Santo Unveiled: Introducing The World’s First Mezquila

Musical Legend Sammy Hagar And Maroon Five’s Adam Levine Launch The First-Ever Blend Of Premium Agave Distillates That Achieve A True “Higher Spirit”

When two great spirits, mezcal and tequila, come together, a Higher Spirit is born. It’s for those tired of the usual, yearning for something different: a higher taste…a higher quality…a higher experience.”

Marking a first in the spirits industry, Sammy Hagar and Adam Levine announce the launch of Santo Mezquila, a premium blend of two distillates – 100% Blue Agave – commonly known as Tequila, and Espadin Agave used to produce Mezcal. Born from a creative revelation that Hagar and Levine shared one night in Cabo San Lucas, and honed over two years, Santo Mezquila represents the first quality blend of different agave distillates to hit the market.

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Santo Mezquila co-founders Sammy Hagar and Adam Levine

When Adam and I started tasting the different blends, I knew we had something special that people would love,” said Hagar. “It was only right to get the team back together and share Santo with the world.”santo-mezquila-bottle

Hagar, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and no stranger to the tequila world, joined forces with his The Voice co-star and tequila aficionado Levine, and reunited the group behind the successful Cabo Wabo brand, including Jack Daniels and Marco Monroy, to build Santo Mezquila. Creative and tech agency Narrative helm the branding and advertising, while Infinium Spirits are managing the sales and marketing of the unique spirit that joins the two renowned beverages.

With Santo, you get that smooth, full agave, rich tequila flavor with a touch of smoky-sweetness that you can only find with Mezcal – perfect for sipping,” said Levine.

Santo’s intense agave aroma mixes with an earthy, light smokiness with a hint of herbs. The initial bite is mellow and fades gently, while the full taste and finish elicit the intricate agave flavor and herbal complexity layered with gentle smoke, slight floral fruitiness, and low saltiness. It has a particular sweetness to its finish.

When you experience the unique, smoky flavors, combined with the smooth, subtle flavors of Agave distillates, you’ll have a taste revelation. Flavors on the palate explode with mouth-filling richness and are nestled in a light, smoky-sweet finish. (See drink recipes below.)taste-txt

The famed distillery, El Viejito, located in the “highlands” of the state of Jalisco, with the third generation master distiller, Juan Eduardo Nunez, has received several awards, including the “National Quality Award” and has been integral in help­ing Santo perfect the blend of agave distillates.

Santo Mezquila is being distributed in select markets nationwide, launching in Las Vegas, California, New York, Texas and Florida in the first quarter of 2017.exp-title

Santo Mezquila will be available in finer establishments nationwide – find a retailer and give in to a #HigherSpirit at SantoMezquila.com or find them on Facebook and Instagram @SantoMezquila. Continue reading

A New Level Of Lite: Cole Haan Launches ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™

Cole Haan announces the launch of ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™, a stylish transformation of the traditional leather Wingtip Oxford. Taking shape in a distinctive knit style, the shoe delivers dramatic improvements in lightness and breathability through the art of construction.

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Cole Haan Men’s ZERØGRAND Stitchlite(TM)  in Marine Blue/Optic White

ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™ is our newest elegant innovation as we continue our quest to reimagine and reinvent the definition of dress footwear,” says Jack Boys, Chief Executive Officer at Cole Haan. “We are excited to deliver this outstanding shoe to customers that are as comfortable in the office as they are about town.”

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Cole Haan Men’s ZERØGRAND Stitchlite(TM) in Ironstone/Ivory

Cole Haan has artfully constructed the men’s and women’s ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™ as the next frontier in innovative wingtips; versatile, lightweight and understatedly elegant. The men’s ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™ Wingtip Oxford arrives just in time for Spring, with an array of vibrant colorways like Burnt Orange, Optic White, and Marine Blue. With a nod to the storied heritage of Cole Haan, subtle leather details accompany the men’s styles. For women, the shoes come in Optic White Knit/Vapor grey, Ironstone Knit/Tropical Peach and Marine Blue Knit/Optic White.

This groundbreaking oxford features zonally designed dynamic stitching and static tight gauge-stitching to create a customized, foot-hugging fit while open, pointelle-stitching details improve breathability and moisture control,” says Scott Patt, Vice President of Design & Innovation at the Cole Haan Global Innovation Center in New Hampshire. “The upper design of the ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™ Wingtip Oxford works in harmony with an anatomically engineered outsole mimicking the natural motion of the foot.”

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Cole Haan Women’s ZERØGRAND Stitchlite(TM) in Ironstone/Tropical Peach

Rubber pods on the forefoot and heel allow for an improved grip on any surface while a signature Grand.ØS energy foam footbed and unit sole provides cushioning for the ultimate in comfort.

The ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™ collection is available now on www.ColeHaan.com and in the US and international Cole Haan Stores.

Final Stop of “Native Fashion Now” Exhibition Arrives at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York

Acclaimed Show Features 67 Native Designers From Across North America

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York will host the final showing of the first large-scale traveling exhibition of contemporary Native American fashion, celebrating indigenous designers from across the United States and Canada, from the 1950s to today. “Native Fashion Now,” originally organized by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., explores the exciting and complex realms where fashion meets art, cultural identity, politics, and commerce.

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Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]), cape, dress, and headdress from “Desert Heat” collection, 2012. Silk, organza, feathers, beads, and 24k gold; feathers, beads, and silver; porcupine quills and feathers. Model: Julia Foster. Hair and makeup: Dina DeVore. Photo by Nate Francis/Unék Photography. On view in the “Native Fashion Now” exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York from Feb. 17, 2017, to Sept. 4, 2017

As lead organizer of the exhibition, the Peabody Essex Museum hosted “Native Fashion Now” from Nov. 21, 2015, through March 6, 2016. The exhibition then traveled to the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore., and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla., before its final destination at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.

The exhibition opens Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in the museum’s East Gallery and runs through September 4, 2017. “Native Fashion Now” is the first show to emphasize the long-standing, evolving and the increasingly prominent relationship between fashion and creativity in Native culture.

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Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock), boots, 2013–14. Glass beads on boots designed by Christian Louboutin. Museum commission with support from Katrina Carye, John Curuby, Karen Keane and Dan Elias, Cynthia Gardner, Merry Glosband, and Steve and Ellen Hoffman. Peabody Essex Museum, 2014.44.1AB. Copyright 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver. On view in the “Native Fashion Now” exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York from Feb. 17, 2017, to Sept. 4, 2017.

Through nearly 70 works, “Native Fashion Now” explores the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists—from pioneering Native style-makers of the mid-20th century like Charles Loloma (Hopi Pueblo) to maverick designers of today such as Wendy Red Star (Apsálooke [Crow]). The exhibition immerses visitors in all aspects of contemporary Native fashion—its concerns, modes of expression and efforts to create meaning through fashion.

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Jared Yazzie (Diné [Navajo]) for OxDx, Native Americans Discovered Columbus t-shirt, 2012. Cotton. Gift of Karen Kramer. Peabody Essex Museum, 2015.11.4. Photo by Thosh Collins. On view in the “Native Fashion Now” exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York from Feb. 17, 2017, to Sept. 4, 2017.

New York City is a fashion capital of the world and the works shown in this exhibition belong on this stage,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “Native voice is powerful and Native couture is a megaphone. These designers’ works demonstrate to visitors the contemporary strength of Native iconographies and sensibilities.

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Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw) for Mahota Handwovens, The Messenger (The Owl) cape and headpiece, from the Mahotan Collection, 2014. Silk-wool yarn; silk-wool yarn, metal, silver, glass beads, and peacock feathers. Courtesy of the designer. Photo by Greg Hall. On view in the “Native Fashion Now” exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York from Feb. 17, 2017, to Sept. 4, 2017.

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Grand Dame of Fashion Iris Apfel to Set Sail on Cunard’s 2017 Transatlantic Fashion Week

Luxury cruise brand, Cunard, has announced fashion royalty Iris Apfel will join its line-up of fashion icons set to sail onboard Queen Mary 2 for the cruise line’s second annual Transatlantic Fashion Week (August 31 – September 7, 2017).

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Grand Dame of Fashion Iris Apfel to Set Sail on Cunard’s 2017 Transatlantic Fashion Week

Following a recent $132 million remastering of the ship, Queen Mary 2 marks 176 years of heritage, echoing the height of British elegance and luxury associated with Cunard’s iconic fleet. Cunard’s Transatlantic Fashion Week will provide a rare and exclusive experience for discriminating guests, set within an art deco inspired interior.

At 95, Iris is a jet-setting celebrity known for her individual style and joyful flair. Featured in cutting-edge style campaigns for Macy’s, MAC, Kate Spade, Swarovski and other big-name brands, Iris has become renowned for her signature look of bold round glasses, oversized bangles and necklaces, and rich, flamboyant, colorful garments.

Over the course of Transatlantic Fashion Week, Iris will be presenting one Q&A session and will introduce a showing of ‘Iris,’ a documentary featuring fashion, creativity, and her soaring free spirit.

I’ve lived quite a life of fashion and can’t wait to experience style at sea!” said Apfel. “I look forward to being inspired by the elegance and glamor of the occasion and life onboard, especially the formal nights on my voyage across the Atlantic.”

Headlining Transatlantic Fashion Week 2017 is designer Julien Macdonald OBE, who is joined by other prestigious names in style including fashion historian Colin McDowell MBE and consultant to the international fashion industry Gail Sackloff OBE as well as top models from Storm Model Management.

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Now heading into its second year, the unique fashion voyage invites guests to enjoy the glamor of the world’s only sailing ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, while being treated to seven days of runway shows, dinners, and exclusive unveilings before sailing into New York for Fashion Week.

The announcement of Iris Apfel joining Queen Mary 2’s 2017 Transatlantic Fashion Week exemplifies Cunard’s continued dedication to delivering unique and surprising experiences to our guests,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “On themed voyages such as Transatlantic Fashion Week, guests experience a personalized sense of occasion while escaping and relaxing during seven days at sea.

For more information about Cunard or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard toll-free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit www.cunard.com.

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris becomes the First Hotel in Europe to house Three Restaurants Recognized by the Coveted Michelin Award for a total of Five Michelin Stars.

Following the announcement of the 2017 Michelin Guide, the restaurants Le Cinq, Le George and L’Orangerie at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris have collectively been crowned with a total of five Michelin stars, making the acclaimed Hotel the first luxury Hotel in Europe to be home to three Michelin-starred restaurants.

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(Left to Right) Chefs Simone Zanoni, David Bizet, and Christian Le Squer with José Silva (in blue suit), Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.

Le George and L’Orangerie have both been awarded their first Michelin star in the latest edition of the Michelin Guide and join the Hotel’s French haute cuisine restaurant, Le Cinq, which retains the highest accolade of three Michelin stars for the second consecutive year.

José Silva, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel George V said “We believe that a memorable stay would be incomplete without an extraordinary dining experience. As a gastronome myself, I have always had the highest culinary aspirations for our team who have worked to continuously innovate and exceed our guests’ expectations. I believe the five Michelin stars awarded today are a testament to this commitment to excellence brought to life by our Chefs, Christian Le Squer, Simone Zanoni, David Bizet and their teams. We are honored to be the first Hotel in Europe to hold this designation and look forward to many more years of culinary excellence.”

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José Silva, September 2016.

Showcasing the cuisine of three Chefs, each with their own individual identities, diverse talents and distinctive styles, the Four Seasons Hotel George V offers guests an unprecedented culinary experience under the same roof and is now indisputably the leading gourmet address of the capital.

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Le Cinq by Christian Le Squer at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris – 3 Michelin stars

With three Michelin stars awarded in 2016 and 2017, 5 toques at the 2016 Gault et Millau and the rating of 19/20 in the 2016 Gault & Millau Guide, Le Cinq is the only restaurant in Paris to achieve these three standout distinctions.

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Christian Le Squer, Le Cinq (center)

Known for his exemplary consistency, which has earned him three Michelin stars over 12 consecutive years, Chef Christian Le Squer was appointed Executive Chef of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris in October 2014 and reclaimed the third Michelin star for Le Cinq restaurant in 2016. This prestigious award, along with the “Chef of the Year 2016” nomination, further exemplifies Le Squer’s unique approach to combining traditional French cuisine with modernity. Le Squer defines himself as a creator of flavors and composer of tastes.

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Gratinée d’Oignons à la Parisienne (Gratinée of onions to the Parisian), Le Cinq

Christian Le Squer comments: ‘The third Michelin star for Le Cinq for the second consecutive year rewards the very essence of today’s cuisine and we strive to continuously evolve our style and techniques to instill an emotional connection with our guests’.

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Chef Christian Le Squer & Brigade, Le Cinq

Eric Beaumard, Director of Le Cinq restaurant, works closely with Chef Le Squer and has won numerous awards during his 20-year career, including Best Sommelier in France, Best Sommelier in Europe and World Vice-Champion. Beaumard has redeveloped the wine cellar at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, to offer guests the most diverse selection of exclusive and rare vintages, growing the collection to over 50,000 bottles. Beaumard was subsequently appointed of Director of Le Cinq, working alongside Chef Le Squer and the team to achieve the three Michelin star designation in 2016.

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Le George by Simone Zanoni at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris – 1 Michelin star

Opened in October 2015, Le George offers a light and modern Mediterranean-style cuisine, taking guests on a journey between the French Riviera and northern Italy. Designed for sharing, dishes are balanced and healthy, bursting with flavor and freshness. The cuisine is tailor-made to be enjoyed in the timelessly chic and relaxed space designed by the famed designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon. Its modern influences and distinctly Parisian vibe make it a trendy and convivial Michelin-starred restaurant. Continue reading

Richard Lawson And Tina Knowles Lawson Build New Non-Profit WACO Theater Center In Los Angeles

Venue To Be Home Of Richard Lawson Studios, Mentorship Programs, Mobile Theater, Stage Productions And Empowerment Classes

WACO To Launch With Inaugural Wearable Art Gala On April 29, 2017 At The California African American Museum

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Solange Knowles, Bianca Lawson And Kelly Rowland to Serve as Honorary Chairpersons

Dreams do not have an expiration date, and that is what we plan to instill in our students at WACO Theater Center.”Richard Lawson

Actor and master acting teacher, Richard Lawson, and fashion designer, art collector and philanthropist Tina Knowles Lawson have joined forces to establish the new WACO Theater Center in Los Angeles. As founders of the recently built non-profit art and performance center, the husband and wife team are kicking off the occasion with the First Annual Wearable Art Gala. The charitable event is set to take place at the California African American Museum (CAAM) on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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RICHARD LAWSON & TINA KNOWLES LAWSON

We are truly thrilled to establish a new creative center in Los Angeles where art can occur,” Tina Knowles Lawson says, alluding to WACO’s acronym. “The purpose of this endeavor is empowering people to gain the skills and ability to identify and pursue their dreams no matter who they are or where they came from. It is also to give both professional and non-professional actors, artists and youth a place to celebrate their own talent and artistry.” Richard Lawson adds, “WACO is our dream come true.”

Richard Lawson has a long and distinguished career as an actor and master teacher that spans five decades. His first professional job was in the national company of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Charles Gordone, No Place to Be Somebody. Some of his selected films include Steven Spielberg‘s Poltergeist, Walter Hill‘s Streets of Fire, Stick with Burt Reynolds, The Main Event with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, Coming Home with Jane Fonda and Jon Voight, Audrey Rose with Anthony Hopkins and Marsha Mason, Wag the Dog, starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Angela Bassett, Guess Who, starring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher, and For Colored Girls, directed by Tyler Perry.

As an acting and teaching protégé of Milton Katselas, one the finest and most respected acting teachers in the world, Lawson recognized a hole in the teaching model and went on to create the Richard Lawson Studios (RLS).

Using a complete approach to acting that includes traditional scene study as well as audition technique, RLS integrates on-camera instruction, filmmaking, and business administration into a comprehensive course of study. State-of-the-art computer technology is applied to his time-tested acting techniques. Lawson imparts his 46 years of experience as a successful actor, teacher, public speaker, and drug counselor for the National Basketball Association to motivate and empower artists and non-artists alike, professionals, job-seekers and regular people to achieve their creative goals. (For more information about Richard Lawson, visit http://www.richardlawson.net)

Tina Knowles Lawson is a fashion designer who has been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, L’official, InStyle, and Sports Illustrated. Knowles Lawson was a designer and stylist for the superstar group Destiny’s Child, creating original garments for the tours, magazine shoots and television appearances, including The VMAs, BET Awards, and the Grammys. She has also designed for her daughter Beyoncé’s tours and television performances, including The Academy Awards. Together, they created three successful clothing lines; House of Deréon, Deréon, and the Miss Tina line. Knowles Lawson has hosted a show on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and her work has been featured on “Good Morning America”, “The View”, “The Today Show”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “Hollywood Access Live”, “Tyra” and “Ellen”. Knowles Lawson has also designed costumes for a number of hit movies including Dreamgirls, Pink Panther, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Obsessed and Cadillac Records.

Passionate about her philanthropic endeavors, Knowles Lawson, her family and Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland along with St. John’s Church has built and established a center for young people known as The Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth located in Houston, Texas. Tina Knowles Lawson’s philanthropic endeavors include the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments, sponsored by the Knowles family’s Survivor Foundation, which offers temporary living for those in need of shelter; and, in partnership with her daughter, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House in Brooklyn, New York which empowers women to develop creative skills in the cosmetology trade and to carry their talent into the professional world.

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She was also one of the faces of Miss A Meal, a program founded by Rudy and Juanita Rasmus, to eradicate hunger in the Houston area. For her work, Knowles Lawson has been the recipient of the prestigious Ace Awards, the International Global Leadership Award, and the Golden Hanger Award. The University of Houston and the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF) have recognized Knowles Lawson for her philanthropic work and achievements in business. A natural teacher and adviser, she makes time to speak regularly at schools and mentors young women. Now relocated to Los Angeles, her philanthropic spirit has come with her and together with her husband, Richard Lawson, they have established the WACO Theatre Center.

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First Annual Wearable Art Gala Poster

For the inaugural Wearable Art Gala, the Lawsons looked no further than their own family to help bring attention to their mission. Thus, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Solange Knowles, Bianca Lawson and Kelly Rowland will serve as the Gala’s Honorary Chairpersons. The evening will include live and silent auctions and guests will be invited to explore the CAAM‘s galleries and exhibitions. The museum serves as the ideal venue for the Gala and for wearable arts to be feted by guests dressing in art and original fashion designs. The wearable art movement is surging now due to fashion designers such as Knowles Lawson who bring greater attention to wearable art pieces by encouraging patrons to be creative and design their own wearable art. The Gala will be dedicated to the arts.

From performance, fashion, music, and the visual arts, including painting and sculpting, it’s never too late to develop and cultivate talent,” says Lawson. “Dreams do not have an expiration date, and that is what we plan to instill in our students at WACO Theater Center.” Continue reading

TRESemmé Signs Celebrity Hairstylist Justine Marjan To Serve As Global Hairstylist

Hair Expert and Social Media Maven to Join the TRESemmé All-Female Team of Lead Hair Stylists at New York Fashion Weektresemme_logo_sp

TRESemmé is taking a stance within the male-dominated haircare industry by enlisting an all-female team of stylists, led by celebrity hairstylist and Instagram sensation Justine Marjan. Marjan has quickly become the go-to hair guru for women around the world with her buzz-worthy braids and trendy hairstyles. Known for her work styling some of the most famous locks in Hollywood, she is all-too-familiar working with some of the most empowered women in the world. In her role as global ambassador, Marjan will be charged with bringing the brand ambition to life and arming women around the world with tips and tools to put their best look forward.

I am thrilled to be partnering with TRESemmé, a brand created by a woman to give women around the world the confidence to put their best look forward,” said Marjan, TRESemmé’s new Global Hairstylist. “Now, more than ever, women need to rally together and I can’t wait to see what magic I can create with the TRESemmé team.”

TRESemmé will make its relationship with Marjan official at New York Fashion Week (starting today), marking its 18th season as the official hair care sponsor. She will be joined by some of the industry’s most socially-savvy influencers, including Paulo Alberdi, Marianna Hewitt, Casey Holmes, Amy Lee, Natalia Cabezas and Suzanne Bonaldi to give women around the world exclusive access to top designer shows and tips on how to re-create the hair looks at home.

Every day, TRESemmé looks for ways to inspire women around the world. Our inspiration comes from our founder, Edna Emme – who nearly 70 years ago was a leading stylist and groundbreaking businesswoman. Just like Edna, Justine is one of the most influential stylists in the hair care industry, and commemorates the legacy as a bold female hairstylist paving a new way forward,” said Heather Mitchell, Global Head of PR and Digital Engagement for Unilever Hair. “Justine joins us as our Global Hairstylist and will kick off New York Fashion Week besides a roster of top female influencers from around the world. Together, these women will give others exclusive backstage access and a front row seat to some of fashion’s biggest shows.

TRESemmé will round out its team of NYFW hairstylists with renowned fashion week veterans Odile Gilbert and Holli Smith. The stylists will create show-stopping hairstyles with some of the top designers, including Altuzarra, Creatures of Comfort, Carolina Herrera, Naeem Khan, MONSE, Jenny Packham, Alice & Olivia, Jonathan Simkhai, Thakoon, and Charles Youssef.

Join the conversation and follow the TRESemmé influencers with #TRESnyfw and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for live updates throughout the season.

Ashley Graham And Swimsuits For All Feature Real Women In The Annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue For The Very First Time

New ‘Ashley Graham x Swimsuits For All Collection’ Designed for “Every Body, Every Age, Every Beautiful”

Leading swimwear brand Swimsuits For All, an FULLBEAUTY brand, has once again partnered with model Ashley Graham for a limited edition capsule collection celebrating “every body, every age, every beautiful“. The new ‘Ashley Graham x Swimsuits For All’ collection will debut with a new ad campaign in the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and will be the brand’s first full collection available in sizes 6 to 22.ashley-graham-x-swimsuits-for-all-courtesy-of-swimsuits-for-all-ben-watts

From the groundbreaking #CurvesInBikinis campaign to Graham’s first capsule collection with the brand – which sold out in minutes – Graham and Swimsuits For All has proven time and time again that they are an unbeatable combination. This new collection continues that streak, with an expertly designed assortment of swimwear and cover-ups that flatter a woman’s natural shape without sacrificing style.

Available now at www.SwimsuitsForAll.com, ‘Ashley Graham x Swimsuits For All’ will launch with a sun-drenched video and photo series that encourages women of all shapes, ages, and backgrounds to come together and celebrate their unique womanhood. Shot in the vibrant streets and hidden beaches of Puerto Rico, the campaign features Graham in styles from the collection, which was inspired by the festive spirit of the island. Ashley shares the magic of old San Juan with real women and free-spirited locals as they celebrate “every body, every age, every beautiful” all wearing styles from the new collection.

I was so excited to shoot with local women for this shoot, non-models who represent all different body shapes, proving that everyone can look gorgeous in my swimsuits,” said Graham. “We’re continuing to shift perceptions of beauty and encouraging more inclusivity in the fashion industry. I’m proud that my collection is the first to offer sizes 6 through 22, and I cannot wait to see even more ladies rock these sexy suits!”

The 2017 ‘Ashley Graham x Swimsuits For All’ swimwear collection will be available at www.SwimsuitsForAll.com and select retail partners beginning featuring a 16-piece line of bikinis, one-pieces, and cover-ups and priced between $70 – $150, with sizes ranging from 6 – 22.

FULLBEAUTY Brands is the most trusted, comprehensive resource for curvy women and big and tall men seeking fashion inspiration, style advice, and clothing tailored to their individual needs. Proprietary brands under the FULLBEAUTY Brands umbrella include: Woman Within®, Roaman’s®, Jessica London®, Swimsuits For All, KingSize®, BrylaneHome®, and fullbeauty.com®, an online marketplace offering a curated collection of the finest brands and thousands of products, as the premier fashion and lifestyle destination for women sizes 12+.

Swarovski Announces Partnerships & Collaborations for the New York Fashion Week Autumn 2017/Winter 2018 Shows

Swarovski Crystal Business continues its longstanding reputation as a key mentor of creativity and supporter of emerging talent in fashion through its partnerships and collaborations at the Autumn 2017/Winter 2018 fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris.logo swarovski

Swarovski Crystal Business delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones, and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories, and lighting. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,680 stores in around 170 countries, more than 26,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2015.

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Tome Sketch with Swarovski

Commencing at New York Fashion Week (starting today), Swarovski’s collaboration with cutting-edge designers will see the three US members of the Swarovski Collective program, Creatures of the Wind, Rosie Assoulin and Tome showcasing their latest collections. Swarovski will also partner with some of the most exciting names in fashion, including 2016 CFDA Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent winner Brandon Maxwell. Additional partners include Vogue Fashion Fund 2016 winners Brock Collection, Woolmark Prize 2016 winner Gabriela Hearst, Jason Wu, Adeam, Alexander Wang, Cinq à Sept, Sachin & Babi, Sally La Pointe, Sandy Liang, and Jeremy Scott, who will all be revealing crystal looks within their collections.

Swarovski will continue its support for the international fashion weeks with highlights including shows and presentations from Emilia Wickstead, Faustine Steinmetz, Mary Katrantzou and Sadie Williams, and notable newcomers A.V Robertson and Roberta Einer in London; Arthur Arbesser and Vivetta in Milan; and finally Aalto, Anne Sofie Madsen, Wanda Nylon and Koché in Paris.

Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2015, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 257,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.

Academy Announces 89th Oscars® Governors Ball Creative Team

oscarnews_homepage2Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will return to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesOfficial Post-Oscar® Celebration, which will immediately follow the 89th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday, February 26. The Ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

The theme of this year’s Governors Ball is ‘magical transformation.’ As they enter the Ball, guests will transition from a dazzling sea of red to a tricolor motif of eye-popping gold and red on an infinite blanket of white,” said Kurland. “The unique design of the space has been meticulously created to celebrate Oscar gold.”

As the chair of the Governors Ball, Kurland will oversee the décor, menu and entertainment planning, as well as design the attire to be worn by the evening’s staff. Kurland is an acclaimed costume designer whose feature credits include “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Inception,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “Tomorrowland” and, most recently, “Ghostbusters.” He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets over Broadway.” This will be Kurland’s eighth year serving as Governors Ball chair.

Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work with Kurland to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including décor, entertainment, food and personnel. Sequoia Productions’ clients include the Television Academy, G’Day USA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Westfield and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. This will be Cecchetto’s 28th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball.

For the 23rd consecutive year, legendary chef Wolfgang Puck will set the stage with a Governors Ball menu pairing Hollywood glamour with culinary whimsy. Eric Klein, the new Wolfgang Puck Catering executive chef, worked alongside Puck to create more than 50 imaginative dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening. New menu items will include Moroccan spiced Wagyu short rib topped with a parmesan funnel cake; taro root tacos with shrimp, mango, avocado and chipotle aioli; gnocchetti with braised mushrooms and cashew cream; lobster corn dogs; made-to-order sushi, custom poke bowls and an array of shellfish; plus a selection of Puck’s signature dishes such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and baked macaroni and cheese. The pastry team of Kamel Guechida, Monica Ng and Jason Lemmonier will offer a dessert menu brimming with innovative and playful desserts served at multiple dessert stations, plus the ultimate dessert buffet featuring Puck’s sought-after 24-karat-gold chocolate Oscars. Wolfgang Puck Catering CEO Carl Schuster will direct more than 900 event staff through the evening’s intricately detailed logistics to deliver guests a true restaurant-style hospitality experience.

The Governors Ball will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® immediately following the Oscar telecast.oscars2017_27x40poster_jimmy

The Lincoln Motor Company ‘Amps” Up Its Presence at the 2017 Grammys with New Ad, Debuting the “Ultimate Sound Experience”

The Lincoln Motor Company Debuts New Spot Featuring Blues Musician Gary Clark Jr., And A One-Of-A-Kind Amplifier Featuring Visual Cues From The 2017 Lincoln Continental

Music is a passion point for many Lincoln clients, so a presence at the biggest night in music seems only natural – particularly one that centers on offering outstanding performance and a superior sound experience.lincoln-logo

The Lincoln Motor Company will debut a new Continental spot featuring contemporary blues musician Gary Clark Jr., and a one-of-a-kind amplifier featuring visual cues from the 2017 Lincoln Continental during the 2017 Grammy Awards show, broadcasting Feb. 12

The Lincoln Motor Company is collaborating with contemporary blues singer and guitar virtuoso Clark Jr., a contemporary singer/songwriter known for his extraordinary guitar skills from rock n’ roll to blues and hip-hop, who is starring in the new 60-second spot that will air twice during the show beginning at 8 p.m. EST on CBS as well as once during the red carpet pre-show.

The new Lincoln spot also will feature an exclusive custom-built amplifier designed by Lincoln and engineered by Revel. The amplifier, outfitted with 12 premium Revel speakers, offers exceptional sound quality and allows each brand’s expertise to shine. Revel engineers honed the state-of-the-art technology, while design values of the 2017 Lincoln Continental are visible throughout, from the instantly recognizable grille, the wood grain and the leather to the back-lit LED Lincoln logo. The exclusive amplifier was built by brothers Ben and Jeff Fargen, who have been handcrafting guitar amplifiers since 1998.

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Singer/songwriter Gary Clark Jr., with the 2017 Lincoln Continental. (Photo: Business Wire)

In seeing the new Continental and seeing what Revel has done with their speakers, it was easy for me to say, ‘OK, we’re going to match that intensity, that quality and integrity,’” Ben Fargen says. “For us [as] craftsmen, it’s also always about reaching a new level, about setting the bar higher than the competition, reaching deep into the framework of what Lincoln and Revel have already done and said, ‘Where can we take it next?’”

Revel and Lincoln were looking for something that would celebrate sound, power, rock n’ roll, all of the raw things that people love about music,” Fargen says. “I want the performance and the intensity of the Lincoln Continental to show through the first time the artist plugs into the amp.

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Singer/songwriter Gary Clark. Jr., checks out the one-of-a-kind amp designed by Lincoln and engineered by Revel. (Photo: Business Wire)

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