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

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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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WACO Theater Center logo

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.