Wednesday, September 30, 2009

India:Cosmetics fair 'Beautyworld India' begins from Oct 4


With exactly two months left to go, Beautyworld India is well on track to offering its exhibitors and visitors a high quality professional meeting point in the country's fashion capital Mumbai. To be held from October 4 – 6, 2009 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, the fair, the only one of its kind on the subcontinent, continues to be the most attractive propositionfor international manufacturers eager to enter the Indian market,where demand for cosmetics and health care is at its healthiest.

The highlight of this year's fair is none other than the World President of Intercoiffure Mondial, Klaus Peter Ochs. He will present daily hair shows where the latest techniques in styling and haircuts will be revealed. Beautyworld India will also launch the first ever Nail Championship in the country. Excitement is building up countrywide for this challenge. Beautyworld India is supported by leading associations to ensure that the entire industry is part of the development process.

Messe Frankfurt India is closely working with the Cosmetology Society of India, as well as the Flavours & Fragrances Association and the Food & Drug Association, all of whom form the back bone of the cosmetic industry in India. “Beautyworld India is an excellent event organized with the highest professional standards and we are happy to be associated with them”, says Mr. Suhas Chaudhari, Joint Commissioner Food & Drug Administration of India. Beautyworld India 2009 will feature the entire gamut of product ranges from cosmetics, skincare, hair care, dental care, spa and wellness, to packaging, raw materials,manicure & pedicure, furniture for beauty parlors, fashion accessories as well as training centers and publishers from India and abroad. Among the exhibitors are Cipla India, all set to feature their unique range of hair care, skin care, spa products and perfumes, as well as health and energy drinks.

Eisen Germany will present their high quality cosmetic sharpenersthat fit all type of cosmetic pencils. Italian manufacturer, Oyster Cosmetics will present hair and skin care cosmetics.Kryolan Cosmetics Germany will be showing their expert range of professional make – up, are among a host of exhibitors from Turkey, Spain, China, Australia and Europe. More than 16 professional workshops will be held alongside the fair allowing for an exchange of latest information, new techniques and products. They are „must-see? events for professionals in the cosmetic industry. Among the highlights of the workshop sessions are the Daily Hair Shows by star hairstylist Klaus Peter Ochs. The famous Ananda Spa in the Himalayas will present their holistic views on “Ayurveda & the healing process“. Experts like Dr. Geeta Pandya, a pioneer in the field of gynecological endoscopy and assisted reproduction in India will speak on hormones.

International speakers like La chasha from Netherlands will expand on skin care and treatments. International exhibitors wanting to do business with India have the best opportunity to get first hand information on policies and procedures for import into India through the interesting panel discussion featuring important speakers from the Food & Drug Administration and the Mumbai Customs Authorities. “We are upbeat about the fair this year even if we cannot expect a large growth in exhibitor numbersdue to the economic downturn in most markets. Our commitment to this market means that we will ensure high levels of interaction between buyers and sellers as well as the consumers of India. The high quality speakers we bring to the event will impart knowledge and information that our growing market needs”, said Ms. Shammi Nagpal, Managing Director, Messe Frankfurt India.

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USA:GE loan to expand Miley&Max line for Wal-Mart, BCBG


GE Capital, Corporate Retail Finance announced it acted as co-collateral agent for a $403 million asset-based credit facility to BCBG Max Azria Group, a leading designer, retailer and distributor of women's apparel and accessories. The loan will be used for working capital needs. The facility may be increased up to $450 million if certain conditions are met.

Designer-businessman Max Azria formed Vernon, CA-based BCBG in 1989, and now has more than 13,500 retail and wholesale points of sale worldwide. Named for the French phrase "bon chic, bon genre," Parisian slang meaning “good style, good attitude,” BCBG’s portfolio of 22 brands includes BCBGMAXAZRIA, Max Azria, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, BCBGeneration and Max and Cleo. Wholesalers include Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Holt Renfrew, Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Le Printemps, Lane Crawford and NET-A-PORTER.

“GE delivered the liquidity and flexibility we needed to grow our business,” said Ben Malka, president, BCBG. “Their in-depth knowledge of the retail sector and loan structuring expertise helped provide us the means to expand our new Miley&Max line for Wal-Mart.”

“We specialize in finding the right solution to meet the specific needs of our retail customers,” said Jim Hogan managing director of GE Capital, Corporate Retail Finance. “Access to critical capital, industry expertise and solid underwriting means smarter liquidity for clients." 

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USA:вЂWe delivers good start to the fiscal year’ - Nike Chief


NIKE Inc reported financial results for its fiscal 2010 first quarter ended August 31, 2009. First quarter revenues decreased 12 percent to $4.8 billion, compared to $5.4 billion for the same period last year. Excluding changes in currency exchange rates, net revenue was down 7 percent compared to the same period last year. First quarter net income was flat compared to the prior year at $513 million and diluted earnings per share increased 1 percent to $1.04.

“We delivered a good start to the fiscal year,” said Mark Parker, NIKE, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer. “These results illustrate that the emotion of sports, combined with innovative product, strong brands and premium retail experiences can make powerful connections to consumers even in challenging times.”

Parker concluded, “Leveraging these powerful consumer connections with a laser focus on operational excellence will enable Nike to deliver consistent long-term profitable growth. We’re on the right track, moving forward with confidence in hand and opportunity in mind.”

Futures Orders
The Company reported worldwide futures orders for Nike brand athletic footwear and apparel, scheduled for delivery from September 2009 through January 2010, totaling $6.2 billion, 6 percent lower than orders reported for the same period last year. Excluding currency changes, reported orders would have declined 4 percent.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Switzerland:International Olympic Committee & Swatch extend contract


The International Olympic Committee IOC and The Swatch Group Ltd announced the signing of a long term partnership in the areas of timing, scoring and venue results services for the Olympic Games.

The Swatch Group Ltd. will be the Official Timekeeper and Results Service Partner for the XXII. Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, the Games of the XXXI. Olympiad in 2016, the XXIII. Olympic Winter Games in 2018 and the Games of the XXXII. Olympiad in 2020. The agreement also foresees the provision of similar services for the Paralympic Games.

The contract signed in 2001 expires with the Games of the XXX. Olympiad in London in 2012. The renewal of the contract emphasizes the long-standing successful collaboration in the domain of the Olympic sport. 

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Switzerland:International Olympic Committee & Swatch extend contract


The International Olympic Committee IOC and The Swatch Group Ltd announced the signing of a long term partnership in the areas of timing, scoring and venue results services for the Olympic Games.

The Swatch Group Ltd. will be the Official Timekeeper and Results Service Partner for the XXII. Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, the Games of the XXXI. Olympiad in 2016, the XXIII. Olympic Winter Games in 2018 and the Games of the XXXII. Olympiad in 2020. The agreement also foresees the provision of similar services for the Paralympic Games.

The contract signed in 2001 expires with the Games of the XXX. Olympiad in London in 2012. The renewal of the contract emphasizes the long-standing successful collaboration in the domain of the Olympic sport. 

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USA:Narciso Rodriguez to unveil capsule collection in Spring 2010


eBay announced plans with designer Narciso Rodriguez to introduce an original eight-piece capsule collection to be sold exclusively through the Narciso Rodriguez eBay Store beginning in Spring 2010. The collection, to be called Narciso Rodriguez for eBay, will offer style makers worldwide high-quality designer fashion and redefines how and where savvy shoppers buy designer brand name clothing at accessible prices.

“I want to be associated with leaders and I am extremely excited by the possibilities that this new online sales channel brings to my business long term,” say Rodriguez. “For me it’s always been about dressing many women of all ages, all types, all sizes, and this special collection on eBay is a unique opportunity to reach a broad global audience. I’m as excited about my eBay collection as I am about the one that will be coming down the runway this fall.”

This high-quality, affordable collection, which is the first of its kind from Narciso Rodriguez, will be comprised of eight pieces including versions of his coveted designs. Created in a red, black and white color palette, all of the pieces will bear Rodriguez’s signature, streamlined look and sophisticated color blocking and will be available only through the Narciso Rodriguez eBay Store.

“We’re thrilled that Narciso Rodriguez sees the power of eBay as an innovative, smart way to introduce his first capsule collection to savvy fashion-conscious consumers worldwide,” said Alan Marks, Senior Vice President of Global Communications for eBay. “With an apparel business approaching $5 billion annually and more than 88 million active users, eBay gives Rodriguez the opportunity to reach a broader audience and create an attractive new business model in today’s competitive apparel retail environment.”

Rodriguez, a three-time Council of Fashion Designers of America winner, is a celebrity fashion favorite who regularly dresses the likes of Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Weisz, Claire Danes and Jessica Alba. 

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USA:Narciso Rodriguez to unveil capsule collection in Spring 2010


eBay announced plans with designer Narciso Rodriguez to introduce an original eight-piece capsule collection to be sold exclusively through the Narciso Rodriguez eBay Store beginning in Spring 2010. The collection, to be called Narciso Rodriguez for eBay, will offer style makers worldwide high-quality designer fashion and redefines how and where savvy shoppers buy designer brand name clothing at accessible prices.

“I want to be associated with leaders and I am extremely excited by the possibilities that this new online sales channel brings to my business long term,” say Rodriguez. “For me it’s always been about dressing many women of all ages, all types, all sizes, and this special collection on eBay is a unique opportunity to reach a broad global audience. I’m as excited about my eBay collection as I am about the one that will be coming down the runway this fall.”

This high-quality, affordable collection, which is the first of its kind from Narciso Rodriguez, will be comprised of eight pieces including versions of his coveted designs. Created in a red, black and white color palette, all of the pieces will bear Rodriguez’s signature, streamlined look and sophisticated color blocking and will be available only through the Narciso Rodriguez eBay Store.

“We’re thrilled that Narciso Rodriguez sees the power of eBay as an innovative, smart way to introduce his first capsule collection to savvy fashion-conscious consumers worldwide,” said Alan Marks, Senior Vice President of Global Communications for eBay. “With an apparel business approaching $5 billion annually and more than 88 million active users, eBay gives Rodriguez the opportunity to reach a broader audience and create an attractive new business model in today’s competitive apparel retail environment.”

Rodriguez, a three-time Council of Fashion Designers of America winner, is a celebrity fashion favorite who regularly dresses the likes of Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel Weisz, Claire Danes and Jessica Alba. 

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UK:Style icon Paul Smith holds latest creation for festive fashion


The style of a design icon and the youthful spirit of evian have merged this season to create a vivacious bottle for the festive holidays.

Known for his sense of fun and optimistic attitude, Paul Smith has partnered with evian(R) to launch a new limited edition bottle that signifies energetic youth and style - a welcome alternative to the dark tones of winter.

Beautifully adorned with vibrant colours which pay homage to the designer's famous stripes; Paul Smith has creatively captured the purity of the natural mineral water from the Alps in his own fashion.

Paul Smith states; "Youth is not just a question of age, it's also a question of attitude. When I started the designs, I wanted to use lovely, bright, fun colours as life is about living young, being youthful and enjoying yourself every day. The design you see is the embodiment of evian."

Elegant and colorful, the new Paul Smith for evian limited edition bottle will provide just the right touch of chic and fun for any festive event. 

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UK:Style icon Paul Smith holds latest creation for festive fashion


The style of a design icon and the youthful spirit of evian have merged this season to create a vivacious bottle for the festive holidays.

Known for his sense of fun and optimistic attitude, Paul Smith has partnered with evian(R) to launch a new limited edition bottle that signifies energetic youth and style - a welcome alternative to the dark tones of winter.

Beautifully adorned with vibrant colours which pay homage to the designer's famous stripes; Paul Smith has creatively captured the purity of the natural mineral water from the Alps in his own fashion.

Paul Smith states; "Youth is not just a question of age, it's also a question of attitude. When I started the designs, I wanted to use lovely, bright, fun colours as life is about living young, being youthful and enjoying yourself every day. The design you see is the embodiment of evian."

Elegant and colorful, the new Paul Smith for evian limited edition bottle will provide just the right touch of chic and fun for any festive event. 

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

USA:Gap begins search for new faces of babygap & gapkids


Gap's nationwide search for babies and kids with a twinkle in their eye, charm in their smile and an expressive personality to match has officially started. Gap launched its fourth annual Gap Casting Call -- a nationwide contest to find the next faces of babyGap and GapKids. This year, Gap is teaming up with online parenting site, Disney, offering phenomenal prizes and more chances to win with its first-ever America’s Fan Favorite and Voters' Sweepstakes awards.

"Casting Call is one of our favorite programs and this year we want to make it bigger and better than ever,” said Pam Wallack, president of babyGap, GapKids and GapMaternity. “The contest is a unique and fun way for us to interact with our customers and their children and we are extremely excited to be partnering with Disney, a brand synonymous with not only families but also family entertainment, to enhance the program and add a little something special to this year’s Casting Call.”

How Casting Call Works:
Entry Phase: From Sept. 22 to Oct. 22, parents across the country can enter their child in the contest by visiting to upload a photo of their baby (ages four and under) and kid (ages five to 10) for a chance to be featured in an upcoming babyGap or GapKids campaign in Feb. 2010.

The Finalists: Once the entry phase closes on Oct. 22, judges will narrow down the field to twenty finalists -- 10 babies (five girls and five boys) for babyGap and 10 kids (five girls and five boys) for GapKids. The 20 finalists will be flown to San Francisco with their families to participate in an official Gap photo shoot and will receive prize packages, including a $500 Gap gift card and a deluxe Disney gift bag.

Voting Phase: On Dec. 7, the twenty finalists will be unveiled and voting will begin on It will then be up to America to decide the next faces of babyGap and GapKids for a 2010 campaign. Voters can vote once a day every day for babyGap [1 boy and 1 girl] and GapKids [1 boy and 1girl].And contestants won't be the only ones with a chance to win greatprizes. This year, Gap and Disney are offering a special Voter Sweepstakes. For each vote cast at from Dec. 7 – Dec. 21, voters will be entered in a contest to win a weeklong Luxury Included Caribbean family vacation to Beaches Resorts in Turks and Caicos or Jamaica.

The Winners: Four children will be selected as winners of the Gap Casting Call -- one baby girl and one baby boy for babyGap and one girl and one boy for GapKids. The winners will be featured in the windows of babyGap and GapKids stores from coast-to-coast and will receive other incredible prizes from Gap and Disney including a $1,000 Gap gift card and a Disney on Broadway package in New York or Las Vegas for a two-night VIP Lion King experience.

“In addition to inspiring great ideas for family life, Disney and the Gap are now giving moms a chance to showcase the kids that make it all worthwhile,” said Emily Smith, vice president, Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio.

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France:Best of British fashion in Paris


The very best of British design - from posh frocks to quirky accessories, from a new generation of young hot stars to those who have a worldwide reputation to maintain – that’s what’s on offer from the record 150 companies showing in Paris next month at the Paris Fashion Week shows (2-6 October 2009).

Veneu: The Box, Pavilion Cambon-Capucines, 46 rue Cambon, 75001 Paris.
Date: 2-5 October 2009.

International buyers will be further tempted to purchase British designs as prices are very affordable – particularly those who can take advantage of the weak British pound.

Below is a selection of the collections on show. Full details of who is exhibiting where can be found on the Brits in Paris showguide, map and exhibitor listing at

Below is a selection of the collections on show.
Posh Frocks
Avshalom Gur
David Fielden

Quirky Accessories
Alex Monroe (jeweller with a love of nature)
Rupert Sanderson (super shoes)
Rocio (amazing acacia wood handbags)

Top Hats
Misa Harada – quirky designs and collaborations with Yohji Yamamoto ( see picture attached)
Philip Treacy – grabs the headlines at the best society weddings
Stephen Jones – for 15 years in sync with Galliano

Rising stars
Meli Melo – revolutionising bag carrying – seen on the arms of Kate Middleton, Jaime Winstone and Kimberley Stewart
William Tempest – shades of Alexander McQueen combined with Roland Mouret and now collaborating with Sony VAIO
KTZ - Kokon Tozai – very bold, exciting, “insane”
Maria Francesca Pepe – fuses decorative design with wearability
Osman Yousefzada – acknowledged as the new King of the Little Black Dress

Designer Daywear
Antoni and Alison – fashion royalty with a whimsical touch to their designs
House of Holland – the it-brand of London Fashion Week – now in tights!
Orla Kiely – Designer of the Year 2009, UK Fashion Export Awards
Ostwald Helgason – dramatic prints, as seen on Rihanna
Steph Aman – romantic, embroidered womenswear

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USA:Kenwood Towne gets Nordstrom fashion store


Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom opened its new store in Cincinnati at Kenwood Towne Centre. When the store opened, over 300 excited and applauding employees lined the store's entrances to welcome the first customers through its doors. The two-level, 138,000 sq. ft. store will offer customers a well-edited selection of quality, luxury and designer fashion brands for women, men and children.

"We have wanted to open a store in Cincinnati for over 10 years," said Renata Bakale, Kenwood Towne Centre store manager. "Our employees can't wait to start serving customers here at Kenwood and building relationships with them."

The store features a compelling selection of clothing, accessories, cosmetics and shoes, including a designer offering of American and European collections. Customers can shop from well-known designers such as Burberry, Donna Karan, Ports 1961, Lida Baday and Piazza Sempione. Other hot brands and designers include Elizabeth and James, Alice + Olivia, Milly, Loeffler Randall and Diane von Furstenberg. To complement this offering, the store also offers Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Jimmy Choo handbags, as well as footwear from Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman and Tory Burch.

To enhance the shopping experience, the store will offer special services and amenities including an in-store alterations and tailor shop, certified bra and prosthesis fitters, shoe shine and complimentary gift boxes. The store will also house two food offerings: an Ebar, for espresso drinks and fruit smoothies, as well as a Cafe Bistro featuring freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, pastas and house-made desserts.

Over 2,200 guests attended a gala hosted by the store on Wednesday night. The event raised more than $165,000 for the local nonprofits Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund, Lighthouse Youth Services and The Links, Incorporated (Cincinnati and Queen City Chapters).

Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation's leading fashion specialty retailers, with 179 stores located in 28 states. 

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Italy:James Nolan wins International Lingerie Design Award


On the opening night of the 2009 Milan Fashion Week, fashion design students from 28 countries and regions around the world presented their lingerie showpieces at the grand final of the Triumph Inspiration Award '09 in a fabulous catwalk show in the famous design museum, La Triennale. A celebrity expert judging panel, consisting of two-time Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank, Editor in Chief of Vogue Italy Franca Sozzani, Hong Kong's international model Qi Qi, legendary fashion photographer Giovanni Gastel, co-founder and creative director of the fashion label Miss Sixty, Wichy Hassan, and Jan Rosenberg, Head of Global Sales and Marketing Triumph International, decided which design piece is the most creative interpretation of this year's award motto "Icons".

James Nolan, 20, Great Britain, convinced the jury with the interpretation of the icon "Odette and Odile" to become the winner of the Triumph Inspiration Award '09 and will pocket not only a cash prize of Euro 15,000 but also a career-boosting limited edition of the winning piece. James Nolan will see the showpiece adapted and interpreted by the Triumph design team, leading to series production of the set, which will be sold in selected Triumph stores worldwide in 2010. The jury awarded the design "Harbour Mirage" by Katinka Poole, 28, Australia, the second prize, receiving Euro 10,000 and Shani Elkin, 24, Israel, with "Jerusalem" won Euro 5,000 as third prize.

At the grand final of the Triumph Inspiration Award '09, all competing finalists were under the scrutiny of the demanding jurors. The jury judged all entries according to the same criteria: innovation and creativity in interpreting the design motto "Icons", individuality, concept, aesthetics, quality in design and execution, as well as presentation. "Success is the result of talent and hard work. I am thrilled to see how both come together in these passionate pieces by young fashion design students - they truly deserve a stage such as the Triumph Inspiration Award", stated two-time Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank.

The Triumph Inspiration Award, inaugurated in 2008, is a global design competition created by the lingerie specialist Triumph International. The Award challenges students from prestigious international design schools to create a conceptual showpiece-set, comprising of an under-wired bra and brief, dedicated in 2009 to the design motto: "Icons".

Triumph International is one of the world's largest underwear manufacturers. The company enjoys a presence in over 120 countries with its core brands Triumph(R), sloggi(R), Valisere(R) and HOM(R). Triumph employs more than 44,500 people and achieves a turnover of CHF 2.37 billion (2008).

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India:Modicare launches 30 new cosmetic products


Modicare, India’s leading Direct Selling Company has announced the introduction of 30 NEW products across six categories. The categories include Colour Cosmetics & Skin Care, Personal Care,Home Care, Auto Care and Laundry Care. The company is also introducing a new category вЂFnB’. In its new FnB category, Modicare launches Fruit of the Earth Premium Tea - its lingering aroma and irresistible refreshing taste makes every sip a delight. The Well Protein Nourisher is a supplement suitable for all ages as it offers the best blend of soy and milk proteins making it ideal for Indians to balance their protein requirements.

Actress & model Mugdha Godse was the chief guest at the launch of the new products.

“Based on our go-to-market strategy & strengthened product line-up for the Indian consumers, I am confident, that Modicare is ready to capture a sizable market share. These efforts are another step towards Modicare’s vision to continuously redefine and deliver the benchmarks of high quality offerings that finds a need in your everyday life,” corroborated Mr. K.K. Modi,Chairman, Modicare Limited.

Modicare’s portfolio has increased across the length and breadth of the country with the introduction of products in other categories like Personal care, Home Care, Health & Wellness and Laundry Care. Our make up range will be updated regularly twice a year according to market demand, taking inspiration from the key trends of the season.

Manisha Amol, Vice President, Marketing, Modicare Limited added, “We strive continuously to introduce products that transform either a person or an object and let the inner beauty shine through! Our aim is to deliver products of the highest calibre to our discerning customers and ensure that they remain loyal to us. The products will be available through Modicare consultants across India and will be promoted through radio, SMS, promotionaloffers & events across India.”

Modicare’s Colour Cosmetics and Skin Care portfolio, Essensual 20 brand introduces 19 brand new sensual products. Pamper and prepare your skin for perfect make up with the help of Silky Base. Hydrate, nourish and protect your skin with the new range of “Foundations - Perfect Glow and Age Gracefully. Give the dash of colour to your cheeks for that healthy glow with Silky Blush – Duo.

They are the window of your soul - make your eyes the focus of attraction from a palette ranging from Pretty Barbie or Spring Ocean, Forest Plum or Smoky Sky – the Silky Eye Shadow – Duo.The brand new Eye Pen in classical Jet Black shade and the “Eye Pencils” in stunning 8 shades – Gold, Silver, Blues and Greens will make you the talk of the town!

Treat your lips with a range of products - Lip Pencil, available in 5 most suiting shades; the “Matt Perfect” Lipstick in Sweet Plum, Pretty Brown, Deep Red, Lilac Rose, Peachilicious and Orange Red. For moisturized lips with Silky feel, grab the CreamySilk Lipstick available in 10 trendy shades. A dash of gloss adds drama – choose out of “Pearly Shine” and “Soft”. To completethe total effect, try out Modicare’s Daily Dazzler, Exotica and Style N Shine Range to jazz up your nails whatever the occasion.

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USA:Collective Brands creates new identity for Stride Rite


Collective Brands Inc announced that The Stride Rite Corporation will now be doing business as Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group -- a move to better reflect and communicate the broad range of premium and iconic performance and lifestyle brands in the company, as well as its new, strengthened business model.

"We believe this new name elevates the strength and diversity of our brand portfolio, while also representing our role in Collective Brands," said Gregg Ribatt, CEO of Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group. "The new name best describes what brings us together -- a collection of fiercely independent performance and lifestyle brands with unique personalities and strong marketplace positions, each focused on distinct and targeted customer groups. As well, as a result of being part of Collective Brands, we have a renewed and strengthened business model leveraging powerful infrastructure designed to platform our brands and businesses for maximum success in the global marketplace."

Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group includes Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Keds and the Stride Rite Children's Group with its brands Stride Rite, Robeez, Keds Kids, Saucony Kids and Sperry Top-Sider Kids, among others, which are sold through Stride Rite retail stores and wholesale partners. There is no change to the time-honored Stride Rite children's footwear brand or the Stride Rite Children's Group as part of this move. Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group continues to be headquartered in Lexington, Mass., a suburb of Boston.

The new and strengthened business model of Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group has been evolving over the past few years, resulting from the 2007 acquisition of The Stride Rite Corporation and formation of Collective Brands, Inc., which supports all its businesses through Centers of Excellence teams -- shared infrastructure in such key functional areas as Global Sourcing and Supply Chain, Finance, Strategy, Store Development, Information Technology, Legal and Human Resources. The Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group leverages this strategic support from its parent company to ensure each brand's leadership position and to seize international growth opportunities, a key strategic initiative.

"The Collective Brands business model enables our brands to operate adroitly and autonomously against their own strategic plans toward specific consumer segments and markets. We then bring the power of Collective Brands' infrastructure and Centers of Excellence to bear in platforming these brands with best-in-class capabilities," said Matthew E. Rubel, Chairman, CEO, and President of Collective Brands, Inc. "This move to create a new identity for The Stride Rite Corporation by doing business under the name Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group is designed to amplify and unleash the important individual brands that collectively make up this vital part of our company, while connecting them to an organization with extensive global reach."

Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group is a leading provider of iconic performance and lifestyle brands, each with unique personalities and strong marketplace positions focused on distinct and targeted consumer segments. 

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Italy:Lisa Tibaldi Couture’s latest collection to be on show in Milan


Lisa Tibaldi Designer brings refined and elegant creations with a great touch of class to Milan's Couture Fashion Week to present her latest collection "Collezione Primavera Estate 2010". The Exhibition will be held from the 25th to the 28th September, concomitant to "Salone di Milano" and to the end of the Milan's Fashion Week.

Lisa Tibaldi will present the new Spring/Summer Collection 2010 composed of 4 lines: "Lisa Tibaldi Couture", the refined elegance influenced by the high fashion for your special occasions; "Lisa Tibaldi Bridal Couture", the most demanding bride looking for the most exclusive design, out of the common; "LisaTibaldi Princess", the youthful elegance enjoyable for various occasions; "Lisa Tibaldi Quenn", for all the elegance requirements leaving out your size, with shaped wear ability.

The appointment with "Lisa Tibaldi Couture" Designer is in Milan, from the 25th to the 28th September 2009, at Grand Hotel Brun , in S.Siro/Fiera (exhibition) zone. 

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UAE:CГ­rculos de Fuego shows vibrant personality inspired by Oriental culture


Carrera y Carrera, the world renowned Spanish jewellery house, has unveiled its luxurious collection of virtually unique pieces – the Círculos de Fuego in full colour pavé, lending a unique expression to the love for gold filigree that defines the Spanish heritage of this jewellery house. Created in limited quantities, each extraordinary piece is an achievement in the art of fusing intricate gold work and precious stones.

The new pieces that carry the signature seal of a house internationally renowned for its craftsmanship perfection are achievable only through the hand of a true artist. For this 2009 season, the firm continues with its tradition of using gold as the building block of goldsmith creation. This is evident in the new collection that is sure to capture the eye of anyone who admires true beauty. Círculos de Fuego epitomizes the simple radiance of diamonds over yellow and white gold settings to bring out the natural sensuality of the wearer’s skin.

The collection uses the highest quality materials which can add a touch of glamour to the most sophisticated attire. The Circulos de Fuego jewels impeccably epitomize their craftsmanship heritage of the past 30 years. It shows a vibrant personality which is inspired by the most mystical symbols of Oriental culture – the fire dragon. Thanks to detailed designs and modeling, the goldsmiths of Carrera y Carrera have been able to capture the image of this mythological creature adored in China.

The line highlights a tasteful chiseled bright maxi dragon in yellow and white gold embracing pink and blue sapphires along with diamonds forming an imposing composition that instantly commands attention. The passion and careful attention that has gone into the creation of this collection are evident in the choice of material, the well-thought out design and the superb craftsmanship. These new pieces will definitely be on the must-have list of the brand’s highly selective clientele.

Carrera y Carrera’s new CГ­rculos de Fuego collection is now available at its first Monobrand boutique in Dubai, Mall of the Emirates and in Damas Les Exclusive Boutiques in Dubai.  

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USA:Lindsay Colbus brings taste of India to new collection


Lindsay Colbus jewelry known for ultra chic timeless pieces worn by celebrities and tastemakers alike has created a new collection inspired from India.

The jewelry brand's new handcrafted accessories have signature Lindsay Colbus chain links from India and include natural pieces interwoven to make this the most stylish collection that the brand has created to date.

Lindsay Colbus accessories are a favorite of the fashion world from media to those who covet the hottest trends including stylish celebrities from Lauren Conrad to Rihanna.

"I was inspired from the Bollywood movies as well as from my trip experience in Bali that I created rich colors and brought materials from India to ultimately create a collection that truly has an Indian flair," states Lindsay Colbus. "The pieces are bold colors with combined natural resources to my signature chain links that will attract tastemakers in America and abroad to wear."

The Lindsay Colbus brand is based on beautiful eclectic accessories that are handcrafted pieces inspired from around the world for every day to special events. These bold and unique accessories are sold in specialty stores and online. 

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

UK:Burberry Prorsum closes London Fashion Week


Burberry closed London Fashion Week with the showing of its Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2010 collection.

The show at the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in Westminster, London celebrated the new Burberry headquarters at Horseferry House in Westminster as well as the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week.

The show was attended by over 1300 guests including Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, Emma Watson, Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mary-Kate Olsen, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Agyness Deyn, Alexa Chung, Mario Testino, Victoria Beckham, Maggie Cheung, Na Young Lee, Douglas Booth, Samantha Cameron, Donna Air, David Walliams, Jamie Campbell Bower and Jaquetta Wheeler.

The Burberry show was streamed live for the first time directly from the show space in London at where online viewers were allowed to comment on the collection.

The show space was within walking distance from the new Burberry Global Headquarters at Horseferry House, designed by Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey, where Christopher and Angela Ahrendts hosted an after-show event to mark the brand's involvement in London Fashion Week.

Music at the event was provided by British band The Kooks as well as British model Agyness Deyn and British TV presenter Alexa Chung who DJ'd at the event.

Burberry, which is headquartered in London and listed on the FTSE 100 was founded in 1856.  

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Hong Kong:Li & Fung to address sustainable sourcing at APLF event


Fashion Access, a fair organised by APLF Ltd, is launching Sustainable Fashion Forum in order to meet the evolving needs of the fashion professionals. The event will explore the challenges of achieving sustainable fashion, and present ideas that are accessible and practical to fashion businesses.

Prominent figures such as Li & Fung Vice President of Vendor Compliance Bruce Bergstrom and Michael Lavergne, Director-Asia at Worldwide Responsibility Accredited Production (WRAP), are confirmed to speak at the half-day forum on October 7th 2009. Also among the panel of industry experts are: Carolina RUBIASIH, Vice President of Sourcing & Product Development at The SAK, Hong LEE, Asia Pacific Manager of Control Union and Amy SMALL, Creative Director of Knit Collage Ltd. on behalf of Green2Greener.

Aptly taking place alongside Fashion Access at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perrine Ardouin, senior event manager at APLF Ltd said: "Fashion Access already attracts exhibitors and buyers from around the world, so it’s an ideal time and place to hold Sustainable Fashion Forum and bring together a global audience to address a global issue."

Indeed, fashion with a conscience is good for business. While Sustainability is not a new issue, it is – more than ever – being met with a global network of concerned, aware, and active individuals and corporations. Those that heed the challenges it poses can prosper.

The forum is created by the same team that organises the prestigious annual Prime Source Forum - which targets big retailers, brands and apparel manufacturers - where sustainability has been a recurring topic of discussion.

Ms Ardouin said, "There's been a grave need for a new forum that addresses the sustainable issues from the consumer perspective, and those that are relevant to both big players and SMEs."

"This will obviously attract retailers and brands, but information presented will also be useful to suppliers and producers, who need to understand what their customers want and need along the supply chain".

Sustainable Fashion Forum will adopt a format where panellists will share and discuss their opinions on related issues such as greenwashing, profitability and consumer expectations. This encourages an open exchange of views between speakers and audience.

There will be three sessions, the first with Michael Lavergne from WRAP, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the certification of facilities engaged in lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world.

Mr Lavergne commented, “WRAP is proud to support and participate at Sustainable Fashion Forum. As a key hub of sourcing and product development activities Hong Kong must play an integral role in pushing sustainability forward, right down the supply chain line”.

Meanwhile, Fashion Access, besides offering buyers a wide range of fashion accessories including bags, footwear and lifestyle accessories, will also unveil the Sustainable World display area for fashion products developed from socially and/or environmentally-sustainable materials and business models.

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India:No shine look & My Village hit Lakme ramp


Kallol Datta and Rimzim Dadu gave interesting fashion directions for S/S 2010 at Lakme Fashion Week.

Using natural fabrics like kora, cotton, mul, voile, net and crepe, Kallol Datta moved away from conventional fashion as usual and went for the No shine look with his signature prints for Spring/Summer 2010 at Lakme Fashion Week.

Last season it was the stark mannequin motif that appeared on his garments and as jewellery. This time his prints were dragonflies, bees and Him and Her logo prints which appeared for the “Avant Garde F’ck” collection in geometric forms under his label Kallol Datta 1955. The colours were limited to ecru, pink, jade, black and beige but it was the construction of the garments that was characteristic of the designer. Drapes appeared at the hem and at the back, dual tones were used for front wrap dresses and the silhouette was egg shaped with fullness at the midriff graduating down or in front.

The 20 pieces was a thinking person’s collection that was starklysimple and elegant, but with a lot of interesting construction elements that Kallol is famous for. It is difficult to single out any of the outfits, since each one will be a great seller with people who want stylish interesting conversation pieces. But the lopsided dress with drapes on the side, the junta wrap overlay, the swinging dress and the winged hem on one side, or the net over solid jade, were part of a great collection.

Although Kallol Datta has followed his silhouette lines of last season, there is a bit of reinvention he added, which will make this collection also a hit with the young trendy dressers for Spring/Summer 2010.

For her label вЂMy Village’ Rimzim Dadu presented a pleasant mix of matte and shine garments for Spring/ Summer 2010 at Lakme Fashion week. The glitter part in her collection was a bit of a surprise from Rimzim who experimented with hand burnt sequins, metallic cutouts and cage like dresses - which are a favourite with Rimzim since she had similar ones last season with intricate cutwork.

Fabrics were sheer or solid – organza, jersey, chiffon in coloursthat were neutral crème, yellow, black, grey, red and orange.The metallic section had covers which were beautifully made and worn over pleated organza ombre dress, or layered gauze top and short or a sexy draped jersey dress and an asymmetric pleated jersey dress. The cutout segment was teamed with draped jersey top and shorts in a grey, a crème combo of a multi coloured cutout and patch floral top in orange yellow with chiffon maroon top and the floral cutout organza dress.

An interesting striped nude zippered pleated dress was an elegantevening option, while the hand burnt sequins quartet of shimmering dresses and tops had the amazing cage jacket in red with a black top with gauze lining while another interesting item was an asymmetric pleated jersey dress with a metallic cutout grid jacket in gold - all made for dramatic cocktail wear.

Rimzim Dadu is known for intricately crafted clothes and each season she has experimented with different genres to embellish her garments and give them her characteristic creative touches. For the coming season she offers some glittering options. 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

India:Deepika Pandukone crackles on ramp for Gauri & Nainika


Cascades of long drapes descended from the ceiling, a giant visual of the Grey Goose Journeys around the world set the stage for one of the most glamorous and elegant retro haute couture shows of the day.

Black, white and red - the eternal colour story was the only selection by designers, Gauri and Nainika for their
Spring/Summer 2010 collection presented by Grey Goose at Lakme Fashion week. With delicate vintage touches for their garments, which the duo is famous for, they gave women’s wear that aura of sophistication and style.

Moving away a little from their trademark gowns, the pair designed shorter hemlines for part of the show with interesting detailing on the garments.Roses bloomed on most of the amazingly tailored and finished creations in chiffon, satin and organza.

For the opening, the sultry voice Geane, the renowned jazz singer, crooned as nine fiery red garments inspired by La Beaute Rouge the new martini for Grey Goose was a dramatic section that made it almost show stopping in its beauty.But it was only the start of an incredible journey of exquisite beauty as the black and white creations glided down the ramp. Giant bows and roses, perfectly moulded gowns and dresses and the amazing designs by these talented creative sisters have won them the title of Top Couturiers for Red Carpet ensembles.

The sensational finale entry by Bollywood darling, Deepika Pandukone in an outstanding white gown with black bodice and roses on the shoulder; left the audience breathless. Creating glamorous formal wear comes very easily to Gauri and Nainika and their collection for Spring/ Summer 2010 presented by Grey Goose was a memorable show which will be one more addition to their list of successes. 

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Switzerland:Nuance opens 'Jewellery Box' at Geneva airport


The Nuance Group has further enhanced its landside shopping offerat Geneva International Airport by opening a new "Jewellery Box" concept dedicated to watches, fashion jewellery and sunglasses. The new store covers 47 square metres and replaces a previous, temporary 12 square metre outlet also operated by The Nuance Group.

The upgraded "Jewellery Box" is part of a whole new development at Geneva International Airport's landside shopping area. Its offer comprises an attractive selection of watches by mid-priced popular brands such as Tissot, Certina, Dolce & Gabbana, Guess, Fossil or Davis; fashion jewellery by Agatha, Pilgrim, Guess, Reminiscence and Fossil; and sunglasses by Ray Ban, Polaroid, Gucci, Emporio Armani, DKNY, Oakley, D&G, Dior, Prada and Police,amongst others.

Fred Waeber, General Manager, The Nuance Group Geneva, said: "We are thrilled about this opportunity to upgrade our temporary landside outlet. The new 'Jewellery Box' presents all those passing through the airport's landside shopping area -travellers, meeters and greeters as well as staff - with a contemporary, stylish environment in which to browse for the latest watches, fashion jewellery and sunglasses for a perfectly up-to-date outfit. So far, our customers' response has been promising and we look forward to constantly surprising shoppers with a new and updated offer."

Pierre Germain, AIG's Commercial and Finance Director, said: "Theconcept is ideally complementing our landside retail offer with affordable and trendy brands and gives good opportunity for impulse buying which is important to encourage in the current tough economic situation." 

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India:Tarun Tahiliani presents GLAMOUR BY LAKME at Grand Finale


The most spectacular show of the season was undoubtedly the GrandFinale at Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 when India’s top designer, Tarun Tahiliani presented his fabulous collection basedon the GLAMOUR BY LAKME 2009 collection comprising RED CARPET GLAM,UPTOWN GLAM, RESORT OR GOA GLAM and GYPSY GLAM.

No longer identified as the Red Carpet look, glamour now has many nuances and it’s exploration by Lakmé Grand Finale designer,Tarun Tahiliani was a fabulous mix of fashion and beauty. The Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai was transformed into a wonderland, with three giant crystal chandeliers on the ramp which gently rose to the ceiling at the start of the show. The walls of the ballroom were swathed in hundreds of metres of luxurious fabric and resembled an opulent Mughal Darbar. Three giant gold frames on the stage swiveled around as the lights dimmed, to reveal the elegant models - and the dazzling show began.

It was a Flashback to Glamour as Tarun divided the show called “The Painterly Vision” into drapes that featured saris, gowns, togas, tunics, Grecian, jersey NavVaaris, fringed kurtas and of course the Pegged Drape. 53 models glided down the ramp in gorgeous outfits which were breathtakingly beautiful in their craftsmanship and the Indian rock music was the perfect accompaniment to the Indowestern garments.

The second part was colourful and tribal with the most amazing boleros teamed with modern shirts and finely tailored trousers all embellished with phulkari, ombre and the elegant Bhagalpur fabrics with block prints were turned into swaying kurtas.

The final Padshanama collection was a study in grandeur as the most majestic saris, lehengas, kurtas glided down the ramp. Menswear was regal featuring bundgalas, bundis, kurtas and sherwanis which all had the designer’s creative touch. At the end of the show the paintings in the frames rose and the audiencegasped as the suspended models in the three frames dressed in the most magnificent creations by Tarun sat motionless.

The finale presented the beautiful three faces of Lakme – VipashaAgarwal in a lemon gold lace drape with a sculpted bustier,Indrani Dasgupta in a lace encrusted with Swarowski crystallized rubies, pearls, diamonds and emerald fluted floral blouse and sari; while Amrit Maghera wore a copper lace sari draped with a sequined corset. The fourth new face, Lisa Haydon sailed down the ramp in a silver sari drape worn with a sequined bustier.

Tarun Tahiliani, the darling of fashion connoisseurs the world over, created a spectacular Grand Finale show at Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010, which left the audience spell bound and will be remembered as one of the most memorable fashion events of the year. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

India:Sushmita Sen acts as show stopper for LFW Day 4


The invitation was to the grandest wedding of the season at the most dazzling venue, with a zardozi encrusted stage at Lakme Fashion Week; when Philips presented a stunning bridal collectionby top Bollywood designer, Vikram Phadnis with one of the most beautiful women in the universe, Bollywood’s sensational beauty queen, Sushmita Sen as the show stopper.

The Vikram Phadnis bridal wear presentation by Philips, which ended the fourth day of Lakme Fashion Week Spring Summer 2010,was the most extravagant event ever, filled with glitz, glamour and everything that the audience was looking forward to. With a colourful mГ©lange of shades and hues, Vikram unleashed some of the most dazzling bridal creations seen on the ramp. Remaining true to Indian silhouettes with discreet touches of innovations, Vikram worked heavily on texturing and surface ornamentation with a rainbow of dazzling colours throughout the collection.

Magnificent Lehengas replete with the heaviest of zardozi and crystal work, dupattas dazzled under the ramp lights and the cholis that varied from tiny bustiers to long raja coats to kurtas and sherwanis were crafted with great attention. The ensemble of saris in net, chiffon and silk had ornate gold, crystal and silver borders. The embroidery was amazing and the finish of the creations was unbelievably superior.

Men’s wear was restricted to sherwanis, kurtas and knee length coats, which all matched the women’s wear in their brilliance and glitter. The finale creation for the gorgeous star, Sushmita Sen was a breathtaking gold lehenga, choli and glittering dupattas which got one of the most rousing ovations from the audience at the Lakme Fashion Week. For a bride who wants to be remembered for her trousseau, then the bridal collection by Vikram Phadnis presented by Philips has got to be the one that will adorn her in all the finery that she has always dreamt of. 

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UAE:Paspaley pearls Dolce collection exhudes heavenly magic


Paspaley, the leading South Sea pearl company, claimed internationally as the source of the world's finest quality pearls, has introduced the latest Dolce Collection.

Thoughts of sweet temptation were the inspiration behind the Dolce collection from Paspaley. Italian for вЂsweet’, Dolce is also forever associated with Federico Fellini’s highly passionatecinematic masterpiece La Dolce Vita, an influence acknowledged in romantic and glamorous pieces of the Paspaley collection. Pieces range from the exquisitely rendered fully pavГ© set to those lightly sprinkled with diamonds, in both white and yellow gold.

Pegah Goldooz, General Manager, Paspaley Pearls, UAE said: “Whether the brand produces simple pearl pendants or elaborate one-of-a-kind jewellery sets, they are always the best in technique and design. Many of the brand’s jewellery collections are created in its own design studio in Australia, which is a world-class facility dedicated to creating pearl-first design. In addition to Paspaley’s own distinctive collections, the studioengages in creative collaborations with some of the world’s best designers. Thus the customers simply get the best.”

The pure indulgence of exquisitely crafted sweets encrusted in sugar is expressed through lavish dustings of diamonds that provide a dazzling setting for the finest of pearls. Whorls of gold encrusted in diamonds form the signature shape in this sweetly-spun collection, featured in pendants, rings, earrings, centre pieces and the breathtaking one-of-a-kind, Dolce collier and bracelet. Elsewhere diamond-sugared drops and gem encrusted forms evoke the sweet inspiration of Dolce.

The new Dolce collection is now available at its exclusive boutiques in Mall of the Emirates, Saks Fifth Avenue - BurJuman Centre, Dubai Mall, The Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah and Abu Dhabi Mall.  

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India:Forever-Breathe – memorable collections at LFW


Virtues by Ashish and Viral, Myoho by Kiran & Meghna and Vivek Kumar presented memorable collections for S/S 2010 at Lakme Fashion Week.

Inspired by the Bollywood hits Pakeezah and Umraojaan the bridal collection called “Forever” by Ashish and Viral Parikh for their label Virtues was a splendid line of opulent traditional creations. Designed in soft pastels that moved from ivory, gold, beige, pink, peach and lilac to sea green for the men’s and women’s trousseau offering, the garments were heavily embellishedwith cutwork, Marodi, vasali and gota work. The luxurious lehengas with churidars, and the multi kalidar kurtas, the very exotic cholis and the lavish dupattas with designs, adapted from ancient carpets, glittered on the catwalk with crystal, sequin, zari, resham and bead embroidery.

The striking dramatic collection included a brilliant ivory gold cutwork sleeve top with Benarsi ijar and gota work dupattas, a fabulous gold kedia top with a half length skirt and churidar trouser, jute lehenga with Marodi embroidery cutwork and some interesting sexy cholis. Men’s wear was regal with brocade jackets, and ornate sherwanis. The “Forever” bridal collection from Virtues was one of the most glittering presentations of the day.

The designing duo of Kiran and Meghna for their label Myoho presented a fresh pretty collection for Spring/Summer 2010 that was light as air and which encouraged the designers to term it as “Breathe”. Showing only a strict dress line which was layered in fluid cottons, silk; the pinafores, smocks, вЂA line’ silhouettes and swirling trapeze shapes were ideal for the young and trendy dresser.

The muted colours like ivory, beige, amber and teal werecontrasted with black and touches of gold zari. A mix of abstractpatterns and stenciled flowers came together,to form a harmonious look for the summer ensembles. Opening the show with an ivory cotton smock the theme continue with checked lining under a sheerouter cover, a tiered short mini over a printed brown lining, then continued with abstract appliquГ©s and moved to peasant pinafores and front tie-ups for shaping. Here was a collection ideal for lounging around on those hot summer days.

He called his collection Noshi and the look was a mix of origami and drapes with silver metallic accents on various garment sections. Vivek Kumar’s line was created with some extreme touches as fluid fabrics were draped and gathered and held in place with silver metallic collars, shoulder straps or armhole contrasts. From a colour story of neutral white it moved to lemon and then peach to finally end with turquoise and grey. The silhouettes ranged from fluid to lean with loose accents like scooped armholes and swirling shaded dresses with godets followedthe unconventional theme. The silver metallic accents even appeared as floral motifs or were folded to create abstract designs. Vivek Kumar’s look was very innovative and will score with women who want to make a strong fashion statement. 

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

India:Shyamal & Bhumika create grandeur on LFW – Day 1


Shyamal & bhumika and Vivek Karunakaran presented diverse fashion trends for S/S 2010 at Lakme Fashion Week

It was return to days of ancient India where grandeur was the order of the day with a dramatic Indo-Mughal touch from royalty of India. Shyamal and Bhumika the talented designers from Ahmedabad have researched the grandeur of the past for traditional men’s and women’s trousseau wear that was dazzling and opulent.

The colour story was rich, starting with rose, purple, sea blue, lemon, beige and then the rich shades of burgundy, chocolate, orange and green to end with brown, midnight blue and stark black.

Splashed with embroidery that ranged from Marodi, Aari, zardozi, to chikan work and gota from the 17th century; the rich fabrics like brocades, silks, georgettes, velvet and hand-woven silks came alive for the purely Indian collection. A mix of different fabrics lent an unconventional touch to many of the garments. From the eternal sari to the swirling lehengas with tiny stitched cholis, the designing duo moved to sherwanis teamed with patkas and kurtas with oriental cummerbunds. The paneled and yoked creations told a colourful story of an era long gone by.

Detailing gave an interesting touch to the collection with hand made fabric buttons, embroidered motifs and multi-coloured piping. Bling was present, with a lavish sprinkling of sequins; for ornate velvet lehengas, shimmering dupattas, dhoti tunics, gorgeous saris, swirling paneled kurtas, stately sherwanis and regal kurtas which will appeal to buyers of festive wear.

For lovers of nostalgic fashion Shyamal and Bhumika’s regal line will be the ideal choice for opulent occasion wear.

From the land of the Nawabs where the regal beauty of garments dazzled, Vivek Karunakaran presented a selection of men’s and women’s wear for contemporary times which was ideal for the summer season with light airy dresses, tunics, shifts, shirts, trousers, jackets and capris.

The regal look of Jodhpuri trousers and breeches was teamed with structured shirts while comfortable dresses were all aimed at the jet setters of both sexes in cool printed voiles, yarn dyed linens, georgettes, a dash of silk and digitally printed chamois satins in tones of naturals like ecru and off white and then moved to white, beige, papaya, rust, crimson and chocolate.

Eye catchers in the collection were the harem dress with smockingin chamois satin, the natural linen dress with zipper detail at back, the box pleated linen dress with contrast top stitch, a very interesting trapeze dress with all over circle rouching, a dramatic strapless ribbon embellished cocktail dress, dhoti pants, a striking red silk wrap dress and a teal/ brown ombre dress.

Men’s wear was pure summer wear, very practical and comfortablewith discreet detailing for shirts, lean flat front trousers, a very colourful orange linen blazer with cropped pants, a casual fitted bundgala in red/black striped linen, rug print fitted voile shirt with epaulettes and detailed sleeves which completed the look for the coming season.

The show stopper on South Indian actress, Mamta Mohandas was a glamorous teal handcrafted dress which was a perfect end to a practical but stylish collection with an international touch from Vivek Karunakaran which will delight men and women from not only India but around the world. 

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India:An evening of glamour & style open with Lulla family


When the best jewellery collections in India come together with top names in the fashion world the result is a show of stunning creations and glitter.

Gitanjali Lifestyle opened the Spring/Summer 2010 Lakme Fashion Week with a fantastic collection of jewellery and style by the mother and daughter team of Neeta and Nishka Lulla.

Nishka Lulla teamed up with Le Novel, Rosato and Bliss brands and presented one of the most youthful trendy lines on the opening day of Lakme Fashion Week.

It was a pretty as a picture collection that opened the show with adorable little moppets dressed as fairies twirling down the catwalk. With an inspiration which was pixies, it was a romantic line of softly draped, tiered, layered minis in net, chiffon and lace edged with gorgeous embroidery. Tiny collars, ruffled boleros over will-power dresses in shades of baby pink and white glittered with tonal sequins. Discreet glittering pendants, chains and earrings were the perfect ornaments from Gitanjali.

Niskha’s show stopper was the gorgeous Dia Mirza who glided down the ramp in a tulle layered bustier mini gleaming with sequins.

The Stefan Hafner, Giantti, Nakshatra Eternity and Parineeta Jewellery labels came together to inspire Neeta Lulla’s glamorous fusion line of international and ethnic ensembles.
From East to West the collection wove a beautiful story around the exquisite jewellery. It was a blend of couture and trousseau wear featured in combinations that could be mixed and matched.

Opening the show with a live rendition of a mantra by Siddharth Mahadevan, Saumil Shringarpure and Alyssa Mendonsa, the predominantly beige, dull gold and silver collection was utterly feminine that was a dream to behold with crystals, gota, cutwork and chikan embroidery.

Varying lengths of kurtas and long floor length jackets were teamed with ghagras, saris with broad gota and crystal borders; flared pants, dhotis and lungis. Restricting the beautiful embroidery on the sheer net, chiffon, silk and lace on the hemlines, tights and sleeves of the garments, Neeta created deep elegant necklines for the dramatic diamante necklaces.

Neeta’s show stopper was the sexy Sameera Reddy in a dramatic beige stitched jersey dhoti skirt and a crystal encrusted barely there choli.

When it comes to blending the best jewellery brands, with glamorous creations, the combination of Gitanjali Lifestyle with Neeta and Nishka Lulla is unbeatable.

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India:вЂTimeless-Jaipur’ dazzles on Lakme ramp


Launching her latest label titled “Anita Dongre Timeless” at the Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 show, with the collection “Jaipur My Jaipur”, Anita Dongre paid homage to the glorious state of Rajasthan.

Working around the rich cultural heritage of the Rajasthani textiles and crafts, Anita worked creatively with traditional weaves and fabrics of the past and designed garments from luxurious brocades, georgettes, raw silk, satin, net, lush velvets and silks. The colours matched the beauty of the fabrics as red, regal blue, grey and black dazzled with opulent embellishments.

Restricting her silhouettes to kurtas, long skirts, lehengas, shararas, saris, elephant and harem pants, jackets, jodhpuris, ghagras and just three minis, Anita’s garments were a kaleidoscope of traditional colour and style.

To the pulsating beat of Rajasthani folk songs, the show opened with three tiny bubble minis - the only western offering of the evening and then went into ornate paneled skirts and multi coloured textured cholis teamed with luxurious dupattas. The colour mix was very characteristic of the state with bandhani, lehriya and buttee motifs adding to the rustic look of the collection.

In a range that would make ideal festive and trousseau wear, the stunners were the corded blouse with bandhani skirt, the tantalizing half saris worn with frilled petticoats, the velvet kurtas and embroidered harem pants, the absolutely amazing full circle red bandhani kurta with silver borders, a magnificent 48 panelled skirt with a jersey body suit and the tissue choli with georgette buttee embroidered sari.

When it came to embroidery Anita went all out with gota, zari, sequins, beads and crystals in traditional motifs.

Anita Dongre’s “Jaipur my Jaipur” was a dazzling blend of the glorious past with the present that will appeal to women of all ages during the coming season when they want to blend the tradition with the contemporary. 

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

UK:Tie with built in place for iPod(R) Nano or MP3 player


Technology has transformed the modern commute but it has also created a dilemma - how best to store gadgets safely and stylishly on the go?

With this in mind, leading international luxury shirt brand, Thomas Pink, is introducing the Commuter Tie as part of its main line for Autumn Winter 2009/2010.

A sophisticated 100% silk woven tie and useful mp3 storage device in one, The Commuter Tie was previously only available as a limited edition. Keeping up with technology miniaturisation, the popular Commuter Tie has been updated to perfectly fit the new iPod(R) Nano as well as other smaller mp3 players.

The clever new design features a small yet subtle pocket on the reverse of the tie. The music player is placed in the pocket to avoid having expensive devices on display or damaging the line of one's suit.

An extra fabric loop keeps wires (including headphone wires) out of sight and close to the body, leaving hands free to pick up a daily coffee or answer that all important call.

And to ensure that it can be worn everyday, the new Commuter Tie is available in eight stylish colours: grey, charcoal, purple, blue, green, orange, red and deep pink.

Thomas Pink is part of LVMH, the world's leading luxury goods conglomerate. 

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USA:Korean Mix-And-Match reveals quirky look of US woman


Seize Sei presents its contemporary 2010 collection of conceptual separates with a multiple-piece approach breaking into the US market. The collection - sheath dresses, jackets and blazers, tailored trousers and harem pants, vests, cotton jersey tees and tanks, shorts and assorted fashion tops in blended fabric combinations of silk, cotton, linen and polyester fabric - contains mix-and-match investment pieces for today's budget-conscious consumers looking to update their looks.

Each piece possesses great fabric quality, classic yet unique design elements, and innovative detail combinations. Her collection strikes a balance not easily attained: they are luxurious yet sporty, sharp and modern without sacrificing beauty and design, quirky in detailing yet enduringly wearable.

The brand, Seize Sei, understands the economic situation and its target market behaviors. "Times are tough right now, so consumers are spending their money wisely by purchasing pieces rather than collections. Women are looking for classic pieces that will last longer than trendy items that go out of style after a season", said Sung Ah Cho, the designer of the brand.

The designer creates clothing with great attention to detail in fit, seams, drapery, pleating, and color-contrasting to update classic pieces into modern, contemporary sportswear. Ideal for casual day to evening looks and some pieces being appropriate for the office, this line offers versatility, comfort and unlimited options for everyday wear. While the color palette contains the basic whites, creams, blacks and grays, color-contrasting elements with additional monochromatic hues of muted neutrals, warm blush undertones, faded blues and khakis provide buyers with additional versatile fashion choices for better profit margins.

"The designs are different but amazingly wearable," says Larissa Van Duser, fashion consultant. "Each piece has its own quiet tranquility that bridges the gap between femininity and everyday casual wear. The detailing with structural pleats and refined draping produces creative volumes and shapes that are balanced with timeless fabrics and neutral hues."

Since its foundation as a non-profit government agency in 1979, SBC has been committed to fostering and promoting Korean small and medium sized businesses. SBC understands that excellence comes in different sizes and offers assistance to Korean businesses in entering the U.S. market.

The head designer, Ms. Sung Ah Cho graduated from Polimoda International Institute in Italy in 2002. Working for various design teams such as the Italian brand, BERETTA, French brand, Raid Gauloises and launching the Jeep Europe Fashion line (Chrysler) over the years has prepared her to work as a design consultant for Italian brand BELFE and established DI ("design of idea") in Korea by 2007. 

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New Zealand:ghd is set to showcase emerging talent


This year eight rising stars of the fashion industry have been given an opportunity to shine in the “ghd New Generation Show”.

The newly formatted show gives up and coming designers the chance to showcase their wares on the world class platform that is Air New Zealand Fashion Week.

Previously group shows such as Verge Breakthrough have showcased emerging fashion designers and launched many of our now industry greats such as Cybele, Michelle Yvette, Federation and Deborah Sweeney to their success.

Designers taking part in ghd New Generation include - ISBIM which is designed by Joshua Jang and stands for I Still Believe In Miracles; Tara Cunniffe who will showcase her signature intricate and sculptural pieces; Chapel - designed and produced in New Zealand by Sophie Johnston & Janelle Simonsen, Trix & Dandy - Michael Pattison’s diffusion line of sexy streetwear; EmmaFord – a stylish NZ swimsuit label; Serena Fagence, an eclectic and innovative young Auckland designer, Keri Wanoa, who is also part of the Miromoda Show and Australian designer House of EZIS designed by Andrzej Pytel.

For these eight talented designers, sending their Autumn/Winter 2010 collections down the ANZFW runway provides the chance to get in front of the numerous international and Kiwi buyers and media who attend the weeklong event.

It’s not only designers who have been selected to take part in the show, 7 high profile media channels will be partnering up one-on-one with each designer. The list of media includes Remix Magazine (working with 2 designers), Fashion NZ website, Front Row Diary website, Pilot Magazine, Citymix Magazine, Black Magazine and 1am Magazine.

Managing Director of Air New Zealand Fashion Week is pleased with the newly formatted show.

“The ghd New Generation Show has been designed to give these 8 fledgling designers the chance to showcase their designs to a selection of high profile buyers and media delegates. Using the new media partner format we expect the designers will further maximise on exposure of their respective labels and gain reach within the fashion industry and its consumers,” she says.

This year show sponsor “ghd” will also co-sponsor the VIP MAC Lounge, and will for the first time become an official partner of Air New Zealand Fashion Week.

“ghd are thrilled to be a part of Air New Zealand Fashion Week and to help support these emerging talents! Sponsoring the New Generation show is a fantastic way for ghd to nurture young New Zealand design talent as well as work to support the more established designers through our partnership with Fashion Week,” says ghd Publicist Murray Bevan.  

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Bahamas:Islands of World Fashion Week to begin with model search


On Saturday, September 19, 2009, in the Arawak Room at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Nassau, Mode lies Ltd, producers of the award winning Islands of the World Fashion Week, will hold its local casting call for prospective male and female models interested in participating in this year's fashion showcase.

Castings for the fashion event will begin at 9am and run until 4pm. Models attending the casting call are required to bring along a photo portfolio (if one is available), a passport or drivers license photo 10, and two change of clothing - one casual, one swimwear.

As an added feature to this year's Islands of the World Fashion Week showcase, which is scheduled for November 4th through the Sth,Mode lies will commence with the grand finale of The Muse Model Search Competition.This exciting competition, sponsored by Mode lies, Ltd., in conjunction with Models 242 International, is expected to draw potential models from all over the Caribbean with one young lady and one young man walking away with a $10,000grand prize,the title of Female and Male Model Muse of the Year, and, along with other prizes, the opportunity to be considered for international contracts. 

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India:Raga Flora from Titan displays beauty & sensuality


Titan announced the launch of Raga Flora, an exquisite range of watches for women. Renowned Bollywood actress Ms. Nandana Sen in the presence of Mr. Ajoy Chawla, Vice President– Titan & Retail, unveiled these beautiful ornate watches as a perfect accessory for the festive season. Inspired by exotic flowers this collection promises to add sensuality and sparkle to your attire.

Every watch from the collection truly represents the values of beauty, femininity and sensuality and has been crafted elegantly in distinctive flower forms and embellished with crystals.
IRIS: Inspired by the exotic Iris flower, this watch is a delicate mist of Swarovski crystal shimmers, a splash of gold with exquisite and fine detailing in mother-of-pearl dial. Also available in rose gold and steel.
CALLA: is a contemporary bracelet that also tells time. The use of Swarovski crystals and the fine workmanship in the mother of pearl dial is as striking and beautiful as the Calla lily which lends its form to this watch. This watch is available in steel, rose gold and gold.
VIOLA: Dainty and elegant, this rose gold Viola is shimmering with exquisitely placed Swarovski crystals delighting and warming the heart with its burst of light. This watch also comes in steel and gold.

The award winning Titan Design Studio has designed this stunning collection.

Speaking at the launch Mr. Ajoy Chawla, Vice President – Titan said, “Raga Flora collection expresses the desire of every woman today – to adorn, enchant and mesmerize. The Raga Flora collection is a coming together of a feminine insight to adorn with flowers and the global trend of “bling” resulting in a delightfully contemporary form.The highly distinctive and alluring feminine designs is a reiteration of Raga’s promise to be an intimate part of woman’s wardrobe and an expression of her distinct style.”

Ms. Nandana Sen said, “Wearing this watch is making me feel extremely special and indulged. Each Raga Flora watch radiates a special feminine charm making it a perfect accessory for this festive season. I am happy that Titan has given me a great momentto wear it on my wrist”.

The new collection will be supported by a unique and beautiful marketing campaign featuring Nandana Sen and will be aired at the national level throughout the Dussera and Diwali Season. The story of the TV Commercial is woven around the insight of flowersbeing an integral part of a woman’s sensuality and how Raga Florasparks a moment of intimacy between the man and the woman.

Raga Flora has a total of eleven distinct styles in fifty six models. The collection will be available at all World of Titan showrooms, large format stores and multi-brand outlets across the country. 

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USA:Clinton Kelly is ready for вЂMAKE OVER AMERICA’


With seven cities under his fashionable belt, Clinton Kelly is ready to "MAKE OVER AMERICA" this fall. Macy's) will continue to reinvent women across the country with the help of style authority Clinton Kelly (TLC's What Not To Wear), until all 225 makeovers are complete.

Having traveled to seven cities this past spring where he made over 105 women, Macy's and Clinton Kelly will make over 15 women in each of the remaining eight markets culminating in a runway show to unveil the makeovers at each local Macy's store. Additionally, one lucky winner from anywhere in the U.S. will be selected for the ultimate Clinton Kelly makeover and shopping spree at Macy's Herald Square in New York City.

Women can enter the contest at, where they will be asked to upload a photo or video and answer questions on why they should be selected for a Clinton Kelly makeover. Also online, America can vote for the "best makeover" after each event and can engage Clinton Kelly on other issues of fit and style. The closing for the entry period varies by market, so interested participants should check online for details.

"MAKE OVER AMERICA is taking to the masses the formula that works wonders for so many women on my television show," says Clinton Kelly. "It's not strictly about trends or solely about shape. It is finding current looks that accentuate someone's lifestyle and personality and offer a figure-flattering fit. I can't wait to get out there and work with all these women - more than 200 of them - to help transform their personal style!"

•Kansas City, KS - September 19 - Macy's Oak Park Mall
•Philadelphia, PA - September 26 - Macy's Cherry Hill (Cherry Hill, NJ)
•Paramus, NJ - October 3 - Macy's Paramus Garden State Plaza
•Chicago, IL - October 10 - Macy's on State Street
•Scottsdale, AZ - October 17 - Macy's Fashion Square
•New Orleans, LA - October 24 - Macy's Lakeside (Metairie)
•Portland, OR - November 7 - Macy's Washington Square
•San Francisco, CA - November 14 - Macy's Stoneridge Shopping Center (Pleasanton)

A former editor at Mademoiselle and Marie Claire magazines, Kelly made his debut on TLC's What Not to Wear in 2003. It was Kelly's talent for offering unflinchingly honest style appraisals with humor and compassion that brought him to the attention of Macy's. For the past three years, Kelly has traveled the country offering his unique blend of fashion expertise, style secrets and self-confidence counseling at events in Macy's department stores across the U.S.

More than just a fashion expert, Kelly is a committed advocate of style as a means of empowerment, reminding women that "knowing you look great builds confidence, and confidence is a key ingredient in reaching your goals."  

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Germany:Sporty shoe theme for children for next spring/summer


Dynamic, cool and casual. The new children’s shoes for Spring/Summer 2010 are вЂgreat sports’. Reflecting the needs of active and sporty boys and girls the collections feature a wide range of functional sneakers and sandals. The designers drew their inspiration here from typical outdoor sports like rafting, canyoning and trekking. Natural and brown tones play the key role in this segment.

Cheerful colour accents bring bold orange, turquoise and cobalt blue to the fore. Functional elements like Velcro fasteners, quick-tie laces, mesh and neoprene feature in the design of sneakers and sandals. Grainy, non-slip soles with intarsia or vintage effects underline the rustic note of this sporty shoe theme.

Fashion-conscious girls will delight at the large choice of Roman and gladiatorstyle sandals. Numerous straps, floral trims and fringes decorate the styles picking up on that hot hippie trend. Ballerinas remain key. Sporty variations with flexible soles mark out the direction here. Pastel tones are no longer the reserve of the youngest amongst us: even вЂgrown-up girls’ will favour rose, lilac and mint next summer. Metallics add a touch of glamour to children’s shoe fashions in 2010.

Loud and colourful beach sandals in that Waikiki look suggest we are in for a hot summer. No summer without canvas. The canvas shoe story revs up for another successful season. Low shoes and mid-cut styles with pale soles and laces are the perfect complement to drainpipes and rolled-up jeans. Tattoo elements and discreet embroidery create individual accents. Deck shoes and moccasin styles also pick up on the yachting and sailing themes for children, too. Clear colours like blue, white and red look authentic.

At GDS – International Event for Shoes & Accessories from 11 to 13 September 2009 a total of 765 exhibitors with over 1,800 collections presented their trends for Spring/Summer 2010 and the current season. Of these 130 babies’ and children’s shoe suppliers were presented here, either as part of their collections in the different lifestyle worlds at GDS or in the Kidwalk area in Hall 7a. The next GDS will be held in DГјsseldorf from 12 to 14 March 2010. 

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France:Tommy Hilfiger to showcase F/W Eyewear at SILMO


Tommy Hilfiger Europe announces the exhibition of its Fall/Winter 2009 Eyewear collection at SILMO – Mondial de l’Optique, an international eyewear trade show taking place on 17-20 September 2009 in Paris.

The Fall/Winter 2009 Eyewear collection focuses on detail, ranging from subtly scripted and stitched logos and iconic metal hardware plaques to leather braiding and inner temple color blocking effects.

Designs and styles that truly reflect the season include warm metal finishes and bold colorations showcased in clean, sophisticated silhouettes. These details are also found in timeless, more retro styles, with looks that stay true to the brand’s philosophy of a classic American cool aesthetic.

For men, metals take the stage with a clean, full flat metal and rimless model, followed by rich handmade acetate styles that add a bold, mod feel to any wardrobe. The women’s collection is at the forefront of innovative design with the use of combination metals and chic feminine shapes finished with sophisticated details, ultimately creating hints of luxury. 

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