Thursday, January 31, 2013

Launch of New Multi Cultural Beauty & Grooming YouTube Channel

Multi-Channel Network Emerges as Sole Provider of Urban Beauty & Entertainment Programming

NEW YORK, January 31, 2013 – Alchemy Networks, the premiere digital network for urban lifestyle and entertainment, today announced its YouTube network launch. Alchemy is a YouTube Premium Channel and the only YouTube Multi-Channel Network dedicated to African American consumers primarily in the Hair, Beauty, Fashion and Urban Lifestyle categories.

Through its aggregation of approximately 30 YouTube channels, Alchemy Networks already averages over one million views per week and is approaching 900,000 YouTube subscribers. In addition to the strategic aggregation of these channels, Alchemy Networks will also launch three original and owned channels, Kaleidoscope, FWD Network and a premium channel in partnership with Kandi Burruss of Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Alchemy will exclusively offer a wide range of programming from news and celebrity gossip, scripted dramas and comedies, to music and DIY series, targeting the young and hip 18 to 34 trendsetters to the multi-faceted 25 to 54 African American female, consumers.

“We are incredibly proud to announce the launch of Alchemy, as it is the first network of its kind, a multi-channel network offering digital programming for urban audiences,” says Peter Griffith, CEO of Alchemy Networks. “Alchemy will pioneer the digital network industry with exclusive content and talent targeting African Americans.”
For the launch, Alchemy Networks partnered with Bunim/Murray Productions, a Banijay Group company, producers of The Real World, Project Runway and Keeping Up with The Kardashians, to produce content for Alchemy Networks’ suite of original and owned YouTube channels. Three original shows from Bunim/Murray are now live: BRKDWN and Red Hawt Gossip are fast paced energetic daily news and celebrity gossip shows; and Lookbook showcases the street fashion of everyday people curated by fashion bloggers and stylists.

The channels will also feature an array of well-known YouTube personalities, lifestyle experts, celebrities and brands, all of which target the urban demographic and appeal to advertisers, sponsors and producers of content in the mobile, digital, social gaming and television fields. The suite of channels feature a wide array of talent including a premium channel in partnership Kandi Burruss, Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member and Grammy-award winning songwriter.

About Alchemy Networks:
Alchemy Networks is the premiere digital unwired network for urban lifestyle and celebrity entertainment that targets the 18-54 consumer with a particular emphasis on music, fashion, storytelling, reality, urban stage plays, and social and local content. A new kind of network for the digital age, Alchemy creates engaging and exciting programming and premium branded platforms in partnership with top producers, brands and sponsors of urban content.

Alchemy is not bound by traditional media silos and its digital infrastructure allows it to offer content on all media platforms from mobile, digital, social gaming and television via its suite of branded mini channels which target the urban demographic for advertisers, sponsors and producers of content.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Interviewer : Geneva Relf

Geneva: Greetings, thanks for taking the time out for this interview today.

John Carroll :  Thank you Geneva, it's a pleasure to speak with you.

Geneva: Fashion, glamour, and sophistication yet best kept secret. Why do you think  Carroll & Co. clothing has lasted so long? 

John Carroll :   We've never strayed too far from our core values over the last 60 years.  We provide our customers with classic gentlemen's clothing of the highest quality in a comfortable environment.  We have a dedicated staff, some who have been with me over 30 years, who really enjoy what they do and it shows when they are working with a customer. 

Styles change, as we do, but we don't get too crazy.  We work with many small family owned companies, usually from Italy, England and Switzerland.  Often times we are their only account in the United States.  They are flexible and can adapt items and models to our way of thinking.  Carroll clothing is timeless, both in style and in workmanship.

Geneva: Hollywood's  top notch men have been spotted in the upscale  Carroll & Co. clothing line. When it comes to a suite what's the key element to putting it together?

John Carroll :   A suit should stand the test of time.  You can't wear a suit today that has wide shoulders, a low button stance and a coat length that is too long.  It' going to look too 2004.  Suits have trimmer silhouettes today, lapels have narrowed a bit, buttons are higher and coats are shorter.  Hollywood men usually jump on these changes and often times they last a season or two.  But the new fashion coat today will be here for a while, so a man shouldn't be afraid to buy a couple of new suits - the trend will be here.

Choose a high quality suit from a high quality fabric.  Spend the extra few dollars to look extra special.  Make sure it is tailored professionally - no wrinkle under the collar, show just a touch of shirt cuff at the sleeve and make sure the lapels don't break at the chest. 

The pants should have no pleats and a slight break at the shoe.  We often get asked about cuffs or no cuffs.  We still like a cuff on a suit, but it's certainly in fashion today if he chooses a plain bottom

Geneva: From movies, magazine covers to the office, what is so powerful about a tailored suite?

John Carroll :   A man really can't be overdressed today wearing a suit.  A properly tailored suit on a man makes a statement - he can go anywhere.  A fine suit with a dynamite tie is proper in the boardroom - take off the tie and accessorize it with a nifty wool or cashmere polo shirt and you're out to dinner, a club or a movie.

Geneva: What is the biggest misunderstanding men have about looking tailored?

John Carroll :  Men often think it takes too much time, effort and money to look tailored.  This is a complete misconception.  It takes just as long to put on an old pair of jeans as it does to put on an elegant wool slack.  If you're unsure of how to properly coordinate, have a professional help you put together outfits and hang them together in your closet.  And I'm a big believer in buying quality - buy less outfits of better quality.  You will be much happier in the long run.

Geneva: However many changes have been made throughout the years in fashion, so how have you and the clothing line adjusted to fashions forever fickle mind?

John Carroll :   We're not staid, but we're also not trendy.  We're don't want to reinvent anything.  Our clothing is classic in style.  You can wear a Carroll suit or jacket or sportswear outfit for a number of years.  We do a lot of clothing for television shows and many producers appreciate that in re-runs our things can still look fresh and not out of style.

Geneva: Fashion is always evolving, what has been your method for continuous success?  

John Carroll : It's more than just keeping in line with the fashion trends. I shop the markets twice a year, I'm in Italy, England, New York for fashion weeks. I like to see where the trends are going and tailor them to our Carroll customer.  But there is the customer service aspect, which I strive for excellence with every day.  We have seasoned professionals working with us who love what they do and are the best I have seen anywhere.  Our tailoring department is top notch - two of our tailors have been with us over 30 years - and know all the elements of a proper fit.  We have a very comfortable environment for people to shop.

Geneva: Where can we find the clothing line, and keep up with the latest the line has to offer?

John Carroll :   Our website is  It's best for customers to register their email address there to get our eblasts and mailings of all the latest Carroll & Co. happenings.

Geneva: What is your personal motto for overall success in any business?

John Carroll :   I can't take credit for the quote, but the saying
"Quality is long remembered after price is forgotten" goes a long way with me.  Also, I truly believe that even though the consumer in inundated with brands today, your name on the door is the most important name in your store.

Geneva: Thanks again so much, I appreciate you taking the time out. Is there anything you would like to add before we go? 

 John Carroll :  Thank you Geneva, this has been fun!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Anne Heche in Chagoury - 2013 Golden Globes

Courtesy Of:
Marco D'Angelo
Director of Public Relations
Chagoury Couture
Twitter: @chagourycouture


January 23, 2012
PROJECT NYC, happening this week at the new location of Pier 92, has been a huge success thus far!
This season, PROJECT NYC is home to 94% more brands and showcases the latest trends as forecasted by PROJECT President Tommy Fazio. 
Kindly see below for our recap video of day two and images straight from the show floor that are sure to provide you with plenty of fashion inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013!

Courtesy of 
Maxime Richard
Cristi Young

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


January 22, 2012

With a new location, new aesthetic and latest trends being forecasted from the show floor, PROJECT NYC is off to an exciting start! 
Pier 92, PROJECT NYC's new location, has been outfitted to reflect this season's Nordic ski lodge theme, conceptualized by PROJECT President Tommy Fazio, with birch tree installations, an après-ski lounge, and uniquely merchandised areas that highlight small batch craftsmanship, retail concept branding, and fashion fit for the gentleman traveler--this season's approach to MADE by PROJECT. 

Courtesy of: 
Maxime Richard
Cristi Young

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Recently 2013 has kicked off with some of the hottest premier's in Hollywood!  Meaning some of the hottest celebrities strutted their stuff on the red carpets, and among many actress/television host Alia Kruz. She attended KEVIN HART'S PREMIERE "REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD" & "THE WAYANS" #SECONDGENERATIONWAYANS with friends! BET is kicking off this year with laughs, entertainment, and branding new faces! You can keep up with the latest of Alia Kruz by following her fan page on Facebook: and her fan page on Twitter: 

Boca Museum Opens IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA | Jan. 29

Photo credit: 
VERA WANG, Courtesy of Vera Wang
 Photograph by Carter Smith

Julie Mullen, Co-Founder/Owner/ The Buzz Agency


IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA Showcases Artistry of American Fashion Design

Boca Raton, FL – The season spotlight at the Boca Raton Museum of Art is an ode to the illustrious designs created by members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA is the first museum exhibition to celebrate the quintessentially American artistry of the leading fashion trade organization in the United States. Spearheaded by Council president, Diane von Furstenberg, the exhibition includes garments and accessories by the most impactful creators of the last fifty years, on view from January 29 through April 21, 2013.

Featured in the exhibition are interactive touchscreen displays that illustrate a timeline of American fashion and recognize the nearly 600 designers who have been members of the CFDA over the last five decades. Each living designer selected to participate in the exhibition has chosen a single object or ensemble that best represents his or her impact on the fashion world. Work by historical CFDA members have been selected by exhibition curators, Patricia Mears, deputy director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, and Fred Dennis, the FIT museum’s senior curator.

“American designers have always had impact on how people dress,” said CFDA president, Diane von Furstenberg. “In honor of that creativity and in celebration of the CFDA’s 50th anniversary, we are proud to present, in partnership with the Boca Raton Museum of Art, an exhibit that represents the tremendous work of our members for the last five decades. ‘Impact’ was the one word that came to mind immediately – it is so strong and defining of our individual and collective influence that we knew right away that our exhibit would be called Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA.”

Among the designers included in the exhibition are Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, AlexanderWang, Norma Kamali, Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang and Thom Browne.

IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA at the Boca Raton Museum of Art is sponsored in part by Neiman Marcus and Van Cleef & Arpels.

IMPACT: The Art of Fashion Gala
To coincide with the IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA exhibition, the Boca Raton Museum of Art will host a black-tie gala on January 26, 2013. Art and fashion devotees will experience an elegant cocktail of food, fashion, and entertainment. Visit for details.

Boca Raton Museum of Art
The Boca Raton Museum of Art is one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida, achieving international recognition as a world-class visual arts institution for its dynamic, changing exhibitions from acclaimed artists and distinguished permanent collection. The Museum’s many public programs include artist presentations, family activities, art films, the Annual Art Festival, and more than 100 classes per week at its studio Art School. Museum Auxiliaries include The Artists’ Guild, Friends Auxiliary,
and Collectors’ Forum. For more information call             561.392.2500       or visit

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 420 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award, the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship, and the Gilt All Star Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Business Services Network, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages Fashion Targets Breast Cancer; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations with 7th on Sale; addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative; and is a key participant in other programs such as the annual Fashion’s Night Out. For more information, please visit,,,