New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 Shows Preview: Kia STYLE360 Announces Star-Studded Designer Line Up, Schedule and Sponsors for New York Fashion Week September 12-15, 2016

Serena Williams, Ashley Graham, Kristin Cavallari and More To Strut Their Stuff On The Runways

Hollywood & fashion special event firm, A-list Communications has announced Kia STYLE360, its New York Spring/Summer 2017 Women’s Runway Previews September 12th – 15th, 2016. This season will mark the 12th annual year at New York Fashion Week, highlighting its signature formula of fashion week events among exciting ready-to-wear celebrity designer brands, musical performances, high fashion designer brands, and fashion-fan favorites each season.710cfe_52d61c2b734e4726b0e8bfeec1d5538b~mv2

Started in 2004, and then called “Style Lounge,” this modest fashion platform launched out of the gate as a stage for some of today’s leading fashion brand designers like Rodarte, Rebecca Minkoff, Patricia Fields, and Zaldy. Over the decade, and after a name change as well, STYLE360 New York Fashion Week has evolved into a launching pad for trending and celebrity designers such as Avril Lavigne, Daisy Fuentes, the Kardashians, and Kristin Cavallari to name a few. Likewise, fashion industry elite models who have graced STYLE360’s stages and venues includes Karolina Kurkova, Naomi Campbell, Carol Alt, Tyson Beckford, Kendall Jenner and Jessica White, as well as countless celebrities including the Kardashians, Brooke Burke, Brittany Snow, Gerard Butler, Chris Noth, Tommy Hilfiger, Lauren Conrad, Rosario Dawson, and dozens more.

An element that always separates Kia STYLE360 shows from the usual fashion week clutter, are the high-profile musical performances each Season. Highlights from the past ten years include performances by Austin Mahone, Wyclef Jean, Natasha Bedingfield, JoJo, Neon Trees, Cher Lloyd, Estelle and appearances by music legends like Richie Sambora, Slash, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Pete Wentz, Rick Ross and many more.

This year’s schedule builds on the success of last year with many renewing designer names as well as renewed title sponsor, Kia Motors (www.Kia.com). Kia returns this year to invite the fashion industry to discover the all-new 2017 Cadenza sedan with integrated activations, on-site car displays and a fleet of vehicles available to transport fashion editors, celebrities and VIPs to and from the fashion shows and events. The stunningly beautiful Cadenza improves upon all the elements that made its predecessor an award-winning success, boasting a precisely crafted cabin, cutting edge technology for connectivity and driver assistance, a stronger body structure, and powertrain enhancements for a more premium experience behind the wheel.

Events kick-off with entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN’s third successive show presenting their Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection with Ms. Williams taking the stage two days after New York’s U.S. Open Women’s Championship. The week wraps up with Kia STYLE360‘s third annual fashion event with celebrity, actress and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari, who will present her new Emerald Duv Jewelry Collection, new shoe releases from her Chinese Laundry Collection as well as signed copies of her book “Balancing on Heels”.

This September’s line-up of fashion shows and festivities for Kia STYLE360 includes the following:

Monday, September 12th

3:00pm: HSN Presents Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection Runway Show

7:30pm: Designer Fashion Runway Show TBA

9:00pm: KIA STYLE360 Presents Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection by HSN After-party at Bagatelle NYC

Tuesday, September 13th

10:30am: Raul Penaranda Spring 2017 Momentum

3:00pm: Vipe Activewear Collection Fashion Show with Angela Simmons

7:30pm: Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva

Wednesday, September 14th

3:00pm: Addition Elle Presents Holiday 2016 RTW + Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection

7:00pm: Row A Seat 4 Collection SS17 by Frontrow

Thursday, September 15th

7:00pm: Kia STYLE360 Hosts Kristin Cavallari Collections for Emerald Duv Jewelry & Chinese Laundry at Row NYC

All fashion shows will again be staged at the two-level Metropolitan West located at 639 West 46th Street with special integrations including live streaming of shows, 360 degree virtual reality broadcasts, and Facebook live streams along with its usual parade of celebrity guests and musical performances to be announced closer to fashion week.

Other renewing sponsors generously supporting the September 2016 season includes Not Your Mother‘s hair care (www.nymbrands.com), who will style all fashion shows by lead hair stylist Michele Carrillo and her NYM branded professional-stylist team. Makeup partners, LimeLight by Alcone (www.limelightbyalcone.com) and MustaeV U.S.A., a prestigious Korean artistry make up brand (www.mustaevusa.com) are also renewed partners this season.

Official hotel and after-party partner for the third consecutive year is Row NYC conveniently located near the Kia STYLE360 fashion pavilion at 700 Eighth Avenue. The art-driven, New York-centric hotel will provide its elegant brand of hospitality and accommodations to celebrity and VIP guests as well as host the closing fashion event. Row NYC is also offering exclusive tickets to a Kia STYLE360 show (winners’ choice) and invitations to the closing event hosted at the hotel. (Details can be found at www.rownyc.com.)

Finally, award winning wine producer, Line 39 Wines (www.line39wines.com) by O’Neill Vintners and Distillers returns in an elevated presence to graciously pour its California Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir across all events.

New sponsors to the program this September include Eternal Water (www.eternalwater.com) who will keep guests hydrated and refreshed with its Pure and Pristine Artesian Water and its beautifully designed BPA free bottle which will be collected for recycling after each event. Additionally, OtterBox Products Inc. (www.otterbox.com) joins to present its line of fashionable, sleek smartphone cases to NYFW in the OtterBox Lounge and will debut some of the new looks across a couple runway shows. New York City hotspot and fashion model sanctuary Bagatelle, one of New York’s trendiest restaurants, will serve as official nightclub partner hosting Kia STYLE360’s intimate VIP event.

Kia STYLE360 also proudly welcomes ChapStick (www.chapstick.com) to its line-up of sponsors this season. ChapStick will help guests feel runway ready with new ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint – which provides long-lasting moisture plus a hint of color from the experts in lip care.

For more information on this season’s designers, to get inside access, view runway trends, special promotional offers, and watch behind the scenes celebrity interviews as well as live streaming from the runway, please visit http://style360nyfw.com/. Twitter @NYFWSTYLE360 and Facebook @STYLE360. Official hashtag this season is #KiaSTYLE360NYFW. Continue reading

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The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) Announces 2016 Inductees

Bridging Photography’s Pioneering Past with its Fantastic Future, Ken Burns, Ernst Haas, Steve Jobs, John Knoll, Thomas Knoll, Annie Leibovitz, Graham Nash and Sebastião Salgado is to be inducted as part of the IPHF’s 50th anniversary celebration

The IPHF inducts notable photographers or photography industry visionaries for their artistry, innovation and significant contribution to the art or science of photography.

The Induction and 50th Anniversary Celebration Event for the 2016 inductees will take place on October 28, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo., the new home for the IPHF.

Today, in honor of the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum‘s (IPHF) 50th anniversary and World Photo Day, the IPHF announced its 2016 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees. Eight photographers or photography industry visionaries that embody the spirit, artistry and innovation of modern photography have been selected for induction, including:

  • Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker
  • Ernst Haas, 20th century professional photographer
  • Steve Jobs, former Apple Inc. chairman and CEO and technology pioneer
  • John Knoll, co-creator of Adobe Photoshop
  • Thomas Knoll, co-creator of Adobe Photoshop
  • Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer
  • Graham Nash, creator of fine art digital printing, photographer and musician
  • Sebastião Salgado, documentary photographer and photojournalist

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (located in the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis, Missouri) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to celebrate the achievements of the inventors, pioneers, and pivotal artists throughout the history of photography. The IPHF has preserved the art of photography and its contribution to modern civilization since 1965, and is the proud home to over 6,000 historical cameras and 30,000 images.50th-Anniversary-Homepage-Graphic

The IPHF is the only organization worldwide that recognizes and honors those who have had a significant impact on the evolution of photography. Past inductees to the Photography Hall of Fame include Ansel Adams, George Eastman, Edwin Land, Edward Steichen, and 65 other esteemed professionals.

About the 2016 inductees:

Ken Burns: Ken Burns is an acclaimed American documentary filmmaker. Among the many films he’s produced and directed are The Civil War, Jazz, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and, most recently, Jackie Robinson. His next project, scheduled for broadcast on PBS September 20, 2016, is Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. Burns’ films incorporate a distinct style of using archival photographs, panning across and zooming in on them to create a sense of motion that engages viewers. The style prompted Apple Inc. to create in their iMovie and Final Cut Pro programs the “Ken Burns Effect,” so users could achieve the same results Burns uses in his documentaries.

Ernst Haas: Ernst Haas (1921-1986) is acclaimed as one of the most celebrated and influential photographers of the 20th Century, and considered one of the pioneers of color photography. In the 1950’s he began experimenting with Kodachrome color film and went on to become one of the premier color photographers of the decade. In 1953, Life featured his groundbreaking 24-page color photo essay on New York City, the first time such a large color photo feature was published in the magazine. In 1962, a retrospective of his work was the first color photography exhibition held at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Throughout his career, Haas traveled extensively, photographing for Life, Vogue and Look, to name a few of many influential publications. Haas has continued to be the subject of museum exhibitions and publications such as “Ernst Haas, Color Photography” (1989), “Ernst Haas in Black and White“(1992) and “Color Correction” (2011).

Steve Jobs: Steve Jobs was an American inventor and entrepreneur who cofounded Apple and led it to become the world’s most innovative company. Steve helped create products that revolutionized the creative world and became essential tools for designers, filmmakers, music producers and photographers. Passionate about photography both in his work and personal life, his most profound contribution to the artistic community and the world is the iPhone which, in less than a decade, has changed both the art of photography and the industry around it.

John Knoll: John Knoll is the chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic and co-creator of Adobe Photoshop. He also is the sole inventor of Knoll Light Factory, a digital lens flare generating software. Today Photoshop is the industry standard in digital photo editing, allowing photographers to digitally alter and manipulate photo files to create extraordinary images. John created Adobe Photoshop along with his brother Thomas, and together the Knoll brothers have revolutionized the photography industry and completely changed the way people create and edit images.

Thomas Knoll: Thomas Knoll is an American software engineer who co-created Adobe Photoshop with his brother John. Knoll created the first core image processing routines for Photoshop in 1988, and when his brother saw them he encouraged Thomas to bundle them into one package. Since licensing Photoshop to Adobe in 1989, Thomas Knoll has continued to work for Adobe creating updates to Photoshop and Photoshop related products. His recent work includes the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop, the develop module for Adobe Lightroom, and the DNG file format.

Annie Leibovitz: Annie Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer whose bold use of colors and poses has become her trademark style. Leibovitz began her career as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone magazine where she helped define the magazine’s look. She was the first woman to have a show at the National Portrait Gallery when her exhibition was shown in 1991. Some of her notable portraits include Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair, Caitlyn Jenner for the cover of Vanity Fair, and a portrait series of Queen Elizabeth II. Continue reading

Better Homes And Gardens Magazine Unveils Sixth Annual September Stylemaker Issue

Cameron Diaz, Padma Lakshmi, and Jacques Pépin Featured in September 2016 Issue

Better Homes and Gardens (BHG), the leading lifestyle brand reaching 50 million consumers a month, today announced the release of its sixth annual Stylemaker issue, highlighting creative forces and tastemakers who influence the worlds of fashion, food, home design, and entertaining. The issue is available on newsstands now.

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2016 Better Homes and Gardens September Stylemaker Issue (PRNewsFoto/Better Homes and Gardens)

For the first time, seven of the BHG Stylemakers grace the issue’s cover in a striking gatefold image shot by renowned celebrity photographer Robert Trachtenberg. They join 22 other Stylemakers who shape the way we decorate, cook, garden, organize, dress, and celebrate.

We are thrilled to share our 29 trendsetters with our readers in our September Stylemaker issue,” says Better Homes and Gardens Editor-in-Chief Stephen Orr. “Our Stylemaker issue showcases creative ways our readers can infuse their lives with inspiring food, fashion, entertaining, and gardening ideas.”

To celebrate the issue, Better Homes and Gardens is hosting over 80 bloggers and tastemakers for a day of classes, workshops, and speakers on September 29 at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. Sponsors of the event include Crate and Barrel, Dunkin’ Donuts, thinkThin, and Triscuit.

The September 2016 issue is a celebration of style, creativity, and inspiration for all aspects of the home,” says Christine Guilfoyle, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Better Homes and Gardens. “Each year, this special issue elevates our readers’ and advertisers’ style inspiration.” Guilfoyle notes that the gatefold cover includes an organic integration of furniture products from lead sponsor Crate and Barrel.

The September issue also features fantastic recipes from celebrity chef Jacques Pépin, practical entertaining tips from Top Chef host and author Padma Lakshmi, and aging and wellness advice from movie star Cameron Diaz.

The 2016 BHG Stylemakers featured in this issue include:

Chris Benz –Creative Director for Bill Blass: Chris’s mix of furnishings, accessories, and art follows the new-meets-old trend of his newly renovated Brooklyn house—with some high-low mash-ups thrown in for good measure. “My style is bold, casual bricolage,” says Chris.”

Justina Blakeney – Designer, Author and creator of The Jungalow blog: This Los Angeles designer mixes fun patterns with boho-meets-tropical color choices. Her top advice for mixing patterns is simple: repetition. “I like to pick two or three colors and pull those into each piece,” she says.

Steve Woodward – President and Chief Merchant for Crate and Barrel:Clean, thoughtful, timeless design makes me happy,” the retail guru says. On watching trends, he adds. “I’m addicted to decorating shows, and I think you can learn a lot from them about your own personal style. Trends open your eyes to new possibilities.”

Grace Bonney – Design*Sponge Founder and Author: Her new book, In the Company of Women, brings together the collected wisdom, passion, heartache, and savvy of 100 women business owners, each of whom she thoughtfully interviewed and photographed in their work spaces. Continue reading