It’s Paris Couture Fashion Week and Christian Dior Takes Us On A Whimsical Journey For Their Fall-Winter 2020 Haute Couture Collection

Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear, and accessory collections, at Dior, enlisted Italian director Matteo Garrone to produce a short film titled “The Dior Myth,” to introduce her Fall-Winter 2020 haute couture collection this season.

Former NFL Wide Receiver Matthew A. Cherry’s Six-Minute Animated Film Makes Oscars’ Shortlist

Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry, a former NFL wide receiver, 2nd act as a filmmaker has him on the brink of an Oscar nomination.  Cherry who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, and the Baltimore Ravens broke into filmmaking after leaving the NFL.

His latest project Hair Love is an animated short film about an African American father trying to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.  Originally released as an opener for Angry Birds 2 during the summer of 2019 by Sony Pictures Animation, the short film was funded through a Kickstarter campaign,  and now is one of 10 films eligible for the animated short film category in the 92nd Academy Awards category.

As simple as the description of the animated short film may sound, Stephen, his daughter, Zuri, and her hair will discover a secret that many African women and their daughters have shared for centuries.

The nominations for Oscars 2020 will be announced on the morning of January 13th, 2020.  The 92nd Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Coach Unveils New Direction With Fall 2019 Global Advertising Campaign

Spontaneous, real, and free-spirited, the Fall 2019 Coach campaign presents a new thought-provoking narrative for the house while staying true to its unique heritage, values, and mission.  Coach, founded in 1941, is a global design house of modern luxury leather goods, apparel, footwear, fragrance, eyewear and a full range of lifestyle accessories.

The campaign unveils Creative Director Stuart Vevers’ new look and feel for the Coach inspired by a new cast of 21st Century Dreamers pursuing infinite possibilities in the city of New York.  The campaign was brought to life with new Coach collaborators like photographer Juergen Teller and director Todd Tourso, as well as stylist Venetia Scott, makeup artist Dick Page, and hairstylist Christiaan.

The campaign shows the new global cast in iconic locations around New York City, including the Lower East Side, Central Park, the Manhattan Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park.  Starring Yara Shahidi, Michael B. Jordan, Liu Wen, Jemima Kirke, Lolo Zouaï, Kiko Mizuhara and Miles Heizer, the campaign spotlights the house’s new Fall bags and gives each member of the cast the opportunity to candidly share what drives and inspires them.

The films, directed by Tourso, the creative mind behind Beyoncé’s iconic music videos and films will be released throughout the season.  Kicking off the season is a hero film, followed by a series of vignettes featuring the individual cast members. With narration by Michael B. Jordan and Yara Shahidi, the unique films share the spirit of New York City, inspiring 21st Century Dreamers everywhere to believe in themselves and life’s infinite possibilities.

 

 

Full Version of H&M’s ‘A Magical Holiday’ Film Starring Nicki Minaj Released Today

On November 9, 2017, H&M announced their 2017 Holiday campaign film with star Nicki Minaj alongside Jesse Williams and John Turturro, with a teaser video.  The full version of the Holiday film went live today on hm.com.

A wide range of the festive fashion and selected garments seen in the film will be available in stores and online at hm.com during the Holiday campaign period beginning November 9th.

A modern take on the classic fairytale, the film centers around a heroic little girl who tracks down the evil brother of Santa Claus in order to save the holiday season from his selfishness.

 

World’s Most Expensive Dress Now On Display At “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’ In Orlando, Florida

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‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’ set a new Guinness World Record for the most expensive dress sold at auction when they acquired the dress from Julien’s Auctions for a staggering $4.8 million. Add in auction fees, and the dress cost over $5 million, making it the most expensive dress in the world.

With the dress, other items from Kennedy’s birthday gala will be on display, along with other Marilyn memorabilia. You can see the iconic dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she famously sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy on May 19, 1962, for his 45th birthday gala at Madison Square Garden. The dress will be on display for a limited engagement at ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’ on International Drive in Orlando, Florida, starting on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, and leaving after the new year.

Ripley’s will also be hosting a Marilyn Monroe Look-Alike Contest on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, starting at 6 p.m.  The contest is open to anyone who would like to participate and there is no cost to register, and the contest is also free to view for the public.

Grand Prize is a cash prize of $500, lifetime passes to Ripley Entertainment Attractions, Ripley’s merchandise, and a two-night stay on Clearwater Beach. There are also prizes for first and second runners-up.  To register for the contest, please visit: http://www.Ripleys.com/orlando/marilyn-monroe-dress.

Ripley’s will be showing free outdoor Marilyn Monroe movies on select Saturdays in December.

MOVIE SCHEDULE:

*Movies will be shown outdoors, and are weather permitting.

Dec. 2 @ 7 p.m. – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Dec. 9 @ 8 p.m. – Some Like It Hot
Dec. 16 @ 7 p.m. – Seven-Year Itch

On Dec. 2, meet an award-winning Marilyn Monroe Impersonator! She will available for a meet-and-greet and posing for photo ops between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more details, please visit http://www.Ripleys.com/Orlando and Facebook.com/RipleysOrlando for the most up-to-date information.

Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” Is Heading To The Theaters This Thanksgiving

Reminding us of  the true spirit of family and honoring our ancestors this holiday season, Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” is heading to the theaters this Thanksgiving.  “Coco tells the extraordinary journey of a young boy who unlocks the real story behind his family’s history.  

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. “Coco” also features traditional Mexican songs as source music, to bring to life Miguel’s town of Santa Cecilia.

Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina(story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. For more information, check out http://movies.disney.com/coco, Hashtag: #PixarCoco, Pixar Coco Facebook, Pixar Coco Twitter and Pixar Coco Instagram.

 

 

This holiday season, help someone discover their own family mystery. It may change how they see themselves and their perspective on the world around them.

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Gabourey Sidibe has teamed up with Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology for her directorial debut

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The Brooklyn native Gabourey Sidibe, who was raised in Manhattan, has had quite an amazing year. First Sidibe added the title “author” to her resume after penning her memoir, and now, she can officially add the title “director” to her resume with her directorial debut, The Tale Of Four.  Sidibe is best known for her Oscar nominated performance in the 2009 film, Precious.

The Tale of Four was inspired by Nina Simone’s 1966 song, Four Women.  The song written by Nina Simone depicts the day and life of four different types of black women, characterized by the names Saffronia, Aunt Sarah, Sweet Thing, and Peaches.  Over the course of one day, the film follows the lives of a teenaged Saffronia, Sarah, Sweet Thing, and Peaches, exposing the cyclical nature of life and the lasting legacy of slavery and being a black woman.

The short film, like the song, is a story of four black women struggling through the pain and the harsh reality of life while they search for love, redemption, and identity. The film premiered in June at the Nantucket Film Festival.

Refinery29 is thrilled to be showing this Shatterbox Anthology film. Just 7% of 2016’s top films were directed by women. Refinery29 wants to change this by giving 12 female directors a chance to claim their power.  Watch new films every month on Refinery29.com/Shatterbox.

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Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris Took Over The World’s Fashion Capital This Past Sunday During Paris Fashion Week

On October 1st, L’Oréal Paris took over the Champs-Élysées, and what happened next was an extraordinary opportunity for Parisians to access upcoming beauty trends while millions of people around the globe joined in digitally via social media platforms. L’Oréal Paris presented a unique fashion and beauty runway show on the most famous avenue in the world, and the best part, the event was designed especially for the general public.

19 designers and an exclusive partnership with renowned jeweler Chopard, 50 L’Oréal Paris spokes and models, 645 guests including A-list celebrities, tastemakers, and fashion and beauty influencers front row, took part in an unprecedented event with the support of the City of Paris.

L’Oréal Paris spokespeople who walked in the show included Alexina Graham, Barbara Palvin, Bianca Balti, Cheryl Cole, Doutzen Kroes, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Irina Shayk, Lena Meyer Landrut, Liya Kebede, Li Yuchun, Luma Grothe, Maria Borges, Neelam Gill, Soo Joo Park, Taliana Vargas, Thylane Blondeau, Valentina Sampaio.

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VIP guests who attended the show included Naomi Campbell, Jon Kortajarena, Aymeline Valade, Luc Besson, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Peter Brant Ii, Noemie Lenoir, Alain Fabien Delon, Arizona Muse, Kristina Bazan, Cindy Bruna, Marie-Ange Casta, Jasmine Sanders, Ines Rau, Petra Nemcova, Francisco Lachowski, Miss Fame, Val Mercado, Crystal Murray, Thais Klapisch, Annabelle Ferrera, Angelina Woreth, Kiddy Smile, Luis Borges, Renan Pacheco, Olivier Rousteing, Alexandre Mattiussi, Haider Ackermann, Olivier Theyskens, Joanna Senyk, Cedric Charlier, Elie Saab, David Koma, Loic Prigent, Mademoiselle Agnes, Louka Meliava, Catherine Loewe.

In addition to the show, the audience enjoyed a memorable master class given by the L’Oréal Paris team of beauty experts, in which some of the runway looks were recreated. Several hair and make-up cabins were positioned on the Champs-Élysées, allowing passers-by to test L’Oréal Paris products, celebrating the brands innovations as well as the beauty trends revealed on the catwalk, making beauty and fashion trends accessible to all. The designers showcased their Parisian fashion inspirations, highlighting looks available in stores now.

Runa Ray Showed New York City That Sustainability Can Be Beautiful During New York Fashion Week

Not just a fashion designer, but a designer that uses her fashion to make a statement, Runa Ray showed New York City that sustainability can be beautiful with her Spring 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week. “Together we can save our planet from ecological waste and fast fashion. Fashion can be a powerful tool to educate and push people to join in saving and preserving our planet” said Runa Ray.

Runa Ray was Born of Indian heritage and did her schooling in Bangalore, a city in the south of India.  After completing her studies at the Fashion at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (India) and receiving the Best Design award for her final collection, Runa Ray moved to Paris to pursue her masters in Garment engineering under the Paris Chamber of Commerce at the Ecole Superieure des Industries du Vetements.

During her time in Paris she learned the fine art of Haute Couture while working with some of the most notable designers in Amsterdam and France, like John Galliano and the House of Dior, and decided to fuse it with her knowledge of ready to wear.

Her Spring Summer 2018 runway collection, named Imagine, opened with a series of neutral cream silk pieces printed with leaves and florals in a fossilized motif. Oversized, asymmetrical flutter sleeves were a theme in both her ivory and blush pieces sprinkled with a hint of sparkle detail.  The collection displayed a variety of silhouettes extending from dresses, jumpsuits, to separates, and menswear.

Closing the show was Runa Ray’s The Bleeding Dress scripted with Imagination is the Only Weapon Against Reality made quite an impression with the audienceNotable attendees included wrestler Tami Roman of Basketball Wives, WWE star Danielle Moinet, actress Maria Cotto, Diandra Barnwell of So Cosmo, and Az Marie from Empire.

Runa Ray founded MOJO Design Studios with its manufacturing based in India in 2012. Soon to follow were retail expansions of Mojo a RTW line in Southeast Asia with its head office based in Singapore and Mojo Designs International with its office in London for Europe.

An LGBT Animated Short Film speaks from the heart

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“A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams.”

In just 4 minutes a short film without any words describes the excitement, the embarrassment, the heartbreak, the triumph, and the happiness, of being and falling in love. In a Heartbeat is animated short film funded on Kickstarter as a thesis film by two senior Computer Animation majors at Ringling College of Art + Design and it’s pulling on all of heart strings with over 5 million views on You Tube.

The short film teaches all of us a little something about love and what it’s like when the heart knows what the heart wants.