2017 Designer for Tomorrow

Awarded to Lara Krude by Peek & Cloppenburg and Fashion ID

Her What Remains collection on the runway of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin impresses the Jury Board of Patron Stella McCartney.

At the start of the award show, 2016 Designer for Tomorrow winner, Edda Gimnes, presented her new collection in her first solo fashion show. Among the prominent guests were, among others, international model Kenya Kinski, the newly married Victoria Swarovski as well as German model and actress Susan Hoecke.

“I am truly honored to be the Patron of this award again. Especially as it is the tenth round of the Designer for Tomorrow,” said Stella McCartney in conversation with presenter Johanna Klum. “Lara Krude impressed me today with her talent for tailoring. Her concept is great and very relevant in a changing fashion industry.” With her collection, Lara Krude has created a melancholic world without tailors, in which men have forgotten to dress themselves properly and wear trousers over their coats, pajamas over their jackets or a coat on top of their coats. The next step includes Lara receiving a sustainable, individual sponsorship program from Peek & Cloppenburg and Fashion ID. As part of this, she will complete an internship in Stella McCartney’s design team.

By winning the Designer for Tomorrow 2017, Lara Krude is successfully following the footsteps of exciting up-and-coming talents from nine Designer for Tomorrow rounds. Her predecessor Edda Gimnes, the winner of the “Designer for Tomorrow” Award 2016 presented her new collection at the start of the show and as a highlight of her one-year funding program by Peek & Cloppenburg and Fashion ID at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin. Edda impressed with her lively designs and couture appeal, for which she dipped her significant hand-printed prints in powerful colors. “Be more brave in the way you dress” is the courageous motto of the up-and-coming designer.

This year’s finalists: Fanny Varga from London College of Fashion, Fatima Danielsson from Istituto Marangoni Paris, Lara Krude from HAW, Hamburg, Lisa Haas from MD.M, Munich, and Marcella Lobo from Amsterdam Fashion Institute.

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Angela Bassett

The American Black Film Institute Pays Tribute to Angela Bassett as the People’s Icon at their 2017 Oscar Week Gala

Academy Award nominated actress, Angela Bassett, will be honored with the Reel Icon award by the American Black Film Institute at their annual “New, Next, Now Legend” Oscar Week gala for her iconic roles and career achievement as one of cinemas all-time favorite actors, in a poll conducted by American Black Film Institute.

The event will be held at the fabulous Prestons-over-Hollywood at the Hollywood Loews Hotel on Friday, February 24, 2017 and once again brings together actors, producers, writer/directors and top executives, as they celebrate and highlight the years’ accomplishments amid the backdrop of Hollywood’s most glamorous weekend.

ABFI’s theme for the evening “New, Next, Now, Legend” reflects its mission to preserve the cinematic legacy of African American films and films of the global black experience, while nurturing its current crop of emerging talented writers, directors and artists who give voice to the continued enhancement of the black experience on film.

“We are excited to bring the excitement and camaraderie of our previous Oscar festivities among industry professionals to Prestons-over-Hollywood, where we can pay well-deserved tribute to an iconic and well respected artist such as Angela Bassett, while fortifying partnerships, old and new, which is always the order of the day at the ABFI gala,” said American Black Film Institute Executive Director Gordon Kenney.

The ultra-chic venue which boasts a glass-enclosed wall-to-wall view of the iconic Hollywood sign and the Hollywood Hills, says it’s delighted to host Hollywood’s elite, in such an exclusive and elegant space, where the venues festivities at this time of year are normally reserved strictly for the Academy and its events.

With the theme, “New, Next, Now, Legend,” other artists receiving awards include rising star of Survivor’s Remorse and Independence Day 2, Jessie T. Usher, HBO breakout star Issa Rae, creator and executive Producer of HBO’s hit “Insecure,” Golden Globe nominated director Barry Jenkins, Moonlight’s Naomie Harris, and emerging screen talent Janelle Monae, whose turns in both “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” have been garnering critical praise, as a rising screen talent worth watching.

The American Black Film institute is a non-profit cinematic arts foundation, whose goal is to preserve and promote the legacy of diverse stories of people of color on film, while enhancing their financial viability and broadening their success.   With Academy Awards weekend as the backdrop, and a new crop of stars on the rise, the word is out that the 2017 ABFI gala promises to be among the events not to be missed.

Natalie Eau de Parfum

Crafting Beauty produces ‘Natalie’ Eau de Parfum, a fragrant tribute to iconic actress Natalie Wood

To celebrate their talented mother Natalie Wood, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Courtney Wagner have created a fragrance inspired by a scent the actress wore for most of her life. The perfume was developed by the luxury private label and packaging expert Crafting Beauty and French fragrance house Mane.

The story started a long time ago, when child-actress Natalie Wood met movie legend Barbara Stanwyck while filming the movie “The Bride Wore Boots”. She immediately fell in love with Ms. Stanwyck’s perfume, and the actress generously gave Natalie a bottle as a gift. From that day on, Natalie Wood always wore the perfume, which became her signature scent.

Natasha Gregson Wagner and her sister were indelibly marked by their mother’s scent, which is still powerfully present in their sensory memories of childhood. Motivated by their deep appreciation and admiration for their mother’s style, the sisters knew they wanted to create a sophisticated, feminine fragrance with a signature note of gardenia. Natasha said: “We put a lot of love and attention into the making of this perfume, and it is our wish that you love it as much as we do”.

With offices in Paris and New York, Crafting Beauty provides a full service approach, from concept through design, production, to the delivery of finished products, ready to sell. The firm, founded in 2010 by François Damide, developed the decoration of the bottle, as well as the packaging, based on the ideas and vision of Natasha. To portray the image of a glamourous and elegant woman, Crafting Beauty chose a French weighty glass flacon, enclosed in a romantic soft-touch box. The 50ml bottle is a little curved cube featuring a heavy base, and topped with a transparent “diamond” cap. The final personal touch is the reproduction of Natalie Wood’s actual signature, appearing in gold on the bottle.

The fragrance, created by Claude Dir, master perfumer at Mane, is made of pure distilled essential oils and high-quality raw ingredients.  The top notes are a heady blend of freesia, neroli, bigarade zest and rose. The heart notes are composed of lush gardenia, wrapped with orange flower, narcissus, jasmine and hyacinth. The base notes include fresh vanilla harmonies, soft woods and sheer musk.

The perfume is available exclusively on www.nataliefragrance.com and will be launched in the spring at selected specialty and independent stores around the world.