Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

HOT 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium

Sunday, June 2, 2019, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, HOT 97 Summer Jam is the event of the year where historic moments are made and Hip Hop music & culture are celebrated!

Every year they bring the hottest names to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium and this year is no exception. #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino meets up with two familiar voices, HOT97’s DJ Wallah and Miabelle to discuss this years’ line up.

This year’s Summer Jam performers include Grammy Award-winning artist and Bronx native, Cardi B, rapper, songwriter, and activist, Meek Mill, two-time platinum selling Hip Hop group, Migos, singer-producer, Tory Lanez, XXL Magazine Freshmen alum, A Boogie, and more.

This years line up has more to offer, as well. As Wallah puts it, “this year’s line up is full of artists that are buzzing throughout the internet and online…Summer Jam got the artists that we really want to connect with this year.”

Additional performers include Rich the Kid, Funk Flex & the Heavy Hitters, Davido, Casanova, Melii, City Girls, Megan Thee Stallion, and , as well as numerous surprise guests, a staple element of Summer Jam.

HOT 97 also has a huge opportunity for new artists, with their Who’s Next Destination Summer Jam contest. Artists can submit tracks, climb the leaderboard and hopefully win the Grand Prize of opening up at Summer Jam Festival Village Stage!

Tickets are on sale now at hot97.com/summerjam and all Ticketmaster platforms. They are not available at MetLife on the day of the event, so make sure to snag yours as soon as possible!

André Leon Talley at NJPAC’s Annual Spring Luncheon

On May 7, #HipNJ‘s most stylish women attended the Women’s Association of NJPAC’s Annual Spring Luncheon & Auction. “The First Tuesday in May” fete drew over 560 attendees who were eager to salute the Women’s Association 25 years of service and $52 million raised for arts education. Headed by event Co-Chairs, Deborah Q. Belfatto and Faith Taylor, the WA’s tradition of success continued with $280,000 raised.

As guests approached the Prudential Center stage, they were greeted with a dazzling display of cherry blossoms (a hallmark of Newark!) and a plated lunch of fresh spring specialities.

The awe-inspiring moments didn’t stop there. In between performances and networking, hearts were warmed by the words of Savion Glover, NJPAC’s Dance Advisor, who shared stories about his mother Yvette, recipient of the Ronnie Goldberg Award.

The mood then turned electric when the day’s featured guest, Vogue fashionista and industry scribe André Leon Talley, took the stage. He talked about growing up in the segregated South and how he ascended in the fashion industry, working alongside the likes of Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol and Anna Wintour. Afterwards, he took photos with his adoring fans.

Talley spoke to #HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino about his appreciation for the WA’s mission.

“I’m very grateful to be here for the 25th annual spring luncheon and auction. I think it’s for a very, very worthy cause. Everything here is very calm and elegant…everything in life should be that way.”

For more information, visit NJPAC.org.

Denim Days Sponsor Tencel™: Denim from the Ground Up!

Keep it casual or dress it up. Find it everywhere from the boardwalk to the catwalk. With a versatile look that spans from edgy to cozy, denim is a cultural fashion staple worth celebrating. And with only five weeks standing between us and the third annual Denim Days Festival, we can’t wait to see what amazing experiences are waiting for us on June 8 and 9 in NYC!

To give us a sneak peek, #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino welcomes fellow host, Maria Falzo, who also serves as the Marketing Director for the New York Denim Days Festival, along with Tricia Carey,Director Global Business Development-Denim at Lenzing Fibers.

As Maria explains, ‘Denim Days’ was born six years ago in Amsterdam, and has since found additional homes in New York City and in Nashville, Tennessee. Attendees can expect a one-of-a-kind experience that goes beyond the amazing shopping.

As in past seasons, attendees will find a selection of brands, designers, artisans and vintage vendors as well as new activations and interactive installations from denim supply chain members, artists and more.

In addition to the two-day indoor extravaganza at Metropolitan Pavillion, a one-day outdoor vintage denim market on June 9 will shut down 18th Street and feature live entertainment, food and activities for the whole family.

Tencel™ branded fibers by Lenzing return as the title sponsor of New York Denim Days. Tricia explains that year’s theme is “Denim from the ground up”, a fun play on the fact that Tencel comes from recycled trees. In fact, her entire outfit in made from Tencel, even her jacket and t-shirt! This year, brands like 3×1Garbage by Marta Goldschmied, Athleta and Triarchy will bring these recycled fibers to life.

For more information on the Denim Days Festival, like the OshKosh Children’s fashion show, Athleta Morning Yoga, and the Sneaker Exhibit, check out our blog and visit Denim-Days.com!