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May 28, 2012

Going to Milan, dahling, here’s a fashion update! #riconf @Reputation_Inst

Filed under: Communications,Conferences,Public Relations,social media — Karen @ 1:58 pm

You're not wearing those 2011 shoes to Milan are you dah-ling?

Here are some fashion updates and everything to do in Milan!:

“Even as Facebook’s initial public offering faces regulatory scrutiny, the parent company of fashion brands Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Jack Spade and Lucky Brand is now using the social networking website to sell its own stock. Consumers can go to the Fifth & Pacific Cos.-owned brands’ Facebook pages and buy and sell fractional shares directly from the company for as little as $10 with a few clicks.

New York-based Fifth & Pacific partnered with San Francisco startup Loyal3 for what’s billed as the world’s first “customer stock ownership plan,” or CSOP.”

“Soweto has long been known for its quirky sense of style, with designers splashing bright colors and urban sensibilities on everything from the latest silhouettes on European runways to reworkings of the dapper suits Nelson Mandela wore when he lived in the township in the 1940s. The older Mandela is best known for his relaxed but colorful shirts. But as a younger man, the son of a royal family was a political celebrity in Soweto, and dressed the part.

“The style that Nelson Mandela rocked in his day,” and other looks from the 1940s and 1950s are popular among Soweto designers, said fashion writer James, who himself sports a shaved part in his hair, like Mandela had as a young man.”

“Versace, known for its glamorous gowns worn by pop icons such as Madonna and Lady Gaga, returned to profit last year for the first time since 2009, when it started a turnaround to rebuild its international market share. The family has always cherished its independence, but needs financial ammunition after luxury peers such as Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Brunello Cucinelli have successfully tapped the stock market in less than a year.

“The management is studying some advisors, but no solution has yet been decided,” Chief Executive Gian Giacomo Ferraris said in a text to Reuters.”

My Presentation in Milan, Dah-ling! CLICK on the picture to see and be seen!

“Hong Kong fashion chain I.T. Ltd. reported an increase in full-year profit and sales in its annual results announcement out on Friday, but was cautious about the outlook for this year.”

“Rio de Janeiro — Just how many variations can you spin off the marvel of simplicity that is the bikini?

Judging by the options on spectacular display at FashionRio, the Marvelous City’s five-day-long summer 2013 fashion extravaganza, the options are endless.”




Presenting at #ICA12 in Phoenix: Great presentations + social media/mobile use at conference!

The ICA conference was held in Phoenix – and this was the first time I have attended the conference.  I was very impressed with the organization with the social media and mobile communication platforms for the conference.  They had a great app that was very useful – you were able to create your own schedule, follow social media conversations among the attendees, and even had maps of the Sheraton facility so you knew where you needed to go for your presentation.  Very cool!. :)

Plus, each division had their own hashtag, so the PR Division was #ica_pr and for the main conference #ica12.  This really was great to be able to follow what teach division was discussing during their sessions and receptions.

I had two presentations at ICA – one was looking at some of the emerging specializations within crisis communications we need to be aware of with mobile technology like augmented reality, gamification,and crowd sourcing.  This pre conference was very cool – I was the only person from PR and it was fascinating to hear insights about mobile communication from sociology, anthropology, and developers / practitioners in the area.

The other presentation was based off of my dissertation work at the University of Tennessee (aka “Bruce Lee” as my friends know my dissertation as – yes, I did name it! :)).  This was presented in the PR Division.  Both papers got good reception and it was exciting to hear everyone’s comments about the role of new emerging technologies being used in crisis communications.

I had a great time talking with not only fellow professors and colleagues, but also meeting some talented and rising stars among the graduate students.  I had a chance to talk with a few graduate students from Oklahoma who are interested in new media within fundraising/damage repair (John) and the ELM implemented in Twitter (Adam).  Geah (PhD student at University of South Carolina) presented her great research looking at how non-profits are using social media platforms with their work and how they are engaging their audiences virtually.

It was wonderful to catch up with friends and colleagues from across the US and world at the conference.  For my first time at the conference, I really enjoyed my time and took away a lot in the process.  The conference will be in London for 2013, so I am sure I will make sure to submit a research piece for the conference again. :)

Hope you all are having a great day!

Best Wishes,



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