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  • The Team of NYC's 'The Blind Barber' stars in Dockers 'Alpha' Khaki Fall 2011 Campaign

    About the ‘Alpha’ Khaki:

    New for the Fall season—and arriving in stores ranging from Urban Outfitters to Nordstrom to Bloomingdale’s shortly—the ‘Alpha’ is a cool, new design hybrid that combines the best attributes of a jean with some of the spiffed-up details of an iconic chino pant.  Chief among these “blue jean” touches are the slim fit, lower rise and rock-and-roll spirit of denim.  Along these lines, we also wanted to capture that great quality of how jeans age and wear-in beautifully over time—but in khaki form—creating something that at once looks both relaxed AND refined.  To help achieve this, the Alphas are cut from a selection of heavier weight khaki twills that will lend themselves nicely to this softening and aging process. This allows the Alpha to express and capture the wear and personality of the pant’s owner—much the same way jeans do—with much time and wear.

    In this way, the Alpha is a perfect, fresh option for that denim-head who may be looking for something new, different and with a slightly more dressy feel.  Dockers design had this guy in mind when creating this pant—and wanted to encourage him to look at khaki’s in the same way he looks at denim, wearing them repeatedly—without washing them—so that he can work on building his own unique ‘khaki’ finishes over time, as well.

    They also come in a wide range of versatile colors—upping the many wearing options of the pant even more. Really what we love about them is that they can look dressy but when worn, they feel like you’re wearing a jean—and fit that way too.

    The ‘Alpha’ will range in price from will range in price from $68.00 for timeless colors to $128.00 for more limited-edition, hand-crafted styles.

    Fall 2011 Alpha Khaki Campaign, starring the team at New York City’s Blind Barber

    To officially introduce the pant, we made the Alpha the star of our Fall  2011 campaign, which features the founders and staff of the East Village’s Blind Barber modeling the pants. Shot on location at New York City’s first barber shop/cocktail parlor, the campaign was photographed by Cass Bird.

    "When Dockers approached us here at the Blind Barber about participating in the new Alpha Pant Campaign, we were stoked,” offers Jeff Laub, co-owner of the Blind Barber. “ In my mind there could not have been a better organic partnership than that between Dockers and Blind Barber.  We are two brands both set on a mission to redefine the classics while staying true to our roots."
    More About Blind Barber:

    The Blind Barber is a return to the "Roaring Twenties". Defined by the explosion of culture and its break from tradition, the "Roaring Twenties" was a movement in creativity. The Blind Barber hopes to revive this very movement while redefining modern manhood. The concept goes well beyond just a barbershop and bar located in the East Village, but rrather expands into all the realms of the modern gentleman: Fashion, Music, Lifestyle, Grooming and others.

    Photographed by Cass Bird

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  • Disney Store's new line of premium fragrances, lotions and candles for the home is launching in June By James Andrew

    When I was invited to attend an exclusive Disney Store fragrance event in March at the beautiful penthouse suite of The London Hotel in New York City, I was a little skeptical about the products. Was it going to look like a kids fragrance with cute Mickey Mouse packaging? To my surprise it is a great looking collection and creative packaging for all ages! I tested the products myself and I have to say that Disney stores have a big winner!  Each of the new fragrances expresses the essence of a classic Disney character or favorite story.

    Disney Store's  first exclusive fragrance collection, featuring three signature scents that define Disney. Inspired by the trees that line the magical pathways within the newly designed Disney stores, Imagination allows for you to get a sense of nature inside your home or office. From the spirit of an enchanted forest complete with sequoia trees to the hints of cool moss and green leaves, you'll feel a calming sensation tickle your nose and course through your body.
    Inspired by Mickey Mouse himself,  Magic is a combination of fresh minty air and sea spray, with a surprise of chocolate flavor lingering in the end notes. It's called Magic because it was motivated by the Disney classic, The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
    The last scent from the new collection is Pixie Dust. It was inspired by Disney favorite fairy, Tinker Bell! This fragrance was created to capture the heart of what would come out of the end of Tinker Bell magic wand. With the delicious aroma of citrus sorbet, candied fruits, and summer rain, this sweet scent epitomizes all that is Peter Pan's sidekick Pixie Dust is the only one so far from the new line that comes in a body mist, body lotion, body glitter and lip gloss. I'm sure the ladies will love the Lip gloss!
    This collection will be introduced in the beginning of June with the debut of Imagination. These fragrances will only be sold in Disney Stores, so be sure to keep a look out in Disney stores and for our giveaway!

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  • Premiere after party photos for DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HELP

    Genre:                          Drama

    Rating:                          PG-13

    U.S. Release date:         August 10, 2011

    Running Time:               137 mins.


    Cast:                             Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel

    Director:                       Tate Taylor

    Producers:                     Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan

    Executive Producers:      Mark Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, L. Dean Jones Jr., Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum, John Norris, Jeff Skoll and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei

    Screenplay by:               Tate Taylor

    Based on the novel by:   Kathryn Stockett


    Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

    Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

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  • Apollo Announces Host and Talent for 2011 Spring Gala Honoring Stevie Wonder



    MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011







    HARLEM, NY – June 6, 2011 – The Apollo Theater today announced the complete lineup for its sixth Annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert honoring cultural icon Stevie Wonder, who will be inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. The Benefit supports the preservation of the non-profit Theater’s unparalleled legacy, its current initiatives for emerging artists, and community and educational programs in New York City and beyond.


    Wyclef Jean, Yolanda Adams, Melanie Fiona, Raphael Saadiq, Paul Schaffer, and Chick Corea, as well as other surprise guests, will perform during this special evening dedicated to Mr. Wonder’s legacy as an artist and philanthropist. The program will be hosted by celebrated comedian and former host of Showtime at the Apollo, Sinbad.


    “I am proud to be hosting this outstanding evening honoring two ‘Wonders of the World’: the great Stevie Wonder and the legendary Apollo Theater,” said Sinbad.  “In many ways, hosting this event is like going full circle in my career. There isn’t a person in my time up to now that didn’t want to be Stevie Wonder. Getting to meet and hang with Stevie over the years—as well as hosting Showtime at the Apollo for two years—were milestones in my life.” 


    Stevie Wonder joins other iconic performers in the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame—musicians, artists, and entertainers whose path to fame included the Apollo—including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald.  Each Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductee is honored with a plaque on the Apollo Walk of Fame, installed under the Theater’s iconic marquee on 125th Street in Harlem.


    Additionally, The Apollo will present cosmetics giant Revlon with its Corporate Award, accepted by Chairman, Ronald O. Perelman, in recognition of Revlon’s support  of the Apollo. Philanthropist and arts supporter Reginald Van Lee will receive The Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award, named in honor of one of New York City’s legendary leaders and a champion of Harlem and its cultural institutions.


    Produced by Ron Weisner for Ron Weisner Entertainment with events management services provided by JKS Events, the benefit concert will be under the musical direction of Ray Chew, whose credits include Musical Director for American Idol, NBC’s The Singing Bee, Showtime at the Apollo as well as the Apollo’s weekly Amateur Night show.  Following the performance, the event will conclude with the Apollo Supper Club—a stylish lounge atmosphere created by David Monn featuring spectacular gourmet creations prepared by Great Performances.  The world renowned DJ D-Nice will provide music for late-night dancing.


    About Stevie Wonder

    Celebrated American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and activist Stevie Wonder has had a long association with the Apollo Theater, appearing for the first time in 1962 when he was 12 years old. At that time, he was called “Little Stevie Wonder,” and was already touring as a professional act (and was the only “child act”) as part of Berry Gordy’s “Motown Revue,” a road show featuring top acts from the Motown Label.  Stevie played a major role in the show since he could sing, play harmonica, organ, congas and drums, which led to him being called a “wonder child.”  Other notable Apollo appearances include the “Save the Apollo Concert” in the 1980s and sold out solo concerts in 2005. 


    The Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award is named for Percy E. Sutton, a distinguished community leader, entrepreneur, and long-time advocate for Harlem, and is a testament to his longstanding relationship and devotion to the Apollo and the City of New York. Mr. Sutton was Manhattan borough president for three terms, and at the time, was New York State’s highest ranking African-American elected official. After retiring from politics, he built a media empire, founding the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation in 1971, which became the second largest black owned radio broadcasting company in the United States. In 1981, Mr. Sutton purchased the world famous Apollo Theater and made pivotal contributions toward the efforts to revitalize and restore the Apollo. Percy E. Sutton graduated from Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee Institute, and Hampton Institute. After serving as an intelligence officer in World War II with the Tuskegee Airmen, he earned a law degree from Brooklyn College and became one of America’s best-known lawyers, fighting for civil rights and representing many African-American activists, including Malcolm X. Mr. Sutton has received many honors, including the renaming of the 125th Street Manhattanville Post Office and Fifth Avenue from 124th to 142nd Street in his name.


    About the Apollo Theater

    The Apollo Theater is one of Harlem’s, New York City’s, and America’s most iconic and enduring cultural institutions.  The Apollo was one of the first theaters in New York, and the country, to fully integrate, welcoming traditionally African-American, Hispanic, and local immigrant populations in the audience, as well as headlining uniquely talented entertainers who found it difficult to gain entrance to other venues of similar size and resources.  Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in cultivating artists and in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop.  Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and countless others began their road to stardom on the Apollo’s stage. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


    The Apollo's annual season is made possible by lead support from The Coca-Cola Company, the Edward and Leslye Phillips Family Foundation, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Reggie Van Lee, The Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bloomberg, and the Neuberger Berman Foundation.  Lead annual support is also provided by public funds from the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council; with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State funding from Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and the New York State Council for the Arts. Visit www.apollotheater.orgto learn more.

     Apollo Theater - 253 West 125th Street, New York, NY10027

    Tickets for the 2011 Spring Gala and after-party are on sale now. To purchase benefit tickets to the event or to make a donation to the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., email ApolloSpringGala@jksevents.com  or call 212-380-8946.

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          The Exclusive Event Will Feature New York City’s

    Finest Restaurants and Designers


    New York, NY (March 8, 2011) – DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS  tour will run concurrently with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show from Thursday, March 17th through Monday, March 21st. The tour will launch with “COCKTAILS BY DESIGN” on Thursday, March 17th from 6pm to 10pm located at Pier 94, 12th Ave. at 55th Street in New York City.  COCKTAILS BY DESIGN will bring together some of the most talented and celebrated individuals in the worlds of fashion, food, interior design, and architecture to create and celebrate spectacular, over-the-top dining environments.

    For just $150.00 a ticket, guests will be able to view the amazing design installations while sampling culinary treats paired with delicious wine and cocktails from EFFEN Vodka. The menu for the evening will be provided by New York’s top restaurants including: Estiatorio Milos, Murray’s Cheese, ilili, Buddakan, Kittichai, Bar Boulud, North Square and Spice Market. Guests also have their choice of delicious menu items from one of NYC’s leading caterers, Canard, Inc., such as white truffle arancini, mini tacos stuffed with roast duck and mango-onion salsa and cracklings, and ahi tuna with cilantro cream.

    “DIFFA is delighted to have such amazing designers and restaurants participating in DINING BY DESIGN’s kick-off event, COCKTAILS BY DESIGN,” said David Sheppard, Executive Director of DIFFA. “Their contributions bring us one step closer in the fight against AIDS and we could not be happier with the wonderful support we have received.”

    In addition to the installations from renowned designers, DINING BY DESIGN will once again feature the Student Design Initiative. Participating design schools include: Fashion Institute of Technology with mentor Preston Bailey, Pratt Institute with mentor Alfredo Paredes, and New York School of Interior Design with mentor Philip Gorrivan. Design mentors guide their student team through the creative process from conception to execution, working within a strict budget.  The goal of the Student Design Initiative is to give the next generation of great designers the rare opportunity to work with some of the best design veterans in the business and participate in one of the industry’s most anticipated events.


    Sponsors include EFFEN Vodka, Benjamin Moore, United Airlines, Merchandise Mart Properties, and the New York Design Center. Media sponsors include Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Manhattan magazine and ABC-7.

    The schedule of events for DINING BY DESIGN New York is as follows:

    Thursday, March 17 6PM-10PM
    Designers and guests mingle at Pier 94 during this dazzling preview of the amazing design installations, while sampling treats from NYC’s top restaurants paired with delicious wine and cocktails. Tickets are available for $150 per person.

    Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20th; 10AM-6PM Daily
    Explore the latest in design trends as you view the amazing installations and shop the silent auction.

    Monday, March 21; 6:30PM-11:00PM
    Cocktails and table hopping are followed by an elegant seated VIP dinner accompanied by dancing and a silent auction loaded with hospitality experiences and luxury items.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.diffa.org or call 212-727-3100.

    About DIFFA

    DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Since being founded in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $38 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide.  For more than 26 years, DIFFA has been one of the country’s largest supporters of both direct care for people living with AIDS and preventative education for those at risk.

    For more information visit diffa.org.

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