How do you top a sold out, website-crashing guest collection from Missoni? By bringing in Jason Wu for a collection of clothing and accessories, maybe.
Target used its Twitter handle @TargetStyle to give followers five clues about who would be the next guest designer. WWD confirmed in a story today that Wu, who is best known for designing First Lady Michelle Obama’s one-shouldered inaugural gown, will be the next designer up for a guest spot. The new line, expected in February 2012, already has a hashtag, #JasonWuforTarget.
Michelle Obama with military panelists on Monday. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
Hollywood’s relationship with the military has needed counseling for quite some time. But it took Michelle Obama‘s call for support with the White House’s Joining Forces initiative to get either side to make the first move.
On a panel moderated by J.J. Abrams — whose own depiction of the military in Super 8 was criticized in the New York Times Media Decoder blog this week – the First Lady urged nearly 500 writers, directors, and producers to help “promote a better understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families” by integrating their experiences into TV, movie, and digital-media story lines.
The Obamas’ trip to the U.K. has been one great photo op after another. First, there were pints of Guinness in Ireland, which theIrish Independent says could generate millions for the company. Then there’s this meeting happening at left at Buckingham Palace between the Obamas and the recently wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Needless to say, there were fashion fireworks.
Kate Middleton’s dress cost a mere $340 at the retailer Reiss. Requests for the dress jumped 300 percent after the photo was taken, reports say. Michelle Obama’s dress is by a California designer, Barbara Tfank. Media coverage of every outfit FLOTUS wore available here.
Food makers and grocers are stepping up to the plate with their own nutritional take on what’s inside the package.
As governmental pressure mounted for labels that “emphasize nutrients that consumers might want to avoid, like sodium, calories and fat,” a New York Times story says, “manufacturers insisted that they should also be able to use the labels to highlight beneficial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and protein.”
The result: a labeling system developed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute, and a $50 million advertising campaign to promote it in the fall.
Our fabulous FLOTUS Michelle Obama (making history at left, according to People, for being the first first lady to wear vintage – a Norman Norell – for a public appearance. We loves!) is getting support for her anti-obesity campaign from Republicans. It’s insanity that this is partisan or political, but these days, what isn’t.
Sarah Palin lashed out against Michelle Obama’s efforts on her show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, by making s’mores in support of dessert. And again she took on the campaign on Laura Ingraham’s radio program while there to promote her book.
“The first lady should ‘get off our back and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions,’” the Washington Post quotes Palin. The anti-obesity effort falls under the “nanny state” heading that Palin and others have rallied against apparently.
Kristina Schake, former aide to California first lady Maria Shriver and co-founder of the political consulting firm Griffin Schake, has been named First Lady Michelle Obama‘s communications director and special assistant to the president.
Schake is replacing Camille Johnston, who stepped down in August to work at Siemens Corporation. She will start in December.
In her role, Schake will help the First Lady expand her work with military families. She will also be an asset to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program to combat childhood obesity. She was previously director of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Summit on Obesity and comms director for First 5 California, which works on children’s health issues.
Camille Johnston has been hired by Siemens Corporation as vice president, corporate affairs. She currently works as special assistant to the President and director of communications for the First Lady Michelle Obama. Her new role is effective Sept. 7.
Johnston has worked as senior vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers, communications director for Tipper Gore, press secretary for labor secretary Robert Reich and education secretary Richard Riley, and communications director for OSHA. Johnston also consulted for the Entertainment Industry Foundation on the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.
She previously held positions at Rodale, Inc., where she was vice president of corporate communications, and WBBM-TV, where she was director of communications.
President Obama addressed media at 1pm ET today, reviewing a conversation he had with Haitian President Rene Preval. Obama said he emphasized to Perval, “We realize that he needs more help and that his country needs more help.”
The administration is pulling out all of the stops to make sure relief efforts go smoothly. And, they are also making a big media push. As we reported earlier, Obama will pen a cover story for Newsweek on the topic and first lady Michelle Obama is already appearing in a public service campaign for the Ad Council, which the organization told the Times is its “fastest response to a disaster.”
Margaret Dunning, Principal & Chief Strategy Officer of D.C.-based Widmeyer Communications said in a phone interview with PRNewser today, “to me his comments are for multiple and differing audiences – the American people, our allies, and for those with whom we’re not necessarily so friendly.” Widmeyer represents a number of government agencies and Dunning has previously worked with the Ad Council.
“He has to show that we can be responsive to a disaster in a short period of time, but he has the added pressure of the image of his predecessor, so he must show a quick response. We saw what happened in Katrina with [American] infrastructure. Haiti has no infrastructure, which is all the more reason why a quick response is necessary,” she said.