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This July, 51 NYC Girl Scouts were selected to participate in the latest partnership between Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York’s Girl Scout Leadership Institute, where they developed ideas for socially responsible businesses and had those ideas evaluated by some of New York’s best and brightest women, including our very own Alex Woo! The 10-day Summer Intensive culminated in a Pitchfest, during which each girl presented her idea to a panel staffed by Alex Woo and other established entrepreneurs. The only word that comes to mind? Impressed.
Every June, Alex and team make their way to Couture Las Vegas to showcase the newest collections to the top retailers around the globe. Working hard or hardly working, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!
It’s been an exciting few weeks for us as we debut our new collection! We are so happy to introduce the Little Major League Baseball ™ collection for baseball fans of all generations to support their favorite team in style and just in time for the All-Star Game in July! We also had a VIP launch event at the famous MLB™ Fan Cave here in New York City and it was a great success! There are only better things to come as summer rolls around. We’re looking forward to splashes at the beach and the fun summer fashion!
We hope you enjoy these pictures from our new collection VIP launch event:
Alex Woo makes a wave in the sports stadium and nabs a mention in Sports Business Daily for the new Little MLB collection, “high-end luxury” that the sports world has never seen!
Now in its ninth year, LUCKY SHOPS has become the benchmark for all shopping events, bringing the pages of the magazine to life with a unique mix of established and up-and-coming designer brands at a variety of price points.
Once again, Alex Woo was part of Lucky’s favorite fashions, shoes, jewelry and more.
The Accessories Council Excellence Awards (ACE Awards) were created in 1996 to pay homage to those individuals and groups that have made great strides in raising the awareness of the accessories industry. The purpose of the awards gala is to celebrate those who have had a positive impact on accessory consumption during the prior year.
The Accessories Council, where Alex Woo acts as a board member, held this year’s ACE Awards on November 5th, 2012 at Cipriani 42nd Street. They were thrilled to honor:
Who do they Stand for? Everyone who’s lost their hair, their energy, their hope. Everyone who’s spent the night by a loved one’s hospital bed. Everyone who’s had to pull out their black suits and dresses to say goodbye to yet another friend. Who’s had to watch their own children suffer. We Stand Up for those still in the fight and for those who have lost. For those battling this disease with a strength they never knew they had. For those who’ve beat it and for everyone who will.
Alex Woo was a proud supporter of Stand Up to Cancer’s goals.
Alex Woo is very happy to be the newest board member of the Accessories Council. As a not-for-profit, national advocacy organization established in 1995, their mission is to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products.
For over the past 12 years, over 150 companies representing the world’s leading brand names, designers, publications, retailers and associated providers for the accessories, eyewear and footwear industries have participated and sponsored educational seminars, seasonal trend reports, design and marketing awards for area fashion students, and the esteemed black tie ACE Award Gala, an annual tribute to the leaders of the accessory industry.
Atlanta comrades in fashion, the fine jewelry industry’s biggest night, the GEM Awards were held today January 6, 2012 to honor the talents and achievements of jewelry and timepiece designers and companies. Each year, the Jewelry Information Center (JIC) of New York holds its GEM Awards to honor the best manufacturers, retailers, and media who meet their criteria to be luminaries in their chosen field in the jewelry/gems and watch-making industry.
This year’s honorees included Ralph Destino, who got the Lifetime Achievement award, Chanel Fine Jewelry for Corporate Communications, Editor-At-Large of Vogue.com Candy Pratts Price for Journalistic Excellence and the honorable Daphne Guinness for Jewelry Style.
Held at the Cipriani 42nd Street, the awards were attended by industry professionals and A-listers including designers Carolina Herrera (what a gorgeous sequined coat but then again, CH always looks elegant in anything she wears!), Alex Woo, Erica Courtney and Shaun Leane, Chanel Ambassador actress Anna Mouglalis and Olivier Stip, the Senior Vice President of Fine Jewelry & Watches at Chanel, and actress Padma Lakshmi.
Lucky magazine did it again with NYC’s ultimate fashion experience! This was Lucky Shops 8th year of amazing deals and great shopping. With celebs like Bridget Moynahan, Stephanie March, Kaylee Defer from Gossip Girl and Abigail Breslin – it was sure to be a fabulous weekend of shopping and fun.
Everyone looked great, especially Abigail Breslin who was rockin’ the Little Rock Star Double Note 2! Alex was able to catch up with her, since the last time they saw each other at Super Saturday 14, as they both smiled for the cameras on the red carpet. The event lasted three days and saw 7,000 people total from 40 different states! I think it’s safe to say that everyone shopped til’ they dropped at the 8th annual Lucky Shops.
Anna Wintour has done it again – Fashion’s Night Out was a success for the 3rd year in a row! Those of you who love and appreciate fashion were able to enjoy a night of parties, fashion and fun on September 8th.
For those of you who are unaware of what FNO is – it was launched by Anna Wintour and Vogue just 3 years ago and was intended to increase consumer spending as well as a night to celebrate the fashion world. This amazing event has given designers, such as Alex Woo, the opportunity to showcase their work while giving their fans a chance to meet their favorite designers.
Alex was able to attend Henri Bendel as it was transformed into the Hester Street Fair with great people, food and of course, shopping. After her greet-and-meet, she headed to the Lincoln Motors VIP event/fashion show where some of her pieces were seen on the runway.
FNO was not only about fashion but it was also about charity and helping to raise money. Justin Bieber teamed up with Dolce and Gabbana for the Pencils for Promise event that helped to raise enough money to build a school – we’re always thrilled to see the fashion industry giving back!
Anna Wintour and Vogue seem to outdo themselves every year and this year was no different. Stores offered everything from complimentary drinks, celebrity and designer appearances as well as giveaways. All in all, it was a great night for all fashionistas across the globe!
Every Saturday is great in the Hamptons, but each year there is one that stands out. It is Super Saturday and it is the 14th annual fund-raiser sale benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Hosted by Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan, InStyle magazine and actress Emma Roberts it is the luxury garage sale no one wants to miss — with discount designer goods from more than 200 designers, including Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg and Alex Woo.
This year, Kelly Ripa proved again how amazing she is, by hosting the event and helping promote it regularly both on and off camera. As a mom of 3, she is a personal role model for the millions that watch her regularly on Live! with Regis & Kelly. Today, she also wore Alex Woo’s Little Vegas Gold Cherries.
At the event were also many supporters of the event including the multi-talented and sweet Abigail Breslin. Check out her band CABB!
In theaters on Earth Day, other attendees included Today Show host Natalie Morales, model and one of the first Goodwill Ambassadors to the African Wildlife Foundation Veronica Vařeková, actresses Brooke Shields and Keri Russell, and director Sofia Coppola to support the film.
The Disneynature film, African Cats, takes a journey into the grasslands of Africa, giving the viewer a real life look into what it’s like to be a part of the wildest place on Earth. One of the greatest stories told in the film is about the unbreakable relationship created between a mother and their young. Being a new mother herself, Alex felt a strong connection to this theme and therefore was motivated to design a piece reflecting this union.
Through sales of Alex Woo’s African Cat pendant, a portion of the proceeds with be graciously donated to the African Wildlife Foundation. Please support the film and help save the Savanna.
About Disneynature’s True-Life Adventure: “African Cats”
Directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons. An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.
About the African Wildlife Foundation
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the leading international conservation organization focused solely on Africa, and works together with the people of Africa, to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever.
Alex Woo is once again excited to be participating in LuckyShops! For the seventh straight year, Lucky Magazine is turning NYC’s Metropolitan Pavilion into a shopping paradise and bringing the pages of the magazine to life with a unique mix of merchandise from designers such as Alice + Olivia, Botkier, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more. Lucky Shops 2010 will also include cool extras like music, refreshments and giveaways and kick off with a “VIP Shopping Party” hosted by Hilary Duff to celebrate Lucky’s 10th Anniversary and the mag’s new Editor-In-Chief Brandon Holley. The last time Alex Woo participated can be read about here.
What is LUCKY SHOPS 2010? LUCKY SHOPS is a shopping event hosted by Lucky Magazine. Like the pages of the magazine, the event features a wide range of our favorite designers and shops selling at up to 70% off retail. While you’re there enjoy: complimentary cocktails,* giveaways, music and more.
Where is it? Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York, NY
Click here for directions.
When is it? VIP 10th Anniversary Shopping Party: Thursday, November 4, 6PM -9PM
Friday PREVIEW Pass: Friday, November 5, 10AM – 8PM (2 bonus shopping hours)
Friday GENERAL Admission: Friday, November 5, 12PM – 8PM
Saturday Shop-a-thon: Saturday, November 6, 11AM – 5PM
Tonight at Cipiriani, one of New York’s best venue’s for celebration, Iman, Jenna Lyons, Patrick Robinson and Eric Daman stepped out to celebrate the Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards, which honored 11 individuals who have made great strides in the accessories industry. Maria Sharapova received an ACE award for the Best Brand Collaboration award. “Everyone looks so beautiful, and not sweating,” said the recently-engaged three-time Grand Slam champion about the audience. Kanye West, was named 2010′s Stylemaker of the Year…. “Fashion breaks my heart.” he said in his acceptance speech.
The ACE Awards was created in 1996 to pay homage to those individuals and groups that have made great strides in raising the awareness of the accessories industry. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate those who have had a positive impact on accessory consumption during the prior year. Awards are given to designers, retailers, journalists, celebrities and emerging companies. The ACE Awards also celebrates the contributions of designers and design houses that have made outstanding achievements in accessories design with Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement and Designer of the Year awards. Recognition is also given to honor the accomplishments of journalists and publications with the aptly named Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism and Magazine of the Year awards. Additionally, ACE honors individuals from the entertainment arena for their personal style and influence on fashion with the illustrious Influencer of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards. Honorees are nominated and voted upon by their peers in the accessory industry, retailers, the Accessories Council Board of Directors and the fashion press. Honorees are announced in advance of the event which takes place annually.
Alex Woo attended the unveiling of “The Big 5 Collection” gala event in New York City tonight. The Steuben sponsor event was hosted by Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, runway model and AWF Goodwill Ambassador Veronica Varekova.
To support these animals natural habitat, starting in September through December 10% of all proceeds from these designs will benefit the African Wildlife Foundation, the leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. Since its inception in 1961, the AWF has protected endangered species and the land and habitat they depend on; promoted partnerships with the private sector to benefit local communities as a means to improve livelihoods, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation — all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage.
A portion of the proceeds of all pieces sold within Alex Woo’s Sweni Collection is also donated to the African Wildlife Foundation. In the photo, Alex Woo is pictured with long time supporter of AWF, co-founder of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam and creator of Phat Farm, Russell Simmons.
In a live, one-hour fundraising encore event to accelerate innovative cancer research, an amazing lineup of actors, musicians, athletes and journalists participated in the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) primetime roadblock television fundraising event simulcast commercial-free on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Bio, Current TV, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, mun2, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, The Style Network, TV One and VH1 and was hosted by network news anchors Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams. The broadcast aired in 195 countries and was dedicated to the 12 million U.S. cancer survivors, illustrating how groundbreaking research can change the tide in the fight against the disease. Please donate to accelerate cancer research 1.888.90.STAND.
SU2C’s star-studded television special builds continuing public support and donations for cutting-edge cancer research that translates at a rapid pace from the laboratory to treatments and technologies benefitting patients. One-hundred percent of all donations received from the public will go directly to cancer research and the 2008 telecast helped raise over $100 million.
Christina Applegate, among the famous cancer survivors who underwent a double mastectomy, wore the Tree of Life pendant she designed with Alex Woo. She has founded Right Action for Women, a foundation to aid those individuals who are at increased risk for breast cancer and do not have insurance or the financial flexibility to cover the high costs associated with breast screenings.
For those of you who enjoyed last year’s Fashion’s Night Out parties, fashion and fun can rejoice—its back! The 2nd annual Fashions Night Out is being held on Friday September 10th, 2010 and no matter where you are; France, Australia, Italy or Austin, Texas, you can participate in all the festivities.
Fashion’s Night Out was launched in New York last year by Anna Wintour and Vogue as a ‘stimulus package’ for the fashion industry. This year it’s bigger and better with even more wonderful sponsors who are joining together in this global attempt to increase consumer spending and celebrate fashion. Tory Burch simply stated that it’s a way to “boost the economy”. And that is exactly what this night is all about, with extravagant parties, stores staying open later, exclusive give-a-ways and promotions, there are plenty of shopping opportunities.
This year’s Fashion’s Night Out is also about charity and helping to raise money for the New York City AIDS Fund. On September 7th, during MBFW, the Fashion’s Night Out fashion show will feature over 150 models wearing all the Fall 2010 trends with 40% of all the proceeds going towards the charity.
There are so many way to enjoy Fashion’s Night Out; stores are offering items such as tote-bags, complimentary drinks, and celebrity and designer appearances to bring the consumers out to shop around from store to store. If you are wondering what some of those fun activities are, look no closer than Henri Bendel where you will find makeover’s from the Frederic Fakkai Salon, The City’s Olivia Palermo, exclusive product launches, a chance to win an IPod Touch, and a meet-and-greet with several designers including Alex Woo! So make sure you head to the 2nd floor for a chance to meet the designer and to score these fabulous ways to give back to the economy and to the NYC AIDS Fund.
When: September 10, 2010
Where: Across the world and over 300 retailers in the five boroughs alone
Why: It’s a global initiative to boost the economy, celebrate the fashion industry and to support the New York City AIDS Fund.
Dresscode: You, a group of friends and your unique style.
For details, visit : fashionsnightout.com for a complete run-down on the year’s biggest shopping event!
Wow! Super Saturday was amazing! With beautiful weather in the Hamptons, the super tag sale featuring just about every major designer you can name off the top of your head (Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Catherine Malandrino, Charlotte Ronson, Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren etc.) makes you feel good all the bargain hunting raises funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
This year was Alex Woo’s fifth time participating in the event and this time it was co-hosted by actress/model Ashley Greene, Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan and In Style magazine. Created in 1998 by Donna Karan, the event since its founding has all net proceeds raised go directly to OCRF’s research programs. Last year, Super Saturday raised over $3.7 million for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Ashley Greene, most famous for her recent roles in the Twilight series as Alice Cullen, stayed fashionably cool in a smart white dress and was a gracious host taking photos with her many younger fans. Nominated by People Magazine as one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Women of 2010″ and “The Style Icon Award” at Hollywood Life’s Young Hollywood Awards this year, she is the “It girl” of the moment and we hope it lasts a long time.
In the inset photo, is InStyle’s Fashion Director, Hal Rubenstein. He has been an integral part of InStyle since its launch and established the magazine as the authority on celebrity style. Counted as an expert in countless TV shows, he is also the author of Paisley Goes With Nothing: A Men’s Guide to Style, a sharp and witty resource for men who need look better, feel better and behave like a gentlemen and is currently working on his next book Killer Dresses: 100 Looks You Can’t Forget to be published in 2011.
At Gracie Mansion for a special event after Independence Day, Alex Woo meets up with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Gracie Mansion and its surrounding land hold an important place in
the history of both New York City and the United States well before the House was designated the official residence of the Mayor of the City of New York in 1942. But it was only in 2002, that Gracie Mansion was again restored and declared the “People’s House” by Mayor Michael Bloomberg with everyone being given increased access to the House.
Alex enjoyed a special tour of the mansion, admired the detail of the Compass Rose Motif on Trompe-L’oeil painted floor in the Historic Foyer and the cocktails and food.
The Jewelry Information Center tonight held its eighth annual GEM Awards gala and honored Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Dr. Albright made history in 1997, when she became the highest ranking woman in the U.S. government, as the first female Secretary of State. However, what many individuals may not know about her, who took tonight’s stage to a standing ovation, is that she used jewelry as a diplomatic tool during her years with the Clinton administration. In a riveting speech and introduction to her new book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box, she stated “This all started when I was ambassador at the U.N. and Saddam Hussein called me a serpent…. and I had this wonderful antique snake pin. So when we were dealing with Iraq, I wore the snake pin.”
After that incident, she decided it would be fun to speak through her pins and continued to seek different pins to commemorate a particular event or to signal how she felt. Balloons, butterflies, and flowers signified optimism and when diplomatic talks were going slowly, crabs and turtles indicated frustration. The book examines the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own.
Each year, GEM Awards brings together powerful leaders in a the jewelry industry, politics and entertainment to recognize the individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry. Notable guests that night also included Lindsay Price from the Lipstick Jungle and Eastwick and Russell Simmons the pioneer of hip-hop label Def Jam and the fashion line Phat Farm.
For the first time ever, VH1 Save The Music’s “Big Shopping” event has become an online shopping experience where you can purchase accessories from the newest, hottest and most exclusive retailers and designers from Friday, November 27th – Thursday, December 31st.
Featuring celeb supporters, trendsetters and special guests, “VH1 Big Shopping” gives the most coveted items inspired by music and today’s pop culture, in support of VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s work to jumpstart instrumental music education programs in U.S. public elementary and middle schools.
Alex Woo has participated in several VH1 Save The Music events and was delighted to be a part of this as well to raise awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. At the event, Alex Woo met with American Idol star Katherine McPhee, singer Vanessa Carlton and Miss J from America’s Next Top Model and showcased her Little Notes.
To increase awareness of the plight of the honey bees, Alex Woo and Häagen-Dazs co-hosted an exclusive cocktail event for fashion, food and lifestyle editors at New York City’s luxe Henri Bendel’s department store, which took place on Wednesday, October 21st.
Renowned Chef, David Guas, who’s also a bee enthusiast and the star of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary Chefs A’ Field prepared all of the delicious “bee-friendly” hors d’eourves (yummy!) and created his signature basil-lemonhead cocktail. Of course there was also plenty of ice cream, which is why Häagen-Dazs has been donating money to help figure out why this is happening.
At the event, Alex showcased a beautiful jewelry display which launched her newest addition to her Little Seasons collection, the Little Bee pendant. Guests also had the privilege of viewing the designer’s most popular designs from her icon, fashion and fine jewelry collections.
Häagen-Dazs Help the Honey Bees
Imagine many of the world’s favorite flavors disappearing day by day. At Häagen-Dazs, more than 50 percent of our all-natural ice cream flavors are made with the help of honey bee pollination. The crisis facing honey bees is a crisis facing us all, and it’s time to help.
For more information about the plight of the honey bee and what you can do to help go to www.helpthehoneybees.com
Chefs A’ Field: Disappearing Act
Imagining a World Without Bees
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a term first coined in 2006 for a phenomenon in which worker bees mysteriously vanish from a beehive. CCD represents a looming crisis for agriculture. Pastry chef David Guas knows how important the little worker bee actually is. He joins beekeeper Dave Hackenberg in a picturesque Pennsylvania apple orchard in full bloom to work with the bees and to discuss how they, and our food supply, might be saved.
One of Manhattan’s chicest shopping environments, Henri Bendel is a girls’ playground, where Bendel girls go to find the new and the next in accessories, cosmetics, gifts and fashion. A New York icon, as familiar as the Flatiron building or the Plaza Hotel, Bendel’s luxury heritage and eye for the new have made shopping at Henri Bendel a rite of passage for elite young women. With their signature brown and white striped shopping bags spotted swinging from the arms of stylish young women from around the world visit the store and be tempted with irrestible indulgences at every turn.
In a global initiative to promote retail, restore consumer confidence, and celebrate fashion, U.S. and international editions of Vogue are coordinating evening extravaganzas in their respective world fashion capitals.
In the United States, American Vogue has joined with NYC & Company, the City of New York, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America to enliven again the consumer spirit that churns the economy and boosts the local industry of America’s fashion capital, New York City.
Next only to finance, fashion is the second-largest sector of industry in New York City—the headquarters of more than 800 fashion companies employing 175,000 people and generating $10 billion in total wages. At City Hall’s May 20 press conference to announce Fashion’s Night Out, Vera Wang said, “To put it bluntly, if people don’t shop, people lose their jobs.”
When : September 10, 2009
Where: Across the world and over 300 retailers in the five boroughs alone.
Why: It’s a once in a lifetime to meet and greet many big name designers including Alex Woo who will be at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue. On right, she is photographed with Gossip Girl’s Costume Designer Eric Daman.
Dresscode: Your unique style only
For details, visit fashionsnightout.com for a complete run-down on the year’s biggest shopping event!