Supermodels Unlimited Magazine Hosts New York Fashion Week Event for Shatterproof

Celebrities and Models Raise Awareness for Substance Use Disorder During National Recovery Month

On Saturday September 7th, survivors, celebrities, and families affected by the opioid crisis came together to share their stories. As decades of medical neglect come to light, large pharmaceutical companies and government bodies are finally taking notice. The fashion industry is no stranger to addiction and during New York Fashion Week, Supermodels Unlimited Magazine honored those in recovery and those lost to the disease of addiction. To celebrate those living in recovery they showcased a collection of little blue dresses during national recovery month. The LBD Movement is a celebrity fashion showcase held seasonally during New York Fashion Week that highlights national issues facing teens and young adults.

This year’s show featured survivors of addiction, from all walks of life, who are giving back to their communities and inspiring a new generation to make healthy choices. Along with the survivors walking in The LBD Movement runway show was proud to host celebrated models and actresses: Isis King from Netflix’s When They See Us, Jeana Turner from America’s Next Top Model (ANTM). Spinning beats for the models was celebrity DJ James Kennedy from Bravo-TV’s Vanderpump Rules.

The evening’s celebrity host was Jordan Kimball of ABC-TV’s Bachelor in Paradise. Kimball is currently starring in the newest season of Bachelor in Paradise, where things are quickly heating up. Kimball is also a fan favorite from The Bachelorette. “What they’re doing cannot be applauded enough. Addiction effects everyone at some point in their life, whether it be a friend, family, or yourself. Shatterproof is working hard to aid in their recovery, save lives, and rebuild relationships. Shatterproof is a blessing, and we owe it to them to show our support!” says Jordan Kimball.

Supermodels Unlimited Magazine concluded The LBD Movement runway event with a live music tribute by Wesley Stromberg from The X Factor, followed by a check presentation of $5,000.00 to Shatterproof. Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization focused on reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America by advocating for changes to federal and state policy, transforming addiction treatment, ending stigma and providing public education through family and workplace programs.

“One in three Americans is impacted by addiction, and with stigma as the leading killer in our country, our young people especially need to feel supported in openly discussing this disease and seeking treatment,” said Gary Mendell, Founder and CEO of Shatterproof. “It is imperative that industries do their part to lead the conversation around this public health crisis, and we are grateful to Supermodels Unlimited Magazine and the fashion industry for using their platform to do so.”

The event featured a Bubbles with Benefits bar to celebrate sobriety sponsored by Vita Coco. The Bubbles without Baggage hour gave both guests and media the opportunity to spend time with the event participants, and the charity to speak about the important work being done to help those in need. 

About Supermodels Unlimited Magazine:
Supermodels Unlimited Magazine is a leading publication on the women’s market that is dedicated to inspiring and empowering females. Now in its 19th year of publication, SU has taken over the modeling industry as a vital resource for both aspiring and established models and industry professionals. In the spirit of philanthropy, SU works closely with numerous celebrities and causes to promote inclusion.

About Shatterproof:                                                                                          
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America and ending the devastation addiction causes families. Shatterproof is transforming addiction treatment, shattering stigma, advocating for federal and state policy change and payer reform, and supporting and educating the community.     

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WWD: Supermodels Unlimited Magazine Show and Trevor Project Benefit

Designers Michael Costello, Edmond Newton and Kelly Dempsey of Lifetime’s “Project Runway” are pitching in with designs for the show.

By Rosemary Feitelberg on January 31, 2019

IN REALITY: With suicide rates and bullying on the rise, Supermodels Unlimited Magazine is trying to help offset that trend with #YOLO: You Only Live Once runway show and benefit for The Trevor Project.

Knowing scores of teenagers across America face discrimination and bullying on a daily basis, Supermodels Unlimited has pulled together some TV-friendly faces for the Feb. 9 show at Union Park in Manhattan. Their aim is to motivate teenagers to stand up for themselves and get support if they need it. LGBTQ youth are nearly five times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers, according to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.

“No child or teen should ever feel their dreams are out of reach. They need our help now more than ever,” said Kimberly Clark, publisher and editor in chief of Supermodels Unlimited magazine.”

ABC “The Bachelorette” star Jordan Kimball will be on hand, as will DJ James Kennedy, who is better known for appearing on Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules.” “America’s Next Top Model” Laura Kirkpatrick and Jeana Turner, and Kasey Cohen of Bravo’s “Below Deck” will be among the models. Other influencers will walk the runway in honor of family members, friends and such designers as Kate Spade and L’Wren Scott.

Designers Michael Costello, Edmond Newton and Kelly Dempsey of Lifetime’s “Project Runway” are pitching in with designs for the show. Ariana Grande’s tattoo artist Mira Mariah will hit the runway for the first time. And military and fashion photographer Erika Barker, who has appeared on MTV’s “True Life” and Oxygen’s “Strut,” will hit the catwalk in support of trans military personnel facing political persecution in America. The show will wind down with a music tribute by Effie Passero from ABC’s “American Idol,” and then the formal presentation of a donation to The Trevor Project. The postshow Champagne reception is meant to be more informative than celebratory to spread the word that help is always within reach.

   


REUTERS: Models walk the New York runway to fight LGBT+ suicide

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Models will strut the runway during New York’s semi-annual Fashion Week to help prevent suicide among LGBT+ teens, taking advantage of the crowds and attention to raise awareness of the risk to more than 1 million young people.

Dubbed #YOLO: You Only Live Once, the show on Saturday is aimed at raising money for the anti-suicide cause, organizers said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a third of LGBT+ high school students seriously considered suicide in 2015 compared to 6 percent of heterosexual youth.

On Saturday, the show by Supermodels Unlimited Magazine, a beauty industry publication for women, hopes to reach the upscale and trendsetting crowd to talk about stopping suicide.

“As a society, we don’t talk about it,” Kimberly Clark, Supermodel Unlimited’ s editor in chief told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“It’s OK to be sad. It’s OK to not be OK. Let’s break the stigma.”

Clark described suicide as an epidemic that has touched everyone in the industry in some way.

Even industry leaders like Kate Spade, who took her life in June, feel they cannot talk about their pain, Clark said.

“If somebody like Kate Spade can’t talk about what she’s going through, how can we teach these kids to talk about it?”

All the proceeds of the show go to The Trevor Project, a suicide-prevention group for LGBT+ people under age 25.

The funds raised will contribute to the organization’s daily operations, which include multiple emergency phone banks and chat systems that youth considering suicide can call for help, Trevor Project leader Amit Paley said.

“I think it’s really important and will help save lives,” Paley said.

Paley started working at the Trevor Project as a volunteer on the phone lines, the organization’s first line of defense, and said he was surprised by the effectiveness a conversation can have in preventing suicide.

“In many cases, it is the first time that they are hearing someone say, ‘I see you for who you are. I am proud of you for being who you are,” said Paley.

This weekend’s event has already garnered support from models, musicians and reality TV stars personally affected by suicide and allies of the LGBT+ community.

Fashion photographer and reality star Erika Barker will walk the runway to honor transgender military members.

America’s Next Top Model contestant Jeana Turner will also walk, and singer and American Idol contestant Effie Passero will close the show.

Reporting by Kate Ryan; Editing by xxxxx. Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate chenge. Visit www.trust.org


THE LBD MOVEMENT: Fearless Females Changing the Face of Fashion

Supermodels Unlimited Magazine Presents A NYFW Celebrity Runway Show Celebrating Diversity and Disability Awareness, #Metoo and #Timesup

“The #metoo and #timesup movements have opened a dialog that crosses borders, genders and redefines the boundaries of fashion itself,” says Kim Clark, editor of Supermodels Unlimited Magazine. “This is a defining moment in American history, with women all over the country speaking up about their experiences, using their voices and giving power to each other in brave new ways.”

This Saturday, her magazine will honor these women with a celebrity fashion show during their annual New York Fashion Week runway presentation.

Dubbed The Little Black Dress Movement, the show will spotlight women who are inspiring the next generation of women to be true to themselves. Among the models walking the runway will be transgender model Isis King, and America’s Next Top Model Laura Kirkpatrick and Jeana Turner. Kirkpatrick has been vocal about her battle with Dyslexia and Turner opened up her fight with Alopecia on the show.

America’s Next Top Model contestant Jeana lost her hair at ten years old when she was diagnosed with alopecia.

The evening’s special guest will be Izzy Proctor, a toddler model with Down Syndrome and one of the youngest to ever walk New York Fashion Week.

Supermodels Unlimited Magazine will conclude The LBD Movement runway show with a check presentation to the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network, a charity that supports parents who have recently received a Down Syndrome diagnosis for their child or unborn baby. They will then host a cocktail hour from 8-9PM, where the #fearlessfemales will speak about their lives, the communities they represent and their contributions, along with Izzy Proctor, a toddler model with Down Syndrome and one of the youngest to ever walk New York Fashion Week.

Supermodels Unlimited Magazine Presents The Little Black Dress Movement; A Celebrity Fashion Show Celebrating Diversity and Disability Awareness, #Metoo and #Timesup takes place Saturday, September 8th at 6pm at The Mezzanine NYC (55 Broadway, NYC).

    

Watch Darlene Love’s Breathtaking Performance of “Christmas” on ‘The View’

EXCLUSIVE: Darlene Love Performs ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ on ‘The View’
by Good Housekeeping US

The View is known for really going for it with their holiday episodes. But when we say they went all out for their Christmas episode, we seriously mean it.

In honor of a tradition first started on The David Letterman Show over three decades ago, Darlene Love and surprise guest Bryan Adams performed the holiday classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” while Whoopi GoldbergJoy BeharAbby HuntsmanMeghan McCain, and Sunny Hostin sang backup.

Even though the full performance will air on Friday morning, GoodHousekeeping.com got an exclusive sneak peek clip of all the festiveness you will see. Not only were there snow machines galore, but each co-host flaunted a cute hat or headband and sweater from Whoopi’s Christmas sweater line.

When talking with Darlene, she made it clear that coming to The View and singing the iconic tune is a highlight for her.

“Everybody’s always so ready for Christmas, so it changes the whole atmosphere of the room,” she explained to GoodHousekeeping.com. “Whoopi always gets here before anybody else so she can see our rehearsal … It’s really great because everyone’s always in such a festive mood.”

This year, she was especially excited to perform with the “Summer of ’69” singer. She even hinted that she’d love to do a collaboration with Bryan in the future.

“He brings joy to me,” Darlene began. “I’m trying to push him to do a recording with me. Do a duet with him, something. That would be wonderful.” Um, agreed.

Darlene was styled by Richard Lowe in Jovani Fashions for the Broadcast.

Article link:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/a25576238/the-view-darlene-love-christmas-clip/


Trans Model Arisce Wanzer Lands Cover of Spiegel Catalog – NBC News

by ALAMIN YOHANNES

Model Arisce Wanzer is on the cover of the new issue of Spiegel, an American retail catalog, making her the first transgender model to grace the 111-year-old magazine’s cover.

Erika Barker, who photographed the Spiegel cover image, shared her positive sentiments about being part of this milestone shoot on Twitter:

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Wanzer is currently represented by Slay Model Management, an agency that specifically caters to trans models. She has previously landed the covers of Vogue, Forbes, Purple Magazine and Vogue Italia.

RELATED: Trans Models ‘Strut’ Red Carpet at Oxygen Premiere

In addition to modeling, Wanzer has recently added the title of television star to her resume. She is one of the transgender models profiled on the Oxygen reality series “Strut,” which just wrapped up its first season on October 25.

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SPIEGEL® STRUTS ITS STUFF – Iconic Catalog Featured in Groundbreaking New TV Docu-series

NEW YORK – September 20th, 2016 – This fall, television gets a much-needed makeover thanks to Executive Producer Whoopi Goldberg. “Strut”, a new Oxygen Media docu-series, will focus on the first modeling agency catering exclusively to transgender models. Spiegel is proud to be part of this groundbreaking show, with model castings and photo shoots that will highlight the company’s newest collections and offer rare behind the scenes looks into what casting and photo shoots are really like. With a rich history of firsts and historical milestones, Spiegel is proud to be the first mass-market catalog to feature a transgender model on its cover.

“We take great pride in our catalog covers by featuring the most beautiful models in the world,” said Richard Lowe, International Creative Director of Spiegel. “We take time to cultivate and share both beauty and meaning with our customers. Our covers share a model’s journey, and allow our customers new ways to understand and appreciate the wider world of beauty and fashion. Spiegel has always been proud to support the LGBTQ community, and with this cover we are able to show our continued support for the models and agencies that are a vital component of our success.”

Following New York Fashion Week, this exciting new series titled “Strut,” will premier on Tuesday, September 20th at 9pm ET/PT. “Strut” will follow transgender models Laith De La Cruz, Dominique Jackson, Isis King, Ren Spriggs and Arisce Wanzer as they embrace their dreams and share their journey with the country. Working hand in hand with Cecilio Asuncion and Cassandra Cass of Slay Model Management, the first exclusively transgender modeling agency, Spiegel will be casting its next great cover girl and working towards increasing the presence of transgender individuals in the modeling community.

About Strut:

Produced by Whoopi Goldberg of One Hoe Productions and 44 Blue Productions, the series follows transgender models Laith De La Cruz, Dominique Jackson, Isis King, Ren Spriggs and Arisce Wanzer as they chase their passions of becoming household names in the fashion world while challenging stereotypes of gender and beauty.

About Spiegel LLC:

Spiegel LLC is a multi-channel, direct-to-consumer retailer of women’s fashion apparel through its three primary brands: Spiegel, Newport News and Shape FX. Each brand reaches its customer base through a combination of specialty catalogs sent to customers throughout the year, as well as offerings via the Internet.

Spiegel has been a household name for 150 years and has continued to evolve its positioning to stay relevant to the new and ageless modern woman. Newport News is a 40-year old brand that appeals to women seeking stylish, yet affordable casual fashions. Shape FX is a revolutionary body-enhancing concept that offers apparel and intimates for women to help them achieve their ideal body type.

Spiegel is a Lynn Tilton company and its business units are headquartered in New York City. For more information please visit:  www.spiegel.com

About Patriarch Partners:

Patriarch Partners, LLC, is an investment firm and holding company managing 74 companies with annual revenues in excess of $8 billion. Founded by Wall Street veteran Lynn Tilton in 2000, Patriarch is dedicated to saving American jobs by saving American companies that have fallen from economic favor. The firm is devoted to rebuilding America one company at a time, one job at a time. Since 2000, through affiliated investments funds, Tilton has had ownership in and restructured more than 240 companies with combined revenues in excess of $100 billion, representing more than 700,000 jobs. Current investments include Dura Automotive, Stila Cosmetics, Rand McNally, Spiegel Catalogs and MD Helicopters. Tilton’s platform is the largest woman-owned business in the country. For more information, please go to www.patriarchpartners.com

SOURCE Spiegel, LLC


Spiegel 60609 Sewing Machine Gains in Media

From the Fashion Times to Better Homes and Garden, the Spiegel 60609 Sewing Machine continues to garner much media attention for its unique design months after initial launch. The press attribute this media spark, and market saturation, to an appealing design that both disrupts and innovates in what many believed was a dead market segment. 

“As companies such as Singer and Brother saturate the sewing market with existing technologies, and become stagnate, Spiegel will continue to bring cost effective innovation to the market. New versions of our machine will be on shelves nationwide later this year, and we intend to show our customers that they can indeed have more for less,” says Creative Director Richard Lowe.

“We hope our media frenzy will continue,” says Lowe, “by simply allowing magazines and bloggers the opportunity to test the machine for themselves. Once they sew on it, we know they will fall in love with it. Just as we did.” Stay tuned as Spiegel brings even more innovation and ideas to our their sewing machine models and signature Spiegel Social Sewing Application available on iTunes: http://ow.ly/SVj63005vaD

Sample Credit – Fashion Times:

http://www.fashiontimes.com/articles/25418/20160302/5-tech-products-to-buy-with-your-tax-refund.htm

 


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Richard Lowe Breathes New Life Into Newport News

When fashion designer Richard Lowe was appointed as international creative director of Spiegel in 2013, considerable buzz surrounded their women’s fashion brand, Newport News. Namely, what would become of the 30-year-old label beloved by stylish women everywhere? It’s been almost three years since, and by all accounts the label is not only thriving but also growing, expanding to a number of cruise lines where it’s now sold exclusively. We spoke with Lowe in between sketching sessions (his favorite part of designing) to get the scoop on Newport News’ latest collections, his take on cruise fashion and the one piece every woman should own.

How would you describe the fashion you design for Newport News?

Richard Lowe

It’s affordable luxury. I want women to have that Oscar de la Renta beaded moment but at a price that makes it approachable. Think the nicest detailing and the nicest fabrics at prices she can afford. I like to make sure that we can give her the best price and the best quality.

What’s a must-have piece for any woman’s wardrobe?

Richard Lowe

Jumpsuits. She can step into one and in minutes have a full outfit — on board and at home. They’ll never go out of style; you’ll be able to wear them forever. It’s a great investment piece.

What are some of the Newport News staples guests can expect to find on board?

Richard Lowe

Some core items always on rotation are wrap dresses (they’ll never go out of style, thanks to Diane von Furstenberg!) novelty tees and wide-leg palazzo pants. We’ll repeat styles [over various collections], but we don’t repeat colors or prints.

So once a certain style or print sells out, that’s it?

Richard Lowe

We have a lot of repeat cruisers, so the whole idea is for them to get something new every time they go on board — and that they won’t be able to get ever again.

Talk about exclusive! Are your designs tailored to specific cruise lines too?

Richard Lowe

We’re producing a capsule collection for Holland America with a fun art deco theme, for instance. We took design elements from the ships and incorporated it into the fashion.

What else inspires your designs?

Richard Lowe

I love street fashion — walking the streets and seeing what’s going on in the world. We have a customer who’s in the know and wants to shop at a reasonable price. She wants to be current and trendy without looking like she’s trying too hard. [Newport News] stays ahead but not too far ahead.

What can we expect from Newport News in 2016?

Richard Lowe

Incredible prints with a modern edge. We’ve focused on warm, tropical hues and overstated florals, with collections that vary by theme. The spring/summer 2016 capsules feature Casablanca Nights, Castaway Couture, Maritime Madness and Santorini Sunsets. We take into account different locations and design specifically for the customer and what she might need while she’s on board.

What do you shop for on vacation?

Richard Lowe

I shop for prints. I buy a lot of scarves and end up with these bins and bins of scarves because they’re the easiest vehicles of print and color for any brand.

The Newport News collection is exclusively available on board select ships on Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Holland America Line, Pullmantur, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises nd Norwegian Cruise Line. Sailing on one of these cruise lines? Leave us a comment with the name of your ship and we’ll tell you if the collection is available.

By: Virginia Gil

Credit: OnBoard.com

https://www.onboard.com/cruise-insider/richard-lowe-newport-news


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