Browns Gets On Board With the BFC’s NewGen Initiative

LONDON — British retailer Browns is amping up its efforts to support emerging talent by becoming the latest partner of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen scheme.
NewGen promotes London’s most promising up-and-comers by providing mentoring, financial support and showcasing opportunities during London Fashion Week.
As a partner, Browns said it will work toward strengthening the designers’ support network by further funding the scheme and providing mentorship programs that will focus on passing on the Browns team’s business and retail expertise.
Members of the Browns team will also sit on the NewGen judging panel to determine which designers will receive sponsorship in the coming seasons.
Current recipients include Halpern, Richard Quinn, Phoebe English, Matty Bovan, Liam Hodges, Kiko Kostadinov and Alighieri.
“Through partnerships like this, we will continue to demonstrate the Browns ethos, and we look forward to working closely with the BFC and the designers to build out meaningful initiatives with support and mentorship at the heart,” said Holli Rogers, the retailer’s chief executive officer.
Earlier this year, Browns also set up a new department dedicated to scouting and supporting young talent and is now looking to expand it into different segments, to reflect the huge variety of categories emerging talent can belong to.
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DKNY, Swarovski Group Partner on New Fashion Jewelry Initiative

DKNY will expand its fashion jewelry imprint through a partnership with The Swarovski Group.
The brand, a subsidiary of G-III Apparel since late 2016, has signed a multiyear licensing agreement with the Austrian gem purveyor.
The resulting DKNY jewelry will be available in all international markets except for North America and is set for a September 2019 retail launch.
The collection will include necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings — all priced at under 99 euro. There will be two collections issued per year.
“Swarovski’s superior craftsmanship, rich legacy and dedication to creating beautiful and attainable luxury accessories make [it] an ideal partner for the DKNY brand’s international launch into jewelry. “We look forward to growing the category with this iconic brand as our partner, and to continuing to extend the global reach of DKNY to consumers worldwide,” said Jeff Goldfarb, executive vice president for G-III Apparel Group.
“It is with great excitement that we enter into this partnership with DKNY. A truly iconic brand that is synonymous with modern fashion, the collection was developed with innovative designs, clever use of Swarovski crystals, and unparalleled attention to detail which perfectly reflects the dynamic energy of DKNY,” said Markus Langes-Swarovski, a member of Swarovski’s board.
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Dress for Success Lines Up Bruno Magli, Altuzarra, Project Gravitas for Giving Tuesday Initiative

GIVING THANKS: For Giving Tuesday, the nonprofit Dress for Success has rounded up some designer and apparel companies like Bruno Magli, Altuzarra and Project Gravitas to promote its worldwide work.
Committed to helping women reach economic independence, the group has created the #DFSPowerPiece social media campaign and microsite to encourage donations. In addition to the aforementioned three brands, Christian Dior Makeup, Peruvian Connection, Rent the Runway, Sorel and Wander Beauty are involved in this year’s effort. Each is selling an item for the initiative where some of the proceeds will benefit Dress For Success. Magli’s selection is the Gala sued pump, Altuzarra’s pick is the Pencil Skirt and Christian Dior Makeup’s choice is the Ultra Rouge 999 Lipstick.
In years past, the group marked the annual post-Thanksgiving event as “Giving Shoesday,” where people were encouraged to donate shoes to the organization. Chied executive officer Joi Gordon said that this is the first time the group is working with multiple brands that will have dedicated items to help ring up sales for Dress For Success. Some of the participating brands are regular donors to DFS.
“This will obviously be driven by not only the brands, but also our database and social media. We’re excited

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Does Visa’s New Claims Resolution Initiative Deliver?

In an attempt to improve how chargebacks are resolved, Visa has introduced the “Visa Claims Resolution Initiative,” otherwise known by the cutting-edge acronym “VCR.” Anyone who has dealt with Visa to resolve chargebacks knows an update has been sorely needed.
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The CFDA’s Initiative for Health Safety and Diversity Defines Sexual Harassment, Encourages Precautions

SAFETY FIRST: While the fashion industry continues to deal with sexual misconduct allegations, the Council of Fashion Designers of America is trying to make safety more of a priority. In her pre-fashion week e-mail to members, Diane von Furstenberg emphasized the importance of creating a safe environment, asking designers, show producers and photographers to consider using venues for shoots and runway shows that have areas where models can change in privacy.
In recent months, a number of models and individuals have made sexual misconduct claims against photographers like Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, Russell Simmons and Guess’ Paul Marciano. Condé Nast International released its Code of Conduct for models and photographers on Thursday, echoing the one done by its U.S. counterpart. Hearst and the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ have also taken precautions to address the issue of sexual harassment.
Von Furstenberg wrote, “The current climate has been marked by brave women and men and their revelations about an unacceptable culture in politics, sports, and entertainment, as well as in fashion.”
To that end, the CFDA spelled out its point of view. “The CFDA firmly believes that everyone in our industry deserves the right to feel safe and respected. We have zero tolerance

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CFDA, Variety and WWD Team Up for ‘Runway to Red Carpet’ Initiative

In time for the height of red carpet season, the triumvirate of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Variety and Women’s Wear Daily are joining forces for the “Runway to Red Carpet” initiative.
WWD and Variety are both owned by Penske Media Corp.
Starting on Feb. 20, American designers, including up-and-comers, will be spotlighted in a by-appointment showcase in the Fred Segal Sunset store in Los Angeles. That same day, “Runway to Red Carpet” will be celebrated at a celebrity-heavy luncheon at Chateau Marmont, where CFDA board member Vera Wang will serve as guest host. The designer will also share the stage with WWD West Coast bureau chief Marcy Medina to give a behind-the-scenes view of all sorts of red-carpet subjects. Wang has dressed numerous VIPs over the years for both red carpet events and weddings, including Meryl Streep at last month’s Golden Globes and Diane Kruger at the Critics’ Choice awards.
A host committee of stylists including Law Roach, Elizabeth Stewart, Cristina Ehrlich and Karla Welch will also attend.
Running through March 3, the day before the Academy Awards, stylists and members of the entertainment industry will be able to schedule appointments in the showroom space. Those looking to dress their clients

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The Outnet Unveils Art and Fashion Initiative, Teams With Ground Floor Project

BODY OF WORK: The Outnet is going off-line for an art show, and related film and book done in collaboration with Ground Floor Project, an initiative that hosts exhibitions, and commissions artwork and books.
The show, “Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion,” will showcase more than 43 works from fashion photographers including Johnny Dufort, Charlotte Wales, Lena C. Emery, Brianna Capozzi, Tyrone Lebon, Marton Perlaki and Charlie Engman.
Holly Hay and Shonagh Marshall of Ground Floor Project have curated the show, which delves into the relationship between the human body with fashion photography.
“I wanted to bring focus to the hierarchy between body, clothes, prop, site, beauty and the printed page — examining the important place of each. Beginning to look at how these images come together is really the crux of the exhibition,” Marshall said.
It will run from Nov. 1 until Nov. 12 at 10 Thurloe Place in London.
As part of the overall project, a film will be screened during Art Basel Miami in December, and there will also be a book launch hosted during Art Basel Hong Kong in March next year.
The film will be related to the show and is being directed by Coco Capitan. It’s call “Posturing: Filming the

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News in Brief: Chevron Touts Green Initiative With Hybrid-Powered Oil Drilling Platforms

SAN RAMON, CA—Touting the next-generation drilling technology’s environmental friendliness at a press conference Thursday, officials from energy corporation Chevron proudly unveiled a new green initiative to use hybrid-powered deep-sea platforms to reach deposits of crude oil below the ocean floor. “As the world comes to recognize the need for more eco-conscious practices, we at Chevron are proud to lead the movement with our new reduced-emission oil extraction platforms,” said company spokesperson Chelsea Henning, who went on to explain that the massive new mechanisms built to cut deep into the earth and pump out vast stores of fossil fuel would emit barely two-thirds the CO2 of earlier processes. “But we’re not stopping there. We’ve made it our goal to ensure all offshore drilling rigs run entirely on solar and wind power by 2040.” Company officials later unveiled another green initiative, noting that they would immediately switch to …




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Made in NY Initiative May Lead to Real Estate Incentives and Modernization

NEW YORK — Thursday morning’s rain drove the Made in NY event indoors, but that didn’t dampen supporters’ enthusiasm for the future of local manufacturing.
Stemming from the $ 15 million initiative New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged in February, city officials unveiled a $ 5 million Made in NY marketing campaign at Moynihan Station. Ads featuring designs by Public School, Prabal Gurung, Rosie Assoulin and others are being splashed on billboards, 600 taxi tops, 75 buses, ferry terminals and print publications. That was among the efforts that Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen noted as examples of how the New York City Economic Development Corporation is fostering local manufacturing. Attendees at the WME/IMG-hosted event also learned about a Made in NY certification program, a Made in NY pop-up shop and next month’s inaugural Made in NY awards ceremony.
Wearing a New York City-made Maiyet dress and Miriam Haskell earrings, Glen said there are more than 900 fashion companies here. “I want to make sure that New Yorkers can wear Made in NY every single day. All of us should have that. It’s not just that we want everybody to look good or to wear our pride on our sleeves.

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News in Brief: Underworld Health Organization Launches Initiative To Improve Incubus Immortality Rate

THE SECOND CIRCLE, HELL—Affirming the need to reverse the trend after several millennia of discouraging numbers, officials from the Underworld Health Organization unveiled a new initiative Thursday to improve Hades’ incubus immortality rate. “It is simply unacceptable in this day and age that so many of our demon spawn never get the chance to metamorphose into evil spirits who spend all of eternity raping human women as they sleep,” said UHO spokesman Belphegor, adding that in certain lower circles of damnation, as many as 80 out of every 10,000 hatchlings do not go on to stalk the Earth for the rest of time. “If our initiative is successful, we can finally put an end to the tragic and all-too-common occurrence of a bright young incubus dying before he reaches his 1,000th birthday.” After laying out the plan, Belphegor reportedly avoided a question on its projected budget by …




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Wale Teams With First Lady Michelle Obama For “Reach Higher” Initiative Event

(AllHipHop News) Maybach Music Group artist Wale will join First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House this week for the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit. The Reach Higher initiative event will host more than 130 college-bound students from across the country in Washington, D.C.

Wale will perform for the students from urban, rural, foster, homeless and special-needs backgrounds who have overcome obstacles to make it to college. “The Matrimony” rapper is also set to take part in a panel moderated by E! News co-host Terrence Jenkins which will feature the FLOTUS, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and 1vyG co-founder Manuel Contreras.

“I’m beyond honored & grateful to be involved in the First Lady’s ‘Reach Higher’ initiative and to have the opportunity to sit down with her, as well as perform for the kids of D.C. I believe that the youth are the first step in creating a better country, so to be involved in a program that aims to enrich their lives is truly the greatest reward,” says Wale. “Having grown up in Washington, D.C., being invited to the White House by the First Lady is a dream come true. Thank you to Mrs. Obama and her entire staff for this opportunity.”

The 2015 Beating the Odds Summit is scheduled for Thursday, July 23. In addition, students will participate in workshops and panels led by the U.S. Department of Education, Google’s Jaime Casap, and other leaders in K-12 and post-secondary education.

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LGBTQ initiative “Our Tomorrow”: How to make it worth the effort

On May 4, 2015 a grassroots coalition representing 100 groups launched an initiative called ‘Our Tomorrow” designed to hear from the LGBTQ community how they see their lives today and their concerns for the future. You can still add your voice to those LGBTQ people across the country who have joined the conversation about our future at www.shareourtomorrow.org.

Just looking at the comments and words used to describe the feelings of those who responded to the initiative thus far it could be easy to conclude we didn’t need this initiative. Anyone who has worked in the fight for civil and human rights for the LGBTQ community could have told you what people would say.

Responses were divided into three categories; Hopes, Fears and Ideas. The answers weren’t surprising. Hopes included that LGBTQ people aren’t finished pushing for full “equality” and “acceptance.” They hope for an “inclusive” future that values “diversity” and where LGBTQ people have more legal “rights,” where they receive “respect” and “support” from their family, and where they can feel “safe.”

Fears included worry that “society” won’t change overnight, and we could even experience a “backlash.” Participants fear “discrimination” will persist, and that LGBTQ people across the country will still be subject to “violence” and “hate,” particularly from “religious” communities. They worry the movement will forget its “history” and fail to learn from the “past.”

And the ideas focused on “educating” people about our community and making the movement more “inclusive.” Some examples of individual responses from the website are; “Begin modeling another way of relating to those who think differently than we do. The hatefulness has got to be replaced with modeling a way of understanding and compassion- Geoff, Tulsa. One thing our community can do to make our tomorrow brighter is to do more to reach out to diverse sectors and include them. Also, listen to their stories and educate ourselves on different cultures- Darren, Denver, CO. One thing our movement can do to make tomorrow brighter is to get more people involved. We need to show people that we are not backing down from them and that we are a FORCE to be Reckoned With!- Monique, Evansville, IN. As a movement we need to increase legislation to protect those who cannot protect themselves. But individually we need to be open, honest and educated. The more people see us as people the less we can be dehumanized by the masses. It is not us versus them; it is all of us trying desperately to find our way in life- Kristin, Abingdon, VA. Don’t assume that successes (ballot initiatives, marriage bans being declared unconstitutional, etc.) are instantly going to change someone’s mind. There is still work to be done to win people over who may oppose marriage equality or whatever the issue is. Consider what we can do to bring others to our side- Ryan, Silver Spring, MD”

As a long-time, older, white LGBT activist (one still not comfortable adding the Q or additional letters to the acronym) I could have written this without asking for anyone else’s opinion. But that is part of the problem existing today within the leadership of the LGBTQ community. We can enunciate the problems and intellectually share the fears and hopes of the broader community; but most of us don’t really feel them in our daily lives.

We have yet to invite and include a younger and more diverse group of LGBTQ activists to help lead us into the future. We have moved the LGBTQ community forward in legal terms with lightning speed. We have succeeded in ridding ourselves of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; passed hate crimes legislation; and are on the precipice of winning a guarantee of marriage-equality from the Supreme Court.

Yet members of the LGBTQ community are still beaten up for being who they are. Can marry one day and be fired and turned away from accommodations the next. Young LGBTQ people are bullied in school and thrown out of their families because they tell them they are gay and told they can’t worship in many churches because of who god made them.

We need only look to the African American community to understand even with full equality under the law, changing a culture, people’s hearts and minds, doesn’t come easily. The massacre based on hate and fear in the church in Charleston, South Carolina, is a stark reminder of that. Women are not included in the Constitution and we can’t pass an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

So to make the ‘Our Tomorrow‘ initiative valuable it must have a lasting impact. That will only happen if it is followed up with action. The current leadership in the LGBTQ community must take to heart and act on the fact there is a lack of diversity in our leadership, including racial diversity, gender diversity and age diversity. If the ‘Our Tomorrow‘ initiative promotes real change it will have accomplished something. This will not be easy and first must come recognition and acceptance that leadership cannot be based on wealth or white male privilege alone.

One way to move forward may be to have a ‘Summit for Our Tomorrow‘ sponsored by the LGBTQ’s major civil rights organizations. They must ensure every group within the LGBTQ community is equally represented at such a meeting. The outcome must be a blueprint for equality in our own community leading to making the future leadership of all our organizations representative of the community as a whole. Outcomes must include development of new initiatives planned with the input of those who are impacted by them, and ensuring they have a leadership role in moving them forward.

It is only together we can respond to the hopes and fears of members of the LGBTQ community as enunciated in ‘Our Tomorrow‘ and ensure this and future generations can live safe, secure and happy lives with full civil and human rights and acceptance within the greater community.

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British Designers Create Chairs for Selfridges Charity Initiative

CHAIR-ITABLE CAUSE: Selfridges has collaborated with The Art Room, a charity supported by the Duchess of Cambridge, on a collection of 90 chairs by artists and designers including Tom Dixon, Paul Smith, Hervé Léger, Alice Temperley, Lulu Guinness, Charlotte Olympia, Hannah Weiland of Shrimps and Cara Delevingne.
Arts consultant Flora Fairbairn and her team gave each designer a chair to design – without a specific brief. “We approached at least 250 people,” said Fairbairn, co-founder of Fair & Co., an arts consultancy firm,  It was a very short time frame. I think we started in March. We gave them the chair, and then we told them to bear in mind that people will be looking up at the chair, so you gotta take that into account. It is really exciting to see the result because they are so varied, because obviously they are all the same chair.”
Produced and curated by Fair & Co., the chairs will be on show, suspended on wires in Selfridges’ central atrium, for six weeks. The items will be listed for auction starting May 22 through Paddle8, an online auctioneer. A live auction to take place at Selfridges on June 9.
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California Attorney General Asks For Permission To Throw Out ‘Shoot The Gays’ Initiative

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking for permission to toss out the now-notorious Sodomite Suppression Act, an outrageous ballot proposition that calls for the execution of gays with “bullets to the head” as well as 10 years in prison and permanent expulsion from California for anyone who advocates gay rights to minors.

In a statement released Wednesday, she wrote:

As Attorney General of California, it is my sworn duty to uphold the California and United States Constitutions and to protect the rights of all Californians. This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society. Today, I am filing an action for declaratory relief with the Court seeking judicial authorization for relief from the duty to prepare and issue the title and summary for the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” If the Court does not grant this relief, my office will be forced to issue a title and summary for a proposal that seeks to legalize discrimination and vigilantism.

Because the bill’s backer, attorney Matt McLaughlin, paid the $ 200 filing fee by the February deadline, Harris is bound by law to prepare a title and summary of the order so that he can begin circulating it to obtain the 365,000 valid signatures needed for it to appear on next year’s ballot.

Some say the incident has exposed a serious flaw in the legal system. Joe Mathews, a fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University, argued on California politics website Fox&Hounds that such instances attack the integrity of the ballot initiative process and that the attorney general should be allowed to invoke a “human rights exception.”

On Monday, activist Charlotte Laws shed more light on the absurdity that McLaughlin’s initiative would be circulated when she submitted the Intolerant Jackass Act to the state attorney general’s office, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Her initiative, which she says she does not intend to circulate, would label the author of any ballot measures like McLaughlin’s an “intolerant jackass,” require them to attend at least three hours a month of sensitivity training for a year and demand they contribute $ 5,000 to an organization that supports gay rights.
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California Forced To Allow Signatures For Appalling ‘Shoot The Gays’ Ballot Initiative

It doesn’t matter that a California lawyer’s outrageous Sodomite Suppression Act ballot initiative proposes executing gays with “bullets to the head,” or that it’s unconstitutional and could never become law. California Attorney General Kamala Harris is forced to allow the measure to circulate for signatures, legal experts said.

The initiative, which mandates 10 years in prison and permanent expulsion from California for anyone who advocates gay rights to minors, stands no chance of collecting 365,000 valid signatures it needs to appear on next year’s ballot. But because its backer, Matt McLaughlin, paid the $ 200 filing fee by the February deadline, Harris is bound by law to prepare a title and summary of the initiative by May so that its sponsor can begin collecting signatures, legal experts told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Joe Mathews, a fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University, argued on California politics website Fox&Hounds that forcing the attorney general to allow the circulation of such an absurd proposal attacks the integrity of the initiative process. He said a “human rights exception” should be adopted for these instances.

“When you are taking away fundamental human rights -– as in the right to live -– it is appropriate to give our public officials a formal exception that they can invoke to block an initiative that violates fundamental human rights,” Mathews wrote.

An innovative response to McLaughlin’s initiative comes from activist Charlotte Laws, who told Slate she is filing the Intolerant Jackass Act on Monday. The bill reads:

“Any person, herein known as an ‘Intolerant Jackass,’ who brings forth a ballot measure that suggests the killing of gays and/or lesbians, whether this measure is called the Sodomite Suppression Act or is known by some other name, shall be required to attend sensitivity training for at least three (3) hours per month for twelve (12) consecutive months. In addition, the offender or “Intolerant Jackass” must donate $ 5000 to a pro-gay or pro-lesbian organization.”

McLaughlin may face other repercussions for advocating murder. According to the Sacramento Bee, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D) has askled the State Bar of California to investigate McLaughlin, and more than 3,800 people have signed a petition asking State Bar President Craig Holden to revoke McLaughlin’s law license.
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Starbucks Scraps Their ‘Race Together’ Initiative

Starbucks announced today that baristas at the coffee giant’s 20,000 U.S. stores will no longer write “Race Together” on cups after an attempt to start a conversation about race was met with backlash from the general public. In a companywide memo penned by Howard Schultz, the Starbucks CEO announced the conclusion of…
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