5TH ANNUAL FASHION & FOOTBALL NFL DRAFT GALA Presented by EREDI PISANO and AUDI of America

 

(April 25, 2012, NY, NY) - The Fashion Reporter, online magazine for all things fashion, and parent company, Fashion and Football, produced an unforgettable fashion show during NFL Draft Week. Professional as well as college football players including Justin Tryon (NY Giants), Ramses Barden (NY Giants), Aaron Maybin (NY Jets), Matthew Rice (NFL vet), Josh Norman (Top 10 NFL Draft candidate), Kashif Moore (UCONN Draft Candidate), Evan Rodriguez ( Temple NFL Draft Candidate), fashion socialite Karim Ramos and notable fashion editors, all modeled suits by Eredi Pisano, an Italian clothing company specializing in fine garments as well as made to measure suits. “We are excited about our partnership with Fashion and Football and look forward to this highly anticipated annual event”, says Kenny Frimpong, Brand and Lifestyle Consultant at Eredi Pisano. The Grammy Award winning stylist, Eric Santiago along with The Glam Squad who outfitted participating players in some of the most impressive pieces from Pisano's collection including wool suits done with suede elbow patches to tomato red oxford style shoes along with an array of vivid roped belts done in Italian leather finished off with silk pocket squares and must-have ties. In addition, Monster Cable unveiled their all-new, Diamond Tear Headphones during the runway portion of the event. Professional NFL players and college athletes paired the very stunning diamond headphones with which provides for the ideal finishing touch for a luxurious look. The world class headphones offering the sound of clarity with diamonds, will officially be announced this July.

The event took place on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 from 7pm-10pm at Audi Forum New York City located at 250 Park Avenue at 47th Street. The space itself is a multi-function showroom designed to educate customers on Audi products (more information at http://www.facebook.com/AudiForumNYC](http://www.facebook.com/AudiForumNYC)). During this highly anticipated gala, the 6,400 square foot space was transformed into a sports and fashion mecca filled with professional athletes who modeled suits from Eredi Pisano’s Spring Summer 2012 collection which is now available at their store located at 520 Madison Avenue, in the heart of retail luxury. “It is such a pleasure to work with such exclusive, top tier brands such as Pisano who is a member of the Italian Trade Commission as well as Audi of America and via this relationship, we hope to spread brand awareness and capture the attention of ballplayers who are required to wear suits after their games and be seen in the hottest cars.......and since we have a new team and staff of professionals, this year's event promises to be more exclusive than ever” says Priscilla Monteiro, producer for Fashion and Football and founder of The Fashion Reporter.

Audi Forum provided the perfect space for this annual event in showcasing their line of exciting automobiles from the R8, A8, A7 and A6 models. Guests enjoyed home-style Italian lasagna and mozzarella salad provided by Contornos Restaurant located in midtown Manhattan offering a five-star menu that embodies an Italian Sunday family dinner. In addition, Peroni Nastro Azzurro – the world’s number one premium Italian beer – offered crisp, stylish, Italian refreshments as well as branded glassware for guests to take home. Specialty cocktails will were provided by CÎROC Ultra Premium vodka – one of the only vodkas made from fine French grapes. Custom cocktails were created to fit the event's theme from the CÎROC Diddy, CÎROC Red Berry Glam, CÎROC Coco Loso, and CÎROC Peach Bellini. In essence, a taste of Italy met Football Game Day in a stylish, yet unconventional manner in one of the fashion capitals of the world.

VIP guests joined The Fashion Reporter backstage with an action packed gifting lounge sponsored by Monster Cable, Princess London Shoes, Katy Richards Jewels, Staff Arm Candy, and Miss Jessie's and worked with an experienced team of barbers from Fresh Look of Manhattan to provide grooming essentials for professional athletes walking in the show. "It is important for us to also educate men about our products as well as sharing products for them to upkeep their own hair in between barber visits which is why we felt a need to partner on this event for the second year in a row" says Miko Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie's.

As we congratulated the incoming draftees, guests were able to take advantage of a live raffles sponsored by Amway in which two lucky guests walked away with beautiful, 6 feet hand-painted art done by former NFL player, Matthew Rice and his partner in art, Aaron Maybin of the NY Jets. The two NFL greats have used their position in the NFL to make a difference in giving back to those in need via the Blu Art Foundation and the Aaron Maybin Foundation. Artist, Matthew Rice's incredulous ability to overcome life's obstacles has transcended onto canvas through subtly blended, yet intense oil and watercolor brush strokes. Matthew and Aaron are committed to bringing a greater appreciation to the arts through their individual and collective art efforts. To learn more on what Matthew and Aaron are doing to transcend and empower the arts, visit [www.mateoblu.com](http://www.mateoblu.com) and [www.aaronmaybin.com](http://www.aaronmaybin.com).

Source: Ra-Fael Blanco 2R's Entertainment & Media PR
646.326.4803 / Ra-Fael@2RsEntandMedia.com

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