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IMG UNVEILS NYFW PROGRAM

IMG, the official organizer and operator of New York Fashion Week’s central event, New York Fashion Week (NYFW): The Shows presented by Afterpay, today announced its slate of programming and events for the September 2022 season. NYFW: The Shows is produced by IMG FOCUS. and will take place Friday, September 9 – Wednesday, September 14, 2022, live at Spring Studios and virtually at NYFW.com.

For the fifth season in collaboration with IMG, The Black in Fashion Council Discovery Showrooms returns with a new line-up including Ajovang, Atelier NDigo, HARBISON, IZAYLA, Jessica Rich, Kwame Adusei, Madame Adassa, Muehleder, Sammy B and VAVVOUNE. Additionally,BIFC Designers, IZAYLA, Kwame Adusei, Atelier NDigo, Muehleder and Sammy B will create a capsule collection and pop-up shop in collaboration with Mailchimp, which will be available at Spring Studios and online.

Afterpay, the leader in “Buy Now Pay Later” (BNPL) payments, unveiled limited edition NFTs The Keys to New York Fashion Week – which gives consumer access to limited edition NFTs from ALTU by Joseph Altuzarra, anOnlyChild, Jonathan Simkhai, Kim Shui, and The Blonds only at Keys.NYFW.com. Each designer’s unique NFT serves as a digital collectable and also unlocks real world product drops and exclusive experiences during NYFW: The Shows. All proceeds from the sales of the designer NFT Keys will be donated to Free Arts NYC, bringing art and mentoring programs to children in underserved communities in New York City. Afterpay will also partner with Area and Kim Shui to unlock consumer access to their runway shows.

NYFW: The Talks, IMG’s series of conversations beyond the shows at New York Fashion Week, will feature industry thought leaders discussing compelling topics in fashion this season including:

 

  • Navigating the New Phygital Age of Fashion and Artpresented by Afterpay: Natalie McGrath, VP of Marketing at Afterpay; Elise Swopes, NFT Artist; and Michelle Reeves, Co-founder and CEO of MAVEON world, will discuss decentralizing fashion in the phygital age.
  • Cultivating the Future for Latinx Creatorspresented by UPS: Moderator Karla Martinez de Salas, EIC of Vogue Mexico; will talk with AWAKE NY Clothing Designer Angelo Baque; Gil “Thermal” Tavernas, Designer, Cofounder of Whensmokeclears; and Carlos Cueto, UPS Senior Manager Digital Commerce & Experience, on Latinx diversity and inclusion in today’s world, as well as the importance of corporate efforts including UPS’s Proudly Unstoppable campaign.
  • Mindfulness in Fashionpresented by ALO: Model Hilary Rhoda; Singer, Songwriter Bianca Quiñones; Wellness Professional Christa Janine; and Contemplative Guide & Therapist-In-Training Kirat Randhawa with moderator Chrissy Rutherford, Brand Consultant & Founder of FWD Joy, will discuss how mindfulness plays a role in your mental health when you work in the fashion industry.
  • New Faces of Indonesian Fashionpresented by Erigo X Tokopedia: Pasoari Widiastuti, Brand Executive of Erigo X; will share how varied creative practices and rich cultures inform approaches to fashion.
  • The Long-Term Luxury of Sustainabilitypresented by Lovesac: Abrima Erwiah, Co-founder, Studio One Eighty Nine & Director of Gromek Institute for Fashion Business at Parsons School of Design; IMG Model Olivia Ponton; Laura Hodges, Founder and Principal of Laura Hodges Studio; Shawn Nelson, Lovesac Founder & CEO; with moderator Kerry Pieri will discuss Lovesac’s ‘Designed For Life’ philosophy and the importance of eco-consciousness in home + design.
  • Ten Years of Costuming the New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala: Ahead of NYCB’s decade anniversary of its iconic Fall Fashion Gala, a collection of the events’ key collaborators, Designer Zac Posen; Designer Humberto Leon; Marc Happel, New York City Ballet Director of Costumes; and Choreographer Gianna Reisen, reflect on designing for dance with moderator Donya Archer Bommer, Board of Directors, New York City Ballet.

This season, there are a variety of ways guests of NYFW: The Shows and consumers can participate and experience the excitement and creativity of some of their favorite fashion brands. Guests of NYFW: The Shows can stop by the Alo Yoga Wellness Sanctuary to receive complimentary wellness treatments during the busy fashion week in celebration of the debut of its Aspen Collection, the brand’s first premium collection. Keds, will be unveiling it second exclusive capsule collection on the runway. UPS, returning to NYFW for its second season, will collaborate with Awake NY designer Angelo Baque to celebrate the creative pursuits of exceptional designer talent with a connection to the Latinx community. Additionally, throughout Manhattan fashion fans should be on the lookout for the Lovesac and alice + olivia co-branded Mobile ConciergeLovesac also enlisted alice + olivia to reveal their limited-edition Sac Cover collaboration at the alice + olivia NYFW presentation.

As the official partner of NYFW: The Shows, On Location, IMG’s premium experience provider, will offer fans access to once-in-a-lifetime moments that only take place at NYFW. Fans can now purchase tickets to shows including Badgley Mischka, The BlondsDur Doux, among others, at https://onlocationexp.com/new-york-fashion-week-tickets.

Afterpay is the presenting sponsor for NYFW: The Shows. This multi-year partnership, which kicked off in September 2021, champions American fashion designers, supports the U.S. retail industry, and unlocks access for more consumers to the brands and experiences they love.

NYFW: The Shows is presented by Afterpay with official partners Alo YogaCash AppGrand MarnierLovesacMailchimpKedsPerrierTRESemmé, logistics partner UPS, innovation partner Yahoo!, and media partner E!.

Through NYFW: The Shows, IMG supports designers in various capacities, including runway and fashion presentations, content, programming and premium experiential hospitality through NYFW: The Experience. The official expanded programming schedule for NYFW: The Shows September 2022, which features more than 140 designer activations is now live on NYFW.com/schedule.

The digital destination of NYFW: The Shows is NYFW.com, the go-to destination for exclusive designer content, livestreamed fashion shows, cultural programming, and commerce surrounding New York Fashion Week. Shows and presentations will also be presented on Runway360, CFDA’s centralized digital hub. Followers can also get a front row seat to Fashion Week by following @NYFW across TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About IMG:

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company.

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In the BLK

IN THE BLK powered by #CHANGEFASHION celebrated the work of three emerging Black designers during the inaugural IN THE BLK runway show at Spring Studios. House of Aama, Khiry, and Third Crown each presented their AW22 Collections to guests such as Chanel Iman, Richie Shazam, Raquel Willis, Rashad Robinson, and Mayor Eric Adams. The runway show was sponsored by Color of Change, a leading racial justice organization, and UPS, which has a longstanding commitment to supporting women-owned and diverse-owned businesses. 

Additional notable guests included:

Arisha Hatch, Managing Director of Campaigns 

Aurora James, Brother Vellies Designer 

Brandon Blackwood, Brandon Blackwood Designer 

Chris Chambers, President The Chambers Group 

Edvin Thompson, Theophilo Designer 

Kevin Warren, UPS CMO 

Marjon Carlos, Author 

Steven Kolb, CFDA Chief Executive Officer 

Victor Glemaud, Victor Glemaud Designer 

Young Emperors, Influencers 

For the show, each designer debuted their latest collections which all shared a similar theme, a continuation and evolution of the designer’s previously shown pieces and featured IMG talents: Lameka Fox, Mahogany Wade, and AwengChuol 

Husband and wife duo Kofi Kristen Essell of Third Crown opened the show with their Edelsteen collection. As the preface of Third Crown’s story, the pair sought to use gemstones in their initial design concepts, repurposing some of those ideas and expanding them into new shapes while incorporating classic silhouettes. As the opening to the In the BLK showcase, the name of the AW22 collection comes from the South African language, Afrikaans—Edelsteen is Afrikaans for “gemstone” which are known not only to have beautiful, natural colors but also have various healing properties. 

Following Third Crown’s Edelsteen collection was mother and daughter duo Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka of House of Aama. Entitled Heritage Bloodroot Collection – Into the Archives, the latest offering is a new rendition of the nostalgia-inspired Heritage Bloodroot collection shown in 2017, which introduced the brand’s storytelling appeal and timeless silhouettes. Inspired by the rare bloodroot herb which has been used by old-time conjures and root workers as a powerful Guardian for the Family, the line is an ode to Southern Creole spiritually, African Roots, and is an archival find of the Rootworker, Southern lady, and Bluesman archetypes unearthed for a new audience.

Closing the show was KHIRY founder Jameel Mohammed’s latest, a continued storyline from last season’s debut pieces with Fights Reveal Futilities. A new demi-fine jewelry collection shown alongside custom-made garments reflect a clean, futuristic presence that is articulated with sharp embellishment reflecting the many spikes, thorns, daggers, and stingers found in nature. Of the 20 pieces of jewelry showing alongside the 16 runway looks, standout styles include the X Cuff named after Malcolm X, the Talon Pendant and the Orb Protection ring which balance the hand-sewn garments in melodic chaos, representing a battle; external and internal, lending material dimension to the tensions between our soft and aggressive impulses. 

Immediately following the runway show, IMG hosted a curated panel entitled Black Representation Beyond the Runway. Moderated by stylist, Alexander-Julien, panelists included: 

● Victor Glemaud, Designer & Founder of In The BLK 

MoAnA Luu, Chief Content & Creative Officer, Essence 

● Aurora James, Founder of Brother Vellies and the 15 Percent Pledge 

IN THE BLK runway show is part of IMG’s commitment to empowering and elevating Black fashion talent. IMG recently announced the creation of an Inclusion Rider for the fashion industry which will serve as an equity clause and ensure underrepresented talent are being provided opportunities within the fashion industry–in front of and behind the scenes. 

“Action is important. We felt the timing and the ability to leverage the power of IMG was critical in taking steps to make real and measurable progress with the #ChangeFashion Inclusion Rider. It is imperative that we create opportunities to empower Black talent and to diversify the input of NYFW: The Shows and of the larger fashion industry,” said Leslie Russo, President of IMG Fashion Events.

Toys for Tots Literacy Program

Toys for Tots® Literacy Program Provides almost 500,000 Books to Title 1 Funded Schools Supported by The UPS Store® network! 

The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, through the Toys for Tots Literacy Program supported by The UPS Store network, provided almost 500,000 books directly to schools receiving Title I funding. With the outstanding assistance of the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA), administrators and teachers at Title I schools across the nation requested books for their students. These books were provided free to the schools due to charitable donations from The UPS Store network as well as the generosity of the American public.

There are 976 schools in 15 states currently receiving 492,839 books. These books primarily focus on subjects that provide children with the tools necessary to be successful throughout their lives. Books emphasizing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), as well as titles that provide both entertainment and enrichment, will be welcoming students back-to-school this year!

As background, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, with our long-time ally The UPS Store, Inc., launched the Toys for Tots Literacy Program in 2008, a year-round initiative to support less fortunate children across our nation’s communities. The program offers the nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to books and educational resources that enhance their ability to read and communicate effectively. This program not only brings the joy of reading to these children, but also serves as an important tool in breaking the cycle of poverty. Since its inception, the generosity of the 5,000 The UPS Store locations and their communities have contributed over $7.5 million and assisted Toys for Tots in distributing over 44 million books.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity which was created at the behest of the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program began in 1947 in Los Angeles, and since it first National Campaign in 1948 has distributed more than 604 million toys, games, and books to 272 million children.

The UPS Store® locations are independently owned and operated by franchisees of The UPS Store, Inc. (although one or more may be company owned) in the USA and by its master licensee and its franchisees in Canada. Products, services, prices and hours of operation may vary by location.

U.S. Postal Service In Danger

By Eamonn Burke

The coronavirus has ravaged the United States in the past six months, hitting small private businesses, especially minority -owned, very hard. There is also a major public service that has taken a devastating hit from the pandemic, and now from debates over mail-in voting.

A comprehensive detailing of the damages done to the Postal Service by the New York Times, including a daunting warning that the agency could run out of funds by the fall. The decision of whether to aid the service financially became a partisan one, in which the differing opinions on government interference came into play.

“The Postal Service is a joke,” said President Trump, who’s administration called off a potential $13 billion relief bill for the USPS and believes that the agency is responsible for its own financial issues, unless they comply with a series of alterations that would benefit private competitors.

Democrats were backed by large corporations that benefit from the USPS in their fight to save it. “We are for the public having the Postal Service meet the public interest, not some special interest” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

It may not be as divisive an issue as it seems, however. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka pointed out that the benefit on both sides of the aisle from the USPS would indicate that the fight to save it may not be so evenly split between the two parties.

Delays in mailing have been experienced throughout the country since the pandemic broke, in cities like Philadelphia. Mail workers in the city say that the new pressures to cut spending, staff, and work hours are causing backlogs of mail. These can be a huge problem when the mail contains essential items like food or medicine. “I try to stay by him and pray for life that I have what I need to take care of him,” says Valerie Rice of her young grandson whom she orders medicine for. Meanwhile, a USPS spokesman assures that the agency is “flexing our available resources to match the workload created by the impacts of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic” and that they “appreciate the patience of our customers.”

The public has started to act, helping to fund the service indirectly through purchases of stamps and other USPS goods from the UPS gift shop. Hashtags like #SaveUPS and #DontDefundUPS have gone around Twitter.

The latest development surrounding the USPS is the controversy over mail-in voting, which Trump has sworn will rig the outcome of the election in November, even though evidence has proven this claim wrong. The new guidelines imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are opposed by the union as they slow down mail and have been criticized as a way for Trump to impair mail-in voting.

As a public service that cannot conserve funds by decreasing production, the agency is in a tough spot and faces an uncertain future.