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For over two decades Hal Rubenstein’s singular, wry, savvy and best of all, uplifting views of women have made him one of the most respected and influential voices in the fashion industry. As one of the founding editors of InStyle Magazine, where he served as Fashion Director for 15 years and then Editor-At-Large, he helped create the distinctive, always positive, you-can-do-this voice of InStyle and its embrace of hi/low fashion that literally changed the way retailers now regard the American consumer.
In the fall of 2013, Rubenstein launched Hal Rubenstein & Associates to exercise his unique combination of expertise and enthusiasm in venues that reach his devoted audience even more directly. Wasting no time, in September 2013, the tailored and polished Hal Rubenstein Collection debuted on HSN, the Home Shopping Network and became one of network’s most successful, nominated for Launch of the Year. Currently with over two dozen “Customer Picks”, Rubenstein is now a regular on HSN, helping women build a wardrobe and face the world showing off their best self with his well-crafted line of tailored women’s clothing. For the last three seasons he has served as guest Fashion Director for WWD MAGIC, and in May of 2014, Rubenstein joined Gabriel & Co., where, as Global Style Director, he is aiding the well-respected fine jeweler with 1,500 clients nationwide in creating new collections that celebrate their refined taste and enviable quality.
Formerly the Men’s Style Editor of The New York Times Magazine, where he not only produced the award winning “Men’s Style of the Times” but also produced numerous women’s fashion shoots, Rubenstein also has to his credit the creation and editing of the cult classic Egg Magazine. As a writer and columnist of pop culture, his cover stories, interviews and various columns have been published in The New Yorker, Elle, Interview, Vogue, New York, Vanity Fair, and Details.
Since assuming his Editor-at-Large position at InStyle, Rubenstein has produced events, consulted, and advised on marketing for such brands as Giorgio Armani, Coach, WWD MAGIC, Neiman Marcus, and Jones New York. He has also consulted for new products at DKNY and Tod’s where he designed men’s accessories. For the last seven years, he has coordinated and produced fashion events for the American Express Centurion Card featuring such designers as Donatella Versace, Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta.
In addition, Rubenstein has been a highly respected and prolific food critic for nearly three decades after a decade long career as a caterer, originating the influential “I’ll Eat Manhattan” column in the original Details Magazine and serving as reviewer for New York Magazine for seven years. He also uses his extensive knowledge of food and service as a restaurant and hotel consultant with such celebrated chefs and restaurateurs as Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Phil Suarez, Steve Hanson, Keith McNally, Todd English, Amy Sacco, Tony May and Ian Shrager. His restaurant column will soon be found on HalRubenstein.com, where he will also write on entertaining and social graces. He is currently taken the incredibly exciting challenge of Restaurant and Beverage consultant for Tommy Hilfiger revitalization of the iconic Raleigh Hotel in Miami, where he will help conceive, staff and direct the creation of half a dozen food and drinking destinations.
In addition to his regular appearances on HSN, Rubenstein is a frequent guest on television talk shows like The View, Today and The Early Show, regularly appearing on EXTRA’s red carpet coverage of award season in Hollywood as their fashion expert, has serving as a judge multiple times on Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters, lectures at The Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons Institute, The Savannah College of Art and Design and The Governor’s Conference on Women.
Rubenstein is also co-director of Fund in the Sun, a non-profit foundation that he founded with his husband and best friends which, in only years has generated grants, donations and scholarships of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for grass roots organizations doing extraordinary work to better the lives of children as well as members of the LGBT community; he is on the board of directors of Live Out Loud.
Rubenstein is the author of 100 Unforgettable Dresses (HarperCollins), currently in its 6th printing, The Gentry Man: A Guide to the Civilized Male (HarperCollins), Paisley Goes With Nothing: A Man’s Guide to Style (Doubleday) and, I’ll Take Romance: 50 Great Moments of Love and Desire (HarperCollins).
Hal Rubenstein has been awarded:
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Founder’s Award for Lifetime Achievement
Fashion Group International’s Stargazer Award For Lifetime Achievement
The Gem Award from the Jewelry Information Center
The Ace Award from the Accessories Council for Excellence in Journalism
UJA Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Food and Fashion
The Founders Award from Live Out Loud
The Andrew Heiskell Award for Community Service from TimeWarner
Friends in Deed Crystal Apple Award for Philanthropy