Sunday, January 31, 2010

USA:Smooch to touch your heart this Valentine's Day


The Frederick’s of Hollywood Valentine’s campaign, “Smooch,” features lingerie for the sexy holiday with something for everyone. Ranging from sassy to seductive, pieces include Valentine’s inspired chemises, babydolls and teddies.

“вЂSmooch’ embodies everything fun and sexy about the Frederick’s of Hollywood brand and our Valentine’s lingerie,” stated Linda LoRe, President of Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. “It’s sexy, sassy and playful all at the same time and offers a destination for Valentine’s with a lot of choice at a great value.”

The “Smooch” campaign hits the Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog, website and stores nationwide at the end of January. In addition to sexy babydolls and chemises adorned with rhinestones and heart details, Frederick’s will also feature the Hollywood Exxtreme Cleavage bra, one of the brand’s most popular styles, in a limited edition heart pattern. 

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USA:Disney launches Alice In Wonderland collection


Disney announced a stunning collection of apparel and accessories inspired by its upcoming feature Alice In Wonderland, Tim Burton’s highly anticipated film, featuring favorite characters from the classic Lewis Carroll tales, releasing on the big screen on March 5, 2010 (U.S. theaters). Disney Consumer Products (DCP) collaborated with renowned jewelry designer, Tom Binns, leading fashion designer Sue Wong and Swarovski, the world’s largest producer of cut crystals, to create an interpretive line that brings the allure and mystery of the film and characters to life.

As part of the Alice fashion experience, DCP and Bloomingdale’s have joined forces to create one-of-a-kind window displays at Bloomingdale's flagship 59th Street store in New York City. The windows will feature props from the film and highlight a selection of items from the designer line including Sue Wong for Walt Disney Signature dresses and Tom Binns for Walt Disney Signature jewelry. The windows at 59th street will be complemented by a special exhibit in the contemporary sportswear department on the second floor, which will feature select costumes and props detailed with information from the film.

In addition, seven Bloomingdale’s stores across the U.S. including the NY flagship store will enhance their Alice In Wonderland merchandise displays with special signage and video screens that will play behind-the-scenes footage and select bonus material. The stores include Beverly Center, CA, Century City, CA, San Francisco, CA, South Coast Plaza, CA, Aventura, FL and Short Hills, NJ. The Bloomingdale’s Alice In Wonderland-inspired windows and in-store displays are planned to set in early March.

"The arresting settings and characters in Tim Burton’s interpretation of Alice In Wonderland provided great inspiration and have made it possible for us to work with this renowned group of designers to create a truly unique collection of lifestyle products that will continue to position Disney at the forefront of fashion trends,” said Pam Lifford, executive vice president, global fashion and home, DCP. “Our collaboration with Bloomingdale’s brings it all together in a way that is fun and interesting for consumers and Disney fans alike.” 

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UK:Spirit of Fly 53 & Fly London!!!


The young fashion offering at Spirit, Pure London flies from strength to strength this February with 53 new and exciting brands, including Fly 53 and Fly London at what it is to be the largest Spirit event ever.

Fly 53 is to launch its new Autumn/Winter collection as well as showing short order for Spring/Summer. Exhibiting in the UK for the first time in many years is part of the company’s strategy to reach more womenswear stockists. Colin Clarke, Sales Director explained “Womenswear is an important part of our business, it stands up on it own merits, while adding context to our menswear.To build a solid independent womenswear stockist base you need to be where the professional buyers are; the sure way to capture them is to be at Pure London, and Spirit gives us the perfect environment.”

Fly London, the highly successful footwear brand will be exclusively launching their new women and menswear collection at Spirit, Pure London this February. Fly London have exhibited in the Footwear section of the show for eight seasons and have chosen to debut their clothing line in the Spirit hall.

The womenswear Autumn/Winter collection will consist of five different groups with around 70 styles. The selection of tops, dresses and skirts have romantic, vintage inspired styles and tones through to more relaxed sporty silhouettes. Fabrics includecottons, silk, and mohair knits.

Fly London menswear will consist of two groups, poetic portraits and nautical, with 32 styles, made up of T-shirts, Sweats, Shirtsand Knitwear.

Ashley Cummings, UK Sales manager for Fly London commented “This is a launch of a serious, comprehensive collection that is a perfect fit alongside Fly London footwear. We will be speaking to existing footwear stockists, who have a clothing offering to stock the new men’s and womenswear, including John Lewis, ASOS and independents such as Sarah Coggles (York),Monte Smith (Cheltenham) and Javelin (Bury St Edmunds).” He continued “Launching at Spirit is perfect for the brand; we are an established exhibitor within Pure Footwear and will be able to see all retailers during the event”.  

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Friday, January 29, 2010

USA:Shoe Carnival enters into new credit facility


Shoe Carnival, Inc., a leading retailer of value-priced footwear and accessories, announced the successful completion of a new revolving credit facility.

The new credit agreement provides for up to $50 million in loans and commercial and standby letters of credit through April 30, 2013. The new agreement revises and updates certain terms and covenants contained in the prior credit agreement.

At January 30, 2010, the end of its current fiscal year, the Company expects to have approximately $40 million in cash and cash equivalents. The Company believes that its existing cash and cash flow from operations will be sufficient to fund its working capital and anticipated capital expenditures for its expansion plans in 2010.

"We are very pleased to announce the successful completion of the agreement with Wachovia Bank and believe this facility, in conjunction with our existing cash and cash flow from operations,will adequately meet our capital requirements for anticipated growth over the next several years," said Kerry Jackson, Shoe Carnival's Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. "We appreciate our lenders' confidence in Shoe Carnival as we continue to execute our long-term growth strategy."

Wachovia Bank, National Association, a Wells Fargo Company acted as Lender and Administrative Agent and Wells Fargo Securities acted as Sole Lead Arranger for the transaction.  

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USA:Designers from Talenthouse to customize pair of adidas iD2 goggle


Talenthouse and adidas teamed up to develop a unique "Creative Invite" for the Talenthouse community and creatives worldwide. With the Winter Olympics coming up in February 2010, adidas eyewear created a once in a lifetime opportunity by inviting designers from the Talenthouse community to customize a pair of adidas iD2 goggles. The British Olympic athletes participating in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver will wear the winning design.

The project launched with more than 600 outstanding design submissions from all over the world including Uruguay, Morocco, France, Israel, United States, Germany, Russia, Great Britain, Belgium and even Monaco making it into the semi-finals to be judged by the Talenthouse community and selected by popular vote.

The 15 finalists received brand new adidas id2 ski goggles. The winning design was chosen by adidas; a fiery interpretation of the British flag designed by JoГЈo Filipe R. Ferreira from SetГєbal, Portugal "It's a huge honor and a very special moment in my career winning this design competition -- it's not every day I get the chance to design something for an international athlete to wear. When I first read the good news that I've won the contest, I didn't believe it! I had to read the email a couple more times, until the feeling of misunderstanding had been replaced with a great feeling of happiness," says Ferreira.

The design project was accompanied by $20,000 USD in prize money, which was shared among the finalists based on the percentage of votes received during the semi-finals.

With nearly 12% of the total votes, Tamir Baasanjav from Ulan Bator received more money in this contest than the average yearly income in Mongolia (GDP per capita) for his popular design featuring the famous three stripes on sky blue background. When contacted by Talenthouse Baasanjav said, "I'm really happy that my design got such a high amount of votes from the Talenthouse community and that I'll become a featured artist. This is a great opportunity for me to expose my talent around the world. Thank you Talenthouse for creating an opportunity for us to receive such public exposure!"

Matthias Kosack, UK Marketing & Sales Director, adidas eyewear commented, "This was a great opportunity for young designers to use their creative flare on one of the sporting world's most technical and iconic goggles in the industry. We are delighted with the number of amazing entries and can not wait to see the winning design at the 2010 Winter Olympics."

Talenthouse's "Creative Invite" concept is designed to drive the collaborative process and interaction between its members. These invitations can be commissioned by any brand, artist or organization and provide opportunities for creatives to shortcut the usual career path by working with established artists or major brands and result in potential compensation for their work. 

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USA:BeyoncГ© Heat embodies BeyoncГ©'s unique appeal


Hailed as the Renaissance woman of the decade, BeyoncГ© has already conquered music, film and fashion and now brings her one-of-a-kind style, spirit and confidence to her first-ever fragrance. A captivating scent that exudes passion and unleashes a spirited fire within, BeyoncГ© Heat embodies the trendsetting vision and effortless chic of pop culture's most emulated icon.

On February 2nd, New Yorkers will catch the fever as BeyoncГ© turns up the heat in Union Square. To celebrate the launch of her debut fragrance, BeyoncГ© Heat, the visionary artist is illuminating the central destination with fiery red light and smoky fog, infusing the winter landscape with a steamy, sexy aura that embodies BeyoncГ©'s unique appeal.

The unprecedented, spectacular display will vividly capture the spirit of BeyoncГ© Heat, creating a dramatic play of light that promises to turn heads and pique curiosity. The radiant spotlights transforming Union Square will serve as a luminous backdrop to the BeyoncГ© Heat launch party, where luminaries from the worlds of music, film, and media will gather to toast BeyoncГ©'s latest venture.

Feminine and irresistible, the floral, fruity, woody scent features rare, sensual flowers. BeyoncГ© Heat opens with a radiant floral bouquet of magnolia, neroli and red vanilla orchid balanced with a kiss of luscious blush peach. At its heart, almond macaroon, sweet honeysuckle nectar and crГЁme de musk combine to create an exquisitely sensual experience. Finally, warm and sexy notes of giant sequoia milkwood, tonka bean and amber linger to seduce the senses.

When & Where:
Tuesday, February 2nd
Union Square Park, New York City
Illumination at 6:00PM until Midnight 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

USA:Rue La La expands its Men's Division


Rue La La, a leading private sale website, announces the expansion of its men's category and the appointment of Jeffery Snyder, Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager.

The expansion will include a broader array of men's and active lifestyle products and brand partners, further establishing Rue La La as a lifestyle emporium for the male consumer. Coveted men's brands will include apparel, footwear, sportswear and accessories.

To oversee this effort, Jeffery Snyder has been appointed to lead all aspects of the Rue La La Men's Division including strategy, merchandising and buying. Additionally, Mr. Snyder will oversee the active lifestyle products categories. He will be based at the company's headquarters in Boston and will report directly to the Chief Merchandising Officer, Shari Shakun.

Mr. Snyder joins the company from, where he was Vice President of Merchandising and Planning. Mr. Snyder oversaw the strategy, marketing, revenue and profit planning for retail sites such as and During his tenure, Mr. Snyder drove the growth behind some of the most recognized online retail sites in the men's and active lifestyle categories including the launch of four new retail websites in 2009. Prior to his tenure at, Mr. Snyder held the positions of Vice President of the Outdoor Division at The Sports Authority and Vice President of Sporting Goods at Fred Meyer. He also spent over 10 years with May Company and Federated Department Stores.

Of the expansion of the men's platform, Ben Fischman, CEO of Rue La La, commented, "Jeffery's extensive background in online and offline merchandising for men's and active lifestyle will allow him to create powerful partnerships for Rue La La as we continue to expand our reach into new and exciting categories. We are pleased to have Jeffery join the Rue La La team."

"Rue La La is the future of online retailing," explained Jeffery Snyder. "The innovative, private sale platform provides unparalleled opportunity for brands to engage with consumers. I am excited to bring this opportunity to the men's and active lifestyle brands that, through Rue La La, will be able to extend their brand to a new and continually growing audience." 

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Italy:Cristiano Ronaldo’s sexy attitude for Emporio Armani


Giorgio Armani is pleased to unveil the first images of Cristiano Ronaldo appearing as the official worldwide testimonial for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans, coinciding with Spring Summer 2010 advertising campaign.

The first advertising campaigns featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, for both Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans, were shot on location Madrid by renowned fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and will roll out starting from February around the world in sport, fashion and lifestyle magazines and on signature billboards in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Rome, Paris and Tokyo.

Giorgio Armani said, "Cristiano is a great looking man with the perfect physique of an athlete. For me, he is the essence of youth – spontaneous, exciting, a real maverick. It is for his energy that I have chosen Cristiano to become the new face of Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani Underwear – for his youthful, exciting and yes, sexy, attitude."

Cristiano Ronaldo says, "I am very flattered to be asked to represent Armani; Giorgio Armani is a legend in the fashion world and I have long been a fan of his work. I am very pleased with the pictures we have done together - they are certainly striking and are full of an attitude and spirit that I can relate to."

The close union between Giorgio Armani and the world of sport, and particularly soccer, is well-documented. Over the years he has dressed many of the world's great players including David Beckham, Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Thierry Henry, Christian Vieri, Fabio Cannavaro, Andriy Shevchenko and Kaka'. Giorgio Armani was the first fashion designer to select a soccer player as a testimonial when David James famously appeared in his Spring Summer 1996 Armani Jeans campaign. Since then Andriy Shevchenko, Kaka' and David Beckham have also been testimonials for the designer. 

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USA:Leading denim lifestyle brand ties up with Viva


William Rast, the "New America" denim lifestyle brand founded by Trace Ayala and Justin Timberlake, today announced it has signed a new multi-year licensing agreement with Viva International Group to design, produce and globally distribute William Rast Eyewear and William Rast Racing Eyewear focusing on styles for both the premium and sportswear categories for men and women.

Viva is a worldwide leading eyewear company, representing premium and luxury brands, including GUESS, SKECHERS, Tommy Hilfiger, Escada and Ermenegildo Zegna. The William Rast branded eyewear collections, which will include sunglasses and prescription eyewear, will debut in 2011 and will be available in William Rast's branded stores, as well as upscale department stores and specialty retailers worldwide.

"We are very excited to work with Viva International as our eyewear partner," said Colin Dyne, Chief Executive Officer of People's Liberation, the parent holding company of William Rast. "After meeting with Viva's management and design teams, we believe that Viva's ability to create and distribute high-quality and stylish eyewear for both the sportswear and premium lines will resonate positively with our customers around the world. We are also working enthusiastically to complete a portfolio of William Rast licensing opportunities in fragrance, footwear and accessories to compliment our expansion into the eyewear category."

"We are very proud to be entering into this new partnership with the William Rast brand. As an iconic brand that represents the 'New America,' the collection responds to what the consumer is looking for in eyewear today," said Frank Rescigna, president of Viva. "With such an incredible creative force behind the brand, the possibilities are endless. Combined with a strong sense of style and fashion, a complete design story is portrayed not only in the eyewear collection, but also throughout the full William Rast lifestyle brand." 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

USA:Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes


The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) presents Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes, the first exhibition devoted to the Delman brand. Founded by Herman Delman in 1919 and today one of the oldest salon footwear brands in the United States, Delman’s glamorous, innovative, and classic shoes have been a cornerstone of the fashionable and quality-conscious woman’s wardrobe for the past 90 years. The company is known for embodying all that is chic, luxurious, and sophisticated. Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes will explore and reveal the company’s vibrant history of style, advertising, and fine craftsmanship.

Drawing from the permanent collections of both The Museum at FIT and the Delman archives, approximately 50 dazzling shoe styles will be presented alongside period examples of print advertisements, newsreel footage, and illustrated patents. These objects, dating roughly from 1926 to 2007, will chronicle the company’s rich history and creativity in both design and business.

Among the shoes on display will be a pair of multicolored, floral booties with a turn-back throat from the 1950s. Boldly original in their dramatic use of blue and purple hues, the booties draw attention to the lower leg. A pair of suede, instep strap sandals from circa 1939 performs a similar function. Boasting red, white, green, and blue color sections, four tiny bows are sequenced delicately down the vamp while a narrow ankle buckle strap, oval toe, and triangular heel maintain the shoe’s elegant silhouette.

Herman Delman, who specialized in building shoes that were chic, yet comfortable, believed that skilled construction was essential to the creation of a quality shoe. He also was keenly aware of the importance of style and employed several notable designers over the years, including Roger Vivier, Herbert Levine, and Kenneth Jay Lane, as a means of shaping not only the aesthetic of his company but also the tastes of fashionable women across the country.

Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes will feature three decades of shoes designed by Roger Vivier, as well as a pair of circa 1965 white leather Mary Jane heels ornamented with multicolored embroidered flowers and conceived by Herbert Levine. Each of these examples represents the characteristic trends in women’s footwear that helped to define the fashion-conscious woman’s wardrobe.

Also on display, from Delman’s “Moulin Rouge”collection, will be a pair of sling-back evening shoes that was featured in the company’s 1952 fall/winter line. Covered in bright red satin, these exquisitely designed shoes feature an open toe and draped vamp with peaked throat. A tall continental heel and halter-style buckle sling strap add to the luxurious craftsmanship of the shoes while simultaneously maintaining a high level of comfort.

Herman Delman’s savvy proficiency as a businessman and extroverted personality was frequently realized through his use of exquisitely illustrated advertisements and eye-catching window displays (the Delman store on Madison Avenue featured an oval window showcasing three cobblers at work), as well as his early understanding of the power of celebrity. His designs will forever be associated with iconic leading ladies of the Silver Screen. Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, and Marlene Dietrich all wore Delman, while today celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, and Leighton Meester are often spotted wearing the company’s designs at premieres and in photographs.

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UK:JD Sports Releases adidas Originals x Star Wars collection


JD Sports has announced that it has launched products from the much talked about Star Wars collection by adidas Originals.

adidas Originals joined forces with the iconic Star Wars franchise to launch this unique collection of classic adidas Originals trainers and clothing, which includes cult characters and storylines from the trio of original films blended with classic adidas Originals styles to produce a collaboration of galactic proportions that JD Sports are proud to stock.

The adidas Originals x Star Wars collection consists purely of limited edition footwear and clothing encapsulating both Light and Dark sides, Imperial Forces and the Rebel Alliance in a range that includes printed Stormtrooper tees, Darth Vader track tops and Lightsaber inspired trefoil designs. Never before has a brand captured the excitement of key memorable moments within the Star Wars universe.

One of adidas Originals' all time classic shoes, the Superstar, gets the full Star Wars treatment and will be available in three colourways inspired by the movie. The Storm Trooper Superstar has an all white upper with a Storm Trooper making an appearance on the tongue, transparent sole and heel. The Darth Vader inspired Superstar trainer is all black with orange ascents and features the man himself on the tongue, transparent sole and heel too. There is a final Superstar which is all black with gold highlights and an embossed Star Wars logo on the upper.

These exclusive and limited edition trainers are available in men's sizes, as well as Junior and Nursery sizes so can be worn by the whole family. In Junior sizes include interchangeable three stripes so the look of the shoe can be changed in an instant.

The new collection went on sale through JD Sports on the 18th January and to celebrate JD Sports is offering themed pin badges free to first customers to buy any products from the collection. 

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USA:Fila extends endorsement agreement with Kim Cljisters


Fila announced that it has extended its endorsement agreement with Sony Ericsson WTA Tour star and 2009 US Open champion Kim Cljisters.

“Kim is an important member of the Fila family,” said Gene Yoon, Chairman of Fila. “She inspired people around the world with her amazing comeback to tennis in 2009 and US Open win. She is a proven champion whose drive, athleticism and style are consistent with Fila’s core values. Fila has a great heritage in tennis and we are pleased to have Kim wear our brand, which has been worn by champions in tennis and other sports for over 35 years.”

Kim, an accomplished twenty-six year old Belgian tennis star, has won 35 Sony Ericsson WTA Singles Titles and 11 WTA Doubles Titles so far in her career. After taking two years off to start a family, Kim made her return to professional tennis in August 2009. In just her third tournament after her return to tennis, she received a wildcard to the US Open and went on to make history in New York. She became the first unseeded player to win the US Open and the first mother to win any Grand Slam since Evonne Goolagong-Cauley in 1980. Kim returned to tennis with renewed enthusiasm for the game. Her path to the US Open women’s singles final included tough matches against both Willams sisters as well as other top players on the WTA Tour.

Fila has a long and distinguished history in the world of tennis. The company has endorsement agreements with several ATP Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour athletes; is a major sponsor of the Sony Ericsson Open, BNP Paribas Open, and the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha; and is the footwear licensee with The Championships at Wimbledon.

Kim will debut Fila’s Spring 2010 Heritage Apparel Collection at the Australian Open in Melbourne. 

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Monday, January 25, 2010

USA:Super Stretch line - timeless look & feel of premium denim


Fidelity Denim, an internationally recognized leader in denim design, announced the early delivery of its new Super Stretch line of denim jeans produced with Fidelity’s proprietary Italian made Super Stretch fabrications.

Balking a conservative, single style approach for April delivery, Fidelity is breaking away from industry standards by boldly offering a February delivery of Super Stretch in three new washes across four bodies for the premium/luxury denim market. In keeping with the company’s commitment to motivate consumers to buy luxury denim in 2010, Fidelity’s competitive Price-point compliments the game changing fit and comfort of Super Stretch giving hesitant consumers good reason to buy new denim.

With all the buzz surrounding stretch jeggings and skinny jeans, competitors have shown how reserved the market is by only offering one or two styles. “I can’t say I blame them because jeggings and skinnies are really niche, but jeggings have also shown how much consumers are craving novel new stretch fabrics,” states Fidelity Denim designer and founder Jason Trotzuk. “The trick really is to offer a game changer with traditional denim bodies in order to lure the majority of consumers back to the stores. I believe that we have done exactly that with a heavy-weight stretch denim that doesn’t just improve comfort and fit but does it in leaps and bounds. Our Super Stretch is called super for a very good reason. Once the buzz gets out, I assure you that stores and denim lovers won’t be able to get enough of it. 2010 will be the year of Super Stretch.”

Unlike the light knit fabrics used in jeggings, Super Stretch, offered in two denim blends (cotton/lycra and cotton/rayon/poly), has a true 12 ounce weight with the timeless appeal of heavy denim that also shares the comfort and flex attributes more typical of performance fabrics.

The proprietary stretch characteristics of Super Stretch offer a remarkably comfortable, shape shifting compression that smoothes the leg while maintaining the look of classic, high end denim molding and holding the body with excellent memory. The four styles (Twiggy, Scoop, Stevie and Belladonna), redesigned to accommodate the new fit characteristics of Super Stretch, also benefit from the renowned design and world class styling of Jason Trotzuk and his design team at Fidelity. 

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Germany:Snowboard fashions trends


There are no defined boundaries between street fashion andtechnical apparel in 2010/11 snowboard wear. The transition is fluid, particularly in jackets suitable for use in snow and city.The selection of materials – from cotton twill, blue denim, wool,down looks, to tweed and stretch – as well as the cuts offer a multitude of variations.

Slim, Light Weight, Attractive and Functional – Snowboard wear of the future looks great in the mountains and beyond:

- Light : Reduced weight thanks to material and pattern selection
- Fluid : No boundaries between function and fashion
- Elaborate : Details from rhinestones to knit
- Safe : Medical technology for helmets

Fluid:In general, the silhouette has become slimmer,jackets feature more prominent waists, pants are cut narrower and tighter in a cargo style, and the ladies’ collection is not the only one with body-hugging designs. The looks are reminiscent of the styles of the Eighties, though overly flashy elements are muted by moderated cuts and warm colors. The colors are clear and deep: violet, orange, lapis lazuli blue, carmine red,turquoise, lava red, chocolate brown and raven black. Clean block stripes, large-scale diamond jacquard catch the eye just like imaginative printslike frost patterns, fantastical birds, Japanese flower garlands or camouflage prints with tiny Buddha figures. Herringbone,tweed,and pinstripe continue to be popular.

The focus is on weight reduction for generally not exactly light-weight technical jackets.This is accomplished in part by using lighter weight fabrics, but also by cutting the jackets to fit closer to the body. These measures reduce the weight ofindividual hardshell pieces by about ten percent without compromising on comfort and functionality.

In addition to all known synthetic materials natural products are beginning to regain their foothold. In particular the technical underwear segment applies materials such as silk, wool,cotton, as well as bamboo, and the outerwear segment is increasingly following in its footsteps.

Ortovox offers its first complete collection made of Merino wool,“the world’s best technical fiber”. The fine fiber is woven with the help of modern technology and is ideal for high activity sports. Yet Mother Nature not only has an influence over thefiber segment. She also inspires the colors for the snowboard fashions for the next winter: earth tones such as Tobacco or Wood, deep red, yellow, and orange shades reminiscent of autumn leaves and pumpkins. Maloja “renaturalizes” the Eighties; colors and cuts from the decade are revived, slightly muted and the shrill neon colors are substituted with warm shades.

Even though the majority of 2010/11 snowboard wear is rather unembellished, there are plenty of elaborate small details: fabric-covered buttons, muted logo zippers, rhinestones, metal logos, and colorful lining materials turn seemingly understated garments into true eye candy.

These days, pockets for iPods and the required cable, goggle and cleaning cloth, keys and all that small stuff we lug around in our snow wear, are standard in almost all jackets. Yet manybrands are working on further details. The powder cuff integratedin pants, for example, is  

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Europe:Opening of the 3rd world destination for men’s fashion


The woman is indisputable favorite of fashion designers. The men, however, more strongly stated its position who is interested in and subservient to fashion, with the personal attention it deserves.

Therefore, the Organizing Committee, composed of the National Fashion Chamber of Bulgaria and Plovdiv Municipality is concerned with understanding and respect to this trend Long-term program adopted by Decision ? 88/2009 of the Plovdiv Municipal Council, legitimize enact partnership for the benefit of designers, institutions, media, retailers and fans of unique styling and men`s fashion starts from 28.01. to 03.02.2010 International Men's Fashion Week.

Best Model Management in conjunction with the geopolitical circumstances, and recently received the most significant worldwide recognition of Plovdiv as 5fh antiquity city in the world are the basis for success of the launch. Increasingly international designers and fashion houses are turning to Bulgaria for expression, which seek out and define reasonable as jumping board for its European and worldwide career.

These circumstances present in the cultural capital of the European side outline of the new prestige podium for men`s fashion. So the rising names in the design of men`s clothing, get another chance to premiere their creativity, as judged worthy introduction to the worldwide stage in Milan and Paris. The new initiative is in support of European fashion leadership.

Men`s Fashion Week is organized by the established worldwide standard recognized by individual fashion shows exhibition showrooms about the latest trends in international men`s fashion, textiles, accessories, advice on style of dress, fashion news, and any accompanying events.

The Organizing Committee is open to partnerships.

For this purpose, invitations were sent by foreign diplomatic missions in Bulgaria. Over 100 national and international media have been registered at this time interest in the upcoming Men`s Fashion Week.

The final calendar of fashion shows and related events of the first edition will be published a week before the opening, which is on January 28 2010. It will start and to the general project of the “Fashion Bulgaria”, in which men`s fashion gets deserved attention.  

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Germany:Function meets fashion: new materials with colorful looks


Whether you are an expert carver or enjoy relaxed turns, in the new season skiers can count on highly technical,professionally finished skiwear inspired by well-known alpinists and athletes.

Material manufacturers continue to work on the relationship between air and water permeability. Polartec developed the latest innovation: air channels integrated into the material ensure two-way air exchange which further increases the breathability of the new Powershield Pro. At the same time the softshell material is extremely water-repellant, which makes it perfect for use even in bad weather. Users are impressed by the softshell jackets and pants’ function as well as light weight and high degree of durability.

The international sports palette also features several new ideas in the sector of body temperature management: jackets are heated thanks to reflection and storage of existing body heat with the help of metallic materials and synthetic fibers. A technology with potential – especially for women who always feel cold. Yet synthetic materials such as PrimaLoft and natural insulation materials such as down and Merino wool continue to see a lot of use in a variety of applications.

Clean cuts and figure-hugging designs result in an uncomplicated look with extensive range of motion thanks to stretch inserts and ergonomically preformed arm and knee sections. Sealed seems, helmet-accommodating hoods, and powder cuffs are standard.Playfuldetails such as brushed buttons, logo-print metal appliquГ©s, or printed zippers supply the outfits with a more casual look. If you prefer something more elegant, you will enjoy the collectionspresented by sportstyle manufacturers, combining technical laminates with fashion elements such as cashmere accessories.

For the upcoming season expect to see a profusion of colors on the slopes. Colorful to bright, jackets and pants are combined with each other. A sky blue jacket with canary yellow pants? No problem! Complementary colors are in. In addition to all color of the spectrum there are new compositions such as Burnt Orange, Storm Gray, Hot Pink or Sulphur Yellow. In an homage to the Eighties neon colors celebrate a comeback, yet often in a discreet combination with black, white or brown. The inner linings of the skiwear collections are also very colorful, and complement the look when jackets or pant ventilation slits are worn open.

If color is not enough, structured materials for pants and jackets are offered in a wide selection of collections, dominatedby geometric, printed styles: diamonds, pixel prints, herringboneand chessboard patterns, as well as micro images decorate sections of or entire jackets and pants in all-over prints. The elegant luxury segment of winter wear brings back the bright colors of the Eighties as well as the decade’s colorful leopard and camouflage prints.Another attention-getter is the so-called Rock Chic, skijackets cut to resemble leather jackets with a glossy  

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USA:Kylie Bisutti supports for Haiti quake victims


Model Kylie Bisutti, the new face of Victoria's Secret, headed to the U.S. flagship store of women's exclusive shoe and handbag brand, Carmen Steffens, in Sherman Oaks, CA to shop in support of their Haiti fund-raising efforts. In an effort to help support emergency relief efforts, Carmen Steffens pledged 50% of U.S. sales from January 13th - 20th to the American Red Cross Haitian Relief and Development Fund.

"The outpouring of donations and overall support for Haiti during this tragic time has demonstrated the true compassionate nature of the American people," says Mark Willingham, president of Carmen Steffens' U.S. initiatives. "I would like to personally thank our customers for their support of our Haiti fund-raising endeavors."

One of the most in-demand fashion exports to come from Brazil, Carmen Steffens exclusive handcrafted shoes and handbags are sold through over 150 Carmen Steffens stores worldwide and over 450 multi-brand boutiques. The brand's U.S. flagship store is located in Los Angeles. All Carmen Steffens products are handcrafted in limited quantities and reflect a unique Brazilian style that can be found in no other brand. 

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USA:Origany loved by Hollywood celebrities at вЂBoom-Boom Room’


Origany's eco-friendly apparel was showered with compliments from more than 80 celebrity moms and dads at a two-day pre-Golden Globes event called "Boom-Boom Room" at Century Plaza in Beverly Hills.

The daughter of Golden Globe winner Jason Reitman will be wearing Origany as Michelle Reitman decided on the green pintex dress for their daughter. Reitman, director of "Juno" and "Up In The Air" co-wrote "Up in the Air" and won his first Golden Globe for Best Screenplay-Motion Picture.

Samantha Harris, co-host of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," picked up a purple Baby Alpaca/organic cotton knit dress for her two and a half year old daughter and was very pleased with it. Nancy O'Dell from "Access Hollywood" said, "[I] love the way your clothes feel and really love that they are organic!" Tony award winner and host of "Dance Your Ass Off" Marissa Jaret Winokur gushed over the reversible baby hoodie for her 18-month-old son.

Golden Globe nominated Joely Fisher from FOX's "Til Death" was very excited about Origany's line of certified organic cotton and baby alpaca apparel for babies and toddlers. She got two Baby Alpaca/Organic Cotton dresses for her soon to be two-year-old and four-year-old daughters.

Tiffani Thiessen, currently starring in USA's "White Collar," and also known for her roles in "Saved By the Bell" and the original "Beverly Hills 90210," chose the paisley kimono-style bodysuit for the little one she is expecting in May 2010, while Busy Phillips from ABC's hit show "Cougar Town" loved the Baby Alpaca/ Organic Cotton dress. "This dress is so soft, sweet and organic. It's perfect!" Phillips exclaimed.

Soap stars including Michelle Stafford, "Phyllis Newman," and Kate Linder, "Esther," from "Young and The Restless," as well as long-time "Lucky Spencer" from "General Hospital" Greg Vaughan all oohed and aahed over various items from our organic cotton line. "Lizzie Spaulding" from "Guiding Light," Marcy Rylan, and her husband said, "We love love the reversible baby hoodie!"

Celebrity moms weren't the only ones getting clothes for their little kids. Celeb dad Larry Birkhead chose a pleated purple dress for his four-year-old daughter with the late Anna Nicole Smith, Dannielynn. Evan Handler, who stars in "Californication," but known to many as Charlotte's husband from "Sex and The City," went with the same outfit for his three-year-old daughter.

CEO and Founder Raj Sardesh was delighted with the number of celebrities who dropped by the booth. "We were touched by the overwhelmingly positive response, as well as the personal connection we developed with those celebrity parents we met." Many celebrities told Sardesh that Origany's booth featured the best products. 

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

USA:Janerations to show inspired knitwear creations at CFW


Couture knitwear label Janerations will present its latest collection of inspired designs on the runway at Couture Fashion Week, 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2010 in the legendary Grand Ballroom of the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on New York's Park Avenue.

Janina Stankiene is the designer behind the Janerations brand, which recently celebrated its two-year anniversary. A native of Lithuania, Ms. Stankiene has always had a passion for sewing, decorating, painting, drawing and other creative pursuits.Growingup in a country with a rich tradition of craftsmanship, the designer started developing her knitting skills at an early age, experimenting with different materials in a variety of combinations.

"The beauty of any craft is that it is endless," observes Ms. Stankiene. "There is always room to grow, to better your skills. Today, I am the proud owner of a clothing brand that is not only beautiful and elegant, but also uses materials that I find the most joy in working with." The designer uses only the highest quality wool, fur, silk, glass beads and leather trimmings among other materials, in combinations that fit her creative vision of beauty. She is also noted for her fine work in redesigningvintage fur coats for her clients, bringing them back to life with modern style and panache.

Ms. Stankiene draws upon her experience observing fashion trends in both Europe and the United States, giving her a well-rounded perspective and allowing her to expand her own design horizons. Her exquisitely crafted designs have garnered public attention and attracted a discerning and growing clientele. She has found New York City to be an inspiration - not only because of its cultural and lifestyle diversity and cosmopolitan views - but also because of the willingness of its people to break with the norms and take fashion risks.

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and receptions. Theevent is held in top venues in New York City and other selected cities and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique branding opportunities for luxury products and services. 

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USA:Stargate is a welcome addition to YMI family


LA based YMI, a leader in the junior denim market, announced a new licensing agreement with New York based Stargate Apparel to produce and market YMI Kid’s/Girl’s (sizes 0-16) in denim and non-denim bottoms, swimwear, sleepwear and outerwear. Product is slated to hit department and specialty stores nationwide for Summer 2010. Stargate, a well known family business founded in 1995, has been supplying exceptional product to some of the nation’s largest retailers since its inception. Originally a children’s resource, in 2004 the company expanded into the junior and missy categories with its Freestyle Revolution and Blue Epic lines and has maintained steady growth in all three categories.

Deke Jamieson, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Licensing at YMI explains “Stargate is a welcome addition to the YMI family. The company, in keeping with the YMI brand positioning, offers product with an exceptional price/value relationship. We are confident that Stargate will help our brand develop an even stronger relationship with both our retail partners and our consumers.”

David Vered, President and Founder of YMI, states “We are very excited about the new partnership with Stargate Apparel. They have a proven track record in producing excellent merchandise, in addition to superior design and distribution capabilities. We look forward to a successful expansion in the children’s category for the YMI brand”.

Harry Bailey of Stargate Apparel adds, "We're thrilled to be a part of YMI’s expansion in the kid’s business. The brand is a perfect fit for our company and adds a new dimension with its unique approach to fashion and marketing". 

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UK:Brooks binds with Chrissie Wellington


Brooks Sports, Inc. the only company in the world that offers footwear, apparel, and accessories exclusively for the runner, announced a multi-year partnership with Chrissie Wellington, world-renowned British triathlete and reigning Ironman Champion. With Brooks as her official performance running shoe brand, Wellington joins an elite group of accomplished runners and athletes in the Brooks family.

“I am so honored and excited to officially join the Brooks team,” said Wellington, 32, who has chosen to run in Brooks’ T6 Racer for the past three years. “Brooks is a highly respected brand and a favorite among pro competitors.”

Shortly after turning professional, Wellington, originally from the UK, won her first World Ironman Championship in 2007. She went on again to win in both 2008 and 2009, when she also set a new women’s world course record of 8 hours, 54:02 minutes. Later that year, she was named the Sunday Times Sportswoman of The Year.

“With that trademark smile she flashes even after finishing a grueling race, Chrissie Wellington embodies the strength, passion, and drive to succeed that we look for in brand partners,” said Jim Weber, president and CEO of Brooks. “We’re pleased to welcome her and proud to have such an inspirational athlete representing our brand.”

Wellington is the first triathlete to join Brooks’ strategic group of professional athletes. Included in this tight yet varied group of accomplished runners are the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project, which sent member Brian Sell to the 2008 Olympics in the Men’s Marathon, and renowned ultra and trail runner Scott Jurek. Jurek is the seven-time Western States Endurance Run Champion and Course Record Holder and the two-time Badwater Ultramarathon Champion and Course Record Holder.

Brooks Sports, Inc. is a leading running company that designs and markets a line of performance footwear, apparel, and accessories in more than 40 countries worldwide. A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Brooks was founded in 1914 and is headquartered in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle. The company’s mission is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear that keeps them running longer, farther, and faster. 

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Friday, January 22, 2010

India:Royal Indian costumes to be flaunted in Paris


Mr. Umang Hutheesing has been invited by Mr. Pierre Berge, to present вЂDeepak and Daksha Hutheesing’s collection of royal Indian costumes worn between the period 1911 and 1947, in Paris. Mr. Berge is the one who helped found the legendary Yves Saint Laurent brand.

An event will be organized on February 9, this year, at the Yves Saint Laurent foundation, by the Pierre Berge-YSL Foundation in collaboration with Hutheesing Heritage Foundation.

Citing this invitation as a great honor for Ahmedabad and himself, Mr. Umang Hutheesing offered a concise view of the royal costumes worn during the period between 1911 and 1947. This period was eclectic and dramatic in opulence in terms of royal costumes, he noted.

He dubbed Mr. Berge as the cultural czar of Europe who has advised many French Presidents on cultural issues, and is the lifetime partner of the legendary French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent.

Mr. Hutheesing further added that he will declare his plans regarding the forthcoming Ahmedabad Fashion Week (AFW), at the event in Paris.

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UK:Louise Goldin to receive Fashion Forward sponsorship


The British Fashion Council announces that designer Louise Goldinwill receive Fashion Forward sponsorship for two seasons to show at February 2010 and September 2010 London Fashion Week. The shortlisted designers for this award included Basso & Brooke, Emilio de la Morena, Jean-Pierre Braganza, Osman and Todd Lynn.

The Fashion Forward scheme sponsored by Coutts & Co and supportedby the London Development Agency, was established 4 years ago to provide funding to talented emerging British designers to show and develop their businesses in London. London Fashion Week is the most creative and dynamic event on the international fashion calendar promoting established and emerging British design talentto a global audience. Fashion Forward is a key British Fashion Council initiative to promote emerging design talent. The award provides the winner with a cash prize to showcase theircollection and access to knowledge to develop their business.

Fashion Forward applicants are judged by a panel of experts including Simon Ward, Chief Executive of the BFC (Joint); Anna Orsini, BFC Consultant; Alan Marshall, Coutts & Co; Emma Elwick, Vogue; Lorraine Candy, Elle; Nicola Copping, Financial Times and Sarah Mower, US and BFC’s Ambassador for EmergingTalent. Previous Fashion Forward winners include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giles Deacon, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Illincic. and Sinha-Stanic.

Louise Goldin’s cutting edge, pastel SS10 collection was an elegant and upbeat showcase of her pioneering techniques and a highly accurate reflection of her reputation as being at the vanguard of knitwear design. Goldin's powerful silhouettes and body contouring defy traditional knitwear structures. She meticulously researches new technologies between her studio in London and her factory in Italy which have led to her signature design of innovative programmed techniques where she creates her own knitted fabric and textures, combined with structured, sculpted garments.

Louise Goldin, said “I am so proud to be a winner of this prestigious award – Fashion Forward. It is amazing to have the support from The British Fashion Council, Coutts and industry experts. I am even more driven to create my most successful collection yet! Receiving the financial sponsorship enables me tocreate pieces which are commercially viable yet maintain creativeintegrity”.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said “All around the world, people love London's cool and funky designers, who, like Louise Goldin bring skill as well as innovative flair. This terrific scheme gives them an international platform and the business know-how to help them convert their ideas into profit and even bigger success.”

Harold Tillman, Chairman of the British Fashion Councilcommented,“London’s reputation for creativity is largely fuelled by its innovative fashion designers of which Louise is a great example.We are incredibly proud of the talent and potential here in London which is being watched closely by the world’s media and buyers. I would like to thank Coutts for sponsoring Fashion Forward this season and the London Development Agency for their continued support.”

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USA:Fashion designer Walid Atallah returns to CFW


Leading Middle Eastern fashion designer Walid Atallah will returnto Couture Fashion Week in New York City on Saturday, February13, 2010. The much-anticipated fashion show will be held at in the legendary Grand Ballroom of the world-famous Waldorf Astoria hotel.

After graduating from high school in his native Beirut, Mr. Atallah went on to study fashion design earning a degree from the University of Chicago. From there he settled in the fast growing city of Dubai where he launched his design career. His unique designs soon found a loyal following among sophisticated fashion lovers. Mr. Atallah had his first fashion show in Dubai in 1996 which was enthusiastically received by the industry and which included such special guests as famous Lebanese singer Najwa Karam and top international model Nathalie Fadlallah. His next fashion show was held at the world-famous and iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, presenting an opulent collection to a discerning audience, including royalty.

Since then, Mr. Atallah has presented his memorable collections at dozens of fashion events throughout the Arab world as well as in the fashion capitals of Italy and France, where he received an excellence in international design award from the French Association of Fashion Designers. His debut at Couture Fashion Week in New York in September 2009 was widely applauded and enthusiastically received.

Mr. Atallah has become well-known internationally for his exquisite evening and bridal designs, and for his skillful use ofdiamonds, precious gems and genuine Swarovski crystals, includinga fabulous bridal gown valued at US$1.2 million. In 2005 Mr. Atallah debuted his own luxury line of jewelry made with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, blue marine and Tahitian pearls, and fine watches have since been added to the line. The talented and versatile designer recently launched his pret-a-porter line entitled "W", which includes trendy jeans and tops for today's fashionable and modern woman.

"I have become more moderate with my designs, and now I concentrate more on the creation of original special effects which reflect a different type of femininity," says Walid Atallah.

Walid Atallah's accomplishments in the fashion industry have beenrecognized by numerous awards and honors from many prominent dignitaries, and his distinguished clientele includes many members of Middle Eastern royalty as well as well-known celebrities including singers Diana Haddad, May Hariri, Najwa Sultan, Hoda Haddad, Haifa Wehbe, Najwa Karam and Nanci Ajram. Mr. Atallah is on the advisory board of Dubai Fashion Week and has been selected by the Diamond Trade Company (part of the DeBeers group of companies) to be a judge at a diamond jewelry design competition in the Arabian Gulf region.

Walid Atallah continues to expand his business and reputation as one of the Middle East's top designers with branches currently in Al Ain (UAE), Qatar,Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Libya. He is now poised to make his mark on the demanding U.S. fashion scene.

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and receptions. Theevent is held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City and occasionally in other selected cities and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique branding opportunities for luxury products and services. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Germany:Latest & real looks for Autumn/Winter at cpd


cpd – International Trade Fair for Womenswear & Accessories is perfectly geared up to its international audience. From 7 to 9 February 2010 cpd at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre will be presenting 1,010 collections – including a variety of new brands – with the latest looks for the 2010/11 Autumn/Winter season.

This means that despite difficult economic conditions cpd is on apar with last year’s event and is slightly up on the July event. Sensual concepts determine the design here making the cooler season of the year even more exciting than summer.Trends hover between global and regional, on a time line between the past and the future, caught in the balance between reality and imagination, in a calculation between the rational and theemotional and in the polarisation between the standard and the avantgarde. Very much true to the motto “opposites attract” the Autumn/Winter 2010 fashion trends look to extremes. And that’s exactly where cpd comes in.

Attention here centres on continuing the relaunch started in July 2009 with enhanced concepts in the individual segments. All areas of the fair were reworked for the forthcoming event. This means cpd will be presenting itself in entirely evolved, contemporary new design. Newly created style universes like Luxury Women’s Wear, Maternity and Big is Beautiful, as well as Concept 11, Gallery and Decorate, form the fashion tendencies throughout Womensworld.

The cooperation area Italian Suite (with Ente Moda Italia – EMI and Honegger) was also further extended and has now more than doubled in terms of exhibitor numbers. Further top fashion brandsare to find a new home here over the coming seasons. Furthermore,thanks to rapid links in the city Düsseldorf offers national and European clothing retailers a concept that is perfectly adapted to their needs and thus a real platform for effective business.

“cpd will show its visitors that we now changed our look,”explained Igedo Managing Director Philipp Kronen at the kick-off press conference held at the Düsseldorf InterContinental. “We re-arranged cpd last year and are very satisfied that we have been able to maintain the range here despite the difficult economic climate. Feedback from the market has been extremely positive andwe are sure to see a cpd that we will be able to build upon further in July. Buyers not attending cpd for a long while shoulddefinitely come and take a look at the changes here for themselves.”

The new style universes at cpd at a glance:
LUXURY WOMAN’S WEAR – is the new platform for quality day,evening and cocktail fashion at cpd. This stylish вЂLUXURY WOMAN’SWEAR’ exhibition universe is split into different sections and lounges offering buyers a special service with an intimate feel.

Maternity – presents a completely new cosmos for fashionable maternity wear: for the first time now theвЂMaternity’ segment features as a visually separate concept. Visitors to вЂMaternity’ enter a separate universe whose design focuses on the pregnancy and family themes. With an  

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India:Move your wrist in Meccanico style


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, these watches 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. 

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USA:Fashion industry heavyweights speak at MAGIC Marketplace


MAGIC continues to support the business of fashion by offering the industry's widest variety of resources – global brands from head-to-toe, all the latest trends, a new footwear event - FN Platform, and a forum for industry leaders to share key information, news and insights with their peers.

MAGIC's unique world-class seminar series offers Zappos' extraordinary CEO, Tony Hsieh discussing the critical role customer service plays in the corporate world. NPD Group's world renowned analyst Marshal Cohen will explain how fashion businesses must forge ahead in this new decade. And if you're looking to expand global efficiency, you'll hear one of Obama's top Trade Reps, Gail Strickler, explain up-to-date information on free trade agreements.

Additional topics will be covered, including spring forecasting, global trends for product development, sustainability and "green" production, how to plan, merchandise and brand your business and more. The full speaker lineup is impressive and can be seen at

Three key sessions not to be missed:

Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos

• Keynote Presentation – Delivering Happiness
• Wednesday, Feb. 17th at 9am – Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N254

Under his leadership, Zappos has grown gross merchandise sales from $1.6M in 2000 to over $1 billion in 2008 by focusing relentlessly on customer service. Tony will share his thoughts on establishing balance among four basic human needs: perceived progress, perceived control, relatedness, and a connection to a larger vision. While other innovators in the corporate world focus on creating more high tech gadgets, Tony prefers to focus on the human side of business.

Prior to Zappos, Tony co-founded Venture Frogs and invested in Internet startups including Ask Jeeves, Tellme Networks, and of course, He also co-founded LinkExchange, an advertising network that was successfully sold to Microsoft for $265M in 1998.

Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst, The NPD Group

• Keynote Presentation – Welcome to the New World
• Tuesday, Feb. 16th at 3:30pm – Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N254

We have arrived at the beginning of a whole new world of fashion and retailing and it is driven by a new consumer. Marshal's new book "Buy Me!" says it's time to rid yourself of your old ideas, time to re-write the rules and harness the power of technology of all kinds. Join Marshal as he guides us through this new world and leaves you with action-items that will help you re-write your rules and start new traditions.

Marshal is a national expert on the retail industry and has followed retail trends for more than thirty years. He is among the Footwear News Power 100 and is also one of the foremost authorities on consumer behavior as demonstrated in his book, Why Customers Do What They Do.

Gail Strickler, Assistant US Trade Representative for the Office of Textiles,

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Germany:Giorgio Armani & Reebok announce new global alliance


Giorgio Armani S.p.A. and Reebok International Ltd. have announced a multi-year global alliance to create a special collection, combining active style with sport and technology – EA7 and Emporio Armani labels, with their sporty and sexy lines, team up with Reebok’s innovation and technologies, resulting in the ultimate activewear concept.

The collection is infused with Reebok’s sporting DNA and its unique fitness and training heritage, within the contemporary vision of one of the world’s leading fashion designers.

Distribution will be limited to Emporio Armani boutiques, select Reebok concept stores and preferred retailers worldwide, starting from July 2010.

"Today sportswear and active wear have become really important parts of our wardrobes. I wanted to offer my customers the possibility of wearing sports clothes that were stylish and comfortable. My new alliance with Reebok is a natural consequence of this philosophy. As with all my collaborations, I am delighted to be working with experts in their field," said Giorgio Armani.

“This collaboration offers a new perspective for the design-minded, fashion conscious, active consumer. The global style credentials of the Emporio Armani EA7 brand, combined with Reebok’s fitness and training heritage, and focus going forward, fit together perfectly to provide a compelling new offering in the global sports-style marketplace,” said Uli Becker, President, Reebok International.  

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UAE:Bride Show Abu Dhabi, glittering one stop shop for fashionistas


The Bride Show Abu Dhabi returns in February with everything a bride to be and her fashionista friends could need – local and international fashion designers will showcase their latest collections alongside hair and make up professionals, jewellers, wellbeing advisers, wedding favours, wedding planners and stunning venue operators.

A one stop shop for organising your wedding, or simply the ultimate girls’ day out, The Bride Show Abu Dhabi is the UAE capital’s largest and most sparkling fashion and beauty event, offering everyone an opportunity to sit in the front row of jaw dropping fashion shows, receive complimentary manicures, make up advice and hair styling.

L’Oreal has teamed up with Kerastase this year to bring a new hair blow dry bar for visitors, while backstage a team of their hair stylists will join forces with MAC Cosmetics to provide the hair and make up for the ten stunning catwalk models.

Visitors will be able to find out about the new L’Oreal wedding package, launched exclusively at the exhibition, and book a team of experts to provide professional hair styling for their big day.

Fashion shows of exquisite bridal gowns, evening wear and abayas will take place over four glittering days, 10th to 13th February, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Sheikha Bint Saif, wife of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Bride Show Abu Dhabi has become an annual fixture in the UAE fashion lovers’ diary and is the ultimate shopping event.

“The Bride Show Abu Dhabi is bringing a number of new exhibitors to the UAE capital this year and will offer everything you could imagine to make a wedding that once in a lifetime celebration,” said Lucy Clarke, Exhibition Director for The Bride Show.

“High fashion will be presented in dramatic style on the catwalk as visitors anxiously await the latest collections of bridal dress, evening wear and stunning abayas”.

Well-loved Lebanese television personality Claire Damaa will be at The Bride Show for the first time to exclusively launch her new range of exquisite lingerie. The collection, called Claire D, features straps of freshwater pearls, which can adapt into necklaces and bracelets, and high quality lace, silk chiffon and silk satin fabrics.

A host of one-of-a-kind prizes will be up for grabs for visitors, including four top quality diamonds given away each day of the exhibition, a designer handbag, a honeymoon to Seoul for three nights, courtesy of Visit Korea, four bridal gift cards worth 1,500dhs from Silkor Laser Medical Centre and a year’s membership to the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club worth 4,500dhs.

Doors open at 2:30pm on Wednesday 10 February and the event is open until 10:30pm every night until Saturday 13 February. Thursday 11 February is reserved for ladies only and children under 12 are not permitted. Entry fee is 10dhs.

The Bride Show Abu Dhabi will be the first must-attend event for brides-to-be and fashion-conscious women in 2010, and will be followed by The Bride Show Dubai from 7 to 10 April 2010 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. 

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India:India Fashion Forum to host seminar on Jan 28-29


The Indian Fashion Forum (IFF) is organising the 10th anniversary congregation of India Fashion Forum on January 28 and 29, 2010 at the Renaissance, Mumbai. It is going to be a place where fashion & lifestyle majors will converge from across the globe to brainstorm growth strategies for this decade.

The seamless exchange of experiences and innovative ideas at IFF paves the way for not just the fashion industry, but also many for other industries that are directly or indirectly linked to designing, marketing and retailing of fashion and lifestyle products.

IFF has been the catalyst for investments from the world’s biggest fashion houses – setting up production, distribution, sourcing facilities and also partnering with Indian enterprises for retail expansion in India – one of the two vibrant markets having successfully survived the onslaught of a global downturn.

The seminar will witness participation of key stakeholders, comprising major fashion & lifestyle brands, manufacturers & exporters, retailers, shopping centre developers, supply chain & logistics, IT, retail design companies and the entire support industry.

The two-day forum will also have leadership sessions, CEOs conclaves, workshops, talk shows, exhibits of futuristic concepts in fashion forecasting, branding and retailing, the best of retail spaces across India and could prove to be an unparalleled opportunity for business networking.

The seminar will also provide an excellent opportunity for global delegates to get a feel of Indian fashion market and going by past experience, the seminar anticipates active participation of all major brands & retailers from every segment of the fashion business.

In addition to fashion branding, marketing & retailing, subjects that IFF addressed stridently in the past, the 10th IFF brings a world of exciting opportunity for designers, merchandisers, buyers and sourcing teams of fashion brands. In short, IFF will be a platform to convert vibrant fashion thoughts in to business, involving the top design, merchandising & marketing minds in the business of fashion.

Click here for more details and registration. 

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

USA:Oakley Global Collection to hit Canadian market


Oakley, Inc. announced the release of a new Global Collection of products designed to honor Oakley's global team of athletes participating in the Winter Olympics. As part of this rare array, a special edition sunglass and snow goggle carry custom Oakley art to salute the nations that will send their best to Canada in February 2010. Apparel designs and accessories in the collection are accented with graphics that recognize the heritage of the hosting province, and a limited edition timepiece is part of the unparalleled line of collectibles.

"This special collection pays tribute to an event that unites the world in the fellowship of athletic competition," said Oakley CEO Colin Baden. "Many athletes in Vancouver will rely on Oakley innovations as they strive for Gold, and the new Global Collection will fuel the excitement and shared pride of watching these athletes exceed all limits. Oakley art turns these special editions into keepsakes and collectibles, mementos that let fans carry the memories of this thrilling chapter in sports history," Baden concluded.

The collection includes a uniquely rendered edition of Oakley's popular Crowbar goggle. The new Global Crowbar Snow Goggle features bold graphics that depict flags of nations. It comes with a matching Microclear bag for lens cleaning and goggle storage, as well as a strap patch that combines the company icon with a national flag in one of 11 optional country designs: Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

With its moisture-wicking comfort and superior protection against impact and UV, Crowbar Snow is the choice of world-class athletes. (Please note that this special edition goggle will be distributed in a limited release of only 400 units. It is not available via but can be purchased at Oakley stores and other select retail locations now.)

The eyewear rendition in the new collection, Oakley's Global Fuel Cell is highlighted with a flags-of-nations motif in the letters of the company logo. The sunglass comes with a matching Microclear bag for lens cleaning and frame storage. Oakley Fuel Cell is a streetwise design, a look of authenticity with confident contours of comfortably lightweight O Matter frame material. This edition features the glare-cutting performance of Oakley HDPolarized lenses with the clarity and protection of High Definition Optics (HDO).

In addition to graphical expressions of the flags-of-nations motif that honors our global team of athletes, the new Oakley Global Apparel Collection features a Canadian Maple Leaf and stylized totem art. The original Oakley design salutes the country and province hosting the games, and pays tribute to its history and heritage. Hoodies and tees for men and women comprise the collection. (These apparel items are available at Oakley stores and via now.)

Accessories in the Global Collection include caps, a beanie, a backpack and an umbrella, as well as a commemorative pin. Each of these carries totem graphics that signify it as a collectible edition. A serialized allotment of the company's Warrant timepiece has been styled with the totem motif, and just 100 units will be available. 

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UK:British Bridal Exhibition returns to Harrogate


Europe's largest bridalwear exhibition, BBEH, returns to Harrogate this March. Spread over the halls of the Harrogate Exhibition Centre and surrounding hotels, this exhibition is the highlight of the buying season in the bridal industry.

BBEH attracts retailers and exhibitors from across the globe who recognise the importance of being on the bridal ball; at Harrogate they will see an unrivalled product mix of over 150 exhibitors and over 250 collections and have the opportunity to discover brilliant new talents alongside many of the biggest and longest-established names in the business. The exhibition is an essential networking opportunity and the perfect place for industry professionals to meet up and share ideas and opinions.

A valuable new addition to the March BBEH programme will be a series of exclusive seminars designed to help retailers maximise on specific business opportunities. Speakers are Keren Anderson from bridal website specialists I Do, I Do on how to Manage your brand and reputation online, Peter Cunningham from Design CLD who will discuss Interior Design for all budgets and Richard Freedman from Xedo whose new retail software package is designed specifically with the bridal and formalwear market in mind.

BBEH also showcases the latest fashion in its daily catwalk shows. Watch the Bridal Preview to see the best in directional trends from influential, big-name collections. There will be an evening drinks reception prior to the catwalk show, on the opening day of BBEH, 14 March. 

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USA:Sue Wong for Walt Disney Signature inspired by Alice in Wonderland


Leading fashion designer Sue Wong announced the launch of Sue Wong for Walt Disney Signature, a high-end dress line inspired by Disney's "Alice in Wonderland." Tim Burton's highly anticipated film, featuring favorite characters from the classic Lewis Carroll tales, hits the big screen on March 5, 2010 (U.S. theatres). The line developed in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products will launch nationally in February 2010 as a special limited edition collection for Spring 2010.

Sue Wong for Walt Disney Signature will feature pieces influenced by key story characters and locations, including Alice, the Red Queen, the White Queen, the White Rabbit and the talking flower garden. The Alice In Wonderland-inspired collection will showcase unique details inspired by the film, such as Victorian antique lace and vibrant details, while offering Sue Wong's signature style: romance, femininity and exquisite hand-craftsmanship.

"I have long been mesmerized by the fantastical tales of Alice and her surrealistic adventures in Wonderland and am thrilled to be collaborating with Disney on this project," explains designer Sue Wong. "This classic story, along with Tim Burton's inspired interpretation, lends itself especially well to my design aesthetic, which is whimsical and fun, while adding yet another element of creativity and expression to my artistic process. It is an honor to help bring this marvelous tale to life."

"Disney has been influencing fashion trends for several years thanks in part to the universal appeal of our characters and to the inspiration from such creative works of art as Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland," said Robert Oberschelp, director, Disney Lifestyle Collections for Disney Consumer Products. "Our collaborations with top designers like Sue Wong have also enabled us to keep our lifestyle collections fresh and vibrant serving up an aspirational effect with consumers and Disney fans of all ages."

The Sue Wong for Walt Disney Signature collection will be available in fine department stores such as Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom's, Lord and Taylor and Macy's, as well as on 

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Poland:New formula to shorten the BTS fair to two days


The BTS Fair of Shoes, Leather and Leather Goods will once again take place in the new exhibition cycle – May and November.

The Spring edition of the fair will be held 12-13 May 2010 on thegrounds of the Poznan International Fair. Companies will present their latest collections for the Fall-Winter 2010/2011 season. A new formula will shorten the BTS fair to two days, allowing exhibitors to save time and costs associated with their stay in Poznan. The most important meeting in Poland for the shoe-leathertrade will without a doubt attract the interest of numerous visitors.

Comprehensive Offer for the Trade
The offers of Polish and international exhibitors will bepresented in two themed areas: Trend - a place where shoe, clothing, and leather goods collections will be presented, and Tech – bringing together exhibitors of leather, components and accessories for shoes and purses, along with machines and technologies for the trade. BTS will surely not lack in new-to-the-market products and services, and fair premiers.

Attractive Program of Events
The perfect complement to the rich exhibitor displays will be the attractive program of events, prepared in cooperation with our partners. During the conferences, seminars, and trainings several issues will be touched on, among them effective sales techniques. The opportunity to get an up-close look at the latestdesign trends for the Fall-Winter 2010/2011 season will beprovided by daily leather shoe, goods, and clothing shows. Among the events in the program schedule we also recommend the merchantcompetitions and special shows. During the Awards Gala ceremony, Gold Medals will be handed-out to the best products. 

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USA:Johnny Lavoy becomes Consulting Hair Expert for L'Oreal Paris


L'Oreal Paris is thrilled to add hair expert and Internet sensation Johnny Lavoy to the company's roster of beauty experts in the United States. Lavoy's recent rise to fame in the beauty industry was fueled by his "How to Get the Look" videos that appear online via Ford Models. His videos have received more than 20 million hits from all over the globe and his fan base continues to grow.

Lavoy is a sought-after hair stylist, based in Connecticut and New York City, and has worked on many national advertising and editorial campaigns. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, InStyle, Glamour and Elle and he has worked on fashion shows including Michael Kors, Oscar De La Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Christian Dior, Cynthia Steffe and Gucci.

"Johnny is the perfect fit for L'Oreal Paris," said Karen T. Fondu, president, L'Oreal Paris division, L'Oreal USA, Inc. "He has an amazing ability to interpret high fashion or red carpet hair looks and his step-by-step approach easily teaches women how to achieve a similar look at home. We are very excited to partner with Johnny and bring his style advice and L'Oreal Paris expertise to women across the country."

Lavoy will begin representing the brand during 2010 award season activities and media appearances in Los Angeles surrounding the 67th Golden Globes on January 17, 2010.

The L'Oreal Paris division of L'Oreal USA, Inc., is a total beauty care company that combines the latest in technology with the highest in quality for the ultimate in luxury beauty at mass. The L'Oreal Paris brand encompasses the four major beauty categories – haircolor, haircare, skincare and cosmetics – and includes such well-known brands as Preference, Excellence and Feria haircolors; EverPure, VIVE Pro, Studio Line and L'Oreal Kids haircare; Revitalift, Age Perfect, Ideal Skin Genesis, Collagen, Sublime Bronze and Men's Expert skincare; and the Colour Riche, True Match, Infallible, Bare Naturale and Studio Secrets Professional line, along with a portfolio of mascara including Voluminous, Double Extend and Telescopic, among many others. 

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Italy:Fashion sector will be first to exit from crisis – Expert


As per an industry body chief, Italy’s fashion sector will come out of the financial crisis, before other industrial sectors, but at the same time the government too needs to help and guide companies to become more competitive.

Michele Tronconi, Chief of Sistema Moda Italia (SMI), which represents the textile and garment industry said, “Despite the crisis not yet being over, sales are doing well currently as a change in pace is noticeable since the last few months.”

"The crisis is not yet over but the fashion industry which was the first to be hit by the economic turmoil will also be the first to record a full and complete turnaround, ahead of other sectors,”, he added by saying.

Late last year, after the crisis unfolded, Italy's fashion industry called upon the government to bail it out as demand for goods churned out by the sector like clothes, shoes and handbags started plummeting, due to the slowdown.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

USA:Prime Time Hollywood Sweepstakes winner selected


Prime Outlets, a collection of 22 outlet shopping centers throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, in partnership with VH1, a division of MTV Networks, announced Nicole Bynon, an East Syracuse, NY resident, is the winner of the Prime Time Hollywood Sweepstakes.

The Prime Time Hollywood Sweepstakes prize package, worth $6,200, includes round-trip airfare and accommodations for two; a pair of tickets to the live VH1 broadcast of the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards and red carpet event; first class transportation; hair and make-up services the evening of the event; a $500 Prime Outlets gift card and a FLIP camcorder. Celebrity Stylist Mark-Alan Harmon, who has worked with some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities for more than a decade, will escort the winner and her guest dressed in designer fashions from Prime Outlets the evening of the event.

"The Prime Time Hollywood Sweepstakes brings our national advertising campaign, The World is Your Runway, to life as it was designed to remind fashionistas that every moment of every day we are walking our own personal runway," said Karen E. Fluharty, Prime Outlets' Senior Vice President of Marketing. "Partnering with VH1 for the sweepstakes allows us to reward our loyal shoppers, giving them a chance to walk the real red carpet with Hollywood's elite. It truly is the fashion opportunity of a lifetime."

Prime Outlets and VH1's Prime Time Hollywood Sweepstakes ran from Dec. 14 to Dec. 31. The 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards gala will air live for the third straight year on VH1 on January 15, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Since its inception in 1995, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards has been a star-studded bellwether event of the awards season and historically, the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. 

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