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H&M is proud to announce the arrival of its first full range beauty collection. The launch will kick off in stores this fall, with an assortment of makeup as well as haircare, body care and beauty tools. Fashion is at the heart of the range, with an ever-evolving makeup selection that focuses on seasonal looks, ideas and colors. The products will be available in over 900 stores worldwide and online at hm.com.

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The launch comes at a time when makeup is more important than ever as an expression of personal style, whether the look is natural, classic or fashion-forward. There will be new, dedicated beauty areas within the stores to help customers experiment with trends and develop a look that’s all their own.

We are very excited to offer ‘fashion for the face’ at H&M. It’s an opportunity to be inventive and creative, and to have fun with colors,” says Sara Wallander, concept designer at H&M Beauty.

Over 700 beautifully packaged makeup products will be introduced within the launch, followed by seasonal drops of new and limited-edition color collections. The range, which will replace existing beauty products at H&M, will also include two subsidiary collections: a premium beauty line and a Conscious assortment of Ecocert-approved sustainable products.

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Written By , on May 18, 2015

Panache, a worldwide leader of lingerie and swimwear for D+ cup sizes, announces a new campaign: “Modeled by Role Models.”  Celebrating six female role models from around the world – each chosen for her individual achievements, contributions to society and healthy approach to body image – this campaign looks to shift the perception of what being a true model really entails.

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“Modeled by Role Models” echoes Panache’s mission to make sure its customers are comfortable and confident in their own skin.  With more than 30 years of experience in creating bras that lift and support larger cup sizes, Panache champions women of all shapes and sizes.  In an industry saturated by women who are admired for their physical attributes, Panache’s new campaign looks to expand the notion of beauty by celebrating women who are making an impact in different ways.

The campaign includes the following women, chosen from around the world for their contributions to society:

“Modeled by Role Models” launches on May 12, 2015 on a new website ModeledbyRoleModels.com, as well as with a mix of film and images running across social media platforms.  The campaign will also be supported with a special hashtag, #MyRoleModel, encouraging people worldwide to speak about their own role models.

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Written By , on May 18, 2015

The print magazine cover of the December 8, 2014, issue of The New Yorker depicting St. Louis’ “Broken Arch” was chosen by magazine editors as the Cover of the Year in the ninth annual ASME Best Cover Contest, which was open to all consumer print magazines published in calendar year 2014. The announcement was made today by Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME.

The Readers’ Choice Award goes to Paper for the winter 2014 print magazine cover featuring Kim Kardashian. Readers’ Choice Awards are chosen by Facebook users, with this year’s contest generating 10 million Facebook impressions.

More than 100 print magazines submitted 270 covers to compete in 10 categories. A Best Cover Award and Readers’ Choice Award was chosen in each category:

Best Cover Award Category Winners
News and Politics:  The New Yorker, December 8, 2014
Sports and Adventure:  ESPN The Magazine, October 13, 2014
Fashion and Beauty:  Harper’s Bazaar, March 2014
Business and Technology:  The Atlantic, November 2014
Family and Home:  FamilyFun, August 2014
Entertainment and Celebrity:  The New York Times Magazine, September 14, 2014
Science and Nature:  New York, June 9-15, 2014
Lifestyle:  Men’s Health, November 2014
BrainiestBloomberg Businessweek, August 4, 2014
Most Delicious:  Bon Appétit, June 2014

Readers’ Choice Award Category Winners
News and PoliticsVice, April 2014
Sports and Adventure:  Outside, August 2014
Fashion and Beauty:  Harper’s Bazaar, March 2014
Business and Technology:  Vice, December 2014
Family and Home:  FamilyFun, August 2014
Entertainment and Celebrity:  Paper, Winter 2014
Science and Nature:  Audubon, September/October 2014
Lifestyle:  Boys’ Life, September 2014
Brainiest:  Variety, August 12, 2014
Most Delicious:  Garden & Gun, August/September 2014

View the cover image gallery.

About ASME
The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

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Written By , on May 18, 2015

Balmain And H&M Invite Everyone To Experience #HMBalmaination (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

Balmain And H&M Invite Everyone To Experience #HMBalmaination (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

H&M is proud to announce its autumn guest collaboration with the Parisian house of Balmain. A veritable bastion of French luxury, Balmain – under the creative directorship of young Olivier Rousteing –has grown into a global pop-culture phenomenon. Last night, Rousteing and his friends Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn walked the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards, revealing the first pieces of the collection. Through social media, H&M and Balmain invited fans to join a movement of togetherness: #HMBalmaination.

“I want to talk to my generation: this is my main purpose as a designer. H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain, getting a piece of the dream and creating a global #HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fueled on a hashtag. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me because everybody can connect with the H&M brand. It calls for unity, and I am all for it”, says Olivier Rousteing.

Founded in 1945, Balmain has always remained true to the vision and spirit of its founder, expressing energy, fun, amusement and freedom, with appeal for everyone. Rousteing has created a unique identity for the house, at once respectful of its couture DNA and rooted in the moment, but with a showbiz flair. It was a natural decision to highlight the signature Balmain pop charm through collaboration with H&M.

“We are excited to have Balmain as our guest designer at H&M and create a truly involving experience for everybody. With its mix of couture spirit and street wear attitude, Balmain owns a unique style, at once opulent and direct, sensual and energetic. It is also closely linked to the show business and music worlds, which adds another element of surprise,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

Available from November 5, in around 250 stores worldwide and online, the collection will feature clothing and accessories for both women and men.

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Written By , on May 18, 2015

Highlighting the best of summer, Miami Beach, and swimwear, plans for the 33rd annual Swimwear Association of Florida’s SwimShow are in full swing. Recent confusion centered around IMG’s announcement that it won’t be coming to Miami this year to produce runway shows they had dubbed Swim Week. Swim Week is not cancelled – IMG rebranded MBFW Swim as Swim Week when they bought the domain name after the contract with Mercedes Benz concluded in February, but “Swim Week” has always consisted of the main trade show called SwimShow.

The annual SwimShow trade show will be better than ever!

The 33nd annual event, the largest and longest-running of its kind, will take place July 18-21 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Last year’s show saw a 15 percent increase in attendance. The SwimShow is recognized for helping swimwear companies bolster business while developing a new fan base of buyers and beachwear lovers alike.

“In its 33rd year, the SwimShow continues to be the catalyst for all of the amazing swim events that happen in Miami Beach, and we look forward to supporting both new and established brands during the four days of sheer excitement,” said SwimShow Executive Director, Judy Stein. “We are thrilled that both our industry and this event are stronger than ever and can’t wait to welcome and celebrate the SwimShow with the swimwear industry from around the world in just two short months.”

In 2014, nearly 10,000 people from 60 countries attended the SwimShow. Recognized as the most important swimwear tradeshow in the world, SwimShow is the premier resource for buyers from all swimwear categories, and caters to designer boutiques, resort shops, specialty stores, surf shops, department stores, mass merchants and more. This global trade show includes buyers, manufacturers, designers, corporate personnel, press, bloggers, fashion consultants, stylists and other fashion industry leaders.

“Whether you love color or style, networking or new brands, special events or special design, the 33rd annual SwimShow will definitely have something for you,” Stein added. “Others may come and go, but the SwimShow is proud to be a steady, strong and sizzling part of summer in Miami Beach.”

Featured brands in 2015 will include: A. Che, Agua Bendita, Agua de Coco, ale by Alessandra, Amuse Society, Ank, Badgley Mischka, bella tu, Betsey Johnson, Cecilia Prado Mare, Cynthia Rowley, Despi, Elizabeth Hurley, Gypsy 05, Hipanema, L*Space by Monica Wise, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Lenny Niemeyer, Letarte, Maryan Mehlhorn, Melissa Odabash, Mia Marcelle, Milly, Mink Pink, Nanette Lepore, OndadeMar, Paul Smith, Pily, QSeafolly, Robyn Lawley, Shoshanna,Trina Turk, Vitamin A, and many, many more.

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Written By , on May 8, 2015

Acclaimed fashion designer Zac Posen has created an exclusive, limited-edition summer look for Ecco Domani® Pinot Grigio, America’s #1 Italian Pinot GrigioI. Available in stores nationwide starting May 1, the wine can be found in the Italian import section of grocery stores and wine shops for a suggested price of $14.

Known for his technique in artisanal craftsmanship and red carpet heritage, Posen followed a multi-sensory approach to the bottle design, which will be available through summer. Notably, Posen took his inspiration from Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio’s hallmark floral character, drawing a parallel to this quality in a graphic, flower-splashed Kiko print the designer featured in his runway collection.

The result: Posen’s buoyant, eye-catching design floats across the surface of the bottle much as his signature, elegantly draped fabrics flow down the runway.

“As a designer who loves to cook and entertain, I wanted to incorporate the fresh, bright floral qualities of the wine in a playful way that would look pretty on the table,” Posen said. “I loved the idea of refreshing a classic print for a light, carefree look that is meant to be both timeless and whimsical—the perfect accessory for a summer table.”

The bottle collaboration marks a reunion for Posen and Ecco Domani. The Italian wine brand sponsored Posen’s first major runway show as part of its Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award. Posen was a member of the foundation’s inaugural class of award recipients in 2002.

“Zac’s design is a beautiful expression of our Pinot Grigio, which is incredibly aromatic,” said Courtney O’Brien, Director of Marketing,Ecco Domani. “We believe that an artfully set table creates a great palette, and we wanted to make it easy to add that little touch of style during the summer months when Pinot Grigio shines as an ideal pairing with lighter foods and warmer weather.”

Posen himself is a renowned host and home chef who often shares his creations—from plated dishes to sumptuous tablescapes and floral arrangements—on social media using the hashtag #CookingwithZac. To celebrate the launch of the Posen-designed Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio, the designer shares some of his favorite tips for summer entertaining:

Ecco Domani translates to “Here’s tomorrow” in Italian, reflecting a forward-thinking approach to authentic Italian wines. Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio is made with flavorful fruit from northern Italy’s celebrated regions of the Tre Venezie: Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto andFriuli-Venezia Giulia. With its delicate citrus and floral aromas, signature tropical fruit flavors, and a crisp, refreshing finish, Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio is considered America’s most loved Italian Pinot GrigioII and is a perennial leader in Pinot Grigio by-the-glass and by-the-bottle salesIII.

Learn more about Ecco Domani and access more entertaining tips and recipes online:Facebook.com/eccodomaniInstagram.com/eccodomaniwinePinterest.com/eccodomani.

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Tonight, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ latest design creation, Wraith ‘Inspired by Fashion’ will be the latest runway star to step into the lights in New York City. The global debut of this stunning new motor car will be the highlight of an exclusive event, Pratt Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Style, organized by Pratt Institute, the world-renowned art and design school located in the heart of New York City.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chose New York for this global debut because the “City that Never Sleeps” and the world’s leading luxury brand share an innovative fashion spirit and sense of cool, modern luxury.

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will share the event globally for media, owners and brand aficionados worldwide with a live stream of the activities on PERISCOPE©. TWITTER© users following of @RollsRoyceCars can download the app to not only view the festivities, but also to share real-time commentary and pose questions. Participants will include Michelle Lusby, a rising star of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke design team who has led innovation in the treatment of textiles and materials for the brand.  To participate in the event, users can download the free app from the iTunes App Store  and then follow the authenticated @RollsRoyceCars feed.  The New York based “RRWraithFashion” event will begin online broadcast 8 May 2015 at 4:15 p.m. EDT (9:15 p.m. BST, 10:15 p.m. CET.) The launch will also be tagged on social media channels using #RRFashion.

Wraith ‘Inspired by Fashion’ represents the latest expression of innovative design for the resurgent Rolls-Royce Motor Car. Fashion has a way of moving forward like no other industry.  Timeless designs are reinvented to create brave new icons that challenge us to think differently. This was the defining concept behind the development of Wraith ‘Inspired by Fashion,’ The new vehicle sports numerous techniques and features never-before-seen on a Rolls-Royce Motor Car, including materials, colours and fabrics created by the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Design Team. The “Pratt Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Style” event is a compelling opportunity to celebrate this inspiration new design and the designers whose craftsmanship and expertise created a motor car truly evocative of haute couture,” said Giles Taylor, Director of Design for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

“As a young designer in a dynamic field, it’s important for me to share the exciting honour I’ve been given to help define the style and fashion of the most iconic luxury brand in the world.  Wraith ‘Inspired by Fashion’ provides and exquisite canvass to create a cool, daring and seductive motoring style, and I look forward to sharing our work with the world at the event in New York,” said Michelle Lusby, Colour and Materials Designer for the Rolls-Royce Motor Car Bespoke Design Team.

“Pratt Presents is our signature series featuring visionary artists, designers and thought leaders who impact the cultural landscape and shape our future,” said Ludovic Leroy, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships & Institutional Support. “Aligning with women who have created, shaped, and innovated brands with a global reach is a perfect complement to spotlight Rolls-Royce Motor Cars design prowess and shared commitment to innovating aesthetically and technologically.”

At Pratt Presents Women of Influence in the Business of Style, Rolls-Royce joins fashion powerhouses Maria Cornejo, designer, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Melisa Goldie, chief marketing officer, Calvin Klein, Inc. and Tracy Reese, founder and creative director, The Tracy Reese label, among others, for a panel discussion about female business leaders who are leading change in the fashion industry and profoundly impacting the market.

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Written By , on May 8, 2015

With marketing and fashion week powerhouse IMG cancelling the organization’s fashion week plans in Miami, several designers have stepped in to say not so fast. This press release was published today highlighting the return of Miami Swim Week:

With IMG’s recent announcement to cancel this summer’sSwim Week, Funkshion is pleased to declare that they are expanding their support to ensure that the tradition continues. This July 15th – 20th Funkshion will host a full schedule of shows with the introduction of five new venues.

A state of the art tent will be erected at Collins Park between 21st and 22nd street on Collins Avenue. Additionally, Funkshion will build unique, bridged runways in four Miami Beach hotels: The Setai, Soho Beach House, SLS and The Thompson. Each hotel will host one exclusive show per night, immediately followed by an after party. Sponsors of this year’s events will include Peroni, jetBlue and Nespresso, in addition to VCA Miami Beach.

Previous participants of Funkshion Swim Week include Wildfox, Chloe, Acacia, Trina Turk, Lolli, Fisico, Eberjey, Cosabella, Liliana Montoya and Maya.

A full calendar of Miami Swim Week shows will be posted on www.funkshion.com.

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Written By , on May 7, 2015

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H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, known for offering high fashion and quality at affordable prices, is excited to announce the opening of its Herald Center flagship. The Swedish retailer will be opening what will become its largest H&M store in the world on May 20th at noon with a special performance by music icon John Legend.

“We are thrilled to be opening our world’s largest store in Herald Square, a historic retail hub, that exemplifies our continued commitment to job creation and growth in New York City,” says Daniel Kulle, President of H&M North America. “With the opening of such a monumental store, we are honored to have such an inspirational talent as John Legend at this event.”

One of the most dynamic shopping destinations in the world, Herald Center is located at the southwest corner of 34th Street where Broadway and Avenue of the Americas converge. The store will be the 13th location in Manhattan, and will become a fashion destination for the millions of New Yorkers and international visitors who pass through Herald Square.

The new store has a custom illuminated store front that wraps around 33rd Street, 34th Street and 6th Avenue. Measuring approximately 63,000 square feet, the store will showcase all of the H&M including H&M’s Home Collection and a special shoe department for ladies and men. It will include four floors of H&M fashion for the entire family including ladies and men’s collections, H&M Sport, H&M Mama, cosmetics and H&M’s children’s collection. Unique store details will include a custom-designed 35 ft. modern glass facade with LCD screen, mirror and terrazzo tile details, as well as an approximately 30 ft. high atrium on the second level. The store will also feature two main street entrances.

To celebrate opening day, John Legend will perform and cut the ribbon and twenty lucky winners will be chosen at random for a meet and greet. In addition, H&M Herald Center will have several exciting giveaways, including Access to Fashion Passes to the first 1,000 shoppers, valued from $10 to $1,000.

H&M customers can help close the loop in fashion by donating old pieces of clothing, helping our sustainability efforts. Any customer who donates on opening morning will receive a voucher for 20% off their next purchase for each bag of donated clothing. To kick off the recycling program opening day, customers who bring garments to be recycled before the store opens at 12:00 pm will also have the chance to win H&M gift cards valued between $50 and $100 in addition to receiving the voucher.

The U.S. continues to be one of H&M’s most important expansion markets since its first store opened on New York’s Fifth Avenue thirteen years ago. The Herald Center flagship is the third flagship to be opened in New York City in the past two years, resulting in the creation of almost 900 new jobs. Now offering U.S. consumers access to quality fashions at the best prices through 361 locations across the country and through Shop Online, H&M is delighted to continue its expansion in its first U.S. city.

The store located at 1 Herald Center in Manhattan, New York 10001, NYC has the largest concentration of H&M stores in the country, employing over 1,900 people. The store can be reached by phone at 212-564-3836. Store hours will be Monday through Thursday9am-10pm, Friday through Saturday 9am-11pm, and Sunday 10am to 9pm.

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Written By , on May 6, 2015

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Inspired by this year’s exhibition theme, “China: Through the Looking Glass”, H&M’s design team created one-of-a-kind looks in collaboration with each of its guests. The designs honor each individual’s unique personal style and features intricate detailing such as hand done beading and embroideries. Keeping with the theme, design elements such as pleating inspired by the folds of a fan highlight the depth of H&M’s high-fashion design capabilities while still maintaining their position as one of the world’s leading retailers.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure for H&M to take part in fashion’s most prestigious event of the year. Each of our specially designed outfits both captures the mood of the exhibition, and shows the aspirational side of fashion that is so important to H&M,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design.

“Music and fashion go hand in hand. It was such an honor to collaborate with my friends at H&M to create an original look that perfectly represents my style,” said Janelle Monae.

“It’s been a pleasure to be able to work with H&M and have the opportunity to wear something with such great quality and is customized to my personal style,” said Odell Beckham Jr.

Known as one of fashion’s most influential style icons of our time, H&M had the privilege to work with 2015 Costume Institute Benefit Committee member Sarah Jessica Parker to create her look for this year’s gala. Sarah Jessica wore a one-shouldered black silk dress, which she designed in collaboration with H&M, with a draped train embroidered with Scarlet poppies. The dress also included a patch work panel, made of sustainable fabric and embellishments, highlighting H&M’s vision of making fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable.

“Being able to see something you envision come to life is a very rewarding opportunity. I’ve had so much fun collaborating with H&M to create a dress that reflects the character and splendour of this incredible exhibition,” says Sarah Jessica Parker.

Guests wearing one-of-a-kind looks included:

Sarah Jessica Parker, wearing a custom made H&M one-shouldered black silk dress, which she designed in collaboration with H&M, with a draped train embroidered with Scarlet poppies.

Actress and Singer Vanessa Hudgens, wearing a custom made H&M pleated crimson tea-length dress, embellished with Swarovski crystals.

Singer Janelle Monae, wearing a custom made H&M mandarin collared cropped tuxedo jacket caped suit, with contrast detailing.

Singer Banks, wearing a custom made H&M off-the-shoulder, sultry, bias-cut gown in Chinese red.

Athlete Odell Beckham Jr., wearing a custom made H&M deep plum two-button velvet blazer, with a slim-fit tuxedo trouser topped off with satin accessories.

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