HALSTON Launches Digital Flagship Boutique

FIRST E-COMMERCE STORE FOR ICONIC AMERICAN BRAND

HALSTON announces the launch of its premiere digital flagship store at www.HALSTON.com, which went live Oct 11th in over 80 countries, including the United States, Canada, the European Union and the Asia-Pacific nations, among others. The e-commerce site will feature HALSTON HERITAGE ready-to-wear, dresses, evening gowns and handbags, and will include a special feature dedicated to founder Roy Halston Frowick and the heritage of the iconic brand he created.

Halston Heritage E-commerce site.  (PRNewsFoto/HALSTON)

Halston Heritage E-commerce site. (PRNewsFoto/HALSTON)

Combining state-of-the-art technology with HALSTON HERITAGE’s modern and sophisticated design aesthetic that reflects iconic codes from the brand’s legacy – simplicity and timeless elegance – the site blends a luxury brand experience with approachable, easy-to-shop functionality. Ben Malka, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HALSTON said, “The launch of HALSTON’s first e-commerce store is an important milestone for one of America’s most iconic fashion brands. The site will serve as our global flagship and will give us the opportunity to present the brand the way we envision it, while reaching new audiences in new markets across the world.”

The launch of the online store is a partnership between HALSTON and Branded Online, an innovative e-commerce provider who developed the proprietary platform, and will manage all back-office functions including fulfillment, distribution and client services. The day-to-day business including merchandising, marketing, brand creative and brand communication will be run by HALSTON. The site will serve as a complement to the company’s on-going digital strategy, which is integral to the growth strategy of the company and will strengthen direct communication and interaction with clients and fans through the digital space and social media platforms.

This e-commerce launch follows the rollout of the first HALSTON HERITAGE retail stores earlier this year. Under the vision of new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ben Malka, an industry veteran, today HALSTON HERITAGE is an approachable luxury lifestyle brand – mixing legacy codes with a modern edge to create an effortless women’s collection of ready-to-wear, dresses, handbags, footwear and small leather goods. The new HALSTON HERITAGE has been worn by modern style icons including Gisele Bundchen and Halle Berry among many others, and is carried by some of the world’s premier retailers including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-A-Porter and Harvey Nichols, and as of Spring 2013 – the first HALSTON HERITAGE stores. The brand’s robust retail expansion now includes boutiques in New York on Madison Avenue and in Soho, as well as others in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Troy Michigan, Las Vegas and Kuwait. By the end of 2013, there will be more than 20 HALSTON HERITAGE boutiques worldwide.

Roy Halston Frowick was the creator of luxury American fashion, whose groundbreaking designs still influence and inspire us today. Founded in the 1960’s, the HALSTON label took the fashion industry by storm. Originally known for his innovation in millinery, Halston used his signature materials of jersey, cashmere and suede to reinvent the jumpsuit, the shirtdress, and the classic caftan, permanently leaving his mark on fashion. The 1970’s and the era of Studio 54 became synonymous with Halston’s designs.

Soon after, he was named “the premier fashion designer in America” by Newsweek. His strong connection to pop culture was evident through his friends and clients, which included Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor and Anjelica Huston. Halston went on to create one of the best-selling fragrances of all time in his signature tear-drop shaped perfume bottle designed by Elsa Peretti., as well as creating strong codes that are quintessential to the brand even to this day, For more information please visit www.HALSTON.com.

— Phillip D. Johnson

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UGG® Australia Launches ‘UGG By You’: Online Customization Tool to Create Personalized Footwear

On October 9th, UGG Australia will launch UGG by You, an online customization tool putting customers in control of the design process and transforming a visit to UGGAustralia.com from a shopping trip to a creative experience. The customization tool allows consumers to mix and match an array of color schemes on two classic styles, the UGG Classic Short sheepskin boot and the Fluff Flip Flop, through a user-friendly design tool. There are over 11,000 color, outsole and trim combinations possible through the footwear personalization tool.

UGG by You Classic Short boot. (Courtesey of UGG Australia).  (PRNewsFoto/Deckers Outdoor Corporation)

UGG by You Classic Short boot. (Courtesey of UGG Australia). (PRNewsFoto/Deckers Outdoor Corporation)

UGG lovers have a unique, emotional connection with our brand, and with each pair they buy,” said UGG Australia president Constance X. Rishwain. “With the holidays nearing, we were really committed to rolling out a way to allow our best customers to take to a new level their engagement with us, and customizing your UGG boots or flip flops is a great holiday gift, too.”

UGG by You will live exclusively on UGGAustralia.com and is available domestically in the United States at this stage. UGG by You gift cards will be sold in concept stores nation-wide, and the personalized UGG footwear will ship approximately 4-6 weeks from the order date.

UGG by You allows customers to customize UGG Classic Short sheepskin boots by boot color, binding, heel counter and outsole, with a possible 6,000 combinations made from those elements. Prices are $220 (or $225 for a metallic heel counter). In addition, customers will have the ability to customize the wildly popular Fluff Flip Flop with over 5,000 color combinations. Price is $110.

UGG® Australia has built a reputation on luxury and comfort by using only the finest materials in the world, employing the highest standards of craftsmanship and delivering new and innovative styles well beyond the original sheepskin boots and slippers. UGG Australia is recognized as a premium lifestyle brand that houses footwear, apparel, outerwear, accessories and handbags and has grown from $10 million to over $1 billion in sales. In 2011, the brand introduced UGG for Men with quarterback Tom Brady now offers the ultimate brand experience to all with over 70 stores worldwide including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Moscow. Every genuine UGG product is linked together by the unforgettable sheepskin experience, and a feeling that is truly like nothing else.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NASDAQ: DECK) strives to be a premiere lifestyle marketer that builds niche brands into global market leaders by designing and marketing innovative, functional and fashion-oriented footwear developed for both high performance outdoor activities and everyday casual lifestyle use. UGG® Australia, Teva®, Sanuk®, TSUBO®, Ahnu®, MOZO® and HOKA ONE ONE® are registered trademarks of Deckers Outdoor Corporation. For more information, visit www.deckers.com .

— Phillip D. Johnson

Do You Speak Shoe Lover?

Leading Shoe Retailer DSW Debuts Compilation Book with Launch Party in the Shoe Obsessed City of Angels, October 10, 2013

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No matter how bad the day is going, none of it seems to matter with the perfect pair of shoes. Do You Speak Shoe Lover? Style and Stories from Inside DSW, a new softcover gift book from leading shoe retailer DSW, delves into the national obsession with shoes.

To celebrate the October 8th national release of the book, DSW will host a red carpet and launch cocktail party (October 10) for celebs (Giuliana Rancic, Mimi Rogers, Marcia Cross, Jennifer Grey, Calista Flockhart), media, and fashion influencers who will be attending the Los Angeles event at The Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica to celebrate the book, and naturally, SHOES. Party highlights will include a Fabulous shoe gifting lounge, food by Thyme Cafe catering, music by dj Cheila spinning hot tracks, and speical “Shoe Lover” cocktails.

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With cover shoe by fashion footwear mogul and visionary Steve Madden, this chic book filled with photos also features a compilation of compelling stories and confessions of Shoe Lovers including actress Jennifer Grey. Readers will garner fashion advice from DSW style gurus and get behind-the-scenes movie and TV shoe nostalgia from their favorite characters in Sex in the City, Forrest Gump and The Wizard of Oz. Continue reading

Baltimore Ravens Hosts 14th Annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween Party

Join the Baltimore Ravens and Goodwill as they team up for food, fun and a good cause

Join the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. at the 14th Annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween party on Monday, October 28th at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills Mall. This year’s Ravens hosts include defensive tackle Arthur Jones, Tackle Michael Oher and Tight Ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson and guests will include many from the area business, philanthrophic and cultural  communities. All proceeds from the event benefit Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

The proceeds from the event will go to benefit Goodwill’s training and employment programs serving individuals with 13th-annual-goodwill-gridiron-halloween-party-51disabilities and other barriers to employment. Goodwill’s largest fundraiser for the last thirteen years, the Gridiron Halloween Party supports Goodwill’s mission of preparing people to secure and retain employment and build successful independent lives.

We are very excited for this year’s Goodwill Gridiron Halloween party,” said Lisa Rusyniak, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. We have some fantastic items in our silent auction this year and are looking forward to a great party with the Ravens, their fans and our supporters.”

The party will include video games, pool, bowling, dancing, a costume contest, catered food, an open bar and a silent auction. Items to be auctioned include an African Safari, Disney Paris, a trip to the ESPYs, gift certificates from many local restaurants and hotels, autographed memorabilia from the Ravens and The Rolling Stones, Sylvester Stallone, and much more.

For 94 years, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. (www.goodwillches.org) has helped others help themselves. Revenue generated from the sale of donated goods funds job training, job placement and other human services for people who are unemployed or face other challenges to employment, including people with significant disabilities. Annually, Goodwill provides services to more than 33,000 people in need of assistance because of physical, mental or other social barriers, and places approximately 2,400 in jobs, giving them “Not a charity, but a chance.”

Tickets are $150 for individuals and $250 per couple. Costumes are optional. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.goodwillgridiron.com.

– Phillip D. Johnson

Neiman Marcus Presents The 87th Edition Of Its Legendary Christmas Book

THE 2013 NEIMAN MARCUS CHRISTMAS BOOK FEATURES A SELECTION OF FANTASY GIFTS AND EXPERIENCES, INCLUDING A LIMITED-EDITION ASTON MARTIN, INDIAN LARRY’S “WILD CHILD” MOTORCYCLE, AND A FOREVERMARK DIAMOND EXPERIENCE.

The 2013 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was unveiled yesterday by luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The 87th edition of this legendary book continues Neiman Marcus’s unmatched tradition of offering its customers a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even their wildest dreams come true.

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Neiman Marcus represents the finest and most unique merchandise the world has to offer. It evokes images of preeminent designers and elegant fashion, luxurious furnishings and incomparable gifts. Since its inception in 1907, Neiman Marcus has operated by a fundamental and abiding principle: to exceed the customer’s expectations. Today, the tradition behind Neiman Marcus supports one of the nation’s leading specialty retail organizations with more than five million gross square feet of store operations in the United States, including 41 Neiman Marcus stores, two Bergdorf Goodman stores and 36 Last Call outlet centers. The company’s Neiman Marcus Online division also operates web sites that offer customers the leading assortment of luxury merchandise for women, men and home. In addition, the company has a thriving direct marketing and catalog business.

The arrival of the annual Christmas Book is considered by many to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition of the Christmas Book carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetite, the Christmas Book features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including a Bespoke Global Falconry Companion, Ciclotte Exercise Bicycle, and a Glass House Experience. This year’s featured car is a Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. The “His & Hers” Fantasy Gift tradition continues this year with the Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System, a 201” outdoor telescoping screen with surround sound speakers.

First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Building on tradition through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

The annual holiday tradition continues this year with a new selection of fantasy gifts that cater to people’s wildest dreams and promise to provide truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said John E. Koryl, President of Neiman Marcus Direct. “This year’s gifts live up to the time honored tradition of presenting our customers with the rare and unusual, while also incorporating our long legacy of always giving back.”

Neiman Marcus recently announced that it would begin offering free standard shipping and returns for all domestic purchases made online.

Among the selection of fantasy gifts in the 2013 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book are some exceptional items, including:

Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System

Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System

“His & Hers” 2013 ULTIMATE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
A true audio- and video-phile’s dream, you click a button and your television emerges from its discreet, underground cache, telescoping upward and unfolding to reveal its mega 201″ C SEED screen. The accompanying speakers, developed by CAT-California Audio Technology, Inc., use the most advanced marine-grade components specifically developed for super yachts. The system includes technologically advanced speakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers that project unparalleled sound, a DirecTV® satellite and DVD management system, and a built-in movie package featuring up to 300 movies and concerts (The American Film Institute’s 100 Most Thrilling American Films and 100 Greatest Love Stories, the remaining 100 are your choice). That never-ending argument over who controls the remote is no longer an issue. Two Apple® mini iPadsTM serve as the remotes; one for him and one for her. With every Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. ($1,500,000; pages 48-49) Continue reading

Flamingo Las Vegas Renames Showroom After Headliners Donny & Marie in Celebration of Their Contract Extension Through 2014

Flamingo Las Vegas (www.flamingolasvegas.com) has renamed its iconic showroom the “Donny & Marie Showroom” after America’s most beloved brother-sister duo, who, after recently celebrating their five year anniversary at the property, signed an extension to perform through 2014.

Donny and Marie Osmond unveil the signage for the newly-renamed Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas

Donny and Marie Osmond unveil the signage for the newly-renamed Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas

It’s only fitting that we rename our showroom for Donny & Marie, whose show is not only sold out night after night, but has been named the ‘Best Show in Las Vegas,'” said Eileen Moore, regional president of Flamingo Las Vegas. “Donny & Marie have become one of the staple entertainers on the Strip and they’ve truly become part of our family. We’re proud to have them call the Flamingo ‘home’ and be part of our incredible history.”

Flamingo Las Vegas headliners Donny and Marie hold up the proclamation from the Mayor of Las Vegas naming October 2, 2013 ''Donny & Marie Showroom Day''

Flamingo Las Vegas headliners Donny and Marie hold up the proclamation from the Mayor of Las Vegas naming October 2, 2013 ”Donny & Marie Showroom Day”

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the Flamingo Las Vegas is a true desert oasis. The center Strip resort features more than 3,500 guest rooms including the newly renovated FAB rooms and the award-winning Flamingo GO Rooms and Suites. The historic hotel-casino is home to a sprawling 15-acre pool and wildlife habitat complete with waterfalls, mature island vegetation and tropical wildlife, three distinctive pools and several outdoor wedding gardens. The resort hotel casino offers a wide variety of dining options with eateries such as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Center Cut Steakhouse and Mexican hot spot Carlos’n Charlie’s, and hosts an all-star line-up of entertainers. In addition to the brother-sister duo Donny & Marie dazzle, comedians George Wallace and Vinnie Favorito keep audiences laughing non-stop, Legends in Concert features live re-creations of superstars of yesterday and today and the late night adult revue X Burlesque showcases the sexiest ladies on the Strip. Continue reading

JustFab Launches Exclusive Accessories Collection with Latin Superstar Paulina Rubio

Rubio Debuts Her First Shoe and Handbag Collection, Exclusively for JustFab’s Members

JustFab (www.JustFab.com), the worldwide leading fashion subscription e-commerce site and lifestyle fashion brand, today announced its brand partnership with Latin superstar Paulina Rubio. The collection consists of shoes and handbags available exclusively on www.JustFab.com beginning this week.

Paulina Rubio for JustFab

Paulina Rubio for JustFab

Inspired by Rubio’s personal style, the collection includes an array of key trends fitting a range of style personalities, such as sleek, pointy-toed pumps accented with an ankle strap for fashionistas, and tasseled, casual booties for trendsetters. Handbags range from glamorous satchels with luxe metal details, to neutral totes for everyday wear, to statement-making clutches. Continue reading