Salim Azzam, Roni Helou Scoop Inaugural Fashion Trust Arabia RTW Prize

WINNERS’ CIRCLE: Salim Azzam and Roni Helou scooped the ready-to-wear award at the inaugural gala dinner for Fashion Trust Arabia, the non-profit initiative that supports design talent across the Middle East and North Africa region. The event took place at the Doha Fire Station in Doha, Qatar with attendees including Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, FTA’s honorable chair, and co-chairs Sheikha Al- Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani and Tania Fares, founder of the Fashion Trust.
The winners will work with the FTA and to develop their brands globally. Other winners included Krikor Jabotian for evening wear, Mukhi Sister for jewellery, Zyne for shoes and Sabry Marauf for bags. Their collections will be available to purchase at
Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, chair of Qatar Museums said the FTA prize is the only initiative of its kind in the Arab world, “creating a space to find, nurture and cultivate the most talented designers on an annual basis. The initiative’s mentorship will help a new wave of talent receive global attention. This commitment to education runs through everything we do at Qatar Museums.”
Fares said it was “immensely exciting to think about what the winners might all be capable of with the mentors and guidance

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Stella McCartney, Christopher Raeburn Among Winners of Inaugural CO10 Sustainability Award

GREEN MACHINES: Stella McCartney, Christopher Raeburn and Bottletop are among the 10 fashion businesses that have been awarded the inaugural CO10 Leadership Award, which recognizes companies that put sustainability at their core.
The award is presented by Common Objectives, a network that connects more than 10,000 professionals in the fashion, retail and textile industries to share knowledge and best sustainability practices. It will be awarded virtually in the spirit of sustainability.
The other winners are Osklen, Indigenous, Outland Denim, Mayamiko, Sonica Sarna Design, Ethical Apparel Africa and The Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills.
“The industry has seen an incredible amount of traction over the past year, from increased consumer demand and government engagement, to the abundance of new entrants that focus on sustainability,” said Harold Tillman, former chairman of the British Fashion Council.
He added that the overall CO Leadership Awards are aimed at creating a milestone moment for fashion to champion innovators.
A panel of judges, including representatives from Farfetch, Kering and Vivienne Westwood, selected the 10 winners.
The winners were chosen based on their ability to marry sustainability strategies with commercial ones. The key criteria, according to organizers, were mission, business model, products and services, impact, sustainability roadmap and communication strategy.
Not only will the 10 brands be

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Kim Jones to Receive Inaugural Trailblazer Accolade at Fashion Awards

LONDON – Kim Jones, artistic director of Dior men’s wear, will be among the British and international names to step onto the stage at Royal Albert Hall Monday night as the winner of the inaugural Trailblazer award.
The award marks Jones’ “always-on cultural zeitgeist and his reputation for challenging the norms while respecting heritage, history, creativity and innovation,” the British Fashion Council said, adding the award recognizes “the very best innovators and creatives in fashion” who are significantly shaping the industry.
The BFC pointed to Jones’ collaboration with KAWS to reinterpret the Dior bee emblem and the designer’s appeal to a growing female audience, “reflecting the trend for men and women forgetting the gender focus of a collection and buying pieces they simply want to own and wear.”
“His love for travel, international cultures and understanding of consumers further enhance his creative and commercial standing,” said Caroline Rush, chief executive officer of the BFC, adding the organization is “very proud he is British born, educated and a great global ambassador for our industry.”
Jones, a Central Saint Martins graduate, said: “This recognition for my work means a lot to me.”
The Fashion Awards, which is sponsored mainly by Swarovski, is the main fundraiser for the BFC,

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A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert – Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble, Jimmie Vaughan, Bo Diddley, Delbert McClinton, Percy Sledge & Koko Taylor

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A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble, Jimmie Vaughan, Bo Diddley, Delbert McClinton, Percy Sledge & Koko Taylor

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On January 21, 1989, on the evening following the presidential inauguration, some the biggest names in classic rhythm and blues performed at the Washington Convention Center at the Presidential Inaugural Concert.

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Spotify Launches Inaugural RapCaviar Pantheon, Metro Boomin, 21 Savage & SZA Honored

Spotify and its artfully curated playlist RapCaviar has helped transform how fans absorb music from their faves and expanding their growing platforms to an international audience. Last Thursday (Dec. 7) at the Brooklyn Museum, the streaming service launched its first annual RapCaviar Pantheon, which celebrated the careers of Metro Boomin, 21 Savage, and SZA in a unique fashion.

From the event’s press team:

Last night, Thursday December 7th at the Brooklyn Museum, Spotify launched its inaugural RapCaviar Pantheon, an annual tribute that celebrates three breakthrough hip hop artists of the year in a unique artistic format. Spotify has been at the forefront of hip hop’s explosion thanks to the highly influential RapCaviar playlist. With over 8MM followers, RapCaviar is an indisputable force in hip hop, serving a platform for both launching new artists and as a destination for established artists.

For the launch of Pantheon,  three stunning life-size statues of this year’s inductees, Metro Boomin, SZA and 21 Savage, were unveiled during an exceptional evening of art, conversation, and music.  The crowd in attendance marveled at the remarkable craftsmanship of the sculptures and then enjoyed a lively panel discussion with Spotify’s Global Head of Hip Hop, Tuma Basa, acclaimed film director, Director X, and The FADER Editor-in-Chief, Duncan Cooper.  There was also a screening of the exclusive short film about the creation of the statues by Director X, who partnered with Spotify to chronicle the creation of the sculptures, which can be seen here.  DJ SpinKing kept the music flowing throughout the event with sets before and after the panel.

Check out the images of the first annual RapCaviar Pantheon on the following pages. Salute to Spotify for pushing the music forward.

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Beck, Justice, Vance Joy, Tash Sultana to Play Inaugural Sydney City Limits Fest

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First Lady Melania Trump to Present Inaugural Gown to Smithsonian

HISTORY LESSONS: Hervé Pierre will be on hand Friday morning when First Lady Melania Trump presents the inaugural gown he designed for her to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
“She asked me if I wanted to be her date, and I said, ‘Oh hell, yes,’” Pierre said with a laugh. “As a foreigner who became an American, to have your gown put in the Smithsonian Museum is a big huge honor. I got chills. I know how in the designer world, there are lots of big egos. I have always tried to manage my ego for many, many years. But in this case, there is nothing to be ashamed of — it’s a big ego thing. I’m really really proud of it.”
David Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and John Gray, director of the National Museum of American History, will help welcome 200 guests at the private unveiling in Flag Hall of the vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt and ruffled accent trim from neckline to hem. Pierre said, “When you are on Earth, it is important to leave a little mark. My name will be in the museum forever. I’m not a painter. That will

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Better Days Unveils Inaugural Art Exhibition With Works From Maripol, Olaf Breuning and Others

DESIGN IN MIND: Despite sounding like a sign of these unsettling times, the restaurant formerly known as Happy Ending quietly reopened as Better Days earlier this month.
But the name change is meant to be an homage to New York City’s music incubators from the Seventies and Eighties. In its original incarnation, Better Days was a place for the disenfranchised to retreat and an escape for artists who danced away their troubles. Owner Oliver Stumm said he wants Better Days to be a neighborhood destination and haven for creatives, so featuring local artists was a natural step in fostering this type of environment.
With that in mind, an exhibition has been culled by Better Days owner Oliver Stumm, as well Rita Cruz, Luke Brown, Eddie Brannan and Skylar Pittman (whose day job is with Bruce Weber’s Studio Little Bear Inc.) The artists they selected are likely to be found at the dinery and downstairs club on any given day. Work from established ones like Jack Pierson, Maripol and Olaf Breuning are in the mix. On view through December, the exhibition will be featured in Better Days’ upstairs space. The downstairs lounge is slated to open Oct. 6.
Fittingly, in November Damiani will publish

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Bieber to appear at inaugural Billboard Hot 100 fest

Justin Bieber will make a special appearance at the inaugural Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival in August, along with headliners The Weeknd, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.The festival will be held at New York's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 22 and 23 and will feature more than 40 acts over three stages. The lineup, announced Friday, also includes Kygo, Jason Derulo, American Authors, Betty Who, The Chainsmokers, Cold War Kids, Fetty Wap, Halsey, Holy Ghost!,…
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Miranda Lambert To Headline Inaugural NiFi Fest

Miranda Lambert has been confirmed as the headliner of the first ever NiFi Festival at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. The fest, featuring three stages and plenty of country’s top acts, goes down from August 28-30. Other artists scheduled include Hank Williams Jr., Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols and Sara Evans.
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Peter Pilotto Wins Inaugural Swarovski Collective Prize

LONDON – Peter Pilotto is the winner of the inaugural Swarovski Collective Prize, a 25,000 euro, or $ 28,610, award for innovation that marks the 15th anniversary of the crystal maker’s fashion creative platform.
The 14 labels from London, New York and Paris that are taking part in this year’s program competed for the prize, which will be revealed here Tuesday. They include Mary Katrantzou, Marques Almeida, Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, Iris Van Herpen and Masha Ma.
“Peter Pilotto has a unique aesthetic,” said Nadja Swarovski, a member of the company’s executive board. “Christopher [De Vos] and Peter presented two beautiful collections which showcased the versatility of our product and how it could be incorporated into, as well as complement their own strong brand signature. It’s been interesting to watch them experiment so successfully with our crystals over the past two seasons. In addition, we were also very pleased to see the evolution that has taken place in their own collections recently, and to be a part of that process.
“For both spring 2015 and autumn 2015, Peter Pilotto explored an abundance of bold new applications and materials, from Perspex to 3-D florals, which they then contrasted with more delicate Swarovski crystals. In the last collection

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Ohio St. dumps Ducks for inaugural CFP title

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns, and Ohio State won the first national title in college football’s playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20 on Monday night.

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