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Badgley Mischka is coming to a channel near you!

Renowned fashion designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka have always presented luxury and style with their seasonal runway collections, showcasing gorgeous gowns and sumptuous fabrics... and now they want to share that vision with the everyday woman.

(Sessilee Lopez models a Badgley Mischka design)

In an exclusive partnership with HSN (Home Shopping Network), the design duo has created the "American Glamour" collection, offering shoppers glamorous, yet affordable fashion, accessories and jewelry.

(American Glamour 'Wedge' heel with ruffles, $119.00 USD)

(American Glamour 'Taylor' bag, $279.00 USD)

(American Glamour 'Dolman necklace' top, $69.90 USD)

(American Glamour 'Ruched stretch' belt with flower, $119.00 USD)

(American Glamour 'Snake-print' slingback heel, $99.00 USD)

For the quality of fabrics and the price-points, the collection is well-worth shopping.

* Video (Badgley Mischka talks American Glamour with HSN, 2010)

All "American Glamour" items will be available for purchase, starting May 20th.

For more information on Badgley Mischka and their collection(s), please visit:
www.hsn.com, or www.badgleymischka.com.

References:
www.google.com, Home Shopping Network

DROP DEAD GORGEOUS


Katie Rost knocks-out Leukemia and Lymphoma, one event at a time.

Having appeared in national advertising campaigns for companies such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Belvedere, David's Bridal, and within the pages and on the cover of magazines such as Honey, Essence, STYLE 101:, and having strutted her stuff for designers such as Stephen Burrows and Lanvin, the gorgeous and leggy top model, Rost, has had a very prestigious career within the fashion and modeling industry.

(Katie Rost, Izod ad campaign)

(Katie Rost, Gilly Hicks ad campaign)

(Katie Rost, Honey magazine cover)

Now, she has her eyes set on another prize and her cause is a noble one, she's championing a cure for blood cancer.

912,938 people in the United States are living with or are in remission from a blood cancer, and Rost has developed Team Believe!, an organized group of the Nation's Capital area philanthropists, whose mission is to help her sock it to cancer. Others from her generation would rather not bother with taking up someone else's bed and walking with it, Rost has gone the extra mile to help ensure that cancer patients have a longer chance at life, even if it involves just being happy for one more day.

Every cent raised by Rost and her team, goes directly to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. In November of 2009, Rost was nominated by the National Capital Area Chapter as a candidate for the society's 'Woman of the Year.'


In support of her campaign for the honor, Rost fully initiated her bid on Saturday, May 15th, by hosting a celebrity-studded, charity event titled 'Monte Carlo Night.'


The soiree, held at the exclusive TPC Clubhouse in Potomac, Maryland, was a casino-themed, creative black-tie affair with an enthralling atmosphere. Roulette tables spun, gambling chips stacked, and party-goers enjoyed live music, a fashion show, and reveled in the delight of raising money AND having fun all in the name of a worthy cause!

(event volunteer, Olayinka Lawal)

(guest check-in)

(event games)

(event games)

(event bar)

(event silent auction)

(event silent auction)

(event dancing)

(myself with Andrea Rodgers)

(event volunteers with Katie Rost)

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, via their website, says, "Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic, passionate candidates engage in a spirited competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Man & Woman of the Year' titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research. The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. Every dollar counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks." So, in regards to the success of Rost's event, as well as her aim for the title, only time will tell, as everyone on the TeamBelieve! staff anxiously awaits the June 12th ceremony that will name this years winners.

Albeit, June is going to be a very busy month for Rost, it will also be a rewarding one, as she will be photographed for VOGUE magazine!!!


Rost's image has already been snapped by elite fashion photographers such as Bruce Weber, Marc Baptiste, and Terry Richardson, but most recently she was 'hand-picked' by Anna Wintour, to join 'The VOGUE 100.' Rost's friend, Andrea Rodgers (also a member and creator of askmissa.com), says the group comprises "influential decision makers and opinion leaders known for their distinctive taste in fashion and culture. The Vogue 100 will represent a group of women in New York, LA, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, DC and San Francisco who personify the rising influence of women over the past several decades."

We here at STYLE 101: congratulate Rost on all of her accomplishments, and will continue to support her charitable efforts, and you, too, can get in on the fundraising action by casting your vote for Rost.

You can pledge online at: www.believeinacureforcancer.com, or by sending your check or money order to:

Katie Rost
7809 Fox Gate Ct
Bethesda, MD 20817

* Make Check Payable to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
* Check Memo line must read: Team Believe - Rost
* Include on Check the Tax ID: #13-5644916


Let's all take a note from Rost's book and help others to "Believe In A Cure for Cancer!"

:-D

References:
www.katierost.com, www.askmissa.com, www.mwoy.org, www.believeinacureforcancer.com

AMERICAN CLASSIC


Russell Simmons helps men feel like $1M Bucks...

Often referred to as the godfather of hip hop, Simmons, a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and a supporter of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, has built an empire from his mega-success in the music and entertainment industries, and has -for years now- been offering his advice on how others, too, can live their best life.

(Do You! 12 Laws To Access The Power In You To Achieve Happiness And Success. Gotham Books, 2007)

Simmons' personal story is well-known; after co-founding Def Jam Records in 1984, he sold his stake in the company for $100M (USD) to Universal Music Group in 1999, and in 2004, he sold Phat Farm and Phat Fashions into a partnership with Kellwood clothing company, reportedly to expand his vision of the brand; but during divorce proceedings from his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons, he stepped down as CEO of Phat Fashions, leaving Kimora to helm the company.


2009 proved to be a weighty year for Simmons, as he and Kimora finally divorced in January. Shortly thereafter, in April, he launched his collaboration with Wal-Mart, but amidst the celebration was scandal, as Simmons received backlash from public misinformation surrounding his 2004 RushCard banking venture. With claims that it robbed lower income individuals of true financial freedom, Simmons adamantly defended the service, smoothing over consumer fury by stating, “The RushCard is a prepaid card, NOT a credit card. It gives people the convenience of a credit card without the debt... I have watched with pride the way RushCard has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people giving them respect and dignity. It gives under served communities the tools to get their money right.”


Thankfully, by May of that year, Simmons proved to be in the clear as he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations for the UN Slavery Memorial, to Honor the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.



Drama-free and now able to fully focus his attention on fun fashion and philanthropic endeavors, Simmons proudly promotes his Argyleculture, Green Bracelet, and American Classics initiatives.

(a look from Argyleculture's S/S '09 collection)

The Green Compassionate Bracelet (available at Zales, Gordon's Jewelers, et al.), retails for $125.00 USD, and is made from African natural resources. For every purchase, 50% of net profit is donated back to Africa via the Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F).

Earlier this year, in February, Simmons was a guest on the Martha Stewart show, further advancing his life's causes...

...and in describing the nature of his American Classics clothing brand, via his personal blog on huffingtonpost.com, Simmons says it's his "...mission of giving all Americans a competitive edge in fashion. It has given me great satisfaction, and giving Americans more for less is a challenge I am up for. In fact, designing has been a real pleasure. The merchandising and imagery are what I envision or wish for all Americans and for all of the human family. I don't believe that American Classics is for people who make less but it is for people who are smart with what they make. Respectfully, American Classics is for those people who shop at Wal-Mart who are interested in making fashion-forward sophisticated choices.

(American Classics argyle sweater vest, $14.00 USD)

(American Classics gingham shirt, $12.00 USD)

(American Classics plaid shorts, $12.00 USD) ...all items are available at Wal-Mart.

The brand's website also bolsters Simmons' vision, stating, "American Classics is an inspirational lifestyle brand, built on the principles of purpose, unity, integrity and pride. Better choices! Better Living!"

* Video (Russell Simmons talks American Classics with Wal-Mart, 2009)


For more information and for up-to-the-minute news on Russell Simmons, please visit: www.twitter.com/UncleRUSH

References:
www.google.com, www.huffingtonpost.com, www.walmart.com, www.americanclassicsbrand.com, www.simmonsjewelryco.com

never pay retail again...


Daisy Lewellyn shows us how to shop smart, spend less, and look your best EVER!

On Tuesday, May 4th, 2010, fashion-guru and style expert, Lauren Daisy Lewellyn, gave birth to her first child... no, not the human kind, but rather the reader-friendly kind, in the form of her newly released, soon-to-be nationally bestselling book.


The launch of Lewellyn's style-guide, Never Pay Retail Again: Shop Smart, Spend Less, And Look Your Best Ever (Simon & Schuster, 2010), was celebrated with an A-list party held at designer Tracy Reese's flagship store in the ultra-chic meatpacking district of New York City.



Lewellyn, the fashion industry's 'Queen of Effortless Chic,' was feted by the designer herself, along with Alicia Keys' wardrobe stylist Wouri Vice, Real Simple magazine's Julee Wilson, and InStyle magazine's Joyann King; other event attendees included notable fashionistas from Teen VOGUE and Paper magazine, with music provided by Nylon magazine's own Rajni Lucienne Jacques.

(Tracy Reese S/S '10 collection)

(Tracy Reese and I)

(event shopper)

(Teen VOGUE Senior Accessories Editor, Shiona Turini, purchases a copy of Lewellyn's book)

(Nicole Miller PR's, Jacqueline Cooper, with friends)

(actress Joiee Thorpe and Nylon's Rajni Lucienne Jacques, with Daisy Lewellyn)

(event attendee with Real Simple's Julee Wilson and former O staffer, Stacy Charles)

(Documentary filmmaker, Rodney "Hot Rod" Bethea)

(InStyle's Joyann King with Daisy Lewellyn and guest)

(myself with Daisy Lewellyn)

In conjunction to Lewellyn being all things fabulous, I also have the pleasure of calling her a dear friend... Back in 2000, we both matriculated into the Fashion Institute of Technology, and she has since gone on to accomplish great things within the fashion world. She's been a top-billing editor for publications such as InStyle, Essence, Marie Claire, and Glamour magazine, and has also appeared nationally on television programs such as The Learning Channel's "Dinner Takes All", the Rachel Ray show, the CBS Early Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America.

* Video (Daisy Lewellyn on Good Morning America, May 6th, 2010)


We here at STYLE 101: wish Lewellyn all the BEST and pray that she's continually Blessed in her endeavors; copies of her book can now be purchased in-stores (Barnes and Nobles, et al.), or online at Amazon.com.

xoxo,

:-D

References:
www.daisylewellyn.com