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Dinner with a GrandView

Amidst the rolling, lush green hills and winding road of Mt. Hamilton, you will find a true Silicon Valley hidden gem. The Mount Hamilton Grand View Restaurant—now the GrandView Restaurant and Venue—was once the site of a hotel, tavern and…

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The FitExpo San Jose: May 21-22, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: The FitExpo San Jose – May 21-22 – San Jose McEnery Convention CenterSomething special for the community of San Jose – On Sunday, May 22, TheFitExpo has teamed up with Tickets for Kids Charities, Y Cares and Unity Care to bring 75…

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The Colors of the Year for 2016 with Cynthia Mittleider

Color forecasting has always been a faux-science for fashion, interior design, and real estate. What color should I paint my entry room to make a splash? What color should I choose for my fall collection? A lot of resources and…

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“Nashville” comes to Tech Valley

The magic of country music made its way to the hub of Silicon Valley, as the cast of “Nashville” performed at the historic City National Civic on April 14, 2016. Aside from the high voltage drama, love-triangles, and the behind-the-scenes…

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Boom! Zap! Pow! The First Annual Silicon Valley Comic Con Makes Its Debut at the Tech Hub of the World

The first annual Silicon Valley Comic Con made its inaugural debut at the San Jose Convention, March 18-20. For the three-day event, comic book and sci-fi fans alike, congregated to the heart of Silicon Valley to have an exciting time…

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Bay Area Native, James Franco, Receives Cinequest’s Maverick Spirit Award

Cinequest kicked off its 26th season with a special “Storytelling Reimagined Conclave” pre-festival event honoring James Franco with their coveted Maverick Spirit Award.Palo Alto native-Oscar-nominated-multi-talented James Franco joined Marty Cooper “The Father of the Cell Phone” and Jaunt CEO Jens…

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Malala Yousafzai Shares her Wisdom at the San Jose Event Center

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and activist for female education, graced those who came to listen to her speak at the San Jose Event Center on June 26, 2015 with her maturity and deep wisdom.Upon entering the auditorium,…

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MythBusters Wrap Up Tour On Home Stretch

Emmy nominated duo Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, co-hosts of the series MythBusters, took the stage for a final time at the City National Civic in San Jose, wrapping up their “Behind The Myths Tour” with a flurry of dazzling…

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Fashion on the Rocks: Santana Row’s Annual Fall Fashion Show 2014

Santana Row held its annual Fall Fashion show on September 6, 2014. To kick off the show, some amateur models and residents of the Row—two female engineers, a graduate student, and three adorable young sisters—opened the show, strutting their stuff…

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Tech, Wine & Fashion: Posh Innovation at Santana Row

Santana Row held it’s first “Tech & Tastings” event on September 4, 2014. The event, which benefitted the Tech Museum of Innovation, combined all that is Silicon Valley in one tech-fabulous evening: tech, wine, and fashion. Guests of the event,…

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The Piano Guys WOWED the Crowd at the City National Civic

“I’m transcended and transfixed every time”; “My faith in humanity has been restored”; “I was hooked from the very first note”. These are some of the multitude of fan responses to The Piano Guys’ performances on YouTube. And the YouTube…

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Fogo de Chão: A Dining Experience Like No Other

  Fogo de Chão (fo-go dèe shoun), Silicon Valley’s Premiere Brazilian Steakhouse and one of Santana Row’s newest posh dining establishments, had its special pre-grand opening on February 26, 2014.Upon entering Fogo de Chão, guests are treated like A-listers. The hostess…

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Strings and Chords: An Evening with David Garrett and Special Guest, Martynas

 What do Metallica, Michael Jackson, and Mozart have in common? Their music has been covered by world-class violin virtuoso, and oh-so-easy-on-the-eyes recording artist, David Garrett.David was in town with special guest Martynas, for an extraordinary one-night-only performance that took place…

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Wynonna Judd helps celebrate the unveiling of the new City National Civic

The holidays are a time for giving, music and merriment, and all three of these elements were present at the renaming ceremony of the San Jose Civic on December 4, 2013, in downtown San Jose.Wynonna Judd along with San Jose…

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Santana Row’s Annual Fall Fashion Show was a Fashion Affair to Remember

Wine, hair touch-ups and mini-makeovers: you guessed it; Santana Row’s annual Fall Fashion Show was well underway on September 14, 2013. Dubbed the Rodeo Drive of Silicon Valley, all fashionistas and connoisseurs of the finer-things-in-life experienced a fashion affair at…

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Misora – Enjoy the Sunrise & Sunset at Santana Row’s Newest Luxury Apartments

Residents of Santana Row—Silicon Valley’s own Fashion Mecca—already enjoy all the amenities that living on the Row have to offer: 70 boutiques and shops, 20 exceptional restaurants, 9 salons and spas, gorgeous gardens, parks and plazas, and so much more.…

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Runway Reversal: At PETA, Animals Wear You

You had my apathy, now you have my curiosity. Taking a step in the opposite direction of extremism, PETA’s new ad campaign shows how quality production and tone can make an effective message.

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Show Him You’re Randy With Tech Couture

INTIMACY 2.0 is a high-tech fashion project by artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde of Studio Roosegaarde that explores the relation between intimacy and technology. Its high-tech garments entitlted “Intimacy White” and “Intimacy Black” are made out of opaque smart e-foils that become increasingly transparent based on close and personal encounters with people.

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You’ll Never Guess What $70B Company Is Starting A FashionTech Label

What company is starting a FashionTech label? Here’s some hints: They have an annual operating revenue of $70 Billion, They employ 546,000 people, They were founded in 1775, They run the largest vehicle fleet in the world, They spend $1.1 Billion on gas a year, And they had a $15.6 Billion deficit in 2012. Give up?

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Going Firal: One Couple Transformed Into 18 People

This photo editorial by artist Nacho Rojo is truly incredibly. Seen by over a million people, the photographs portray Rojo and his girlfriend as strikingly different characters from across the world and time. It’s almost hard to believe that styling can change someone’s appearance and identity so dramatically.

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Google Glass Will Either Be Sexy Or A Segway

If Sergey Brin can’t turn Google Glass into a sexy fashion statement, he may find the over-hyped product came before its time and himself – like the Segway owner – dead in a ditch.

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APP REVIEW: FashionClyp Takes On Swirl And App Overload With Personality

It couldn’t be more ironic that despite being an industry based on setting new trends, fashion has been anything but an early adopter for technology. The rest of the world has kept a hot pace on innovation while many fashion…

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Amy Grant Brings Some Spirit to Silicon Valley

What’s “Better than a Hallelujah”? Watching Amy Grant perform this beautiful song live.Six-time Grammy award-winner, Amy Grant, held a special one-night performance at the historic San Jose Civic Auditorium on July 23, 2013.While excited guests made their way into to…

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Santana Row’s 5th Annual Summer Fashion Show and Poolside Soiree helps Kick-Off the Summer Season

Santana Row held its 5th Annual Summer Fashion Show and Poolside Soiree this past weekend, June 1, 2013. The soiree was held at Santana Heights, the Row’s premiere residence.Although the weather was hot, the fashions were hotter. As guests made…

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Check Out iiMUAHii’s First R2Wear Collection Post-Project Runway

Project Runway Season 10 fashion designer Elena Slivnyak releases her first ready to wear collection in her iiMUAHii label since being on the show.

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That’s A Wrap: Cinequest 23 Ends on a Magical Note

Creativity, innovation, and the power of film was unleashed at Cinequest 23 this year. And to celebrate the end of 13 days of film, friends, and inspiration, Cinequest held its annual closing night film screening at the majestic California Theatre.Before…

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Your Idea Is Now Mine, You Non-Techincal Swine

OPINION: Snapchat founders are being sued for stealing the idea from a third founder, but is Facebook and every other startup any different? In the FashionTech space, almost no founder is from the fashion industry and disruption is being sacrificed because of it.

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Harrison Ford Receives Maverick Spirit Award at Cinequest 23

Indiana Jones, Han Solo, Dr. Richard Kimble: These are a few of the iconic roles that Harrison Ford is known for. So to celebrate this veteran thespian who has entertained millions throughout the years, Cinequest chose to honor him as…

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Going Firal: ADHT Shirts Find Comedy In Anthropomorphic Animals

Currently going Firal (Fashion going Viral) on imgur.com, ADHT Shirts finds a niche in comedy associated with anthropomorphic animals.

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Sorry Investors, Everlane Is Crowdfunding It To Canada

Everlane’s CEO Michael Preysman could very well be the shrewdest man in fashion and tech. Instead of raising more money from investors, the company has launched a crowdfunding campaign that will both fund the growth and show the demand.

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TripleLift Raises $2.1M To Build Fashion Ads That Trend

With a new $2.1 million seed round lead by True Ventures, TripleLift is expanding their social advertising campaigns that look to leverage social sharing. Last October they worked with Gucci to create banner ads with “Pin It” buttons allowing the images to go viral and have since worked with major brands like Martha Stuart, Puma, H&M and Armani Exchange.

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Cinequest 23: Film, Friends, and Innovation

As Hollywood celebrated its biggest night in entertainment—the 85th Academy Awards—Cinequest, Silicon Valley’s most innovative and creative film festival, also celebrated its biggest night of the year–Opening night and film premiere on February 26, 2013.

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February Roundup: 17 FashionTech Startups Raise $320M

17 FashionTech startups raised $320M in February: Plum Perfect, Valyoo, Ellie, StyleSeat, Bombfell, Rivet & Sway, Business of Fashion, Inverted Edge, Pinterest, Living Proof, Warby Parker, FashionValet, Trendsbrands.ru, StyleHaul, Stitch Fix and ShopSpot

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Personal Shopping Startup Stitch Fix Raises $4.75M Series A

San Francisco Fashion Tech startup and personal styling service Stitch Fix has raised $4.75 million from Instagram investor Baseline Ventures and Lightspeed Partners. Founder, CEO and former Polyvore Blogger Marketing Manager Katrina Lake tells us more.

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Behind The Scenes With Dior And Jennifer Lawrence

We thought Jennifer Lawrence looked over-photoshopped in her Dior campaign, but new behind the scenes images show she really is that gorgeous.

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StyleHaul Picks Up $6.5M Series B, Proves Hauler Videos Aren’t Just A Fad

StyleHaul picks up a $6.5M Series B investment from Bartelsmann’s Digital Media Investment arm proving that fashion hauler videos aren’t just a silly fad.

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[video] And The Fashion Show Disaster Award Goes To…

We’ve all seen models fall down and stumble, but have you ever seen a fashion show end with chairs and a table being thrown across the room?

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[infographic] The Secret Costs And History Of New York Fashion Week

What if I told you that New York Fashion Week was only 20 years old? And what if I showed you why a fashion show is so expensive?

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NYC Cancels Fashion’s Night Out And The Fashion Show Bubble Has Officially Burst

NYC’s Fashion’s Night Out shocked the world this morning with an announcement via Twitter that after four huge years the event would not be held in 2013. Is this further evidence that the Fashion Show Bubble has burst?

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Russian E-Commerce Startup Trendsbrands.ru Raises $3M Series A

TrendsBrands.ru, which launched in 2011 with a $1M seed round from Russian fund Ru-Net and Kite Ventures, has closed a $3M Series A investment earlier this month from France’s Vantech. The startup was founded by Anastasia Sartan who admits she still hears surprised exclamations from her fellow citizens: “Clothes on the Internet? You can’t try them on!”

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Phone Halo Helps You Find Your Haute Couture Gloves

We’ve all been there — that excruciatingly painful moment when you realize you have once again misplaced your haute couture gloves. Are they on your front row seat at NYFW? Did you leave them on the veranda at the hotel? Perhaps…

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Eyewear Startup Warby Parker Closes A $41.5M Round With J. Crew CEO

Here I am researching an “obligatory” story on Google Glass and their potential partnership with online eyewear site Warby Parker when news hits that they’ve closed a $41.5M Series B Round oversubscribed by J. Crew and American Express CEO Millard S. Drexler. The company has previously raised $50.3M bringing their total VC investments to $54.6M in just two years.

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Pinup Girls With New Technology

Here’s a cool new concept with a photoshop tutorial actually worth buying: Pinup Girls with new technology.

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[video] How Mary-Kate Takes An Instagram

Guys… nobody even uses borders anymore.

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2012 FashionTech Industry Report: Investment Data Crunch + Infographic

FashionTech Report + Infographic: 117 companies raised $1.62 Billion in Venture Capital last year with 92% of that going to 78 e-commerce companies.

Full Report: http://www.heliummagazine.com/2012ftir-part-1-data-crunch-infographic/

Inverted Edge Raises $1.6M VC Round To Do Things Fashion In Singapore

TechCrunch today reported that soon-to-launch Singaporean fashion retail site Inverted Edge has raised $1.6 million in funding from a government-backed group of VCs.

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The Business Of Fashion Raises $2.1 Million To Cover Fashion’s Business

The fashion industry’s go-to B2B blog, Business Of Fashion, has raised $2.1 Million joining the ranks of venture backed media sites StyleCaster and R29.

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[VIDEO] 6 Poems That Prove Noah St. John Is The Lesbian Prince

Berkeley High Junior Noah St. John is someone to take note of. Only 16 years old, he was raised by a lesbian couple in Shakespearean theater and may very well prove to be one of the greatest poets of our time.

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ALL HAIL R29 FOR WINNING THE INTERNET WITH THE TARD CAT MAKEOVER!

Words cannot even describe how happy this makes me. Bravo R29… Bravo…

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2012 FashionTech Industry Report Introduction: The SF Bay Area Fashion Show Bubble

Welcome to Helium Magazine’s 2012 FashionTech Industry Report; our analysis of the $1.4B of venture capital invested into fashiontech startups last year. But before we begin, we look at how the Bay Area’s Fashion Show Bubble lead to this focus on Fashion + Tech.

Introduction: http://www.heliummagazine.com/2012ftir-introduction-the-fashion-show-bubble/