Musical Explorers Family Concerts on Saturday, January 18 at Carnegie Hall Introduce Children to Music From Around the World

Interactive Performances Showcase Cumbia, Armenian Folk, and Hip-Hop

New York City Public School Students in Grades K–2 Learn About Different Cultures in the Classroom through Musical Explorers

Plus, More than 150,000 Students Across the US Participate in Musical Explorers Through Newly Launched Free Digital Platform

On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., three vibrant New York City-based musical groups will perform in Zankel Hall as part of the Musical Explorers Family Concert, an interactive experience celebrating music from around the world. The performance features cumbia with Gregorio Uribe, Armenian folk with Zulal, and hip-hop with Soul Science Lab. Free pre-concert activities are offered one hour prior to each performance, preparing parents and children to sing and dance along with the artists.

Colombian singer, songwriter, and accordionist Gregorio Uribe has forged a unique place in the music scene of both the US and Latin America. Founder and leader of the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, a 16-piece orchestra that blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with powerful big band arrangements, he released the album Cumbia Universal featuring eight-time Grammy winner Rubén Blades. Uribe’s next project is an album with a smaller ensemble that highlights his songwriting and his signature instrument, the accordion. His music has also been showcased in documentaries and TV series, including FX’s Mayans M.C. and CBS’s MacGyver.

Zulal, which means “clear water,” is an Armenian a cappella trio that features Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian, and Anaïs Tekerian. The trio rearranges and re-imagines traditional Armenian folk melodies for stage and recordings. Performing since 2002, Zulal has performed at venues such as The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to performing and arranging, Zulal also creates soundtracks for film and theater, and offers educational workshops for young audiences.

Soul Science Lab is the multimedia duo of artist, educator, and creative director Chen Lo and multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator Asanté Amin. The group’s work draws on the full lineage of black American music, from West African roots to contemporary hip-hop. Between them, they have shared the stage with The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, KRS-One, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Raheem DeVaughn, Wynton Marsalis, and dead prez, and have performed on major stages, including Lincoln Center, BAM, and the Apollo Theater. Together, they created the groundbreaking production Soundtrack ’63, combining music and visuals to explore the black experience in the US from slavery to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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Spring/Summer 2014 New York Fashion Week Overview: The Menswear Collections

by Phillip Johnson

Everyone (and I do mean EVERYONE) will tell you (and have written) that the the New York Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Shows weren’t much to write home about. For a lot of people, they blamed the Lincoln Center (which is not necessarily true although the vibe there in September was a LOT off the charts in a negative way); others blamed the uninspiring collections and having to travel all over the city (who wants to go to Pier 57 on the West Side Highway at 9 am in the morning or at 9 pm at night, I ask you?). However you view the shows in New York, the facts still remains that there were some very good collections (Ralph Rucci, Michael Kors), some very good debut collections (Desigual from Spain), some collections that totally missed the mark (let’s leave this space blank in th interest of protecting the guilty) and others that simply tread water until next season or when they find renewed inspiration, whichever comes first (Ditto). Most importantly, given that the fact that the mens collections generally play second fiddle to the women’s shows in New York, it was the men’s shows and the menswear designers who really showed real sparks of inspirations, which was then reflected in their generally well-received collections.

Again, the naysayers have, in their reviews, said that the menswear collections were “beyond boring” but seriously, we are talking about the U.S. menswear market, are we not? Get a grip. American men, unlike their European conterparts, are not natural preening peacoks. Therefore, in New York, if you want to really market your collection and stay in business, you have to market to men who are not looking to stand out as much as feel comfortable with what they are wearing. That’s the American menswear marketplace, no more, no less.

The following designers stood out because they paid attention to the marketplace while still honoring their own sense of design.

TODD SNYDER

Iowa native Todd Snyder launched his eponymous menswear collection exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman, Ron Herman, and Neiman Marcus for Fall 2011. Inspired by Savile Row craftsmanship, military tailoring, and a distinct New York sensibility, the line has garnered wide critical and commercial praise in the US. In 2012, the line was picked up by Barneys New York and select Nordstrom stores; simultaneously, Snyder was nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear and named one of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers. The collection has also developed a fervent following abroad, especially in Japan where Snyder is considered a pioneer in American tailoring by top retailers including Ginza’s Estnation. He spent two decades honing his skills in New York, designing outerwear for Polo Ralph Lauren, working as Director of Menswear for the Gap, and SVP of menswear at J. Crew, where he revamped men’s styling, introduced formalwear, and launched a series of collaborations with heritage brands like Timex, Red Wing, Thomas Mason, and Alden that culminated in the popular Liquor Store boutique, opened in 2008. Now at the helm of his own brand, Snyder still strives to deliver on the rubric set forth by his Badowers mentor: “A perfectly fitted suit makes the man.” His spring/summer collection was his best effort yet.

OVADIA & SONS

With their acknowledged unique take on American menswear (combining artisan workmanship with modern silhouettes), Brooklyn-based twin brothers Shimon and Ariel Ovadia, who have no formal design training, have managed to cultivate a niche following of devotees among men who care about getting dressed. It’s this combination of having their personalities embedded in the code of their designs, as well as their “Made in the USA” sensibility that has everyone talking. Thier collections was one of the highlights of the menswear collection season.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Announces Preliminary Schedule for the new York Spring/Summer 2014 Collections

Summer may be almost over, but the fashion industry is kicking into high gear as the 2014 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Shows are just a few weeks away from their debut. Mercedes-Benz Fashion (New York) Week draws hundreds of thousands of fashion fans to New York City, and today IMG Fashion, owners and producers ofMercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week_06 the Event, announced the preliminary line up of designers who will take center-stage at Lincoln Center, September 5-12, 2013.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week truly embodies the global scale of the fashion industry and highlights the limitless boundaries of design. A leader in the global fashion event circuit; Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York has the highest number of international designers who choose to make this Event the home for their Collection debuts,” says Christina Neault, Executive Producer, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. “As well, with three fashion schools and numerous emerging designers presenting alongside their established colleagues, Lincoln Center is the place to discover the next rising star.”

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world’s stage to premier the latest744px-mercedes-benz_logo_svg developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry,” said Stephanie Zimmer, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season.”

Over 100,000 guests, journalists, buyers and members of the industry make Lincoln Center become the heartbeat of the city for the 8 days of shows and events. Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express®, Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Samsung, Reel Code, Style Network, WGSN, Beck’s Sapphire, The New York Times, as well as Women’s Wear Daily and Getty Images.

September 5th

  • 9AM NICHOLAS K at STUDIO
  • 10AM BCBGMAXAZRIA at THEATRE
  • 11AMR ICHARD CHAI at STAGE
  • 1PM SUPIMA at STUDIO
  • 2PM TADASHI SHOJI at STAGE
  • 2:30-3:30PMC ANDELA at BOX
  • 3PM DESIGUAL at THEATRE
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Fashion Show Review: Clover Canyon 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Written by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

Images Photographed at The Box at Lincoln Center by PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

Clover Canyon 2013 Fall/winter Collection (Phillip Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com)

Clover Canyon 2013 Fall/winter Collection (Phillip Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com)

Designed and produced in Los Angeles, the CLOVER CANYON Creative team has a shared passion for traveling and art, original prints and hand-engineering design that frames and enhances a women’s body. They endeavor, with each seasonal collection, to take their customers to a new and beautiful place. In their capable hands, new technology meets old world craftsmanship as garments are designed, patterned, cut and sewn in-house.

Clover Canyon 2013 Fall/winter Collection (Phillip Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com)

Clover Canyon 2013 Fall/winter Collection (Phillip Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com)

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