From February 11th through February 16th, Afterpay will bring unique, inclusive NYFW experiences nationwide with interactive programming including ‘See Now, Buy Now’ collections with 11 Honoré and Sergio Hudson, immersive experiences with Rodarte and much more.
Afterpay’s full programming for NYFW includes:
- 11 Honoré See Now, Buy Now: Returning to the runway this February, designer Danielle Williams Eke will kick off Afterpay’s New York Fashion Week with a special multimedia fashion presentation at Spring Studios. The “See Now, Buy Now” fashion presentation will celebrate the brand’s five year anniversary and Spring 2022 collection. The show will begin at 6 pm ET and is streamable on NYFW.com and on Afterpay’s NYFW Hub.
- The Art of Rodarte, presented by Afterpay: Rodarte designers and film directors, Kate and Laura Mulleavy will speak with a special guest about their iconic brand and offer personal insights into their renowned creations from the runway and on the silver screen and new NYFW: The Shows experience.
- The Rodarte Experience: This season, NYFW: The Shows will present ‘The Art of Rodarte,’ an immersive experience featuring Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte spectacular work for runway and screen. The up-close exhibition is open to consumers throughout Fashion Week from Saturday, February 12th to Tuesday, February 15th with special time ticketed access on the ground floor of Spring Studios.
- Sergio Hudson See Now, Buy Now: Sergio Hudson’s show during NYFW will give consumers a front row seat to shop the collection from their own home. The show will begin at 7 pm ET, and will be streamable on NYFW.com.
- NYFW The Talks: Future of Fashion Commerce, Presented by Afterpay: During an exclusive panel at Spring Studios, moderator Maghan McDowell of Vogue Business will speak with co-founder of the Dematerialised, Marjorie Hernandez; CEO of Mythical Gaming, John Linden; CBO of Infinite World, Umindi Francis; and Founder & CEO of DressX, Daria Shapovalova at Spring Studios at 4 pm ET.
“Afterpay is excited to continue our partnership with Fashion Week which helps us champion and unlock fashion for our customers across the country,” says Nick Molnar, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Afterpay. Afterpay is connecting great brands with engaged shoppers – democratizing fashion and celebrating the future of retail.”
Autumn / Winter 22 will mark Afterpay’s second season as the multi-year presenting sponsor of New York Fashion Week: The Shows. For information on Afterpay’s events, visit https://www.afterpay.com/en-US/nyfw.
Afterpay Limited (ASX: APT) is transforming the way we pay by allowing customers to buy products immediately and pay for their purchases over four installments, always interest-free1. The service is completely free for customers who pay on time – helping people spend responsibly without incurring interest. As of June 30, 2021, Afterpay is offered by more than 100,000 of the world’s favourite retailers and nearly 16 million+ active customers have adopted the service.
Afterpay is currently available in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain, where it is known as Clearpay. Afterpay is on a mission to power an economy in which everyone wins.
David and Jackie Siegel, Alongside Priscilla Presley, Present the Victoria’s Voice Foundation’s Music For Life Gala, Showcasing a Show-Stopping Performance by the Godmother of Soul, Patti LaBelle
Actress Priscilla Presley was honored with a Legacy Award at the Victoria’s Voice Foundation Music For Life Gala, which aimed to raise funds to combat America’s opioid crisis. The 78-year-old former wife of the late rock legend Elvis Presley received the award from the ‘Queen of Versailles,’ Jackie Siegel, during the gala held on Saturday at a private estate on Miami’s Palm Island, according to a press release provided by the foundation on Tuesday.
Jackie and her husband, David Siegel—founder of the Florida-based Westgate Resorts timeshare resort firm—co-founded Victoria’s Voice Foundation in 2019 after their 18-year-old daughter, Victoria Siegel, tragically died in June 2015 at their home in Windermere due to a drug overdose.
“This award inspires me to continue advocating for those impacted by addiction, and who live every day in fear that their loved ones will be taken from them,” said Presley, reflecting on the devastating impact of drug addiction.
“I am incredibly moved by how David and Jackie have turned their painful loss into a force for good and giving back. I salute everyone involved with Victoria’s Voice, and I share this award with all of you,” added Presley.
Presley received the award in front of roughly 300 attendees, and Siegel said she was being honored for her resilience that has ‘not only touched our hearts but has shown us the true power of the human spirit. Her journey and legacy is one of unwavering determination and a testament to the indomitable human will, and we’re honored to be there for her.’
The Music For Life Gala commenced with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, dancing, and a private concert by the “Godmother of Soul,” Grammy Award-winner Patti LaBelle.
Victoria’s Voice Foundation is dedicated to providing drug prevention education and naloxone awareness, support, and resources to those affected by substance use. The foundation’s namesake, Victoria ‘Rikki’ Siegel, struggled with drug abuse and tragically passed away in 2015 due to an overdose of methadone and antidepressants.
In 2019, Siegel published Victoria’s diary, titled “Victoria’s Voice: Our Daughter’s Losing Battle with Drug Abuse.” In a moving introduction, she revealed that she had no idea her daughter was addicted to drugs. ‘Victoria’s dad, David Siegel, and I only became aware of the full extent of her drug use when we read about it in her diary, which she had kept hidden in her room,’ Siegel wrote in an excerpt published by ABC News. ‘All of the warning signs were there, but I just didn’t see them. Teens can be masters of deception.’
The Queen of Versailles was a 2012 documentary film that followed the construction of a house named the Palace of Versailles by Jackie and David Siegel.
To learn more about the Victoria’s Voice Foundation, please visit their website at victoriasvoice.foundation.
Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia Host Annual Lifeline New York Benefit Dinner
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted the annual Lifeline New York Benefit Dinner with a crowd dedicated to championing philanthropic efforts around the world.
Hundreds of guests attended the beloved affair at the world-famous Explorers Club in New York City to enjoy the cocktail and dinner event in addition to supporting this unique benefit that aids children’s hospitals in Serbia.
he event featured a performance by Gwyneth Giangrande. Auctioneer Jack Hartnett auctioned special items including a painting donated by Fer da Silva in addition to a basketball signed by Denver Nuggets NBA star Nikola Jokic. Guests celebrated the work of the charity with a special cocktail, the “Royal Blossom” served from Casa De Sol Tequila and red wines from BZ Consortium.
Lifeline Humanitarian Organization is an international effort founded 30 years ago in 1993 as an urgent response to the tragic humanitarian situation in the former Yugoslavia, which was afflicted by conflict and sanctions. The goal of Lifeline is to reduce and relieve the suffering of physically and mentally disabled children, orphans, the elderly as well as to improve medical facilities in the country.
HRH Crown Princess Katherine is dedicated to charity and has a driving passion to help those in need in Serbia. None of her work would be possible without help from caring people in the community. Generous donations and fundraising efforts such as the annual dinner provide lifesaving medical equipment and improve the lives of disadvantaged children.
Notable attendees included: Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia, David Hryck (President, Lifeline New York), Susan Gutfreund (Vice President, Lifeline New York), Cheri Kaufman (Vice President, Lifeline New York), David W. Boral (Board Member, Lifeline New York), Peter Pizzino (Board Member, Lifeline New York), Joseph T. RaIlo (Board Member, Lifeline New York), Kyle Wool (Board Member, Lifeline New York) and Bojana Jankovic Weatherly (Board Member, Lifeline New York), Soo Wool, Jasmina Boulanger, Melissa Tomlin, Tijana Ibrahimovic, Jean Shafiroff, Jack Hartnett, Rade Savija, Ravishankar Bhooplapur, Jaya Bhooplapur, Richard Jankov, Margret Jankov, Ann Dexter-Jones, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Nadia Martincic, Marc Rosen, Vanessa Gordon, Olga Ferrara, Nadja Sayej, Daniel Finch, Joan Jedell, Gwyneth Giangrande.
For further information concerning Lifeline, please visit www.lifelineny.org
(Photo Credit: PMC / Sylvain Gaboury)
Leah Wise Brings Out Carrie Bradshaw Sensibility and Style
Ever since Sarah Jessica Parker did her infamous “jog-walk” down the streets of New York in a pink tutu in the debut episode of “Sex and the City,” the character of Carrie Bradshaw has been a fashion icon. With “And Just Like That,” the reboot of the seminal HBO series, there has been a renewed interest in the Carrie Bradshaw look. Originally conceived by Patricia Field and now carried on in the new series by Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago, the Carrie Bradshaw aesthetic is modern, yet timeless in its own way. From Manolos to giant flower pins, Carrie has single-handedly kicked off massive fashion trends, and remains relevant even 25 years after “Sex and the City” debuted.
Today’s professional women still want to infuse some of that Carrie Bradshaw look into their wardrobes. However, as much as Carrie’s look shifts with trends, working women may wonder how to get a little bit of “Carrie” into their closets without looking crazy (I mean, who is really going to wear a dress that looks like a bed comforter?)
What draws people to Carrie Bradshaw’s sense of style is the freedom and creativity it represents. While people may not be willing to go as far as Carrie does with some of her looks – I mean, we can forgive her for wearing a summer dress over a denim button-down, Big had just died — there is still a desire for work wear that has some personality.
Leah Wise, founder of CrashGal Couture, has seen a need in the market for clothing lines that allow women to express themselves. “It’s about encouraging people to embrace their personal style,” says Wise.
Here are some tips on how to bring a little bit of Carrie Bradshaw into the boardroom.
Mix classic with couture
The reason Carrie Bradshaw’s looks are so appealing is because they include some timeless, classic pieces that will never go out of style — pencil skirts, suit jackets, and the little black dress among them. Having classic staples is especially important for people just starting off in their careers. It can help them create a wardrobe that they can build off of as they progress through their career, adding more couture pieces to enhance the staples as they go. Wise hopes that by providing wardrobe staples at affordable prices, she will give a leg up to women who want to remain stylish, yet professional. “CrashGal aims to ensure affordability doesn’t stop people from showcasing their professionalism and personal style in the workplace,” says Wise.
Have a signature accessory
Would Carrie be Carrie without her “Carrie” necklace? Sometimes having something signature is all you need to make a look your own, no matter what the rest of the outfit entails. This can be scarves, great shoes, fun bags, or statement necklaces. Signature accessories become part of who we are and are interwoven into our personalities. Office looks can often be staid and lacking in joy. Becoming known for a signature accessory can bring a bit of happiness to what can often be a very “buttoned up” world.
Don’t fear color or print Carrie Bradshaw has done it all, from wild neon get-ups to animal print couture. While you may not want to pile all this on at once — as Carrie often gets away with — you can bring a pop of color or a bit of print into an outfit to make it more fun and fashion-forward. There are several pieces on the CrashGal site that don’t shy away from bold colors or prints — yet remain office-friendly. “Our Golden Touch Midi Skirt, for example, comes in a vibrant orange color,” offers Wise, “It adds a cheerful vibe to any outfit.”
Don’t be afraid to experiment
Perhaps you feel most comfortable in neutral colors and basic pieces, but feel drawn to the Carrie Bradshaw look anyway? In that case, don’t fear a little fashion experimentation. Carrie was all about experimenting. Remember when she told Aidan that wearing her engagement ring around her neck was “something she was just trying?” Carrie Bradshaw is the queen of “just trying it out.” Start small with accessories, a bold heel, or bright colors instead of neutrals. We never know unless we try!
Wear it with confidence
Whatever Carrie Bradshaw was wearing when she bounded down the steps of her brownstone, she wore it with confidence. Confidence-building is the foundation of the CrashGal Couture brand. “By transcending conventional norms through their wardrobe, women can gain the confidence to take on their careers and empower others,” says Wise.
Confidence is what allowed Carrie Bradshaw to get away with some of the more eyebrow-raising looks she has donned over the years. When someone is clearly confident, it can be the best accessory to a well-appointed outfit.
Carrie Bradshaw is one of the most recognizable fashion mavens of the past few decades. Even though “Sex and the City” ended long ago, and the reboot has been met with some mixed reviews, the fashion remains timelessly swoon-worthy. By putting just a little bit of that Carrie flavor into your work wardrobe, you can make going into the office just a bit more fun.
NYFW: Runway Of Dreams A Fashion Revolution That Inspires
I.8 Billion people have a disability on this planet. 1 in 4 (27 percent) adults in the United States have some type of disability.
- 12.1 percent of U.S. adults have a mobility disability with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
- 12.8 percent of U.S. adults have a cognition disability with serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
- 7.2 percent of U.S. adults have an independent living disability with difficulty doing errands alone.
- 6.1 percent of U.S. adults are deaf or have serious difficulty hearing.
- 4.8 percent of U.S. adults have a vision disability with blindness or serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses.
- 3.6 percent of U.S. adults have a self-care disability with difficulty dressing or bathing.
Until 4 years ago, there was no clothing or shoes made specifically to help people with disabilities dress. If you add in the senior population, who most need the same adjustments that number is staggering. 1 in 6 people are over 65 and that equals 55.8 million.
Last night I was so honored to be attending the runway show, A Fashion Revolution featuring adaptive and universally designed apparel, footwear, and products from: Zappos, Kohl’s, Target, JCPenney, Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, Stride Rite, Steve Madden, French Toast Adaptive, adidas, and the runway debut of Victoria’s Secret and PINK’s first-ever Adaptive Intimates – showcased on 70 models with varying disabilities and backgrounds, in addition to loved ones, caregivers and support animals.
Mindy Scheier, Founder of Runway of Dreams hosted the show along with Shaquem Griffin, former NFL linebacker (dressed in looks provided by Neiman Marcus and Tommy Hilfiger)
Attending was Victoria’s Secret model – Mayowa Nicholas, Lydia Smith – Chief Diversity Officer, Victoria’s Secret & Co., Scott Schaefer – Zappos CEO, Dana Zumbo – Zappos Adaptive Business Development Manager, Billy Price – BILLY Footwear, Logan Aldridge and Aaron Rose Philip
Participanting in the show were Jay Manuel, Victoria Arlen, McKenzie Coan, Lachi, Misty Diaz, Lexie Bader, Steffi Gonzalez, Toby Tremain, Caitlin Connor, Chris Ruden, Dustin Giannelli, Wildine Aumoithe, Syanne Centeno-Bloom, Monika Myers, April Lockhardt and so many more.
Runway of Dream or RoD, raises awareness through large scale runway shows; campaigns for inclusion educational programs that inspire and develop the next generation of design innovators and marketing leaders; and advocates on the need and necessity of inclusion through resources and thought-provoking panels.
The event took place at Powerhouse Arts, 322 Third Avenue, in Brooklyn and it was so worth the trek.
To see more of this amazing adaptive movement go to Hudson Yards Mall until September 16th. A open-to-the-public and free, first-of- its-kind Adaptive exhibit that will feature Adaptive and Universally Designed collections from mainstream brands committed to inclusion in the fashion and beauty industries, and the history of Runway of Dreams as a trailblazer in the Adaptive space. The event emphasizes the need for true inclusion in our mainstream world.
If today’s facts didn’t shock you and make you ponder, tomorrow’s facts will. Plus fashion shows.
Sprayground Times Square Pop Up Brings Epic Style to Heart of Big Apple
This is what you call a style movement that you have to take advantage of this month.
Sprayground has a Times Square pop up experience that simply thrills the senses. Located at 200 W 42nd Street, New York, NY until September 8 from 10:00 AM- 11:00 PM. Sprayground is known for always pushing boundaries and turning the mundane into insane, so get lit with the shopping bonanza. Every design is simply marvelous and spectacular. The energy you get when you see when is truly intoxicating. Your style will be elevated and your senses full of excitement when you are lucky enough to own one like the incredible Champ.
The Sprayground Times Square pop-up store is not just any ordinary retail destination; it’s a divine fusion of art, culture, and innovative design. The expansive space showcases over 300 cutting-edge bag designs that have revolutionized the way people carry their essentials. From urban-inspired streetwear to artistically crafted limited editions, there’s a Sprayground bag to suit every individual and unique style.
Featuring exclusive collaborations with beloved pop culture classics like Jurassic Park, Reese’s, Monopoly, The Smurfs, Richie Rich, and many more, Sprayground’s has been incredibly proud of the one-of-a-kind store experience.
“We are thrilled to take Sprayground to new heights with this monumental pop-up store in Times Square. It’s not just about selling backpacks; it’s about creating an experience that celebrates urban culture, art, and self-expression. We want every visitor to be inspired and leave feeling like they’ve been part of something truly extraordinary.”
Be sure to check it out today before the weekend. It is is one shopping experience that will create a lifetime of fun and fashionable moments. For more information, please visit HERE.
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