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Fashion illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

MAGIC Cancels Live Event

Informa Markets Fashion announced today the cancellation of MAGIC’s Las Vegas fashion wholesale trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which was set to run from September 30 – October 2, 2020. Instead, MAGIC, with sister shows, COTERIE, PROJECT, MICAM Americas, and CHILDREN’S CLUB, is in full swing to debut their digital trade event, scheduled to open on September 1, 2020 and run through November 1, 2020.

MAGIC, the largest domestic fashion tradeshow in Las Vegas, which includes WWDMAGIC, PROJECT, MICAM Americas, POOLTRADESHOW, STITCH, and SOURCING at MAGIC draws an audience of international and domestic retailers, brands, media, and industry influencers. With the offering of a comprehensive and centralized digital trade platform this fall, brands and retailers will benefit from an inclusive, location-free opportunity to connect and conduct commerce – bridging the gap created by the continued uncertainty of travel restrictions and health and safety concerns. This digital trade event – one of the largest digital marketplaces for fashion wholesale – is the initial step forward within a much larger, future-facing plan of collaborative physical and digital events for the fashion wholesale industry.

“Based on our discussions with partners and stakeholders surrounding health, safety, and travel concerns across the country, cancelling our late September Las Vegas event, while disappointing, is the best path forward for our fashion community,” said Nancy Walsh, President of Informa Markets Fashion. “Current climate aside, re-evaluating, re-adjusting, and continually maturing our business model has always been part of our company ethos. Our digital trade event is a natural and necessary first step in revolutionizing and innovating our business in a time that is primed for digital opportunity and outlets.”

MAGIC’s digital marketplace, powered by NuORDER will not only feature new and known brands across women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, accessories, and footwear, but like the live event, will also feature a robust line-up of educational programming and seminars. With a full 8-week run time, retail buyers will be able to leisurely explore a full library of shoppable editorials and engaging educational content, from tastemaker-curated roundups and retail discovery sessions to timely industry insights. The fusion of community and value-add content will generate a more efficient endless aisle experience of unique product discovery for retailers.

Additionally, participating brands will benefit from enhanced brand storytelling and the ability to make more informed merchandising decisions in real time through data analytics and NuORDER’S market-leading features such as digital catalogs, line sheets, 360 imagery, and shoppable hotspots to connect and conduct commerce. While the momentum is gaining to utilize this new platform and its technology, exhibitors are already gearing up for onboarding, with weekly webinar training sessions in full swing. Helping brands quickly become comfortable navigating the virtual showroom technology, each hour-long session features a comprehensive tutorial demonstrating platform functionalities and capabilities, followed by a live audience Q&A.

“From the very beginning of planning a digital component to our events, back in early 2020, we have been diligently taking strides forward to ensure a meaningful product was developed for our community. We have had our finger on the pulse of our industry and we have learned so much from our customers, partners, and community in the past few days, weeks, and months – their needs, wants, and hopes – which allows us to more confidently step forward this year and then further enhance our business into a dynamic and hybrid future in 2021,” said Kelly Helfman, President of MAGIC.

MAGIC is the most comprehensive fashion marketplace in the U.S., showcasing Women’s and Men’s Apparel, Footwear, Accessories, and Sourcing resources from around the world. MAGIC fuels the business of fashion by helping facilitate connections between buyers and brands with outstanding services like retail concierge and matchmaking programs, bridging relationships and strengthening connections.

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our portfolio comprises more than 450 international B2B events and brands in markets including Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Construction & Real Estate, Fashion & Apparel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and Health & Nutrition, among others. We provide customers and partners around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. As the world’s leading exhibitions organizer, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. 

NuORDER is the leading wholesale e-commerce platform. Brands use NuORDER to deliver a seamless, more collaborative wholesale process, where buyers can browse products, plan assortments and make smarter buys in real-time. The NuORDER platform was engineered with flexibility and scale in mind processing over $35B in GMV. It empowers businesses of all sizes with enterprise-level technology. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California with offices globally; NuORDER connects more than 2,000 brands and 500,000 retailers, helping them grow and win together. 

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Annalisa Parent – Writing Tips

How to finally write that book this summer, even if you haven’t written a word

By Annalisa Parent

Many would-be authors get overwhelmed by the size of a book-length project. Many of us find ourselves with additional free time on our hands this summer with fewer barbecues, farmers’ markets or fairs. How can you use this time to finally write your book? Here are some of my top tips from my writing coach archives.

Write down your end goal.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’ve heard this one a million times. But, look, if you don’t know what you want to accomplish, you’ll never get it done. As Lewis Carroll famously wrote, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

Know what you want to accomplish.

If you’re like most writers, when you start to untangle this “what I want” knot, you’ll find it’s far more complicated than you first thought. For example, maybe your dream isn’t just a book, it’s a series, and movie rights, and a worldwide book tour. Those are all great ideas, but one step at a time. If you can hone in on the first step toward your dream, then you can break it down into actual action steps, moving it from nebulous dream to achievable goal.

Choose a deadline.

Choose a day that you are going to have this project done. This step cannot be overlooked, however, while deadlines are a huge motivator, here’s a pro tip: Post your deadline out on social media. Tell your friends, your parents, and especially someone who intimidates you just a little bit. Let these people hold you accountable and keep you motivated. Once you set that deadline for yourself, you’re going to work backward from that date to create your work plan. How much writing do you have to do each day to reach your goal, and how can you carve out the time to make it happen?

Remember that Creativity is Wonky.

Despite the best-laid plans of mice and men (Thank you, Steinbeck and Burns) to write 5,000 words a day or a chapter an hour, creativity is not always a linear process. You may want to finish that chapter today, but your book–and your brain– have other ideas. When our characters (or ideas) misbehave, they’re often right. You may feel like you want the piece to take a certain shape or go in a certain direction. The brain is sending us a caution flag, though. When your creativity takes the lead, following it always bears fruit. Really. I promise. Now, the piece you create today may not make the final cut for your book, but the information you garnered from the experience of following your creativity will always bring a benefit to the piece as a whole.

Find your best writer and be that writer

All kinds of would-be mentors want to tell you that you have to do it this way or that way in order to be a real writer. There are some rules, especially if you want to traditionally publish. That said, in the creative phase the most important consideration is finding your creative flow.

Write with a pencil or a tablet. Write outdoors or in your bed. Use an outline, or allow the natural flow of ideas. None of this fluff matters; here’s what does: Find the place where you can be at your creative best to get that draft out of you. After all, you can’t publish until you have a book. And you can’t have a book until you get it done.

The biggest key to success I have seen in writers who finish and publish well is that they find and embrace the writer they are, so they can write book after book with creative ease.

Show up every day like it’s your job.

My writing mentor Julia Alvarez, wasn’t the first one to say it, but she was the first one to say it to me: Being a writer is 90% applying butt to chair. Write at the beach. Write in a hammock. Write on your lunch break. Whatever you do, make writing a habit, and you’ll see the results. You don’t get a dream body by going to the gym once, or even once a week. The same is true of writing a book. Show up. Do the work. Even when it stings.

Remember that writing is art, and art takes time.

Many writers get lost in the rabbit hole: Why is it taking me so long to finish my manuscript? This trap turns into self doubt. “I must not be a good writer.” “I’m never going to get it done.” Believe me, I’ve heard it all, and I’ve seen self-doubt and fear stymy project after project. What if you reframe this fear? What if instead you say “Writing is art and art takes time.” Consider the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo. It took four and a half years for him to complete that masterpiece, which–frankly, if you’ve seen the level of detail–you know it’s astonishing he completed it so quickly. What else? The Washington Monument took thirty years to construct; thirty full years. Let’s think about more writing-related references. It took Victor Hugo twelve years to write Les Miserables and Harper Lee spent two and a half years writing To Kill a Mockingbird. Writing is art, and art takes time. Completing your manuscript is not going to happen overnight, not because there’s something wrong with you, but because you are an artist. Allow yourself to get into creative flow, and creativity will reward you with a cornucopia of ideas and finished pages. Promise. I’ve watched it with my own eyes hundreds of times.

Pace yourself.

Working with the creative process and the brain’s natural function means you must be really honest with yourself about how much you can get done. It’s very admirable and ambitious if you say you’re going to get everything done today, but you also might be setting yourself up for failure. When you set yourself up for failure, you’ll feel yucky about yourself. You don’t want to come back to the project feeling like you failed. So, make reasonable goals for yourself and pace your project in a reasonable way.

Follow these steps above and you will notice how much lighter it feels to write and finish your project.

About Annalisa Parent

Annalisa Parent is a writing coach who has helped hundreds of authors to finish and publish well. She used neuroscientific principles to guide the writing process through her programs in the Writing Gym. To find out more, and to download her free e-book The Six Steps to Go from Struggling Writer to Published Author, visit www.datewiththemuse.com

Black Line Crazy Launches New Limited Edition Art Bags Line

Mary van de Wiel (aka Van), founder of Black Line Crazy (BLC), has announced the launch of her line of the same name, which includes limited edition bags and one-of-a-kind, hand-woven rugs and wall hangings featuring her paintings. Additionally, van de Wiel’s work was selected for an installation on Avenue of the Americas in New York City by And Partners which acts as ‘co-curators’ on behalf of its clients.

A former chief creative officer of her own award-winning branding agency with offices in New York and Sydney, Australia, van de Wiel has worked with countless Fortune 500 clients. At the same time, she realized she relished walking outside the line with her bold black and white graphic designs born from her love of doodling. One day in the middle of Mexico, van de Wiel picked up a brush and can of black house paint and started painting murals, collages and gallery windows—floor to ceiling. In 2015, she had her first successful exhibition at the Saint Cloche Gallery in Sydney. A year later, she was invited to be part of a group show at Galeria Manuk in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Later moving to Mexico, van de Wiel started to create messenger bags that feature her paintings and signature and expanded her line to currently include totes and zippered sleeves as well as a hand-woven collection of rugs and wall hangings. Anyone purchasing items from her line instantly becomes a collector of a one-of-a-kind or limited edition piece which makes the work truly unique.

“I believe that art has a pulse and belongs in everyday life—not just on walls,” said Mary van de Wiel, founder of BLC. “It’s designed to be worn, carried and integrated with the personality of the owner as a means of self-expression.”

The new Black Line Crazy line can be viewed here.

About Black Line Crazy

BLC Collections, both form and function, are an invitation to walk outside the line. It’s art at the intersection of fashion, home and everyday life. Because sustainability is a must, BLC works very closely with makers and artisans, researching organizations that repurpose vinyl for a circular economy, rather than sending it to landfill. Additionally, BLC purposely chose master weavers who source their 100% wool from the state of Guanajuato—from a small group of farmers that have been tending to their animals’ welfare and the environment for decades. By

About And Partners

Based in New York City, And Partners helps clients build and differentiate their brands, drive sales and command a premium in the market place. The agency blends curiosity and creativity to uncover unique and authentic stories that elevates brands, helps solve business problems, and provides a meaningful launching pad for deeper conversations with diverse audiences. If you would like more information, visit their website.

ELLE VARNER RELEASES “ELLEVATION”

GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER ELLE VARNER RELEASES NEW PROJECT “ELLEVATION” TODAY!

RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR “KINDA LOVE”

Grammy-Award winner Elle Varner is excited to release her highly anticipated new project ELLEVATION via Entertainment One (“eOne”). Previously, Elle released singles “Loving U Blind” and “Pour Me” featuring Wale as well as her new single “Kinda Love” and has released the video for the island vibe-feeling single today. Executive produced by Elle, ELLEVATION features Rapsody, songwriting by Stacy Barthe and production from Nascent, Jordan Ware, Jason Avalos, Los Hendrix, with Vocals produced by Jimmy Varner and mixed by Gordon Williams. ELLEVATION is currently available on all streaming platforms as well as Amazon, Target and Walmart stores.

WATCH “KINDA LOVE” HERE

GET/BUY “ELLEVATION” HERE

Elle kicked off the July 4th weekend with a performance of “Kinda Love” live on Good Morning America to rave reviews (click here to view) and followed up with a performance at the 25th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. She is currently planning a tour for the early fall and will be appearing at the Howard Theater on July 18 in Washington, D.C. and at Sony Hall on July 19. For more information log onto www.ellevarner.com.

“ELLEVATION” TRACKLIST 

    1. Coffee On The Roof
    1. Pour Me (feat. Wale)
    1. 1 to 10 
    1. Wishing Well (feat. Rapsody)
    1. Number One Song
    1. Loving U Blind
    1. Kinda Love
    1. Casanova
  1. Be Encouraged

Nicky Jam x 2019 Billboard Awards

Puerto Rican star Nicky Jam continues to win successes, awards and nominations. On this occasion, he has won more than 10 nominations for the most important awards night of Latin music: Billboard Awards 2019.

After an impeccable 2018, full of projects and unforgettable musical collaborations that will mark a milestone in Hispanic music, the world-renowned exponent of the urban genre Nicky Jam, reaches the incredible figure of 13 nominations to Billboard Awards 2019. Fruit of “explosive combinations” as the theme “X” with J Balvin, “Marry me” with the king of Vallenato Silvestre Dangond and of course, “Te bote remix”, simple that to this day does not stop sounding on the radios of a whole continent.

Only, the theme “X” accumulates more than a billion views on YouTube, and became the “anthem” of Latin culture during the year 2018.

Nicky Jam is one of the new nominees at the Billboard Awards 2019 night, in the most important and coveted categories of the night:

“Hot Latin Song”, Song of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year “Te Boté”

“Hot Latin Song”, Song of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year “X”

“Hot Latin Song”, Vocal Collaboration of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event “Te Boté”

“Hot Latin Song”, Vocal Collaboration of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event “X”

Song of the Year, Airplay / Airplay Song of the Year “Te Boté

Song of the Year, Airplay / Airplay Song of the Year “X”

Song of the Year, Digital / Digital Song of the Year “Te Boté”

Song of the Year, Digital / Digital Song of the Year “X”

Song of the Year, Streaming / Streaming Song of the Year “Te Boté”

Song of the Year, Streaming / Streaming Song of the Year “X”

Tropical Song of the Year / Tropical Song of the Year “Marry Me”

Song “Latin Rhythm” of the Year / Latin Rhythm Song of the Year “Te Boté”

Song “Latin Rhythm” of the Year / Latin Rhythm Song of the Year “X”

The Billboard Latin Music Awards gala will be televised from Las Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.

Jaden Smith Drops New Project Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story

Making yet another (super)power move, multi-talented visionary Jaden Smith took fans and the Internet by complete surprise whe he Tweeted that he’s unveiling his Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story project, which dropped just recently–get it HERE via MSFTS Music / Roc Nation/ Republic Records.

He also shares the new single “Plastic.” Its dynamic production echoes beneath rapid cadences, mind-numbing bars, and a razor sharp hook. Once again, it defies any and all categorization–like everything he does. The same could be said of the previously released rager “GOKU,” which generated 6 million-plus Spotify streams and counting. Rounding out this powerhouse tracklisting is his latest crossover smash “Icon (feat. Nicky Jam & Will Smith) which is featured in the boxing film Creed II starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone.

Once again, he’s challenging music and the culture to move forward by lading on Sunset Tapes. Get ready to watch Jaden Smith make history!

Introducing YFL Kelvin: Def Jam’s Cleaveland-Based Prodigy Teams Up With Moneybagg Yo For The “NASDAQ” Remix

For YFL Kelvin, hip-hop is the soundtrack to his struggle. “My story is rags to riches,” the 21-year old explains. The Cleveland native has found solace in music since his father was gunned down–in an accidental shooting–when he was just five. Kelvin began recording out of his home studio, but music was secondary to the lure of the streets, taking his rap name from his biological father and the aspirational acronym “Young, Flashy, Lifestyle.”

The street life landed him behind bars on three occassions, “My little brother is in jail. Like, everybody who I used to be with is in jail.” No matter the tribulation, it doubled as a sonic inspiration. In 2016, his beef with a former friend sparked his major release, “Mayweather Freestyle.

“I knew I was destined then. Something good was going to play out from all the tragedy that I’ve been through,” he says.

2018’s “NASDAQ” would be the rocket that’d catapult Kelvin beyond Cleveland, released on YouTube the hit song has generated over 300k views. The remix with Moneybagg Yo will lead Kelvin’s first project, Out of Here.

Amir Obé on Seth Meyers + EP Out Now

Rapper and Producer Amir Obé is gearing up for the release of CAN’T BE A _____ HERE: CHAPTER 3, the third and final installment of his three-chapter project. Tonight, Amir makes his late night television debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Listen to Holy Shit HERE

Listen to CAN’T BE A___ HERE: CHAPTER 1 HERE

Listen to CAN’T BE A___ HERE: CHAPTER 2 HERE

Watch the 8-minute “Romeo and Juliet” Short Film here!

About Amir Obé:

Branded a “force” by Complex, Amir Obé grew up the so of a father with a PhD in education and a pianist mother. Amir was ready to give up music four years ago when he decided to pour his heart into one final mix tape project: Detrooklyn, named in honor of the two cities that raised him. was the critically acclaimed result. Fellow Detroit native Big Sean called. Drake’s manager reached out, and a song Amir co-produced, “Star 67,” appeared on Drake’s surprise mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (February 2015). Amir’s two subsequent indie mixtapes, Happening in the Grey Area (2015) and Won’t Find Love in the Hills (2016), sent a tremor through the music industry, as XXL commended his commitment to “substance over selling out,” and Fader praised his music as “dreamy, sad and sensuous.” Def Jam reacted swiftly, and Amir’s signing was announced in December 2016. “To continue to a legacy and brand that has created history with some of my favorite artists is a blessing,” he told Billboard“Def Jam prides itself on authenticity and I couldn’t have found a better home.”

Amir’s Def Jam signing was celebrated with the video premiere of his new single, “No Peace” and the track was included on Def Jam’s pre-Xmas compilation, Direct Deposit, Vol. 1. His debut EP, None Of The Clocks Work (March 2017), including “Wish You Well” was sonically rich, awash with dark synths and thunderous drums, brimming with vulnerability and emotional sincerity. Amir’s 6-city U.S. tour in August made stops, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The tandem releases in late-2018 of Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 1, Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 2 (with “Bloodshot,” and the widely praised 8-minute “Romeo & Juliet” short film), and Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 3, have affirmed Amir’s relationship with a devoted legion of fans who’ve felt disconnected from the constant braggadocio and emotional void in mainstream urban music. In being himself, flaws and all, he’s actually given those fans the confidence to do the same.

Dave East and Styles P “Beloved”

The ongoing saga of explosive East Harlem rapper and story-teller Dave East takes a new turn as he steps into the ring with invincible Yonkers MC Styles P (a Phantom Entertainment artist) for their first collaboration, BELOVED, arriving October 5th via Def Jam Record­­ings/Mass Appeal Records

“Beloved” translates to David, which brings us to our two artists, David Brewster (Dave East) and David Styles (Styles P). “Beloved” in English means dearly loved, highly regarded and admired, which reflects the sentiments of the two Davids in New York City. In this body of work which features production by Chase N. Cashe (Drake, Lil Wayne, Currensy), Scram Jones (Remy Ma, Scarface), and Styles P’s son, Noah Styles (on “Rare Breed”), we hear how the two David’s battle through the goliaths of violence, street politics, drugs and money.

BELOVED tracklisting:

1. Beloved featuring Dyce Payne

2. Its Lit

3. For All My Niggas

4. Shout Out My Hood

5. Don’t Cross Me featuring Jazzy

6. Exotic Shit

7. Do You Know What Time It Is

8. Cut From A Different Cloth

9. Rare Breed

10. We Got Everything

11. In The Jungle featuring Tish Hyman

12. Thots & Models

13. Load My Gun featuring The Lox