The intersection of fashion and music will come alive on Thursday, Feb. 7, when In Style and The Recording Academy® present the first ever GRAMMY Salute to Fashion, it was announced today. The event will be hosted by Recording Academy Chair and four-time GRAMMY®-winning producer Jimmy Jam, and will include a special performance by current four-time GRAMMY nominee Rihanna. CoverGirl is the presenting sponsor.
Curated by In Style's fashion director Hal Rubenstein, the fashion show will feature spring collections from Beyoncé and Tina Knowles' House of Deréon, Sean Combs' Sean John Women's, Jay-Z's Rocawear, Jennifer Lopez' justsweet, Jessica Simpson's Jessica Simpson Collection, and Justin Timberlake's William Rast. Also showcased will be The Recording Academy's fashion line, GRAMMY Brand™. Elizabeth Stewart will serve as the show's stylist, makeup artistry will be provided by CoverGirl, hair styling will be courtesy of Paul Mitchell, with a jewelry showcase by Le Vian and shoes by Steve Madden.
"There has always been an exciting synergy between music and fashion, and no other red carpet event is better at reflecting this connection than the GRAMMY Awards," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "GRAMMY Salute to Fashion will pay homage to the stylish musicians that have successfully branched out into the world of fashion design. What better way to display their passion for music and fashion than with a live fashion show featuring their respective collections."
"In Style magazine is thrilled to collaborate with The Recording Academy to celebrate the most natural of combinations — music and fashion," said In Style fashion director Hal Rubenstein. "And who would know better about what clothes belong in the spotlight than these six gifted artists. After all, we don't just enjoy their music, we also marvel at their grace, copy their moves, and of course, covet their style. We love these clothes because they work both onstage and off, they make you feel great, they're fun and sexy — back, front, inside and out."
House of Deréon House of Deréon is a clothing line that launched during the holiday season of 2005 by famed singer and actress Beyoncé and her mother, designer and celebrity stylist, Tina Knowles. The collection is named in honor of Tina’s mother, Agnez Deréon, a self-taught dressmaker and seamstress who made beautiful women's clothing for private clients throughout the south. With a fresh eye on style and an unwavering attention to detail and fit, they've created a contemporary line that is not only reflective of House of Deréon's Creole influences, but also Agnéz's daring approach and bold ideas.
This initial collection of House of Deréon dresses for spring 2008 consists of body conscious styles for cocktail and evening, incorporating luxurious fabrics such as silk charmeuse, chiffon, and satin crepe. House of Deréon dresses are available at select department stores including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. The mission of the company is simple: to fuse celebrity power and design artistry into a brand of global importance…a house of aspiration and inspiration…where entertainment and fashion merge seamlessly. The House of Deréon – Couture. Kick. Soul.
Sean John Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon and producer Sean "Diddy" Combs and made its fashion debut with a men’s sportswear collection for the spring 1999 season. In 2004, Sean "Diddy" Combs for Sean John was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as Men's Wear Designer of the Year. With annual retail sales in the United States of over $525 million, Sean John is sold in select department and specialty stores across the country, as well as select retailers around the world.
In 2006 Sean John, in partnership with Estée Lauder Companies, launched its signature men's fragrance, Unforgivable, which remains one of the highest selling men's fragrances in department stores in America. Its feminine counterpart launched in the fall of 2007 and continues to be in the top 20 best selling scents in the category.
Rocawear Rapper and media mogul Sean "Jay-Z" Carter launched the multi-million dollar clothing line Rocawear in 1999. The preeminent fashion brand continues to transcend cultural boundaries for young men, women, and kids, defining style from the "streets" to the height of fashion. Rocawear quickly staked its claim in hip-hop history by becoming the brand of choice for street savvy consumers and has concentrated on providing its customer with clever innovation in terms of fabrication, application, and design. With annual retail sales more than $700 million, the brand's attention to detail has given Rocawear an appeal far beyond its core urban customer.
Rocawear defines the lifestyle for today's young hip consumer and is inspired by an urban aesthetic rooted in young men's sportswear. Rocawear has expanded its brand through licensing pacts to develop lines for children, juniors, socks and sandals, leather suede and fur outerwear, handbags and belts, loungewear and big & tall, headwear, jewelry, and sunglasses; as well as co-branded product with Pro-Keds.
justsweet Multi-platinum recording artist/actress Jennifer Lopez heads her own successful clothing lines — Sweetface and justsweet — and was awarded with the ACE icon award in 2006 for her contributions to the accessories and fashion industry. Justsweet is a line that is fashion forward and appeals to the trend savvy status denim market. The brand intends to reflect a look and style that women will cherish and that reflect Lopez's unique and inspiring aesthetic. The designs are made to make women feel sexy, feminine and confident. Additionally, it reflects Lopez's personal style and culture, which adds a richness and wearability to the collections.
Jessica Simpson Collection Singer/actress Jessica Simpson launched the Jessica Simpson Collection in fall of 2005. Her popular lifestyle brand consists of footwear, handbags, swimwear, lingerie, outerwear, jewelry, sunglasses and a soon to be released fragrance and celebrates her iconic, American image that is fashion-forward and accessible. American and feminine, forward but classically familiar, approachable yet inspirational, sexy yet sweet, flirtatious and whimsical, vintage at times, but always of-the-moment, Simpson knows how to create an image people want to buy.
Millions of women all over the world are interested in her fashion choices as her personal style has been copied by women worldwide over the past few years. There's no reason to wonder why her incredible label received so much recognition upon release, not only with consumers but with some of the world’s top-notch celebrities as well.
William Rast Pop music icon/actor Justin Timberlake and his best friend, Trace Ayala, dressed up or dressed down, define class, comfort, and style that fuses the urban glamour of Hollywood with nuances from their Southern country upbringing. Together they design the threads to match, and deliver a brand that infuses the soul of authentic Southern heritage with the energy of contemporary Hollywood. Inspired by Dixieland, William Rast is a testament to Justin and Trace’s Tennessee roots; "William" is the first name of Timberlake's grandfather and "Rast" the last of Trace Ayala's. William Rast allows the wearer to go confidently from casual to cosmopolitan. It is perfect for the man on the go or the starlet out on the town. It is fashion minus the pretense.
The collection currently consists of denim and T-shirts. In collaboration with Johan and Marcella Lindeberg, a full men and women's collection will debut in the fall of 2008. William Rast is a brand beyond celebrity; delivering quality, detail, design, and comfort and making a clear statement that rock n' roll sex appeal and modern sensuality are always in style.
GRAMMY Brand is a high-end, fashion-forward clothing and accessories collection celebrating the unique intersection of fashion and music. Inspired by the energy and emotion of the GRAMMY Awards, GRAMMY Brand is comprised of original hand-painted tees and blazers by Michael Eaton; luxury eyewear by Franco; high-quality casual wear such as organic tees and hoodies from JEM/Awake Sportswear; and dresses and leather handbags and belts from Latino Royalty.
Available at luxury boutique retailers nationwide, GRAMMY Brand pieces do more than just look good — they do good. A meaningful portion of proceeds from sales of GRAMMY Brand benefits The GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares®, two Recording Academy charities that work to better the creative arts community with music education programs, as well as health and human services programs that benefit musicians in times of need.
About Hal Rubenstein
Hal Rubenstein has been In Style's fashion director since August 1998 and prior to that was editor-at-large. He is primarily responsible for "The Look" and other fashion features. Before joining In Style, Rubenstein was the men's style editor of the New York Times magazine. Prior to that, he was the creator and editor for Egg magazine. While at In Style, Rubenstein has made frequent appearances on national television, covering fashion for Good Morning America, Today, The View and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as well as syndicated entertainment news shows Extra, Entertainment Tonight and E!
About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
About In Style
In Style, the trusted source for celebrity style, was launched in June 1994 by Time Inc. and has emerged as the world's premier media brand in celebrity, style, fashion, beauty and beyond. In Style takes a uniquely fun and inviting attitude towards style in all its forms, led by its flagship magazine which reaches an audience of over 9 million readers each month. In addition, the In Style brand portfolio features special issues, including In Style Weddings; InStyle.com and InStyleWeddings.com; television specials; mobile; satellite radio; books; and international editions. Highly recognized by industry insiders, the award-winning In Style has received numerous accolades including Adweek /Mediaweek magazine's prestigious "Hot List" and "Big List" and Advertising Age's "A-List."