by William Speer. In the bottom left corner, between the words “Forever” and “USA,” is a small gold crown, a nod to Presley’s nickname, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Presley’s signature, in gold ink, also is featured along the right side of the stamp.

The square stamp pane resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes 16 stamps while the image of a sliver of a record seems to peek out of the top of the sleeve. An image of Presley performing was shot by photographer Alfred Wertheimer and the logo for the Music Icons Series appear on the reverse side (above) of the stamp pane. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, served as the art director and designed the stamp pane with Leslie Badani, also of Alexandria, VA.

The following text borders the block of 16 stamps:
“During his illustrious career, rock-and-roll superstar Elvis Presley starred in dozens of feature films, won three Grammy Awards, and recorded 18 number one singles: Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up , (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don’t, Hard Headed Woman, A Big Hunk O’ Love, Stuck On You, It’s Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, Good Luck Charm, Suspicious Minds.