Birchbox @ Walgreens Launches on December 6!

Party on aisle one!

On Thursday, December 6th, Walgreens celebrated the launch of their exclusive Birchbox beauty section and offerings with a kick-off invite only event INSIDE of the Soho store location in New York City. The event was hosted by Lauren Brindley the Group Vice President of Beauty for Walgreens and Katia Bauchamp the co-founder of Birchbox.

The highlights of the evening included the build your own box station where attendees were able to assemble a custom Birchbox and have personalized by cool girl calligrapher, Steffi Lynn as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony to christen the occasion.

In attendance were friends of Walgreens and Birchbox, influencers, media and premiere beauty brand reps who sipped on prosecco, dined on passed hors d’oeuvre, took photos in a photobooth and jammed to live music.

Starting today, Birchbox is available in Walgreens locations all over the country including New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Chicago with even more locations opening in 2019. With a new and effortless way to discover new beauty brands or to shop indie products Walgreens has evolved into a beauty destination for all, perfect for those who are still looking for Christmas gift ideas!

Chic Designs to Remind You of Home

Where is your happy place? Happiest Tee lets you celebrate your favorite destinations in style and comfort. A Happiest Tee starts with a luxe American-made garment from State & Manor. There may be a more comfortable tee shirt out there, but we haven’t found it. Whether a celebration of your hometown, a memento from a fabulous vacation or a gift for that friend with a passion for travel, a Happiest Tee is the perfect choice.

Hesitant to even call their merchandise t-shirts … because a Happiest Tee is more than a tee! The base garment utilizes luxury design and production you’d expect to find on Rodeo Drive. The price is a reflection of the fit and fabric. There’s a reason their apparel can be found in some of the most prestigious resorts around the world. They can say with certainty once you wear your Happiest Tee, you will never question the price. There’s a reason the rooms at the Mandarin Oriental cost more than those at a Holiday Inn. It’s all in the quality of the experience. And we think you’re worth the upgrade!

If you’re still curious about what makes a Happiest Tee so special, here’s the short list:

REDEFINING THE NOVELTY TEE

  • Super Soft Modal/Spandex Blend

  • Casual Luxury
  • Great Fit

  • 100% Made in the USA

  • No labels/No itching

  • Eco-Conscious

  • Machine Washable

  • No Fading or Stretching

  • Screen Printing not Heat Transfer

From Africa’s Emerging Markets Come Emerging Designers

Marketplace Africa puts the emerging African fashion industry in reach for American style-setters

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Michelle Obama is well known for discovering and supporting up-and-coming designers from a variety of backgrounds and cultural influences and bringing them to prominence. From Taiwanese-Canadian Jason Wu to Finnish Teija Eilola to Nigerian Maki Oh, the former First Lady has placed a number of designers on the world stage and catapulted their careers forward. 

Now Marketplace Africa offers fashion-forward style setters everywhere the same opportunity to discover emerging designers from Africa and showcase what may be the next “it” designer. 

Africa is home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, fueling a $31 billion fashion industry and its own Africa Fashion Week. This economic success has given birth to some of the hottest new fashion designers that are little known outside of Africa and waiting to be discovered by American style-setters. Nigerian designer Maki Oh has been worn by celebrities from Rihanna to Beyoncé to Michelle Obama. But many other designers are waiting to be discovered outside of their native countries and now Marketplace Africa makes it easy. 

Marketplace Africa, a joint venture between global shipping leader DHL and Africa’s e-commerce leader,  Mall for Africa, features more than 80 designers and a full range of accessories, as well as men’s fashion and gifts. The partnership takes the complexity and uncertainty out of global online shopping. DHL handles all logistics services for the marketplace, including an exclusive product-verification process prior to shipping, while Mall for Africa’s award-winning, patented e-commerce platform manages Marketplace Africa’s proprietary platform and payment system. So American shoppers have access to the innovative designers and craftspeople across Africa creating stunning, world-class products using both traditional and cutting-edge techniques, while African businesses are able to connect to new markets and new customers. 

Forty Five Ten Celebrates 20 Years of TWO x TWO for and Art with Pop Pop-Up Shop Filled with Signature Pieces from the Fashion Industry’s Leading Names

Rosie Assoulin, Prabal Gurung, Mary Katrantzou, Adam Lippes, David Yurman and More Have Created Limited Edition T-Shirts and Signature Items 

Photography courtesy of Bruno.

Dallas-based retailer Forty Five Ten has opened a Pop-Up Shop celebrating the twentieth anniversary of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, which carries notable designer brands who have donated a range of signature pieces.  TWO x TWO beneficiaries amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art has items on sale, too.

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

The TWO x TWO Pop-Up will be open through Saturday, October 27 at the flagship Forty Five Ten location, 1615 Main Street, Dallas, TX.  All items are also available at http://shop.amfar.org/

TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art will celebrate its 20th annual benefit gala dinner and contemporary art auction benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research on Saturday, October 27. Held at the Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House in Dallas, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised over $75 million in its twenty-year history in support of amfAR’s research initiatives and the DMA’s contemporary program.

Michael McCray, Gonzalo Bueno, Cindy Rachofsky and Howard Rachofsky

Michael McCray, Gonzalo Bueno, Cindy Rachofsky and Howard Rachofsky

“Over our twenty years, we have been extraordinarily blessed with the support of so many designers, luxury brands and generous supporters.  Along with our sponsor Forty Five Ten, we wanted to celebrate this special anniversary and provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience commemorating our milestone,” said Cindy Rachofsky, co-host and founder, TWO x TWO, along with her husband, Howard Rachofsky.

“This is such a great collaboration for Forty Five Ten because it’s one of like-mindedness—we both celebrate the space that connects fashion, art and design. To be a part of this special anniversary for an amazing cause has been our honor,” said Kristen Cole, President and Chief Creative Officer, Forty Five Ten.

Among the highlights is a series of limited-edition t-shirts designed by some of the fashion industry’s leading names, each retailing for $200.  The designers include:

  • Rosie Assoulin
  • Aquazurra
  • Alberta Feretti
  • Prabal Gurung
  • Mary Katrantzou
  • Derek Lam
  • Adam Lippes
  • Peter Pilotto
  • Lela Rose
  • Proenza Schouler
  • Jeremy Scott for Moschino
  • Carine Roitfeld
  • Christian Siriano
  • Emilia Wickstead
  • David Yurman
Nancy Gonzalez Handbags

Nancy Gonzalez Handbags

Notable brands have donated a range of signature pieces such as:

  • Casa Dragones – a set of sipping tequila glassware and a margarita glass
  • Carpenters Workshop Gallery – four lamps priced from $11,000 to $27,000
  • Nancy Gonzalez – 5 styles, special edition handbags ranging from $2,000 to $4,500
  • Oliver Peoples – a selection of styles
  • The Tot – limited edition designer t-shirts for kids like the adult ones (described above) and Levi jackets inscribed with artist-designed words
  • Sue Gragg Precious Jewels – a custom diamond necklace with your child’s name

The Dallas Museum of Art has published TWO x TWO x TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. The book celebrates twenty years of significant contemporary art acquisitions and exhibitions made possible by proceeds from the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art auction. The book retails for $55. (See release in Dropbox for full details on the book.)

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has provided logoed caps, artist-designed beach towels, a Jean Paul Gaultier tote bag and other retail items.

DJ Lucy Wrubel

DJ Lucy Wrubel

A preview party for TWO x TWO supporters was held on Wednesday, September 19. Attendees enjoyed passed bites from The Joule, Cindy’s Margarita with Casa Dragones’ Blanco Tequila and music by DJ Lucy Wrubel.

Rob Dailey

Rob Dailey

Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Cindy Rachofsky

Nasiba Hartland-Mackie and Cindy Rachofsky

David Morales and Gabriel Suarez

David Morales and Gabriel Suarez

Allen and Kelli Questrom

Allen and Kelli Questrom

The crowd included TWO x TWO Hosts Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Director Melissa Ireland, and longtime supporters of the cause including: Jessica Nowitzki, Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum, Rob Dailey, Laura and Walter Elcock, Jeny Bania, Suzanne and David Droese, Cindy Ferris, Meghan Looney, Lisa and John Runyon, along with Joe Cole and Forty Five Ten’s President and Chief Creative Officer Kristen Cole. as they purchased their favorite items from the TWO x TWO 20th Anniversary Collection.

About Forty Five Ten

Dallas-born boutique Forty Five Ten merges fashion and art, inciting the new, the unconventional, the eclectic, and the inspired. The brand presents global luxury and emerging talent in women’s, men’s, design, and beauty. After opening in Dallas in 2000, Forty Five Ten immediately established its trademark sensibility with an emphasis on playful, experimental, and luxury designers. After being acquired by Headington Companies in 2014, the brand expanded its footprint with the opening of a flagship store in the heart of downtown Dallas in 2016. An emblem of the city’s urban renaissance, the 37,000-square-foot, four-story building features three retail levels; its corporate headquarters, a top-floor restaurant and lounge, Mirador, a first-floor cafe, and museum-quality art throughout. The flagship, along with additional brick-and-mortar locations with several on the horizon, has earned Forty-Five Ten the reputation as an anchor of neighborhoods on the rise.

About TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art

Since its inception 19 years ago, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised over $75 million in support of amfAR’s essential AIDS research initiatives and the Dallas Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund.  To date, over 260 exceptional works of art have been acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art with proceeds from TWO x TWO exclusively from dealers and artists who have supported TWO x TWO in the past. This reinvestment strategy creates a synergistic partnership designed to benefit all associated with the event. TWO x TWO has become amfAR’s largest fundraiser in the United States and is also the DMA’s largest fundraiser. All donated artwork is installed in the Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House and is on view during the month prior to the auction for a series of events and range of collecting audiences among the 1,500+ visitors. All sponsors and donated lots are featured in superb hard copy catalogs, which feature the artist and gallery websites, and which are sent to collectors around the globe for absentee bidding. twoxtwo.org

 

It’s Our 7th Anniversary!

William Jackson, Found & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

On the one hand, it feels like I’ve been doing this for a lifetime, while on the other, I find myself wondering “Where did the years go?” It’s been a year of excitement, highs and lows, long work days and restless nights, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

This past year has taught me so many useful lessons, and one that really stands out is just how important it is for individuals to be patient, long-suffering, and kind toward others; without judgement.  In a culture where freedom of speech is widely encouraged, many seem to have lost sight on the importance of having something of positive and encouraging to say, tempered with applying the “Golden Rule”.  As a reminder, the “Golden Rule” admonishes us to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  Of course, the lack of applying the “Golden Rule” is almost always to our detriment.

In previous Publisher’s Notes, I shared my own struggle with trying to ensure I live a well-balanced life and making such a priority. Although, I still have room for improvement, I’ve been making slow but steady progress. I recently began adding the practice of yoga to my regular health & wellness routine, something I never would have imagined in a thousand years. But thankfully, it’s doing wonders for me. I feel calmer, am resting better, and my days are less hectic.

It’s with this newfound sense of balance and calm I wish to collaborate with you as we begin our seventh year. On that note, I’m thrilled to welcome you to our Seventh Anniversary Edition!  One of our Exclusive Interviews is with Hanna Jaffe Bosdet.  The well-known Philanthropist, human rights activist, speaker, and author opens up about her new acting role in NETFLIX’s first Mexican reality series Made in Mexico, and what’s she’s doing to raise awareness of important topics such as human rights, immigrants, refugees, peace, and the importance of education.  Being that this also our Style Edition, of course we had to bring you many topics related to style and its impact as we strive to live well.

I invite you to feast your eyes on this stunning Seventh Anniversary Edition and enjoy reading the rest of the amazing features we have for you in this Edition.  May this Edition inform and inspire you to continue living your best life.

From my very being, I thank you for being a dedicated reader. Seven thrilling years would not be possible without you.  I’m so grateful to and inspired by the entire InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, andTeen InFluential teams, who work tirelessly to bring you our award-winning publications. I’m truly excited about the future of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, and I believe the best is yet to come.

Fondly and with Great Enthusiasm,

William Jackson

Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

NYFW Inspired Hairstyle Tutorial by Tony Odisho

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) showcased a lot of gorgeous hairstyles, but we noticed one common trend among them: sleek middle parts. So we decided to try out this gorgeous trend for ourselves and show you exactly how to achieve the look.

So without further ado, here’s our NYFW inspired hairstyle tutorial.

First, gather your tools. For this tutorial, we used Smoothing SerumFlexible Hold Hairspray, a Tony Odisho Infrared Curling Iron, and 3-in-1 Mist.

Part the hair right down the middle.

Then, use a small pump of Smoothing Serum to add a sleek shine.

Clip up all the hair except for the front pieces.

Then, secure those pieces at the base of the neck with a rubber band.

Coat the hair in a light layer of Flexible Hold Hairspray and curl it with the Infrared Curling Iron. Brush out curls to break them up a bit.

And, that’s it! A gorgeous sleek NYFW Inspired Hairstyle!

You can leave this as is or add a little pizzazz with a side braid.

Secure the end of the braid with a rubber band and wrap it with a piece of hair to hide it.

Gently pull on this sides of the braid to widen it.

Finish with 3-in-1 Mist for added shine and UV ray protection.

And, voila! Another gorgeous NYFW inspired hairstyle! Try it yourself and let us know how it works for you.

New Jewelry Line from Designer / Entrepreneur Vivian Storms

Features One-of-a-Kind Sculptural Artwork from Acclaimed Cold Glass Artist Jack Storms

Even though Vivian Storms has accomplished much in her young life — she’s only 31 — including being a child star in her native Brazil, a publisher, CEO, manager of an art gallery, marketing expert, fashion designer, and mother, she never imagined she’d become a designer of her own jewelry line.

Viv Storms Fine Jewelry launched its new line of exceptional jewelry, fashioned from one-of-a-kind, original cold-glass artwork produced by her business partner, artist Jack Storms, on Aug. 1.

There were 500 pieces available, with five different designs for necklaces, rings, cuff links, earrings and pendants, all affordably priced starting at $500, and up. A pre-sale was launched on Aug. 1, with 360-degree videos of the pieces on the website www.vivstorms.com. Those who pre-ordered pieces received several perks, including deep discounts and entry into a giveaway of a $15,000 Jack Storms sculpture. Pre-ordered pieces will be delivered on Nov. 1. A portion of the proceeds of the pre-sale will go to charity.

“We have an amazing team of designers helping me take this crazy idea of a jewelry line based on fine art from a piece of paper to reality,” said Vivian about the process of creating the line.

Over the last decade, Jack has become a dominant force in the landscape of cold-glass art. The effect of his work is palpable. Take one look at any of his masterpieces, and it’ll become obvious that, aside from technical prowess, there’s something else at work. It’s that artistry that Vivian, the brains behind the Storms company, thought of harnessing three years ago.

Vivian believed Jack’s craft had a lot more to offer, so she set herself the task of reinterpreting his art and expanding the reach of the Storms name. Rendered in jewelry form, Jack’s art could be worn, carried and someday even passed down. With this venture, Vivian also combined two of her greatest passions: art and fashion.

But the scale of Jack’s sculptures and their sheer weight posed a challenge. Taking Jack’s work and striving for the same excellence — and the same painful precision and meticulous attention to detail — in a fraction of the size was by no means an easy task. The former husband-and-wife duo worked feverishly, side-by-side, to translate Jack’s creation into stones as small as 8mm. It took two and a half years, and various episodes of trial and error, to develop and perfect the process, but Vivian’s jewelry line is finally slated to launch in November.

With the brilliantly reflective core in mind, Vivian dreamed up the designs — which come in gold, silver and platinum — for her debut line, her first foray into fine jewelry.

In the Sophia collection, the stones drive the narrative and dictate the settings. The collection makes good use of simple, modern lines and contemporary features, all executed with an obsession with quality and elegance.

The Aria collection, on the other hand, sings another tune. While the stone is still the star attraction, it works hand-in-hand with ornate settings to display all facets of the duo’s vivid imagination. Here, Vivian opts for drama, in place of more minimalist design elements. The shimmering, light-catching stones are presented in romantic, storybook-like settings adorned with intricate scrollwork.

Manufactured entirely in the United States, between Los Angeles and Miami, both collections boast a timeless aesthetic, a true embodiment of outstanding work at the service of a radical vision.

When asked why someone should buy her jewelry, what with so many jewelry lines on the market, Vivian didn’t hesitate to answer.

“Because they are buying a piece of art from the foremost cold glass artist in the world,” she said. “These pieces do not exist anywhere else in the world. Every one of these pieces is different, they’re all original pieces of art, made by a master sculptor, one of only three in the world. The colors are just surreal.”

Vivian says she has more of an overarching view of the jewelry line than just selling necklaces and rings, beautiful and intricate as they are.

“It’s always been about bringing enlightenment with Jack’s art, it really changes people’s perception of everything, it’s more than a sculpture, he’s able to create something truly unique,” said Vivian. “For me it’s about bringing this art to the world — to see, to believe and to see the beauty of art. To involve more people and have this work touch them.”

Visit Viv Storms Fine Jewelry at www.vivstorms.com.

Australian Rising Star Hits New York Fashion Week

Australia’s rising star Madison Daniel is taking New York Fashion Week by storm as she kicked off festivities at the Bruno Magli SoHo Store Opening Event on the evening of Wednesday, September 5th.
Madison Daniel, Singer/Song Writer/Actress.  Photography courtesy of Sean Zanni Getty Images for Bruno Magli.

Madison Daniel, Singer/Song Writer/Actress. Photography courtesy of Sean Zanni Getty Images for Bruno Magli.

Madison just released her music video for her single, Love is Love which has been rapidly gaining popularity on Spotify and here in the states and she has two upcoming singles she’ll be dropping next month.

The Exclusive Fashion Editorial: Sports Fan

It’s just a simple game, not to everyone! Some would call them a sports fan, fanatic, aficionado…no matter the name, it all equates to a true LOVE of SPORTS! Only a die-hard sports enthusiast could be so devoted to a sports team right down to their FASHION; win or lose. A true sports fan means sticking to one team, through thick and thin, in times of victory and in times of heartbreak. How devoted are you to your team? Let the Fan-O-Meter decide!

Credits:
Photographer:  Vaughn Luciano
Fashion Stylist:  Michelle Washington
Makeup Artist:  Alex DeLeon
Model: Kasha Davey

Vaughn Luciano Photography

Yellow Jacket – Howriis
Green Romper – Flirtitude
Shades – Rue21
Shoes – Freedom

Vaughn Luciano Photography

Silver Leather Jacket – Rue21
Red Beaded Bra – Victoria’s Secret
Black Side – Stripe Skirt – Vibe

Vaughn Luciano Photography

Black Sequins Bomber Jacket – Hao Duo Yi
Raiders Swimsuit – NFL apparel
Shoes – Liliana

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Bulls Swimsuit – NBA apparel
Leggings – Vibe
Shoes – Liliana

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White Royalty Jersey – Queen Apparel
Black Sequins Bomber Jacket – Hao Duo Yi
Shoes – Liliana

Vaughn Luciano Photography

Blue “Classy” Jersey – Queen Apparel
Shoes – Wild Diva

Vaughn Luciano Photography

Red Jersey Dress – Queen Apparel

Romero+McPaul Opens First U.S. Boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles

Photography courtesy of Romero+McPaul.

Internationally-renowned luxury lifestyle and shoe brand Romero+McPaul will celebrate the opening of its first boutique in the United States at 8627 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 9.

This is the brand’s fifth brick-and-mortar location, following the success of storefronts in Mexico and Colombia and robust global online sales. The intimate 600-square-foot space features décor that illustrates the brand’s core inspirations: royalty, sailing and the Ivy League. Founded in Mexico City in 2012 by Hernán Junco and Raul González, Romero+McPaul has gained worldwide acclaim for its luxurious, couture shoes, particularly its iconic velvet slippers. Since its launch, the brand has been featured in international editions of GQ, Vanity Fair, Forbes and Marie Claire, among others.

Romero+McPaul’s collection includes a full line of shoes, including men’s velvet slippers, Chelsea boots, Italian loafers and sneakers; T-shirts; bow-ties; and swimwear; as well as women’s velvet slippers, sneakers and loafers. Each of the brand’s products is handmade by premium shoemakers in England, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

With crests, custom artwork and expressions such as ‘après ski’ and ‘Beverly Hills,’ Romero+McPaul’s velvet slippers have been widely popular and sought after by celebrities, professional athletes and jetsetters alike. The bespoke collection of slippers customized with monograms, personalized letters and embroidery have caught the attention of Luis Miguel, Julio Iglesias and Jean Paul Gaultier, among others, who have worn custom slippers created just for them.

To celebrate the grand opening, Romero+McPaul will host a pair of grand opening events. The first, a ribbon cutting and invitation-only event, will take place on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Romero+McPaul will also host a grand opening shopping day on Saturday, Aug. 11, where shoppers will receive 20 percent off all purchases.

The West Hollywood location is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. More information about Romero+McPaul may be found online at www.romeromcpaul.com.

ABOUT ROMERO+McPAUL

Founded in Mexico City in 2012 by Hernán Junco, also the founder of The Yachtsetter, and Raul González, Romero+McPaul has gained international acclaim for its high-quality, couture footwear, particularly its iconic velvet slippers, which have found their way into the closets of celebrities, professional athletes and jetsetters including Luis Miguel, Julio Iglesias and Jean Paul Gaultier, among others. A complete lifestyle brand, Romero+McPaul offers a full line of men’s shoes, including Chelsea boots, Italian loafers and sneakers; T-shirts; bow-ties; and swimwear; as well as women’s slippers, sneakers and loafers; and more. To achieve its timeless style with a contemporary twist, Romero+McPaul takes inspiration from three elements: royalty, sailing and the Ivy League. Romero+McPaul’s flagship U.S. boutique is located at 8627 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, Calif. More information may be found online at www.romeromcpaul.com or on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @RomeroMcPaul.