Women in Film’s Pre-Oscar Party


More than 30 of the 51 women nominated forOscars this year turned out for Women In Film’s Ninth Annual Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails on Friday. The evening, hosted by Academy Award-winning producer and WIF Los Angeles president Cathy Schulman, drew actresses Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Jason Leigh andCharlotte Rampling, among others.

Paycheck equality was the theme of the evening, which featured planned speeches by Patricia Arquette, “Straight Outta Compton” screenwriter Andrea Berloff, and an impromptu address from Lawrence. “This is the second night in a row this has happened to me. It’s bad for women; don’t do this,” she said of her unplanned delivery before adding, “I’m a huge fan of Patricia Arquette I love that she stood up and started a conversation and that we’re getting a dialogue going. I didn’t know I was going be you know, up here, so…Equal pay for women!” she said with a mini fist pump.

WIF Board member Lake Bell also used the evening for a reunion with her “Mismatch” co-star Alicia Silverstone, pulling her through the crowd of well-wishers into a huddle with Erinn Hayes.

The event was presented by Max Mara, BMW, MAC Cosmetics and Perrier-Jouët. Upon meeting MAC’s global brand president Karen Buglisi Weiler, Arquette praised the company’s advocacy efforts and its Viva Glam campaigns. Not surprisingly, guests including Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren, Michelle Monaghan, Amy Landecker, Mya Taylor, Mickey Sumner, Kate Walsh and Sophia Amoruso left the party with MAC gift boxes in hand.Read more at:red carpet dresses | short prom dresses uk


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Special Needs Fashion Show set for Saturday


The second Special Needs Fashion Show hosted by the Nicole Smiles Foundation is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Convention Hall. Admission is free.

Last year’s show allowed special needs students in Etowah County to shine in front of an audience of their friends and families. NSF hopes this year’s event can be bigger and better than the last.

Casey Maddox, president of the Nicole Smiles Foundation, said this year’s show already has 18 entrants, compared to 13 last year. Entries will be accepted through Friday, and the show is open to all ages.

Maddox said, “We welcome any special needs child or adult to be a part of the fashion show. We also welcome volunteers.”

TJ Maxx and Curvy and Classy Boutique will be providing the latest trends for the models. Participants aren’t required to wear clothing from these retailers, but it does provide potential participants with an affordable option.

Maddox, of Hokes Bluff, founded NSF in 2010, while she was still in high school, in honor of her sister, Nicole “Smiley” Maddox, who was diagnosed with cancer and later lost her battle.

“She was always so happy and joyful,” Maddox said of her sister. “We started the foundation when she was sick, and I wanted to bring the joy and happiness that she felt to others.”

NSF’s goal is to support and encourage families also affected by pediatric cancer and with special needs children. It impacts those families’ lives through various events and volunteer opportunities at Children’s of Alabama and in Etowah County.

As a fundraiser, NSF sells calendars in November and December. Each month of the calendar features a person with special needs. NSF also gives out an award at the Etowah County Special Olympics.

“It is such a blessing to see the amount God has done for this foundation,” Maddox said. “I started the foundation at 14 years old and it has grown phenomenally. It is larger than I could have ever imagined, and I know with this foundation, Nicole’s legacy and precious smile can live forever and change so many lives, just like it has changed mine and so many others.”

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Fashion show fundraiser tickets still available


Owner of Enchanted Dreams Heather Harris (far right) hands a possible gown to Molly Adams (center), a freshman member of the NJC Rodeo Team from Eaton, CO

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For the last ten days, small groups of college-age ladies have been making their way to the Enchanted Dreams showroom on W. Main Street to meet with Heather Harris and select the gowns they will be wearing on Feb. 27. Enchanted Dreams, a local non-profit organization that provides a really unique and needed service to this area, is combining efforts with the Northeastern Junior College Cosmetology Club to present a special Fashion Show this coming Saturday. The fundraising event promises to be a fun afternoon of dazzling dresses, dynamic hairstyles and delectable desserts.

The models aren't just any Northeastern students. Residence hall director Chelsea Blumenshine, who is on the committee putting the fashion show together, has been busy recruiting young ladies on campus to include members of the women's basketball team and the women's rodeo team, among others. For some of the young ladies, it is their first time to ever participate in an event like a fashion show. Choosing dresses from the huge selection now available at Enchanted Dreams, has been for some of them... well, a dream. Once they select the attire they will wear, which includes a gown, shoes and accessories, the models have made their way over to the cosmetology center where the students there have taken notes about their hair type and skin color as they make plans to do various brush outs, up dos and makeup for the event.

It really is a collaborative effort of students, staff and community.

Across campus, Sodexo Chef Samuel Jaouen has been making plans for the various desserts he will be providing for the event. While he had a few delicately decorated petit fours on hand for a photo opportunity, Jaouen is quick to say that even though the beautiful hand-crafted, decadent desserts planned for next Saturday are not yet made, they are certainly going to be impressive. "The menu I have for the Cosmetology Club fundraiser is much better than the petit fours I showed the students today, trust me," he says in his European accent. "It'll be fun!"

Enchanted Dreams is in the business of making dreams come true. The organization, now in its fifth year, gathers up donated formal women's attire and makes it available for others to "borrow." With prom season just around the corner and the spring and summer wedding run about to begin, Enchanted Dreams makes available its more than 500 dresses, probably at least 100 pairs of shoes and a wall full of jewelry and purses, to those who may not have the wherewithal to afford, or desire to buy, these items. A high school girl can surely find the perfect prom dress and the mother of the groom can probably find something ideal for her son's special day. Harris has made it her mission to have a good selection of gowns in all sizes and shapes. Enchanted Dreams even has a nice array of re-purposed wedding gowns. Four or five of the models will walk the runway on Saturday in flowing white.

Clients come to the store and pick out their items and the only mandate for using them is that you pay to have the gowns professionally cleaned before you return them. And of course, the accessories need to come back to the store just as they left. Harris says she has provided gowns to clients from several counties in northeastern Colorado.

This is not the first time that Northeastern Cosmetology and Enchanted Dreams have collaborated on an event. In past years, the cosmetology students have provided hair styling and makeup, free of charge, to these same area high school students on the day of their event. "We realized that we were doing something really neat and we really haven't told very many people about doing it," says Julie Rhine, Director of Cosmetology at the college. "We decided we should show the public what we are doing and help create an awareness about Enchanted Dreams. A fashion show just seemed like a really nice way to showcase it."

The event will be held in the ballroom in Hays Student Center. Doors will open at 1:45 p.m. There is elevator access to the ballroom through the west entrance of the building.

Tickets for the event, which will include a runway show and a live, paddle auction as part of the "fun" in fundraiser, are available at the NJC Cosmetology Center at the corner of Landrum Lane and Sidney Avenue. Cost is $20 per person, $30 for a mother/daughter combo or a special rate of $100 for a table of six. Proceeds from the event will be used to help Enchanted Dreams cover some of their operational costs. NJC Cosmetology Club will use some of the funds raised to help pay for their annual trip to Las Vegas for the famous world hair show that takes place there this spring.

Some of the items donated to the event include gift certificates from local restaurants including Momma Condes, Mi Ranchito and Village Inn; donations from Shine On, Carpet Comfort Care Center, It Works Wrap, Thirty One Bag, Doterra, Jamberry Nails, Payless Shoes, Barb's Gifts, High Plains Spice Company, Kolor Me Krazy, Odell's Supermarket, Rapunzel's and McDonald, Keil Physical Therapy. An antique gumball machine, including a good supply of gum, is among the auction items. Other donations are coming in still this week.Read more at:cheap cocktail dresses


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Tory Burch’s pretty new collection


The buzz at the recent press presentation of Tory Burch’s Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection in Hong Kong, was all about the New York designer’s recent engagement to LVMH Fashion Group chair and CEO Pierre-Yves Roussel.

The story appeared in the day’s issue of the New York Times. (Burch had announced her marriage plans on her Instagram days earlier.)

The idea behind Burch’s new collection (to roll out in Manila in March, through Stores Specialists Inc.) may not have a direct correlation to her current happy state, but the delectation in her color palette—the kind that summons bright summer sunshine—makes you feel like it does. It’s awash in poppy red, periwinkle and marigold.

The joy of seeing Burch’s collection up close is finding that its merits aren’t lost in a highfalutin or grandiose press note.

In truth, the collection is described in a pretty straightforward manner: inspired by nature and a mix of contrasts. It’s easily understood—which isn’t to say the renderings are boring or predictable.


Take, for instance, Burch’s combination of cotton knit and Lurex, or cotton linen with metallic gold embroidery, or sporty knit with guipure lace—textural mixes that are unexpected yet delightfully pretty.

Tory Burch has slim cotton and linen tunics edged with crystal beadwork and paired with guipure lace shorts, fringe-edged tweed skirts with embroidered blouses, pompom-edged sleeveless tops, caftans and cover-ups in similar fringe-edged tweed, and tops and dresses of guipure lace with crisscross backs, which are dainty and coquettish at the same time.

Some of the embroidery patterns are inspired by forgotten temples, and adorn skirts, dresses and tunics. There’s an ease to the silhouettes, in the way a skirt is draped unencumbered and fastened simply by a D-ring on one side, or how a poolside party-perfect strapless number (in white linen with gold thread embroidery, tweed, or Lurex) is seemingly tucked under one arm, like you would a sarong.

Shimmer comes in several Lurex pieces, in silvery white and soft pastel shades.

The bright periwinkle-and-poppy-red tweed fabric also appears in a couple of handbags, with fringe edging. It’s also used in Burch’s summer shoe du jour: peep-toe square-toe slingback sandals, which come in varied fabrications (from cotton linen to metallic leather, or a combination of both) and heel heights, from flats to mid to high. The high-heel styles come with sculptural heels, some with carved shapes inspired by a tree bark.

Burch’s handbags for the season are mostly top-handle, from charming cocktail sizes to utilitarian daytime totes.

The jewelry pieces use oxidized metal, giving them a vintage feel, almost as if they’ve been mined from an ancient tomb somewhere in the old world.

Tory Burch is at Greenbelt 5, Makati, Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-La.Read more at:one shoulder prom dresses uk | blue prom dresses uk


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"Rime" Graffiti Case Against Moschino Survives Dismissal


Last year street artist Joseph Tierney, better known as “Rime,” sued designer Moschino S.p.A. and its creative director, Jeremy Scott, for a variety of copyright and trademark claims based on the alleged use of Rime’s works in certain fashion lines. The presiding court has denied Moschino’s efforts to have the claim dismissed in a decision that provides an important, if implicit, endorsement of the rights of street artists under the Copyright Act, and of a novel theory under the DMCA. While some reports stated that the case was now going to trial, it is not there quite yet. It will now presumably head into discovery for the exchange of facts and information to see if there is in fact a need for a trial later.


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Tierney alleged in his Complaint both that Moschino misappropriated his “Vandal Eyes” images themselves in the fashion line featured in Moschino’s February 2015 runway show in Milan worn by supermodel Gigi Hadid and in May 2015 by Katy Perry at the Met Gala (shown above as Tierney set forth in the Complaint). Tierney also alleged that Moschino removed the identifying marks and reinserted them elsewhere, which he described as a manipulation of copyright management information (CMI) in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA, 17 U.S.C. § 1202).

The motion made a few different arguments. First, that Scott is himself an artist, and as such that the designs are a form of artistic expression protected by the First Amendment. Second, they contended that fashion is a matter of public interest and that the case was really a SLAPP suit—strategic lawsuits against public participation—that should be dismissed under relevant California law. Scott also moved to dismiss individually that the copyright infringement claim should fail because Tierney has not provided anything that Scott was responsible for actual copying of the mural onto Moschino’s apparel. Lastly, the two defendants argued together that the CMI theory is misplaced, and was intended to apply to digital information, not physical attribution.

The U.S. District Court in Los Angeles denied the motions. It first disagreed with Scott that Tierney had not sufficiently alleged Scott’s involvement. Tierney accusations supported a “reasonable inference that ‘the high-profile head designer and creative visionary of the Moschino brand would participate in the design of its most high-profile garment of the season.’”

With regard to the CMI argument, the court agreed with Tierney that the facts alleged supported the inference that the deletion in some places and insertion of the RIME signifier in others was done knowingly. Further, while acknowledging the disagreement on the subject, the court was persuaded by those earlier decisions that held that CMI need not be digital to be enforceable under the DMCA. Lastly, the court found fact issues precluded dismissal on the Lanham Act claims.

With regard to the state law likeness appropriation claims, the court similarly rejected the defendants’ arguments. Tierny alleged that the defendants used use tagline RIME without his permission, which the court deemed sufficient to support the claim.

Lastly, as far as the overarching SLAPP argument is concerned, the Court did agree with the defendants that their prominence and expressive work made the case one of “public concern.” But since the SLAPP statute also requires a determination that the complaint fails to support the claims, and the court had already decided that it it—indeed that Tierney is likely to prevail. No SLAPP dismissal was available as a result.

The decision is in some ways as important for what it does not say as what it does say. There is broad agreement among copyright commenters that street art is available for copyright protection, but much less explicit endorsement of that principle in case law than one might expect. As with VARA cases, the fact that the court proceeded to analyze the DMCA and CMI rights presupposes that Tierney’s art has those rights to begin with. Further, the court’s endorsement of the legal CMI theory could prove applicable in many other cases.

The case will probably not spawn any legal decisions for some time, but it will be interesting to see how the parties argue summary judgment when discovery is over.Read more at:pink prom dresses uk


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Bulimic model writes expose of modelling world


It was the stuff of dreams: walking down a Paris street one day to walking the runway as a top 20 model in the world's fashion capital.

That is exactly what happened to Victoire Macon Dauxerre at 18 as she prepared to graduate from high school in 2011.

But that dream was short-lived. In a few months, Dauxerre was battling anorexia, eating three apples a day and sipping diet colas in an effort to maintain her elite model status.

"No one actually told me you have to lose weight," she remembered. "But they said to me, 'In September, you're starting Fashion Week. Sizes will be 32 to 34 and you'll have to be able to fit into them.'"

"That's when I should have left," Dauxerre, 23, said.

As Paris prepares to host the spring-summer fashion week, she is warning the world about how insidious a disorder anorexia really is. In her memoir, Never Skinny Enough: The Diary Of A Top Model (Jamais assez maigre: Journal d'un top model), she recounts the pressures of such high-stakes dieting.

For Dauxerre, besides apples and Diet Cokes, she allowed herself one small piece of fish or chicken once a week. A healthy 56kg at 1.78m when she was spotted, she went down four dress sizes to 47kg in a couple of months. She then embarked on her whirlwind career, modelling for such famed houses as Alexander McQueen, Celine and Miu Miu in Paris, New York and Milan.

Eight months later, bulimic and suicidal, she quit.

In the book, she tells of life backstage where models would nibble on food in front of cameras then race to the bathroom to throw it all up once journalists were gone.

"The models, they're nothing, they're just clothes hangers," Dauxerre said. "In the 1980s, elite models were real people. Today, you have to fade behind the labels."

Her memoir comes a month after French Members of Parliament voted through a law banning ultra-thin models. A letter she wrote was read out in parliament and helped sway the vote. The ban is only the second of its kind in the world after Israel passed similar legislation, while Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and Denmark all have looser regulations against the practice. Attempts at regulation have so far failed, however, in the United States and Belgium.

If the French law passes its final hurdles, models who want to work there will have to be cleared first by doctors. Agencies who violate the law could face six months in jail and a €75,000 (S$81,000) fine.

Dauxerre applauds the ban, even though she feels it is "10 years too late". "The girls on the runway now would probably say that I'm lying," she said. "If they want to keep working, they can't say anything. There's a real code of silence in the industry."Read more at:prom dress shops uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk


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Teen cancer survivor


Gurnee teen Kjersten Johnson will celebrate three milestones this year — graduating from high school, concluding chemotherapy treatments for leukemia and performing in her 25th and final musical with Lake County’s Spotlight Youth Theater.

The Warren Township High School senior has been a member of the non-profit theater arts education program, for ages 5 to 18, since she was 8.

Coming to the end of such a long run is bittersweet for the 18-year-old, as the theater has been a source of support, in good times and bad, for Kjersten and her whole family.

“It’s kind of surreal because it’s been a huge part of my life for such a long time," she said. "I can’t imagine not going to rehearsals on Fridays, but I’m really happy with my experience and I’m ready to graduate and move on to wherever the rest of the world takes me."

Coming full circle, Kjersten will appear as a “Bird Girl” in “Seussical, Jr.,” one of the first shows she appeared in at age 8. The show will be held Feb. 4-7 at College of Lake County in Grayslake.

“There will probably be a lot of tears, a mix of happy and sad tears,” she said.

Kjersten became a part of Spotlight Youth Theater, formerly known as Christian Youth Theater, after seeing a poster for a performance of “Beauty and the Beast” at her church.

“We went and saw it and I remember my mom turning to me and saying, ‘Hey, do you think that might be something you’d be interested in?’ I was like, whoa, I didn’t know that I could do that. And it all went uphill from there,” Kjersten said.

She began taking acting, dancing and singing classes in 2004, making her stage debut in “Oliver” in 2005. “I actually met my best friend to this day doing 'Oliver,'” she said.

All of Spotlight’s performances are musicals, and Kjersten loves to sing and dance. “That’s definitely my thing,” she said.


Unfortunately, Kjersten’s musical theater performances were derailed when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell), during her sophomore year of high school.

“It was right around Christmas. It was finals week. I just assumed I was sick because every highschooler feels terrible during finals week,” Kjersten said. “We went to the doctor and they gave me medicine for a sinus infection. I took that for a week and it wasn’t helping at all. I went back and the doctor said I matched the wallpaper because my skin was so white. They took a blood test and said, ‘You don’t have enough blood inside of you.’”

Kjersten’s mom, Vanessa Johnson, said the family had assumed Kjersten was just sick from being stressed out over finals. “When she was diagnosed we realized it was obviously much worse. It was a huge shock.”

After her diagnosis, Kjersten kept up with her schoolwork at home and began grueling chemotherapy sessions multiple times a week, which greatly impacted her mobility and forced her to stop dancing.

“When I started chemo, one of the worst side effects for me, besides losing my hair, was that it stripped me of my muscles. I couldn’t even sit up on my own. It was really difficult because I was used to being a ballerina with a lot of power to carry myself and leap around,” Kjersten said.

Though she could not dance during her cancer treatment, Kjersten was able to perform in a wheelchair for the musical “Shrek.”

“That was really special for me,” she said.

At the end of last year, Kjersten was well enough to sing in the chorus for “Hairspray.”

Raise the curtain

This week, Kjersten makes her triumphant return to the stage for her final performances in “Seussical, Jr.,” and she’ll be singing and dancing her heart out.

“I’m completely done with physical therapy,” she said. “I’m hoping you wouldn’t even be able to tell. I do all the same things as everyone else. There are definitely still challenges, but it’s a thousand times better than two years ago.”

Kjersten believes her years of dancing in the theater has helped her bounce back quickly, though she is still undergoing chemotherapy treatments once a month. Her doctors are hoping her treatment will be over around the time she graduates.

Vanessa Johnson beams with pride watching her daughter in rehearsals. “It’s amazing to see her dance again. It brings tears to my eyes,” she said.

The support the Johnson family has received from Spotlight Youth Theater has been tremendous, Vanessa Johnson said, adding it has shaped her daughter’s life.

“The program itself is so incredible. She’s just grown. I’m so thankful that we found it. Even as a mom, I’ve met some of my best friends there," she said.

Even before Kjersten became sick, Vanessa Johnson said she knew seeing her daughter graduate from the theater was going to be difficult and emotional, but she’s ready.

“One mom said to me, ‘When their time comes, they’re ready. They’re ready to grow up and move on to the next chapter.’ That really helped me.”

For Kjersten, being a member of Spotlight Youth Theater for so many years has helped her become the strong, confident young woman she is today.

“If you were to compare the Kjersten who walked into class when she was so little and the Kjersten who’s walking out now, I’ve definitely matured a lot,” she said.

Kjersten highly recommends Spotlight Youth Theater to other children and teens. “It’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made in my life,” she said.

Kjersten’s younger siblings, Annika, 16, and Anders, 12, are also in the theater and will perform alongside her in “Seussical, Jr.”Read more at:evening dresses | cheap formal dresses uk


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