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.

Inkkas Worldwide, a Global Footwear Brand for Socially Conscious Female – FALL FASHION / BACK TO SCHOOL

For your upcoming Fall must-haves, back to school and women’s fashion, consider Inkkas Worldwide, a global footwear brand for socially conscious jetsetters and the culturally curious.

From styles $150 and under, Inkkas offers everything from culturally inspired camping boots to graphic slip-ons, textile infused high and low tops to the lightest sneaker you can find with convo starting prints. Inkkas outfits her for every adventure, whether she’s hiking, jetsetting, or walking around her own concrete jungle.

When she wears Inkkas, she’s leaving more than a stylish footprint. As part of the OneShoeOneTree project, Inkkas plants one tree for every purchase. In partnership with TreesForTheFuture, Inkkas is helping reforest the world to provide sustenance for local populations in developing countries.

You can find more styles and information here: http://inkkas.com. 

About Inkkas Footwear

Inkkas Worldwide, a global footwear brand for socially conscious jetsetters and the culturally curious. Inkkas are handmade in Mexico using Peruvian artisanal fabrics to create an authentic Latin American product with fair trade values. From must have camping boots to bold, printed slip-ons, tye-dye high tops and the lightest sneaker you can find, Inkkas outfits you for every adventure. Whether you are hiking, working out or exploring a far-flung city, Inkkas has you covered. Wherever you wander, Inkkas fit. When Inkkas was founded, the company set out to be an organization that was about more than simply making a profit. The company established itself on the principles of fair trade, authenticity and social consciousness. Due to the growing danger of deforestation, the Inkkas Company decided to make a difference in the world by creating the OneShoeOneTree ™ project. As part of the OneShoeOneTree project, Inkkas plants one tree for

every purchase. In partnership with TreesForTheFuture Inkkas is helping reforest the world to provide sustenance for local populations in developing countries.

Join InFluential Magazine for Austin Fashion Focus on July 25th

Please join our Chief Business Officer, Mr. William Jackson as he participates in The Art Institute of Austin Presents Fashion Focus on Wednesday, July 25 at The Art Institute of Austin.

Presented is an in-depth session with top fashion industry professionals about the future of Austin fashion.

Fashion Focus

Panel participants include:

*Neiman Marcus Austin
*Amberleaf luxury apparel
*InFluential Magazine
*71 Magazine

*Stitch Texas

*SixChel
*Soto & Co

*Concept 2 Consumption

*Blue Moon Apparel Services
>>Refreshments Served<<
[Convenient free parking]

You’re invited to RSVP HERE!

Hope to see you there!

5 Things Your Shoes Say About You

What you wear on your feet reflects your personality, status

If there is one thing that most women love, it is shoes. Look in the closet of most women and you will see a collection of shoes that they are proud of. Online shopping opportunities for shoes have even further pushed the growth of the industry, with IBIS World reporting that in the last five years shoe sales online have surged, with the revenue now reaching $14 billion. It’s an industry that will continue to thrive, and for good reason. Shoes say a lot about the person wearing them, even if you have to temper what you wear with them, they always give people a way to let their personality shine through.

 

“I believe that shoes are a work of art and should express something profound about the person wearing them,” explains Cedrick McDonald, owner of Exotics by Cedrick. “That’s why I put my heart and soul as an artist into every pair of shoes I design. I want the person wearing them to feel like I captured the essence of their personality with every shoe.”

McDonald is a bit of a pioneer in the shoe industry, having created a style that is unique enough to earn a U.S. patent. His line of designer footwear features high-fashion pumps with 4-6” heels that have an eye-catching snakeskin outsole that is encrusted with Swarovski crystals on the bottom of every shoe.  They are shoes that help make a statement not only about the designer, but about the person wearing them.

Our shoes give non-verbal cues to those who see us wearing them. Those symbolic messages give clues as to what type of personality you have, as well as how successful you may be. Here are 5 things that your shoes say about you:

  1. Designer shoes. Those wearing designer shoes make a bold statement about status. Designer shoes are a status symbol, and these people are comfortable with being in their own skin and are not afraid to show off their high level of success.
  2. High heels. It takes a confident, driven woman to wear high heels. They are for those who are attractive, have excellent taste, and have endless determination. If anyone is running the show, it’s usually the woman in the designer high heels.
  3. Expensive shoes. The amount someone pays for their shoes says a lot about what they can afford, their level of success, and their taste for the finer things in life. Expensive shoes are synonymous with good taste, success, and earning a lot of money.
  4. Colors and prints. While shoes come in all types of colors and prints, those who opt for the bolder options are not afraid to be bold themselves. They could be extroverts who want to be heard or they could be introverts who are silent, yet very confident and comfortable with who they are. Even the quiet ones desire to be noticed, and bold colors and prints will help them do just that.
  5. Custom designs. Those who seek out custom designs or unique shoe lines are leaders, rather than followers. They want to help set the trends and styles and want to be seen. They love how custom designs ignite conversations, giving them a chance to flex their forward-thinking fashion moves.

“Your shoes should help make you feel beautiful,” added McDonald. “If they are not doing that, then they are not worth your time. As an artist who designs shoes, it is my mission to bring out the beauty in every step my customers may take. I want them to truly live life through their soul!”

Visit Exotics by Cedrick to learn more stylish information.