Wednesday, December 30, 2009

USA:Fila brings urban fashion with Spring 2010 Heritage


In a decade that re-defined hip hop and urban fashion as we know it, Fila was at the helm of 80’s fashion and culture. Today, Fila fans have been coveting its vintage old school look by flooding retailers across the country requesting Fila gear. Even celebs like NAS, Raekwon, Lil John, Busta Rhymes, Nelly, and Rick Ross have been sporting Fila vintage apparel and footwear.

Last night, Fila launched the Fila Spring 2010 Heritage Collection at Veranda Restaurant and Lounge in the West Village in New York City. Guests enjoyed Peroni beer while Veranda’s house DJ spinned tunes ranging from old-school hip hop and rap to 80’s classics from Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson & Journey.

The Heritage collection pays homage to Fila’s past while staying true to the present with throwback styles from its archives and newer styles inspired by its rich Italian heritage. Vintage pieces like velour suits and shoe styles like the F-13, Original Tennis and Original Fitness are offered in the Heritage collection. New pieces like wind wear and knit suits in new color ways have been introduced into the collection for Spring. Vintage footwear styles are still offered in classic colors but new hues have been added that coordinate with the apparel. Outerwear apparel has been introduced into the collection such as down vests and jackets and are available in stores now.

The Spring 2010 Heritage collection is inspired by Fila’s iconic vintage tennis collection and the Spring collection will hit stores on February 15th. Warm weather styles such as v-neck tees, polos, canvas sneakers and velour short suits are available in select specialty stores nationwide. 

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Russia:LETO welcomes Swedish trendsetter


Sistema-Hals (HALS), a leading diversified company in the Russian and CIS real estate market, and Apsys Group, one of the leading European companies engaged in development and management of retail real estate assets, are glad to announce the participation of H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB in their shopping center LETO (Saint Petersburg). H&M fashion store will be on two floors with a total surface of circa 1,700 sq. m.

Acknowledged trendsetter H&M, which offers wide range of quality and fashion clothes at affordable prices entered the Russian market at the beginning of 2009 and has already won recognition from the public.

Marketing and leasing agent for LETO is Jones Lang LaSalle in partnership with Apsys Rus.

"Today a tenant comes very carefully to the choice of leasing spaces for its boutiques. Main factors are reliability of the shopping center and its quality as well as professional project team. Confidence from such a significant tenant as H&M demonstrates enormous prospects of LETO shopping center which gathers an outstanding retail mix of both international and national brands under its roof", - commented Teimuraz Shengelia, Vice-President for Commercial real estate, Sistema-Hals.

"LETO is a landmark project for the real estate market of St Petersburg. It is not comparable to any existing shopping center in the city owing to its high European level, unique design, professional concept and a wide range of shops of the eminent brands", - said Ekaterina Zemskaya, Associate Director Retail Department Jones Lang LaSalle.

Sistema-Hals and Apsys are building shopping center LETO with approximately 114,000 sq. m and GLA of about 80,000 sq. m. The outdoor parking is designed for 3,200 lots. LETO is ideally located in the actively growing and developing part of Saint Petersburg at the crossroad of Pulkovskoye Highway and the City Circle Highway (KAD). The Grand Opening of LETO is estimated in Q3 2010.

The key anchor retailers of LETO are Auchan on circa 11,600 sq. m, Media Markt on circa 6,000 sq. m, and entertainment park Babylon on circa 2,200 sq. m. Other key brands that confirmed their presence at LETO are: Inditex Group with Zara, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius & Bershka; Monex Group with Mothercare, NEXT, Claire's, The Body Shop, Justice & Starbucks; LPP Group with Reserved, House, Cropp Town; as well as New Yorker, Ann Christine; Le Pain Quotidian, Motivi, Lady&Gentleman, Promod, L'Etoile, etc. 

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UK:Wool and fabric jewellery to hit fashion world


We believe this to be true because we have found a designer/maker who knits, crochets and screen prints fabric to make fabulous jewellery. So we are pleased to announce that Rose Sharp Jones has joined the makers-online website.

Rose is a textile designer who makes a gorgeous range of products, she graduated with a M.A in textile design in 2008. All her designs are original and hand made using environmentally friendly material.
She pushes the boundaries of contemporary Jewellery design.

By using 100% wool yarn she makes fabulous 'funky chunky', button bracelets which are not only for women to wear but are great for little girls. They can be worn to liven up a simple t-shirt or on a coat or bag as decoration. They are young and fun and will brighten up your day.

To complement her jewellery designs Rose also makes knitted accessories her incredible 'gorgeously warm', crocheted mitten's made from soft organic wool and dyed with natural pigments are a great practical addition to her range.

So is there a future for wool/fabric jewellery? well, we believe there is, its great for young girls, the products are safe and fun to wear, they can be quirky, colourful and fresh and are guaranteed to brush off the drearies in anyone's day. 

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Canada:Zellers offers The Creativity Collection by Paris Hilton


The Creativity Collection by Paris Hilton is now available at Zellers across Canada! The whole line was created and designed for teens and young adults. The line consists of scrapbooking accessories, albums and embellishments for the consumer to personalize their memories, objects and fashion accessories.

"I am so excited to be working with Wooky Entertainment to launch Paris Hilton, the Creativity Collection in Canada," explained Paris Hilton. "These fashion kits reinforce creativity and individual style. I hope my collection will inspire young women and give them a greater sense of accomplishment and self confidence."

Paris Hilton is doing a monthly blog on In December, Paris is showing us a gift box she made for her sister Nicky for Christmas with the scrapbooking layout concept. "The gift box is a fun and easy way for everyone to add a personal touch to a gift. It's easy and so appreciated." In January, Paris will share with her fans and other scrappers the importance of high self-esteem. 

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USA:Eva Longoria smells success with Falic Fashion perfume deal


Eva Longoria Parker is joining the celebrity perfume trend - she's landed a deal to launch her own fragrance. The Desperate Housewives star has teamed up with the Falic Fashion Group to create Eva by Eva Longoria, which is due to launch in the U.S. in the spring (10).

Longoria Parker admits she's always struggled to find a perfume to wear and was delighted to be handed the opportunity to create her own scent.

She says, "I have always been somewhat allergic to all perfumes and really wanted to create something that every woman could wear. So I decided to create my own fragrance that is light, fresh and unique. I think the scent of a woman is extremely sexy and this scent will prove that.”

The company plans to release a series of different fragrances under the Eva Longoria brand.

The actress follows in the footsteps of stars including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Sarah Jessica Parker who all have their own successful perfume lines. 

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Israel:Dalumi wins Outstanding Exporter Award for second time


Dalumi is the proud recipient of Israel’s Outstanding Exporter 2008 award - an honor accorded annually by Israel's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. The coveted prize was presented by President Shimon Peres at a special ceremony held at the President’s Residence on 7th December 2009. Mr. Meir Dalumi and Mr. Kobi Itzchaki accepted the award on behalf of the entire company.

President Peres praised Dalumi’s impressive contribution to the diamond industry. "By maintaining manufacturing facilities in Israel, Dalumi contributes to Israel’s economy while simultaneously enhancing the reputation of the country’s diamond industry worldwide.” Peres noted that "Dalumi has proved its strength and ability to deal with the world’s economic crisis".

While this is the second time Dalumi has won the Outstanding Exporter Award, the world economic crisis and its impact on the diamond industry makes winning it this time even more meaningful. 

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

India:HomeShop18 brings вЂ3 Idiots’ merchandise


HomeShop18 brings another special – launches the “3 Idiots” merchandise by converge. HomeShop18 will be selling Converse shoes, worn by Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi in the movie exclusively on the virtual platform through the special show, вЂConverse 3 Idiots collection’. The Converse shoes are exclusively designed by Aamir khan. The design is popularly known as the doodle designs. No other star has personally designed any film merchandise before. The 3 Idiots Converse Collection shoes that have Aamir's doodles on them reflect the personality of todays’ Indian youth who are funky in attitude, cool and outspoken.

On the special show, HomeShop18 experts/anchors will be selling the exclusive merchandise from 3 Idiots giving out all details like material, design and other features. The shoes come in ResinRubber and non-marking sole. The in-sole is made of Latex foam cushion insole, a unique feature of the Converse Canvas shoes that gives additional cushioning comfort and bounce back to the wearer. The shoes are available in red and black colour with Multi-color laces.

Announcing the launch of the Show, Sundeep Malhotra, CEO,HomeShop18, said, вЂEvery youngster today gets inspired from what their favourite actors are wearing in the movies. They also want to make their own style statement by sporting the same.HomeShop18has always been offering its consumers the best in fashion, therefore this time it has got merchandise from one of the most awaited movies of the year. “3 Idiots” movie merchandise is a rage right now and everyone can shop conveniently sitting at home through HomeShop18”.

HomeShop18, India’s 1st and only 24 hour Shopping Channel, has built tremendous popularity for its demonstration led shows with a new customer every 8 seconds. With exceptional on-call service backed by a 24 hour call centre, nationwide logistics reach of 2750 cities, and demonstration led channel messaging, HomeShop18 clearly emerges as a platform for brands to show case their edge. 

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India:Meccanico refines technical sophistication


Emporio Armani, the undisputed king of fashion and a name synonymous with luxury has launched a new range of watches under its iconic range вЂMeccanico’. Contemporary, but yet steeped in the traditions of fine watch making, these watches are part of every discerning man’s aspirations of wearing a finely crafted work of art on his wrist.

A treat for all the watch lovers, Emporio Armani’s range of mechanical watches continues to focus on skeleton movements – a design feature that allows a full view to the inner workings of the watch. The watches from this collection features a standard 3-hand movement that is fully visible both through the coloured crystals and clear dial on the face of the watch as well as through the clear crystal case back.

A key design distinction is the stylized roman-numeral hour markings applied to the skeleton dial. This also includes the original best selling rectangular case shape in stainless steel and features a highly decorative and graphic dial with brushed“côtes de Genève” finishes.

One of the few watch brands to have a mechanical collection,thesewatches are unique with a high level of technical sophistication and refined styling at very accessible styles. With calf-leather straps embossed to resemble crocodile skin and amber-coloured crystals, these watches are Emporio Armani’s signature collection.

These watches are available across selected Lifestyle and Shoppers Stop.

Fossil is a global design, marketing and distribution company that specializes in consumer fashion accessories. The Company's principal offerings include an extensive line of men's and women's fashion watches and jewelry sold under proprietary and licensed brands, handbags, small leather goods, belts, sunglasses, cold weather products, footwear and apparel.  

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Germany:Young Designer Award to be announced in Jan 2010


For the first time, the presentation of the young designers as well as the awarding of prizes will take place at F95, the PREMIUM FASHION STORE, as an exclusive preview for the press. The winners will be announced in January 2010, chosen from a field of more than 50 young designers for the season F/W 2010/11. The designers and the executive directors of PREMIUM, Anita Tillmann and Norbert Tillmann, will be available for interviews

PREMIUM has supported young designers and introduced their creative potential to a sophisticated international audience of fashion professionals – buyers, agents, and press representatives since its premiere in January 2003.

The best examples of this remarkably successful part of the PREMIUM concept are LaLa Berlin, mongrels in common, Frida Weyer and Arrondissement Aq1.

The PREMIUM YOUNG DESIGNERS AWARD was launched in July 2005 and awards prizes every season to a collection in each of the categories menswear, womenswear and accessories. The prize has a value of € 20,000. 

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

USA:Studded Devote Tote by Rebecca Minkoff wins Handbag of the Year


Handbago announced the winners for the 2009 Handbago Awards with the best handbag award given to The Studded Devote Tote by Rebecca Minkoff.

The 2009 Handbago Awards"Rebecca Minkoff is a fashion designer that speaks to the masses but is also ahead of her time in regards to design”, states Kristina Moreno, President of “The Devote Tote can be taken in so many directions. It’s edgy, it’s fun and it’s young with a sophisticated twist. Plus, not only is the handbag popular with consumers, but celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Lauren Conrad and Michelle Trachtenberg have been seen carrying it as well.”

“I introduced the Studded Devote as my main inspiration handbag for my Spring 2009 collection” states Rebecca Minkoff. “Spring 2009 was all about the rock and roll lifestyle of musicians and their muses, and the Studded Devote was a great representation of that. The Studded Devote is meant to be the focus of an outfit, rather than just an accessory. Paired with anything from sweats to stilettos the oversized tote is as functional as it is fabulous.”

The Handbago Awards were founded this year after the launch of, an online catalog and community for “All Things Handbags”. “We review a lot of handbags and founded the awards as a way to highlight the designers that stand above the rest”, states Moreno.

Other 2009 Handbago Award winners include The Coco Duffle by Alexander Wang as best couture handbag. The Classic Q Hillier Hobo by Marc by Marc Jacobs was voted as the hottest handbag with the best value while Elemental Threads won as the best eco friendly line. Finally, winning the best emerging handbag designer in 2009 was Zara Terez. “My prediction is that Zara Terez will explode this next year”, states Kristina Moreno. “We are closely watching new handbag trends and look forward to 2010.” 

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Russia:Autumn mood sounds in Finn Flare


Autumn is the best season for a brand new start. A Finn Flare Autumn 2009 Collection is not only 500 items that can help change your look as well as life, but it also offers comfort and utility that have been a long recognized signature of the Finnish brand.

Autumn mood sounds in the Paris and Vintage Fusion lines. The Paris line is full of romanticism and French delicacy. Intricate cuts, unsymmetrical clasps, volumetric waists, puffed sleeves, elegant balloon and godey silhouettes give a sense of Parisian chic to each element. The Vintage Fusion line is a modern interpretation of English classic style. Trendy for this season will be dim stone washed textiles of calm colors with bright accents of dark-red (Crimson) and dusty green (Mint).

Girls who prefer dynamic and yet laconic style, will benefit from the Military line. Jackets and trousers of an austere style with false pockets and coarse buttons, fitted shirts, clinched capris will accentuate a strong will of their wearer.

The Victorians Estate line, the Estate line and the Forgotten Engraving line underlie the Men’s Casual collection. The Victorians Estate line is a mix of European aristocratic style with military elements and Orient patterns. The Estate line gives its wearers elegance and utility of classic urban style. Windbreakers and raincoats of classic style, soft and cozy knitwear, and elegant accessories will make your life comfortable in a noisy megapolis. The Forgotten Engraving line is more relaxed and democratic. Stone washed textiles, ingenious false elements, combinations of patterns, unsymmetrical prints, decorative stitches, textile inserts in knitwear, along with the use of classic color palette will make an image of a traveler more exquisite and impressive.

The Autumn Finn Flare Active collection has emerged from extreme aesthetics and dynamics of motorbiking. The Women’s Active line offers bright fleeces and puffed jackets with multiple elements, glamorous metallic vests, ingenious long- sleeved t-shirts with prints on them. Constructivism is emphasized in the Men’s line with 3D prints as key decorative patterns.

The autumn collection is complemented with a wide assortment of footwear, accessories and bijouterie. In the new season of particular interest will be a collection of varnished leather footwear and accessories. Luxurious fitted reptile textured boots and bags, stylish booties, and moccasins will add fashion touches to your wardrobe.  

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USA:New shimmer suede expandable handbag styles by Amber Pollard


The beauty behind Amber Pollard's handbag collection is that every purse is as functional as it is fashionable. As the designer wished to maintain a healthy lifestyle by packing a lunch for herself and going about her daily business, she realized how much less she would have to carry if her handbag was "lunch friendly."

The Los Angeles fashion designer created a collection that is exactly that, and her latest collection additions expand two to three inches in width to fit everything for lunch on the go, at work, or alfresco. The bags have a waterproof lining, come clad with a removable insulated lunch sack, and two reusable hot or cold packs. Now the woman on the go has enough room in her purse to carry lunch, a beverage, the everyday necessities, and even her laptop.

The latest collection of expandable handbags features three new styles: The Cantina, The Taqueria, and The Dive. Featured below in Black Licorice shimmer sueded leather, the bags also come in bright colors to match her current Spring color palette (Creme de Menthe, Bubble Gum Martini, Chocolate Rum, Cocotini, and Blueberry Mojito). Each handbag is accented with gold hardware and heavy duty zippers, comes with an insulated zipper pouch, two hot or cold packs, and is lined with waterproof material.

Pollard also writes her own blog,, featuring recipes for eating right and promoting a healthy Lunch Г  la Mode lifestyle. Each handbag is made in the USA with quality materials, impeccable details, and fine craftsmanship to ensure the most fashionable woman can leave the brown paper lunch bag behind to carry her handbag instead. 

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Italy:Gucci 2010 Spring and Summer Handbags Collection


With this handbag collection as well as the clothing and shoes, I am once again a fan of the iconic label Gucci. If Frida Giannini can promise to never, ever do the awful hippie, disco, or flowery designs from previous collections and more of this clean glam style, Gucci could recapture it’s once stellar reputation.

When Tom Ford left and Giannini stepped in there were many season’s of horrible designs, and fans of the label, like myself, thought they were becoming a dinosaur in the luxury accessory industry. However this collection is genius. The show began with all white and it slowly progressed into grey and finally black. The overlying theme of the presentation was sex appeal and bondage, very apparent in the clothing designs and hints in the shoe and handbag collection.

The clutch bags were neat and clean, and provided the only color in the show. The smaller shoulder bags feature a bamboo handle and small detail, something I love in spring/summer bags. They also have a metal chain shoulder strap, as well as the standard leather shoulder strap.

The large totes are in white guccisima embossed leather and feature harness detail on the front of the bag and have double whip leather straps and are the bags that really capture the theme of the collection the most.

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USA:OGIO offers golfers new diverrse array of bag styles, colors


Tattoos and tans. Baggy surfer shorts and pin-thin slacks. Crew cuts and mop tops. A stroll through the mall is no longer the only place to spot such varied fashion; today, a quick visit to the local muni can offer the same visual schizophrenia.

With the modern golfer demographic representing a wider range of ages, incomes, and lifestyles, the demand for beyond-basic-black golf bags has exploded. And who better than OGIO to deliver the goods?

This season, OGIO is unveiling a surprising yet confident array of colors and styles for golfers of all walks of life. "It's no longer the country-club-Polo-wearing crowd that's dominating the field," explains Tom Gocke, the company's global VP of Golf. "Today, it wouldn't be shocking to find a foursome comprised of a C.F.O., a work-at-home Mom, a grad student and a tattoo artist. They may have diverse styles, but they all share a passion for the game. Our new line is designed to cater to their unique personalities while still delivering consistently solid performance on the course."

Some of OGIO's ground-breaking 2010 styles include:

- Apple: This bright natural green pops against gray and black backgrounds.
- Blackwatch Plaid: The game's most iconic pattern takes on a contemporary flair in OGIO's capable hands, with a blue-on-green plaid interrupted with solid color blocking.
- Cord: Wide whale stripes in cappuccino corduroy evoke the retro-chic style of the 70's.
- Hoth: Various shades of steely gray are teamed with a dusky blue in creating an urban camouflage look.
- Koi: Tonal black-on-black still delivers loads of style with this fluid and feminine pattern that blends subtle florals with soft perforated patterns.
- Ladapus: A modern spin on argyle teams gray and royal blue in a bold geometric.
- Onslaught: Channel surf at high speeds, and grab random images from each station. Then stitch these screen shots together in a semi-cohesive pattern. The result: a visual onslaught for the modern golfer.
- Plaidapus: OGIO hits its best angles with a combination of turquoise, mossy green, and black in an attention-grabbing geometric design that could hold its own in the Museum of Modern Art.
- Prizmata: If Transformers took time off to golf, this would be their on-course weapon of choice: an angular gray pattern shocked with red color blocking that looks like it could transform itself at any moment.
- Sherlock Plaid: It doesn't come with a pipe or fog machine, but this mossy green and orange combination looks every bit the part of its namesake nonetheless.

OGIO INTERNATIONAL's stylish golf bags are available immediately through most golf specialty stores nationwide, as well as sporting goods stores and green grass shops.  

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USA:Cece Feinberg to represent eyewear designer Edward Beiner


Cece Feinberg Public Relations Inc. is proud to announce that they have been retained by the fine eyewear brand, Edward Beiner, to create and execute a national public relations campaign.

Cece Feinberg Public Relations will implement an on-going, proactive and focused media relations campaign to enhance Edward Beiner’s position as a leader in chic and trendsetting eyewear. The agency will increase the brand’s presence in print and online media focusing on Edward Beiner’s fine quality and innovative approach to traditional designs. The goal is to increase brand awareness by targeting the neo-traditional consumer.

The public relations campaign begins immediately in December 2009 by introducing the members of the fashion and lifestyle press to the entire collection of Edward Beiner’s latest styles. From classic to bold frames, the collections features chic and eccentric designs that will prove to literally and figuratively open the eyes of the fashion world.

Miami based eyewear designer, Edward Beiner, is now considered one of the most influential designers of the world’s finest eyewear. Brazil native, Beiner utilizes an innovative design perspective to classic styles that have influenced celebrities such as Alicia Keyes, Heidi Klum, and Kyle Maclachlan. Since the opening of his first optical business nearly 20 years ago, Edward Beiner has comprised an empire of fine optical retail stores and services, a national wholesale distribution channel, and an influential eyewear design practice. Today Beiner’s brand embodies international prestige, carrying top luxury brands in the United States and Europe. 

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

South Africa:PUMA-Leisurecorp bring new attitude & style to golf world


PUMA announced a collaboration with Leisurecorp, partners with The European Tour in creating The Race To Dubai, which has replaced The European Tour Order of Merit and will culminate in The European Tour’s grand finale event, the inaugural Dubai World Championship. The collaboration officially begins at the South African Open Championship at Pearl Valley Golf Estates.

The Race to Dubai, will feature the world’s top players including PUMA’s stand-out players Geoff Ogilvy and Johan Edfors, as well as up-and-coming PUMA-sponsored South African golfer Tomas Aiken. They will fight for 60 spots in the season ending Dubai World Championship and a share of the US $10 million purse. An additional $10 million prize fund will be split between those finishing in the top 15 in The Race to Dubai. The Dubai World Championship will take place at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Leisurecorp’s signature development, in November 2009.

The collaboration between Leisurecorp and PUMA, the sportlifestyle company known for injecting color, style and fun into the golfing world, will definitely not be par for the course. PUMA has introduced a unique approach to The Race To Dubai with the introduction of two limited edition golf shoes featuring graphical representations of iconic buildings of countries featured in The European Tour – collectively known as The Race to Dubai skyline.

The Race to Dubai Skyline Swing Crown GTX, a pure performance shoe with Smart Quill technology, features 38 “quills” on each outsole to maximize traction and comfort while minimizing weight. The second shoe, the C-Hopper, is a sportlifestyle shoe offering anti-rotational outsoles with cleats and street caps, designed to be worn on and off the course.

PUMA will also have a presence at select tournaments in The Race to Dubai by supplying apparel to physios in The Race to Dubai Physio Truck, staff and player apparel and footwear, featured PUMA Golf product in pro-shops, and a number of unique events and promotions for fans to get them engaged as only PUMA can. Golf fans at these select tournaments can win a pair of PUMA Skyline shoes and be eligible for the grand prize - a trip to the Dubai World Championship.

“We are thrilled to partner with Leisurecorp and be a part of The Race to Dubai,” said Bob Phillion, PUMA Golf International Business Unit Manager. “The fact that the tournaments are played across four continents and attract players from around the world really speaks to the global nature of the PUMA brand. The freshness and innovative thinking Leisurecorp brings to the tournaments and to the game of golf fit the PUMA Golf mantra of being stylish, inclusive, colorful and fun.”

PUMA entered the golf category in 2006, immediately catching the eyes of golfers with their vibrant, stylish, fun and always modern world of golf. Since 2006, PUMA Golf has exploded and continuously expands its product selection to include fashion pieces driven by sport and technology, always focusing on making the golfer look better, feel better and play better. Today, PUMA golf athletes include top players such as Ogilvy and Edfors as well as Jeff Overton and Erica Blasberg. 

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India:Deepika Padukone launches Kingfisher Swimsuit 2010 Calendar


The 8th Edition of the uber chic, extravagant and most anticipated calendar of the year KINGFISHER SWIMSUIT CALENDAR 2010 returned, in its most sweltering avatar yet!!

The calendar was being unveiled over a plush brunch hosted by Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman, United Breweries at his residence вЂNiladri’. вЂThe King of Good Times’ – opened up his home to his special guests as he revealed the first look of the calendar.

The guest of honour at this year’s вЂKingfisher Swimsuit Calendar 2010’ launch party was none other than Deepika Padukone.

Present on the occasion was Deepika Padukone, Kunal Kapoor, Madhavan, Abhay Deol, Dr Mallya, his son Siddharth Mallya, Atul and Vandana KASBEKAR, Fahad and Simone Singh, Prahlad Kakkar, Arti and Kailash Surendranath, Purab Kohli, Rahul Dev, SiddharthKanan and whole model brigade like Pia Trivedi, Deepti Gujral, Monikangana Dutta and this years six stunning models – Sonali Raut, Esha Gupta, Gia Johnson Singh, Aashika Pratt, Himarsha Venkatsamy (winner of the model hunt show) and Anjali Lavaniya (runner up of the model hunt on NDTV Good Times).

It was fun filled brunch. Cyrus Broacha kept everyone entertainedwith his hunour on stage , guests rocked with their theme based dressing- calenderish and everyone had a gala time at Dr Mallya’sresidence. Dr Mallya along with his son played a perfect host. 

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India:Rajiv Sen walks ramp for Sanjana Jon at CIFW


Thirty acclaimed designers from 10 countries showcased their creations in the Chennai International Fashion Week (CIFW), which was held from 14th to 20th December'09 at Hotel Le Meridien, Chennai. The event had 60 leading models.

The Fashion Week witnessed esteemed fashion designers as well as newbie designers. Some of the important designers who participated were Neeta Lulla, Sanjana Jon, Sidney Sladen, Pria Kataria Puri and Vikram Phadnis, etc.

The one who grabbed the eyeballs and left the crowd awestruck was Sanjana Jon, a New York based fashion designer and sister of NRI Anand Jon. The collection was fabulous and she evinced her collection with a cause 'Save the Girl Child'. Rajiv Sen, owner of Renne Jewelers who walked the ramp second time for Sanjana says, "I am very happy to be a part of this noble cause. Sanjana has done a huge contribution by dedicating her collection to a dignified cause and her collection is spectacular. 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

USA:Kim Kardashian teams up with 50Kshoes


Kim Kardashian, model, businesswoman, style maven and reality star, teams up with "Celebrity Charity Challenge" to benefit Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in desperate need.

"It is an amazing cause. You give money and they help needy people and people in poverty to get shoes," said Kim Kardashian. "For the price of a latte, you can give two pairs of shoes to people in need."

Donating is easy at It requires no shipping and no trips to the post office. The suggested donation is very affordable, with $5.00 buying two pairs of new shoes. Kim's challenge ends on January 31, 2010 and all donations are tax-deductible.

Money raised will go toward the purchase of 1,000 pairs of new shoes which will be distributed in Kim's honor for her support. The distribution will take place on January 8, 2010 in New Orleans. Soles4Souls has sent over 1 million pairs of new shoes to the area since Hurricane Katrina devastated the area in 2005.

In addition, Kim's shoe endeavor will donate $5 to Soles4Souls for every person who registers with from now until December 23rd. 

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UK:NEWGEN MEN recipients for autumn/winter


The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced the recipients of its designer support initiative NEWGEN MEN sponsored by Topman. New recipients Christopher Shannon and J.W. Anderson join inaugural recipients of NEWGEN MEN Carolyn Massey and James Long who will all receive showcase funding and the opportunity to use the official BFC show venue at Somerset House to show their collections during London Fashion Week’s menswear day, on Wednesday 24th February 2010.

Newcomer Christopher Shannon’s luxe sportswear inspired collections and wearable collaborations with Eastpak and Topman, as well as LFW credentials having shown as part of the MAN initiative, make him one to watch come February. J.W. Anderson’s intriguing silhouettes and romantic detailing have affirmed his stature as one of the most promising emerging menswear designers in London.

Carolyn Massey’s quintessentially English designs and James Long’s ability to push the boundaries whilst creating truly wearable pieces once again impressed the NEWGEN MEN Selection Committee made up of key opinion formers from media and retail. This season the panel included BFC CEO (Joint) and Panel Chair Simon Ward; Adam Kelly, Selfridges; Charlie Porter, Fantastic Man; Dylan Jones, GQ; Gordon Richardson, Topman; Jeremy Langmead, Esquire; Lulu Kennedy, Fashion East; Patrick Grant, Norton & Sons; Sarah Mower, / Vogue US and BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent; Stephen Ayres, Liberty; Terry Betts, Harvey Nichols; Tim Blanks,

NEWGEN MEN follows on from the success of the MAN show and will support emerging menswear talent with business support and showcasing opportunities at London’s dedicated menswear day which will take place for the third season at the end of LFW after the womenswear shows.

Simon Ward, Joint Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council commented “NEWGEN MEN got off to a really strong start when it launched in September 2009 and the quality of applicants for this season shows what an incredible job many menswear designers are doing in this country right now. I am looking forward to a full menswear day of emerging and established talent next February.”

Sarah Mower, the BFC’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent, said "'All young designer businesses need to put in foundations on which to build a future - and one of them is the experience of what it takes to show and project themselves to press and public. London's nascent menswear designers have never had the same kind of opportunity to do that as womens’ in this city - so it's really significant that they are now able to compete for visibility on the same kind of footing - and that there is now a dedicated menswear day on the London Fashion Week calendar. It's a mark of London's dynamic flexibility and quick response to identifying potential that the New Gen initiative, with its cache of experience and the free and willing support of great industry figures as panellists, has been expanded to embrace this spontaneous upgrowth of fresh talent.'

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UK:Chamilia Marie bead to enhance Ernest Jones charm proposition


Ernest Jones has expanded its already extensive bead and charm range by adding a new collection of jewellery from Pandora. Now offering a collection of rings, earrings and necklaces through Ernest Jones, Pandora is one of the world's biggest bead and charm brands.

Designed to complement the Pandora bead and charm collections also available at Ernest Jones, Pandora jewellery designs are crafted with the same quirky sense of style as the rest of its products.

The Pandora rings consist of a mixture of organic shapes and designs with floral figures, buds and also simple, plain rings. Each piece is crafted in sterling silver and a selection of rings are set with either cultured freshwater pearls or amethyst, available in a selection of sizes including L, N and P.

The Pandora jewellery necklace collection takes the organic look a little further and includes floral pendants, cultured freshwater pearls and pink amethysts for a wide choice of styles and looks for consumers to choose from.

Following on from the rings and necklaces the Pandora earrings collection puts the finishing touch to the Pandora look with a selection of earrings reflecting the floral designs of the necklaces and rings and using cultured freshwater pearls and pink amethyst to perfectly complement the rest of the Pandora jewellery.

With such a wide range of Pandora jewellery to choose from, consumers have the choice of either creating a complete Pandora look or mixing and matching earrings, rings and necklaces with Pandora beads and charms. Or consumers can pick individual products to wear as statement pieces alongside their own existing jewellery to create their own individual style.

In addition to these exclusive and exciting new products from Pandora, Ernest Jones is now also offering a Chamilia Marie Curie bead to raise money for the cancer care charity. For each purchase of the limited edition Marie Curie daffodil charm, ВЈ5 plus VAT will be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Each ВЈ5 gives 15 minutes of Marie Curie Nursing care for a terminally ill cancer patient in their own home. 

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UK:Alabama born designer to make debut in London


Born in Alabama, Borris Powell has showed all over the world with his feminine designs epitomising elegance and class. With echoes of Chanel in his last A/W collection, Powell’s designs combine great tailoring with sharp lines and vibrant colours. Inspired by watching his mother getting ready for parties as a child, the old fashioned glamour is subtly highlighted in his designs and are worn by strong women who still want to retain their femininity and show their figure.

From tweed grey mini dresses to tartan jodhpurs and floor length sweeping red double breasted coats, Powell’s collection hints at 1920’s sophistication with a twist of the contemporary city woman. Using traditional fabrics Powell stays true to classic style but adds his own quirky sense of modernity into his designs, teaming the jodhpurs with heels and a crop jacket.

“I always wanted to make women feel beautiful” Powell says, his designs undoubtedly showcase this wish successfully. Borris Powell is definitely one to watch this fashion week as he shows new his A/W 2010 collection at the LGN Events вЂA La Mode’ Catwalk Show, this February as part of the London Fashion week off-schedule programme. His show will be part of an international showcase at the Charing Cross Hotel on Friday 19 Feb 2010. 

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Europe:TLC to grow US Iconix brands through new venture


Iconix Brand Group, Inc. announced that it has partnered with The Licensing Company ("TLC") to further develop and expand the Iconix portfolio of brands in Europe through a newly formed subsidiary, Iconix Europe LLC.

As part of the transaction, an investment group led by TLC and Albion Equity Partners LLP acquired a 50% interest in Iconix Europe in exchange for $4 million and Iconix retained a 50% interest, along with a right entitling it to the first $6 million of distributions. Distributions above $6 million will be split 50/50 between the parties.

The business model of Iconix Europe will be similar to the Iconix strategy of signing traditional and direct-to-retail (DTR) licensing agreements for the Iconix portfolio of brands. There are 11 existing licensing agreements in the region.

Neil Cole, Chairman and CEO of Iconix, commented, "We are excited to be partnering with TLC, who are recognized as licensing experts in the European marketplace. With early signs of success in our recently formed international partnerships in China and Latin America, we have found that having local expertise with local resources around the world is instrumental to the success of rolling out our brands globally. International expansion remains an important initiative for our organic growth, and we look forward to working with TLC to grow our brands through this new venture."

Melvin Thomas, CEO and Co- Founder of TLC stated, "This is an important relationship for both TLC and the European Retail market place. We are excited to be partnering with Iconix who have clearly helped re-define the licensing and brand extension business globally. TLC is uniquely qualified and respected throughout Europe and we will be looking to translate the Iconix model and brand assets into real industry success through our local offices in London, Munich and Paris."

Iconix Europe marks the third international partnership for the Company. Iconix also has partnerships with Silas Chou's Novel Fashions in China, and with The Falic Group in Latin America. Including the forthcoming office of Iconix Europe, Iconix has locally based personnel in New York, Hong Kong, Panama City and London. 

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USA:Activeworlds completes acquisition of Wuhan Kingold


Activeworlds Corp. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Wuhan Kingold Jewelry Co., Ltd. a leading designer and manufacturer of 24K gold jewelry in China.

Located in Wuhan, Hubei Province, Kingold produces a wide range of 24K gold jewelry and household ornaments and is China’s leading manufacturer of 24K gold jewelry sold by weight. In the nine months ending September 30, 2009 Kingold had revenues of US$192,036,951 and net income of US$5,755,918 versus revenue of US$57,184,660 and net income of US$3,825,753 in the same period in 2008. Buying 24K gold jewelry is a preferred method for China’s rapidly expanding middle class to store wealth; as such, the market for 24K gold jewelry in China is expanding rapidly.

The transaction was structured as an acquisition of the corporate parent of Wuhan Vogue-Show Jewelry Co., Ltd. (“Vogue Show”), a People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) corporation which has entered into a series of captive agreements with Kingold pursuant to which it will receive 95.83% of the profits of Kingold. Known as a variable interest agreement or “VIE”, this is a common structure used to acquire PRC corporations within certain industries designated by the PRC.

Vogue Show, a wholly owned foreign enterprise (“WOFE”), is owned by Dragon Lead Group Limited, a British Virgin Islands corporation. At the closing, Activeworlds acquired 100% of Dragon Lead Group Limited. The Company is now in the process of changing its corporate name to “Kingold Jewelry, Inc”.

Baytree Capital Associates, LLC served as a consultant on both the Kingold acquisition and the private placement. 

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

UK:Fashion Forward applications open


The British Fashion Council (BFC) announced it is accepting applications for its internationally recognised talent support scheme Fashion Forward. Fashion designers that currently show on-schedule at London Fashion Week (LFW), and have either received NEWGEN funding within the last three years or are at a similar stage in their business development, are eligible to apply for sponsorship to show at LFW in February 2009.

The scheme, supported by Coutts & Co for the first time in February 2010, was established four years ago to provide funding for talented emerging British designers. This second stage scheme was introduced to give a further tier of support for the most promising designers as they emerged from NEWGEN. The award consists of a financial prize, to be used towards producing an on-schedule catwalk show at London Fashion Week, along with access to business support, from supporters including Baker Tilly and Shoosmiths, which provides them with knowledge required to further develop their businesses.

Previous winners include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giles Deacon, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Sinha-Stanic and Roksanda Illincic. September 2009 recipients have already garnered a following of international influencers and are sold in directional stores and boutiques here in the UK and internationally.

Caroline Rush, Joint Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council commented, “The British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward scheme plays a key role in building designer brands in London. Last season’s winners were amongst the London based designers who led the world fashion media headlines for their innovation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Coutts & Co for supporting this exciting initiative throughout 2010”. 

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China:11th Dongguan China Shoes - China Shoetec & China Bags in May 2010


The annual production volume of China bags and suitcases account for 50% of the total world's output, while its export value reaches one-third of the world's total, many overseas buyers come to China for bags sourcing every year. Nowadays, people pursue fashion and trend, stylish matching of clothing and accessories become more important. To cope with the needs of consumers, many international fashion brands tend to launch the same series of footwear and bags for easy matching.In line with the market demand, Dongguan China Shoes & China Bags serve as a one-stop sourcing platform for middle-to-high end shoes and bags.

Bring More Convenience to Buyers by Providing One-Stop Sourcing Platform for Shoes and Bags
The 11th Dongguan China Shoes & China Shoetec & China Bags (Spring 2010) will be staged at GD Modern International Exhibition Center, Houjie, Dongguan, P.R. China from May 4 to May6, 2010, same period with Canton Fair (shoes and bags section). Dongguan China Shoes?China Shoetec has been organizing for 10 editions and is highly recognized by the exhibitors and buyers. With the success of past editions, China Bags will be held concurrently with China Shoes. China Shoetec starting from next year. According to the survey conducted in last edition regardingbuyers' purchasing practice, more than 3,000 buyers have the needto purchase both shoes and bags at one time. China Bags will thus provide a specialized business platform for the suppliers and buyers from worldwide.

"Brand Shoes and Bags Gallery" Helps to Strengthen Brand Positioning
Develop Chinese domestic market and establish own brands are the key business development direction for enterprises in China. In response to the market need, "Brand Shoes Gallery" was firstly launched in last edition, which displayed the renowned brands andfeatured products of exhibitors. With the intensive promotion campaign and extensive media coverage, "Brand Shoes Gallery" received overwhelming response from the industry. Qisheng Shoes Co., Ltd. showcased their men's series "Tibao Aucheho" in the gallery, which helped to strengthen their brand positioning and reach more potential buyers, and to increase their brand awareness in the market. To further enhance the concept of shoes and bags matching, brand shoes and bags will be showcased together in the brand gallery at coming show.

Concurrent Activities to Preview the Market Trend
Fashion show will demonstrate the latest footwear and bags trend and provide another platform for exhibitors to showcase their design and brands.Besides, overseas and local experts of the industry will be invited to give speeches on the latest hot topics, discuss and share their experience with the audiences.

Moreover, organizers will cooperate with shoes and bags design associations in Hong Kong and China in order to keep the industrial players abreast of the latest fashion trend and deliver the creative design concept by demonstrating the latest design of the contemporary designers.

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Switzerland:Tag Heuer stands by brand ambassador Tiger Woods


Unlike the misleading information issued on December 18th by Associated Press, TAG Heuer confirms it will continue its partnership with Tiger Woods, as per the following press release.

TAG Heuer confirms that it will continue its relationship with Golf no.1 Tiger Woods but will respect his desire of privacy by modifying his role in the coming months' marketing programs.

Tiger Woods became a TAG Heuer brand ambassador in 2002. The relationship between the leader in prestigious sports watches and chronographs since 1860 and Golf virtuoso Tiger Woods has always been extremely professional and productive.

"The partnership with Tiger Woods will continue," said Jean-Christophe Babin, President and CEO of TAG Heuer, "but we will downscale the use of his image in certain markets for a period of time, depending on his decision about returning to professional golf. We will continue to actively support the Tiger Woods Foundation." 

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Monday, December 21, 2009

USA:MSU students design dress that could get red-carpet treatment


Some Michigan State University apparel and textile design students will combine sustainability and style for a chance to earn red-carpet praise at one of Hollywood’s largest film award celebrations.

Students enrolled in MSU’s spring semester class, “SpecialTopics: Innovative Approaches in Apparel Design,” will participate in “Red Carpet, Green Dress,” a worldwide dress and gown design competition that promotes sustainable design.

The contest is being sponsored by Suzy Amis Cameron, the wife of Academy Award-winning film director and producer James Cameron, whose newest film, “Avatar,” debuts.

Amis Cameron will choose a design for a dress or gown that she will wear to the March red-carpet event. Academy Award-winning designer Deb Scott will make the garment. The requirement: Dresses or gowns must only be made of sustainable material, such as natural, organic or recycled fabric.

The contest is also a fundraiser for MUSE, the Californiaelementary school Amis Cameron co-founded with her sister,RebeccaAmis. Contest organizers said MSU was one of only three Michigan universities they contacted when first gauging interest in participation. About 200 colleges, institutes and schools were contacted overall.

“The вЂRed Carpet, Green Dress’ competition is an excellentopportunity to revisit sustainable design and explore current options and opportunities in apparel design,” said Theresa Winge, assistant professor in the Department of Art and ArtHistory, who will teach the new class. “This competition is also an exceptional way to motivate students to think about design in ways that challenge the status quo and consider the bigger picture.

“This project may have lasting significance for some of our apparel and textile design students who may contribute to the paradigm shift needed for the fashion industry to limit – and eliminate – its negative impact on the environment.”

The class will focus on four special design projects, the first of which will be to design a dress for the competition. As part of the design process, students will research the differences among sustainable, green, environmentally and eco-friendlydesign. In addition, they will explore ways of tracking their individual carbon footprint, such as computer software and manual measurements.

Winge said students will create three-dimensional apparel designsfrom illustrations, so they fully understand the complexities of creating sustainable design, from the difficulties of sourcing materials to the carbon emissions during construction. Students will upload designs to the contest Web site. The winning design will be announced Jan. 29. The winner will later meet the Camerons and receive a personal tour of MUSE.

“We were excited to have MSU’s apparel and textile design programinvited early on to take part in Mrs. Cameron’s вЂRed Carpet,GreenDress’ competition,” said Karin Wurst, College of Arts and Letters dean. 

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USA:lia sophia says jewelry can be used to accent physical features


Have you ever wished you had a different face shape, a longer neck or a more striking appearance? You're not alone. Women shop for clothing that brings out their bodies' best features. However, many women may not realize that something as simple as jewelry can also make a positively profound difference in their appearance.

"There are so many possibilities when it comes to jewelry. A necklace, bracelet or earrings can help you transition from work to night life, casual to formal, and even make you look slimmer," said Bonni Davis, Vice President of Sales for lia sophia. "With a twist to the typical New Year's resolution of weight loss, our mission is to show how jewelry can enhance a woman's physical appearance.”

For example, Davis suggests women highlight their best physical features with accessories. "To accentuate their neckline, women can wear a mid-length necklace; to keep with the trends, try out a multi-colored beaded necklace," Davis said. In addition, to bring attention to their hands, women can try out large cocktail rings in silver and black or those featuring dark colors.

In contrast, Davis said there are ways women can flatter their least favorite parts of their bodies. For women who have short necks, silver or gold oval-shaped, hoop earrings will be much more flattering to the ear and will make your face look slightly thinner. If you find that your fingers are on the shorter side, replace bold, chunky rings and rings that have a vertical design with classic bands or other elegant-looking ring styles.

"By changing the design of jewelry you wear, you can change your whole appearance and how you are perceived by others," Davis said. "We all have things that we wish we could change about ourselves, but we want women to enter the New Year with confidence and have even higher self-esteem about their look." 

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USA:Girls fashion design activity Harumika sees high demand


Bandai America Incorporated's newest girls fashion design activity, Harumika, is now considered one of the hard-to-find toys for the holidays due to its immense popularity. The innovative dress-form fashion doll, already a huge phenomenon in Japan, lets girls 'style their imagination' and easily design attire with colorful fabrics and fashion accessories - all with no sewing required. New for this holiday season, Harumika has been one of the hottest toys of the season.

"When we first saw Harumika, we knew it would be a hit among fashionistas everywhere," said Richard Barry, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Toys"R"Us. "The Runway Showstopper Set provides a unique fashion element and online play pattern, making it one of the must-have items on kids' wish lists this holiday season."

Always on the cutting edge of technology and trends, Bandai is catering to the trend that 73% of tween girls (ages 6-11) have used a website/search engine in the last month, according to the Experian Simmons Spring 2009 Kids Study. Harumika's website provides girls the opportunity to take their offline play to a safe online community to show off their creations through virtual fashion boutiques, look books, and runway challenges. The Harumika Runway Showstopper Set is even sold with a USB camera and tripod stand, so photos can immediately be uploaded.

To create "ready to wear" looks, all girls have to do is chose a swatch of the exclusive Harumika fabric, style it by wrapping the fabric around the dress form, then secure the look using the stylus design tool with the patent-pending Style Lock System on the back of the dress form.

"Tween girls are reaching a phase where they are expanding their fashion play options beyond just doll play. They are becoming more trend conscious and fashion forward," said Reyne Rice, Toy Trend Expert. "Yet parents don't have the funds to continually buy the latest and trendiest clothes. This is why we're seeing such success with fashion toys like Harumika where girls can still engage their imagination and express their inner "Fashionista" style without breaking their parent's pocketbooks."

Harumika's line includes a variety of fashion-forward fabrics to allow girls to create their own fashion collection.

• Harumika Style Starter Sets - includes dress form, stylus tool, fabric swatches, fashion accessories, and fashion stickers; six fashion themes to choose from
• Harumika Style Accents Sets - includes three fabric swatches and a charm bracelet; eight fashion themes to choose from
• Harumika Super Style Accents - includes six fabric swatches and a charm bracelet with two charms; three fashion themes to choose from
• Harumika Designer Dress Form Sets - includes two uniquely decorated dress forms, stylus tool, fabric swatches, fashion accessories, and fashion stickers; three design themes to choose from
• Harumika Fashion Show & Go Sets - includes dress form, stylus tool, formal dress length fabric swatches, fashion accessories, fashion stickers, a fashion tote bag and a sparkling beaded handle that can be worn as a bracelet; three design themes to choose from

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

USA:MJ Gems collection launched


Rolex Watches: Melrose Jewelers, USA's #1 Online Luxury Watch Retailer, launched the MJ Gems Collection, a customized collection of genuine Rolex watches with custom emerald, sapphire, and ruby additions.

With over 20 Rolex watch models in the collection each watch is customized by Melrose Jewelers with either rubies, sapphires, or emeralds onto its dial and bezel. Each is also customized with a custom color dial, usually made of genuine mother of pearl. The MJ Gems Collection allows customers to purchase pre-owned Rolex watches with extremely unique designs, usually only found in Rolex's Crown Collection models.

Vanessa Puzio, Head of Market Research at Melrose Jewelers states, "People are demanding more intricacy and specialization with rich, iridescent mother of pearl dials and custom diamond bezels on Rolex Datejust watches and Rolex President watches to achieve a more glamorous, customized look to their watch purchase. We saw the same phenomon in the early 90's with Lorinser, Brabus, and AMG modifying and selling Mercedes-Benz and BMW automobiles with customized chrome rims and exhaust manifolds. The Rolex Crown Collection has long been popular among Middle Eastern Shaikhs and European politicians and now we have made it available to the public via our own MJ Gems Collection designs."

The Top Three Best Selling MJ Gems Collection models demanded so far have been the:

1. Ladies' Mother of Pearl Dial Emerald Channel Set Bezel Rolex President (440).
2. Ladies' Two Tone Mother of Pearl Dial Emerald Channel Set Bezel Rolex Datejust (569).
3. Ladies' Mother of Pearl Dial Ruby Channel Set Bezel Rolex President (442). 

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USA:HBA Global Expo & Conference to be held in Sept 2010


Description: HBA Global Expo & Conference is the leading product development for the entire beauty community including skin care, cosmetics, fragrance, personal care and well-being industries. For three days the top brand manufacturers from mass to prestige, as well as independent and niche beauty companies will gather to learn about industry trends and discover new products from the world's leading suppliers. The HBA educational conference is renowned for providing an unparalleled look at both the marketing and technical drivers in the health and beauty space and provides proven strategies for business growth.

What: 18th Annual HBA Global Expo & Conference

When: September 28-30, 2010

Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

HBA Global Expo 2010 will also feature:

• A visionary Keynote Speaker to kick-off the event
• The Positively Beautiful Award recognizing a high profile person's beauty from within.
• New Products Innovations Showcase and daily samplings and presentations
• VIP and International Buyers Lounge and Services
• Networking Tables with expert led focused topics
• HBA International Package Design Awards (IPDA) recognizing the year's more innovative packaging.

Also planned for 2010 are make-up and beauty treatment presentations, by appointment only with select suppliers, and global business resources including distribution and exporting. 

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UK:Fashion & textile sector cut new deal as Skillfast closes


Following advice from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Lord Mandelson, the Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary, announced today, on behalf of the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations, that Skillfast-UK will not be relicensed as a Sector Skills Council (SSC) in its own right.

Government is keen to see alternative arrangements put in place that ensure that the skill needs of the industry continue to be met, and the SSC’s Board has already taken steps to secure appropriate representation for the fashion and textiles sector. Skillfast-UK will set out their plans for maintaining continuity in meeting the skill needs of employers in moving forward.

To assist Skillfast-UK in managing the transition Government has agreed to the UK Commission’s request to continue to licence Skillfast-UK as an SSC to 31st March 2010. Government has asked the UK Commission to work closely with Skillfast-UK to secure continuity of support for the sector.

Skills Minister Kevin Brennan said –

“While Skillfast-UK will not be relicensed as the SSC for the fashion and textile industry in its own right, the positive work the SSC has delivered provides a platform for a successful transition. We recognise the need to offer employers a level of assurance that their skill needs will continue to be recognised and progressed. Government welcomes the work of the Skillfast-UK Board to secure alternative arrangements for progressing the skills needs of the industry.”

Sector Skills Councils are employer-led bodies, established to enable employers to exert influence on the UK’s education and skills systems to ensure they meet their needs. The relicensing process is overseen and managed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through a panel chaired by Charlie Mayfield, who is also chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.  

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Canada:Dack's Shoes slip into bankruptcy


A very reputable Canadian name in men's footwear, Dack's Shoes,inbusiness since 1834, has gone into bankruptcy. The longevity of the company has not allowed it to escape the financial issues that have plagued this industry for the past decade. This well-known and respected Canadian retailer, synonymous with high quality footwear for men, will be closing all six (6) of the remaining Canadian stores after liquidating the entire inventory.

Declining market share and overhead, compounded by economic conditions have made the retail market very unstable.Consequently, Dack's Shoes Limited filed for Bankruptcy on Dec. 9th, 2009. Starting immediately, there will be a chain-wide liquidation of all merchandise at the four Toronto and the two Alberta stores.

The story of Dack's Shoes for Men reads like a history of southern Ontario. It began at the turn of the 19th century, when Matthew Dack emigrated from Stradbally, Queen's Country, Ireland to Kingston, Ontario where he began a boot and shoe business.

In 1834, Matthew moved to "Muddy York" - the same year it was renamed Toronto. Toronto boasted a thriving population of 10,000 then. The first Dack's store opened at the Corner of King and Jordan Streets in downtown Toronto, where Dack, with good workmanship and the finest leathers, crafted a very successful men's shoe business.

In more recent history, Dack's has tried to restructure and bringin new business. For 175 years, Dack's had been a Men's Shoe Store, until they introduced Women's shoes in order to increase sales. Although introducing new lines did create a steady increase in sales, trying to restructure and capture future market share during this time of global economic downturn and vastly reduced consumer spending have proved impossible.

The Dack's Liquidation Sale is being conducted by Danbury Sales and will continue until all stock is sold.Never in the history ofthe company has the Dack's and Church shoes entire inventory beendiscounted at this level at all existing locations. 

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USA:American Apparel forays into cosmetics manufacturing.


American Apparel, the vertically integrated clothing manufacturer based in downtown Los Angeles, is announcing the launch of its brand of Made in the USA nail polish. The company, which is well-known for its garments' versatility and use of vibrant colors, felt that American Apparel Nail Lacquer was a natural extension of its current product offerings.

"We think this nail polish captures what American Apparel is all about -- a Made in the USA, high-quality product in a beautiful range of colors. It's a venture of families in manufacturing, from the factory in which the polish is made to the Nail Lacquer logo created by Dov's uncle, the noted graphic designer Israel Charney," said Marsha Brady, a creative director for American Apparel.

Each of the 18 colors in the primary offering evokes an important part of American Apparel. One is the color of raw cotton, while another -- a minty green color called Office -- was matched to the color of an accounting notepad found on the seventh floor of American Apparel's headquarters. Factory Grey is the actual shade used to paint all floors of the company's manufacturing operations, while Hassid - dark black - is a nod to American Apparel's Jewish roots. Even the collection's custom shade of red, "Downtown LA", took the area where the factory is located as its inspiration.

For the initial run of 60,000 bottles, which will be sold exclusively in American Apparel shops worldwide, the creative directors found a true family-operated nail polish manufacturer in New York City with whom they instantly connected. Together they worked to develop a beautiful high-quality polish using the techniques and secrets the family had been using since the early 1970s - symbolized best by the 91-year-old grandmother who still fills the bottles.

"It was important to us that we work with a domestic manufacturer who had a long history in the business. Like our clothing, the palette is intended for year-round use. It's a painterly range of colors designed for long-term appeal and creative interpretation. We put equal focus on making sure the polish and the colors were both durable and beautiful," Brady said. 

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USA:Dufry to open new shops in Egypt, Honduras, France & US


Agreements signed to open new shops in Egypt, Honduras, France and the United States Retail space expanded by more than 3%.

Dufry, a leading global travel retailer with over 1,000 outlets in 42 countries, signed agreements to operate new shops in Egypt, France, the United States and Honduras. Dufry will be adding more than 4,500 sqm, or more than 3%, to its global retail space.

The agreements in the US further strengthen Dufry's leading position in the US market and allow the company to leverage its existing business in that important region, while the contracts signed in Egypt will enable Dufry to grow its Egyptian travel retailing operations. The Honduras contract allows Dufry to operate a duty-free shop in the new seaport of Roatan, adding a promising location to Dufry's network and reinforcing its leading position in the Caribbean market. Dufry expects these expansions to enhance sales and earnings in 2010 already.

Egypt – new airports and additional duty free locations:
The contracts won in Egypt add two new locations and further expand Dufry's business in a country where it has operated successfully as a travel retailer for some years. The company has signed two five-year contracts to operate four duty-free shops in Assyut and Borg El Arab with a total retail space of 958 sqm. Both locations will have an arrival and a departure store, each offering the full assortment of duty-free products, from perfumes and cosmetics to accessories, luxury fashion, watches and jewelry.

Honduras – entering a new market:
In Honduras, Dufry has concluded a ten-year agreement to operate a 673 sqm duty-free shop in the new seaport of Roatan, an island located in Honduras Bay. The contract marks Dufry's entry into the Honduran travel retail market and reinforces its leading position in the Caribbean. The shop will offer a full assortment of duty-free products, including perfumes and cosmetics to liquor and confectionery. Roatan, which is located near the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean, has become a popular destination for scuba divers and cruise ships. Its seaport services about half a million passengers per year.

In France, Dufry has signed two contracts to operate shops in Nice. The first contract is a six-year agreement to operate three fashion shops at Nice airport. Two will be located in the post-security area and one in the pre-security area. The total retail space will be 483 sqm and will include branded shops such as Hermes, Armani, Hugo Boss and Celio.

USA –renewals and expansions:
Dufry is expanding its concession portfolio in the United States through its Hudson Group subsidiary. It is leveraging its successful Hudson News concept in five locations and complementing this with specialty store concepts that combine the Hudson Group’s market presence with Dufry’s travel retail expertise. The new contracts further strengthen Hudson Group’s existing presence at Boston, Miami, San Francisco, Newark and Omaha airports.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

India:Stunning holiday collection from well-known brands


Its the year end holiday season, quite a few things make it special and the accessories styles in the market imbibe this mood. Precisely when you want to lose track of time, come these smashing 'holiday time-keepers' from Emporio Armani and DKNY.

Emporio Armani Holiday collection is classy and elegant and celebrates the Festive season with a palette of colors. It’s bothclassical and sporty and is simply timeless with international styling. Classic watch from Emporio Armani is dominated with more stainless steel straps and dials. The stainless steel case features a more of black dial with Roman numeral hour markers while chronograph movement, a sweeping second hand and a date window add extra functionality. The colorful collection of mix and match strap watches with Black, white, red, blue green and Orange colors with round vivid dial gives a striking appeal to, snug rubber strap completes the look and ensures a comfortable fit.

Stunning crystals shine with the stark black leather straps, and bracelets featuring bright gold tone accents are the underlines DKNY’s bold and eye-catching Holiday collection. Created specially keeping in mind the holiday spirit which is also the partying season, the collection combines contemporary and classiclooks. High polished metals, glittering crystals, and bold modernshapes add an air of sophistication. 

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USA:Mackenzie Brassfield brings professional attitude to Models team


Models International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hollywood Studios International announced the signing of model Mackenzie Brassfield. Models International will be working with Ms. Brassfield to help her achieve the next level in her career.

Scott Whitfield, Managing Director of Models International, said, "Mackenzie is a seasoned professional who brings a great, professional attitude to our team. We believe her dedication, unique look and professionalism will lead her to continued success in the future."

Recently, Ms. Brassfield was featured on the cover of Shape Magazine and was featured in an Intel print ad campaign.

Models International is a premier boutique modeling agency based in New York and Los Angeles with plans to expand domestically and internationally. The agency represents over 400 models for fashion, commercial, hosting, and endorsement endeavors. The agency's client list includes Vogue, Teen Vogue, Teen Magazine, Allure, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Modern Salon Magazine, Women's Wear Daily, Rolls Royce, Abercrombie + Fitch, Ralph Lauren, Ed Hardy, Bebe, Rock & Republic, Pottery Barn, Macy's, Fox Racing, Sketchers, Wella, BCBG, Tilly's, Urban Decay, MTV, HBO and many others. 

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Germany:Adidas estimates sales decline in Q4


Festive season has set the industry that has been pulling through hard recessionary times world over, with movements and aspirations of good tidings in terms of financial growth and better performance. Retail giant adidas is to announce its financial results that are to be declared by this month end. Amidst this festive aura, how is company expecting its performance figures in this year ending, and what all are its estimates on economic recovery were some of the interrogations made by fibre2fashion team during an exclusive interview with Ms Katja Schreiber, Corporate PR Manager, adidas.

Narrating expectations on the current fiscal year ending, she said that the Adidas Group sales are expected to decline at a low- to mid-single-digit rate on a currency-neutral basis in 2009. Sales development will be negatively impacted by weaker consumer demand due to low levels of consumer confidence and rising unemployment in many major markets.

She feels it would be too early for an exact outlook for 2010. In her view though the consumers and retailer sentiments are still hovering between fear and optimism, the Group is well prepared to face any challenges thrown in its way and is cautiously optimistic. With a firm grip on inventories, a better financial position and a leaner organisation, the Group is determined to turn into the 2010 event year with innovative products, exciting concepts and clear focus on the tasks at hand, she added confidently.

Offering her view on economy recovery, she elaborated that this year industry and her Group have faced unprecedented challenges. However, she in satisfaction believes that the Company has tackled the challenges head-on.

“We have successfully adapted to our difficult surroundings. And our drive for operational excellence has meant we have strongly improved our financial position generating almost € 740 million in net cash from operations over the last six months,” she ended talk in complimenting tone. 

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

USA:Kim Kardashian spotted in LA wearing Dita sunglasses


Paparazzi photos of Kim Kardashian taken recently in Los Angeles show the model, actress and business woman wearing the latest sunglasses from Dita Eyewear, designers of vintage-inspired sunglasses favored by the fashion elite.

A posting on her official website confirms she's a devoted Dita fan: "My absolute favorite brand of sunglasses is Dita. They make the coolest pairs of glasses that are stylish and such great quality."

Kardashian, star of the E! reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, has been spotted wearing her Dita sunglasses, the night moves model, part of the high-end eyewear designer's collection. Others known to wear exquisitely-crafted Dita eyewear include Brad Pitt, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jessica Simpson, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Eva Mendez and Jamie Fox, to name just a few.

An alternative to label-branded eyewear, Dita chooses to be exclusive, avoiding extensive advertising campaigns, superstar endorsement deals or sales to mass merchants. The Dita logo is intentionally subtle--the look, fit and detail of the frames define the Dita brand, rather than the logo. Solely for those who seek the finest quality, and dare to wear it, Dita remains among the world's most coveted fashion accessories. 

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Global:Black – A timeless & stylish colour


Black is a timeless color and is regarded as the most stylish hue. With regards to formal wear, no color is acceptable as black. A silent and concealing shade, black is a mixture of many other colors.

This hue is considered as the most elegant choice. This silent, and dictating shade is flattering to all skin tones, and body types and gives an elegant look.

In the world of fashion, black is used to add a touch of mystery to outfits. It gives a visually slimming effect to clothing.

The вЂLittle Black Dress’ introduced by Chanel brought a new inspiration to this color. Later, Christain Dior made the black afternoon dress and jacket.

With regards to formal wear, no color is acceptable as black. This hue is considered as the most elegant choice. This silent, and dictating shades flattering to all skin tones, and body types and gives an elegant look.

Accessories and make up is very important to get a complete look. Attractive accessories in black with a right choice of outfit will make a person look more stunning and beautiful.

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USA:PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise color makes fashion statement


Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries announced PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.

“In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”

Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.

In fashion, Turquoise makes a statement that can look elegant and dressy in fine silk and gemstones, or casual and fun in cotton and athletic apparel. Because of its versatility, Turquoise is a great accent color in jewelry, purses, shoes, hair accessories and even nail polish for women, and ties, shirts and sportswear for men.

For brides wanting a flattering choice for attendant apparel and accessories on their big day, Turquoise is now one of the nearly 200 PANTONE WEDDING Colors available from Dessy, a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid, social occasion and flower girl dresses, as well as destination wedding gowns under the labels Dessy Collection, After Six, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose Bridesmaid and Sandals Destination Wedding Dresses. PANTONE WEDDING exclusively from Dessy provides a collection of color tools to make it easy for brides to achieve perfectly color-coordinated weddings – from inspiration to “I do.”

Additionally, Turquoise is one of 3,000 colors available in Pantone’s line of superior-quality, eco-friendly paint. PANTONE Paints combine the accuracy of PANTONE Colors with the beauty of high-performance Dutch paints. Perfect for a powder room or bedroom, Turquoise is an evocative, spa-like hue that adds an undertone of warmth and excitement to any cool space. In the kitchen, Turquoise adds a unique flare totabletop and appliances. 

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Friday, December 11, 2009

USA:Versace previews 2010 S/S collection at Evenings in Vogue


Loren Ridinger, Senior Vice President of Market America, hosted the hottest and most sought after invitation only event during Art Basel Miami as she welcomed Hollywood celebrities, star athletes, leaders of industry, art enthusiasts and select VIP's to her Miami Beach home this past Saturday for an exclusive fashion show where Versace previewed their new 2010 spring/summer collection.

Held in conjunction with Vogue and Versace, invited guests at "Evenings in Vogue" were treated to a stunning fashion show that included never before seen pieces from Versace's newest collection while enjoying the elegance of Loren and JR Ridinger's Miami Beach estate, Casa De Suenos. Among the invited guests who attended the event were Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Alicia and Mike Piazza, Larsa and Scottie Pippen, Vanessa Williams, Russell Simmons, Cliff Floyd, Tarek Al Fassi, Harry Morton, Prince Salman Al Saud, Michael Michele, Ana Cristina ГЃlvarez, Inga Rubenstein, Johan Lindeberg, Robin Quivers, Ashley Gibb, Therese Gibb and Katrina Campins.

Saturday marked another successful event where Ridinger and Vogue partnered to put on Art Basel's biggest fashion show. Previously, the two joined forces in 2007 for a poolside runway show at the Ridinger's Miami Beach mansion where famed designer Alberta Ferretti showcased her spring/summer 2008 collection. "Art Basel is one of my favorite times of the year and I was thrilled to partner with Vogue and Versace to host this amazing event," said Ridinger. "It was wonderful to once again welcome so many incredible and talented people to our home to view Versace's gorgeous collection. The response from guests is always so positive when working with Vogue and we are already in discussions about what we will do next as we bring the best shows to America's sexiest city." 

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