MISHA NONOO X ALDO RISE Fall/Winter 2015 Collection Launches Worldwide Today

The Highly Anticipated Collection Of Footwear And Handbags Will Be Available At Select Aldo Stores Worldwide And Online.

ALDO announces the launch of the Fall/Winter 2015 Misha Nonoo X Aldo Rise Collection of footwear and handbags. Marking the second collaboration between the brands, the collection debuted at the MISHA NONOO runway show last February during New York Fashion Week. The full collection is available now at select ALDO stores worldwide and online at aldorise.com.

Your backstage pass to ALDO’s FW15 collaboration: MISHA NONOO X ALDO RISE.


Artist: METOUX

We are excited for the worldwide launch of the MISHA NONOO x ALDO RISE collection. Misha’s innate understanding of her customer, as well as our own, translated beautifully into artful yet functional pieces,” says Douglas Bensadoun, Chief Brand Officer for ALDO. “Witnessing the evolution of Misha’s vision as she works with our designers has been a truly rewarding experience. It continues to be a privilege to collaborate with Misha at such a pivotal point in her career.

Through ALDO RISE, ALDO supports, promotes and celebrates daring talent in the fashion community. ALDO RISE ensures fashion designers have the ability to create and showcase the footwear and handbags they envision for their collections.



The NEWHAVEN chunky heel pump with multiple straps is a versatile pump with a go anywhere, do anything vibe. Leather and felt meet in a textural play, and the croc-embossed pattern on the counter and heel is a parting surprise. In black on black, grey and black, or cream and black. Retail price $160/£110.



The NORTHAMPTON pointy toe ballerina with t-strap brings charm and polish to everyday life. Cut-out detailing lends a light-on-your-feet aura, while strong modern lines evoke sturdy sensibilities: the juxtaposition a hallmark of the Misha Nonoo world. A leather and felt combination offered in black on black or black and cream. Retail price $120/£85.



The NEWYORK structured, tote with top handle in croc-embossed synthetic leather will go everywhere you go. Available in black or bordeaux. Retail price $85/£75.



The MIDTOWN cross-body bag melds Old World style and right-now chic to keep hands warm while stowing necessities in hidden pockets. Plush faux fur lined with faux shearling. Retail price $60/£55.

I believe in the power of women and their endless capacity to achieve the life story that they wish for,” says Misha Nonoo, Founder and Creative Director for MISHA NONOO. “ALDO’s innate understanding of the multifaceted woman is unparalleled. It has been an honor to collaborate with the ALDO team on a line of collectibles that are easy yet composed. Designed with the intent to make life easier, seamlessly taking women from day to play.

Founded in 1972, the ALDO Group is a leading international retailer for fashion footwear and accessories with over 1,960 stores in 95 countries. ALDO, the group’s flagship brand, delivers fashion to a diverse customer base at prices that make keeping up with seasonal styles a luxury within reach.

Penfolds & GQ Magazine Return with the Second Annual Search for North America’s “Best Dressed Somm”

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Penfolds, Australia’s leading winemaker, is delighted to once again partner with GQ Magazine and launch the second annual joint search for the “Best Dressed Somm” of 2015. Until September 30, 2015, wine professionals employed in the U.S. and Canada as sommeliers, also referred to as “somms,” are encouraged to submit their most dapper photos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #BestDressedSomm for a chance to win the coveted title of Penfolds and GQ’s Best Dressed Somm 2015.

In top restaurants across North America, modern day sommeliers challenge traditional wine attitudes and rules and set new trends in wine and style,” said DLynn Proctor, Penfolds U.S. Winemaking Ambassador.A somm’s personal style is about exploring and knowing how to choose, and as a fellow somm I’m excited to be part of Penfolds’ and GQ’s celebration of style as a component of the total wine experience.

New York City's A.J. Ojeda Pons from The Lambs Club claimed the 2014 Best Dressed Somm title

New York City’s A.J. Ojeda Pons from The Lambs Club claimed the 2014 Best Dressed Somm title

Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Chief Winemaker Peter Gago, GQ Executive Stylist Brett Fahlgren & Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador DLynn Proctor

Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Chief Winemaker Peter Gago, GQ Executive Stylist Brett Fahlgren & Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador DLynn Proctor

Last year, New York City’s A.J. Ojeda-Pons was crowned Best Dressed Somm in the first year of the competition. A.J. was selected by a group of esteemed judges for his unique style point of view and an eye for bespoke tailoring. This year’s judging panel includes GQ Executive Stylist Brett Fahlgren, top chef and frequently named “best dressed” style guru Marcus Samuelsson, and designer Rachel Roy.

Somms can participate and submit their photo nominations via:

  1. Instagram: Follow Penfolds on Instagram; then post a photo with both @Penfolds AND @GQ handles, plus the #BestDressedSomm hashtag. Somm Instagram account must be set such that your posts are public and thus viewable to Penfolds.

  2. Twitter: Follow Penfolds on Twitter; then, upload and Tweet a photo with both @Penfolds AND @GQMagazine handles, plus the #BestDressedSomm hashtag. Somm Twitter account must be set such that your Tweets are public and thus viewable to Penfolds.

  3. Penfolds.com: For a chance to become this year’s “People’s Choice” entrant, somms may encourage fans to visit and ‘like photos’ highlighted in the Best Dressed Somm gallery on the website (Penfolds.com/GQBestDressedSomm).

At the close of the submission period, Penfolds and GQ will select and invite the top five finalists to don their finest digs and attend an exclusive judging event and winner announcement at the Penfolds House on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in New York City.

At GQ, we are thrilled to once again join forces with Penfolds to recognize the impact sommeliers have on shaping wine and style trends,” said Fahlgren. “The Best Dressed Somm judges will analyze photo entries for outfit appearance and styling, attention to detail – including proper fit, how well the somm’s clothes and accessories work together, the accessory choices themselves, and the style’s effortless appearance. We are excited to see their individual style shine through their choices.”

The Lamb’s Club’s, A.J. Ojeda-Pons, 2014 Best Dress Sommelier, and DLynn Proctor, Penfolds Brand Ambassador, strike a pose at the 2014 #BestDressedSomm judging event in New York.

The Lamb’s Club’s, A.J. Ojeda-Pons, 2014 Best Dress Sommelier, and DLynn Proctor, Penfolds Brand Ambassador, strike a pose at the 2014 #BestDressedSomm judging event in New York.

The winner of the Second Annual Best Dressed Somm Contest will be announced on-site at the Penfolds House reception and, in addition to national and local notoriety as “The Penfolds and GQ Best Dressed Somm 2015,” will receive a special winner’s package that includes:

  • Coverage in a promotion listing in a future GQ print issue

  • Private styling session with Fahlgren

  • Announcement in a national Penfolds/GQ joint press release

  • Exposure to national and local media and high-profile influencers at the House of Penfolds on October 21, 2015

For more information and official contest rules, visit www.Penfolds.com/GQBestDressedSomm.

Penfolds has been producing an impressive array of wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine into the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. For more information, visit www.penfolds.com

GQ is the leading men’s general-interest magazine, with a monthly readership of 7 million readers. It is available in print, online at GQ.com, and as an app at iTunes.com. The magazine is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications.

The One and Only One Unveils Two New Rare Fancy Color Diamond Rings

According to a November 2014 article from Rapaport’s Diamonds.net: “Fancy Color Diamonds, across pinks [including reds], yellows and blues have increased in value by 167 percent on average since January 2005, outperforming other leading assets in a similar period…for example, the Dow Jones industrial average has increased 58 percent, Standard & Poor’s 500 has increased 63 percent and London house prices have increased 82.1 percent.” Which only makes the following rings all the more incredibly fascinating and noteworthy.

Left: "The Golden Muse" 25.71-Carat Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Ring. Right: "The Trilogy" 1.59-Carat Argyle Fancy Red Diamond Ring. GIA Certified. For more information visit theoneandonlyone.com (PRNewsFoto/The One and Only One(TM))

Left: “The Golden Muse” 25.71-Carat Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Ring. Right: “The Trilogy” 1.59-Carat Argyle Fancy Red Diamond Ring. GIA Certified. For more information visit theoneandonlyone.com (PRNewsFoto/The One and Only One(TM))

A rare 25.71-carat Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Ring and a rare 1.59-carat Fancy Red Diamond Ring are available by private appointment at selected fine jewelers nationwide. The Natural Fancy Color Diamonds from The One and Only One(TM) group are certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). (Prices are available on request.)

The One and Only One is an elite group of GIA-certified gemologists and prestigious diamantaires specializing in ultra-rare, one-of-a-kind Natural Fancy Color Diamonds, the most desired and sought-after gemstones in the world.

Only the Rarest of the Rare Natural Fancy Color Diamonds can be called The One and Only OneFancy Vivid, Fancy Deep and Fancy Intense pinks, reds, greens, blues and yellows…singularly spectacular diamonds of extraordinary color, rarity and provenance.

To receive the distinction of The One and Only One, a Fancy Color Diamond must be accompanied by a certificate from the Gemological Institute of America. But that is only the beginning. Each colored diamond selected by The One and Only One team of specialists equals or surpasses the world-class gems currently breaking records at premier international auction houses, and making their way into the portfolios of the savviest collectors and connoisseurs. These are important investment-quality Fancy Color Diamonds, diamonds that have doubled or tripled in value over the past ten years.yellow2751-blurb

The Golden Muse: A Canary Diamond with a Distinguished Provenance
From the Kimberley region of South Africa, the cushion-cut Golden Muse Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond is an extraordinary example of the most sought-after canary diamonds. It was cut from a rough stone weighing 67 carats, resulting in remarkable clarity for its color and size (VVS1).

Set in ring of platinum and 18k gold, and flanked by white diamonds, this important yellow diamond has a distinguished provenance. Until recently, it was housed at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California, on loan to the GIA Museum’s exhibit, “The Beauty of Science: Gems & Gemology Celebrates 80 Years.

Fancy Yellow Diamonds are the most popular of all Natural Color Diamonds. In fact, it is estimated that 60 percent of all Natural Color Diamonds belong in the Fancy Yellow category. Large investment-quality Fancy Vivid or Fancy Intense Yellow Diamonds, often called Canary Diamonds, are very rare, commanding record prices at international auction houses and a select group of the world’s most exclusive diamond dealers.

One of the largest known Canary Diamonds, the 205.07-carat Red Cross, was discovered as an uncut stone by DeBeers in 1901. The company presented it in 1918 to Christie’s London to be auctioned to benefit the British Red Cross Society. Its current owner is unknown.

Marilyn Monroe is pictured wearing the Moon of Baroda, a 24-carat, pear shaped yellow diamond. (Photo courtesy of httpwww.jointventurejewelry.com)

Marilyn Monroe is pictured wearing the Moon of Baroda, a 24-carat, pear shaped yellow diamond. The pear-shaped, rose-cut yellow stone–and Monroe’s association with the stone–sparked an infatuation with Fancy Yellow Diamonds that has grown stronger over each successive decade. (Photo courtesy of httpwww.jointventurejewelry.com)

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" Movie Trailer Screenshot: Marilyn Monroe Performing 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend' in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Movie Trailer Screenshot: Marilyn Monroe Performing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), one of all-time favorite movies.

One of the most famous of all Natural Fancy Yellow Diamonds is the 24-carat Moon of Baroda, which was worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1954 to the premiere of her film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” 

The Trilogy Argyle Red Diamond Ring
In the rarefied world of Fancy Color Diamonds, red diamonds are the rarest of them all. Over the 31-year history of Rio Tinto‘s Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, an invitation-only international auction, only 16 Fancy Red diamonds have been offered.

The Trilogy Argyle Red Diamond Ring features three superbly matched Argyle red diamonds, cut by experts to maximize their potential value and strength of color. At 1.32 carats, the radiant-cut center stone is considerably larger than the famous Hancock Red, and it shares the unusual Fancy Purplish Red color for which it is prized. With flanking Fancy Red diamonds totaling 0.27 carats, The Trilogy is a collection capstone for investors and connoisseurs.

Red diamonds represent the pinnacle of value and rarity in the diamond industry; fewer than 100 red diamonds have ever been found. Argyle Red Diamonds come from the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia, which is owned by Rio Tinto. The mine produces over 90 percent of the world’s supply of rare Natural Pink Diamonds, which includes ultra-rare Red Diamonds. Polished red diamonds are always referred to as Fancy Red Diamonds, never Fancy Deep, Fancy Intense or Fancy Vivid. Each year the very best polished Argyle Diamonds are offered at the Argyle Mine Pink Diamond Tender, the world’s most exclusive international diamond auction. In the 30-year history of the Argyle Mine Pink Diamond Tender, only nine Fancy Red Diamonds have been offered. The Argyle Mine is expected to cease production by the end of this decade.

Unlike colored diamonds that are sold at auction, each Natural Fancy Color Diamond awarded The One and Only One distinction will be made available to Ultra High Net Worth Individuals for a limited time, by appointment only. Upon confirmation of your Request for Private Appointment Application, The One and Only One Natural Fancy Colored Diamond(s) you select to view can be hand-transported by one of their Specialists to a mutually agreed upon high-security location near you. To arrange an appointment to view The One and Only One(TM) Golden Muse Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Ring or the Trilogy Argyle Fancy Red Diamond Ring, please visit theoneandonlyone.com

Rachel Zoe And Rodger Berman To Host OCRF’s First-Ever Super Saturday Event In Las Vegas

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Luxury Shopping Event to be held at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian & The Palazzo and Fashion Show, Sept. 19-20

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) will bring its popular Super Saturday shopping event to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian & The Palazzo, and Fashion Show Las Vegas with unique spin. Hosted by Designer, Stylist, Editor and Author Rachel Zoe and husband and business partner Rodger Berman, the annual event, which New York Newsday called the ‘hottest summer event in the Hamptons,’ will launch in Vegas Sept. 19- 20, 2015.

OCRF’s Super Saturday designer shopping extravaganza, was created in 1998 by Donna Karan and the late Liz Tilberis (the late Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar US, who has since died from the disease). Super Saturday Los Angeles launched in 2014, and is hosted by Rachel Zoe and Molly Sims. In 2014, at both Super Saturday Los Angeles and New York, more than 2,000 people attended the events and raised over $ 4.1 million with net proceeds going directly to OCRF and its programs. Special guests included celebrities, influencers, designers, media, supporters and their families, and fashion lovers. The Hamptons event has been hosted by Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan while the LA event was hosted by Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman, Molly Sims and Scott Stuber.

The exclusive Las Vegas weekend will showcase an assortment of special retail incentives from luxury brands including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, DVF, Fendi, Robert Graham, Melissa Shoes, Ted Baker London, Topshop, Links of London and Island Company to name a few. Most participating retailers will donate a percentage of weekend sales to OCRF.

A force within the fashion and design industry for nearly two decades, Zoe has been heralded as one of the most influential forces working in fashion today. In addition to dressing clients for a bevy of red carpet events, styling countless editorial spreads, and lending her vast expertise to brands, Zoe has authored two New York Times best-selling books, and is the Editor in Chief of The Zoe Report, her online style destination and newsletter. As a designer, Zoe makes her exceptional taste and expertise accessible to the fashion savvy with Rachel Zoe Collection, comprised of ready-to-wear, footwear and jewelry lines. Zoe will soon return to television as the host of her own late night talk show, Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe, which will debut September 24th on Lifetime. Attendees can also meet Rachel Zoe when she signs copies of her newest book Living in Style.

The two-day extravaganza will feature a VIP brunch at Barneys New York, a Pucker Up Bar, Canyon Ranch SpaClub pop-up spa, a Pepsi Lounge, and Sephora makeup touch-ups.  A signature gift with purchase — two complimentary show tickets to Rock of Ages — will be available for those who spend $750 (restrictions apply – see official event guide for complete details).
Fashion Show will also highlight not-to-be-missed runway shows on the center’s elevated stage, featuring Saks Fifth Avenue and top seasonal must-haves.

We are thrilled to bring OCRF’s Super Saturday to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Fashion Show Las Vegas. Their support of OCRF’s research programs will further propel us in our fight to find a cure for ovarian cancer,” says Audra Moran, president & CEO, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer, as well as related educational and support initiatives. Each year there will be approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States, and nearly 15,500 women will die of the disease. Currently there is no effective means of early detection.

“Vegas is the ultimate fashion destination. It’s the only place in the world where you can shop every top designer and brand in one central location,” says Janet LaFevre, senior marketing manager, Grand Canal Shoppes and Fashion Show. “Being able to bring Super Saturday to Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Fashion Show gives our guests a chance to enjoy incredible shopping, dining, and entertainment all while contributing to a significant cause. We are elated to announce this partnership and first-ever Vegas location.”

Since 1998, OCRF has awarded over $65 million to ovarian cancer researchers around the country. OCRF-sponsored investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. OCRF also supports a national program, Woman to Woman, which in 2015 will be providing support through more than 20 hospitals around the country to women in treatment for any gynecologic cancer, as well as their families, by pairing them with survivor volunteers who offer one-on-one emotional support and mentoring. For more information visit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s website at supersaturday.ocrf.org/vegasstylethefashionshow.com and thegrandcanalshoppes.com
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Third Annual “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges” Convenes City Leaders and Global Mayors in London, October 18-20

Mayors from London, Jerusalem, Atlanta, Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, Bangkok, Athens, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Christchurch among participants

The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies will convene the third annual “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges” in London Sunday-Tuesday, October 18-20. The summit will bring together global mayors with a diverse group of urban experts to collaborate on real, scalable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing cities around the world. CityLab will take place at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel with trips to various London locations in the midst of vibrant and substantial change.

The CityLab summit is an expansion of The Atlantic‘s longstanding partnership with the Aspen Institute, devoted to the exchange of ideas of consequence, which established the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2005, the Washington Ideas Forum in 2009, and New York Ideas in 2012. CityLab was honored as Best Conference in both 2013 and 2014 at the Folio: FAME Awards.
Across the summit, a global group of presenters and participants will engage in dozens of plenaries, breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions on such topic areas as: affordable housing, urbanization in India, the future of work in cities, climate change, global perspectives on community policing, urban analytics, and unleashing innovation from the front line of government. As CityLab’s first international host city, London will play a key role in the summit. Field trips will take participants to visit projects that have transformed the city: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; Kings Cross Redevelopment Area; Clapham Underground‘s Zero Carbon Food; and Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project.
CityLab speakers and attendees are drawn from a diverse global roster; last year’s 550 participants represented 127 cities and 26 countries. This year’s summit will host an expanded roster of mayors from cities across the world, including Accra, Addis Ababa, Athens (Greece), Atlanta, Austin, Bangkok, Christchurch, Denver, Hamburg, Jerusalem, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., and others.
Confirmed speakers to date include three-term New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Mayor Giorgos Kaminis of Athens, Greece, and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; architect Jan Gehl; Executive Director of Digital in the Cabinet Office Mike Bracken; Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe; Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey; former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan; Tel Aviv Global CEO Hila Oren; Nesta Chief Executive Geoff Mulgan; Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman. Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson, Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley, and James Bennet, editor in chief and co-president of The Atlantic, will also speak.

The presenting level underwriters for CityLab are General Motors and JPMorgan Chase & Co. McKinsey & Company is a knowledge underwriter. Airbnb is a supporting level underwriter. Bechtel and Waze are contributing level underwriters.

Further details about the program agenda and speakers will be released in the coming weeks. Media interested in learning more or attending the program should contact Anna Bross (abross@theatlantic.com).