Mack, Jack & McConaughey Fashion Show to Feature Designer Jason Wu

Neiman Marcus Returns to MJ&M as the Official Retail Partner for the Sold Out Event 

Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) announced that iconic fashion designer Jason Wu will show his latest collection at the exclusive MJ&M fashion show and luncheon at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas on April 21. The show is hosted by Sally Brown, Amy Ingram and Camila Alves McConaughey with support from Neiman Marcus.  Presenting sponsor of the MJ&M fashion show and luncheon is The Mrs. with the VIP reception and lounge presented by Fashion Forms.

“I have been a fan of Jason Wu for a long time,” said Camila Alves McConaughey. “I believe he really knows and understands how to flatter the female figure. I am thrilled to host him in Austin, and know the runway show and luncheon guests will love seeing the latest collection and hearing the personal inspiration behind it.”

Jason Wu is a leading global design talent based in New York. Through merging classic American sportswear elements with a sophisticated global attitude, he has created timeless classics with glamorous sensibility and a distinctively feminine aesthetic. Since debuting his ready-to-wear collection in 2007, Jason has been dedicated to making clothes that are beautifully crafted from the inside out. Although only 33, the precocious designer has already achieved many of his aspirations. His collection is sold globally and he dresses some of the most influential women in the world including Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Diane Kruger, Kerry Washington and Christy Turlington among many others.

“Austin and all of the women involved with MJ&M have a unique sense of style, and my designs really align with that,” said Jason Wu.  “I’m honored to show my collection in Austin, and especially to help raise funds for the children’s charities MJ&M supports.”

“We are proud to once again partner with MJ&M, and to bring Jason Wu’s collection to Austin,” said Chris Hendel, Vice President, General Manager of Neiman Marcus Austin.  “We know our guests will embrace the opportunity to shop Mr. Wu’s amazing designs.”

The fashion event starts with a VIP cocktail reception presented by Fashion Forms. Tito’s is the presenting spirits sponsor. Following the runway show, the audience is invited to a luncheon where hostess Camila Alves McConaughey will interview the designer on his inspiration for the collection and his impressive career.

The host committee for the sold-out runway show and luncheon includes: Jenny Aghamalian, Ellen Burt, Laura Craddick, Jamie Chandlee, Kelly Dodson, Katie Jaffe, Anna Hansen, Andra Liemandt, Tracey Marshall, Natalie Noble, Nicki Riley, Stacey Smith, Angela Smogur, Loren Stalcup, Wendy Topfer and Leslie Ward.

This spring marks the fifth year of the Mack, Jack & McConaughey event, which has raised over $5 million in the last four years. Every year, thousands of guests enjoy two full days of events benefitting charities working to empower kids through education, health and wellness programming.  The April 20 opening gala includes a musical performance by Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert at ACL Live. On April 21, MJ&M will continue with a golf tournament at Spanish Oaks Golf Club. Simultaneously on Friday, MJ&M will hold the fashion show and luncheon.  Friday wraps up with the incredible Jack Ingram & Friends concert presented by H-E-B at ACL Live featuring Kris Kristofferson and nearly one dozen of the most important songwriters and performers of our time. Funds raised at MJ&M 2017 will support CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, HeartGift, the just keep livin Foundation and the Rise School of Austin.

Major sponsors of this year’s MJ&M event include: Allstate, American Campus Communities, American Airlines, Fashion Forms, H-E-B, Late European, Nike, Spanish Oaks Golf Club, Target, The Mrs., Tito’s, Washington Redskins and Wild Turkey.

For more information on Jason Wu, please visit: https://www.jasonwustudio.com/.

For more information about Mack, Jack & McConaughey, visit www.mjm2017.com.

About MJ&M:
Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), the joint fundraising effort of ESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, is a two day event filled with music, golf, fashion, and fun. Previous MJ&M gala headliners include Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley and Kacey Musgraves. The gala is followed by a jam-packed day with a golf tournament being held simultaneously with a once-in-a-lifetime fashion show that has previously featured MILLY, Badgley Mischka, Veronica Beard and Lela Rose.  The day concludes back at ACL Live for a singer-songwriter line up of talent unmatched by any other event. Jimmy Kimmel previously hosted the evening and past performers include Little Big Town, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Lyle Lovett, Bobby Pinson and dozens of the biggest names in music.

As published originally by Craddick Public Relations.

It’s Gala Season. So What Do I Wear?

Written by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential

A gala is an evening of glitz and glamour and gives a woman every reason to feel like a queen for the night. Whether it’s your first gala or your twentieth, there will always be the concern of how to dress.

Most properly written invitations will state whether it is a formal or semi-formal event, which is a useful guide in selecting your look for the evening. The most important factor is you feel good in what you are wearing and are comfortable enough to stand, walk, sit, and socialize.

Here’s an elegant look I curated which is sure to contribute to you looking great, while being comfortable all evening.

Curated by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential

Curated by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential

Here are the details . . . . .

That Red Dress:
Saks 5th Ave: David Meister Draped One-shoulder Belted Gown: Sleek silvertone belt cinches artfully draped gown. One-shoulder neckline. Cap sleeve. Silvertone belt at waist. Concealed side zip closure.

The Silver Clutch:
Tall Slender Rectangular Crystal Silver Judith Leiber Couture Evening Clutch. Encrusted in octagonal Austrian crystals and trimmed in pave crystals. Tall, slender rectangular hard-shell body. Embellished push-lock clasp at top. Lambskin lining.

Those Shoes:
Women’s Giuseppe Zanotti “Cruel” Wing Sandal. A scene-stealing Italian sandal that references the Giuseppe Zanotti Firewings silhouette is crowned with a dramatic crescendo of polished silvertone flames and lifted by a sky-high stiletto heel.

Finish this elegant look with select jewelry from Neiman Marcus.

First Ladies of Texas Football Honored at Neiman Marcus Robert Cavalli Fashion Show Benefitting The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Event Chairs Jenna Leiker and Jamie Chandlee Present Show Stopping Fundraiser

Photography courtesy of Ben Porter Photography except where noted.

Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease (DKR Fund), dedicated to raising awareness and funding research initiatives throughout Texas for Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain diseases.

Jamie and Jenna

Event Co-Chairs Jamie Chandlee and Jenna Leiker

From shimmering sequins, to embellished pants, capes and dresses, the Roberto Cavalli fashion show hosted Tuesday, September 13 at Neiman Marcus did not disappoint. Benefiting the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease and honoring the “First Ladies of Texas Football,” Edith Royal and Vicki Strong, over 80 of Austin’s most influential and stylish women gathered to preview the Fall 2016 Roberto Cavalli collection and raise awareness for the DKR Fund. Ava Late thanked attendees and introduced the event co-chairs Jenna Leiker and Jamie Chandlee who are dedicated to helping find a cure and slow the progression of this terrible disease. Honorary “First Ladies of Texas Football” Edith Royal and Vicki Strong were front row and graciously thanked everyone for their continued dedication to the DKR Fund and for supporting this great event. Fully representing the Texas football coaching staff, Vicki Strong brought the Texas football assistant coaches wives to take part in the fun.  Guests sipped on burnt orange champagne cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres before being seated to see some of the season’s hottest fashions.

Burnt Orange Champagne Cocktails

Burnt Orange Champagne Cocktails

InFluentials In the Crowd: Edith Royal, Vicki Strong, Ava Late, Debbie Hanna, Co-chairs Jenna Leiker and Jamie Chandlee, DK Reynolds, Katie Kime Henry, Lindsay Smith, Texas football assistant coaches wives included Maggie Bedford, Tina Haley, Jerilyn Jean-Mary, Belinda Jennings, Erica Johnson, Sharon Moorer and Lisa Williams; Megan Houser, Katie Jaffe, Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine, and many more.

Jenna Leiker and guests

Jenna Leiker and guests

Angie Teagarden and Kristi Stotts

Angie Teagarden and Kristi Stotts

Texas Football Assistant Coaches Wives, Vickie Strong and Edith Royal

Texas Football Assistant Coaches Wives, Vickie Strong and Edith Royal

Shannon Nichols, Emly Dale and  Anne Swift

Shannon Nichols, Emly Dale and Anne Swift

William Jackson, Publisher and Creative Director of InFluential Magazine and Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor of InFluential Magazine (Photography courtesy of InFluential Magazine)

Rob Giardinelli, Associate Editor of The Societies Diaries Magazine; William Jackson, Publisher and Creative Director of InFluential Magazine and Lance Avery Morgan, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of The Societies Diaries Magazine

Rob Giardinelli, Associate Editor of The Societies Diaries; William Jackson, Publisher and Creative Director of InFluential Magazine and Lance Avery Morgan, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of The Societies Diaries Magazine (Photography courtesy of Stacey Harrell)

The DKR Fund is committed to excellence in Alzheimer’s research and care for Texans, the nation and the world. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research initiatives throughout Texas for Alzheimer’s disease. The DKR Fund serves as an educational resource for patients, caregivers, physicians and the general public for the Alzheimer’s disease. Key influencers, board members and legacy council members of the DKR Fund throughout Texas have continued to build upon the legacy of Coach Royal and fight to find a cure for this deadly disease. For more information about the organization, please visit www.dkrfund.org.

Rebecca Minkoff Personal Appearance at Neiman Marcus Austin

Rebecca Minkoff

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Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 & The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Written By Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine

For one day (Tuesday September 13, 2016), football and fashion met on the same field, or in this case, the runway. What could possibly bring the gridiron and the catwalk together? During the legendary career of former University of Texas football coach Darrell K Royal, he was responsible for successfully leading the Longhorns to three national titles and an overall record of 167-47-5. Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is synonymous with joy and optimism, with glamour and success; exotic designs that create a lifestyle. On the fashion runway of Neiman Marcus (Domain), the common goal for both was fashion with a cause, celebrating the first ladies of football who support the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.

“We are excited to celebrate Edith Royal and Vicki Strong, two women who have made tremendous contributions to the Texas community,” said Jenna Leiker, event co-chair. “Edith Royal founded The Darrell K Royal Foundation in honor of her late husband, an organization we are proud to support.”

Coach Royal’s greatest opponent was Alzheimer’s Disease. The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease (established in 2012) represents a commitment to excellence in research and care for Texans and a commitment to cure Alzheimer’s Disease in our lifetimes (www.dkrfund.org).

The fashion presentation featured Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2016 Collection, a stunning series of two major inspirations: art nouveau and glam rock (with a hint of the 70′s): dresses, jackets, capes, embellished denim, maxi coats, and beautiful pantsuits. Cavalli’s Fall show is described as “a dégagé ease” for the “nocturnal adventuresses”, or party lovers, in other words! The art nouveau richness brought with it fabrics such as velvet, lace, brocade, fur, and silk. The color palette featured mid-hues like deep-sea blue, tan, and purple mixed with royal colors like burnished gold, lavender, grape, scarlet, and robin’s egg blue with black. (Fashion images by Ben Porter Photography)

This event proved that fashion has heart and a cause; organized by event co-chairs Jamie Chandlee and Jenna Leiker. Guest were treated to an afternoon of champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and beautiful fashion…a truly great presentation by Neiman Marcus (Domain) and The Society Diaries Magazine; saluting The Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease and honoring our First Ladies of Texas Football Edith Royal and Vicki Strong.

Photo courtesy of Stacey Harrell – Left to Right: The Society Diaries Assoc. Editor Rob Giardinelli / InFluential Magazine Publisher William Jackson / The Society Diaries Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan

Celebrating the Art of Fashion

Written by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine

Thursday, September 8 was a night of fashion Austin will not soon forget.

To kick off Austin’s celebration of fashion, Neiman Marcus (Domain) and Lexus (Austin & Lakeway) celebrated the “Art of Fashion” featuring Austin Way Magazine’s release of their Fall Fashion issue. Each guest was greeted with the vibrant energy of music as trays of drinks were flowing with delightful cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

The audience received warm words of welcome from Vice President/General Manager of Neiman Marcus Chris Hendel. Editor-in-Chief of Austin Way Magazine Kathy Blackwell delivered a heartfelt presentation honoring the “Drivers of Style” (A.J. Bingham, Ane Urquiola Lowe, Blake Absher, Claire Zinnecker, Jordan Steele, Lauren Petrowski, and Noel Bridges) positive role models making an impact in our community; doing it all with style. Saving the best for last, the pièce de résistance was the fashion…oh my…the FASHION! Decadent luxury designer ensembles for both men and women covered the the runway; a fall feast for the eyes.
(Photos courtesy of Waytao Shing — www.waytaoshing.com)

Neiman Marcus Roberto Cavalli Fashion Show Benefits the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Fundraiser Honors the ‘First Ladies of Texas Football’ Edith Royal and Vicki Strong

Event co-chairs Jamie Chandlee and Jenna Leiker announced August 22 the Neiman Marcus Austin Fashion Presentation featuring the Roberto Cavalli Fall 2016 Collection will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 11am at Neiman Marcus Domain. The event will benefit the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease and honor the ‘First Ladies of Texas,’ Edith Royal and Vicki Strong.

Jamie & Jenna

Jamie & Jenna

“We are excited to celebrate Edith Royal and Vicki Strong, two women who have made tremendous contributions to the Texas community,” said Jenna Leiker, event co-chair. “Edith Royal founded The Darrell K Royal Foundation in honor of her late husband, an organization we are proud to support.”

The fashion presentation will feature Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2016 Collection, a stunning series of 70s inspired clothing with platform boots, maxi coats and high-waisted pantsuits. Guests will enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres while viewing the fall styles.

“The Darrell K Royal Research Fund has contributed greatly to the state of Texas,” said Jamie Chandlee, event co-chair. “The organization represents the pinnacle of commitment to excellence in research and care for Texans to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.”

Edith Royal’s late husband was Darrell K Royal, legendary coach of University of Texas football from 1957 – 1976.  Vicki Strong is married to University of Texas football coach, Charlie Strong, whose previous track record provides fans with the hope of a return to prominence.

Individual event tickets are $75 each can be purchased online at http://dkrfund.org/neiman-marcus.cfm. For more information, please call 866-946-3606.

About the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease

Established in 2012, the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease is building a legacy of lasting significance in honor of a man whose contributions to the lives of so many cannot even be measured. This research fund is taking a lead in providing a high profile and increasing national awareness of the disease feared and little understood by people over age 55. With no cure and no drugs available to alter the course of this disease, the DKR Fund is helping advance the pace of research into Alzheimer’s disease, as well as traumatic brain injury. Coach Royal’s courage gives voice and a face to a disease that has too long been hidden behind closed doors. For more information, visit www.dkrfund.org.

Are You the Next Neiman Marcus Face of Beauty?

Do you know someone who’s beautiful from the inside out? Someone who’s making a difference? Is it you?

Neiman Marcus is taking nominations NOW for bold, beautiful women who make some noise in their worlds. Nominate someone you know, yourself—but they’re excited to hear from you!

THE PRIZE

  • Round-trip airfare to Dallas, Texas
  • Luxury hotel accommodations
  • A celebratory dinner with Neiman Marcus Executives
  • Hair styling, makeup application, and a private fitting with a Neiman Marcus stylist
  • A photo and video shoot at the beautiful flagship Neiman Marcus store
  • A luncheon at our gorgeous Zodiac restaurant
  • $1,500 in cosmetics and fragrances – and your wardrobe from the shoot – to take home as our thank you!

Hurry! Nominations close on March 24, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Neiman Marcus Returns to Austin with Make Some Noise Activation on March 18-20 Celebrating Bold Women with Bold Voices

Make Some Noise will Feature Inspiring Conversations
with Laura Dern, Rosario Dawson, Jenna Bush Hager, and More
Plus Music by Atlantic Records Group

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson

Neiman Marcus returns to Austin with its second annual Make Some Noise brand platform activation celebrating women on the rise, women making a difference, and women shaking up the status quo to lead the way forward for their generation and all the ones to come.

Following the success of the official launch of Make Some Noise last year, which featured two of the top fifty shows of SXSW according to Rolling Stone, the three-day activation running from March 18 to 20 at 78 Rainey Street will once again feature thought-provoking panel discussions with female noisemakers in technology, fashion, film, music, food, art, and business. Each day will be capped off with live music from Atlantic Records Group and its affiliated labels, curated by one of the most influential women in music, Julie Greenwald, Chairman and COO of Atlantic Records Group.

For over 100 years, Neiman Marcus has dressed women of style; and style breeds confidence.  But more so, for today’s woman, it’s a combination of style and substance that is propelling them to succeed in groundbreaking ways, said Wanda Gierhart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Neiman Marcus Group. ³Over the next three years, our goal is to embody Make Some Noise in every facet of our business using brand activations at key cultural moments. With trailblazing female panelists talking about their success, the hottest emerging musicians, and a roster of supportive partners, we want to inspire all women to join in, use their voices and make some noise in their own lives.²

The Make Some Noise activation begins with a housewarming party on Wednesday, March 18, and then kicks into high gear on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 with an exciting lineup including the following:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

  • Musical performances by Grammy Award-winning artist Jess Glynne and New York-based dance duo The Knocks
  • Ice cream demo from Natasha Case, co-founder of Coolhaus
  • Live mural painting by local Austin artist Zuzu Perkal
  • DJ set from NY-based Jilly Hendrix

 THURSDAY, MARCH 19

  • An intimate conversation with actress, advocate, and activist Freida Pinto
  • A captivating panel discussion, Women Writing Their Own Story: Gender in Media, featuring Jenna Bush Hager, NBC¹s Today contributing correspondent; Shiza Shahid, co-founder and global ambassador of the Malala Fund; Dyllan McGee, founder of McGee Media and founder & executive producer of MAKERS; and moderated by Katherine Keating, CEO and executive producer at Keating Company International
  • A special performance from singer/songwriter, TED speaker, and philanthropist Gracie Schram
  • Music handpicked by Atlantic Records Group will include Grammy Award-winning international phenomenon Clean Bandit; Night Terrors of 1927; Kaleo; Anderson East; and Max Frost, an Austin native who was recently named one of Rolling Stone and NPR¹s ³10 Artists You Need To Know²

 FRIDAY, MARCH 20

  • A one-on-one conversation with the two-time Academy Award-nominated actress and humanitarian Laura Dern
  • An engaging panel discussion, Breaking Out: The New Roles for Women, featuring Katie Lee, chef, author and co-host of Food Network¹s The Kitchen; Rebecca Minkoff, designer and business woman; Lizzy Plapinger, MS MR and co-owner/founder of Neon Gold Records; and moderated by Audrey Gelman, political and brand communications consultant
  • An exclusive chat with actress and philanthropist Rosario Dawson
  • Music handpicked by Atlantic Records Group will includeacclaimed UK singer/songwriter Marina and the Diamonds; Milo Greene, whose sophomore album has received over 1.9 million streams to date; Melanie Martinez; Christine and The Queens; and Australian breakout artist Meg Mac

Each room of the Make Some Noise house will provide opportunities to be inspired through technology, music, food, art, and fashion. Guests will interact with multiple art elements in the house including a user-generated pointillism mural reflecting the essence of Make Some Noise; a cascading wall of ribbons printed with inspiring phrases that guests can grab and wear as a bracelet; a slo-mo video booth for fun Instagrammable moments; and Paint Some Noise, a video paint interactive installation, created by Sweatshoppe, on the exterior of the house that allows guests to use LED ³paint rollers² to reveal layers of new content, including upcoming panelists and music lineups, as if guests are painting each image.

The house will also feature a shoppable showroom empowered by Visa Checkout, which lets visitors digitally purchase fashion, accessory, and beauty items from specially curated festival vignettes by Neiman Marcus. Visa Checkout helps streamline consumers¹ purchases throughout the house, and around the world, in just a few clicks via the Neiman Marcus ŒFestival Boutique¹ at www.NeimanMarcus.com/shopmakesomenoise. Furthermore, guests will enjoy listening stations dedicated to women who rock with headphones provided by B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen; guitars & amplifiers by Fender Musical Instruments; Makeup Artistry by Kevyn Aucoin Pro Team; and specialty cocktails from Baileys and CÎROC Vodka.

 The Neiman Marcus Make Some Noise campaign was launched in 2014 to inspire women to be bold and make the most of their potential. Over the next three years, the campaign¹s goal is to embody Make Some Noise in every facet of Neiman Marcus¹ business from e-commerce to social platforms, from stores to merchant teams, and everything in between.

The Make Some Noise activation will be located at 78 Rainey Street and open to the public with an RSVP on Wednesday, March 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 from noon to 8:00 p.m. To RSVP, please visit www.NeimanMarcus.com/MakeSomeNoise. Attendees are encouraged to share their unique, colorful, and inspiring experience via myriad social channels using the dedicated hashtag #NMMakeSomeNoise.

Neiman Marcus Returns to Austin with “Make Some Noise, Bold Women Bold Voices” Activation

Neiman Marcus Presents “Make Some Noise” in Collaboration with VISA Checkout and Atlantic Records

Neiman Marcus is pleased to announce its return to Austin with a three-day event celebrating its empowering, female-driven initiative, “Make Some Noise, Bold Women Bold Voices” at 78 Rainey Street from March 18 through 20. Make Some Noise is a Neiman Marcus brand platform championing bold woman with bold voices who are shaking up the status quo and leading the way forward. Celebrating noisemakers in technology, fashion, music, food, art, and business, Neiman Marcus inspires all women to join in, use their voices and make some noise. “Make Some Noise” in Austin will serve as the peak event for the year-round campaign celebrating women.

The “Make Some Noise” activation, empowered by VISA Checkout and featuring music by Atlantic Records, will feature special appearances, interactive experiences, panel discussions, live musical performances, and more.

Each room of the “Make Some Noise” house on Rainey Street will provide opportunities to explore creativity through technology, music, food, art, and fashion. The “Make Some Noise” house will feature listening stations with headphones provided by B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen, guitars & amplifiers by Fender Musical Instruments, specially curated retail displays by Neiman Marcus, and Kevyn Aucoin makeup stations. Guests will also enjoy a demo and ice cream tasting from Coolhaus and drinks provided by Baileys and CÎROC Vodka.

Guests in attendance are encouraged to share their unique, colorful and inspiring experience via myriad social channels including the dedicated hashtag #NMMakeSomeNoise.