Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Proudly Announces New Designers for Fall 2011 Collections at Lincoln CenterJanuary 27, 2011
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Proudly Announces New Designers for Fall 2011 Collections at Lincoln Center
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New York, NY (January 27, 2011) – In just a few weeks, fashion industry professionals from around the globe will gather at the world’s leading performing arts center, Lincoln Center, to preview the Fall 2011 Collections. The runways will showcase the most influential new looks worn by top models, as new designers never before seen at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week present alongside some of America’s most established names in fashion.
The newcomers to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week include Allegri, Callula Lillibelle, CHRISTIAN COTA, Elene Cassis, Frank Tell, G-Star RAW, GUiSHEM, Irina Shabayeva, Joy Cioci, LUBLU Kira Plastinina, Maisonette 1977, Porter Grey, Sachin + Babi, Son Jung Wan, Tess Giberson and VACCA.
“We are proud to welcome so many established and emerging designers to present their Fall collections this season,” said Peter Levy, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Fashion Worldwide. “The goal of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is to facilitate an opportunity for designers and brands to successfully showcase their talent at an event that will further support the growth of their businesses.”
Allegri- Founded in 1971, Allegri has specialized in outerwear and rainwear and it is known for its extensive fabric research to create garments that offer the ultimate protection from the elements.
Callulla Lillibelle- Designers William Calvert and Melanie Fraser Hart create their collections to reflect the diverse range of women’s needs, including style, comfort, and price.
CHRISTIAN COTA- This Parisian designer attributes his passion for design to his first muses, his mother and his late grandmother, saying “their manner of dress and their poise was always an education in elegance. They define the word.”
Elene Cassis- Long Island native, Cassis started her own signature collection in June of 2009 and has already caught the attention of top retailer Neiman Marcus, along with over 30 other noted specialty stores nationwide.
Frank Tell- Frank Tell describes his new collection in light of the recession, “the Recession killed cocktail dressing. It’s too precious. Women don’t want to buy something they will only wear once and then sit in their closets. What is needed are extraordinarily crafted pieces that can be worn in an everyday way.”
G-Star RAW- Pierre Morisset, G-Star’s head designer, is one of the most important stylists in the denim world. He is creating tomorrow’s authenticity today. He is considered by many to be the denim specialist “le chirurgien du jean” (the jeans surgeon).
GUiSHEM- This Latin American designer, Guillermo Jop specializes in eveningwear; Jop’s designs incorporate draping and innovative pattern cutting.
Irina Shabayeva- Born in Georgia, Shabayeva honed her skills there creating luxurious garments for celebrity clientele, positioning her as a talent to be reckoned on the 6th season of “Project Runway.”
Joy Cioci- Sexy, romantic and influential personal inspirations play into each one of Cioci’s meticulous designs to provide a versatile collection that women gravitate to for everyday effortless wear.
LUBLU Kira Plastinina- Inspired by her own lifestyle, Kira Plastinina designs prêt-a-porter clothes for a girl who is always on-trend.
Maisonette 1977- Jane Ibrahim, originally from Hong Kong, brings an expressive, innovative spirit tempered by taste and expert execution to her designs.
Porter Grey- New York based designers Alexandra and Kristen O’Neill build on versatile foundation pieces to create beautiful garments infused with an urbane elegance and relaxed sophistication.
Sachin + Babi- Sachin and Babi have successfully translated their vision of modern luxury into a lifestyle brand that is accessible for today’s design savvy consumer. Their designs feature an array of exclusive products including pillows, bedding, ready to wear, and accessories.
Son Jung Wan- Son Jung Wan is one of the largest Korean designer labels in the country with over 37 billion won (34 million dollars) in sales for 2009 and a total of 37 stores carrying the brand.
Tess Giberson- In addition to Giberson’s success in the fashion industry, this American designer’s work has been commissioned for exhibitions by several galleries in New York, Paris and Tokyo.
VACCA- Julie Vacca aims for her line to have a balance of fashion, tradition and luxury. She explains, “I am a person who loves to work but at the same time I have a balance of life where I need clothing for many occasions including travel and cocktail receptions. The most important is for me to feel comfortable in what I am wearing.”
The official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week schedule kicks off with The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, Nicholas K, Porter Grey, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Richard Chai, Duckie Brown, Luca Luca, Mara Hoffman, Tadashi Shoji, Eva Minge, Christian Siriano, W Hotels Global Glam, Irina Shabayeva, Ruffian, Tess Giberson, Perry Ellis, Farah Angsana, Norman Ambrose, Rebecca Taylor, Rebecca Minkoff, Tommy Hilfiger Men’s, Nicole Miller, Joy Cioci, Cynthia Rowley, Academy of Art University, Venexiana, General Idea, Binetti, Jill Stuart, Prabal Gurung, ADAM, MANDY COON, Vivienne Tam, Mik Cire, Charlotte Ronson, Maisonette 1977, G-Star RAW, Toni Francesc, Derek Lam, Timo Weiland, Lela Rose, DKNY, Calvin Klein Collection Men’s, Tory Burch, Yoana Baraschi, Max Azria, Diane von Furstenburg, CYNTHIA STEFFE, Y-3, Carmen Marc Valvo, Custo Barcelona, Behnaz Sarafpour, Tommy Hilfiger, Zang Toi, Jenny Packham, Callula Lillibelle, Carolina Herrera, Carlos Miele, Tracy Reese, Donna Karan New York, Sachin+Babi, Monique Lhuillier, pamella roland, Betsey Johnson, Chado Ralph Rucci, GUiSHEM, Sergio Davila, Trias, Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang, Jen Kao, Diesel Black Gold, Bibhu Mohapatra, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Dennis Basso, J. Mendel, Tibi, Frank Tell, Narciso Rodriguez, Mackage, Yigal Azrouël, VACCA, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Herchcovitch;Alexandre, Adrienne Vittadini, Milly by Michelle Smith, Helen Yarmak, Allegri, CHRISTIAN COTA, Anna Sui, Odd Molly, Elie Tahari, Ralph Lauren, Son Jung Wan, Calvin Klein Collection Women’s, Elene Cassis, Naeem Khan, LUBLU Kira Plastinina, L.A.M.B. and Ivana Helsinki.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will host three runway venues; the Theatre, Stage and
Studio, as well as a fourth presentation space called the Box for designer presentations, industry forums, press conferences and other activities. Additionally, the Lincoln Center venue features an outdoor courtyard to accommodate the growing needs of the fashion community.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is at Lincoln Center, located between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. The location provides attendees with convenient transportation and access to the event via subway, buses, taxi and car service. By subway, the 1 train goes directly to the 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station as well as the A, C, B, D service to the 59th Street/Columbus Circle stop. By bus, the M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104 lines all stop within one block of the Lincoln Center campus. Cars can pick up and drop off at the main steps main steps between 63rd and 64th streets on Columbus Avenue or on Broadway at West 65th Street to access a weather-protected entrance. In addition, there will be a taxi stand on Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 63rd streets and a designed waiting area for car pick up on 65th street.
Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express®, Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Starbucks Frappuccino® Coffee Drink, W Hotels Worldwide, AOL Inc., Diet Pepsi, Kim Crawford Wines, ideeli, FIJI Water, and The Heart Truth® Campaign as well as the following media outlets: The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily and Getty Images. Over nine days, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will host more than 100,000 guests. With the help of these sponsors providing hospitality, services and amenities, we hope to make the hectic week of shows as effortless and pleasurable as possible for all attendees.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is an IMG event. The Fall Collections will be held February 10-17, 2011.
WGSN Announces the Global Fashion Awards WinnersNovember 16, 2010
NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2010 — Last night the fashion elite gathered at New York’s glamorous Waldorf Astoria for the Global Fashion Awards 2010, where the winners of the prestigious awards were announced by America’s Next Top Model judge and Awards host, Nigel Barker. With the shortlist boasting respected global brands, internationally renowned retailers and exciting up-and-coming talent from around the world, the 2010 Winners List is a veritable roll-call of industry greats.
Hosted by WGSN, the world’s leading style and trend forecaster, the Awards were the first of their kind to honor style and innovation in the fashion industry on a global platform.
“With an industry so diverse and exciting, it struck us that there was a real need for fashion industry peers the world over to be able to reward, recognize, and rejoice with one another,” stated Susanna Kempe, CEO of WGSN. “We are delighted now to use our authority and gravitas to unite the industry in this way, and to present an unprecedented global platform on which to celebrate the achievements of fashion’s finest.”
“We are all here tonight because we share a passion for fashion, breaking rules, thinking differently and always looking forward to discovering the next breakthrough talent, technology or trend,” Nigel Barker stated, opening the evening. “As our world becomes more virtual by the minute it is great to see so many of you from around the world coming together to celebrate the industry, its rising stars, luminaries and leaders.”
Highlights of the evening included:
Simon Doonan, Creative Director of Barneys and acclaimed writer, kicked off the night by presenting the Global Style Icon Award to Iris Apfel.
The Outstanding Visual Merchandising Award was presented to Lane Crawford by June Haynes, Vice President of Retail at Valentino.
Farm was presented with the award for Outstanding Customer Experience by style connoisseur, Julie Macklowe.
The award for Outstanding New Store was presented to Levi’s Flagship Store, Regent Street by New York’s own Cristina Greeven Cuomo.
Outstanding Brand Mix was awarded to Opening Ceremony by television personality, celebrity stylist and tastemaker Robert Verdi.
Samantha Bleasby of Pure London presented the award for Global Brand or Retailer to Harvey Nichols.
Simon Collins, Dean of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, presented Acne with the award for Most Influential Design Team.
Laurie Pressman, Vice President of Fashion, Home and Interiors at Pantone, presented two special color awards: Best Use of Color by a Designer to Chris Benz and Best Use of Color by a Retailer to Topshop and Uniqlo.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nicole Miller Bud Konheim presented the award for Most Creative Student Collection to Lilly Heine of Central Saint Martins.
Global fashion ambassador Fern Mallis presented the award for Emerging Brand or Retailer to William Tempest.
Teri Agins, Fashion Writer for the Wall Street Journal , presented the award for Outstanding E-tailer to ASOS
Steve Markov, Chief Commercial Officer of WGSN presented the award for Most Innovative Digital Initiative to Wrangler (VF Europe)
Glenn O’Brien, acclaimed author and writer of “The Style Guy,” awarded Best Marketing Campaign to Diesel.
Pat Cleveland and her daughter, Anna, jointly presented Most Sustainable Brand or Retailer to People Tree.
Patrick Duffy of Boutique Eat Shop (B.E.S.) gave the award for Most Influential Designer – Menswear to Thom Browne.
Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President, Store Presentation and Women’s Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman presented and accepted the Most Influential Designer – Womenswear Award on behalf Alber Elbaz.
Fashion journalist, stylist, and television personality, Louise Roe presented Most Influential Designer – Footwear and Accessories to Nicholas Kirkwood.
Simon Doonan returned to close the evening by introducing very special honoree Harold Tillman who was recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to Fashion.
Founding Global Fashion Awards sponsors include Pantone, Solomon Page Group, GfK, La Estampa, Gerber Technology, Boutique Eat Shop, World Retail Congress and Drapers.
Each winner received a Waterford Crystal trophy designed by fashion icon John Rocha.
For more information on the Global Fashion Awards please visit http://www.globalfashionawards.com.
WGSN is the global authority on style and design. The company identifies and analyzes current and future style trends and provides its customers with state-of-the-art online tools that that can be used to create commercially successful products and services. WGSN defines and shapes wining style and design for over 36,000 customers globally. WGSN customers include many of the world’s leading apparel, style, design and retail companies including Levi Strauss & Co., Adidas, Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products, Benetton Group, and Marks and Spencers, among others. WGSN is headquartered in London and has offices all over the world, including Milan, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Los Angeles, Melbourne and Tokyo. For more information, visit http://www.wgsn.com. Follow WGSN on Twitter: @wgsn.
Horiyoshi Worldwide Partners with Paul SmithNovember 16, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 – Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: HHWW) is proud to announce that Horiyoshi the Third (“HIII”) has embarked on a retail partnership with well-known British fashion designer, Paul Smith. www.paulsmith.co.uk
Debuting exclusively at Paul Smith on Rue Grenelle in Paris, HIII and Paul Smith join forces to retail a line of limited edition Horiyoshi design on silk-cashmere scarves. The collaboration is referred to as, “Horiyoshi for Paul Smith” available exclusively in Paul Smith in-store boutiques. “Horiyoshi the Third – makes and designs beautiful clothing, the images are true works of art, really beautiful and special,” said Paul Smith regarding the collaborative endeavor.
Commercial Director of Horiyoshi Worldwide, Dawn Green is ecstatic with the partnership stating, “Paul Smith is a global brand with stores in 43 cities in 21 countries around the world. We look forward to expanding our brand reach with Paul Smith through his vast distribution platform, creating more ‘Horiyoshi for Paul Smith’ in-store boutiques in the near future.”
About Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc.
Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: HHWW) designs, manufactures, and markets Horiyoshi the Third, a high end clothing and accessories product line based on the artistry of word renowned Japanese Tattoo Artist, Horiyoshi III. The Horiyoshi Collection transforms the unique vision and unequivocal precision of this revered tattoo artist and the richness of the Japanese tattoo tradition into an inimitable brand experience. The Company is rapidly expanding its distribution platform with the line currently being sold in approximately 45 luxury retail boutiques located in 25 cities worldwide.
Debuting in Fall 2009 – HIII has been featured in leading fashion publications such as the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Anotherman Magazine, Vogue and Style.com.
For more information on Horiyoshi the Third, visit:
Tiny Prints and Zac Posen Create an Exclusive Holiday Card to Benefit New Yorkers For ChildrenNovember 16, 2010
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2010 — Tiny Prints (http://www.tinyprints.com), a premium online destination for family stationery, greeting cards, photo books, gifts and more, has partnered with renowned fashion designer Zac Posen to create an elegant holiday card benefitting New Yorkers For Children. There are more than 15,000 children in foster care in New York City, and New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) is committed to providing them with the essential tools to become successful, self-sufficient adults.
“I feel so fortunate to be able to give back to one of my favorite charities, New Yorkers For Children, this holiday season,” said Zac Posen. “People can now send their friends and loved ones a stylish holiday card that also benefits a great cause.”
Designed under the direction of Zac Posen, the New Yorkers For Children card features an artistic sketch of a woman in a couture gown. She is adorned with holiday lights and hides a present behind her back. The message inside reads, “May Your Holidays Sparkle.” As with all Tiny Prints greetings, the card can be personalized with text, a variety of fonts and quotes to create a heartfelt and customized holiday greeting.
The Zac Posen holiday card for New Yorkers For Children is available at www.tinyprints.com/zacposenNYFC starting at $1.33 per card. A portion of the proceeds will benefit this most worthy of causes.
About New Yorkers For Children
New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) is the non-profit organization that partners with the Administration for Children’s Services to improve the lives of children in foster care in New York City. Since 1996, NYFC has made a difference in the lives of these youth through college scholarships, tutoring programs, job training and networking opportunities. There are over 15,000 children in foster care in New York City, and NYFC is committed to providing them with the essential tools to become successful, self-sufficient adults. For further information, please visit www.newyorkersforchildren.org.
About Tiny Prints
Tiny Prints, Inc., is comprised of Tiny Prints and Wedding Paper Divas, two thriving ecommerce brands offering stylish cards, invitations, personalized stationery and photo books to customers from around the world. The company’s emphasis on fresh design, high quality products and a perfectly delightful customer experience have led to continued success in a variety of markets, from photo cards to holiday party invitations, Christmas cards, business cards and beyond. Beloved by celebrities, top designers and stylish shoppers alike, Tiny Prints is quickly becoming a household name that is proud to remind us all that sometimes the tiny things in life are really the big things in disguise.
OneStopPlus.com Expands Portfolio with Addition of Leading Plus-Size Brand, TorridNovember 16, 2010
Top Plus-Size Retailer To Provide Greater Selection of Trend-Driven Merchandise to Customers
NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2010 — OneStopPlus.com, a Redcats brand and the premiere online destination for curvy women who demand high style in plus-size fashion, announces its latest brand partnership with contemporary plus-size fashion line, Torrid. A brand inspired by fashion icons, runway shows, music and pop culture, Torrid is now available on OneStopPlus.com. The plus-size mastersite will provide over 1,300 styles from Torrid, including the latest in apparel and intimates in sizes 12-28, as well as accessories and shoes.
“Torrid’s distinct take on catwalk to sidewalk brings OneStopPlus.com another step closer to providing all things to all plus-size women,” says Stephanie Sobel, President of OneStopPlus.com Group. “As the largest pureplay plus size retailer in the world, we are committed to providing a broad portfolio of fashion options for our customers, as well as opportunities for forward-thinking companies.”
OneStopPlus.com’s strategic move to add this trend-driven line to an already extensive selection of plus-size merchandise sends a powerful message about its versatility and ability to provide its customer with an expanding variety of styles and fashions at a great value. As such, the OneStopPlus.com team is focused on providing its customers with Torrid’s contemporary design aesthetic, while creating more options for the American woman.
“Both Torrid and OneStopPlus.com are committed to providing the best fashion for curvy women,” said Torrid President, Chris Daniel. “This is the perfect partnership – combining best-in-class e-commerce and, of course, – the latest, cutting edge fashions for today’s consumer.”
Currently, OneStopPlus.com features 200 brands and 20,000 styles with plans to further expand its brand offerings both domestically and internationally in the future.
For additional information, please visit: www.onestopplus.com, our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter at @onestopplus.
For additional information on Torrid, please visit: www.torrid.com, our Facebook page, MySpace, and follow us on Twitter at @torridfashion.
OneStopPlus.com® is the world’s first and only web-mall for plus-size women and big & tall men. The OneStopPlus.com® philosophy for plus-size women is reflected in every aspect of its website. The look and feel is upscale and the collections are not considered simply as clothing, but fashion. Plus-size women now have the same fashion choices as their size 8 counterparts, with access to everything from the classics to what’s right on the mark in terms of the latest trends. Featured on this website include leading designs in American and European plus size fashion from Woman Within®, Roaman’s®, Jessica London®, AVENUE®, Taillissime and Ellos. OneStopPlus.com® is a Redcats USA brand.
About Redcats USA
Redcats USA is a dynamic, multi-channel, web-driven home-shopping leader, with numerous successful brands in its portfolio: AVENUE®, Woman Within®, Jessica London®, Roaman’s®, KingSize® and BrylaneHome® sold on OneStopPlus.com®, The Sportsman’s Guide® and The Golf Warehouse™. Redcats USA offers a wide range of value and quality driven merchandise categories, including men’s and women’s plus-size apparel, home and lifestyle products, and sporting goods/outdoor gear. Redcats USA is a Redcats company. For more information: Redcats.com.
Torrid is the destination for fashion and denim in sizes 12–28. Torrid provides size 12+ fashion-. forward apparel and accessories for young curvy women. As of October 2010, Torrid operates over 150 stores and an Internet store: www.Torrid.com
Lauren Bush, Ryan Kwanten and Donald Glover Ignite the Season of Giving in Gap’s Holiday CampaignNovember 16, 2010
Want’ Campaign Invites Customers to Indulge in the Season’s Most Wanted Styles While Giving Back to Others
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 16, 2010 — If you could give anything in the world, what would it be? Gap is answering that question this holiday season with the help of influential personalities like Lauren Bush, Ryan Kwanten and Donald Glover. From improving nutrition in America’s school system to gifting the season’s hottest fashion trends — including sequin skirts, faux fur vests, refined blazers and chunky knit sweaters — Gap is all about giving this holiday season to you, your loved ones and those in need.
“Gap has a long history of giving back to others, and we know making a difference in the world is extremely important to our customers too,” said Marka Hansen, president of Gap North America. “As we thought about what holiday looked like this year at Gap, we knew we wanted to be the destination for the season’s most coveted pieces while also creating something meaningful for our customers to participate in. The personalities in our campaign support a wide range of causes, and we’re giving everyone a chance to give back to those causes this holiday season.”
What Do You Want to Give Back
Gap has created a series of online video vignettes with influential artists, dancers, musicians and entrepreneurs – like actor Reeve Carney, style blogger Susie Bubble, dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied and Foursquare founders Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai – who open up about their personal causes.
Featured on Gap’s Facebook Fan page, YouTube channel, and on Gap.com, fans can check out the videos and then join in the spirit of giving by “liking” them. Each time a video is “liked,” Gap will give a $1 donation to the charity featured in that video, up to $150,000. Plus, fans will get something in return – 30 percent off one regularly priced item for themselves.
Gap’s “Want” holiday campaign features the cast of influencers wearing the most coveted gifts for you and your loved ones, including:
Model and co-founder of FEED Projects, Lauren Bush, supports FEED Projects by sporting the FEED USA for Gap Canvas Bag ($29.50), The Silky Dolman Dress ($69.50) and The Sherpa Sweater ($128).
Showing his high-flying style in The Flight Bomber ($98), True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten supports City of Hope;
Supporting Camp Interactive, Foursquare founders Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai show off their Gap style in The Chunky Cardigan ($79.50) and The Zip Cardigan ($69.50);
Comedian, writer and star of NBC’s Community, Donald Glover is looking classic in The Herringbone Blazer ($98) and supports Community Connections;
Dazzling in the Sequin Skirt ($49.50), actress Yaya DaCosta supports Women for Women International;
Supporting Goods for Good, social media whiz Alisa Leonard looks comfy in The Faux Fur Trapper Hat ($29.50);
Supporting Shelter England, style blogger Susie Bubble plays up the fun in The Short Sleeve Cable Cardigan ($69.50) and The Silky Paper Bag Skirt ($49.50);
Broadway’s “Spider-Man,” Reeve Carney, stays warm in The Birdseye Sweater ($49.50) and supports Partnership for the Homeless;
Moving with ease in The Moleskin Blazer ($98), Benjamin Millepied, dancer & choreographer, supports Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Gap’s “Want” campaign will run in December issues of national magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Nylon, GQ, Men’s Health, Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, Parents and Martha Stewart. Outdoor ads will also be running on bus shelters, phone kiosks, newsstands and more in New York City. Additionally, starting this week, Gap is reaching out to its mobile network of customers once a week through the end of December with exclusive offers and content.
What Do You Want to Give to Kids
Not only is Gap a destination for everything you need to update your own winter wardrobe – it’s also the perfect place to find gifts for the little ones on your list.
At GapKids, girls will be party-ready in the tulle ruffle skirt ($29.50), cable knit hoodie sweater ($36.50) and glitzy graphic t-shirt ($24.50), while boys can show off their boyish charm in the Fair Isle zip sweater ($39.50), plaid shirt ($26.50) and flannel lined jeans ($39.50).
At babyGap, baby girls will look cool and cute in the tiered tulle skirt ($29.50), ruffle cardigan ($29.50) and furry pom pom boots ($44.50), and baby boys will stay warm and cozy in the snorkel coat ($49.50), striped cable knit sweater ($44.50) and duck boots ($39.50).
And starting at just $12.50, everyone will love the crazy hat collection featuring designs like striped mohawk hats, faux-fur trapper hats, colorful pom pom knit hats and animal-inspired designs.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta brands. Fiscal 2009 sales were $14.2 billion. Gap Inc. operates about 3,100 stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Japan and China. In addition, Gap Inc. is expanding its global presence with franchise agreements in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.
New York Fashion Week Gets GlobalNovember 16, 2010
NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2010 — Already plugged into more than a dozen international Fashion Weeks around the world, the Global Fashion Association (GFA) is set to make its New York City debut this February with its concept called “Runway212.” Committed to promoting the most innovative design talent from all over the world, the GFA aims to be every designer and coordinator’s one-stop Fashion Week resource. From securing the most supportive sponsors to creating the just-right runway atmosphere, the GFA team — all of whose members have extensive fashion industry experience — execute each member’s vision, beginning to end…to after-party. Each member of the GFA network has dedicated production, PR, and marketing teams at their disposal, providing holistic services under one metaphorical and literal roof.
With Runway212, GFA has bundled resources together for designers in a one-stop shopping experience. From managing front of house to coordinating backstage, GFA ensures its members a seamless and successful Fashion Week experience. GFA has built in global exposure for every designer’s show and can also arrange introductions to the full gamut of services such as top model agents, hair stylists, and makeup professionals. By pooling both American and international designers’ entire processes in one central place, GFA manages the clamor of Fashion Week for both the creative talent and the attending editors, stylists, and buyers.
The venue where Runway212 designers will showcase their Fall 2011 collections is a stunning, one million square foot former railway station, nicknamed “The Tunnel.” Built in 1891 and overlooking the Hudson River, it is a unique space with a sleek, industrial feel (hardwood floors, exposed brick walls) that will serve as the ideal backdrop for all design aesthetics, from classic sportswear to avant-garde. Runway212 has three show spaces at the location from which designers can choose:
“Diane”: 7′ by 65′ U-shaped runway with bench seating up to 290 (132 front-row).
“Michelle”: 7′ by 65′ straight runway with chair seating up to 150 (60 front-row).
“Lacey”: 21′ by 26′ open presentation space with white walls and polished cement floors.
Since launching in 2007, the Global Fashion Association (GFA) has built an international reputation as one of the most capable and connected networks for all things Fashion Week. From high-profile runway shows in Moscow to intimate presentations and after-parties in Oslo, GFA exists to assist its members, the owner and operators of Fashion Weeks around the world, with every phase of every Fashion Week’s biannual production and provide opportunities to share their designers with a global audience. To learn more visit http://www.globalfashionassociation.com
Amsterdam International Fashion Week (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
New Zealand Fashion Week (Auckland, New Zealand)
Belgrade Fashion Week (Belgrade, Serbia)
Dublin Fashion Week (Dublin, Ireland)
Ukrainian Fashion Week (Kiev, Ukraine)
Malaysian International Fashion Week (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Moda Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)
Fashion Week Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico)
Miami Fashion Week (Miami, USA)
Russian Fashion Week (Moscow, Russia)
New York City Fashion Week (New York City, USA)
Oslo Fashion Week (Oslo, Norway)
Prague Fashion Week (Prague, Czech Republic)
Tel Aviv Fashion Week (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Debenhams Reveals Sensible Shoes are Disappearing From UK ShelvesNovember 15, 2010
LONDON, Nov. 15, 2010 –
Debenhams, the high street store, has announced that sensible shoes have virtually disappeared from the market. The traditional, thick soled, lace-up, comfy varieties of shoes are on the way out.
Trainers have taken their place, with more organisations now allowing the American style shoe to be worn to work rather than the tough, British, black, leather stalwarts.
The news brings an end to the decades long association of sensible shoes with countless professions such as nurses, teachers, police officers and traffic wardens.
Debenhams spokesman Ed Watson said: “Women’s sensible shoes may well be leaving their final footprints on the history and landscape of Britain.”
Over 90 per cent of the British women’s shoe market is now dominated by fashion statement shoes, such as knee high boots and high heels, Debenhams figures reveal.
Improved, stronger technology means that today’s shoes with high heels, thin straps and elaborate decorations are now able to easily withstand the rigours of everyday wear, making them practical for most occasions for the first time.
Demand for sheer comfort and practicality – the key reason for choosing sensible shoes – has been fulfilled by trainers instead, which are now seen as socially acceptable across all classes.
Societal changes have also played a major role in the rapid decline of sensible shoe sales.
The rise and success of women in the workplace has fuelled an increasing demand for more formal, power-dressing shoes.
Conversely, a decline in the number of women working on factory floors – a once familiar sight in the 1950s and 60s – has also reduced the legal requirement for suitably sensible footwear.
Ed Watson continued: “Sensible shoes have provided the soundtrack to so many key elements of British society. Thousands of people across Britain still associate them with the comforting tread of a nurse’s shoe on a hospital ward to the steady pace of a WPC on the beat.
“In addition, there won’t be a woman in the land who can’t recall what their dad said after they bought their first pair of high heels: ‘Why didn’t you buy sensible shoes?’
“We want to do all that we can to provide our customers with the options of choosing sensible shoes, so we will continue to stock them.
“However, sales figures show that this once familiar shoe style is in danger of disappearing for good.”
Debenhams figures reveal that sensible men’s shoes continue to be as popular as ever.
Experts believe this is because many men continue to work in manual jobs while those in the professions face less pressure to look good in the office.
Debenhams is a leading department stores group with a strong presence in key product categories including women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s wear, kids’ shoes home and health and beauty. Debenhams is the second largest department store chain in the UK.
Debenhams operates 167 stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Denmark, comprising 154 full departments stores and 13 Desire by Debenhams stores, which is a small store concept featuring an edited product range. Debenhams also has 60 international franchise stores in 23 countries.
Designers at Debenhams include Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, Erickson Beamon, FrostFrench, Henry Holland, Betty Jackson, Ben de Lisi, Julien Macdonald, Melissa Odabash, Jane Packer, Pearce Fionda, Janet Reger, John Rocha, Lisa Stickley, Eric Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.
Katy Perry to Debut Her Own Fragrance, Purr by Katy Perry, Now Available Exclusively at NordstromNovember 15, 2010
NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2010 — Known for her sophisticated yet playful personal style and envelope-pushing lyrics, platinum-selling recording artist Katy Perry is set to extend her brand into beauty with the launch of her first fragrance, Purr by Katy Perry, now available exclusively at Nordstrom stores nationwide and Nordstrom.com.
Teaming with Gigantic Parfums, Perry was deeply involved in the development of her signature scent. Purr by Katy Perry opens with a fresh citrus accord featuring peach nectar and forbidden apple with green bamboo. Supporting notes include a delicate bouquet of jasmine blossom, pink freesia and Bulgarian rose, balanced by vanilla orchid, white amber, creamy sandalwood and musk.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to finally introduce me in a bottle. There is a wonderful world of fragrances out there, but like with my music, I believe there is room for me and my own unique twist on it. Purr is a natural extension of who I am as a woman – it’s a gorgeous blend of all my favorite scents that embodies my style, my tastes and my love for all things incredibly cute. It is an absolutely purrfect perfume that I hope leaves you meowing with delight!” explains Perry.
The singer-songwriter was also hands-on in the design of the bottle. Having appeared on stage dressed as Catwoman along with an oversize blow-up cat, it’s no secret that Perry has an affinity for all things feline. She used this inspiration when designing the bottle for Purr by Katy Perry, complete with jeweled eyes, metallic accents and opulent lavender coloring.
The eau de parfum, developed with Firmenich fragrances, is currently available at Nordstrom stores nationwide and Nordstrom.com in 1.7 and 3.4 fluid ounce bottles at a suggested retail price of $45.00 and $65.00, respectively. Ancillary products will be released seasonally, beginning with a Valentine’s Day gift set.
“We are excited to partner with Katy Perry and Gigantic Parfums as the exclusive retailer for Purr,” said Nordstrom National Beauty and Fragrance Director, Cheri Botiz. “The sophisticated, playful energy of the fragrance makes it a must-have for the holiday season and beyond.”
“Distilling Katy’s personal style for her own fragrance was the ultimate goal. Katy worked with our perfumers to capture the distinctive notes of her favorite perfumes and hand-sketched the bottle design by herself. Her vision is what brought us here today, and Purr by Katy Perry stands as a delicious reflection of her unique personality: confident, sexy, and just a lot of fun,” said Isaac Lekach, CEO of Gigantic Parfums.
Singer-songwriter Katy Perry has gone from internet music sensation to bona fide international star in just two years. Her multi-platinum debut album, “One of the Boys,” released June 2008, generated four hit singles: “I Kissed A Girl,” “Hot N Cold,” “Thinking Of You” and “Waking Up In Vegas.” The Grammy-nominated artist’s latest album, Teenage Dream, has already produced two #1 singles, “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream,” with third single “Firework” just breaking into the charts. Katy’s California Dreams 2011 tour kicks off in Europe next February. To learn more about Katy Perry, visit www.katyperry.com.
Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers, with 203 stores located in 28 states. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 115 full-line stores, 85 Nordstrom Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques and one clearance store. Nordstrom also serves customers through its online presence at www.nordstrom.com and through its catalogs. Nordstrom, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.
About Gigantic Parfums
Gigantic Parfums is a new business venture whose products will be found in a variety of major retail and specialty chain stores in the United States and International markets. Gigantic Parfums is headed by CEO and Chairman Isaac Lekach and President Rudford Hamon. Isaac Lekach was instrumental in identifying the potential of the Paris Hilton and Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier fragrances licenses and was involved with the marketing and development of Guess? and Ocean Pacific fragrances for Parlux Fragrances. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the company from 2005 to late 2006. Hamon brings over ten years of experience i
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Returns to Logo for a Third Season, Premieres January 2011November 15, 2010
The Top 12 Drag Queens Go Toe-To-Toe for the Title of ‘America’s Next Drag Superstar’
Michelle Visage Joins the Hit Franchise as a Permanent Judge
NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2010 — RuPaul’s now-iconic declaration, “You better work!,” has never rung more true than with the third season premiere of Logo’s hit show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” From numerous celebrities naming the series one of their most beloved reality competition shows to former contestants appearing on the runway at New York Fashion Week, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has grown from a cult favorite into a mainstream phenomenon. Clearly, this season’s queens have some big (high-heeled) shoes to fill if they want to make it to the finish line. Bigger name guest judges, “OMFG” challenges and higher stakes will make this the most sensational season as the queens fight tooth-and-press-on-nail for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” returns January 2011 on Logo.
RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen, has pushed the boundaries of popular culture on an international level and continues to make history this season with “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the first reality television show featuring drag queens. RuPaul is back for a third season to decide who will “shante! stay!” or “sashay away” with a new batch of the nation’s hottest, most glamorous drag queens. Wigs will fly and drama will run high as the contestants bring their over-the-top attitudes to the drag battle royale that is “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
The following are the 12, season three “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants:
Alexis Mateo (St Petersburg, FL)
Carmen Carrera (Elmwood, NJ)
Delta Work (Norwalk, CA)
India Ferrah (Springfield, OH)
Manila Luzon (New York City, NY)
Mariah (Atlanta, GA)
Mimi Imfurst (Astoria, NY)
Phoenix (Atlanta, GA)
Raja (West Hollywood, CA)
Stacy Layne Matthews (Backswamp, NC)
Venus D-Lite (Los Angeles, CA)
Yara Sofia (Bayamon, PR)
In addition, this season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” welcomes Michelle Visage as a new permanent judge alongside RuPaul and Santino Rice. Visage was RuPaul’s outspoken sidekick for over 100 episodes of the original “RuPaul Show” on VH1. Many also know Visage as a member of the 1990s platinum-selling group “Seduction” with the iconic hit “Two to Make It Right.” This pop diva continued in the music business with a successful career as a radio morning host for the past 15 years including: WKTU 103.5 with co-host RuPaul (New York), KHHT HOT 92.3 (Los Angeles) and MIX 102.7 (New York). The combo of her music and pop culture savvy, comedic timing and sass make her a natural choice as the new permanent judge.
In the end, only one contestant will have what it takes to win the coveted title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” and a prize package that includes a headlining spot on Logo’s Drag Race Tour, featuring cocktails perfected by ABSOLUT®, a lifetime supply of Kryolan Professional Make-up and a cash prize of $75,000.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers and Chris McKim as Co-Executive Producer. Dave Mace and Pamela Post serve as Executive Producers for Logo.
Fans are invited to join in the competition and live chat at “LogoTalk!” during each new episode. For more information on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” go to LogoTV.com.
Logo is the world’s leading ad-supported cable, satellite, online, mobile and digital entertainment network from MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) for gays and lesbians, their families and friends. Launched in 2005, Logo’s cable channel is in more than 46 million homes across the United States and is complemented by a federation of online properties, including LogoTV.com, TripOutGayTravel.com, AfterEllen.com, AfterElton.com, 365Gay.com, DowneLink.com and NewNowNext.com. Logo’s content is distributed across all leading download-to-own, streaming and mobile services. The most influential brand for the most influential audience, Logo provides a mix of original and acquired entertainment as well as news, social networking and community building that are authentic, smart, fun, entertaining, and inclusive. Logo joins MTV Networks’ roster of popular and highly targeted brands which include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and Spike TV.
ABOUT WORLD OF WONDER
World of Wonder (WOW) was founded by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey and has created a library of branded properties across all platforms, including such well known films as “Party Monster,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “Inside Deep Throat” and television shows “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Fantasia for Real,” “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” and the entertainment blog The WOW Report (www.worldofwonder.net).