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macy’s Launches limited-edition ZOE BY Rachel Zoe Fall Capsule Collection

Rachel Zoe, known globally for her red-carpet styling and bohemian yet glamorous designs, has created a limited-edition fall capsule for Macy’s, Zoe by Rachel Zoe. This exclusive, ready-to-wear collection has everything the multi-hyphenate woman needs to transition her look from a day at the office to a night out on the town. Zoe by Rachel Zoe adds glamour to feminine suiting with bold floral prints, metallic shoes and rich fabrics and patterns. Fans can shop a sneak preview of the collection now on macys.com and in select stores starting Aug. 15. 

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Available for a limited time, each head-turning item will make this fall the most sophisticated and glamourous one yet.

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"The mission of the Rachel Zoe brand has always been to empower women to live a life of style. I am beyond excited to introduce this exclusive collection for Macy’s designed to reach even more women and inspire them to look and feel their best,” said Rachel Zoe.

A staple of the Zoe by Rachel Zoe collection is the juxtaposition of feminine pieces with structured designs that offer women the freedom to mix up their everyday look. Houndstooth prints and tweed textures take form in tailored pants, chic dresses and modern blazers. Flowing dresses with metallic stripe detail and delicate blouses pair perfectly with metallic platform sandals. A crisp shirt with an intricate neckline and a simple silhouette flatters a woman’s curves and boosts her confidence. The exclusive collection by the top stylist and designer caters to the power woman looking for effortless and versatile fashion.


“Rachel Zoe is a favorite among our customers and celebrities for a reason – she delivers on glamour and sophistication, but also femininity,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s fashion. “This fall, she has created a limited-edition collection exclusively for Macy’s that embodies female empowerment while remaining true to her signature style and design. From every day classics to statement pieces, every Zoe by Rachel Zoe item promotes confidence and style.”


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14th annual New York Television Festival

The first summer edition of the New York Television Festival (www.nytvf.com) is a wrap!  The 14th annual Festival was the most successful yet, with a record-breaking 620 development meetings taking place during the week between independent TV creators and industry executives, up from 600 last year. In fact, 75 companies were represented at the Festival this year – including executives from leading networks, studios, agencies and digital platforms who networked with and/or took pitches from the creators, writers, producers and directors invited to be Official Artists.

On the final day, the Festival held its annual awards reception at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space, where winners of NYTVF’s pilot and script competitions were announced – along with recipients of deals from NYTVF’s development partners.  (See below for a full list of winners.)

With 59 pilots showcased throughout the week, NYTVF’s flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) wrapped up by recognizing top projects across 16 categories. “Best of the Fest” honors and the NYTVF Critics Award were presented to Hammerhead.



In its third year, the NYTVF Scripts competition featured 21 selections, with The Curse and Granted tying for Best Comedy Script and Ticker winning in the Best Drama Script category.

"Independent television hasn’t only arrived – it is stronger than ever," said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray. "Each year, I am floored by how much the quality of the work submitted by the independent television community continues to improve – having received more than 3,300 submissions for the third year in a row.  I’m honored that our partners have embraced the Festival as a go-to venue for new and diverse stories, voices and talent during their development process, and proud to be part of an incredible team that has brought opportunities to indie artists by arranging nearly 2000 networking and pitch meetings between them and industry execs over the past three years alone."

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In addition to the above meetings and awards reception, several events took place throughout the week at Helen Mills and the SVA Theatre, including: screenings and creator Q&As, keynote conversations, panels, networking events and parties. This included special events for new truTV original series Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters and Paid Off with Michael Torpey; new HBO series Random Acts of Flyness; and events hosted by Audible, BYUtv, FKKS PC, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Red Arrow Studios, the Television Academy, Topic, WGA East.

The Festival kicked off with an opening weekend that featured the new Creator Bootcamp, presented in partnership with CBS Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion on Saturday, and the returning NYTVF Writers Room, keynoted by Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly, former co-head writers of Saturday Night Live and writers and executive producers of Comedy Central’s The Other Two. 


Overall Best of the Fest Award:

Hammerhead – Created by Dean Imperial (New York, NY)

An ambitious, driven, and deceptively cunning young man with a deformed forehead leaves his father's home after graduate school determined to climb the ladder of success in New York City. 

NYTVF Critics Award:

Hammerhead – Created by Dean Imperial (New York, NY)

Best Animated Project:

Omega House – Created by Marc Sloboda (Chicago, IL)

After surviving the nuclear apocalypse, four mutated frat brothers set out on a journey across the wasteland to figure out what the heck happened.

Best Comedy Project:

Smüchr – Created by Niccolo Aeed and Marina Tempelsman (New York, NY)

Emily, a customer support representative for an online dating company, will make all the lonely people in America couple up like penguins – or she'll die trying.

Best Drama/Dramedy Project:

Paint – Created by Michael Walker (New York, NY)

Three young artists live in Brooklyn, struggling to make it, not only in the art world, but in life.

Best Short-Form Comedy Project:

susaneLand – Created by Susane Lee and Andrew Olsen (Los Angeles, CA)

A dark comedic anthology series revolving around the awkward and surreal misfortunes of a young Asian American woman.

Best Short-Form Drama/Dramedy Project:

Avant-Guardians – Created by Alesia Etinoff  (Los Angeles, CA)

When the woke-ish Guardian Angel to the future 3rd Black President goes a little off her rocker, she's mandated by God to visit a no-nonsense Therapist Angel.

Best Unscripted Project:

Rooftop Kings – Created by Carmine Famiglietti and Peter Fragliossi (Queens, NY)

An inside look at a subculture hiding in plain sight on the rooftops of New York City: This is Goodfellas, with pigeons.

Best Actor in a Comedy:

Ryan Harrington and Isaac Himmelman in Brooklyn Moving Company (New York, NY)

Best Actress in a Comedy:

Tessa Hersh in Smüchr and 2some (New York, NY)

Best Actor in a Drama:

Sam Gilroy in Hammerhead (New York, NY)

Best Actress in a Drama:

Deja Harrell in Seeds (Chicago, IL)

Best Direction Drama:

Midnights – Directed by Alvaro Donado (Paterson, NJ)

Best Direction Comedy:

The Passage – Directed by Kitao Sakurai (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Editing:

Ghost Girl – Edited by Alexandra Gilwit and Charlotte Prager (New York, NY)

Best Writing:

Alive in Denver – Written by Michael Levin (Los Angeles, CA)


Best Comedy Script (Tie):

Granted – Written by Alison Barton and Bonnie Dennison (Los Angeles, CA)

Annie, an insecure astronaut, mistakenly summons a genie (named Jinnie) whom she can't stand. The two are bound to each other until Annie can find true fulfillment or Jinnie can find true love. Two nearly impossible tasks... even with unlimited wishes.

The Curse – Written by Jesse David Fox and Halle Kiefer (New York, NY)

Alex has the perfect life on paper: a cool new job in New York, awesome friends, and, most importantly, a mature long-term relationship. In other words, it’s just about the worst time to find out that her family is under a century-old sex curse.

Best Drama Script:

Ticker – Written by Connie O'Donahue and Jeremy Nielsen (Rivertown, WY)

In a future where people sell years off the end of their lives for money and corporations decide who lives and who dies, a rule-following paramedic and his impulsive partner struggle to save society by overthrowing the system.


Audible Pitch Deal:

The three below will receive a development grant to further develop their concept with Audible:

●        Don P. Hooper for “BK Time Skippers”

●        Kaitlin Fontana and Carolyn Bergier for “Peace”

●        Gordon Rayfield for “Boomer”

Comedy Central Development Deal:

Omega House – Created by Marc Sloboda

Red Arrow Studios Development Award:

The Gary Gold Story – Created by Greg Ash

TOPIC Pitch Deal:

Damian Gomez for “Hyphenated”

truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative:

We Don’t Want to Scare You, But… – Created by Tessa Greenberg and Moujan Zolfaghari

WE tv Pitch Deal:

Richard Knight, Carrie Jean Knight, and Anna Boyter for “Now Serving Seconds”

In addition to the above, New York Women in Film and Television awarded a platinum membership to Martha Williams in recognition of her work on Run for Your Life, and the Hollywood Radio and Television Society Script Competition winners – Tara Tomicevic for Bianca (Drama) and Julia Monahan for Teej & The Explorers (Comedy) – were recognized at the Festival. Winners of the Hulu Pitch deal and OneX Comedy Collective Alumni Initiative will be announced at a later date.


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Red Carpet Premiere and After Party for Starz "Power."


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The 6,000+ seat theater was filled with cast, crew, influencers, and fans who were treated to a special performance of “Big Rich Town” by 50 Cent and world premiere screening of the “Power” Season 5 opener. Attendees included cast members Omari Hardwick, Lela LorenNaturi NaughtonJoseph SikoraCurtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Executive Producer), Rotimi AkinoshoLa La AnthonyJerry FerraraMatthew CedeñoShane JohnsonMichael Rainey Jr., William SadlerBrandon Victor DixonLarenz TateRichard Ryker, Mike Dopud, Franky G, Avry Mason, Joe Perroni, Bill Sage, Michael J. Ferguson, Ty Jones, Donshea Hopkins, J.R. Ramirez, Andrea-Rachel Parker, Adam LaVorgna, Shannon Thorton, Domenick Lombarozzi; Creator and Executive Producer Courtney A. Kemp, Executive Producers Mark CantonRandall Emmett, and Gary Lennon, and Co-Executive Producers Bart Wenrich and Shana Stein.

Additional guests included Kyle Anderson, Casanova, Dapper Dan, Jamila Davis, Nathaniel “Bamz” De la Rosa, Larry Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Gia Peppers, Sonny Hostin, Phaedra Parks, Gary Doudan, Erica Ash, Stephen A. Smith and Tyrod Taylor

Power” Season 5 premieres on STARZ on July 1st, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT,and on the STARZ app and STARZ ON DEMAND starting at 12:01AM ET

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ASID NY Metro Chapter Announces Design Honors Recipients

With the warmer weather comes summer soirees and festive fêtes! 
The New York Metro Chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) was ahead of the curve with a pre-summer, a black-tie gala held at One World Trade Center in NYC. Earlier this month, attendees were the first to learn who would receive accolades at ASID NY Metro's 1st annual “Design Honors” gala recognizing innovative industry partners who excel in the interior design field. 

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  • Most  Helpful  Showroom  Representative:  Nadia  Ramos-Santiago,  Christopher  Guy Awarded to a showroom sales representative promote a mutually beneficial relationship between and designers.    
  • Most  Generous  Showhouse  Sponsor:  Hubbardton  Forge Awarded to a show house sponsor that facilitates the design industry’s growth its network and reach through the funding of events.  Best  Educational  Sponsor:  Sherwin-Williams Awarded to a devotes itself to the promotion of good design by and seasoned designers about adaptations and changes that occur in the industry.    
  • Most  Socially  Responsible  Company:  Hansgrohe Awarded to a company that does business while promoting social justice and environmental integrity.  
  • Best  Customer  Service:  Kravet Awarded to a company that facilitates the design process through its availability and helpfulness to designers. 
  • Most  Innovative  Company:  Élitis Awarded to a company that raises the something new designers to consider.    
  • Best Advocate for Local Artists and Artisans:  Arlene AngardAwarded to a  member who promotes art and design in the community by raising up around her.    
  • Best Up and Coming  Maker/Furniture: It-tra by Zimmerman  Workshop Awarded to a furniture maker through the of their furniture.    
  • Best Up and Coming  Maker/Lighting:  Allied  Maker Awarded to a whose beauty handcrafted details.    
  • Best  Designer  Advocate:  Phyllis  Harbinger Awarded to a member who supports, advises and educational sharing. 

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Event News: NYWIFT 2018

The NYWIFT celebrated its 19th Annual Gala on Monday, May 21st, 2018 at Stage 48 in New York City.  Recognizing costume designers, makeup artists, and hair stylists in television and film.  


A positive atmosphere where women are inspiring, empowering and engaging. NYWIFT has always been an organization that’s encouraging and supportive of women in the entertainment industry. 

The speeches honoring the winners of the night were admirable. Style Verify had the opportunity to chat with a few of the guests in attendance as well. One of the questions we were “how can women in television and film empower one another?” The answers were genuinely profound, sincere, and thoughtful. Visit our Instagram page here for footage. 

Sunda Croonquist who was the host of the evening had us laughing all night hysterically! It was a fantastic evening. Visit www.nywift.org and see how you can get involved in this organization! 

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Style News: Young Designers Competition Winners of 2018


The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Association...

The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Young Designers Awards Competition, who were revealed at last night’s ceremony aboard the Ambassador Yacht at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.
Finalists and honorable mentions were selected among more than 356 student participants from 25 schools competing in the annual program that fosters excellence in graphic and packaging design among colleges and universities nationwide.

As guests of ICMAD, finalists received an all- expenses paid trip to the ceremony. The 2018 Young Designers Scholarship winners are:

  • First place and recipient of $5,000 is Erik Rosner, Laguna College of Art & Design
  • Second place and recipient of $2,500 is Jessica Wu, Laguna College of Art & Design
  • Third place and recipient of $1,500 is Jamie Van Dyke, Colorado Mesa University
  • A $25,000 donation from eos Products was presented to Laguna College of Art & Design by ICMAD Vice Chairman and eos Products President, Sanjiv Mehra.

Honorable mention recipients are Samantha Stember, Oregon State University, Emily White, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and Ashley Munson, Laguna College of Art & Design. The cash awards given to the scholarship winners and honorable mentions were donated by ICMAD and East Hill Industries and presented by East Hill Industries Vice President, Chris James.

“Our Young Designers Scholarship program engages design students and encourages them to further develop their talent by providing real-world experience in the beauty industry,” said Pamela Busiek, ICMAD President, and CEO. “This is a way for ICMAD to help shape and ensure emerging creativity and ability among students to pursue an in-demand profession in cosmetics and personal care design.  The winners represent the next generation of entrepreneurs in the beauty industry.”

ICMAD established the program in 1999 to showcase the extraordinary talents of college-level students studying graphic and package design. The Young Designers Competition recognizes the best design students through their creativity and ingenuity of an original cosmetic package project representative of the industry. For this year’s competition, a clear 8 oz. plastic bottle donated by East Hill Industries, Inc. was the subject of the packaging. Professors are provided instructions for incorporating the competition and project into their classroom curriculum or as an extra-curricular activity.

A panel of judges, selected for their expertise in the packaging, design, and marketing, evaluated all entries and determined finalists and winners. This year’s judges included: Stephen Webster, VP of Global Brand & Design, Mary Kay Inc., Craig Weiss, President, Consumer Product Testing Co., Inc, and Iwona Waluk, Senior Art Director, Global Packaging and Brand, Mary Kay, Inc. Judging facilities were donated by Colour Collective.

The 2018 Young Designers Awards program was made possible thanks to eos, East Hill Industries, Inc., Oracle NetSuite, CIS, Colour Collective, COOLA, Macadamia Professional, Masterpiece International, PartnerShip, Prestige Testing, and Quadpack.
FED EX shipping was donated by PartnerShip. Gift Bag contributors included: Amazing Cosmetics, BioElements, Cosmetic Laboratories, Eight Greens, Fave4, John Masters Organics, Macadamia Professional and SKINN-Dimitri James. 

Chairs for the 2018 Young Designers Competition are Chris James, East Hill Industries, Inc. and Kerry Yates, Colour Collective.

Photo credit: ICMAD/Jessica Sterling Photographer

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