RUDSAK Styling At Sundance

Traditionally, the Sundance Film Festival is a showcase of independent films created by up and coming filmmakers, but now it is also a great place for celebrities to display the latest fashions.

This year, several celebrities sported the sleek leather jackets from RUDSAK, a design house based in Montreal, Canada.  Recently established in the US, RUDSAK is known for its edgy and city-inspired leather jackets, shoes, handbags and other accessories for both men and women.  RUDSAK gifted some of these jackets to the celebs attending Sundance this year, who proudly sported them at the festival.

Here are photos of some of the celebrities spotted wearing RUDSAK leather.  If you like the line, be sure you LIKE the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

Actress Laura Prepon ("Are You There, Chelsea?" & "Lay The Favor")

Actress Alexa Vega ("The Pregnancy Project")

Actress Andie Mcdowell ("Jane By Design", "Mighty Fine")

Actress Ariel Winter ("Modern Family")

Actor William H Macy ("Shameless")

Reality TV's Ben Flajnik ("The Bachelor")

The Golden Globe Look for a Better Budget

The 2012 Golden Globes ceremony was held on January 15th, but there is still talk about what the celebs were wearing that evening. For those of us who love to mimic the look of the red carpet glams at a modest price look no further Unique Vintage has given us the styles we seek.

Kate Winslet, winner of Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Mildred Pierce”

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Mila Kunis

Mignon 2012 Black & Nude Sweetheart Gather Regal Dress from Unique Vintage – $478

Rooney Mara, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

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Reese Witherspoon

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Sofia Vergara, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for "Modern Family"

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PROJECT NY is the world’s preeminent contemporary fashion trade event.  The trade show features the most directional brands and is designed to drive commerce, creativity and connectivity.

January 16-18th marked the launch date of PROJECT New York, the first of the two bi-annual trade shows. Overall, the show was an absolute success.

President of PROJECT NY, Andrew Pollard took great lengths to ensure the event was purposefully in an area that stimulates creativity and inspires retailers.

So, what makes PROJECT NY stand out amongst other fashion trade shows?  According to Brett Fahlgren of  Style Ledger, “It’s not a trade show. When I think of trade shows, I think of the big ones where you see automobiles and cars. This is much more like a gallery.”

Many of the vendors described PROJECT NY as a show with unparalleled aesthetics, cool brands and good buyers.  Brands have presented themselves in a completely different way, creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the retailers desires and needs.

“It was really something kind of unique,” designer Todd Snyder claimed.  “I really liked the idea of breaking kind of the rules of designers showing at a trade show, and for me it was really kind of getting out there and selling my stuff to real people and real buyers.  PROJECT really brings in the best buyers and the best audience for what we’re doing.”

Other designers enjoyed the brands on displayed.  There was something new on every corner.

“I think what’s cool about PROJECT is that it keeps expanding its demographic.  There’s the more established brands, and then there’s the indie designers and there’s a lot of cool locally sourced talent from New York and Brooklyn,” stated Kristian Laliberte , senior editor of Refinery29.

PROJECT NY was more than just a showcase where people could display their products in their most creative way, attendees felt as though it was the sort of place where you could just sit down and hang out for a while.  Countless comments about the dynamics of the show.  The buyers added a certain ambience to the show as well.

“The vibe’s great, and very, very helpful staff.  We’ve had a lot of motivated guys helping us out.  The buyers here are taking their time, no one’s in such a rush.  We’ve been having a good time with the buyers,” remarked Ben Schubert of Consortium Distributions.

“I feel like we’ve done what we’ve set out to do which is to create a different kind of market place,” Andrew Pollard concluded.  “A place where you bring technology with great craftsmanship, with interesting ideas, with different ways of presenting products, and at the end of the day a place where people can communicate and start to discuss and talk about the industry.”

Congratulations to the PROJECT NY team for an outstanding show.  To learn more about PROJECT, NY, you can check out this video of highlights, or take a peek at their YouTube channel.  You can do a LIKE on their Facebook Fanpage, and follow them on Twitter.

The next event is PROJECT Las Vegas which takes place February 13th-15th 2012.

The CW Gets “Remodeled”

If you know your models then you know the name Paul Fisher.  Fisher is well-known for launching the careers of various models including Naomi Campbell, Carol Alt, Carrie Otis, Kimora Lee, Nicky Hilton, Brooke Burke and many more.  Fisher has created more stars than any other agent in the history of the modeling industry.  Over the past quarter-century, Fisher’s clients have appeared on thousands of magazine covers, headlined fashion shows around the world and some have even gone above and beyond.  One of Fisher’s clients has been nominated for an Academy Award, and another serves as the First Lady of a European country.

Now Fisher is making sure agents in small towns don’t get taken advantage of and he is also encouraging models to take control of their careers and have healthier lives.  This mission lead Fisher to create a new series called “Remodeled.”

Airing on Wednesdays at 9pm on the CW, “Remodeled” brings together hundreds of small agencies around the world into a group called The Network.  Fisher came to realize that small agencies were finding talent and then quickly losing it to bigger agencies.  His goal, with The Network, is to create the largest agency in the world.

The Network uses “the average-size woman” for their models, promoting the ideal that extreme thinness is no longer a trend in the fashion world.  The goal of The Network is to transform the perception of beauty and how it is marketed worldwide.

“Remodeled” just started airing on the CW in mid-January.  Be sure to catch up on the latest episodes and learn more at the official website.  You can also LIKE the Facebook Fanpage and follow the official Twitter for the CW.

Unique Vintage with SAG Style

On January 29th millions of people watched the SAG awards.  Congratulations to all of the winners, but now it is time to highlight the fashions of the evening in Unique Vintage style.   Which one of these gowns is your favorite?  I love the Emma Stone look and Unique Vintage has create a similar look but for a much sweeter price, only $148.00.

Emma Stone

Something Borrowed Black Floral Rhinestone Swing Prom Dress from Unique Vintage – $148

Sofia Vergara

Flirt by Maggie Sottero Valentine Red Gathered Satin Beaded & Floral One-Shoulder Sweetheart Prom Dress  from Unique Vintage – $348

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The 2012 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards

As many of you know the Sundance Institute, better known as the Sundance Film Festival, was founded by Robert Redford in 1981 as a nonprofit organization.  The Sundance Institute develops programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights.  Sundance assists artists in succeeding by introducing their work to audiences.  The Institute also promotes independent storytelling to inspire, educate and bring together diverse populations around the globe, and it has been behind such projects asBorn into Brothels”, “Trouble the Water”, “Sin Nombre”, “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” , “Amreeka”, “An Inconvenient Truth”, “Spring Awakening”, “I Am My Own Wife”, “Light in the Piazza” and “Angels in America.”

Just recently Sundance partnered with the Mahindra Group.  The Mahindra Group’s media and entertainment company, Mumbai Mantra Media Ltd, presented the Indian National Award-winning Best Feature Film, ‘Antaheen’ in 2009, and has recently co-produced ‘The Tempest’ directed by Julie Taymor.  Mumbai Mantra Media Ltd. is evaluating various opportunities in the media and entertainment space in India as well as internationally.  These two companies have created the Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.  The award is in recognition and support of upcoming independent filmmakers from around the world.  The winners of this award will receive a cash award of $10,000.00, attendance at the Sundance Film Festival for targeted industry and creative meetings and year-round mentoring from the Institute staff, and participation in one of the Sundance Labs.  The collaboration, which also includes the establishment of the Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India, extends over a three-year period.  The Lab will provide an opportunity for eight screenwriters from India to develop their feature scripts under the guidance of accomplished international screenwriters and filmmakers in an environment that encourages storytelling at the highest level.

The 2012 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award was presented on January 24, 2012 to four filmmakers.  The  four winners were Etienne Kallos from South Africa, Ariel Kleiman from Australia, Dominga Sotomayor from Chile, and Sonali Bose from India.

Etienne’s film is entitled “Vrystaat (Free State).”  The film is set during the annual corn harvest in the Free State and explores the rites of passage into manhood for a new generation as they navigate identity and sexuality within the fractured realm of post-Colonial Africa.

Ariel’s film is called “Partisan”, a story about a criminal named Gregori who controls a group of women and children. This group assists him on his farm, but additional they also carry out dangerous assassinations in neighboring towns.  Greogir’s authority is undisputed until one boy decides its time to put an end to Gregori’s reign.

Dominga’s film, “Tarde Para Morir Joven (Late to Die Young)” focuses on a group of three women who face a forest fire that threatens to eliminate their sense of belonging and the lives they’ve created in an isolated community.

Finally, Shonali’s film is called “Margarita. With a Straw.”  It’s a film about Laila, a brilliant mind trapped in a disobedient body.  All she really wants to be is a Bollywood songwriter.  You can view a short interview with Shonali talking about her film on Mumbai Mantra’s Youtube channel.

Congratulations to these winners and we looking forward to seeing their films in the near future.

To learn more about the Sundance Institute, LIKE their Facebook page, and follow their Twitter.   You can also view clips on their YouTube channel.   If you want to find out more about The Mahindra Group, LIKE their Facebook page and  follow their Twitter.

It All Begins at “Twilight”

Exciting news Twilight fans. In honor of the DVD and blu-ray release of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”, Target has put together a special something for you.

Target stores, 500 nationwide, are giving fans a chance to come shop at 11pm on Friday, February 10th.  For dedicated fans who make their way out to the store, they will be rewarded with the chance to see a never-released scene from the final film in the series, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”  Fans will also be greeted by a video message from “Twilight” star, Jackson Rathbone.  Rathbone plays vampire Jasper Hale in the series.

Then at midnight, fans can then purchase an exclusive Target version of the film.  What makes this version special is that it includes a special keepsake.  Each copy of the film sold during the event will include a lucite-encased flower from Bella Swan and Edward Cullen’s wedding scene.

To find a list of participating stores near you and purchase even more “Twilight” memorabilia, visit Target Online.  Be sure to also LIKE the Target Facebook Page and follow the official Twitter to learn about more opportunities.

JC Penney’s New Look for 2012

With the new year in full-swing, isn’t it time for one of America’s favorite department stores to start something new?  The J.C. Penney Company has announced a new business plan and a new look for its brand for the year 2012.

Ron Johnson, CEO of J.C. Penney plans to transform the store’s shopping experience by implementing new changes.  Johnson made a statement at the company’s launch event on January 25th announcing that J.C. Penney will begin these changes starting February 1st.  These changes include a new logo, a new pricing strategy called Fair and Square pricing, and a constant flow of new merchandise on a monthly basis.

According to the blueprints, the entire process to change every single shop in the nation will take until the end of 2015.

With several celebrities in attendance the launch event provided guests a look at the evolution of the company along with previews of what’s to come.  J.C. Penney design partners Cindy Crawford, Olsen twins, Martha Stewart and Nanette Lepore were in attendance.  J.C. Penney also announced TV host Ellen DeGeneres as their newest design partner.

So if you haven’t shopped at J.C. Penney for a while it might be a good time to check out their new look.    You can also do a LIKE on the J.C. Penney Facebook Fanpage and follow them on Twitter.

Be sure to stop by the J.C. Penney website and learn more about their big sale starting on February first.

Here are some photos of the event…

jcpenney CEO Ron Johnson and President Michael Francis announce the new jcpenney strategy in NYC on Wednesday, January 25th (Photo from WireImage)

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen attend the jcpenney launch event in NYC on Wednesday, January 25th (Photo from WireImage)

Cindy Crawford attends the jcpenney launch event in NYC on Wednesday, January 25th (Photo from WireImage)

Great Performances Presents Tony Bennett: Duets II

With over 100 albums recorded and as the winner of fifteen Grammy Awards,  it’s no wonder legendary artist Tony Bennett has become a household name.  Bennett has performed for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama.  Bennett was honored with the United Nations Humanitarian Award and with the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness Award.

Bennett’s music has captured the hearts of America for seven decades.  His latest album, Duets II, took more than six months to record and was recorded in studios around the world.  When the CD was released in September of 2011, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.  This was the first album from Bennett to reach number-one status.  It also rose to the top ten on music charts in the UK, Portugal, Poland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, among other places.

A follow-up to his Grammy Award-winning album, Duets (released in 2006), Duets II brings together a whole new line-up of artists who collaborated with the crooner and brings new life to old favorites such as “The Lady is a Tramp”, “It Had To Be You” “Blue Velvet” and “Body and Soul.”

The list of seventeen collaborators include artists such as Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole and more.  Duets II has been nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.”

In honor of Bennett and the beauty of his music, THIRTEEN for WNET will be premiering an episode of Great Performances to showcase the album in its entirety.  Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe (“Chicago”, “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Collateral”) filmed Duets II behind-the-scenes giving viewers a personal look into how Bennett creates the magic and art of each of his songs and performances.

PBS aired this special on Friday, January 27th at 9pm, but select PBS stations will be re-airing it.  Check here to view your local listings and see when Great Performances airs for you.  Whether you’re new to the world of Tony Bennett or you’re a long-time fan, this album is worth checking out.  You can preview the songs from Duets II and buy the album from  Check out the photos of Bennett and some of his musical partners below.  You can also check out the short preview of the program here and to view an interview with Tony Bennett take a look at YouTube.  To learn more about Great Performances and other programming, LIKE the PBS Facebook Fanpage and follow their Twitter.

In the studio with guest artist Andrea Bocelli

Mr. Bennett with the late Amy Winehouse

Pop sensation Lady Gaga joined Bennett in studio

Norah Jones joined Bennett on the track "Speak Low"