Luis Fernandez Creates Cycling Jerseys for Assos

Luis Fernandez has turned his attention to the cycling world.
The designer, who is an architect by training and also served as the creative director of Craft Atlantic, has teamed with Assos of Switzerland on a collection of cycling jerseys.
Fernandez created four limited-edition tops in designs that speak to his background in both architecture and fashion. He was inspired by his background in skyscraper architecture to create the jerseys, which feature geometric block design and triangulated artwork.
“Tech and performance have always been a big part of my design work, so collaborating with Assos, a brand that has pioneered performance and Swiss-precision in the competitive cycling market, was a great treat,” Fernandez said.
The collection debuted today on the Assos web site as well as select wholesale accounts. They retail for $ 129.
Assos has been outfitting cyclists for more than 40 years. It was founded in 1976 by Toni Maier, who created the first carbon fiber bicycle frame. He is also credited with inventing the first Lycra cycling shorts, which were soon picked up by riders in the Tour de France, Olympic Games and other high-profile events. Today, the line is carried in around 1,000 independent cycling stores, its own boutiques and online.
Fernandez has

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Lacoste Creates 85th Anniversary Collection

Lacoste is celebrating its 85th anniversary by reaching into its archives to create a collection of polo shirts and other pieces that celebrate each decade in its history.
The 15 reissues — eight unisex polos, three dresses, a pair of shoes and three bags — blend the original asethetic of the items with the contemporary colors used in the brand’s summer collection.
For the Thirties, Lacoste reimagined the prototype of the original polo shirt designed by Rene Lacoste in 1993 in a slim cotton interlock fabric, cut-and-sew collar, folded placket and a patch pocket on the chest. Sleeves are slightly longer than the current iteration.

A tennis dress from the Sixties. 

Other key pieces include a Fifties-inspired combination of a polo shirt and sweatshirt; a backless V-neck tennis dress with pleated hem from the Sixties; a sailor top from the Eighties, and an all-over graphic print from the Nineties.
The anniversary capsule encompasses men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories and footwear, and will retail for $ 65 to $ 265. It will be available in the company’s stores and on its web site beginning on May 2. 

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Privé Revaux Creates Capsule With ‘Riverdale’s’ Petsch

Eyewear brand Privé Revaux will launch its first capsule collection, a line with “Riverdale” star Madelaine Petsch, on April 9.
The Privé Revaux x Madelaine collection encompasses five styles intended to speak to the actress’ bold style. They are Street, retro round frames; Candy, small colorful lenses; Mister, an oversize cat-eye; Rogue, a modern aviator, and Clique, classic square sunnies. Each pair offers antiski screws, lightweight TR-90 and polarized lenses and the collapsible case will feature a pop of red.
All of the styles will retail for $ 29.95 each.
“I am beyond excited to share these meticulously and personally curated sunglasses with everyone,” Petsch said. “I have been obsessed with sunglasses for a very, very long time, so it was a natural fit for me to partner with Privé Revaux on my own collection. I spent a lot of time on the details of these pairs and I am so very proud of them.”

The collection will launch on April 9. 

The collection will be sold on the company’s web site as well as in select retail stores.
Petsch appears as Cheryl Blossom on the CW series “Riverdale,” a teen drama based on the characters of the Archie Comics. 

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Westin Hotels & Resorts Creates First Upcycling Program to Create Pajamas for Children

CALL IT A NIGHT: With its “Project Rise: ThreadForward” program, Westin Hotels & Resorts is upcycling sheets into children’s pajamas — many of which will be given to those in need.
The initiative is an offshoot of Westin’s “Let’s Rise” global campaign, which is built around six pillars of well-being such as Sleeping Well, Eating Well and Being Well. Staffers at 50 of Westin’s 225 hotels were asked for ideas to take wellness into the broader communities. Of the 325 ideas suggested, the standout upcycling one came from a housekeeping supervisor at the Westin Trillium House in Canada, who pointed out the considerable amount of bed linens that her hotel, as well as others, go through during the course of a year without any systematic repurposing. She suggested creating a recycling program to put them to use.
While some thinning or damaged bed linens are torn to be used as rags for housekeeping functions or donated to shelters, a good amount wound up in landfills as waste, according to Westin’s senior vice president and global brand leader Brian Povinelli. The first 50 hotels to participate generated about 30,000 pounds of bed linens and terry cloth which has resulted in about 2,000 pairs

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Rachel Roy Creates Mini Love Collection for International Women’s Day

RACHEL ROY’S NEW ROLE: Recognized for her philanthropy and the work she does to support and empower women, designer Rachel Roy has been appointed to UN Women as a Champion for Innovation. In addition, she has created a mini Love capsule collection, exclusive to, ranging from $ 55 to $ 209. The offering includes denim shirts, Army anoraks, denim jackets, faux fur, scarves and T-shirts. Fifty percent of all proceeds will benefit Time’s Up and EveryTown. The line goes on sale on Thursday, International Women’s Day.

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“As you go through your everyday work life, and you run into trials and tribulations that I have over the years, it’s these passion projects that really push me to keep going in the same force that I did from 2004 when I started,” said Roy, in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. She said the collection is all based around the word, “Love.”

Some looks from Rachel Roy’s Love capsule. 

“If I’m able to lead a life of compassion and lead a life of love, I will be able to walk the talk, and lead by example to my children and customers. If this time of lots of anger on both sides of the political spectrum

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Jimmy Choo Creates Bejeweled Shoes for Gènavant Collection

CAMBRIDGE COUTURIER: In an unconventional fusion of stilettos and sapphires, pumps and pearls,  Jimmy Choo has added fine jewelry to his repertoire with Gènavant.
Choo has been working with his godson Reggie Hung on the collection, which was the subject of a one-day exhibition at the Cambridge International Art Gallery on Friday.
He and Hung unveiled a glittering selection of bejeweled shoes — and shoe-inspired jewelry — during the event, which drew clients, friends and family including Choo’s daughter Emily.
The shoemaker talked about the importance of craftsmanship and said Gènavant was created to keep the skills of fine jewelry alive.
“The main reason I’m here is for Reggie. The most important thing is the skill and I want to keep supporting the crafts and the craftsmen so they can create more beautiful things,” said Choo.
The shoes and jewelry on display were done purely for the show, and the exhibition is set to travel to London, Milan, Shanghai and Beijing.
The artisanal pieces were meant to evoke grace, peace and elegance, according to Choo. Heels were embellished with rubies, pearls, sapphires and other stones, making for some weighty shoes — with price points to match.
He said prices will range from 1 million pounds to 4 million

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Cremieux Opens Second U.S. Store, Creates New Label for Dillard’s

Cremieux has embarked on a dual-pronged growth strategy as it works to increase sales.
The French brand, which got its start in Saint-Tropez in 1976, has opened its second store in the U.S. and has also created a new contemporary men’s brand for Dillard’s, its longtime American retail partner.
On Dec. 1, Cremieux opened an 800-square-foot boutique at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, Fla. This joins the company’s SoHo store on Mercer Street that opened nearly four years ago.
A Florida store has long been on the wish list for Stephane Cremieux, chief executive officer of Cremieux and son of founder Daniel Cremieux. “Ever since the brand was founded, we wanted to open a store in Florida,” he said. “So when this opportunity came up, we took it.”
He said the recently renovated Royal Poinciana center is “a special place” with a curated assortment of luxury brands. “You can’t call it a mall. It’s like being in a summer house with fountains, lots of green and palm trees.” The center is home to 30 stores including Cynthia Rowley, Hermès, Magasin, Orlebar Brown and Serenella.
The design of the Cremieux store is very reminiscent of Saint-Tropez, he said, with photos of the French Riviera and

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Charlotte Moss Creates Collection for Ibu

By Women, For Women: Charlotte Moss is spreading her wings.
The interior designer and lifestyle authority collaborated on fall clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories for Ibu, a three-year-old brand offering artisanal wares handmade by women in 34 nations. Moss and Ibu founder and creative director Susan Walker showcased the goods Wednesday and Thursday at Ceylon et Cie in Dallas.
From a Panamanian mola clutch to a cream and black felted wool coat made in Kyrgyzstan, Charlotte Moss for Ibu merges ethnic motifs with urban sophistication.
“It’s almost evergreen,” said Moss, gazing at a rack of the designs. “A caftan is forever. I often look at it as, ‘How do I justify certain prices for fashion when you know it’s done next season?’ Now I want to dress like this. We’re a global world, and it’s global attire.”
Walker is a former minister and trained weaver who got the idea for Ibu while visiting Timor and noticing that tourist shops sold soulless trinkets instead of native craftwork.
“There are people who want to pay for the real deal,” she said. “Women were putting their stories into textiles, and it’s a cultural language. I wanted to save that and put money into the hands of the women

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Men’s Wearhouse Creates Video for Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, Men’s Wearhouse is doing its part to shine a light on U.S. servicemen.
The specialty retailer has created a video for its web site and social media channels featuring a former Navy SEAL, as well as U.S. Army and Marine Corps veterans, fitted them in Awear-Tech suits from Kenneth Cole and asked them to work out while wearing the suits. As part of Operation Tailored Heroes initiative, the company made a donation to the charity of their choice.
Awear-Tech uses 37.5 Technology, a patented process that removes moisture in the vapor stage before liquid sweat can form, and is made from elastic fabrics that help the suit move.
The company brought the veterans to a CrossFit box and filmed them running on a treadmill, doing squats, dead lifts, ropes climbs and other exercises.
Kenneth Cole is also featured in the video detailing how a percentage of all sales from the Awear-Tech line is donated to various veterans organizations including Hire Heroes USA, an organization that helps U.S. military members, veterans and their spouses succeed in the civilian workforce. Cole said that since the line launched, nearly $ 2 million has been donated to the cause.
The line is available exclusively at Men’s Wearhouse stores.

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Rhone Creates Walden House Pop-up Experience

Rhone is taking its show on the road.
The men’s activewear brand, which received an investment from L Catterton earlier this year, has created Walden House, a mobile house that will embark on a multicity tour later this month where it will unveil product launches and partnerships.
“As we further explore our direct-to-consumer retail efforts, pop-up executions allow Rhone to gain deeper insight by immersing the brand in our key markets,” said Nate Checketts, Rhone cofounder and chief executive officer.
Walden House was created in partnership with New Frontier, a design firm that is a leader in the tiny house field. The 192-square-foot space features “garage doors” made of glass, organic shiplap walls, barn wood, walnut custom boxes and black plumbing pipe.
Walden House will make its debut at Domain in Austin, Tex., on Oct. 15 and will remain there through Jan. 15 before traveling to Las Vegas for the Project show Feb. 12-14. It will then move on to the Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, Ill., from March 1-May 31. The Walden House will also travel throughout the summer in locations still to be determined.
The Connecticut-based Rhone said Walden House was inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s novel “Walden” and “created as a reminder

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Rachelle Giroux Creates Via Luca E-commerce Site

After more than 25 years working for other luxury international brands, Rachelle Giroux is venturing out on her own.
The Canada native, who left her position as president of Paul & Shark North America in December, has created an e-commerce business called Via Luca that will launch later this week.
Giroux, who also held key posts at Ermenegildo Zegna and Joyce Boutique in Hong Kong in addition to her decade-long career at Paul & Shark, said the site is designed to provide a platform for high-quality Italian men’s wear brands that are largely unknown in the North American market.
Among the brands that will be offered at the launch are Alessandro Simoni, a knitwear brand; Bruli sportswear; Equipage trousers; Marfin grooming products; Laboratorio Del Carmine shirts, and Zamparini shoes.
“I’ve been in the business for 25 years, I’ve seen the evolution and I knew e-commerce was going to be a big part of it going forward,” she said.
So she ferreted out some of the finest manufacturers in Italy — many of which create product for the country’s best-known names — and created Via Luca. “I wanted to give them a voice,” she said. “Some of these businesses are second-, third- or fourth-generation brands, they’re

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Flag & Anthem Creates Capsule for 100th Anniversary of Ford Truck

Flag & Anthem, a men’s casualwear start-up brand, has collaborated with Ford Motor Co. on a special capsule collection for fall that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Ford truck.
The line includes four distressed trucker hats with custom Ford patches, seven graphic short-sleeve T-shirts with original hand-painted artwork, four heritage raglan long-sleeve Ts, and three workwear-inspired patchwork jackets and button-down shirts. Prices range from $ 24.50 to $ 119.50. 
The Flag & Anthem x Ford line is available exclusively at select Dillard’s stores as well as on the Dillard’s and Flag & Anthem web sites.  
Azod Mohit, Flag & Anthem’s cofounder, said, “Ford is an original, iconic American brand, and we are excited to debut our collection to celebrate the history of the Ford Truck. Much of the Flag & Anthem collection is vintage-inspired, so the chance to access the Ford archives was incredible. Each piece we designed is nostalgic, while remaining current.” 
The collaboration includes a marketing campaign that was shot at the Highland Park Ford plant in northwest Detroit by photographer Nigel Barker, who is also Flag & Anthem’s artistic director.
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Randa Creates Digital Lab Division

Randa is upping its digital game.
The world’s largest men’s accessories firm has created Randa Digital Labs, a new division that will take the data it collects on consumer preferences and use that to quickly manufacture and test product at retail.
Heath Golden, formerly president of Randa’s neckwear and jewelry division and the one-time chief executive officer of Hampshire Group, will head the division.
“Heath’s strengths as a strategic thinker and his drive to remain on the leading edge of changes in our industry are what makes him Randa’s clear choice to lead this vital initiative,” said Judy Person, Randa’s executive vice president and group president.
Randa has collected more than two billion pieces of data on how people shop for accessories and the details they seek before making a purchase, according to Golden. Armed with that information, Randa can use one of the factories it owns around the world to quickly manufacture prototypes to meet those demands and the ship them to their retail partners to test. If successful, the product can then be added to the assortment in a larger way, he said.
“If I teach Macy’s how to sell more wallets,” Golden said, “it’s good for all of us.”
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Banana Republic Creates Men’s Style Council

Banana Republic has put together a collective of men’s wear ambassadors.
The retailer has tapped Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees shortstop, and C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers guard, to join Banana Republic brand ambassador Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers power forward, to form its first men’s style council.
These athletes will  appear in campaigns and make personal appearances.
“The Men’s Style Council showcases some of the most dynamic and stylish athletes in sports today who exemplify the spirit of the men’s collections we are designing at Banana Republic,” said Lexi Tawes, Banana Republic’s senior vice president of global merchandising and digital. “Our customers admire the individual style of each accomplished player on and off the field and court. We are honored to work with these celebrated athletes and extend their personal style through our men’s collections as they make each look their own.”
For the first campaign, members of the Style Council are promoting the Banana Republic Rapid Movement Chino, which is made from a dual-FX fiber that’s engineered to resist stretch and soft cotton fabrics fortified with a special stain and water repelling finish. It will be available in four different fits

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Seize sur Vingt Relocates, Creates Incubator Concept

NEW YORK — James and Gwendolyn Jurney have always avoided the beaten path. From the hard-to-pronounce name of their retail store — Seize sur Vingt — to their art installations and insider-y parties, the couple has found a formula that has worked for nearly two decades.
Now they’ve come up with a novel operating model intended to push the store into the next stage of its life.
After their landlord sought to significantly raise the rent of their longtime home on Greene Street, the Jurneys jumped to a new spot at 198 Bowery here.
But rather than relocating Seize sur Vingt, they created a new concept under the name of Groupe they’re promoting as “the first genuine and sustainable platform that connects independent, emerging and aspiring designers to a community of early adopters who are looking for more meaning in the things they wear.”
What that means is that the couple is bankrolling a couple of emerging designers to create capsule collections that are distinct yet complementary to Seize sur Vingt men’s bespoke tailored clothing and furnishings. Initially these designers — who include Jon-Paul Rodriguez, Isabella Spataro, Adi Mucktar-Barnes, Luke McCann and Katya Guseva — are creating two brands developed by the Jurneys that are being sold in

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Birchbox Creates Birchbox x Vogue 125 Box

Birchbox is going big with its next limited edition beauty box – a co-creation with Vogue. As part of the magazine’s 125th anniversary celebration, Vogue’s beauty director Celia Ellenberg created Birchbox x Vogue 125, a box of products ranging from brands like Nars and Charlotte Tilbury to cult indie favorite Rms Beauty. The magazine worked in tandem with horticulturists to cultivate a custom, peach-hued “Vogue Anniversary Rose” for the occasion, which inspired the theme of the selection, Ellenberg said. The $ 68 limited edition box, which is valued at $ 224 and includes a combination of eight full and sample size items, goes on sale at today.
Other products in the box include Earth Tu Face Face Balm; Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil; Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Face Mist, and Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner, which are joined by three custom items created in Vogue Rose. In addition to inclusion in the box, the Vogue Rose shades of Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Rms Beauty Lip2cheek and JINSoon Nail Lacquer will all be sold on Vogue’s e-commerce site.
Eric Neher, Birchbox vice president of merchandising, declined to say how many units were produced, but said a higher volume of boxes was made for the Vogue collaboration than

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Katama Creates Capsule Collection With Surf Lodge

Katama is collaborating with The Surf Lodge.
Garrett Neff, a model who started his New England-inspired swimwear line in 2015, has created an exclusive capsule collection for the Montauk resort in the Hamptons. The Surf Lodge operates the popular boutique Surf Bazaar, along with a retail space in its lobby.
Although Neff said he didn’t grow up surfing, he and Jayma Cardoso, who co-owns The Surf Lodge, connected because of their love of nature and the water.
“You can feel his fondness for the ocean and beach life in his designs,” Cardoso said. “For Garrett, he has fond memories of Katama Bay and for myself it’s Brazil and now Montauk. We have a mutual admiration for the sea, which made it easy for me to see how we could do something great together.”
The collection, which retails from $ 145 to $ 350, consists of board shorts, trunks, T-shirts, tank tops, a jersey cardigan and a canvas tote bag. A small portion of the line will be available from June 7 through June 9 at Surf Lodge’s two retail spaces, the Surf Bazaar and the Surf Lodge lobby, and Katama’s e-commerce site. The full collection, along with Katama’s spring line, will be available the weekend of July 7 at

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Visual Effects Artist Creates Breathtaking Trailer To Sell His Old Car

When it came to selling his beloved 1996 Suzuki Vitara, Eugene Romanovsky went full-on Hollywood.

The Israel-based visual effects artist, from Latvia, created an action movie-style trailer to promote the 21-year-old vehicle.

Via some wizard editing, he made it seem as if his “best friend for 10 years” was driving alongside dinosaurs, down snow-capped mountains and on clifftops.

He even placed it in a scene from “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Romanovsky posted the breathtaking 2-minute promo to YouTube on April 12. It went viral this week, and has now garnered more than 3.2 million views.

Dozens of people from around the world inquired about buying the Suzuki, said Romanovsky, but none lived in Israel.

The funny thing is, the person who bought it didn’t see the movie. He saw the car on the street,” he told Israel21C.

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Alessandro Michele Creates Capsule for Mr Porter

LONDON — Alessandro Michele is preparing for an encore at Yoox Net-a-porter Group, launching Gucci’s first capsule men’s collection with Mr Porter, WWD has learned.
The 43-piece collection, which will debut on May 18, comes a year after Gucci collaborated on a similar project with Net-a-porter.
“Our customer has truly embraced the new direction of Gucci under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele, and we wanted to reward them with something unique,” said Toby Bateman, managing director of Mr Porter.
He said the site already does a brisk business “across the Gucci range, from the iconic pieces through to the tailored clothing. Given the influence Gucci and Alessandro are having in respect of global trendsetting, it seemed to be a natural next collaboration for us.”
Bateman added that Gucci has a knack for appealing to a wide range of customers.
“There is something for each type of Mr Porter customer. The logo print hoodie and Ts appeal to the younger, more urban guy, while a classic Horsebit loafer will last and wear a lifetime for the discerning, slightly older one.”
The collection runs across ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories, and includes the house’s textures and fabrics in a color palette of zesty oranges and yellows, azure blues

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Nike Creates Special Sneaker for Elton John

Nike is showing its appreciation for Elton John with the release of a special Air Force 1 Jet sneaker.

 The one-of-a-kind shoe is intended to thank the entertainer for his “commitment to diversity and inclusion, and his long-standing relationship with Nike,” the company said today.

The upper is inspired by two factors close to John’s heart: a British knight’s armor and a disco ball. The sneaker has a vintage Seventies feel and pays homage to the early days of disco as well as John’s knighthood with its chrome color. The word “Sir” is on the rear of the shoe.
The sneakers were designed, built and produced at Nike’s headquarters in Eugene, Ore., and manufactured in The Builder Lab within Nike’s Advanced Product Creation Centre. The sneakers were presented to John last weekend in Eugene.
The singer’s relationship with Nike began in the mid-Seventies when Geoff Hollister created several one-of-a-kind shoes for the musician.

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LVMH Creates Internal Prize for Women’s Empowerment

GIRL POWER: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton will award its first EllesVMH prize on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day.
The prize will reward two out of 10 pre-selected initiatives from the group’s houses and international affiliates for their role in promoting gender diversity at an event at the group’s Paris headquarters on Avenue Montaigne.
The first winner will be chosen by a jury made up of LVMH human resources director Chantal Gaemperlé, other members of the group’s executive board and presidents of its brands, and will receive an award designed for the occasion by sculptor Nathalie Decoster.
The second winner will be voted on by attendees at the event, where representatives of each project will be present. Among the guests will be French fencing champion Laura Flessel-Colovic and former boxing champion Sarah Ourahmoune.
The projects in the running are Hublot Loves Women, an initiative to develop and encourage female entrepreneurship in Japan; Make Up For Ever’s French affiliate’s support of non-native workers with language classes; Sephora’s Accelerate program to support women entrepreneurs in the beauty industry; Benefit’s Bold Is Beautiful campaign, which encourages the brand’s employees and the public to raise funds to aid local communities; Loro Piana’s campaign to raise awareness

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Carolina Herrera Creates Three Customized Hanboks for New York and Seoul Installations

DESIGNER HERITAGE: In what appears to be an act of cultural diplomacy, Carolina Herrera is working with the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Hanbok Advancement Center to design three custom Hanboks.
The Carolina Herrera x Hanbok Collection will be unveiled Feb. 15 at a private event at the Museum of Arts and Design, which is located at Columbus Circle. It will then be shipped off to Seoul for an installation later this month.
Dating back to the Joseon period, the Hanbok is semiformal or formalwear that is donned for traditional festivals and celebrations. Hanbok was worn daily up until 100 years ago, but its design has changed gradually over the years, though the garment’s graceful shape remains a constant.
Herrera has created three looks, each made at the New York designer’s Seventh Avenue in-house atelier. Reflecting the style of the house, Herrera’s Hanboks embody the essence of the traditional attire. The designer, who presented her fall collection Monday in the Meatpacking District, sells her ready-to-wear and accessories for women, men and children, as well as bridal and fragrances in 105 countries. The company also has 146 CH Carolina Herrera stores and three Carolina Herrera New York retail

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BroadwayCon Creates a Bubble for Theater Fans


By Megan Wrappe, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 13, 2017

When BroadwayCon, the theatre community’s version of Comic Con, began as an idea to bring theatre fans together for one weekend, no one could have imagined just how big it would become. While last year’s premiere BroadwayCon was a success, an unfortunate blizzard deterred some fans from the festivities. This year though, there was no keeping the fans away!

The convention floor at BroadwayCon

The second edition of BroadwayCon kicked off bright and early at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27 at New York City’s Javits Center and ran until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 29. In between the opening and closing ceremonies, thousands of theatre fans were treated to a plethora of workshops, panel discussions, sing-alongs, fan meetups, and autograph sessions with their favorite stars. And with so much activity, fans unknowingly created their own bubble where the events of the outside world couldn’t touch them.

An ‘unidentified Ariel’ and Sierra Boggess, the original Ariel, together at BroadwayCon

The amazing thing about BroadwayCon is its ability to bring so many people together under the same roof. Fans certainly made up the majority of attendees, but for the number of well known actors, such as Anthony Rapp, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera, and the cast of Hamilton in the room, they were just as excited to be there as everyone else. Veteran actors and fans alike mingled together all weekend and happily shared their own theatre nerdiness with each other.

Playbill’s booth at BroadwayCon

“I did BroadwayCon last year and I’ve also done a GleeCon in London which was my first taste of something like this, and it was super fun” said actor Telly Leung who is currently starring in Broadway’s In Transit. “I never hesitate to say that Rent is my favorite show that I’ve done. It made me love theatre and to do that show is a theatre nerd’s dream come true, It’s like if you’re dressed up as Elphaba and then you get to meet Elphaba, it’s amazing.”

In addition to fans having access to be up close and personal with their favorite stars, BroadwayCon is also a fantastic opportunity to discuss the ins and outs of theatre and where it’s heading in the future. There were panels on everything from stage management, to women playwrights, being ‘out’ on Brodway, marketing a show correctly, preserving theatre on film, and so many others. There wasn’t a single topic in the theatre world that wasn’t discussed, and many walked away from the weekend feeling they had found a home in the theatre community.

BroadwayCon is something that has needed to exist for a long time,” said J. Quinton Johnson, Jordan Fisher and Michael Luwoye from Hamilton. “Everyone here, including those of us in the Hamilton cast, are huge fans of this community so it’s awesome to be in a room full of that energy.”

(l. to r.) Michael Cerveris and a StubHub host in a ‘Green Room’ discussion

During a weekend when there was so much political upheaval around the world, BroadwayCon became a safe space for expression, acceptance, and communication, no matter who you are. The majority of attendees didn’t want the weekend to end and were sad to leave their new friends they had made within the little bubble of theatre bliss they had created.

BroadwayCon‘s co-founder Melissa Anelli gave voice to the sentiments many of the participants had felt and experienced over the course of the weekend:

“We recognize that this weekend has been a welcomed escape from the all too harsh reality of the world outside it. We cannot restrict the empowerment we feel after a weekend like this to only those who are privileged enough to be a part of it. The theatre community is not one event, one moment, or one weekend–its spirit is ever-growing. We here onstage are asking you as one to take what you felt this weekend with you. If you leave here and are met with hatred, intolerance, oppression, and bigotry from people who want to build walls, take away rights and tear down spirits, please remember what it was like this weekend–the times that you felt impassioned, enlightened, welcomed, informed, safe, included, happy, encouraged, accepted, and loved.”

BroadwayCon MainStage during a sound check

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Megan Wrappe, a Contributing Writer for ZEALnyc, writes on theater and other cultural events.

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Mini Creates A/D/O, a Design-Oriented Work and Event Space in Brooklyn

The root of the yet-to-be-opened shared space A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will be its Design Academy, a set-up that is meant to foster innovative work and interdisciplinary debate.
Installations, exhibitions, workshops and events will be held in the 23,000-square-foot former warehouse at 29 Norman Avenue, which will be aimed at design professionals. The inaugural one will be “Utopia vs. Dystopia: Designing Our Imagined Futures,” underlining the influence design has on this rapidly changing society. Brooklyn-based Narchitects created open spaces, more quiet breakout rooms, a 16-foot-high mirrored skylight with room for ancillary pieces from guest artists and designers. The first one on deck will be Brooklyn’s Mike Perry, who is working on a rooftop installation.
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Agnès b. Creates Postage Stamps to Benefit the French Red Cross

AGNÈS B. POSTS: As part of her company’s ongoing humanitarian efforts, French designer agnès b. has designed a handful of French postage stamps to benefit the French Red Cross. Inspired by the organization’s signature emblem, she has created a booklet of five that will sell for $ 5.87 in post offices across France and in agnès b. boutiques there as well. In response, La Poste will donate to the French Red Cross $ 2.17 (based on current exchange rates) for each packet sold. The designer’s stamps, which carry such sayings as “The Red Cross was made from love and courage” and “Together with the Red Cross” are available through August in post offices and agnès b. boutiques across France.
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Jeremy Scott Creates a Collector’s Edition Barbie for Moschino

It’s official: Barbie now has a better wardrobe than us!

Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott has long considered Barbie a muse. She’s influenced him so much that the designer even dedicated his entire spring 2015 Moschino collection to Barbie. Talk about bubble-gum-pink everything—he went so far as to send a model down the runway on roller skates doing her best Roller Barbie. And now, his love for the flaxen-haired icon has gone a step further. Welcome, the Moschino Barbie:


“The thing I love most about Barbie, is that she is the ultimate muse, she’s worn every style and design imaginable and at the same time she’s had every possible profession you can dream of,” said Scott in a statement. “I wanted to bring all of the Moschino elements to Barbie, as I had done the reverse by bringing all of the Barbie elements to Moschino for the spring-summer 2015 collection.”


A Barbie look from the Moschino spring 2015 collection.

As such, Barbie is totally tricked out in Moschino gear. She’s wearing a slogan T-shirt, logo trimmed mesh knits, and a quilted leather bomber jacket with a matching pencil skirt. And let’s talk about the accessories! She’s wearing a leather cap, mini quilted cross body bag and—naturally, a Moschino shopping bag. Wait, we’re not done. She’s also donning mismatched earrings, several layered necklaces, sunglasses, a leather motorcycle bag, a backpack, and the unmistakable a logo chain belt. Hello, Barbie, can we read your closet?

The collector’s edition Moschino Barbie doll will be available for $ 150, exclusively at Net-a-Porter, starting on November 9. It will be part of a larger capsule collection, featuring real-life-human-size clothing and accessories.

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Mom Creates Comic To Teach 7-Year-Old Daughter To Accept Her Natural Beauty

When 7-year-old Natalie McGriff struggled to embrace her natural black beauty, her mom was the first one to encourage her to love her hair and her beautiful brown skin and to apply the confidence that comes with self-acceptance.

But it wasn’t easy.

Natalie didn’t see herself reflected on TV and among the toys she owned — and because of this lack of representation began to describe herself as “ugly,” said her mother, Angie Nixon.

Nixon was determined to teach her daughter valuable lessons on self-image and self-love.

“I started a Facebook group called ‘Natalie You Are Beautiful’ where strangers and friends could post positive affirmations for her,” Nixon told The Huffington Post. “She enjoyed reading them but it still wasn’t helping her.”

Invested in her mission, Nixon took a more creative approach. She hit on the idea of a comic book that would portray the 7-year-old as a superhero with crime-fighting afro puffs. The hero’s curly hair, a trait that Natalie found hard to accept, became her crowning glory that came with special magical powers.

Natalie was immediately on board. She gave her mom story ideas for the comic and the two made the book together.

Shortly after, the pair launched The Adventures Of Moxie Girl, a comic starring a fictional Natalie who activates the superpowers in her magical puffs to fend off book-eating monsters that attack her local library.

“I was hoping to improve and raise the self-esteem of my daughter. I also wanted to instill in her a love for reading,” Nixon said. “I wanted her to realize how powerful she is and that she shouldn’t have to change for anything.”

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Nixon submitted the comic book to a crowdfunding festival in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, where attendees cast ballots on who would take home the large cash prize.

It turned out Natalie wasn’t the only one who fell in love with Moxie Girl — voters championed the idea and daughter and mother took home $ 16,400 to put towards a larger print run for the comic. The book will come out in June, Nixon announced on Instagram.

Now Natalie has much stronger self-esteem — and so does Nixon. She advises other parents to always feed their children positive affirmations and model the self-respect they want their kids to have.

“How can I tell my daughter her hair is beautiful in its natural state, if I alter mine?” she said. “I have to embrace my natural beauty before I am truly able to tell her to embrace hers.”

“We have to work on ourselves as parents first. We have to model the behavior that we want to see in our children,” Nixon said.

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Swimwear Brand Everything But Water Creates Capsule Collection

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Geico Creates ‘Unskippable’ Preroll YouTube Ads That You’ll Want To Watch Till The End

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Both Geico ads, created by The Martin Agency, cleverly place emphasis on the first five seconds, acknowledging that they only have those few moments to capture the audience’s attention.

“You can’t skip this Geico ad,” the commercial says, “because it’s already over.”

If viewers choose to continue watching, however, they’re rewarded with an unexpected and funny ending.

One of the ads features a family sitting around a dining table while another shows two friends enjoying a barbecue. Watch how the first commercial unfolds in the video above. The other ad can be viewed here:

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Brandon Scott Wolf Creates Dating Website For Himself Only

Finding love online can be difficult when you are just one of millions actively seeking a partner.

So Brandon Scott Wolf has found a way to increase the odds in his favor. He’s created DateBrandonScott Wolf, a dating site where he is the only dating option.

The website claims to be “America’s No. 1 Online Dating Site for Brandon Scott Wolf.”

Women interested in dating the 25-year-old Brooklyn-based bartender and comedian simply need to fill out a profile and write an essay between 500 and 1,000 words about “an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.”

In return, Wolf promises to be the perfect partner for a woman seeking a serious relationship, which he defines as “being able to lay on a couch together while wearing pajamas and watching ‘Bob’s Burgers’ (LOL).”

So far, Wolf has received more than 45 applications, including one all the way from India, reports.

Wolf is cautiously optimistic he might find lasting love from one of the applicants.

“Half seem real, a quarter seem VERY real,” he told Elite Daily.

Since Wolf is a known comedian who contributes jokes to the “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live,” you’re forgiven if you’re not sure he’s serious.

Neither is he.

“People have asked me, ‘Are you serious? Is this a joke?’ And my only response is, ‘I’m not even sure,'” Wolf told Mashable. “There’s a part of me that’s hoping someone is going to get this 100 percent, and won’t catfish me, and then I’ll ask them out on a date.”

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‘Boob Goddess’ Takiko Shindo Creates Bust-Enlarging Rake

A Japanese woman known as the “Boob Goddess” hopes to rake in cash with a modified rake that she claims can firm a woman’s bust and even enlarge it.

Takiko Shindo is known for something called “Oppai Taisou,” which roughly translates into English as boob exercise massage.”

Her latest advancement in the bustling field of bust enhancement is something called the “Oppai Taisou Hand,” that is basically a pink rake for stroking and brushing one’s breasts, according to Rocket News 24.

The rakish product sells online for between $ 41 and $ 54. A commercial suggests it can increase a woman’s bust by three centimeters.

The so-called “science,” according to Shindo, is that ligaments holding up breasts need to move. Otherwise fats in the same area settle down around the chest muscles, and causes breasts to sag, Rocket News 24 reports.

As titillating as it sounds, Shindo’s theory flies in the face of modern medicine, according to Dr. Barry Handler, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in San Diego.

“There are ligaments in breast tissue that stretch over time,” he told HuffPost. “But once they stretch, they don’t snap back. Ligaments aren’t like muscles — there’s no contractible property.”

But Shindo’s mammary massage device may not be a complete bust, according to Dr. Bruce Lee, a Beverly Hills-based gynecologist.

“Usage of the breast rake upon oneself actually does accomplish several things that theoretically could alter the perception of breast size and shape,” he told HuffPost by email. “When holding the rake in the right hand and massaging and lifting the left breast, one is actually exercising the right pectoral muscles, which lie beneath the breast.”

Lee says these muscles, when exercised, will enlarge and tighten and add shape to the upper body. He also says mechanical breast stimulation can increase breast growth in both men and women.

“Certainly, the breast hand or rake is a novel stimulus for the manufacturer, who, no doubt, is smiling. And, pardon the pun, handily raking it in,” he said.

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Martina Navratilova Creates More U.S. Open Magic By Proposing To Girlfriend On Big Screen

Martina Navratilova still knows how to rise to the occasion at the U.S. Open. This time, she did it by dropping to one knee.

More than 25 years after the tennis legend won her fourth and final single’s title in New York, Navratilova surprised her girlfriend, Julia Lemigova, with a proposal. The heartwarming moment was shown on the big screen at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, reported People.

“I was very nervous,” Navratilova said later, via The Associated Press. “It came off. She said yes. It was kind of an out-of-body experience. You’ve seen people propose at sporting events before, in movies, in real life. Here it was happening to me. It was like I was watching myself do it.”

The couple has been together since 2006, according to the Daily Mail. After #shesaidyes, Navratilova took to Twitter to thank her fans for the support.

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