H&M Conscious Foundation Gives €1 Million Grant To Pioneering Ideas Closing The Loop For Fashion

cq5dam.web.648.486On August 25, the H&M Conscious Foundation launched the first ever Global Change Award − one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. By catalysing green, truly ground-breaking ideas the aim of the challenge is to protect the earth’s natural resources by closing the loop for fashion.

In a world with increasingly constrained resources and environmental challenges, the circular approach represents a radical departure from the old linear “take, make, waste” production and consumption models to a model where products and resources are designed to have more than one life. Closing the loop for fashion means finding new approaches in the whole value chain of the industry; changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled.

The theory about circular economy may be the biggest revolution in the global economy in 250 years as it challenges companies to rethink their business models and customer relationships by detaching growth from the single-use of natural resources and environmental impact. This creates new business opportunities as well as an unassailable competitive advantage.Close the loop - overview_low

Five winners, chosen by an expert jury (see list of Jury members below), will share a grant of €1 million and get access to a tailor-made innovation accelerator. The global public will be invited to distribute half of the total grant through an online vote. The result will be revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm, in February 2016.

The question for fashion is no longer “What is the new black?” but rather “What innovative ideas can close the loop?The Global Change Award is looking for ideas that will protect the earth’s natural resources, and I am excited to be part of it,” says Rebecca Earley, Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London, Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre and member of the Global Change Award Jury.gca648365

The H&M Conscious Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, funded by the Stefan Persson family − founders and main owners of the Swedish fashion company H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to drive long-lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. The Global Change Award takes on one of the biggest challenges facing today’s fashion industry – to create fashion for a growing population while reducing its impact on the environment. Neither the Foundation nor the company H&M will take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations.Global Change Award_Closing the loop_3500x4052

Ground-breaking, game-changing ideas can come from anywhere, so the challenge is open to anyone. Each year the Global Change Award aims to find the truly brave and bold ideas that make change. I’m also eager to see how the fashion industry as a whole will embrace the challenge of closing the loop,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation and CEO of H&M. Continue reading

Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records Celebrate Johnny Mathis’s 80th Birthday with Release of Johnny Mathis: The Singles on September 25, 2015

Definitive Four Disc Anthology Brings Together 87 Non-LP and Compilation-Only Tracks including Landmark Hits “It’s Not For Me to Say,” “Chances Are” and “The Twelfth of Never”

Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records will celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary crooner Johnny Mathis with the release of Johnny Mathis: The Singles, a definitive four disc anthology, on September 25, 2015.johnnymathis_thesingles

Born September 30, 1935, a then-teenaged Johnny Mathis signed with Columbia Records in 1956, first entering the Pop charts with his inaugural Columbia single, “Wonderful! Wonderful!” the following year. Peaking at #14, “Wonderful! Wonderful!” laid the foundation, and predicted the future, for one of the most remarkable careers in pop music history, leading to a string of singles successes which includes perennials like “It’s Not For Me To Say,” “Chances Are,” “The Twelfth Of Never” and many others.

Johnny Mathis: The Singles brings together, for the first time in one anthology, every Johnny Mathis recording which was first issued for the singles market, as well as tracks released exclusively on compilations (1958’s Johnny’s Greatest Hits, considered the first “greatest hits” collection ever created by the music industry, 1959’s More Johnny’s Greatest Hits and 1981’s The First 25 Years–The Silver Anniversary Album).

31 of the 87 tracks on Johnny Mathis: The Singles, are being released on CD for the very first time. The four-disc anthology compiles, for the very first time, every non-LP single side re-leased for the label between 1956 and 1981.

When over the course of a career you record as many songs as I have recorded, you tend to for-get a few,” said Johnny Mathis. “Revisiting this music was a complete surprise. I was thrilled beyond belief that some of the songs that I recorded specifically for single records, some of which had simply disappeared once they had been released, are now going to be heard again. Listening to this collection, not only was I amazed at how great it sounds, but I was being re-minded of some songs I had totally forgotten. It is my greatest hope that my fans will share my enthusiasm.”

Johnny Mathis is one of the longest-running artists on the Columbia Records label, with 17 million RIAA certified album and singles sales in the US alone. A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music transcends passing fads and trends, Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories — from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music both sacred and secular — assuring his reputation as one of the most enduring traditional pop vocalists in music history.

Perhaps best-known for his landmark singles (three of his recordings–“Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” and “Misty“–have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame) Mathis was one of the very first musical artists to embrace the album concept and record fully-realized thematically and sonically coherent collections of songs. His 1958 release, Johnny’s Greatest Hits inaugurated the ongoing “greatest hits” anthology phenomenon becoming one of the most popular albums of all time after spending an unprecedented 490 continuous weeks (almost ten years) on the BILLBOARD Top Albums Chart; 1959’s Heavenly spent 295 consecutive weeks on the same chart. Johnny Mathis was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Mathis had 18 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1963 and 19 Top 40 albums between 1957 and 1978. He has earned 10 gold, 4 platinum and 2 multi-platinum awards from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Mathis was a star student athlete in San Francisco who sang weekends at a local jazz club. Columbia Records’ George Avakian was in attendance during one performance, and famously wired back to the label office: “Have found phenomenal 19-year old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts.” After his jazzy debut LP was largely ignored upon its release in 1956, Mathis began working closely with Columbia’s vice-president and producer Mitch Miller to develop an unbeatable lush pop style, picking romantic ballads that made extensive use of his recognizable, vibrato-heavy croon. Continue reading

Introducing Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Collection

Each day, emotional and environmental stresses affect skin’s self-defense capacities, which can lead to skin becoming dehydrated, sensitive and uncomfortable. But Lancôme is on the job. Introducing Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Collection for 24-hour hydration. Designed to help fight the visible signs of fatigue, Hydra Zen provides intense hydration, one of the first steps in any beauty routine to preserve skin’s appearance. The range is dermatologically tested and designed to comfort and soothe all skin types, even sensitive skin.

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream

An enveloping texture, this formula leaves skin feeling more comfortable. Upon application, the subtle and luscious cream texture melts into skin for instant comfort. Results: lastingly hydrated, skin appears refreshed and smoothed. Price: $56 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml.

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream-Gel

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream-Gel

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream-Gel

A pleasant texture, ideal for combination skin. Results: lastingly hydrated, skin appears radiant and smoothed. Skintone looks fresher and more even. Price: $56 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml.

Hydra Zen Moisturizing Beauty Essence

Hydra Zen Moisturizing Beauty Essence

Hydra Zen Moisturizing Beauty Essence

Hydra Zen Moisturizing Beauty Essence provides intense hydration, leaving skin feeling soothed and comfortable. Price: $49 for 6.7 fl. oz./200 ml.

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Overnight Serum-in-Mask

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Overnight Serum-in-Mask

Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Overnight Serum-in-Mask

Forget the stress, tension and fatigue built up over the course of the day and prepare your skin for a nighttime radiance boost. This anti-stress moisturizing overnight serum-in-mask penetrates quickly to provide intense overnight hydration. A concentrate of freshness, this exceptional formula combines the freshness of a serum with the relaxing application of a night mask. Price: $59 for 2.5 fl. oz./75 ml.

The Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Collection is available now at select Macy’s Lancôme counters and lancome-usa.com

Legacy Recordings Celebrates the 2015 Yuletide Season with New Titles in The Classic Christmas Album Series

New Seasonal Showcases featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, Sarah McLachlan, Celtic Thunder–and The Classic Christmas ’80s Album, an All-Star Anthology

Legacy’s 2015 Classic Christmas Albums Available Friday, October 2

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is ringing in the 2015 holiday season with the release of four indispensable Yuletide album titles–The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire, The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan and The Classic Christmas ’80s Albumall available Friday, October 2, 2015.

The Classic Christmas ’80s Album, one of this year’s additions to Legacy Recordings’ Classic Christmas Album series, is a 15 track all-star anthology of timeless seasonal songs from the worlds of pop, rock, rap and soul proving that the spirit of Christmas moves through a variety of musical genres. Seminal 80’s artists on The Classic Christmas ’80s Album include: The Waitresses (“Christmas Wrapping”), Wham! (“Last Christmas”), The Bangles (“Hazy Shade of Winter”), Run-D.M.C. (“Christmas in Hollis”), Daryl Hall & John Oates (“Jingle Bell Rock”), Whitney Houston (“Do You Hear What I Hear?”), Billy Squier (“Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You'” [Single Version]), Dave Edmunds (“Run Rudolph Run”), Buster Poindexter and His Banshees Of Blue (“Zat You Santa Claus”), The Pointer Sisters (“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”), Ray Parker Jr. (“Christmas Time Is Here”), Bob & Doug McKenzie (“Twelve Days Of Christmas” [Single Version]), New Kids On The Block (“This One’s for the Children”), Fishbone (“Slick Nick, You Devil You”) and The Hooters (“Silent Night”).

Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan and pop/soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire also have new holiday collections being offered in the Classic Christmas Album series. Each of the new collections brings together remastered holiday tracks spanning the careers of the individual artists.

The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire is a soul and spirit filled celebration of the Christmas season, including 13 tracks from Holiday (the EW&F seasonal album released in 2014) with five additional cuts culled from the group’s multi-decade career, bringing together beloved carols (“Joy to the World,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “What Child Is This?,” “Away in a Manger,” “The First Noël”), holiday perennials (“Winter Wonderland,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Jingle Bell Rock“), a traditional Japanese winter song (“Snow“) and future Earth, Wind & Fire classics: “Happy Seasons” (based on “Happy Feelin‘), “Every Day Is Like Christmas” and “December” (based on EWF’s iconic “September“).The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire

Additional tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Earth, Wind & Fire include “Gather Round” (from 2005); “Get Your Hump On This Christmas” (featuring Cleveland Brown, from Twentieth Century Fox Television’s “A Cleveland Brown Christmas,” airdate: December 13, 2009); “I Asked For A Miracle (God Gave Me You)” (Philip Bailey with Full Force, produced by Full Force, recorded May 26, 1991); “Open Your Heard to Love” and “One World” (1990).

The Classic Christmas Album by Sarah McLachlan, an Arista/Legacy release, compiles the tracks “Wintersong” (2006); “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2006); “What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)” (2006); “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (2006); “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” (performed by Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan); “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (the John Lennon/Yoko Ono classic performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Children’s Choir and Youth Choir, 2006); “Prayer of St. Francis” (Sarah McLachlan featuring The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2013); “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (2006); “Space On the Couch for Two” (Sarah McLachlan featuring students from The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2011); “Find Your Voice” (Sarah McLachlan with The Sarah McLachlan School of Music Choir, charity single, November 2012); “River” (a Joni Mitchell cover, 2006); “Silent Night” (2006); “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (2006); “The First Noel”/”Mary Mary” (medley, 2006); “Song for a Winter’s Night” (a Gordon Lightfoot cover, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 1994); “In a Bleak Mid Winter” (traditional, arranged by Sarah McLachlan, 2006) and “Christmas Time is Here” (performed by Sarah McLachlan featuring Diana Krall, written by Vince Guaraldi/Lee Mendelson, 2006).

Legacy Recordings celebrates the 2015 Yuletide with The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder, an uplifting collection of traditional carols and Christmas songs performed by the international singing sensation Celtic Thunder.celticthundercover

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder showcases an eclectic selection of Christmas standards from around the world, wrapped in Celtic Thunder’s signature big production sound. Six Celtic Thunder male soloists perform solo and ensemble numbers on the album, backed by a 90-piece Orchestra.

Tracks on The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder range from traditional carols to contemporary pop classics. The album moves from slow and pensive numbers to larger ensemble pieces and includes an exquisitely paced Christmas Medley.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder features the group performing “Carol of the Bells,” “Gaudete,” “Mary Did You Know?,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “In the Bleak Mid-Winter,” “Gabriel’s Message,” “Christmas Medley: Sleigh Ride/Here Comes Santa Claus/The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers/Santa Claus is Coming to Town/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “Away in a Manger,” “Comfort Ye,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire),” “Oh Holy Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Fairytale Of New York.”

Recorded in Ireland, The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder is a brilliant collection of seasonal music from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and Musical Director David Munro.

The Classic Christmas Album by Celtic Thunder comes from the renowned Irish theatrical singing ensemble who first appeared on Public Television in 2008. Since its first airing, Celtic Thunder’s PBS performance has consistently remained one of the most popular musical shows for stations throughout the country. Hailed three times as BILLBOARD’s Top World Music Artist and Top World Imprint (2008, 2009 and 2011), Celtic Thunder has achieved sales of over 2 million copies to date.

First Look: BETSEY JOHNSON Spring/Summer 2016

A Betsey Johnson fashion show at New York Fashion Week is always a celebration filled with a flood of design ideas somehow comes together in the end. She’s an industry treasure and a legend. For Spring/Summer 2016, Johnson will showcase The Curious Case of Betsey Button during New York Fashion Week on Friday, September 11th, 2015 at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station. This season commemorates Betsey’s colorful 50 years in the fashion industry. A celebration of her amazing career and then some, Betsey Button is the ultimate Betsey Johnson big bang. I can hardly wait.

First Look: Betsey Johnson Spring-Summer 2016 Collection (Image courtesy of Factory PR)

First Look: Betsey Johnson Spring-Summer 2016 Collection (Image courtesy of Factory PR)

New Denim Styles At H&M Help Close The Loop For More Sustainable Fashion

This September, H&M will introduce 16 new denim styles made using recycled cotton from textiles collected in the Garment Collecting initiative in H&M stores. The pieces for men, women and kids, are the latest steps toward H&M’s goal towards creating a closed loop for fashion, and will be available in all stores worldwide, as well as online.

Creating a closed loop for textiles, in which unwanted clothes can be recycled into new ones, will not only minimize textile waste, but also significantly reduce the need for virgin resources as well as other impacts fashion has on our planet,“says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M.

H&M wants to create a closed loop for its textiles, in which the fabrics from unwanted clothes can be recycled into new ones. The aim is to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry, by limiting waste that goes to landfill and saving on natural resources used in the production of fabric.

Since 2013, H&M customers worldwide have been able to bring unwanted clothes from any brand into its stores as part of its Garment Collecting Initiative. So far, over 18,000 tons have been collected globally.

Right now, H&M is able to use 20% recycled cotton from collected clothes, and is investing in new technology to increase this share without losing quality. H&M has a target to increase the number of garments made with at least 20% recycled fabric by 300% compared to 2014.

The new denim pieces, made from recycled cotton and organic cotton, include for women three styles of jeans, from skinny to distressed ‘girlfriend’ jeans, plus a denim jacket, flared dungarees and a denim jumpsuit. For men, there is a zip-up denim jacket, alongside two distressed slim leg styles, and a pair of joggers in coated denim. There are kids pieces too, including a zip-up hoodie with cute animal ears, along with stretch jeans sequined at the knee, or a street style hooded shirt, with distressed jeans.

12 Chefs, 7 Michelin Stars Line Up For So Amazing Chefs 2015

World Class Michelin Chefs Are Coming To Sofitel So Bangkok For An Amazing Series Of Dinners, Cooking Classes, And A Culinary Event Showdown

The Michelin stars are aligning for a gastronomic spectacular at Sofitel SO Bangkok, with the urban design hotel confirmed to gather 12 renowned chefs from around the world for the 4th So Amazing Chefs 2015 taking place from Tuesday October 6th to Sunday, October 11, 2015.

This year’s gastronomic festival is the most high profile event we’ve ever put together, with the constellation of amazing chefs representing a combined seven Michelin stars. The gathering highlights Bangkok as a foodie city, and promotes the exchange of epicurean ideas and inspirations,” said Yves Mudry, General Manager of Sofitel SO Bangkok.

As in previous years, the So Amazing Chefs program is packed with a series of dinners and cooking classes (see full schedule of events below), with the event highlight – the Culinary Showdown Competition and Gala Dinner– taking place on Friday 9th October with proceeds going towards the CCF Foundation under The Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. New additions this year include the introduction of special weekend brunches and an after-party which will feature guest DJ Chef Ferry van Houten on the decks.

Familiar faces from last year include Stephane Bonnat (Voiron, France), Laurent Peugeot (Burgundy, France), Didier Corlou (Hanoi, Vietnam), Alain Caron (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Ferry van Houten (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and Sofitel SO Bangkok‘s very own executive chef Paul Smart. Making a comeback from the inaugural So Amazing Chefs 2012 is Chris Salans (Bali, Indonesia).

Exciting new additions to the 2015 chef roster include Amsterdam-based Menno Post of two Michelin-starred restaurant The Bokkedoorns; Herve Rodriguez of MaSa (one Michelin star, Paris), Jacques Pourcel, one-half of Le Jardin des Sens (one Michelin Star’s) Pourcel brothers; Frenchman Loic Villemin of Toya (one Michelin star, Faulquemont); and Thierry Renou of Le Patio Thierry Renou (one Michelin star, Arcachon). (See Chef Profiles below)

All Michelin-starred chefs will be arriving in Bangkok courtesy of Etihad Airways, the air ticket sponsors for So Amazing Chefs 2015. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 6240000 or email h6835-fb3@sofitel.com.

CHEF PROFILES

Alain Caron (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Famed for his role as one of the MasterChef judges (Netherlands), the Paris-born chef has worked for various three-Michelin-starred restaurants. In addition to having cooked private dinners all around the world, Alain is also the organizer of international Michelin star events. He is the presenter of his own cooking show, the author of 17 cook books and a member of the Village de Chefs Association.

Chris Salans (Bali, Indonesia)

Chris was born in the USA, and after studying in Boston he moved to Paris where he worked at several 3 Michelin-starred establishments. Following a spell back in the USA, he settled in Bali and opened “Mozaic”, serving modern Balinese cuisine and enjoying great success, including recognition from European association Tradition et Qualité as a member of ‘Les Grande Tables Du Monde’.

Didier Corlou (Hanoi, Vietnam)

French maestro Didier has travelled the world, cooking for presidents in Africa, showbiz stars in Bora Bora, royalty in Malaysia and Cambodia. His titles include Master Chef of France, and Five-Star Diamond award winner. He is also chef-owner of La Verticale and Madame Hien in Hanoi, and co-founding member of the Village de Chefs Association.

Ferry van Houten (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The Dutch chef-owner of waterfront restaurant Het Bosch is no stranger to the world of fine cuisine, having worked the kitchens of five Michelin starred restaurants in the Netherlands, France, Australia, and New York . The multi-talented chef is also a soulful house DJ, a founding member of the G6 Amsterdam culinary collective, as well as the secretary of chef organization Euro-toques Netherlands.

Hervé Rodriguez (Paris, France)

The Dijon-born flavor manipulator (manipulateur de saveurs, from which his restaurant MaSa forges its name) is known for his signature of exceptional ingredients and condiments. Before gaining Michelin fame with his Parisian restaurant, the seasoned restauranteur was a former apprentice of the gastronomic arts in Michelin starred restaurants under Jean Crotet and Jacques Lameloise.

Jacques Pourcel (Montpellier, France)

Based in France but known around the world as one-half of the Pourcel twins, Jacques is one of fine French gastronomy’s most prolific ambassadors. In addition to restaurants in Paris and Cannes, the Pourcel brothers also run Le Jardin des Sens, a catering group with 600 employees and a flagship Michelin-starred hotel and restaurant in Montpelier. He is a member of the Village de Chefs Association. Continue reading