• Erin Robertson

    Rue La La Teams Up with Erin Robertson, Winner of ‘Project Runway’ Season 15

    Boston-based brand and designer bring winning style to 16M members through curated boutique

    Rue La La, an innovative e-commerce destination known for connecting world-class brands with the next-generation shopper, taps Erin Robertson, winner of Project Runway Season 15 to curate and model for a boutique comprised of her style selections.

    The online boutique launches today, Monday, April 17, at 11AM. Products were handpicked by the designer and are bold in every sense of the word. Think: sequins, bright colors, and feminine details. Both women’s clothing and edgy accessories are featured in the event.

    “It’s hard to say what I love most about Rue La La! Super-fun handbags, sassy heels and classy clothes…not to mention the custom set they painted just for me,” said Erin Robertson, Designer.

    Rue Now™ (Rue La La’s editorial site) conversed with the designer on all things “Project Runway,” sustainable fashion, and her next big thing. The interview goes live in tandem with her boutique.

    “Erin is cool – plain and simple! From the makeup choices to fashion selects to set creation, each step of the collaboration was vibrant and lively,” said John Camilleri, Executive Creative Director, Rue La La.

    The brand’s in-house studio creative team produced a hand-painted banana-themed backdrop for the shots. The bubbly and playful design mimicked her personality and approach to the shoot. “She exudes confidence – which is everything our brand embodies. Perfect fit!” said Camilleri.

    The boutique will be open on RueLaLa.com until April 19 at 11AM.

    Erin Robertson winner of “Project Runway” Season 15 (PRNewsfoto/Rue La La)

    About Rue La La
    Rue La La strives to be the most engaging off-price, online style destination connecting world-class brands with the next generation shopper.  Each day, Rue La La members discover the most desired men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel and accessories; home décor and accents; and exclusive destinations and experiences.  Rue La La’s engaging approach to retail has brought theater and excitement to online shopping, creating a captivating e-commerce destination that strategically supports its brand partners and inspires its members daily.  Rue La La is ranked #8 on Internet Retailer’s 2016 Mobile 500 List. Visit us at www.ruelala.com.

  • Research Award Winner

    NYU Tandon Professor Wins H&M Global Change Award for Research into Sustainable Clothing Manufacturing

    Proposes Using Solar Energy and Plant Waste, Not Fossil Fuel, to Synthesize Nylon; Circular Production Model Could Create Textiles While Cleaning the Environment Via Carbon Capture.

    Currently, many types of fabrics, including nylon, are made in an energy-intensive, unsustainable process that uses fossil fuel. Now, NYU Tandon School of Engineering Assistant Professor Miguel Modestino, of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is proposing a method that eliminates oil from the equation, employing water, plant waste, and solar energy to deliver a material identical to the nylon now widely used in the fashion industry and in other commercial applications.

    Modestino and his co-researcher, Sophia Haussener of the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL), have garnered a 2017 Global Change Award of €250,000 ($267,000) from the H&M Foundation, the non-profit arm of the retailing giant. The first such initiative by a major member of the fashion world, the Global Change challenge attracted almost 3,000 applicants this year and aims to support early innovations that can accelerate the shift to a circular and sustainable garment industry, in order to protect the planet. The awards were presented in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 5.

    The researchers chose to focus on nylon because of the large market for the popular polymer, which they estimate to be more than 6 million tons per year, with a value of more than $20 billion. Their proposed process uses photovoltaic arrays, which generate electricity directly from the sun, to drive the electrochemical reduction of acrylonitrile (ACN) to adiponitrile (ADN) and hydrogen (H2), which will, in turn, be synthesized into hexanediamine (HDA), one of the existing precursors to nylon.

    Because ACN can be derived from plant waste, only sun, water, and carbon dioxide will be required as inputs, and the new process will represent a new scheme for carbon capture, where greenhouse gases will be bound into the fabric, rather than releasing them into the air.

    “It is gratifying to contribute toward a zero-emissions world,” Modestino said. “Once this process is tested and scaled up, there is the potential to expand the concept to other segments of the chemical industry, including the synthesis of substances like aluminum and chlorine.”

    Miguel Modestino takes an approach that we hope to see in every bit of research done at NYU Tandon: to create technology that can be used for the benefit of humankind,” said Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan. “We are proud that the H&M Foundation recognizes the value of his hard work and vision.”

    About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering
    The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, the country’s largest private research university, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu.

  • Be+Spoke Awards

    YOU DESERVE AN AWARD: INTRODUCING THE BESPOKE COMMUNICATION AWARDS

    THE 2017 BESPOKE COMMUNICATION AWARDS ARE HERE!

    Tailor-made to celebrate excellence among fashion and lifestyle communication professionals, the BCAs are a groundbreaking opportunity to get some much-needed recognition for all your hard work.

    HERE’S WHAT LIFE IS LIKE AFTER WINNING A BCA AWARD:

    • Your expertise and contributions have been VALIDATED and you’re reveling in the extra confidence boost. You have been positioned as a LEADER in the space which means…
    • It’s way easier to WIN new business (better clients and bigger budgets) and attract top talent and partners. It’s a literal promo party every morning in your inbox as people start HOUNDING you with opportunities – no extra effort required.
    • And that’s cool, because with your added CREDIBILITY you’re charging more, saying NO to what doesn’t light you up, and experiencing way more control over your career.

    SOUND GOOD? HERE’S MORE!

    We have designed the BCAs as a global online program (no need to purchase an event ticket in addition to your award application fee just to sit in a badly lit hotel ballroom and eat mediocre chicken!).

    Winners get a trophy to be sure, but we are also preparing customized gifts with some truly amazing goodies including jewelry and personalized artwork by a fashion illustrator. Winners will also receive a profile in Linger Magazine – instant publicity!

    Now, I don’t have to convince you that amazing things happen when young women are supported to put their own unique voice out into the world. We will be donating a portion of profits to WriteGirl, a Los Angeles-based organization that promotes creativity and self-expression to empower teen girls through writing workshops and mentorship.

    READY TO TAKE A LOOK?

    The 2017 Bespoke Communication Awards is ready for you!

    Agencies, in-house teams, brands, individuals, media and vendors are welcome to apply. There are 30 awards across 4 categories, including a no-fee, peer nomination-based “Favorites” category you can fill out right now!

    Here are 4 of my favorite awards:

    • Work, Life, Balance & Culture – agency life is can’t stop won’t stop, but we should take a moment to recognize those who invest in their teams
    • Best Social Good Campaign – I am sucker for the feel-good, do-gooders in the world
    • Media Mailers or Sample Sends – buh-bye file folders and stickers, so excited to see how you capture attention in crazy, cool and creative ways
    • Favorite Editor to Work With- some of the BCA awards are simple nominations and completely free – lets come together and shine the spotlight on those who make our PR hearts sing!

    Take advantage of our early deadline and save on awards submitted by March 21, 2017

    Once you have purchased your award(s), you will receive an email with a link to your application form – fill that out by the early deadline and you’ll be all set!

    It’s always exciting (and nerve-wracking) to bring a new idea into the world. The BCAs were designed to honor you and to help mold industry best practices. Please feel free to reach out with any feedback or suggestions!

    Love,

  • Cofi

    A flair for fashion is a trait that you behold.  To behold a unique fashion accessory that adds flair to your style is fashionably epic.

    Cofi epitomizes this trait with a impeccable collection of leathers and Italian foil prints. Always seeking to push boundaries in fashion trends,  it is obvious that Cofi recognizes that their dedication to quality leather production is what sets their collection apart from other leather manufacturers. Their unique approach to adding functionality to any outfit is a one-of-a-kind value that can’t be ignored. From handbags, wallets and clutches to boots and shoes, you will feel pride when you choose among the many items Cofi creates with dedication to top construction.  An item from Cofi is much like having the best fashion secret in your possession. Come show the world your flair with Cofi.

    Watch video here: http://bit.ly/2kj4fYN

    Cofi will be showcasing at the Nolcha Shows during New York Fashion Week on February 15. Find out more about Cofi at www.cofileathers.com.

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