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André Leon Talley

JOIN ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY AT THE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF NJPAC’S SPRING LUNCHEON

Celebrated fashion industry scribe André Leon Talley shares stories about his extraordinary career on Tuesday, May 7 as the special honored guest of the Women’s Association of NJPAC’s Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019, a festive gathering held annually for the benefit of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on its Prudential Hall stage.

An important figure in African-American culture, Talley will candidly discuss growing up in the segregated South and his journey to the peak of the fashion world, serving as a protégé of Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol and Anna Wintour. He is a former director of Vogue magazine and a judge on the television show “America’s Next Top Model.” Talley’s life was featured in Kate Novack’s critically acclaimed 2017 documentary “The Gospel According to André.”

Talley is the author of “A.L.T.: A Memoir” and “A.L.T. 365+.” He has edited “The Little Black Dress” and “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style” and is working on his second volume of memoirs, “Chiffon Trenches.”

The WA, which this year commemorates the 25th anniversary of its founding, also has announced that singer, actress and arts advocate Yvette Glover will receive the Ronnie Goldberg Award 2019 for “Outstanding Contributions to the Women’s Association and NJPAC.” Her award will be presented by her son, Tony Award winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover (“Shuffle Along,” “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk”), who is NJPAC’s Dance Advisor and a member of its Board of Directors.

“The quarter-century of good works achieved by the Women’s Association of NJPAC puts extra glow into this year’s Spring Luncheon & Auction, one of our favorite events among many,” said WA President Marcia Wilson Brown. “Our legacy was built by nine adventurous women into a 2,500-member powerhouse of talent that supports the mission of the Arts Center and the importance of cultural literacy in the community. We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary by continuing to foster meaningful partnerships, enhancing our visibility, and participating in innovative programming.”

The WA is the largest single fund-raiser for the Arts Center. Co-chairs for the 22nd annual Spring Luncheon & Auction are community leader and philanthropist Deborah Q. Belfatto and Professor Faith Taylor of Montclair State University’s Feliciano Business School and founder of Resiliency Center.

A networking reception and silent auction kicks off the event from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the lobby of elegant Prudential Hall, followed by the luncheon and program on its stage until 1:30 p.m.

A student of NJPAC’s arts education programs, acclaimed 17-year-old jazz vocalist Alexis Morrast gives a special performance at the Spring Luncheon & Auction. Much like another Newarker, the “Divine” Sarah Vaughan, Morrast also is a title holder from “Amateur Night at the Apollo” (winning twice) and captured first place in television’s “Showtime at the Apollo,” hosted by Steve Harvey. A singer from the age of 3, she was named Hot House Jazz Guide’s “Best Up and Coming Young Artist” in 2017.

Attended by hundreds of guests dressed in colorful, garden-party attire, the WA’s springtime tradition features a raffle drawing and mobile bidding on must-haves like luxury vacations, high-end designer accessories, and tickets to the hottest concerts. Past speakers have included author Grace Bonney and celebrity model Ashley Graham.

Presenting Sponsor of the Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019 is RWJBarnabas Health. Underwriters include Prudential, The MCJ Amelior Foundation and United, the Official Airline of Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019.

The deadline for reservations is April 19. To register online, click to NJPAC.org/SpringLuncheon or email womensassociation@njpac.org for additional information.

About the Women’s Association of NJPAC
The Women’s Association of NJPAC (WA) is celebrating 25 years and over $52 million raised to support NJPAC and programs that enrich the lives of our current and future generations of cultural citizens. When the WA was established in 1994, its organizers could be counted on two hands. Since that time, the WA has grown – to some 2,000 members strong today – to help NJPAC achieve its dreams. Many of the most influential and powerful women in the state lend their time, talent and treasure to support arts education for our young, champion Newark’s remarkable evolution, and advance NJPAC as a home for world-class artistry. For years, the WA has worked with the Arts Center to fulfill its mission to innovate, educate, collaborate and advocate. For more information, visit wanjpac.org. Follow the WA at @njpacwomen, #WAluncheon and NJPAC.org/women.

DFIT Montclair Presents: Higher Level Health

Join #HipNJ at D*FIT (The Mill at Walnut Street Station, 4 Erie Street, Montclair) on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 PM for a lively panel discussion featuring three of New Jersey’s foremost experts on health, wellness and cannabis. Our experts will discuss how CBD is revolutionizing food, beauty, and the way we treat chronic disease + anxiety. Q&A and complimentary samples will follow the talk!

Expert Panelists:

Francesca Castagnoli (moderator)
Senior Fashion Director, Amazon

Jeffrey Devine
Owner/Founder, Strictly CBD + Owner/Lead Chef, Pinwheel Garden

Joel Greengrass
CEO, Theramu

Register for this FREE event and uncover everything you want to know about how cannabis is changing the food, beauty and wellness industries! Click here to get on the list.

denim days

Denim Days is Back in 2019!

Denim Days, the festival produced by denim industry insiders to connect denim professionals, designers and brands directly to denim consumers, has announced the dates of their three upcoming denim festivals in New York (June 8/9), Nashville (October 5/6) and Amsterdam (October 21-27).

New York Denim Days kicks off the festival calendar with a two-day event at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) on June 8 and 9. 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. 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.

Nashville Denim Days debuted to much acclaim in 2018 and returns to Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton Street) on October 5 and 6. The festival celebrates not only denim’s heritage and authenticity but also Nashville’s vibrant music scene, which quite literally took center stage at the inaugural Nashville Denim Days. Attendees at the upcoming edition will find a vibrant mix of denim and independent brands, vintage vendors and artisans as well as musical performances by local Nashville musicians and food from a selection of local eateries.

Amsterdam Denim Days – the one that started it all – will celebrate all things indigo with seven days of events, trade shows, activations and parties all over the city. The week-long Amsterdam Denim Days includes industry-only events such as the Kingpins Show Amsterdam, an invitation-only denim sourcing show and Kingpins Transformers, a day-long event promoting sustainability and corporate responsibility in denim, as well as a “City Center” program of in-store sales and parties at participating retailers. Denim Days Amsterdam culminates with the Denim Days Festival set for the last weekend of October.

Denim Days Festival will feature the best denim brands, seminars, installations, vintage treasure hunting, music, food and drinks, workshops and many more to explore.

To purchase tickets go to Denim Days Tickets.

“We have found that the Denim Days concept is the perfect vehicle to celebrate jeans and connect the industry to consumers in a vital and engaging manner,” said Andrew Olah, one of the Denim Days organizers and founder of Kingpins Show. “The idea of creating a space where brands, designers and industry insiders come together to commune, engage in discourse and inspire denim lovers is endlessly interesting to us. Denim Days is platform where consumers can buy a pair of jeans directly from the designer, attend a seminar about sustainability by an industry expert, experience a fun, interactive installation and then get their hands blue indigo dyeing a garment.”

Denim Days Global Schedule:

New York Denim Days
June 8-9: Denim Days Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
Tickets: $7 Pre-sale // $10 door
Students: Free with valid ID

June 9: Denim Days New York – Street Fair,
West 18th Street – between 6th Ave. and 7th Ave.
Free Admission

Nashville Denim Days
October 5-6: Denim Days Nashville
Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton Street
Tickets: $7 Pre-sale // $10 door
Students: Free with valid ID

Amsterdam Denim Days
October 21-27: City Center Program
October 26-27: Denim Days Festival

About Denim Days Festival:
New York Denim Days and Nashville Denim Days are based on Amsterdam Denim Days. The new editions will act as a spotlight on the global denim scene from completely New York and Nashville perspectives – uniting the denim community and consumers, the addicts and aficionados, the brands and buyers, to celebrate its unique denim passion. New York Denim Days and Nashville Denim Days are initiated by House of Denim and organized by Modefabriek in collaboration with Kingpins Show. For more information, visit Denim-Days.com.