Tuesday, December 28, 2010

USA:Fashion Uncorked supports Easter Seals

Fashion Uncorked supports Easter Seals


Fashion Uncorked supports Easter Seals

Calling all designers! Fashion Uncorked is seeking Georgia’s fashion designers for a “Project Runway” -style competition to benefit Easter Seals. With the entry deadline drawing near, the clock is ticking on your chance to help improve the life of a child with disabilities by getting involved in the Spring fashion event.

Open to all fashion designers in Georgia who are trained, self-taught, experienced or emerging, the competition is free and will highlight 10 finalists as their designs compete on the runway to win an all-expenses paid trip to New York City.

Hosted by Monica Kaufman Pearson, the evening will revolve around fashion and have an added touch of French flair as participants enjoy the uncorking of an international array of wines, as well as food and fashionable auction items. A surprise celebrity judge, Holly Firfer of CNN and David Goodrowe, the Associate Dean of Fashion at SCAD will pick the evening’s Grand Prize Winner. They will also award the People’s Choice Award chosen by the voting public during the weeks leading up to the final event on February 19.

Join us at the Artist Trifecta and Wine Shoe as entries are accepted until 10pm on December 31, 2010. Bubbly, Black Tie & Balloons are the themes of the evening as we celebrate the conclusion of the first phase of Fashion Uncorked and ring in the New Year in style.  

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Qatar:Global Glam embodies W's passion for fashion, glamour & design

Global Glam embodies Ws passion for fashion, glamour & design


Global Glam embodies Ws passion for fashion, glamour & design

Doha's fashionistas gathered recently at W Doha's Extreme WOW Suite, located on the 15th floor and with spectacular panoramic views of the sea and West Bay's skyline, for a special trunk show featuring items from Global Glam, W Hotels' exclusive designer collection of accessories and apparel inspired by the design of new and upcoming W's around the world. Following the launch of Global Glam 2010 during NY Fashion Week, the collection premiered during W Barcelona’s First Anniversary Happening attended by global jetsetters.

This marks the third season of the W Hotels’ signature Global Glam Collection and the first-ever to be curated by W Hotels’ Global Fashion Director, Amanda Ross. As an international fashion authority, Ross has tapped some of the most sought-after and emerging designers from around the world to create a stunning wardrobe of must-have fashion pieces and accessories produced exclusively for W Hotels' The Store.

Edgar Vaudeville, W Happening and Public Relations Manager, W Doha Hotel & Residences said: "The Global Glam collection is an exclusive W Happenings' Fashion Next event that helps drive a unique lifestyle guest experience at W Doha and accentuates our passion for fashion, glamour and design. As a leading venue for events, meetings and special celebrations, W is internationally recognised for its concept and architecture, as well as for its combination of design, fashion, entertainment and gastronomy. W Doha is more than just a hotel, it is a lifestyle destination."

The Global Glam collection consists of fabulous looks designed by emerging talent in international fashion and is inspired by upcoming W destinations. Global Glam can be exclusively found at www.whotelsthestore.com and in W Hotels' The Store across the globe ensuring that both guests and visitors are always in the know of what is now and look glamorous on special occasions.

Sixteen of today’s hottest designers were selected by Ross to create original pieces for the Global Glam AW 2010 season inspired by the design of three new or soon-to-open W Hotels: W London - Leicester Square, W St. Petersburg, and W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island. The new season of Global Glam includes designs by: Porcelain, Behnaz Sarafpour, Fallon, Kara Ross, Minnie Mortimer, Olivia Harris by Joy Gryson, Duro Olowu, Christys of London, Roberta Freymann, Simone, Melissa Obadash, Lulu Frost, Saga Furs, Leigh & Luca, and Glamourpuss by Gigi Mortimer., W Hotels' passion for fashion is expressed in the series "Hidden Gem" by W St Petersburg, "Rustic Elegance", evoking W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island, and "Dual Personalities" taking its cue from W London-Leicester Square.

A number of multi-ethnic models, reflecting W's vibrant and cosmopolitan community, were entrusted with showing the new Global Glam collection in Doha amidst wide acclaim by local trendsetters.

W Doha is a leading-edge, contemporary lifestyle experience with a complete service offering, including 260 guest rooms including 42 suites, and 138 W branded Residences. To experience W’s approach to B&F (Beverage and Food), W Doha features three stylish bars for guests to mix and mingle including the signature W Living Room experience; Wahm, a modern poolside lounge, and Crystal Lounge, a sleek, fashionable spot where guests can sip cool cocktails and groove to the latest world beats. 

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India:вЂWalnut’ by Divya & Nidhi to represent India at JFW, Tokyo

вЂWalnut’ by Divya & Nidhi to represent India at JFW, Tokyo


вЂWalnut’ by Divya & Nidhi to represent India at JFW, Tokyo

Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) announced the name of the talented designer duo that is slated to match shoulders with some of Asia’s leading designers at the Asian Designers Collection in Japan, Tokyo. Out of the 5 shortlisted designers- вЂWalnut’ by Divya & Nidhi Gambhir have been selected by 'Asian Designers' Collection Committee, the organizers of the Fashion Grand Prix to represent India at the mega event in March 2011.

Other designers competing for this opportunity were equally gifted and left no stones unturned to impress the jury. The organizing committee, made the decision after carefully examining all the information presented by the shortlisted designers and evaluating their collections in-person. The collection showcased by вЂWalnut’ by Divya & Nidhi was in sync with the primary concept behind this year’s Asian Designers Collection.

Names of the Shortlisted designers
Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta
5X by Ajit Kumar
Neelanjan Ghosh
11:11 Cell DSGN

Announcing the name of designer, Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India said, “Japan is a comparatively new and growing market where Indians are making headway. FDCI is committed towards encouraging greater cooperation between the two countries in the field of fashion. I congratulate вЂWalnut’ by Divya & Nidhi Gambhir for making the cut and wish them success. My deepest gratitude to 'Asian Designers' Collection Committee for providing this platform and I look forward to seeing higher Indian participation in the years to come”.

On their selection, вЂWalnut’ by Divya and Nidhi Gambhir said, “We feel honoured and blessed having bestowed with the opportunity to represent India at the Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo. Showcasing our collection on such a platform will not only give us the international market exposure but also open inspirational and creative doors for us. Japan is an unexplored market for our brand and we thus look forward to a great experience there in terms of both business and exposure. We sincerely thank FDCI for providing such opportunities to the young talents of the Indian fashion industry”.

“All the designers were talented and the quality of the collection was remarkable. For the other designers who came very close, we look forward to their participation in the upcoming seasons of Asian Designers Collection.”, said a member of the 'Asian Designers' Collection Committee.

Application was open to FDCI members who are Professional Fashion Designers with experience of three years or less. Interested contestants were asked to submit their entries by June 4, 2010. All the contestants had to submit a PowerPoint presentation comprising of their profile and images from their recent design collections.

From over 25 laudable entries, 5 designers were shortlisted. The jury comprising of representatives from the Onward Kashiyama Co Ltd and New Designer Fashion Grand Prix Committee visited India from December 12-15, 2010 to meet the designers personally and finalized one designer who will represent India at the Fashion Grand Prix 2010, in March 2011. 

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New Zealand:Fashion label Stitch Ministry to cease operations

Fashion label Stitch Ministry to cease operations


There has been an official announcement from Stitch Ministry, a fashion brand from New Zealand that, it would be soon putting down its shutters.

The brand was famous for its women’s wear that closely followed the changing trends.

The firm stated that its decision to close down has come on the back of the tough competition prevailing in the market and lack of fund.

The brand presented its collection at the New Zealand Fashion Week in 2008 and 2009. Also, it succeeded in drawing international attention, with the stockists from Ireland and UK showing interest in the brand, after successfully organizing a trade show in London.

The firm was just getting ready to launch itself as an international brand.

Though any further details were not released, but the company pointed out that capital investment is a must for any budding enterprise, and right now the conditions are very stringent in the market.

It would get in direct touch with its stakeholders within a month’s time to make them aware about the way the company is going to close down.

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USA:16 Aspiring Fashion Designers for Charleston Fashion Week

16 Aspiring Fashion Designers for Charleston Fashion Week


16 Aspiring Fashion Designers for Charleston Fashion Week

For 16 aspiring fashion designers, the New Year already looks very promising. Organizers of Charleston Fashion Week were busy last week calling the Emerging Designer Competition: East finalist with the news that they had been selected to compete during the fifth annual event held in Charleston, SC.

The talented designers, hailing from nine different states, will debut their Fall 2011 collections March 22-26, 2011, for the chance to win a grand prize package valued at more than $30,000. Producers of the five-night celebration that has helped launch the careers of numerous designers and models will assist the semifinalists with model casting, hair and makeup, and production for their Charleston Fashion Week runway show.

The Emerging Designer Competition: East 2011 semifinalists include: Thea Canlas, Maria Cordella, Isabel Crosby, Sasha Gil, Charlotte Hess, Veritee Hill, Van Hoang, Eleanor Morgan Hoffman, Anjelika Krishna, Mary Labberton, Cody Sai Adler-McAllister, Stephanie Mejia, Sarah Parrott, La’Daska Powell, Julie Wheat and Michael Wiernicki.

The panel of fashion experts who selected the semifinalists from more than 130 EDC:E applicants included, designer Mychael Knight, 2009 CFW Emerging Designer winner Marysia Reeves, Andrea Serrano (costume shopper for Lifetime’s Army Wives), K. Cooper Ray (formerly of Bottega Veneta), and Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexis Maybank who added, “I was thoroughly impressed by the strong use of personal expression and professional technique shown in each of the applicant’s work. Those chosen as semifinalists showed elevated skills that truly set them apart from the rest, and I am excited to see who comes out on top!”

Sharing the runway with established retailers and featured designers throughout the week, four semifinalists will showcase (8) looks for the weekly fashion panel each evening. One designer from each evening will then advance to the finals and show their entire collection on Saturday, March 26th to a panel featuring the most influential experts in fashion.

Although the competition is only going into its 4th year, EDC:E has been accredited with putting designers on the fashion industry fast track. Past alum of Charleston Fashion Week have gone on to grace the pages of Elle, VOGUE, Marie Claire, and WWD and have been picked up by Barneys, Urban Outfitters, and Anthropologie.

Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, and models, Charleston Fashion Week has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Held March 22-26, 2011 under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, this five-night celebration will feature more than 40 runway shows, the Spring Bridal Show, Emerging Designer Competition: East, and Rock the Runway Model Competition. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. 

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Lebanon:Façonnable’s new brand strengthens its presence in fashion arena

Façonnable’s new brand strengthens its presence in fashion arena


Façonnable’s new brand strengthens its presence in fashion arena

Façonnable announced the launch of its new jeans brand to the market “Façonnable Jeans” strengthening its presence in the fashion arena. An absolute novelty in the history of the French Company, Façonnable Jeans Collection has been initiated and led by Façonnable Vice President of Brand Management & Product Development, Maher Mikati.

“This innovation resulted in a newly created position heading the new sub-brand reporting directly to me. I’m happy to announce the nomination of Bruno Pfalzgraf as Managing Director of Façonnable Jeans.” said Lance Isham, Chairman and CEO of Façonnable Group. “This appointment further underlines our commitment in strengthening the brand and assuring the best leadership and expansion for the future”, he added.

Maher Mikati, Vice President of Brand Management & Product Development Façonnable, said: «In order to target a younger and more forward conscious consumer, the new brand will penetrate new casual wear markets internationally and support the current re-launch of the Façonnable brand”. “This new brand will soon hold a significant role in our expansion plan as well as a contribution to rejuvenate the Façonnable brand altogether,” added Mikati

In fact, Façonnable Jeans Spring Summer 2011 line has received very favorable reviews from customers in Europe and US, thus exceeding the company’s initial commercial expectations. Façonnable has therefore decided to devote additional energy and support to the development of this brand, in order to soon maximize its potential in opening freestanding boutiques both in US and in Europe.

Bruno Pfalzgraf’s professional path in the fashion business started more than 20 years ago. After graduating from the Strasbourg Business School (EM), he started his career in Sales Management positions for K-Way, Rica Lewis and VF Corporation. In 1997 he was promoted Brand Director for Europe of VF Corporation, overlooking the jeans brands. He joined Levi Strauss in 2002 as Vice President of Levi Strauss Signature Europe and in 2004 he became Vice President of Dockers Europe. For the past 2 years Bruno has been operating as a management consultant for various fashion companies.

Emerge Distributions, the distribution arm of M1 Fashion (part of M1 Group), handles a portfolio of global fashion brands in the Middle East and North Africa including Façonnable. Façonnable is currently available in boutiques and multi brand stores across the region in the UAE, Lebanon, KSA, Syria, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait.

FaГ§onnable was founded in the 1950s by Jean Goldberg, immediately becoming one of the most celebrated international menswear brand worldwide. The acquisition of FaГ§onnable by M1 Group in July 2007 marks the beginning of a new era for the brand, with a long term vision to increase brand equity through building upon FaГ§onnable formidable heritage and outstanding craftsmanship, and the recent appointment of Lance Isham as CEO.  

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

India:Pearl Academy of Fashion presents Pearl Utsav 2010

Pearl Academy of Fashion presents Pearl Utsav 2010


Pearl Academy of Fashion presents Pearl Utsav 2010

Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF), one of the premier fashion institutes in the country has organized its annual student cultural festival “Pearl Utsav”, yesterday evening at Talkatora Stadium New Delhi.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament was the Chief Guest for the evening. Many other dignitaries also graced the occasion with their presence.

Annual cultural festival is an important day of a college life. All 1400 students are charged up for this colorful extravaganza and put on enormous hard work during practice and rehearsals which is going on for about a month now.

An inter college competition has been organised in the morning between 10 am to 1 pm and cultural performances has light up the stadium in the evening to showcase the young talent and abilities of the students of Pearl Academy of Fashion.

Activities in the evening take off with a performance by a troop of 22 children with вЂAutism’ and showcased their special abilities and capabilities with a message to the world that if вЂthere is a will a person can achieve anything in this world.’

Performance from PAF students was a mix of Semi Classical dance, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Bollywood Style Romeo Juliet, Gidda and Bhangra. 

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UK:Sussex Fashion Awards being staged in Brighton & Hove

Sussex Fashion Awards being staged in Brighton & Hove


Sussex Fashion Awards being staged in Brighton & Hove

Sussex Fashion Awards 2011 incorporating Brighton & Hove on February 24 2011. The new fashion event recognizing the very best of fashion and its talent, influential people in fashion today across Sussex.
The new fashion event recognizing the very best of fashion and its talent , influential people in fashion today across Sussex.

More than 500 fashion nominations have been received to date for the 11 awards up for grabs including the headline Award, вЂSussex Fashion Emerging Talent Award 2011'.

With as many nominated product categories being represented as possible, from menswear to dancewear, resortwear to kidswear the Director of the event, Michaela Walker, said.

вЂThe Fashion Sussex team are simply thrilled with the enormous and quite staggering response from nominees to date. The closing date is just before Christmas 2010 and hope that as shoppers are out and about doing their Christmas Shop, they will remember to nominate the best store, or etailer, or designer they have just shopped at’...

There are 9 Judges who wlll be deciding from a short list of nominations in January 2011

“Judges Rachel and Dawn stated:

†We are really excited about being on the judging panel for the first ever Sussex Fashion Awards and are looking forward to being able to help new designers establish themselves in this fiercely competitive market’

Clearly the judges, nominees, fashion industry are all getting behind this new event being staged in a stunning church location, 24 February 2011, in Brighton & Hove, with mentions even in The Houses of Parliament this week, Wednesday, 8 December, by another of our Judges, Mike Weatherley, MP, representing Hove & Portslade during the Role of tourism in regenerating seaside towns.

A special private Press launch is being staged, 14 January 2011, where the shortlisted nominees will be announced, meeting the judges and VIP's. 

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UK:Louise Walleneit’s Birthday Suits to hit LFW runway

Louise Walleneit’s Birthday Suits to hit LFW runway


Louise Walleneit’s Birthday Suits to hit LFW runway

Louise Walleneit and her conceptual label Birthday Suits will be bringing experimental fashion to the forefront of London Fashion Week this season.

The innovative luxury label known for blurring the boundaries between research, art and fashion is set to cause quite a stir amongst British press keen to see Walleneit’s signature experimental silhouettes and approach to Aut/Win 2011.

Walleneit’s background in the arts led to the launch of her label in 2008. The philosophy behind the brand states: вЂThe ideas and products develop in a Tran disciplinary space between fashion, art and research. 3- dimensional statements are made, based on periodic changing concepts. The progress of translation from the current state of a shape into another state is the design method to overcome borders between fashion, art and research.’

Birthday Suits Autumn/winter 2011 collection can be viewed at the Charing Cross Hotel, The Strand on Saturday 19 February 2011 from 7.30pm as part of season V “A La Mode” LFW showcase. 

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Germany:GDS - groundbreaking trend platform for the sector

GDS - groundbreaking trend platform for the sector


GDS - groundbreaking trend platform for the sector

Preparations for the 111th GDS – International Event for Shoes & Accessories are well underway. From 16 to 18 March 2011 the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre will once again become the sectoral meeting point and information platform for orientation in the international shoe business. Some 780 exhibitors from over 30 countries will be presenting to the international trade audience their shoe, bag and accessories collections for the 2011/12 Autumn/Winter season.

With its approx. 1,850 collections GDS provides a comprehensive market overview of the progressive and classic premium segment, of the high-selling, colourful sports and denim wear segment while presenting design newcomers and brands with broad market acceptance alongside the latest in kids’ fashion. New from March will be the altered sequence of days for the event. So as to better meet the needs of both trade and industry GDS and its sister event GLOBAL SHOES will in future now be held from Wednesday to Friday.

“We are once again expecting a varied and, more specifically, broad-based event featuring an exciting blend of market leaders alongside smaller new labels,” said GDS Director Kirstin Deutelmoser commenting on the event. “Even at this early stage the state of play is very gratifying: exhibitor interest in all range segments is high and demand is particularly great in the Premium and Young Fashion segments. And this is why we are looking ahead to the next event with great optimism.”

With its thematically staged lifestyle universes, its unique trend concept under the “Follow the Trend” umbrella brand and its comprehensive supporting programme GDS has established itself as a generator of impulses and a key trend platform over the past few seasons. “The supporting programme to accompany the trade fair is particularly aimed at preparing the retail trade for their ordering negotiations and daily business,” explains Kirstin Deutelmoser.

Over three days visitors will have the opportunity to take a look at the new looks in four different shows staged on the catwalk. Matching trend installations will present to them the details in greater depth and in some 20 seminars international speakers will impart important know-how on key ordering trends and sector-specific themes.

New in the Premium Segment – the Designers’ Area
Demand in the premium segment at GDS continues to grow. Which is why visitors will now be able to enjoy the Designers’ Area located in Hall 4 in a prominent position directly adjacent to the Upper Style Zone and White Cubes. In cooperation with the British Footwear Association (BFA) eight select design labels will be presented here in uniform stand design featuring collections such as Esska, Five By Rio Ferdinand, House of Harlow, Miss L Fire, Modern Vintage, One True Saxon, Shellys, Strutt London, Ted Baker and Unleashed.

GLOBAL SHOES – leading trade show for sourcing
Held at DГјsseldorf Exhibition Centrein parallel to GDS will be GLOBAL SHOES, an independent communication and order platform for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and volume suppliers. This leading fair for the sourcing segment will once again present a broad-based range of shoes and leather goods for the bulk market. Expected at the forthcoming event will be approx. 410 international suppliers from 20 countries. Those highly commercial suppliers already confirming their participation include the likes of Hong Kong Carlo Rossi, Mad Mad as well as Michel Axel, New York Group and Y. Yessi.

The next GDS and GLOBAL SHOES fairs will be held from 16 to 18 March 2011 and from 7 to 9 September 2011. A total of approx. 1,190 exhibitors from 41 countries will be presenting their shoe, bag and accessories collections for the 2011/12 Autumn/Winter season at the fair. 

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Asia:Incredible increase in visitors at 15th anniversary of Cosmoprof

Incredible increase in visitors at 15th anniversary of Cosmoprof


Incredible increase in visitors at 15th anniversary of Cosmoprof

Cosmoprof Asia, the international event second only in the world to Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna and the largest show in the beautysector in the Asia Pacific region, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10 to 12 November, 2010, has once again confirmed its importance to the global beauty market.

A joint venture between UBM Asia Ltd and BolongnaFiere, Cosmoprof Asia posted impressive statistics at its 15th anniversary:57,400 sqm of exhibition area (+10% compared to the 2009 edition) that hosted 1,633 exhibitors (16% up on 2009); a 49% increase in visitor online pre-registration numbers, which corresponded with the 10% increase in actual attendance of more than 45,100 visitors over the three show days; setting a new record in international attendance with over 26,100 visitors (11% up on 2009) mostly coming from Australia, China, France, Germany,Italy, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Brazil and the USA;18,900 attendees from Hong Kong (8% up on the previous year); and more than 200 media members and journalists.

Exhibitors coming from 34 countries and regions reported excellent results and high satisfaction, their expectation of meeting new prospective customers was widely met thanks to the participation of buyers of a very high standing from across the world.

“The response to this year’s show has really been tremendous. Cosmoprof Asia has again confirmed its position as the definitive show in the region for the international cosmetic and beauty business. It is the reference point for new trends and visitors took away with them exciting new ideas and new business contacts,” says Michael Duck, Director of Cosmoprof Asia Ltd and Senior Vice President of UBM Asia.

18 country and group pavilions participated in Cosmoprof Asia 2010: Australia, Belgium, mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Swiss, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK and the USA. For the first time ever, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) organised a collective exhibition of 15 brands seeking trade partners and new opportunities.

The Italian contingent was 20% larger than the last edition. The French, German, Spanish and American pavilions were likewise larger than in 2009.

International Buyer Programme
For the third year, the International Buyer Programme bought together international buyers and manufacturers and 112 pre-scheduled appointments took place in the International Buyer Lounge at the fair.

Spa Soul
It was a great success for this new initiative launched at Cosmoprof Asia this year. Pevonia, PhytoCeuticals, Image Skincare and Aroma Vera presented their concept and products in a highly contemporary way in especially dedicated lounges in Spa Soul, a special project dedicated to spa brands of an extraordinarily high level, and received excellent feedback. The Spa Conference held on 11 November was one of the keyevents in Spa Soul. Ten international speakers interacted with more than 100 qualified spa operators, investors and hotel chain representatives from China, India, Indonesia and Thailand. Topical issues such as the development of specific treatment products and the reasons why Asia is leading global development in medical day spas were examined.

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UAE:Tony Yaacoub to open the Bride Show Abu Dhabi

Tony Yaacoub to open the Bride Show Abu Dhabi


Tony Yaacoub to open the Bride Show Abu Dhabi

Celebrity designer Tony Yaacoub will add sparkle and glamour to The Bride Show Abu Dhabi when he opens the runway fashion shows on 2 February 2011 at 6:00 pm.

Yaacoub is most known for dressing stars like Nancy Ajram, Najwa Karam and Majida El Roumy with luxurious, crystal-studded gowns. His collection of bridal wear and evening gowns are not currently available in UAE storefronts, offering brides-to-be and industry insiders an exclusive chance to buy the dresses that their favourite celebrities love to wear at the Bride Show Abu Dhabi.

Yaacoub remains tight-lipped about the eagerly anticipated 2011 collection, but says he worked from a palette of peach, grey and greige which will be liberally sprinkled with his favourite Swarovski crystals.

“I design for women who love being women. Crystal is one of the finest embellishments as it’s very close to the diamond effect,” Yaacoub commented. “It gives a feeling of glamour and matches the spirit of our dresses.”

Women who love elegant bridal and evening wear can visit The Bride Show Abu Dhabi, celebrating its 10th year, from 2 to 5 February 2011 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The Bride Show Dubai will follow from 30 March to 2 April 2011 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.  

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

India:TIA & SNDT present TAI SHALOM 2011 – Fashion Show

TIA & SNDT present TAI SHALOM 2011 – Fashion Show


TIA & SNDT present TAI SHALOM 2011 – Fashion Show

The Textile Association (India) is presenting a Fashion Show for the first jointly with S.N.D.T. Women’s University. The Fashion Show with the theme “TAI SHALOM 2011” will be a great morale booster for the Fashion & Textile Clothing Industry This Fashion Show will be held on 23rd February 2011 at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra. Mumbai.

As we all see, fashion industry thrives on creation, and talents are vital for its success. To complement and strengthen fashion talent on the road to further success TAI has decided to organize a fashion show jointly with S.N.D.T. College, a fashion teaching institute. This is our beginning for skilled students to exhibit their ability and flair.

SNDT established in 1961 and is a pioneer in women’s education in India. Then B.Sc. in Fashion Design, a degree programme in fashion design under SNDT Women’s University started in 2006, who engages in providing a developed training programme with highly proficient faculty.

The course provides focused training to encourage innovation & stimulate creativity. It builds a strong foundation in core subjects like Pattern Making, Textiles, Illustration and in all grooms the budding designers from campus to corporate.

The Textile Association (India) has its own prestigious and majestic position among the hearts of people dealing in textiles. It organizes seminars, conferences, workshops and exhibition of textile and allied machinery for the benefits of its members serving the textile industry. To provide strength & impetus to this aspect, the Textile Association (India) acts as a potent link amongst the Industry, Policy Makers, Academia and Textile Professionals.

The Association organizes annual All India Textile conferences to strengthen the ties amongst industry. TAI caters to the needs of all fibres, all products, and all sectors of the Indian textile industry. Now has TAI decided to present a Fashion show in association with Fashion Institute and this TAI SHALOM 2011 will be jointly with SNDT Women’s University. 

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New Zealand:Standout runway appeal deciding factor for 2011 iD Fashion Show

Standout runway appeal deciding factor for 2011 iD Fashion Show


Standout runway appeal deciding factor for 2011 iD Fashion Show

An outstanding line-up of new, emerging and high-profile New Zealand fashion designers is set to thrill audiences in the twelfth annual iD Dunedin Fashion Show to be held in Dunedin on Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April 2011.

Unprecedented demand from designers within New Zealand to showcase their collections will see sixteen labels from established and emerging fashion designers take part in two popular iD Fashion Show events. The shows will take place on the platform of the Dunedin Railway Station, famous for the 110m-long catwalk and culminate a series of exciting fashion events planned for the 2011 iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

Key Points

• Dunedin is fast becoming known as вЂa city giving birth to a fashion scene’. To illustrate the talent emerging from the city, the shows feature high-profile labels showcasing their winter collections including; Nom*D, Carlson, Mild Red, Charmaine Reveley, Twenty-seven names and Company of Strangers, alongside Wellington-based designer Lela Jacobs. New to iD is renowned Auckland-based footwear designer Kathryn Wilson, following up her recent debut at New Zealand Fashion Week.

• The 2011 capsule collections will feature eight mini collections from labels with strong Dunedin connections including Elusiv, DADA, Vaughan Geeson, Lou and Ash and a joint showcase by the Cooper sisters, Tamsin and Emily, with their respective labels Tamsin Cooper and Silkbody. Three exciting new designers will debut at the iD shows Richard Moore (formerly label Dot Com), Maaike (Abbey van Schreven) and Katie-maree Cole. All three are graduates of the Otago Polytechnic Fashion School.

• Completing the line-up of designers will be the best of the 2010 Otago Polytechnic School of Fashion graduates, who will show their designs alongside the winners from the 2011 iD International Emerging Designer Awards show. These finalists are yet to be announced.

• Watch out for further details of the 2011 iD Dunedin Fashion Week including International Emerging Designer Awards finalists, special guest designers, judges, VIPs and release dates for ticket sales.


Susie Staley – chair of iD Fashion Committee
“There was an unprecedented response from designers to be part of the 2011 event, with twice as many designers applying as there were places for. The shows will feature a hotbed of talented New Zealand designers, who all stock in local Dunedin retail outlets. New for 2011 will be a showcase of extraordinary footwear by Kathryn Wilson and a joint collaboration by Dunedin’s designer sisters, Tamsin and Emily Cooper.”

Dan Ahwa, editor (Apparel magazine) and freelance fashion editor
"All applicants presented strong collections that were individual in their own unique way. The selected designers will showcase cohesive collections that resonate on the runway, particularly the capsule collections which feature a handful of designers who will debut at iD Dunedin 2011. The final collections chosen were well rounded, had runway appeal and that the public would enjoy. I'm looking forward to seeing iD favourites share the runway with some of the most exciting emerging designers we've seen in years." 

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Sri Lanka:Kasuni Rathnasuriya wins Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award

Kasuni Rathnasuriya wins Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award


Kasuni Rathnasuriya wins Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award

On Saturday, 13 November 2010 at the Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF), Kasuni Rathnasuriya was awarded the Young Fashion Entrepreneur (YFE) Award 2011.

The YFE 2011 Award is a British Council initiative offered in partnership with the Sri Lanka Design Festival, that seeks to champion and celebrate the importance of creative entrepreneurs in the 25 to 35 age category working in the field of fashion.

Applicants were drawn from various areas of the fashion field including fashion textile, accessories production and design, fashion promotion, fashion education, fashion marketing, and fashion publishing.

Out of the many applications received, three candidates were short-listed based mainly on their written applications and supported by additional evidence of their entrepreneurial skill and ability.

The short-listed candidates were Ahamed Barry, Sandun De Silva, and Kasuni Rathnasuriya.

For the final interview, the short-listed candidates were given an opportunity to make a short presentation expanding on their written application and addressing questions related to market awareness, vision and ambition and their desire to develop mutually beneficial engagement with the UK.

The final judging panel for the YFE Award 2011 comprised of Kumar Mirchandani, Managing Director Favourite Group and garment industry representative; Rwituja Mookherjee, Head Creative Economy British Council India & Sri Lanka; and Tony Reilly, Country Director British Council Sri Lanka.

Kumar Mirchandani comments on the judging process, “The bar was definitely higher this year; we had 3 great finalists, any one of which would have been a worthy winner. But eventually it was about combining both creativity AND entrepreneurship – and that's why Kasuni was our choice.”

Kasuni Rathnasuriya, who was announced as the winner after the Industrial Fashion Show at the SLDF, is the founder and sole proprietor of the label вЂKUR’. A contemporary women’s label, which she launched in 2009, вЂKUR’ concerns the sustainable approaches in the fashion business such as revitalising the dying crafts in Sri Lanka, and recycling approaches.

A Member and a passed finalist of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, Kasuni is currently employed as a Market Analyst at Brandix Lanka, the single largest apparel exporter in Sri Lanka with globally renowned eco-friendly best practices. She graduated from the Academy of Design in 2007 and is currently reading for her MBA at the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

“In 2007, when British council launched the YFE award, I was there. At that time it was just a dream. But last Saturday, my dream came true. This is one of the best things that has ever happened to me in my life and my fashion career so far. I am so happy to be recognized for my entrepreneurship skills and to get the chance to represent my country in the final program. Many thanks to the British Council for launching this award in Sri Lanka.”, says Kasuni.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

USA:Tara Grinna predicts swimwear trends for 2011

Tara Grinna predicts swimwear trends for 2011


Tara Grinna predicts swimwear trends for 2011

For those overwhelmed with choices on what to wear for summer 2011, swimwear designer Tara Grinna provides a glimpse of what could be the trends for Spring/Summer 2011.

“The Fashion Swim Week in Miami indicates a very colorful 2011. There’s going to be plenty of choices to play with colors. Colors like blue green, orange and shades of brown are likely to be the most popular. Turquoise and light skies blended with greens are predicted to be a great hit for 2011. Gold is another color that’s likely to rule the 2011 swimwear scene, with golden threads, golden dye et al …set to add bling to 2011, says the legendary designer.

“Besides colors geometric shapes characterized by tribal, ethnic and abstract art, unexpected colorful animal prints and beautiful abstract composites are also likely to rule the roost for 2011. Just as the last few years bandeaus and monokinis are to be a feature of 2011 as well. You could add bikinis and one piece suits to this list, she adds.

“Vintage swimwear that exudes sexiness and style and reveals just the right amount of skin is likely to make a comeback. A perfect balance is maintained between mystery and sexiness in these swimsuits. For those deciding to go bold, styles are likely to go diverse and likely to range from deep Brazilian cuts to moderate cuts, and full covered bottoms.

This year at Tara Grinna, we’ve incorporated the latest style of colors in an unexpected way and when the collection is merchandised, the color stories are eye popping variations of luscious hues that hang beautifully together so one can mix and match solids and prints or choose both.

Tara Grinna is in the swimwear industry for over 25 years now and is a respected personality known for her ability to fit and compliment almost every figure type with her body flattering silhouettes.

“Because I always have such an emotional connection to each printed fabric or dyed solid color I have chosen to use in each season’s collection, I felt as if it should be expressed and perhaps the consumer will agree that the fabric, when placed in her hands in the form a finely crafted swimsuit that has been created with a great deal of care and personal interest and will create an emotion inside her as well,” she adds. 

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USA:Sunshines Dezign launches new exclusive jewelry line

Sunshines Dezign launches new exclusive jewelry line


Sunshines Dezign launches new exclusive jewelry line

Sunshines Dezign is handmade jewelry with a true style of its own. Their jewelry uses Genuine Swarovski Crystal beads and Sterling Silver Charms. The line is unique, sexy and elegant without focusing on fads or trends. The goal of Sunshines Dezign is to create one of a kind, unique timeless pieces that are wearable for both day and night or out to your most special event.

"We want our customers to design their own 'Sunshine Dezign' style using our hand picked sterling silver charms on our handmade Swarovski crystal bracelets. They start with a signature line charm bracelet set and add to their personal collection, encouraging the customer to choose their favorite charm and color crystal beaded bracelet. I spent the better part of this year developing the line of jewelry we sell in the Malibu Colony Store; and now I made my exclusive pieces available online! We created the line's with respect and love and I think our customers are going to love each one." Says designer and owner Sunshine Taddeo

Sunshines Dezign was founded by Sunshine Taddeo, a designer and artist living in Southern California. Sunshine studied Art at The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University and then majored in Animation at the prestigious School of Visual Art in New York. After a long and rewarding career in Creative Advertising, she has followed her love and passion for design and art and developed a unique jewelry line. She has her own vision which guides her in each and every new creation. Each bracelet is always hand made with Sunshines personal touch and style to make you feel elegant and stylish day to night.

Sunshines Dezign online jewelry shop carries a wide range of Swarovski Crystal Jewelry, Rings, Charms, Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Accessories and Swarovski Elements. They partnered with Etsy.com to carry their collections. All pieces are hand fabricated and most pieces can be made to order. All their jewelry designs are made with Genuine Swarovski Crystals, the world leader in cut crystal. Each bracelet has the quality and durability of the highest precision. Their charms are made of high quality sterling silver that gleams with a polished finish. Each bracelet comes packed in a fabulous custom designed Sunshines Dezign gift box, ready for gift giving. 

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USA:Harry Potter star Emma Watson to introduce organic clothing

Harry Potter star Emma Watson to introduce organic clothing


The lead actress of Hollywood film “Harry Potter”, Emma Watson is considering to build up her fashion line by introducing a collection of organic clothing.

As per the reports published by contactmusic.com, the 20 year old star, who serves as a creative consultant for Fair Trade fashion brand People Tree, recently revealed that she is to work in partnership with Italian designer Alberta Ferretti to develop a fresh range of organic clothing.

Emma stated that, they are working on the creation of an organic clothing collection, but did not disclose its name. However, she did say that, further information on this matter would be released soon, and added that, she received a mail from Ferretti, where the designer had mentioned about her admiration for the work done for People Tree, and was looking forward to the opportunity of working with her.

However, Emma had given a clue that, she would be working for Ferretti on honorary basis, as she said that, she would work for anyone without charging anything if they are ready to make their clothing fair trade organic.

The new collection is likely to hit the markets in 2011.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

USA:Hathaway to create ARTISTRY trend colour collection

Hathaway to create ARTISTRY trend colour collection


Hathaway to create ARTISTRY trend colour collection

Amway announced the launch of its new ARTISTRY Reflective Beauty Trend Colour Collection created in collaboration with renowned makeup artist Frances Hathaway.

Drawing inspiration from the layered looks that graced the fall runways, Frances wanted to create a collection that provided this same versatility with colour. Two complete face palettes offer multi-dimensional shades that can be used to achieve a light veil of colour or layered for added texture and intensity. Blending romanticism with modern day sophistication, she expertly crafted six looks that reflect the nostalgic, yet glamorous beauty of the season.

Each look can be easily achieved with products from the Reflective Beauty Trend Collection:

Perfect Red Lip Gloss, Inspiration Face Palette, Perfection Face Palette, Soft Pink Lip Gloss

As a leading makeup artist in the fashion and beauty industry, Hathaway partnered with ARTISTRY to create this collection with focus on texture and finish. From classic to avant-garde, her work has appeared in advertising campaigns for M.A.C. Cosmetics, Maybelline, Clinique, and L’Oreal and has graced the pages of top magazines like Elle, W Magazine, and Italian Vogue.

Artistry is a global leader in premium beauty, offering unprecedented skin care solutions backed by dermatologist testing, the most advanced science, unparalleled proof of performance, and personalized service unmatched by any beauty counter in the world. Artistry generates more than $1 billion in annual global sales and has been one of the world’s top five best-selling premium beauty brands for more than ten years.

Based in Ada, Mich., Amway is part of the Alticor group of companies, founded by the DeVos and Van Andel families. Alticor is the parent company of Amway Corporation, Access Business Group LLC and Alticor Corporate Enterprises.  

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Spain:Famous faces attend MANGO Spring/Summer catwalk

Famous faces attend MANGO Spring/Summer catwalk


Famous faces attend MANGO Spring/Summer catwalk

Last night, the international launch of the MANGO Spring/Summer 2011 collection took place at the Crystal Gallery of the Cibeles Palace in Madrid. The firm presented its collection for men and women in a catwalk chaired by Isak Andic, the company Chairman, and before numerous celebrities, loyal followers of the brand at its presentations.

Olivia Palermo, Johannes Huebl, Elettra Wiedemann, Josephine de la Baume, Emmanuelle Alt, Naty Abascal, Luís Medina, Laura Vecino, Cari Lapique, Boris Izaguirre, Manuel Martos and Amelia Bono, among others, supported the firm’s catwalk with their presence, which was also attended by famous faces from the world of Spanish fashion and society, including Olivia de Borbón, Carla Royo Villanova, Vega Royo Villanova, Fernando Gómez Acebo and Mónica Martín Luque, Simoneta Gómez Acebo, María García de la Rasilla, Álvaro de Marichalar and Ekaterina, Ana García Siñeriz, Alejandra de Rojas, Minerva Portillo, Marisa Jara, Alejandra Martos, Nuria Roca, Paloma Lago, Mar Flores, Priscila de Gustin, Bárbara Muñoz, Carla Nieto, Jan Cornet, Fernando Andina, Toni Acosta, Sergio Mur, Ricard Sales, Cristina Alcázar, Dafne Fernández, Silvia Alonso, Mónica Estarreado, Iker Lastre, Fanny Gautier, Jesús Olmedo and Nerea Garmendia.

This new collection, called Modernist Resort, is going for a clean, modernist look with the emphasis on simple lines and minimalist silhouettes. The casting included the Brazilian top model Isabeli Fontana.

The new H.E by MANGO men’s collection returns this season with the same idea of combining sport and retro elements. A collection which reinterprets the classics, applying a slightly ethnic air to the garment interiors and finishes.

After the catwalk, MANGO offered a grand party-concert in the same Crystal Gallery, which featured the exclusive moments, such as the performance by Micky Green. The guests enjoyed a special cocktail for the occasion, served by Caritina Goyanes’ Six Sens.

“I really like the collection, particularly the colours and the different garments in it, I really like the coats, the camel tone is very intense; perhaps the garment I like most is a camel coat which has a very wide neck.”

“I don’t know how I became a fashion icon, someone took my picture and from then on I became famous, appearing on an MTV programme also helped; it is a major compliment for me, I always tell young girls they should be glamorous every day, it is a must.”

“My style has been influenced by the great women of fashion and old Hollywood films; I take quite a lot of inspiration from them and also from street chic; I observe street fashion, take photos of everything and this is reflected in my style.”

“I’m currently working on a TV project, my own show”

“It has to be a fresh, modern and amusing woman, that’s what people want today.”


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USA:Horiyoshi ties up with British designer Paul Smith

Horiyoshi ties up with British designer Paul Smith


Horiyoshi ties up with British designer Paul Smith

Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc is proud to announce that Horiyoshi the Third ("HIII") has embarked on a retail partnership with well-known British fashion designer, Paul Smith.

Debuting exclusively at Paul Smith on Rue Grenelle in Paris, HIII and Paul Smith join forces to retail a line of limited edition Horiyoshi design on silk-cashmere scarves.

The collaboration is referred to as, "Horiyoshi for Paul Smith" available exclusively in Paul Smith in-store boutiques.

"Horiyoshi the Third - makes and designs beautiful clothing, the images are true works of art, really beautiful and special," said Paul Smith regarding the collaborative endeavor.

Commercial Director of Horiyoshi Worldwide, Dawn Green is ecstatic with the partnership stating, "Paul Smith is a global brand with stores in 43 cities in 21 countries around the world. We look forward to expanding our brand reach with Paul Smith through his vast distribution platform, creating more 'Horiyoshi for Paul Smith' in-store boutiques in the near future."

Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc designs, manufactures, and markets Horiyoshi the Third, a high end clothing and accessories product line based on the artistry of word renowned Japanese Tattoo Artist, Horiyoshi III. 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

UK:Watch Hut adds Emporio Armani Ceramica collection

Watch Hut adds Emporio Armani Ceramica collection


Watch Hut adds Emporio Armani Ceramica collection

Emporio Armani watches are to present fashion fans with an alternative this Christmas, following the launch of a new collection at the UK's largest watch website.

Emporio Armani Ceramica is a recent addition at the Watch Hut, showcasing the popular fashion brand's ceramic watch models for both men and women.

Given Emporio Armani's worldwide reputation as a manufacturer of highly fashionable clothing and accessories, coupled with the current industry trend for ceramic watches, the Watch Hut expects the Ceramica range to be a huge hit over the festive period.

Emporio Armani Ceramica was introduced to the Watch Hut in spring 2010, when two rectangular-cased ladies models - AR1407 (black) and AR1409 (white) - were featured. Since then, the collection has expanded to such an extent that, as Christmas steadily approaches, a variety of options are now available as potential gifts.

Each Emporio Armani Ceramica watch features a black or white bracelet with matching colour dial. The cases and dials of the gents' models are significantly larger than those of the ladies', while chronograph editions are available for those serious about fashion AND good timekeeping.

Of course, the quality of the ceramic material itself offers its own benefits. Ceramic is more lightweight than stainless steel and its highly durable nature means it resists scratches.

Such advantages only accentuate the sheer style factor possessed by the watches of the Emporio Armani Ceramica collection, all available at less than GBP500.

As an authorised dealer of Emporio Armani watches, the Watch Hut guarantees that all Emporio Armani products purchased from the website are genuine. The website's returns policy has been extended so that any items purchased before Christmas are valid for return until 31 January 2010. 

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UK:Garfield wins prize for English breakfast-inspired knitwear

Garfield wins prize for English breakfast-inspired knitwear


Garfield wins prize for English breakfast-inspired knitwear

Winter-warmers inspired by eggs and bacon won a De Montfort University (DMU) graduate first prize at a top fashion industry event.

Leicester’s DMU swept the board at the annual ASBCI’s Student Conference which saw two of its fashion graduates triumph in awards sponsored by some of the UK’s top high street retailers.

English breakfast-inspired knitwear by Fashion Design graduate, Garfield Kar Chun Li; and a topical dissertation on chemicals used in the textile industry by Fashion Technology graduate, Laura Wilson, scooped the top prizes in two awards at the conference.

Garfield, 24, from Hong Kong, was one of 13 finalists who beat off competition from over 100 design students nationwide to win a coveted place in the ASBCI Student Design Award sponsored by New Look.

New Look’s Head of Trends, Anna Andrews, presented the £1500 prize to Garfield at the catwalk finals held at the ASBCI Student Conference at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) on Wednesday 10 November.

Garfield, who graduated the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at DMU in July, said: “The competition brief required something that captures the вЂBest of British’ and I decided to use English food as my inspiration for my collection.”

His collection entitled вЂEnglish Breakfast’ consists of five garments: a bright yellow knitted jumper adorned with a pattern of mushrooms, tomatoes and kitchen cutlery; a matching yellow chullo-style hat and knitted socks; a printed vest top which is decorated with different breakfast foods in the form of a smiley face; and boxer shorts with a check print pattern of salt and pepper shakers.

Garfield added: “The knitted jumper contains about 15 types of different yarns to create different colour effect and texture. The base colour is yellow and I used a punch card to create the different coloured pattern across the jumper.”

Commenting on Garfield’s collection, New Look’s womenswear and menswear judges said: “A highly original knitted long sleeved sweater with shorts, printed T, hat and socks. A very original 'Full English Breakfast' approach to the best of British showing a great sense of fun and individuality.

“Totally committed to the design brief - excellent workmanship with each element of the outfit extremely well made and the prints well executed. This student has huge potential for the future.”

Research into chemicals used in fashion won BSc Fashion Technology graduate Laura Wilson the prestigious ASBCI Student Dissertation Award 2010 sponsored by Marks & Spencer.

Laura, 23, who also graduated this summer, was awarded the first prize of ВЈ500 at the conference for her dissertation entitled REACH and the textiles industry, which examines how EU legislation relating to the use of chemicals in manufacturing affects the fashion industry.

Her project was picked from the best dissertations selected from seven of the top fashion universities in the UK.

Laura, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, said: “I’m pretty surprised about winning the award as I didn’t expect to, but I’m really very proud and glad all the hard work has paid off for both myself and my tutors.”

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Hong Kong:MH Concepts opens NY-based designer’s store in Harbour City

MH Concepts opens NY-based designer’s store in Harbour City


MH Concepts opens NY-based designer’s store in Harbour City

New York designer Charlotte Ronson joins forces with MH Concepts to open her first store in Hong Kong's prestigious Harbour City on November 13th. This marks the designer's third store opening in China in the last two months.

The first two stores opened in Shanghai (IFC and Xintiandi) on September 27th. The alliance with MHC calls for two more Shanghai locations next spring, as well as stores in Beijing and Guangzhou opening in Summer 2011. MHC's business plan calls for a total of 200 freestanding, mall, and department store shops opening by 2014 throughout China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Ronson's new endeavor is expected to gross USD5M-10M in its first year.

MH Concepts, a privately owned Hong Kong and Shanghai based company, was founded in 2007 by Meanne Ho. With over 25 years of fashion industry experience, Ho was most recently Vice President of Gap Inc. Asia Pacific, a USD3B+ business, managing multi-national locations covering 20+ countries. Ho identifies Ronson's brand as the "Next Best Thing" for China's fashion scene, seeing the brand aligned with China's flourishing young market.

Unlike the brand's previous internationally licensed deals, Charlotte Ronson maintains complete creative control over product produced by MH Concepts, protecting the brand's trademark.

Privately owned by Charlotte Ronson and Aaron Nir, the brand's current US revenue is USD30M annually. After announcing a Japanese distribution deal with The Wall Co, Ltd. six months ago, this second venture into the Asian market solidifies Charlotte Ronson as a new force in the global market. 

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Indonesia:Six fashion shows enlivened closing day at Jakarta Fashion Week

Six fashion shows enlivened closing day at Jakarta Fashion Week


Six fashion shows enlivened closing day at Jakarta Fashion Week

The grand fashion event Jakarta Fashion Week 2010/2011 entered the final day (12 November 2010). Six fashion shows enlivened the closing day which took place at Fashion Tent and Fashion Promenade, Pacific Place Mall, Jakarta.

The day commenced as Ting Ting, a rising young designer from Surabaya, exhibited two of her collections at JFW; a ready to wear collection themed Pop Art as well as bridal wear collection which adopted the theme Modern Wedding.

Kraton Auguste Soesastro, a young Indonesian designer who is based in the United States of America, took the stage by demonstrating his talents through his special collection. This show was followed by the exhibition of five designers of Raffles Design Institue of Jakarta that was sponsored by The Body Shop, an Internationally-known make up brand. The five young designers were Diana, Diella & Patricia, John, Remigius and Winda.

The final events of Accessories Design Competition (Lomba Perancang Aksesori, or LPA) along with the announcement of the winners were next in line. LPA was first organized by Femina Group in 2008 and is scheduled to be held alternately with Fashion Design Competition (Lomba Perancang Mode, or LPM), senior event that is also held by Femina Group. In pursue of seeking new talents in accessory design at national level, LPA is intended as a platform of creative incubation to which new talents, media, stakeholders and competent fashion people may come together.

Pacific Place Mall also participated at the closing day of JFW, featuring four internationally renowned brands, Guess, Raoul, La Senza and GAP Kids. These brands are under the umbrella of PT. Gilang Agung Persada. The themes of the collections were High Street by Guess, Fun & Playful by Gap Kids, Flirty by La Senza and Sleek & Classic by Raoul.

Dewi Fashion Knights, a fashion event organized by Dewi magazine, was the closing event of JFW 2010/2011. Dewi Fashion Knights had partook three times at JFW and it had always been the most anticipated event of fashion lovers and enthusiasts.

Since its first appearance at JFW 2008/2009, Dewi Fashion Knights was intended as a celebration of the Indonesian fashion world. Henceforth, as one of the leading magazine as well as fashion trendsetter of Indonesia, Dewi proudly selected “fashion knights” that were considered as the best representatives of Indonesian contemporary spirit and to have visions that would shape the future of Indonesian fashion.

For JFW 2010/2011, the five selected designers were Ali Charisma (who adopted the theme Culture War for his collection), Kiata Kwanda (Pure Line), Priyo Oktaviano (The Glory), Stella Rissa (Woman’s Possessions) and Tex Saverio (La Glacon).  

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Switzerland:Tech-Airport set to expand its European business

Tech-Airport set to expand its European business


Tech-Airport set to expand its European business

Tech-Airport, the Swatch Group’s airport retail company, has won the tender of the new Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI) Airport in Germany, and will operate from July 2012 four new Watch and Jewelry store concepts.

The successful concessionaire will offer two “Hour Passion” watch and jewelry retail outlets, an Omega store, and one Swatch store island in the heart of the retail market.

This notification reflects the across the Rhine airports confidence as it just follows the recent opening of its first German outlet in the Terminal C of DГјsseldorf airport. It will bring Tech-Airport to a chain of 33 concessions.

In the meantime, the leading watch and jewelry airport retailer is further expanding its network with the opening of an “Hour Passion” concept boutique in the new Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.

Tech-Airport, a company of The Swatch Group Ltd., in association with The Swatch Group Ireland Ltd., is opening its 30th store in an 86 m² area, whose modern technological, eco-friendly and functional design fits in perfectly with the innovative and contemporary terminal building. Taking advantage of the natural light flooding the boarding area, the boutique is almost open-fronted, inviting passengers to freely wander through the retail area to discover a full, appealing and accessible collection of many well-known watch brands: Swatch, Flik Flak, Certina, Calvin Klein Watches and Jewelry, Hamilton, Tissot, Rado, Longines … together with a selection of chic modern jewelry.

A little further away, in the restaurant area, Flik Flak, the children’s Swiss watch brand is the name behind the exclusive concept of a fantastic children’s 50 m² play zone. Faithful to its spirit, the Flik Flak brand plays with time and makes it fun. Plenty of fun and games for young passengers in Dublin’s Terminal 2!

“Tech-Airport Holding SAS”, a company of the Swatch Group Ltd. of Biel/Biene (Switzerland) was established in 2004 and specializes in airport retailing. It already has boutiques in seven European and Asian airports: Paris Roissy and Orly (France), Nice CГґte d’Azur (France), Nantes Atlantique (France), Geneva (Switzerland), Changi (Singapore) and DГјsseldorf (Germany). Its boutiques operating under the Hour Passion, Omega and Swatch brand names are now a reference point in European airports. 

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