The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on NBC Adds a Special Performance by International Superstar Gwen Stefani,

A Star-Studded Celebration The Parade will include a Dazzling Opening Number and Even More Star Power Along the Parade Route as the Annual Spectacle Kicks Off the Holiday Season

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m., in all time zones; Encore presentation airs 2 – 5 p.m.

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® adds additional star power as NBC and Macy’s join to kick off the holiday season with a star-studded line-up of performers in the nation’s favorite spectacle. On Thursday, Nov. 23, with more than 3.5 million spectators lining the route and more than 50 million viewers tuned in nationwide, the streets of Manhattan will come alive with a host of special performances from stars of music, film, TV and the stage.

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The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade adds more star power including a special performance by international superstar Gwen Stefani (Photo: Business Wire)

Joining the lineup will be international superstar Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy® Award-winner, Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist. Stefani recently released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas which features six original and six classic holiday tunes. Set to perform “White Christmas,” Stefani will warm up the audiences nationwide with her rendition of the classic tune as part of the national broadcast of the Parade on NBC.

After kicking off the holidays on Thanksgiving, Stefani will return to NBC for “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” a modern take on traditional Christmas specials featuring musical performances and fun, holiday sketches. This one-hour primetime special set to air Dec. 12 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) will capture Stefani’s infectious spirit and iconic style.LOGO_KO

On Thanksgiving, to open the 91st edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a host of stars will be showcased “Dancing in the Streets” at various locations across the country in anticipation of the big Parade and annual kickoff to the holiday season. Featured stars include Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart and Thalia, who will dance and sing in the out-of-this-world kickoff to the pomp and pageantry.

As the restyled song unfolds, the show arrives at Herald Square, opening atop Macy’s famed red star mark on 34th Street, where a host of groups will join the impromptu party including the Radio City Rockettes®, as well as dancers for The Teen Company and Malloy/CAP21, among other Parade participants.

Rounding out the lineup will be the incomparable Patti LaBelle, who will take to the streets on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray® float, joining previously announced stars 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and the one-and-only Santa Claus; completing the starry lineup of the march of wonder.

The 91st march of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will also feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.

One of the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebrations, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC and hosted by the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker. Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu.

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit http://www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

Calvin Klein, Inc. Announces the Latest Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans Global Advertising Campaign

First Chapter of New Campaign Led by Solange Knowles and Her Curated Cast of Artists

Calvin Klein, Inc.,, today announced its new Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans global multi-media advertising campaign. The campaign introduces an evolution in the Calvin Klein brand’s globally recognized #MYCALVINS call to action: “Our Family. #MYCALVINS.

Calvin Klein, Inc. Announces the Latest Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans Global Advertising Campaign

Calvin Klein, Inc. Announces the Latest Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans Global Advertising Campaign

Shot by photographer Willy Vanderperre, the first chapter of this new campaign features songwriter and recording/visual artist Solange (Knowles) alongside her personally curated cast of singers/songwriters, including Kelela, Dev Hynes, Caroline Polachek and Adam Bainbridge of Kindness. The cast is featured wearing core styles of Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans that are available in stores and online now.

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Calvin Klein, Inc. Announces the Latest Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans Global Advertising Campaign

The group is shot together as a “chosen” musical family, illustrating the overarching message of the campaign. The evolved #MYCALVINS concept has family at its center, a display of unity between strong individuals, further emphasized by the symbolism of the traditional American quilt. This campaign captures these bonds and brings to life different ways we can inspire families – both born and made – to connect with one another and celebrate the things that unite us.

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Calvin Klein, Inc. Announces the Latest Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans Global Advertising Campaign

This launch marks the first moment of the new Our Family. #MYCALVINS campaign rollout, with a series of campaign launches that will run from Holiday 2017 through the Spring 2018 season. The talent featured will represent the bridging of several generations stylistically, musically and culturally. They will bring their stories to life as “Our Family” with family and community at the epicenter of the conversation.

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Calvin Klein, Inc. Announces the Latest Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Jeans Global Advertising Campaign

For the first time, the brand is embracing a digital first, socially powered mindset in communicating the evolution of the globally successful #MYCALVINS campaign originally launched in 2014. The #MYCALVINS campaign leverages influencers’ and existing consumer behavior to express themselves, and maximizes the cultural ‘selfie’ and viral image-sharing phenomenon. With dedicated digital support in 12 countries and key high impact outdoor in several key markets throughout the holiday season, the Our Family. #MYCALVINS initiative will be communicated to a global audience.

The Peninsula Hong Kong Celebrates The Holiday Spirit Of Giving With The Trees Of Hope Campaign And Special Events To Bring Seasonal Cheer For All Families

Timeless traditions, festive dining, and a special charitable initiative create unforgettable memories for guests at The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong will shares the festive spirit with guests and local residents during the holiday season with memorable Yuletide events that celebrate the joy of giving and raise funds for Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong. The Peninsula Hotels’ annual Trees of Hope fundraising campaign is now in its 14th year across all hotels and has raised more than US$ 1.5 million since its launch in Hong Kong in 2003.

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For the 14th consecutive year, The Peninsula Hong Kong will participate in The Peninsula Hotels’ worldwide charity program, Trees of Hope. Guests who stay in or visit the hotel will have the chance to purchase a SnowPage custom-crafted glass tree ornament, priced at HK$ 150 each, and a SnowPage plush toy, priced at HK$ 200, with the proceeds going directly to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong’s program, which makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Timeless traditions, festive dining and a special charitable initiative create unforgettable memories for guests at The Peninsula Hong Kong

Timeless traditions, festive dining and a special charitable initiative create unforgettable memories for guests at The Peninsula Hong Kong

Guests will also receive a SnowPage gingerbread cookie with every ornament purchased and will have the option of hanging the ornament on the hotel’s Christmas trees as a symbol of hope or taking it home as a souvenir. For every classic SnowPage plush toy and ornament sold, HK$ 100 will be donated to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong.

The festive season is a time for good cheer and generosity, and both are in abundant supply this year at The Peninsula Hong Kong. To celebrate the spirit of giving this Christmas, the city’s timeless Grande Dame presents a series of programs and special offers throughout the hotel that are sure to put guests in the holiday mood while helping create a brighter future for those who are less fortunate.

The Trees of Hope fundraising campaign will also extend to The Peninsula’s restaurants, which will offer special promotions that include donations to the charitable enterprise.

In the hotel’s legendary Lobby, the much-loved tradition of Afternoon Tea will be given a festive makeover as the “Teas of Hope” Classic Afternoon Tea. Available from 1 to 21 December and 27 to 30 December 2017, the set is priced at HK$ 368* per person and HK$ 658 for two and includes an ornament. For each tea set sold, 20% will be donated to Make-A-Wish®.

*subject to 10% service charge

Six special cocktails created for the festive season will be available throughout December in the hotel’s various restaurants and bars. These “Cocktails of Hope” are the ideal pick-me-up for winter evenings, and include:

  • Warming Glühwein (HK$ 150*), red wine, port, bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, orange, and lemon
  • Iced Glühwein (HK$ 120*), grape juice, cranberry juice, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, orange, and lemon
  • Egg Nog (HK$ 150*), brandy, dark rum, milk, coffee cream, egg, and nutmeg
  • Winter’s Ginger (HK$ 150*), Hedonist liqueur, gin, peach puree, white peach syrup and ginger
  • Tropic Cider (HK$ 150*), aged rum, pineapple juice, cherry blossom syrup, fresh lime juice and orange
  • Lemongrass Elixir (HK$ 120*), lemongrass, agave nectar, grapefruit juice and butter

Available in all The Peninsula’s outlets (except the American Bar at Felix), 100% of each cocktail sold will be donated to Make-A-Wish®. Continue reading

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays Featuring MoMA Design Store, A Thoughtful And Innovative Gift Shop

Pop-In@Nordstrom is celebrating the holidays with a design-centric gift shop in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art‘s MoMA Design Store, known for its curator-approved gifts that bring quality, creativity, and design innovation to everyday living. The shop opens November 17 in select Nordstrom stores and online.

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Launched in October 2013, Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops that transitions every four to six weeks to offer a new shopping experience and batch of new, often exclusive merchandise. Pop-In takes two forms: a shop curated around a theme featuring brands across different product categories (fashion, beauty, lifestyle, home/garden, sports/outdoors, etc.), or a partnership with a single brand to bring “the world of” to customers. Pop-In@Nordstrom was built on a monthly rotation to keep customers coming back to discover new brands, new merchandise and create a fun and compelling experience in stores and online. Each shop features a mix of hand-picked merchandise spanning the high/low price range, with price points often starting at $5.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays Featuring MoMA Design Store

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Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays Featuring MoMA Design Store

Pop-In@Nordstrom was the first initiative from the Nordstrom Creative Projects team, under the direction of Olivia Kim (vice president of Creative Projects). In her role, Kim focuses on creating energy, excitement, a sense of discovery and a bit of disruption through engaging and unique shopping experiences at Nordstrom, both in-stores and online. Kim’s Creative Projects initiatives have established Nordstrom as a platform to test retail concepts, bring limited distribution collections to customers, and introduce them to the best up-and-coming brands and new talent.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays Featuring MoMA Design Store

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Pop-In@Nordstrom Holidays Featuring MoMA Design Store

Each item selected by Pop-In@Nordstrom’s MoMA Design Store is product-tested using real-life scenarios, and reviewed by MoMA curators. Prices range from $10 for coasters disguised as toast to $6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 smaller, round clocks choreographed together to form one digital display. Continue reading

The Art for Justice Fund Announces $22 Million in Grants to Address Mass Incarceration

30 Criminal Justice Reform and Arts Initiatives Chosen for First Round of Grants in $100M+ Fund

The Art for Justice Fund, launched earlier this year with a $100 million donation from philanthropist Agnes Gund, today announced the first round of grant recipients in the areas of criminal justice reform and the arts. With awards ranging from $100,000 to $7.5 million, a total of $22 million was awarded to 30 innovative programs that seek to safely reduce prison populations, strengthen education and employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated people, and humanize people affected by the criminal justice system. The full list of grants is below.Art for Justice Fund Logo

The Art for Justice Fund is a five-year initiative created to support innovative advocacy and program interventions aimed at safely reducing prison populations in key states, strengthening education and employment opportunities post-prison, and supporting artistic initiatives that bear witness to and humanize the experiences of those impacted by the system. (For more information, see www.artforjusticefund.org.)

The Art for Justice Fund, created by Ms. Gund in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a five-year initiative that uniquely connects the ingenuity of criminal justice advocates and the creativity of artists to address the crisis of mass incarceration in America.

My hope is that the work supported by the Art for Justice Fund will help create a groundswell that drives reforms well beyond these specific programs,” said Ms, Gund. “The problem of mass incarceration touches every community across the country, and we need to work together to find creative solutions to build a better, safer future for all our children.

The Ford Foundation is providing expertise on program design and covering the operating costs of the Art for Justice Fund so that 100 percent of donated dollars go directly to programming and grants. The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is providing programmatic support and fiscal sponsorship for the Art for Justice Fund. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is a nonprofit with a successful record of managing and advising on complex, multi-million dollar philanthropic projects. With offices in New York, Chicago, London, Los Angeles and San Francisco, RPA partners with individuals, families, and institutions to help make philanthropy more thoughtful and effective.

Key Objectives of the Art for Justice Fund

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with more than 2.2 million people in prisons and detention centers. Low-income people of color are most likely to be arrested and sentenced to prison, and women are the fastest rising sector of the prison population. Mass incarceration deepens poverty by removing wage-earning mothers and fathers from distressed neighborhoods and leads to devastating outcomes for the children left behind.

To reverse this harmful trend, the Art for Justice Fund seeks to achieve five key objectives:

  • Reform prosecutorial and bail practices that result in unnecessary jail detention, particularly for low-income people;
  • Reform or repeal excessive prison sentences, and reinvest prison savings into crime prevention and community-based rehabilitation;
  • Improve pathways to education and employment for people coming home from prison;
  • Enable artists and writers to bear witness to the injustices of mass incarceration, and humanize those caught in the system; and,
  • Use the arts to divert young people from prison, and to help people who are incarcerated build creative skills and share their experiences.

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L’Oréal Paris Announces its First-Ever Hair Colors of the Year

The #1 Global Beauty Brand Deems Rose Blonde and Smokey Grays the Must-Have Shades for 2018

L’Oréal Paris, the leading beauty brand and company that invented hair color, today revealed its inaugural Hair Colors of the Year Rose Blonde and Smokey Grays. The shades were selected by the brand’s color designers after months of analyzing hair color trends, studying search data and traveling the world, drawing inspiration from the fashion, design, art, music and automobile industries. As part of the Hair Colors of the Year announcement, L’Oréal Paris is unveiling two new product collections – Superior Preference Rose Blonde and Feria Glam Grunge allowing people to easily achieve these on-trend shades at-home.L'Oreal Paris

As the #1 selling hair color brand*, we are committed to bringing innovation, inspiration, and newness to the Hair Color category. This year, I visited numerous countries studying people from many different cultures, visiting exhibits and art fairs, going backstage at fashion shows and meeting with the top master colorists all around the globe,” says Orrea Light, Vice President of L’Oréal Global Marketing Beauty Innovation and Acceleration. “Through this process, rose gold and 90’s-inspired grunge consistently emerged as the top trends. We challenged our color labs with creating hair color shades that would allow people a premium, yet accessible, and fashion-forward way of expressing these trends and are thrilled to now introduce them.”

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L’Oréal Paris Announces its First-Ever Hair Colors of the Year

With one collection offering a more sophisticated and glamorous look and the other an edgier, 90’s-inspired look, people can pick the one that best reflects their style. The new L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Rose Blonde collection was specially designed with warm, rose gold tones for a luminous and multi-dimensional, rosy look. The collection is available in Dark Rose Blonde and Medium Rose Blonde. The Feria Glam Grunge collection blends the smokey undertones of grunge with L’Oréal Paris sophistication. The four, jewel-toned shades – Dusty Mauve, Downtown Denim, Vintage Teal and Purple Smoke – were inspired by cutting-edge fashion trends and hair color artistry.

Both rose gold and grunge-inspired hair color shades have taken over as digital sensations, editorial obsessions and are now trending in professional,” says Daniel Moon, L’Oréal Paris Hair Color Consulting Colorist and owner of the LA-based HAIR salon. “What I love about the new Superior Preference Rose Blonde and Feria Glam Grunge collections are that people are now empowered to recreate the trends themselves at-home.”

The integrated L’Oréal Paris 2018 Hair Colors of the Year program will be brought to life via advertising, tutorials and educational content on Beauty Magazine. People are encouraged to show off how their own Rose Blonde and Smokey Gray looks tagging @lorealhair and using #HairColorsoftheYear to help inspire others.

*Based on Nielsen data for units of L’Oréal Paris brand hair color sold during 52 weeks ending 10/21/17.

Avon Announces “Ultimate Gift Guide” and Top Deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Look to Your Avon Representatives for this season’s best gifts, and have a Joyful, Beautiful, Magical Holiday

The holidays are around the corner and Avon is a one-stop shop for all your gifting needs. No matter who is on your list this year, there is something for everyone – from signature fragrances to merrymaking beauty gift sets, to cozy sleepwear and glamorous gold-accented glasses.p700

Before you start clicking, check out the ultimate Avon Holiday Gift Guide to make shopping easier than ever:

$10 and Under:

Under $25:

  • Winter Soft Plush Memory Foam Slipper Bootie $24.99) – The softest slipper ever with a beautiful pom-pom detail
  • Imari and Faraway Travel Size Collections ($15 each) – Each box contains a three-piece set of the franchise scents in rollerball form—perfect for holiday travel
  • Joyful Makeup Collection ($20) – A selection of Avon’s most popular makeup products in the brand’s most popular shades

The Makeup Maven:

Make The Holidays Cozy & Bright:

The Hostess with the Mostest:

Gifts That Give Back: Purchase any Breast Cancer Crusade product in Avon’s Shop for the Greater Goods and Avon will donate 20% of net profits—up to $1 million in 2017—to the Avon Foundation for Women supporting Avon Breast Cancer Crusade programs across the US. Featured products include the Pink Peony Candle ($12), Pink Hope Iconic Lipstick Set($10) and the Pink Hope Jeweled Collared Necklace ($45).

In addition, this season, Avon help make your holiday a whole lot merrier, so don’t miss the opportunity to save with exclusive Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the 12 Days of Deals:

Black Friday: From November 18 – 25, enjoy more rewards with the more you purchase:

  • Spend $20, get free shipping
  • Spend $45, get free shipping and save 20%
  • Spend $65, get free shipping, save 20% AND get a free three-piece gift

Cyber Monday: From November 26 – 29, purchase and enjoy even more rewards—including a free A-Box, Avon’s curated beauty box:

  • Spend $20, get free shipping
  • Spend $45, get free shipping and save 20%
  • Spend $65, get free shipping, save 20% AND get a free A-Box

12 Days of Deals: If you’re shopping from December 1 – 12, be prepared for a free beauty gift with purchase when you spend $45

So, skip the long lines and purchase items from a trusted friend – your Avon Representative – and have presents delivered straight to your door.