Written By , on November 19, 2014

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on CBS

 

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Taylor Swift, three-time GRAMMY Award nominee Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Hozier will perform on THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW, to be broadcastTuesday, Dec. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  World-famous Victoria’s Secret Supermodels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Elsa Hosk, Lindsay Ellingson and more will be a part of the show, which films in London for the first time, and merges fashion, fantasy and entertainment into a runway spectacle. The show, seen in approximately 200 countries, will include musical performances, pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world’s most celebrated fashion show.

Taylor Swift is the only artist in history to have three million-selling weeks (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989). Swift is a global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at number one in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Swift has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Swift has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and more than 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Swift’s album RED, released two years ago, sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week. The only other album to sell more than RED was her critically acclaimed fifth studio album, 1989, the highest selling release since 2002 and the only album to go platinum in 2014. 1989 sold almost 1.3 million albums release week topping Billboard’s Top 200 charts and iTunes’ sales charts in 95 countries on its release. 1989 has sold almost three million copies globally.  “Shake It Off,” the first single from 1989, topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S.  Her current single “Blank Space,” immediately skyrocketed to the top of the Hot 100 and iTunes chart on its debut.

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a genuine global phenomenon.  The 23-year-old artist’s new album x (“multiply”) has gone to number one in 14 countries around the world, including the United States and Sheeran’s native United Kingdom, where it’s both the country’s biggest and fastest selling album of the year.  Featuring platinum hit singles “Sing” and “Don’t,” x has also topped the iTunes album chart in 83 countries.  Sheeran’s latest single, “Thinking Out Loud,” is already a chart topping smash in six countries and will be making its American network television debut on THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW.  Sheeran is currently in the midst of his headlining worldwide arena tour, which includes four sold-out nights at London’s O2 Arena.  With his 2012 breakthrough debut album,+ (“plus”), Sheeran entered the U.K. Albums Chart at number one with the highest opening sales figures for a male solo artist debut ever and is now certified 6x-platinum.   Fueled by international hit singles like “The A Team” and “Lego House,” + has enjoyed multi-platinum, platinum and gold sales in nine countries.  In the U.S., “The A Team” earned 2x-platinum certification from the RIAA as well as a GRAMMY Award nomination for Song Of The Year.  Sheeran also made a record-breaking chart debut with the stateside release of +, which entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at number five, becoming the highest debut for a U.K. solo artist’s first full-length album since 2009.  Along with his three GRAMMY nominations, including the prestigious Best New Artist, Sheeran has accrued an array of distinguished international honors, including two BRIT Awards (Best Male Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist) and the 2012 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.  Sheeran recently took home the award for Best Male Video at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and is currently nominated for two 2015 People’s Choice Awards.

Within less than a year, Ariana Grande captured number one on the Billboard Top 200 twice; first with her debut “Yours Truly” and then its 2014 follow-up, “My Everything.”  “Yours Truly” yielded the double-platinum smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, which landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized number one on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart.  “My Everything” spawned the triple-platinum “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea, which debuted at number one in 85 countries, and topped the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. It was the fifth highest digital song debut for a female artist and ninth highest ever.  “My Everything” took the number one spot on Spotify as Ariana hit number one on Billboard’s Artists 100 chart.  She is the first woman in history, and first artist since Michael Jackson, to simultaneously have three songs (“Problem,” “Break Free” featuring Zedd, and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J) in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs chart. She was named Best New Artist at the 2013 American Music Awards and also took home statues at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Born on St. Patrick’s Day in County Wicklow, Ireland, 24-year-old singer/songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne was raised on blues, soul and jazz. He taught himself guitar and piano, joined his first band at 15, and studied music at Dublin’s Trinity College. In 2013, “Take Me to Church,” reached number one in Ireland (keeping U2 off the top spot for the first time in 30 years), number two in America and number five in the U.K.  It’s currently in the Top three on the U.S. iTunes Singles chart, and has been a Top 10 hit in Germany,Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland and Canada. The accompanying music video has over 22 million views on YouTube, and Ed Sheeran recently covered the song on BBC Radio 1.  Hozier’s eponymous debut album was released globally in October, with tracks mixed by Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey). His music has been used in the feature film “Wish I Was Here” and the television series “Marco Polo,” “Constantine,” “Banshee,” “Empire,” “Teenwolf” and “The Leftovers.”  His upcoming 26-city U.S. tour, which starts in February, is already sold out. Hozier has appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” on the Network, “Ellen” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Jools Holland” (U.K.).

Also in the special, Supermodels Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio will wear the 2014 Dream Angels Fantasy Bras designed exclusively for Victoria’s Secret by Mouawad. Valued at $2 million each, the Dream Angels Fantasy Bras include accompanying body pieces of fine gemstones. Inspired by the Dream Angels Demi silhouette, these bras are handset with rubies, diamonds, blue and light blue sapphires strung together with 18K gold. Each bra is adorned with over 16,000 of the precious gems.  This is the first time two Victoria’s Secret Angels have been chosen to wear the coveted Fantasy Bras.

THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW is being produced by done and dusted, inc.  Edward G. Razek, Monica Mitro, Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton are the executive producers.  Hamish Hamilton is the director.

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Written By , on November 19, 2014

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This Spring’s most sought after elements beautifully collide at Koral, as new Lead Designer Nicole King Burroughs breathes effortless, sexy refinement and boyish freedom into the brand’s 2015 Spring Collection.

New Koral styles for Spring include a utilitarian chambray romper, an open back rayon gabardine romper and utilitarian dress,Bermuda shorts, denim mini skirts, and skyscraper high waist denim shorts that mix effortlessly with beautifully reimagined classics like striped oxford shirts, a denim utility jacket, and new luxury denim cuts that are made to form ultra-feminine silhouettes and evoke simplicity, clean lines, and the sexier side of tomboy.

Denim industry veteran and award-winning Parson’s grad, Nicole is channeling her love for sophisticated sportswear, timeless sensibility, and decades of experience to usher in a fresh new look at Koral. Formerly with the GAP, she was Design Director for its 1969 Denim Vintage Collection. She has also been recognized for the diverse “style facelifts” she envisioned for numerous global brands such as Ralph Lauren, 7 For All Mankind, Rich and Skinny, DWP, and Ever Worldwide.

Of her aesthetic, she reveals, “I am not interested in dressing the world, just those with an inimitable sense of style and an appreciation for exceptional detail.” On taking the reigns of the design room at Koral, Nicole says, “The path of this brand is inspiring! It takes my love of sophisticated sportswear and luxurious fabrics and weaves it into the most compelling denim collection I have worked on yet.”

In 2012, Koral was founded by true denim enthusiasts and visionaries who started the premium denim revolution and turned jeans into the quintessential icon of everyday fashion. Peter Koral and Rick Crane launched the premium denim market known today with the creation of 7 For All Mankind. Now they have assembled some of the best talent in the denim world to introduce a collection of crafted denim with impeccable style and casual sophistication.

Koral jeans are designed using exceptional materials to deliver a collection of denim with unparalleled style, construction, and attention to detail.  The brand is devoted to exploring unbroached techniques, while preserving their exacting standards for fabric, fit, and finish, which enhance the natural nuances of denim with handcrafted details that are meticulously applied to reveal dimension, texture, and character.

The Spring 2015 Collection is rooted in Koral’s core denim fits – the skinny, the mid rise, the relaxed skinny, the cigarette, the pencil, the slim, and the mid rise bootcut – while adding new fits like the skyscraper skinny crop, and the surplus barrette, a relaxed fit style.

With suggested retail prices from $160 to $240, the Spring 2015 Collection will be available at nationwide retailers and select international locations in time for the New Year. To experience Koral, visit www.KORAL.com.

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Written By , on November 18, 2014

Marisol Deluna Foundation Fashion Show

New York fashion designer and San Antonio native Marisol Delunapresented a new collection for her Marisol Deluna New York label at a runway show held at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas on November 14, 2014.  The show marked the designer’s 25th anniversary in fashion and helped launch her latest effort, the Fashion Initiative of the Marisol Deluna Foundation.

Ms. Deluna presented a new collection, which offers her signature lifestyle designs in vibrant colors and prints.  Models from acrossTexas walked the runway including men, women and children along with dogs for adoption from the Animal Defense League ofTexas.

The collection was complimented with hats adorned by Deluna’s prints, designed in collaboration with her longtime friend and New York milliner Rodney Keenan.  After the show Keenan remarked, “Marisol’s modern flourish brings new life and a sparkling femininity to the classic forms she works with.  Her generosity is as boundless as her talent, and I’m delighted I could be here to cheer her on and this remarkable accomplishment.  I look forward to the next 25.”

In attendance, fashion historian Cameron Silver noted “Marisol Deluna’s distinctive signature prints have solidified her reputation as the 21st century Lilly Pulitzer.  She’s forged a unique business model with a philanthropic angle that was celebrated by fans during her 25th anniversary fashion spectacular.”

The Foundation’s Advisory Committee includes Rod Keenan and Cameron Silver in addition to fellow designers John Bartlett, Keanan Duffty and David Hart who share her vision.  Ms. Deluna stated, “This show underscores a core principle of our brand that fashion can be harnessed for bigger ideas in the service of others.  Mentorship is a privilege.”

Former San Antonio Mayor and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro stated, “Marisol Deluna has the support of the City of San Antonio.  A hometown girl giving back to the city she grew up in.  Her fashion line and accessories are unique.  Her creation of the Marisol Deluna Foundation will provide, an educational opportunity for many local students and young designers in fashion trades.”

About the Marisol Deluna Foundation: Marisol Deluna Foundation, Inc. is a Texas nonprofit corporation that supports the education and mentoring of students and young designers in fashion and design arts.  The Foundation works in partnership with civic, corporate and government entities to promote educational initiatives and community benefits within the State of Texas.  For more information, visit http://www.marisoldelunafoundation.org.

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Written By , on November 18, 2014

Tamar Braxton - Tamar Collection

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Tamar Braxton launches her first line of apparel that retails exclusively online at TamarCollection.com. Braxton, a self professed fashion shopaholic, developed the brand and shopping experience to address various concerns that she has personally found challenging over the years. As a result, the brand features superior quality, runway-inspired fashion that is available in extended and unisex sizes, all at affordable prices.

“Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about looking fabulous without breaking the bank. So when designing this collection, it was important that the line had a wide variety of looks. A little everyday fashion, but also some runway looks at incredible prices. It is important to me that all of my fans feel like there is something for them,” says Braxton.

Braxton has had an extensive career in the industry which includes executive producing two hit reality shows on WE TV, releasing hit singles like ‘Let Me Know’ from her upcoming album due in early 2015 and most recently co-hosting daytime talk show, The Real. Braxton has now taken on her latest venture with the support of her husband, Vincent Herbert. “He has played a major role in launching my fashion line along with my son, Logan, who inspires me every day,” says Braxton.

Braxton continues to build upon her momentum with her new fashion business and is excited to have another opportunity to engage and interact directly with women across the globe by dressing them in quality, affordable fashions. To create the collection, Tamar has partnered with IconStyle LLC, a NYC based company that specializes in conceptualizing, designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling fashion product on behalf of global celebrities

Tamar Collection is the only US-based fashion brand to use a photo-accurate, virtual fitting room solution in its e-commerce store. This technology enables shoppers to check the fit of any garment on a virtual avatar after entering his/her precise body shape and size. This technology will improve customer satisfaction and help eliminate the frustrating problem that e-shoppers experience of having to return items that do not fit.

To see all of Braxton’s inspired styles please visit, www.TamarCollection.com

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Written By , on November 17, 2014

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Barneys New York, the specialty luxury retailer, holiday windows and facade of Madison Avenue were unveiled yesterday to display a BAZ DAZZLED wonderland, a collaboration with world-renowned writer/director/producer Baz Luhrmann and designer Catherine Martin. A multi-platform initiative, BAZ DAZZLED merges the iconic visual language of Luhrmann’s award-winning film work with the legendary wit and surprise of Barneys New York. Luhrmann and four-time Oscar winning production and costume designer Martin, along with the Barneys New York team under the lead of Creative Director Dennis Freedman, have taken traditional holiday themes and turned them upside down into a world of fantastical characters, enchanted environments, and luxurious, metallic textures.

“From the first time my wife Catherine Martin and I found ourselves in New York back in the ’80s, we always marveled at the way Barneys took the familiar and managed to turn it on its head. This way of seeing the world is somewhat akin to our own creative philosophy,” said Baz Luhrmann. “Here we are now, so many years later in our adopted home, honored to join the pedigree of artists, performers, and creative organizations which have collaborated with Barneys, to take the familiar and turn it on its head.”

The tradition of holiday storytelling was at the center of the collaboration, conceived by Luhrmann, Martin, and the Barneys New York creative team. In this mythical BAZ DAZZLED world, classical woodland creatures come to life in an urban environment: a contortionist b-boy elf, a wise old ‘True Owl’ who speaks the truth, a graffiti-ing squirrel who makes use of his gold spray paint through Barneys and beyond, and Celestina the ice princess, eternally skating and longing to be set free—with the whole mythical world ruled over by the Luna and Solar Queens. Inspired by Luhrmann and Martin’s extensive background in film, opera, theatre, and music, the expected becomes unexpected, the classic becomes modern, and the static comes alive in a series of live performances and interactive theater.  Each window presents a snippet of these characters’ stories, expressing the Luhrmann and Martin ethos of “Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love.”

“BAZ DAZZLED has allowed us an opportunity to bring theater to Madison Avenue,” said Barneys New York Creative Director Dennis Freedman. “By integrating live performance into the windows, we are breaking the traditional mold of holiday windows for an exciting and unprecedented experience.”

Barneys New York, Luhrmann, and Martin have collaborated with breakout a cappella group Pentatonix—comprised of vocalistsScott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan, and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola—who exclusively scored and recorded custom versions of classics for this collaboration. In addition to scoring the windows with original vocals and arrangements of classic holiday carols, Pentatonix provided actual vocals to several characters.

Costumes for the characters in the BAZ DAZZLED world have been created by designer Zaldy in collaboration with Oscar-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin. All performance elements featured in the windows were directed in collaboration with Luhrmann, Martin, Barneys New York, and Andrew Katz.

After the unveiling, guests including Baz Luhrmann & Catherine Martin, Richard & Lisa Perry, Mark Lee, Amy Sacco, Aurelie Bidermann, Dakota Fanning, Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne of Public School, Deborra-Lee Furness, Dennis Freedman, Estelle,Giovanna Battaglia, Jessica Joffe, Kate Foley, Lily Kwong, Meryl Poster, Michael Avedon, Pat Cleveland, Simon Doonan, Victoria Justice, Wendi Deng, and Zani Gugelmann made their way to the Central Park Zoo for an intimate dinner.

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Written By , on November 17, 2014

Inspired by the desire to generate innovative spaces for the creation of authentic, memorable experiences, Makken MODA® is bringing for the first time to Mexico the famous designer Carolina Herrera, who will present her Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Carolina Herrera New York, and the CH Carolina Herrera Spring 2015 Collection for men and women, making this a first of its kind event for the Herrera fashion house in Latin America.

In these collections, to be presented at a luxurious fashion show at the Claustro de Sor Juana on November 14, the famous designer captures the essence of the firm’s style, based on an unquestionable ability to draw inspiration from a wide range of artistic disciplines (architecture, painting, film, design), displaying creativity and turning them into a modern, dynamic look that projects a fundamental elegance. The collection’s uniqueness can also be seen in the striking manner in which it plays with lines and its use of outside seams and garments with volume, lending the design a geometric flair.

El Palacio de Hierro joins Makken MODA®, whose designs have been sold exclusively at the department store for more than thirty years.  “For El Palacio de Hierro, the relationship with Carolina Herrera has been a story of success since the 1980s. We are the exclusive luxury department store distributor in Mexico of her ready-to-wear clothing line and men and women accessories under the brand CH de Carolina Herrera, as well as the entire line of fragrancies. It was very important for us to be part of this tribute taking place in Mexico, as the name represents the luxury, the glamour and the perfect complement to the Totalmente Palacio (Totally Palacio) style that we offer our customers,” said Jose Maria Blanco, CEO of El Palacio de Hierro.

“We are confident that this magnificent event will leave a footprint in the fashion world in Mexico,” said Lisette Trepaud, Director of Makken MODA®. “We are finally seeing the results of more than a year of work in Makken MODA®, so it means a lot for Carolina Herrera to come and present a collection for the first time in Mexico. This is the first of several efforts that we have undertaken for this platform and which will drive and provide credibility to the industry in Latin America.”

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Written By , on November 13, 2014

Fashion Positive

Today, Fashion Positive kicked off with its official launch partners Stella McCartney, G-Star RAW, Loomstate, Bionic Yarn and the manufacturer Saitex alongside a host of supporters including Amber Valletta, Julie Gilhart, Wendy and Eric Schmidt and Scott Mackinlay Hahn. Fashion Positive is a comprehensive program that helps fashion brands, designers and suppliers continuously improve how clothes are made. The program, funded by Schmidt Philanthropies and the DOEN Foundation, helps fashion businesses look at five categories of sustainability: material health, material reuse, renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness. Through these Fashion Positive partnerships, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is creating the next generation of fashion building blocks—and the preferred suppliers of those materials—in order to bring the fashion industry into the future.

“We are excited to partner with these industry leaders who are on the cutting edge of fashion design and manufacturing,” said Lewis Perkins, senior vice president, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. “Together, we are creating a vision within the industry that is about abundance rather than resource constraints. We want beautiful, must-have clothes made in such a way that everything and everyone along the supply chain helps create this better future.”

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The production of textiles in China alone releases three billion tons of soot into the air each year, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. There is growing demand among consumers, investors and other fashion stakeholders for sustainable products. Fashion Positive gives designers, fashion brands and suppliers a platform to transcend industry challenges such as sourcing materials, modernizing manufacturing equipment, ensuring safe and healthy working conditions and leveraging collaboration to create highly desirable and sellable apparel that is beautiful inside and out.

“I am honored to be partnering and working with the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ team on Fashion Positive as we share the belief that what will carry fashion forward is rethinking the way we make clothing and accessories,” said Amber Valletta, actress, fashion icon and social entrepreneur. “We have a shared passion that what we will create now can truly change the future through beauty, innovation and common sense.”

Industry leaders such as Stella McCartney and G-Star RAW are joining Fashion Positive’s cooperative of leadership brands to innovate materials and optimize manufacturing to meet the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ GOLD-level standard beginning in 2016. Certified materials will then be added to Fashion Positive’s Materials Library, indexing natural and synthetic materials to help other industry stakeholders source high-quality materials and to make them widely available. These leadership brands and designers will utilize the Fashion Positive Innovation Fund to identify and invest in key suppliers who will create these new materials for use by the entire fashion industry. Fashion Positive partners have also agreed to benchmark the social and environmental impact of materials and products before and after they have been certified.

Additional partners joining Fashion Positive include Under the Canopy/Portico, the new sustainable fashion brands of Michael Stars, both launching in 2015.

“Designers are uniquely responsible for the impacts and stories our products tell, both good and bad. Fashion Positive is the connective tissue empowering designers to take full accountability for the beautiful products we deliver to the world,” said Scott Mackinlay Hahn, social and environmental entrepreneur and co-founder of Loomstate and Rogan.

Fashion Positive—created by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute—employs imagination and technology to develop products and materials to transform the world of fashion. The Institute’s founders have developed a clear, proven methodology to remodel the supply-chain cycle from a negative into a positive that keeps the industry and planet resource-rich. Features include:

“For some time now, Bionic has been inspired by Cradle to Cradle’s forward-thinking philosophies,” said Tim Coombs, co-founder of Bionic Yarn. “We are both honored and excited to work with the Fashion Positive initiative on the integration of their philosophies into the engineering of our products.”

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Written By , on November 13, 2014

Kenneth Cole Productions World RecordIn celebration of the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day and the 60th anniversary of the Guinness World Records book, fashion designer Kenneth Cole partnered with Today Show Contributor Jill Martin to create the world’s largest high-heeled shoe. The shoe was unveiled live Thursday, November 13th on the Today Show during the ten o’clock hour with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

The replica which was modeled after The Kenneth Cole New York Otto, a polished-leather lug sole bootie from the fall 2014 collection, stands an astonishing 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 6 feet, 5 inches long. The shoe, built by Izquierdo Studio – a costume and prop design atelier, took nearly 400 hours to create and required five and a half hides, as well as 3-D printing to craft the buckle and clasp which measured over a foot long.

“The steps involved with creating a shoe are often underestimated, so when Jill called with this idea of creating the world’s largest shoe, I immediately jumped at the chance,” said Kenneth Cole. “My career as a designer has literally reached a new height as breaking a Guinness World Record is no small feet.”

“I had written on my bucket list that I wanted to break a world record and thought something shoe-related would be a perfect fit! This has been a labor of love and could not have asked for a better teammate. Kenneth Cole is everything he prides himself to be: creative, quirky and extremely philanthropic. I am happy we will step right into the Guinness World Record book together!” said Jill Martin.

The team partnered with the Garden of Dreams Foundation – a non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment and MSG Media, to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles. Four children from the foundation collaborated with Izquierdo Studios to bring Kenneth’s vision of the shoe to life.

Kenneth Cole Productions will be donating $5 from the sale of every shoe on kennethcole.com from 10 AM Thursday, November 13ththrough 6 PM Friday, November 14th to the Foundation.

After being unveiled on the Today Show, the shoe will be showcased at Lord & Taylor’s flagship NYC location on their newly renovated shoe floor.

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Written By , on November 10, 2014

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Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show, a fashion fête presented by Cotton Incorporated in partnership with PEOPLE magazine was held this weekend on Miami Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive, officially setting a new Guinness World Record for the “Longest Fashion Show”based on length of time. With the help of more than 50 hair and makeup artists, 60 models festooned the record-breaking runway in more than 4,000 pieces of the finest cotton styles and walked a combined total of 96 dazzling miles. More than 1.2 million online viewers logged on to watch the live stream and plan their most memorable cotton looks!
Typical fashion shows lasts 10-15 minutes, but this runway marathon – highlighting “The Moments of Our Lives” – revealed a “look-a-minute” for 24 consecutive hours, resulting in1,440 cotton looks from more than 75 brands. The fabulous fashion event also served as one of several Miami Beach Centennial celebrations taking place throughout the year.

“Featuring a new look on the runway every minute for 24 hours straight is challenging, ”said Ric Hendee, Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Cotton Incorporated. “With the help of some great sunny Miami Beach weather, an amazing team of designers, models and everyone involved, we are so happy to have proved that it can be done successfully.”

Hosted by Giuliana and Bill Rancic, E! News’ co-host and Miami native Jason Kennedy and TV Host and Michael Yo from “The Insider” on CBS, Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show took place from Friday, November 7, at 8 p.m. EST and lasted through Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. EST. The event featured performances and appearances by Jason Derulo, Trey Smith, Fantine, D.J. Irie and fashion icon Olivia Palermo.

“As we embark on a year-long celebration to celebrate Miami Beach’s Centennial anniversary, we are honored to have hostedCotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show,” said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. “Breaking the Guinness World Record for the Longest Fashion Show is an incredibly historic event and a great honor for our city and its residents.”

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Written By , on November 7, 2014

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The Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 7 through August 16, 2015 (preceded on May 4 by The Costume Institute Benefit).  Presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will explore how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries, resulting in highly creative distortions of cultural realities and mythologies.  In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.

The exhibition is made possible by Yahoo.

Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.

“I am excited about this partnership between these two forward-thinking departments that will undoubtedly reveal provocative new insights into the West’s fascination with China,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Met.  “The artistic direction of acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will take visitors on a cinematic journey through our galleries, where high fashion will be shown alongside masterworks of Chinese art.”

In celebration of the exhibition opening, the Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015.  Silas Chou will serve as Honorary Chair.  The evening’s co-chairs will be Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Anna Wintour.  This event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.  Additional financial support for the 2015 exhibition and benefit is provided by a group of Chinese donors.

“From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia, and make-believe,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute.  “Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a fantastic pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.”

Exhibition Overview
This is The Costume Institute’s first collaboration with another curatorial department sinceAngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion in 2006, a partnership with the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.  China: Through the Looking Glass will feature more than 100 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China will be incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which we understand the richness of Chinese history.

The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will present a series of “mirrored reflections” through time and space, focusing on Imperial China; the Republic of China, especially Shanghai in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s; and the People’s Republic of China, with an emphasis on changing images of Chairman Mao.  These reflections, as well as others in the exhibition, will be illustrated with scenes from films by such groundbreaking Chinese directors as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee, and Wong Kar Wai.  Distinct vignettes will be devoted to “women of style,” including Oei Huilan (the former Madame Wellington Koo), Soong May-Ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek), and Empress Dowager Cixi. 

Directly above the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the Chinese Galleries on the second floor will showcase fashion from the 1700s to the present, juxtaposed with decorative arts from Imperial China, including jade, lacquer, cloisonné, and blue-and-white porcelain, mostly drawn from the Met’s collection.  The Astor Court will feature a thematic vignette dedicated to Chinese opera, focusing on the celebrated performer Mei Lanfang, who inspired John Galliano’s spring 2003 Christian Dior Haute Couture Collection, ensembles from which will be showcased alongside Mr. Mei’s original opera costumes.

Designers in the exhibition will include Giorgio Armani, Vitaldi Babani, Cristobal Balenciaga, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Callot Soeurs, Roberto Cavalli, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (Dolce & Gabbana), Peter Dundas (Emilio Pucci), Tom Ford (Yves Saint Laurent), John Galliano (Dior), Jean Paul Gaultier, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo (Valentino), Craig Green, Madame Grès, Ground-Zero, Guo Pei, Adrian Hailwood, Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton), Charles James, Charles Jourdan, Mary Katrantzou, Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Jeanne Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, Judith Leiber, Ma Ke, Mainbocher, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen (Givenchy), Missoni, Edward Molyneux, Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Dries van Noten, Jean Patou, Paul Poiret, Oscar de la Renta (Balmain), Ralph Rucci, Paul Smith, Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Isabel Toledo, Giambattista Valli, Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, Laurence Xu, and others.

Exhibition Credits
The exhibition, a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, coincides with the Museum’s year-long centennial celebration of the Asian Art Department, which was created as a separate curatorial department in 1915.  China: Through the Looking Glass is organized by Andrew Bolton, Curator, with the support of Harold Koda, Curator in Charge, both of The Costume Institute.  Additional support is provided by Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman; Denise Patry Leidy, Curator; and Zhixin Jason Sun, Curator, all of the Department of Asian Art.

Internationally renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will be the exhibition’s artistic director working with his longtime collaborator William Chang, who will supervise styling.  The design for the 2015 Costume Institute Gala Benefit will be created by Wong Kar Wai and William Chang with 59 Productions, and Raul Avila, who has produced the Benefit décor since 2007.

“William Chang and I are pleased to be working in collaboration with The Costume Institute and the Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on this exciting cross-cultural show,” said Wong.  “Historically, there have been many cases of being ‘lost in translation’–with good and revealing results.  As Chinese filmmakers we hope to create a show that is an Empire of Signs–filled with meaning for both East and West to discover and decipher.”

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A publication by Andrew Bolton will accompany the exhibition.  It will be produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, and will be available in early May.  

A special feature on the Museum’s website, www.metmuseum.org/ChinaLookingGlass, provides information about the exhibition.

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