This Just In:A Message from Rose McGowan on Asia Argento

I would first of all like to start off this statement saying thank you for your patience. A lot of people have been demanding answers and a response to the recent events surrounding Asia Argento’s sexual assault case. Many people believe that because we have been close in each other’s lives over the past year that perhaps I am affiliated with this incident or being complicit. I am not.

I first met Asia on a red carpet, but it’s only been the past year through our shared experience of the HW case that we have bonded. Asia was a person who understood my trauma in a way that many others didn’t. We were able to talk through them together and champion each other’s voices. We even got matching dot tattoos! Something I had posted on my IG just about a month ago. It’s no secret to anyone that Im a blunt, candid, brazen individual vocally- and I think that’s what I really related to Asia the most with. They were edgy, confrontational, and strong willed with very little care about how much other’s liked or disliked them. Rare things to find in women in this industry or the world.

But then everything changed. In an instant. I received a phone call and series of messages from the being I’ve been dating- Rain Dove. They said that they had been texting with Asia and that Asia had revealed that she had indeed slept with Jimmy Bennet. Rain also shared that Asia had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12. Asia mentioned in these texts that she didn’t take any action on those images. No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy’s social media. Not even a simple message “Don’t send me these images. They are inappropriate.” There were a few other details revealed as well that I am not at liberty to mention in this statement as investigators do their job.

Rain Dove said that they were going to go to the police with these texts once we were done speaking no matter what. But that they wanted me to be aware of them so that I may be able to take further actions. I responded with “You have to. You must.” I wasted no time. It wasn’t hard to say or support. What was hard was the shell shock of the realisation that everything the MeToo movement stood for was about to be in jeopardy. An hour after our conversation was finished Rain Dove confirmed that they had turned over the texts and were in conversation with officers. Almost 48 hours later the texts were in the press.

I had introduced Rain Dove to Asia Argento last month, three days after the passing of Anthony Bourdain. I was with Asia to comfort and support her. Rain Dove came to support us both. It was an emotionally chaotic time and Rain Dove suggested we go to Berlin for a couple days to take the mourning out of Asia’s home and into a neutral space. So we did. While in Berlin Asia had mentioned that she was being extorted for a large sum of money every month by someone who was blackmailing them with a provocative image. No one in the room knew who the extortionist was. Now we know it to be a reference to this case.

Rain Dove continued on communicating with Asia occasionally after meeting her- and their conversations have been their own. I know Rain is a person to whom many high profile entities consult when they are experiencing social pressures because Rain is good at guiding them through the research confrontation, rehabilitation, and solution process. While they are a person who is good at keeping a secret for those dedicated to making things right- they are also justice driven. So it was not a surprise to me that I received that call and the messages from them. I’ve referred to Asia in the past as “My Ride or Die” and said very clearly that their friendship comes first. I know that coming to me with those messages must have been hard for Rain because of that so I commend them for their bravery.

To the people who have checked in with me to see if I’m alright- the answer is thank you and Yes. I’ll be fine. Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet. Whether or not the extortion case is true- it wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right. It is the type of thing I fight against alongside so many. The reason I haven’t released a statement is because I’ve frankly been extremely humbled by this event. I had to take a step back and realise that in my own activism while I fight hard with passion- I need to evolve. In the past I have been occasionally angry. As a victim I was justified in fiery feelings. But I know that those accused are the friends, parents, and family members of other people. There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. Hard stop. NONE. Victims also shouldn’t be told how they should react or what they should say about their abusers. However as allies to the victim and voyeurs of an event we should find a better way to balance support of the victim with due process for the accused. I’ve never claimed to be perfect. This week especially has made me come to terms with the fact that we all have a lot of growing to do, including myself.

At this current moment it may be easy to focus on the drama of the situation. The conspiracy. But the real focus should be on supporting justice. Supporting honesty. And supporting each other. We can not let this moment break the momentum of a movement that has freed so many people. We must use it to allow us to become stronger. More compassionate. More aware. And More organised.

Asia you were my friend. I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Anyone can be better- I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Embarks On Ninth Annual LifeRide For amfAR

Motorcycle Riding Influencers Ride Through Southern California to Raise Awareness and Funds to Help Find a Cure for AIDS

Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care continues its long-standing commitment to supporting HIV/AIDS charities, with its enduring partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the ninth annual charity motorcycle ride, Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, Aug. 6-Aug. 10, 2018.

Conceived by the company’s history with motorcycles and its philanthropic heritage, the Ninth Annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR continues the brand’s commitment to supporting HIV/AIDS organizations and will heighten awareness and raise funds for amfAR’s quest to end HIV/AIDS.logo

This year, the charity ride blankets Southern California over 5 days and will rally with the public at 8 stores along the route, where the public is invited to meet the riders, learn more about amfAR, and contribute to the non-profit.

Chris Salgardo, Kiehl’s Brand Ambassador and Kevin Robert Frost, CEO, amfAR will ride from Los Angeles to San Diego, with Gilles Marini, actor, Days of Our Lives, tattoo artist Luke Wessman, top men’s style influencer, Blake Scott, and music

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve: 100% of the purchase price from the sale of Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Available for $28.50 at all Kiehl’s retail stores, Kiehls.com and specialty store partners nationwide.

photographer Travis Shinn.

And, as these riders make their way through Southern California, this year supporters will be able to ride along with them, courtesy of CycleBar. The premium indoor cycling brand will be offering Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR classes in select CycleBar studios nationwide, and Kiehl’s will donate $30 per bike in one of these classes, as part of its overall donation to amfAR. (To sign up at a CycleBar studio near you, please visit http://www.cyclebar.com/kiehlsrideforaidsresearch.) Continue reading

Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing Custom Designs From 2018 Met Gala Up For Auction In Support Of (RED)’s Fight To End Aids

Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director of the historic Parisian fashion house, Balmain, today announces that he and his guests attending the 2018 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Gala, will auction off their custom pieces to raise money and awareness for (RED)‘s fight to end AIDS. Bidders can find the details for each piece, and learn more about Olivier’s inspirations for the designs at www.ifOnly.com/RED.RED Balmain Logo

The one-of-a-kind, custom Balmain designs for Olivier’s guests including Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez, Natalia Vodianova, Trevor Noah, Natasha Poly, Juliette Binoche and Julia Stegner, will debut on the renowned Metropolitan Museum red carpet this evening, Monday, May 7th. Each of the outfits will be auctioned on IfOnly, the leading experiences platform, at IfOnly.com/RED with net proceeds going to the Global Fund to support the fight to end AIDS. From now until May 21st, fashion fans can bid to win an extraordinary design worn by a Balmain Army member.

The numbers are shocking. Today, there are over 16 million children worldwide who have lost a parent to AIDS. Most of them live in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is the largest killer of adults. That hits close to home. Having spent my earliest years in an orphanage, there are few things that can affect me as much as the struggles of a vulnerable child,” explains Rousteing. He adds, “Learning about (RED)’s impressive record of educating, empowering and protecting people through the Global Fund’s programs have helped make it clear to me that if we truly want to change this situation, we have the power to do that. Every day, (RED)’s efforts help to ensure that fewer children lose their parents to AIDS and that fewer babies are born with HIV—which is why I am dedicated to doing anything that I can to help (RED) and its essential work.

To date, (RED) has generated more than $500 million for the Global Fund, which fights AIDS in Africa, by partnering with some of the most iconic business to create products and experiences. (RED) is thrilled that this auction will bring the heat and energy of Olivier’s creativity and the Met Gala to fight a disease that is preventable and treatable through medication that costs just 20 cents a day in sub-Saharan Africa.

We’re grateful to Olivier & Balmain for using their iconic fashion spotlight to shine a light on the fight against AIDS. This leadership, creativity and breathtaking design that will now help provide lifesaving HIV medication to protect more children, and their parents, from being impacted by this preventable, treatable disease,” said Deborah Dugan, (RED)’s CEO.

Snapchat is sharing their support for this auction collaboration by creating a custom (RED) Filter available at the Met Ball, and curating special Our Story coverage of the Met Ball that will drive Snapchatters worldwide to IfOnly.com/RED. Snapchatters can follow (RED) for a behind-the-scenes look at the evening by subscribing to the official @RED account on Snapchat. With Snapchat Stories now being available everywhere, (RED) will use this content across their platforms to drive awareness of the auction and the fight to end AIDS.

Amsale New York Spring 2019 Tribute Collection Runway Show Honors Life And Work Of the late founder, Amsale Aberra

Amsale New York Re-Launches Amsale Nouvelle Brand Collection at New York Spring 2019 Bridal Fashion Week

April 13, 2018 – Honoring the wishes of the beloved late founder and creative director Amsale Aberra, Amsale New York’s Spring 2019 Bridal Collection debuted today at The Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. Ms. Aberra died Sunday, April 1, 2018, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital of uterine cancer at age 64, surrounded by close friends and family. It was among her last wishes that the show goes on as planned.

Amsale was not only an inspiration to the company but someone who inspired and impacted everyone around her with her strength, kindness, and humility,” said her husband and the company’s CEO, Clarence O’Neill Brown, in a statement announcing her passing. “Working side by side we spent 360 degrees of our life together, and I know only too well both her creative genius and her infinite goodness. Words cannot express the personal loss that we feel, but we are comforted by the avalanche of support we’ve received and the commitment of our team to carry on Amsale’s legacy,”

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Today’s runway presentation paid tribute to Amsale by featuring her last designed collection, Iconic Simplicity, and by re-launching the Amsale Nouvelle collection to reach a broader and growing demographic of international brides at more accessible price points.

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Amsale Tribute Spring 2019 Runway Show

Neil Brown, Amsale Aberra’s husband and CEO of Amsale commented, “Amsale trusted the talented and growing Amsale team to carry on her legacy in response to strong customer demand. Today we are honored to present the Iconic Simplicity collection and re-launch the Amsale Nouvelle collection to expand the Amsale brand reach while staying true to Amsale’s style and vision for the future.”

The final designed collection by Amsale Aberra, Iconic Simplicity, was inspired by cathedral elegance, expressed through dresses that are grand, yet modern, and designed for each individual bride in mind. The collection statement silhouettes are upscale ball gowns, pearl and crystal beading and draped bows. Texture in the collection is shown in a non-traditional lace and layered fabrication. Femininity is translated in form-fitting silhouettes, open backs and gently scoop necklines. Unmistakably Amsale, the Spring 2019 collection has stunning details, accentuating individuality with effortless elegance. Continue reading

FOOD & WINE Magazine Announces Its 2018 Restaurants Of The Year List

America’s 10 Most Exciting Openings Selected by FOOD & WINE Editors in Fourth Annual List

FOOD & WINE announces that Lasa in Los Angeles, Grand Café in Minneapolis, and Superior Motors in Braddock, Pennsylvania are among the 10 new restaurants across the country named to the fourth annual FOOD & WINE Restaurants of the Year list. Restaurants of the Year are FOOD & WINE‘s definitive list of the 10 most exciting new places to eat in America now. This year’s winners not only create something delicious but also transcend the dinner plate and reflect the communities of which they are a part.

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FOOD & WINE Magazine’s May 2018 Cover Announcing the 2018 Restaurants Of The Year Awards

FOOD & WINE Restaurants of the Year 2018:

  • Maydan, Washington D.C. – Chef Gerald Addison, Co-Chef Chris Morgan and Restaurateur Rose Previte
  • Better Luck Tomorrow, Houston TX – Chef Justin Yu and Proprietor Bobby Heugel
  • Fairfax, NYC – Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman and Chef Jack Harris
  • Reem’s, Oakland CA – Proprietor Reem Assil
  • Superior Motors, Braddock PA – Chef Kevin Sousa and General Manager Chris Clark
  • Grand Café, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Chef Jamie Malone
  • Voyager, Ferndale, Michigan – Chef Jennifer Jackson, Co-Chef Justin Tootla and Restaurateur Eli Boyer
  • JuneBaby, Seattle, Washington – Chef Edouardo Jordan
  • Lasa, Los Angeles, California – Chef Chad Valencia and General Manager Chase Valencia
  • Kemuri Tatsu-ya, Austin TX – Chef Tatsu Aikawa and Co-Chef Takuya Matsumoto

FOOD & WINE Editor in Chief Hunter Lewis said: “Restaurant editor Jordana Rothman traveled 37,000 miles over six months to research and deliver FOOD & WINE’s 2018 Restaurants of the Year. The winners offered more than unforgettable food. They are the first places we seek out when we step off the plane, and they showcase the important role that restaurants play in their communities. From the end of a cobblestone alley in Washington, D.C. to the first restaurant in decades to open in Braddock, Pa., we applaud how they are pioneering a new emerging culture of more community-minded restaurants.

The complete Restaurants of the Year 2018 report, with insights on why all 10 restaurants made the list, is featured now at www.foodandwine.com/restaurants-of-the-year and will also be in the May issue of FOOD & WINE, on newsstands April 13. All of the restaurants opened within the past 14 months.

Stuart Weitzman To Be Honored At New-York Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival On April 25

Annual Luncheon Benefits Educational Programs for NYC School Children

Iconic designer Stuart Weitzman will be honored at New-York Historical Society’s 2018 Strawberry Festival benefit luncheon, an annual event that dates back to 1856. The luncheon will take place on April 25 at the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West at 77th Street) and feature Mr. Weitzman in conversation with Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic for the New York Times. Event check-in begins at 11:30 am. The Strawberry Festival coincides with Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, on view at New-York Historical April 20 – October 8, 2018.

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We are delighted to recognize Stuart Weitzman’s outstanding work in fashion and philanthropy with our Distinguished Service Medal at this year’s Strawberry Festival,” said Pam Schafler, chair of the New-York Historical Society’s Board of Trustees. “Mr. Weitzman has devoted his career to designing fashionable footwear that takes into account women’s lifestyles today. His philanthropy covers a broad range of interests including education for young people—a mission of paramount importance at New-York Historical. Mr. Weitzman’s remarkable collection of historic footwear, on view in our Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery at the time of the celebration, provides the perfect backdrop as we honor him and commemorate the first anniversary of our Center for Women’s History.”

Mr. Weitzman joins a remarkable list of people celebrated at the Strawberry Festival in prior years. Past honorees include Loretta Lynch, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mika Brzezinski, Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Michelle Obama, Anna Quindlen, Christine Quinn, Cokie Roberts, Lesley Stahl, Pat Klingenstein, and Sue Ann Weinberg.

New-York Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival has long recognized honorees’ contributions to public life since its first gathering in 1856 when guests enjoyed a stimulating lecture and a strawberry feast in Washington Square Park. Funds raised from this event support crucial educational programs for New York City children and youth, as part of New-York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum and Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. In addition to offering critical initiatives in history education for 200,000 New York City public school students annually, DCHM and Lipman Library have become magnets for underserved children and families, with scholarships offered for weekend and holiday family programs and summertime history camps.

New-York Historical’s Center for Women’s History—the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum—features the little and often unknown stories of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience. As a hub for scholarship and education, the Center demonstrates how women across the spectrum of race, class, and culture have exercised power and effected change long before the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which made women full American citizens with the right to vote. Guided by a committee of distinguished historians and informed by the latest research, the Center features permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, and a vibrant array of talks and programs, enriching the cultural landscape of New York City and ushering in a new era of historical discovery.

Stuart Weitzman’s passion for designing women’s shoes has been a lifelong pursuit. He began working at his father’s Massachusetts shoe factory while still in college. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Mr. Weitzman applied himself to the industry with laser-like focus, eventually building the globally renowned company that bears his name. Today, his shoes dominate red carpet events and are worn by loyal celebrity fans such as Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Gigi Hadid—and by millions of women from more than 75 countries around the world. Mr. Weitzman approaches his other endeavors with equal commitment: He shares his free time with his wife Jane and their two daughters, aiding a number of philanthropic causes close to their hearts—including mentoring students on their budding entrepreneurial aspirations at his alma mater and other institutions—and participating in sports, including ping-pong.

On view in the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery at New-York Historical’s Center for Women’s History, Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes explores how shoes have transcended their utilitarian purpose to become representations of culture—coveted as objects of desire, designed with artistic consideration, and expressing complicated meanings of femininity, power, and aspiration for women and men alike. The exhibition features 130 pairs of shoes from the iconic designer’s extensive private collection, assembled over three decades with his wife Jane Gershon Weitzman, along with examples drawn from New-York Historical’s own collection. The exhibition catalog, Walk this Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection, published by D Giles Limited, is available from the NYHistory Store and other retailers.

Ticket prices for the 2018 Strawberry Festival begin at $500, and table prices begin at $5,000.

L’Occitane Introduces First-Ever L’Occi Retail Truck

Redefining the Consumer Shopping Experience by Bringing Provence on the Road

L’Occitane en Provence, the prestige beauty company with high-quality skincare, body care, and fragrance, continues to evolve its experiential retail strategy with the launch of the L’Occi Truck – the first-ever traveling shop experience for the brand. The retail store encapsulated on wheels, presents a new direct-to-consumer shopping model, bringing the spirit and beauty of Provence across North America.

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Locci-Truck-Map Infographic (PRNewsfoto/L’OCCITANE)

We are constantly challenging ourselves to surprise and delight our customers and, as a result of this, our in-store shopping experience has evolved dramatically in recent years. From our FLATIRON Experiential Community Flagship boutique in New York to the new Sunshine Retail Concept that was launched in 2017, and most recently the digitally enhanced and Multisensory flagship boutique at Yorkdale, we are addressing customers varying shopping needs in a variety of unique and unexpected ways,” said Paul Blackburn Vice President, Concept Design, Construction & Merchandising North America. “Continuing this trend, and inspired by the food-truck revolution, we are ‘driving’ our customer-first strategy even further by launching the #LOcciTruck. The L’Occi Truck will allow us to bring the best of our magical brand directly to our customers, in a modern and agile way.”

Inspired by the vintage French Citroën H Van, often used by small-town French farmers, the retro-like design truck is cladded in L’Occitane’s signature Provençal sunshine yellow and is approximately 16 feet long by 7 feet high. Two window-like openings, featured at the truck’s side spanning across the entire length and rear, invite customers to view an internal shelving display filled with a curated-assortment of product as well as relevant campaign imagery. A tester-rail and foldable display counter anchored under the truck’s side opening will feature an interactive station for passerbys to test-and-play with product. For a connected shopping experience, a large exterior screen is to display video content showcasing the spirited Provençal lifestyle and brand history. At each destination, expert Beauty Associates will accompany the truck to guide and captivate the guests’ senses through exclusive demonstration rituals with hero product ranges and an assortment tailored to each regional area.

Kicking off in Washington, D.C. at the Cherry Blossom Festival on April 7th, the truck will stop throughout key cities and regions with and without brick-and-mortar as well as buzz-worthy events and festivals that align with the brand’s DNA. Additionally, the L’Occi Truck will serve as a supporting asset for future store closings due to renovations to ensure the brand is always present for the consumer’s needs. L’Occitane will leverage e-commerce, e-mail marketing, and social media platforms to communicate with customers on the scheduled stops and detailed information on the truck’s offering through an interactive landing page.

Entering a boutique can often be intimidating to a consumer; this dynamic concept is truly more approachable while still an extension of the multi-sensory and hospitable customer experience from our boutiques. We are excited to bring Provence to our customers, including areas we may not have a brick-and-mortar presence,” said Caroline Le Roch Commercial Chief Officer North America. “The L’Occi Truck is a great discovery tool for those who have yet to be introduced to L’Occitane. The bright and festive exterior of the truck is sure to capture your attention, especially on social media where we look to see a rise in user-generated content.

Upcoming stops include the following destinations:

  • April 7th – Cherry Blossom Festival’s Petalpalooza! event in Washington, D.C.
  • April 21st – 22nd – Beautycon at Jacob Javits Center in New York City, NY
  • October 2018 – Pop-up at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA

For more information on the next stops and future ones to be scheduled, please visit our L’Occi Truck landing page: usa.loccitane.com/theloccitruck