Wednesday, March 31, 2010

USA:Blowfish Shoes launches its new branded website


Blowfish Shoes, a fashion forward shoes and accessory collection, announces the launch of its new branded website and expanded social content pages. The new sections on the website “Blowfish Blog,” “Style,” and “Community” bring Blowfish closer to its customers, allowing them to communicate with the brand on an intimate level.

Blowfish’s new blog, “Everything But The Ordinary,” stands by its name. It features unfiltered, up-to-date news, stories, and the best in pop culture from four, hip, unique contributors from all over the country: Elise, Shelby, Lilly, and Jessica. Enticing fashion images and video make every page eager for the eye to discover. Visitors are able to view a range of topics including people, places, fashion, music, art, and of course, shoes.

The “Style” section on Blowfish’s new website features the hottest shoes for the season, separated into three distinct categories “Rebel Chic”, “Malibu Pier” and “Warrior Goddess”. Rebel Chic highlights the latest trends for the urban city girl, with an array of several unique styles of boots. Malibu Pier showcases colorful flats for the summer beach girl. Warrior Goddess offers the classic style of the summer sandal with a worldly, celestial twist. Silhouettes include sandals with inventive straps and gorgeous beadwork, in subtle feminine colors. Each page features an interactive shopping experience, allowing the customer to click on a featured item to purchase.

Bridging the customer gap, Blowfish has launched a new community section that allows its customers to communicate through social networking sites, including Twitter and Facebook. The interactive section “Girlcrush”, allows visitors to tweet and discuss their latest innocent admirations for a fellow female with creative prowess and impeccable wit. With links to Youtube, Flickr, Polyvore, Lookbook, and Chictopia, there is truly something for everyone and an ease of communication directly with Blowfish.

“Our customer is our voice,” says owner, Don Weiss. “We wanted to create a platform that allows the Blowfish customers to interact directly with each other. We are really excited to expand our reach on a personal level.” 

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USA:Express your personality through Dream Out Loud


Kmart is pleased to team up with actress, singer and icon Selena Gomez. Kmart and Gomez, along with her master licensee Adjmi Cynosure Holdings, will launch "Dream Out Loud" by Selena Gomez, a fashion collection geared to juniors. The collection of value-priced fashions inspired by Gomez's signature style will be available at Kmart stores and at the end of July, 2010. The collection will include junior sportswear, handbags, belts, scarves, hats, hair accessories, socks/hosiery, and arriving in October footwear.

"Selena Gomez is a positive role model for teens and her fans all over the world look to her for style inspiration," said John Goodman, executive vice president, SHC Apparel and Home Fashions. "We are delighted to offer our customers the opportunity to emulate her style with affordable apparel and footwear options."

Selena Gomez has become one of the most sought-after young stars today. She graces television screens every week on her Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place" and will next be seen on the big screen in the FOX feature film "Ramona and Beezus." Gomez has comfortably segued into the music industry with the release of her first CD, "Kiss & Tell" for Hollywood Records, which just went gold.

In addition to acting and singing, she has started her own production company, July Moon Productions. Giving back has always been something very important to Selena and last year she was named as the youngest UNICEF Ambassador in the United States. In April, Gomez will begin production on another feature film for FOX entitled "Monte Carlo" opposite Nicole Kidman, and she is in the early stages of working on her sophomore CD.

"I am proud to be able to join forces with Kmart to release my own fashion collection!" said Selena Gomez. "This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and I feel privileged to be able to give the consumer great product at a great value."

The "Dream Out Loud" collection demonstrates how easy, affordable and fun it is to express your personality through feminine fashion. The collection of affordable mix-and-match fashions will be available just in time for back-to-school shopping. 

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UK:Erdem bags BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund


The British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that Erdem is the winner of the inaugural BFC / Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. The Award which is comprised of £200,000 and access to director level mentors across the industry has been established as a key part of the BFC’s 25th anniversary legacy programme to further enhance the reputation of London’s rising stars and assist in the development of their businesses.

The BFC will develop a bespoke mentoring programme tailored specifically to assist Erdem Moralioglu in achieving his business goals for the next twelve months with the aspiration that the network developed during this year will endure throughout his career as he makes the transition from a developing creative business into a global fashion brand.

Erdem was selected for this award based on the label’s strong design signature and clear vision for the immediate development and growth of his business. Eight designers were shortlisted by a panel of representatives of Fund sponsors. All of those shortlisted were then invited to present their collections and future plans to the judging panel of Fund sponsor representatives and industry experts chaired by Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue. All of those shortlisted will have access to support from the mentoring panel either directly or through Marigay McKee, Harrods Director of Fashion and Beauty who will chair the mentoring panel.

British based designer Erdem Moralioglu’s eponymous ready-to-wear line was established in 2005. His gracefully modern clothing has won plaudits for its fusion of sharp tailoring with romanticism and bold, graphic, custom-designed silk prints.

The British Fashion Council has an international reputation for supporting emerging talent through its existing schemes; NEWGEN supported by TOPSHOP and Fashion Forward. The BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund will aid business growth and create employment opportunities, it is complementary to existing support schemes and will focus on developing profile and opportunities for British designer businesses.

The Fund was launched by BFC Chairman Harold Tillman in September 2008. Vogue, headline sponsor, whose May issue is on sale early April will showcase the talents of all eight finalists.

Erdem Moralioglu commented "I am thrilled to be the winner of the BFC Vogue Fashion Fund. It is an honor. The prize will help us to take our business to the next level. It is so integral for us to be showing in London and the support of the BFC and Vogue will allow us to grow our business internationally. It is suchexciting time for us."

BFC Chairman, Harold Tillman, commented “Erdem has excellent design credentials, an impressive business plan and creates beautiful collections season after season. I am proud to say that the British Fashion Council’s Vogue Designer Fashion Fund will play a key role in developing Erdem’s already prominent designer business both here in the UK and abroad.”

Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue, said "I am very excited by the prospects that the Fund offers not only in terms of finance but in mentoring. In Erdem I feel we have a very worthy winner who already has an international reputation and who has the creativity and application that is needed to become a global business. He makes beautiful clothes that already have a recognisable stamp that is his alone." 

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Germany:cpd remains a strong brand - Mayor Elbers


The partners of the Igedo Company (Messe Düsseldorf GmbH along with Philipp and Timm Kronen) stand firmly behind cpd – International Trade Fair for Womenswear & Accessories. Inside of the regular trade fair evaluation, the committee rated theFebruary cpd with its 20,000 trade visitors and more than 1,000 presented collections as the first major success for the new positioning.

With a clear vote, the partners counterposed rumours about the future of cpd that had emerged during the February event, receiving consensus from lord mayor Dirk Elbers. "cpd remains a strong brand, with which many showrooms in the city advertise. On an international level, cpd is a byword for the fashion city DГјsseldorf," explained Mayor Elbers. "Only through its diversity does DГјsseldorf have a real chance to compete in the global marketplace. Thus there is no reason at all to doubt the future of this trade fair."

"We never doubted the future of cpd and stand behind this trade fair with complete conviction. cpd still plays a central role for DГјsseldorf as a fashion location," adds Messe DГјsseldorf President & CEO Werner Matthias Dornscheidt. "The partners are firmly convinced that the Igedo Company has chosen the right path and that cpd will be able to continue to grow and move forward according to the market situation in the coming seasons."

The partners also spoke in favour of a clear concentration of the trade fair happenings in DГјsseldorf and with that against the orientation of the "Impulse. TheShowroom" project in DГјsseldorf-Oberkassel, since the use of the offsite location beyond the premier event was not secured.

The next cpd takes place from 25 to 27 July 2010. 

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USA:Concept Creation Couture Collection at Fishman’s Fabrics


Premier Chicago couture designer, Elda De La Rosa, announces the introduction of her latest collection, the Concept Creation Couture Collection 2010, to be unveiled on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at Fishman’s Fabrics, 1101 S. Des Plaines St. in downtown Chicago. The fashion show will begin at 7:00 p.m., immediately following a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m.

“I think it’s perfect that my Concept Creation Couture Collection will be unveiled at Fishman’s, as this body of work is a wonderful example of the inspiring medium of gorgeous fabrics,” said De La Rosa. “I’m particularly excited about the show’s finale piece, which to me epitomizes the process of 'Fabric to Couture' -- taking luxurious fabrics and harnessing the feeling they elicit as inspiration for the red carpet.”

De La Rosa considers herself more builder and architect than fashion designer. Inspired by her love affair with couture and glamour, she uses elegant, rich fabrics as the canvas on which to create the pieces in this show. The Concept Creation Couture collection illustrates De La Rosa’s extensive range as an artist and features evening and wedding gowns, cocktail dresses, separates and suits made with the decadent fabrics and rapt attention to detail for which she has become known.

The show’s finale will feature the gown selected for this year’s Oscars Designer Challenge 2010, for which De La Rosa was chosen as one of only nine designer finalists in the country. The Gown, Lucero, is bluish/gold in color, made of iridescent, silk taffeta and inspired by the strong, yet beautiful and feminine women who have influenced De La Rosa’s life. Specifically, she tapped into the classic, tailored, vintage look of the 40’s, where structure met femininity. 

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UK:вЂMagi-Fit’ new tummy control range for women


Leading home shopping company JD Williams have just launched a new tummy control range for women, with slimming trousers, jeansand skirts for plus size women up to a size 32.

Exclusive to JD Williams, the revolutionary Magi-Fit range is the latest in tummy control garment technology that features a hidden light control panel within clothes to hold in the tummy without being restrictive, discretely creating a sleeker and slimmer silhouette.

JD Williams loves plus size curves, but understands that women sometimes like to conceal those womanly lumps and bumps, which can prove difficult with tight fitting clothing. That's why the Magi-fit range has cleverly designed fashionable clothing with built in control pants to ensure women look and feel great every time.

Career minded women will love the formal Magi-fit trousers and tailored skirts in black, grey and navy blue that make women look fabulous in the office, while Magi-fit have also created more casual denim skirts and fashionable jeans for flattering everyday looks.

Designed with real women in mind, Magi-Fit clothes are available up to a size 32, with trousers and jeans in leg lengths 27in to 32in, looking after women of all shapes and sizes.

J D Williams & Company Limited is part of N Brown Group plc. 

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

USA:Phetus helps MBFW for Vevant


Elite Gudz artist and designer, Phetus, helped Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week bid a fond farewell to its Bryant Park home by contributing original art installations to the events media sponsor, Vevant, for each day of the eight day event. A recap of the occasion along with behind the scenes footage is now available from the team at Elite Gudz.

Phetus' site-specific creations each consisted of a differently styled mannequin bust, a 4' x 6' canvas and an accompanying 12" x 12" canvas in themes relating to the world of fashion and current events.

Amongst the pieces created by Phetus for the event were “Neg di san fe,” in an effort to support relief in Haiti and “From the Heart,” in support of Women's Heart Health Awareness. 

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USA:Crystals By Carmen - most awesome creation


Talented singer Carmen Carter has captivated the 20 million viewers of ABC's hit Emmy-nominated TV show "Dancing with the Stars," not only with her dynamic voice but with her dazzling headpieces (also known as Nayaris). For more than nine seasons, "Dancing with the Stars" professional dancers, celebrities, fans, and friends have shown great interest in wearing the Carter's Nayaris. Due to such high interest, Carter created her patent-pending "Crystals By Carmen" collection of Nayaris, which are now available to everyone.

Although the "Crystals By Carmen" jewelry collection includes casual and exotic Nayaris, and jewelry for special occasions, her initial focus is on her bridal/formal collection, which includes several stunning pearl Nayaris, necklace sets and accessories which are embellished with Austrian or Swarovski crystals. Her formal line, which she includes in her bridal collection, is quite extensive, colorful and truly dazzling. Each Nayari is secured by Carmen's special patent-pending mounted hair clip that holds them in place, insuring a proper yet adjustable fit. Either collection is well suited for weddings, pageants, proms, quinceaneras and special occasions. Crystals By Carmen's jewelry collection of Nayaris, bridal/formal jewelry and accessories are affordable, ranging from $35 to $350. Many pieces are made with lead-free and nickel-free metals, Austrian or Swarovski crystals and beautiful stones.

Due to Carter's allergic reaction to the metals contained in the necklaces she once wore, and the fact that bindis weren't visible on camera, she began making her own Nayaris and wearing them on "Dancing with the Stars." It was not long before she became known as "the singer who wears the dazzling crystal headpieces," (aka Nayaris).

"Each Nayari is meant to reflect a woman's inner beauty and strength. It is to be worn with humility," says designer Carter. "I hope that every time a woman wears a Crystals By Carmen Nayari or accessory, she is reminded that she is the most awesome creation that has been placed on this earth and that she is worthy of acknowledgment."

A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Carter attended UCLA as a biology major by day, and moonlighted performing in various nightclubs by night. It soon became clear that her true calling was music. She toured as a singer, providing background vocals for such musical artists as with O Bryan and Karen White, before having children and settling down near her family as a studio artist in Los Angeles. Her vocal versatility landed her high-profile sessions with recording artists, such as Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand and John Legend. In addition, she worked on and off camera in films, including "The Princess and the Frog," "Lion King 1.5," "Shrek," "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," "Meet the Fockers," "Ray" and "Dreamgirls." Her television credits include "American Dad," "Family Guy," "South Park," "King of Queens," "Friends," "Sister Sister," and "The Parkers," to name a few.

"When I started in the music business I would embellish my boots and clothing with crystals and other things to make myself stand out," says Carter. "Since I've received so much interest in the Nayaris that I've worn on 'Dancing with the Stars,' I decided to include them in my "Crystals By Carmen" Collection so other women can wear them, too." 

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UK:Nikki follows footsteps of Shoe Guru Jimmy Choo


A Taiwanese footwear design student at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, UK, has just had an opportunity every aspiring shoe designer would dream of – to spend the day with international shoe guru Professor Jimmy Choo OBE.

I Cheng Lin (Nikki), 21, originally from Taichung City in Taiwan has just spent two days (22 to 23 March) as Choo’s apprentice at his renowned Couture House in London, UK, where he still actively works with his team in the design and production of bespoke handmade shoes.

Nikki’s talent in shoe design won her the workshop when Choo visited DMU in November 2009 to give a masterclass to past and present footwear design students.

A firm supporter of education, Choo regularly mentors young shoe designers like Nikki at his studio. He said: “It is very important to me to give back to society. I want to give back to education in the UK, and give back to my father who taught me. Without them I would not be where I am today.

“If many people can follow my footsteps, it can be very beneficial for the young generation. I always tell my students to keep and open mind and be willing to learn from people, and then you can be successful.”

Nikki has been working with Choo and his team, learning how the whole process of couture works, from drawing skills to dealing with individual clients.

She said: “It has been inspiring learning about all the different skills and techniques from Jimmy Choo and I think all of his advice will be very helpful to me in the future.”

DMU’s unique BA (Hons) Footwear Design course is the only specialist footwear degree in the UK and has won support from Choo, who also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University. 

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spain:MADRID NOVIAS continues to incorporate outstanding designers


The designers, RubГ©n Perlotti and Marcos Marrero-MarГ­a DГ­az (M&M), have confirmed their participation at the next edition of MADRID NOVIAS, the International Bridal Fashion Exhibition, an event organised by IFEMA that will be staged between 6th and 9th May at Feria de Madrid.

With these new signings, which join the other recent confirmations from the designers, Joaquim VerdГє and Javier ArnГЎiz, the fair will consolidate its position as the most important wedding fashion fair in Spain. This grand event brings together the majority of the most prestigious designers working in this sector, including names such as Hannibal Laguna, Elio Berhanyer, Modesto Lomba, Juan Duyos and Miquel Suay, among others.

The eighth edition of MADRID NOVIAS, which is organised by IFEMA and marketed by the company, EXPOTECNIC, expects to feature the participation of nearly 100 exhibitors and represented brands belonging to the following sectors: wedding gowns, bridegroom attire, party-wear, Communion attire, accessories and trade equipment. As at the last edition, MADRID NOVIAS will take place in Hall 14.1 at Feria de Madrid, the same setting in which CIBELES MADRID FASHION WEEK is staged. The first two days, 6th and 7th May, will witness the staging of the CIBELES MADRID NOVIAS Fashion Parades in the same hall as the stands, thus enabling buyers to visit the trade exhibition area after attending the different fashion parades.

On the Catwalk: The Collections of 25 Designers
On this occasion, visitors to this edition of the fair will be able to view the collections of a total of 25 designers. Of this number, some 21 will present ideas for brides and bridegrooms, whilst, as a new feature, 4 fashion parades will present First Communion attire. In this respect, we might mention the fact that the CIBELES MADRID NOVIAS Fashion Show will provide the setting for the first fashion parade of this kind in Spain, based on the participation of companies such as Hortensia Maeso for Rubio Kids, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Suay and Barcarola, among others.

Furthermore, MADRID NOVIAS will present a large number of ideas under the heading of party-wear, including creations by names as renowned as Montesinos, Ana Torres, MarГ­a Coca, Marga SГЎnchez, Matilde Cano, Mercedes Alonso and Zeduka, among others.

These developments enable MADRID NOVIAS to take another step forward in terms of consolidating its role as the most important wedding fashion fair in Spain and the leading point of reference for the sector as a whole. In fact, Spain's wedding fashion industry is a world leader within this market, currently constituting more than 800 companies boasting an annual turnover of around 1,500 million euros.

The last edition of MADRID NOVIAS, which took place in April 2009, featured some highly satisfactory results. At this first edition under IFEMA's organisation, the fair brought together a total of 4,751 trade visitors, of whomnearly 400 were foreign buyers. 

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USA:Man Sang completes China-Metro merger


Man Sang International Limited (NYSE Amex: MHJ), which has been renamed China Metro-Rural Holdings Limited, announced that it completed the merger with China Metro-Rural Limited in an all stock transaction, pursuant to which Creative Gains Limited, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of MSBVI, merged with and into China Metro with China Metro continuing as the surviving company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of MSBVI. The name change was effected in connection with the completion of the merger.

"We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the merger and are prepared and excited for the future," said Cheng Chung Hing, Ricky, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of MSBVI. "We look forward to combining China Metro's and MSBVI's operations and joining China Metro in its development and completion of the integrated, agricultural logistics and multi-functional project, known as China Northeast Logistics City, that will facilitate exhibition, trading, logistics, warehousing, commercial and residential housing in Northeast China."

Under the terms of the merger agreement, the China Metro shareholders received approximately 574,432 ordinary shares of MSBVI for each ordinary share of China Metro they owned, with cash being paid in lieu of fractional shares. MSBVI issued a total of 57,443,234 ordinary shares to the China Metro shareholders in order to acquire China Metro. Upon completion of the merger, the pre-merger ordinary shares of MSBVI remained outstanding and represented approximately 10% of the outstanding ordinary shares of MSBVI, whereas the ordinary shares of MSBVI issued to the China Metro shareholders represented approximately 90% of the outstanding ordinary shares of MSBVI.

MSBVI also announced today that Mr. Sam Sio Kam Seng, Chairman of China Metro, has joined MSBVI's Board of Directors as Executive Director and Deputy Chairman and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of MSBVI. Mr. Sio will provide invaluable insight and guidance as MSBVI continues to implement its business strategies and best corporate governance practices.

"MSBVI is a company with creative and visionary ideas. The strong leadership of the management of MSBVI, supported by its excellent marketing and operation teams, has already built up a successful business in the manufacture and wholesale of pearls and jewelry products, as well as development and investment in trade centers and properties. It is my great pleasure to join MSBVI as a member of the Board. I look forward to working very closely with all my colleagues from MSBVI," said Mr. Sam Sio. "We are fully confident of the synergy of the merger. The combination of the drive and the people of the two companies will accelerate our business momentum and create a strong and prosperous future for MSBVI. I look forward to moving ahead constructively and working closely with the Board to enhance shareholders' value," he continued.

Mr. Sio holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management and a Master of Business Administration degree. He is also a member of Chartered Institute of Buildings, a member of Society of Environmental Engineers and an associate of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; a Chartered Builder of United Kingdom. He has over 20 years of experience in insurance and senior management.

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USA:Military khakis become edgy вЂGreen’ styles


EM & Co’s Fashion Installation portrayed a вЂBrave New World’ for the new decade, on March 18, 2010, with statuesque models and a custom-mixed music overlay of opera and punk, as it celebrated the re-launch of EM Reconstruct’s mini-collection showing how military khakis can be fashionably вЂgreen’, and Angela Dean’s ready-to-wear collection which proved that looking stylishly hot is not size-exclusive.

Angela Dean’s futuristic silver jersey dresses and vintage-inspired brocade coats are designed to flatter all body shapes and types. The store-exclusive EM Reconstruct label showed edgy military-inspired looks re-constructed out of recycled army clothing by EM and Krys-N-Jack.

“It’s a brave new world this new decade, fashion-wise,” says Eveline Morel, EM & Co founder. “Designers have to brave the economic situation, think outside the box, and deal with changing consumer trends, growing eco-consciousness, and a growing demand for cutting-edge fashion that fits women of all sizes and body types.”

The EM Reconstruct label represents the latest trend in eco-conscious fashion: up-cycling of garments. Combining edgy trend-setting style with eco-friendly practices, existing garments are re-fashioned and modified, sometimes beyond recognition, into new garments. Each garment is individually created, no two garments are ever identical. EM Reconstruct releases a themed mini-collection each quarter, created by EM and other local designers.

Angela Dean, celebrity designer, whose loyal following from Hollywood’s top celebrities fashioned a reputation as a вЂbest-kept fashion secret’, and whose client roster includes Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, and Jada Pinkett Smith, launched a new ready-to-wear collection of cleverly-designed pieces that easily adapt to any shape and body style. 

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hong Kong:Effective cost control measures drive record profits in 2009 - Li & Fung


Hong Kong-based multinational Li & Fung Limited, the global consumer goods exporter, announced record profits for 2009, which was driven by its discipline in cost control amidst a soft consumer market.

For the year ended 31 December 2009, the Group’s turnover was HK$104,479 million (US$13,395 million), 6% lower than the year before, reflecting sluggish markets, a number of customer insolvencies and the current tactic of many other customers to maintain tight inventory levels. At the same time, Li & Fung’s core operating profit increased by 29% to HK$3,990 million,
largely due to the Group’s cost-controlling efforts and
contributions from its higher-margin onshore businesses.

Profit attributable to shareholders reached HK$3,369 million, an increase of 39% compared to 2008. Results for both core operating profit and profit attributable to shareholders represented record highs. Basic earnings per share were 91.0 HK cents, an increase of 31% compared to 69.3 HK cents in 2008. The Board of Directors has proposed a final dividend of 49 HK cents per share (2008: 33 HK cents).

Mr. William K Fung, Group Managing Director of Li & Fung Limited, said, “We concluded the year with a strong performance in which we delivered not only operating leverage, but also a strong bottom-line. The Group’s focus on operating leverage and cost control in the last 12-18 months has enabled us to drive greater profits despite a challenging consumer market. We are confident about 2010 and our ability to capture more market share in this environment.”

“During the year we also strengthened our sourcing capabilities in Europe, Middle East, Northern Africa, and the former Soviet Union republics through the opening of our new 7,100 sq. metre European hub operations in Istanbul, Turkey” said Mr. Fung. He added: “Our 80 offices around the world are now sourcing in more than 40 economies to ensure we deliver the most competitive solution to our customers.”

Mr. Bruce Rockowitz, President of Li & Fung (Trading) Limited, said, “We completed a number of landmark outsourcing deals in 2009, including Liz Claiborne Inc., Talbots, Inc. and Hudson’s Bay Trading Company. We have also seen an increasing number of leading retail groups consolidating and aligning their global sourcing needs by partnering with us to leverage our scale and expertise.

“On the acquisition front, we made three roll-up acquisitions (JMI, Shubiz Ltd. and Clearskies Ltd.) and one large acquisition (Wear Me Apparel, LLC) in 2009. Now we are seeing this momentum carry into this year with the sourcing arrangement with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the acquisition of Visage Group Ltd. in the first quarter. These deals will further solidify our market share in their respective areas and contribute positively to our bottom-line for years to come. Furthermore, the pipeline of deals remains very strong, and many of them focus on the high-potential health and beauty, footwear and European onshore businesses.”

Mr. Rockowitz continued, “This year is also the last year of the current Three- Year Plan 2008-2010. While our turnover target of US$20 billion and core operating profit target of US$1 billion seem challenging at present, we remain committed to them.” 

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USA:DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse opens in Redmond


DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, a leading multi-channel branded footwear specialty retailer, is pleased to announce the opening of a new store at Bear Creek Village in Redmond, Washington on March 25, 2010.

DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse
Bear Creek Village
17158 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052

DSW is the destination for savvy shoe lovers everywhere. Customers will experience a breathtaking assortment of designer brands, thousands of shoes, and irresistible prices every day.

Aisles are filled with women's and men's designer dress, casual, and athletic shoes in an easy, self-service shopping environment. From laid-back to sleek and chic, there are styles for everyone.

Customers are also invited to join the award-winning loyalty program, DSW Rewards, for free. Rewards members earn certificates toward future DSW purchases and receive member-only offers and event notices. 

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UAE:Paspaley’s introduces new one-off South Sea pearls


Paspaley, the acclaimed pearling pioneer and distinguished jewellery house, brings to fore captivating new, one-off pieces to Dubai. The new creations use lustrous South Sea pearls in stunning earrings and necklaces highlighted by 10.23 carats of sparkling diamonds against the elegance of 750 white gold settings… both pieces are designed to be complete by themselves and can be worn alone or in combination for grander occasions.

Pegah Goldooz, General Manager, Paspaley Pearls, UAE said:“This fabulous line offers the most enticing range of jewellery pieces ever, with alluring earrings and the most amazing necklace.Exuding luxury the beauty of the fashionable pieces gains a timeless beauty due to its exclusive South Sea pearls anddiamonds. These one-of-a-kind jewels indeed set themselves apart for women seeking rare elegance in adornments.”

The striking new creations complete the season's look – from classic to modern, understated elegance to Hollywood glam. As always, the focus of the brand once again is on pearl-first designs and exquisite craftsmanship using only the finest materials and gemstones to highlight the individual beauty of every creation. This new line is endowed with the vibrant freshness of a beautiful day and will definitely delight both the wearer and the onlooker with pure joie de vivre long after summer…

Recognised for Paspaley's commitment to quality, the beauty of the South Sea pearls used in its creations does not diminish over time. Nurtured for up to six years in its remote pearl farms, every Paspaley pearl is a precious gift from nature, certified for its natural quality and provenance. Though pearl jewellery is shrugging off its more classic reputation and revealing a stunning new image, no other jewellery piece can ever rival the elusive charm and purity of Paspaley’s pearl-studded ornaments.

To admire the hottest new pieces take a stroll to the nearest Paspaley store to discover the brand’s spectacular one off jewels. The collection is now available at its exclusive boutiques in Mall of the Emirates, Saks Fifth Avenue - BurJuman Centre, Dubai Mall, The Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah and Abu Dhabi Mall. 

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

UK:Pied a Terre's first apparel collection at House of Fraser


Already a highly reputable footwear brand, the womenswear collection is a new edition to the Pied a Terre brand name and follows on from the recently launched homeware collection, also exclusive to House of Fraser.

The new Pied a Terre womenswear collection features dresses, blouses, skirts, jackets and trousers in an array of colours which all co-ordinate and play to a feminine yet sultry colour palette. This is the perfect day-to-night collection, with pieces ideal for both the working day and evenings out.

Pied a Terre is all about style; from chic lines to luxurious fabrics, the look is fashionable whilst remaining timeless. The focus is on quality, from the designs and cuts to the use of sumptuous silks, cottons and cashmere. Signature prints and dresses are key to the collection, while embroidery and delicate trims add to the elegance of the range.

The 'Deco Jungle' trend is a fabulous array of geometric prints with a fresh spring colour scheme of yellow, blue and a shade of nude. The collection lends itself beautifully to daywear and eveningwear, with the 'Deco Jungle' print dress a key must-have item for the season.

The 'Nude Twenties' range follows on from 'Deco Jungle' and focuses on 1920s elegance, flesh-tones and draped silks create an incredibly feminine look that is a strong Spring/Summer 2010 trend. The 'Ocean' collection continues fashion's love affair with aqua, a gorgeous shade that sits beautifully against the rest of the colour palette of emerald green and watery blue. Waterfall overlays and pleats add to the overall fluid look.

Pied a Terre has a range of accessories including handbags and jewellery which complement the apparel collection and are also exclusive to House of Fraser. Pied a Terre shoes are also available in store and online. 

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Thailand:BIFF & BIL to open on April 1


The Department of Export Promotion (DEP), Ministry of Commerce announced that Bangkok International Fashion Fair and Bangkok International Leather Fair 2010 (BIFF & BIL 2010) will be organized on 1- 4 April 2010 as earlier scheduled at Challenger Hall 1 – 3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani.

Under the theme “Look East” with the tagline “ASEAN Integration Textiles – Apparel – Leather” the fair will be a complete showcase of the latest updates in fashion trends and products from Thailand and ASEAN countries.

Mrs. Srirat Rastapana, Director General of the Department of Export Promotion said “At present over 600 exhibitors from Thailand and overseas have confirmed their participation in BIFF & BIL 2010 totaling over 1,000 booths. Overseas visitors from almost 100 countries have pre-registered to attend the event namely Japan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, USA, India, Spain, Italy, Germany, Egypt, Australia, Denmark, Brazil, etc. With the confirmation of these participation DEP is confident BIFF & BIL 2010 will be the biggest-ever fashion event in the region featuring the great potential and grandeur of ASEAN’s fashion industry which covers everything from upstream, midstream to downstream

Apart from exhibits from 13 countries, highlight activities of BIFF & BIL 2010 include:-

• 48 Fashion Show on main stage and mini stage
o The SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (Public Organization) - SACICT
o Special Show from ASEAN countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Malaysia and Philippines
o Leading brands in Thailand from Saha Group, Street Fashion Runway fashion show, Designers’ Room, Kai, Micheal Angelo, Ethnic Thai and SC&F

• Congresses and Seminars such as Asian Designer Congress, Trend Fashion 2011/12 seminar by WGSN and Thailand Designer Club project
• Exhibitions such as ASEAN Pavilion and Japan Pavilion, Designers’ Room, Thai Tex Trend (T3) and Fashion Network: For US Market
• “Business Matching” sessions for buyers and manufacturers, local and international, to meet and settle trade deals throughout the four days of the event with fully equipped meeting facilities and upgraded convenience. So far more than 100 Thai and international exhibitors and buyers have registered for the sessions.

BIFF & BIL 2010 will be open for trade visitors on 1-2 April (10.00am - 6.00pm) and for the general public on 3-4 April (10.00am - 9.00pm). 

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USA:Piperlime & Rachel Zoe to find next big stylist


Piperlime, the online shop known for the freshest styles in shoes, apparel and handbags, partners with celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe to find the next big stylist. Style savvy contenders are invited to put their skills to the test with the ultimate challenge on between March 23rd and April 5th. Piperlime and Rachel Zoe will select one contestant for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Aspiring stylists are called to showcase their fashion expertise using Piperlime's must-have styles for spring. Their task at hand... to play stylist to a "client" for three scenarios: a 10-year high school reunion, office-to-evening for a high-powered executive, and a best friend's wedding. Contestants will then explain how and why each look was put together. Entries will be featured on, giving participants a chance to meet their competition.

Rachel Zoe will select one lucky winner who will work with her to style a celebrity on the new season of Bravo's "The Rachel Zoe Project." In addition, Piperlime will grant the winner a guest spot on the new Piperlime blog, allowing them to hone their skills by answering customer's fashion questions and sharing their style advice.

Piperlime offers a distinct fashion point of view, giving fresh tips on the latest shoe, apparel and handbag trends. Exclusive contributions from guest editors including celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe keep customers in fashion and in the know.

Piperlime has partnered with Polyvore for this challenge, a virtual styling tool that lets people mix and match products to create their own fashion "sets." Polyvore has over 6 million monthly unique users, consisting of trendsetters, shoppers and aspiring stylists. 

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bulgaria:Richmart Innovation - new profitable strategy of fashion industry


RICHMART INNOVATION – the aim of the congress is to bring together Western Europe and the confection and fashion industry of the Balkans. It is also an opportunity for designers – the people without whom fashion creation would be impossible.

2002-2006 was a period of intensive development of the sewing industry in Bulgaria in relation to investments in modern technological equipment. The number of the people employed in the industry are correspondingly - Bulgaria /170 000/ and Romania /280 000/. In 2007 Bulgaria and Romania entered the European Union and the customs tariffs were removed. In 2010 the present business situation requires short production series, high quality, competitive prices, and fast delivery terms.

RICHMART INNOVATION ( – the aim of the congress is to bring together Western Europe and the confection and fashion industry of the Balkans. It is also an opportunity for designers – the people without whom fashion creation would be impossible.

Place: Rousse – “the fashion pearl” on the Danube river. The city is the centre of the fashion industry in Bulgaria and situated just 70 km away from the Romania capital Bucharest.

• Regional administration – Rousse city;
• Bulgarian Academy for Fashion;
• Branch Union of the Light Industry Producers;
• Rousse Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


• Conference – leading world specialists will introduce you to the innovations in the industry. The presenting companies are the major sponsors of the event (you can send applications for participation to: innovation[.] Attendance at the presentations will be free of charge. Time and venue: April 23 – 24; the city theatre/;

• Exhibition - European fashion magazines will present their products (the stands for the fashion magazines will be free of charge). You can send applications for participation to innovation[.] Time and venue: April 23 – 24; the city theatre/;

• Demonstration of new technologies in confection - visits at sewing factories in Rousse (April 24);

• Contest for designers – the people, without whom fashion creation is impossible, will present their new ideas.The jury of the contest consists of journalists of European fashion magazines. The Bulgarian Academy for Fashion will award the winner in the contest with “Golden Needle Prize 2010” – a unique bronze plastic art made by the famous jeweler Angelo Krasini. Professor Lubomir Stoykov is the chairmen of the Bulgarian Academy for Fashion -; Participation of designers and guests will be free of charge. Designers can send their applications for participation to: designers[.];

• Time and venue: April 23 – 24; catwalks on the central city square;

• Fashion shows – presenting of brands / you can send your application for participation to: designers[.];


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Canada:Fashion icon Linda Lundström launches consulting company


Fashion pioneer Linda Lundström introduces her new company, Linda Lundström Works ( In June of 2009, Linda officially resigned from Eleventh Floor Apparel – the company that acquired the Lundström brand in 2008.

“Fall 2009 marked the last collection I was fully responsible for under the Lundström brand,” recalls Ms. Lundström. “Although I contributed to the Spring 2010 collection, and a portion of Fall 2010 that is now showing – I haven’t seen the complete collection that will be hitting the runway this season.”

With over thirty years of designing and manufacturing beautiful Canadian-made clothing, Linda has created more than 100 sought-after collections. Today, Linda offers her Fashion expertise in product development, fabric sourcing and interpreting color and fabric trends. With a strong belief that "Made In Canada" is still possible for the Apparel Industry, Lundström now offers Lean manufacturing consulting services. Clients have attended her Lean workshops from the fashion world to the nuts-and-bolts of the manufacturing sector, as well as a diverse range of industries.

Lundström will continue to teach the Apparel Manufacturing course to Fashion Management students at George Brown College. She hopes that "These bright young people will be prepared to forge the new frontier of the Canadian Fashion Industry by understanding Lean manufacturing and supporting the incredible design talent in Canada".

The recipient of more than thirty awards recognizing her entrepreneurial drive, corporate and community leadership, as well as innovative business management and communications strategies, Linda Lundström Works serves clients needing to kick-start their strategic game plans. Lundström calls upon her network of professionals to assist in the design and delivery of dynamic interactive workshops and the creation of action plans to deliver the results.

Her public speaking engagements will continue to inspire audiences with tales from fashion’s front lines and business and life lessons learned along the way. Honoraria will contribute to the work of the Kiishik Fund, established by Lundström in 1989 to create awareness and respect for First Nations culture in the communities around Red Lake, Ontario.

Ms. LundstrГ¶m founded the LundstrГ¶m label in 1974, and the brand gained international fame and a massive fan base of вЂLundstrГ¶m Loyalists’ through her signature outerwear and her famous LAPARKA. Collaborations with Native artists elevated the LAPARKA into the realm of wearable art. A savvy business entrepreneur for more than three decades, LundstrГ¶m built her profitable brand to include 3 flagship boutiques and over 400 retailers carrying her line across Canada and the United States.

What does the future hold? Ms. Lundström will focus solely on new independent ventures. “Leading a profitable company for nearly 3 decades, navigating recessions and periods of rapid growth and business set-backs – with up to 150 employees – I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge,” she explains. “After making this difficult decision to leave the Lundström brand and the community of people who helped me build the company, I look to the future and am eager to share all that I’ve learned along the way.“

An artist, a pioneer, a fashion industry leader and a Canadian icon…Linda LundstrГ¶m has many stories, which both inform and inspire. Recipient of three honorary doctorates, The Order of Ontario, and a multitude of awards ranging from entrepreneurship to business innovation – LundstrГ¶m's accomplishments can also be found in the Canadian Encyclopedia. 

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USA:Iron Horse Jeans to host Celebrity Gift Bag Event at KCA


Iron Horse Jeans announced they are the official host of the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Gift Bag event. The event will be at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City this Friday March 26th at 11am. Attending the gifting suite will be celebrities from all facets of the entertainment industry including movies, television, music and sports. "We are thrilled to have Iron Horse Jeans participating in this prestigious Hollywood event" said Mark Wentura, President and Co-Founder.

The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards is an annual awards show that honors the year's biggest television, movie, sports and music acts, as voted by the kids who watch the Nickelodeon cable channel. The show features numerous celebrity guests and musical acts. This year's show will air live on Nickelodeon on Sunday, March 27th, 2010.

Look for Iron Horse to recreate what they did at the Oscars gift event where they put over $750.00 worth of their jeans into the hands of the Oscar's red carpet celebrities. Also, Iron Horse donated matching amounts to each celebrity's charity of choice totaling well over $125,000. "It's our commitment to always give back to the community everywhere we go," said Tony Castellano, CEO and Co-Founder.

Iron Horse Jeans is a new denim alternative - an exclusive jeans brand that offers designer jeans styles with superior features at affordable prices. Jean wearers of all ages have come to know and love Iron Horse Jeans vintage washes, denim finishes, 11 and 12 ounce fabrics, and customized details like half inch double needle stitching and copper tin hardware trim.

It's no wonder why everyone is saying "Denim got a whole lot wilder when Iron Horse Jeansв„ў came into town!" Now Hollywood is saying the same thing!

Since the launch of Iron Horse Jeansв„ў in September of 2009 the company has been sponsoring numerous rodeo events, trade shows and is now available in many retail locations across the United States and Canada.

The Iron Horse Jean Company was formed to fill an obvious gap in Fashion jean apparel. That's why they have geared up to deliver the hottest fabrications in jeans, knitwear and belt accessories, reflecting what today's consumer wants and needs. Fabrics, designs and details based on years of experience working with the demanding Mainstream market. 

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Monday, March 22, 2010

UK:Fashion retailer Damart joins British Retail Consortium


Fashion and home-shopping retailer Damart is the latest company to join the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Now part of the Damartex Group, a French conglomerate whichemploys 4,000 people worldwide, Damart UK has over 650 employees. It trades primarily online and through catalogues, but also has three stores. Damart has more than 1.5 million regular customers.

Damart was founded in France by the Despature brothers, who created a material that protected wearers from fire. Thecompany’s name originates from the office in Rue Dammartine,wherethe business started in 1953. The brothers realised their product has good insulation qualities and used it to produce thermal clothing. Damart now sells a wide range of products including coats, skirts and footwear.

Stephen Robertson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said: “Damart joins the BRC at a time of rapid expansion in non-store retailing. Retailers are reaching customers in new ways. Consumers have more choices about where and how they buy their goods. The BRC is fighting hard to ensure politicians at every level minimise burdens and allow retailers of all types to thrive. Damart’s decision to join is a vote of confidence in the BRC’s home-shopping expertise, our lobbying work and the value of our retail data.”

Andy Hill, Damart Managing Director, said: “We spoke to several of the BRC’s online and catalogue retailing members before deciding on whether to join. They were very positive about the contribution the BRC’s non-store expertise and campaigning makes to their businesses. We look forward to contributing to and benefiting from what they do.” 

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India:ANATOLIA by designer Rehane


Coming from a break from fashion shows, Rehane excitedly states, “It is more than just coincidence that every time I go to the sketch-pad for my Autumn/Winter collections my inspiration comes from the cultural roots of various cities across the globe. This time’s collection for WIFW Autumn/Winter 2010 has been inspired by all things вЂAsia Minor’. The collection is called вЂANATOLIA’ which is a geographic and historical term denoting thewesternmost protrusion of Asia, comprising about two-thirds of the modern Republic of Turkey.”

The silhouette is in keeping with modernity, yet there are opulent excesses seen throughout the collection in one form or another. The look is Bold & Without fear, which is truly Rehane’s signature, with Dollops of the exotic & mysterious. A modern day вЂSherzade’ would perhaps be the best Muse for Anatolia.

Rehane adds, “Without culture, and the relative freedom itimplies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future. And to a great extend this is why I love to see my collection to be worn by musicians, poets, authors, artists and all creative people! All of us have a creative streak; some know it and some use it successfully.”

The colors used for the ANATOLIA collection are Snuff, Poppy, Salmon, Deep Aqua, Turkish blue and Antique Gold. The cuts are very structured yet complimenting the female silhouette. The fabrics used vary from Jacquard to Satin and Velvet to Georgettes.

Her designs enhance everyday life… an ideal refinement for females to conquer chic city life and timeless elegance. Rehane specializes primarily in diffusion wear, but her label is also highly sought after for trousseaus for the modern bride. Rehane’s master pieces are feminine, elegant, playful and chic.

In 2004, Rehane launched prêt line RYD that caters to young and free spirited. This line is easy on the pockets and heavy on style. The latest edition to Rehane’s brand is a range of hand crafted genuine leather handbags made of vegetable tanned leather. She has supplied clothes to giant companies like West side and Lifestyle for a couple of seasons. She is also participating in the Indian Premier London Fashion Week this season.

Rehane is cued on to international trends and designs for the global apparel market. Her strategy for the future growth is not only to retail from well profiled stores across the world, but more importantly to have her brand franchise stand alone stores. She has full confidence in her production capacity, finish, price and delivery. As global competition grows Rehane’s market share has also grown equally proving that she understands the global client.

Rehane is currently the strongest designer in the south retails from her flagship store in Chennai and also from select outlets across India.

Evoluzione in Bangalore, Aza in Mumbai and Delhi, Indiva in Toronto are the stores she is currently retailing out of apart from her Flagship store! 

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USA:Cato again delivers strong results in difficult environment


The Cato Corporation reported net income for the fourth quarter and year ended January 30, 2010. For the fourth quarter, the Company reported net income of $7.3 million or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.9 million or $0.13 per diluted share for the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009. For the quarter, net income increased 87% over the prior year and earnings per diluted share increased 92%. Full year 2009 net income was $45.8 million or $1.55 per diluted share compared to $33.6 million or $1.14 per diluted share for 2008. For the year, both net income and earnings per diluted share increased 36% over the prior year.

Sales for fiscal fourth quarter ended January 30, 2010 were $217.7 million, a 4% increase over sales of $209.1 million for the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009. For the quarter, same-store sales increased 2%. The Company's sales for 2009 increase 3% to $872.1 million from 2008 sales of $845.7 million. For the year, same-store sales increased 1%.

"Cato again delivered strong results in a difficult economic environment," said John Cato, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to manage our inventory and tightly control expenses while offering great fashion and value to our customers."

2009 Review

For 2009, gross margin increased 320 basis points to 36.7%of sales due to higher merchandise margin as a result of lower markdowns. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 130 basis points to 28.2%of sales primarily due to incentive compensation partially offset by a reduction in store closing costs. The Company's effective income tax rate decreased to 33.6% from 36.1% last year primarily due to lower state taxes. Net income was 5.2% of sales vs. 4.0 % last year.

"Cato's balance sheet remains strong with approximately $200 million in cash and short-term investments and no debt," stated Mr. Cato. During 2009, the Company returned $19.5 million in dividends to shareholders. The Company's annualized dividend of $.66 per share represents a yield of approximately 3% based on the March 17 closing price of $21.66.

For the fiscal year ended January 30, 2010, the Company opened 35 stores (including the conversion of 14 existing It's Fashion stores to It's Fashion Metro), relocated one store and closed 45 stores including the 14 conversions.

2010 Outlook

The Company believes that 2010 will continue to be impacted by the uncertainty surrounding the country's difficult economy. The Company estimates same-store sales will be in a range of down 3% to flat and its gross margin rate will decrease slightly to 36.0% resulting in net income in a range of $44.8 million to $48.8 million. The Company estimates earnings per diluted share will be in a range of $1.51 to $1.64, a 3% decrease to a 6% increase over 2009.

The Company estimates first quarter net income to be in a range of $20.9 million to $22.1 million, or $.71 to $.75 per diluted share, an increase of 11% to 17%. This estimate is based on same-store sales of down 3% to flat.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

China:2011 fashion, color & material trends at Dongguan event


To stay ahead at the fast changing fashion industry, shoe & bag buyers, purchasers, designers and manufacturers regard the prediction about 2011 fashion trends as a compass for product & brand development. As a forefront fashion platform in Asia, Dongguan China Shoes & China Bags will deliver S/S 2011 global trends of style, color & materials in the industry and showcase the latest products of about 500 suppliers.

Thousands of fashion elites have already packed their effective trip for Dongguan China Shoes & China Bags (May 4 – 6, 2010) and Guangzhou Canton Fair (May 1 – 5, 2010). With the provision of free shuttle bus services, they can visit factories / wholesale markets in Dongguan - the mid & high end shoes and bags production hub in PR China, or take an hour ride to Guangzhou, Shenzhen or Hong Kong for further business matching.

WGSN - Global Trend Directions A/W10/11 & Trend Futures S/S11
The global trend authority WGSN will talk on "Global TrendDirections A/W10/11 & Trend Futures S/S11" (at 14:30 - 15:30, May 4) to share 2010/11 shoe & bag style forecast and analyze the future consumer activities. The inspirational concepts become the crucial reference for R&D staffs, designers, buyers & retailers.

PANTONE and WLH International Ltd – S/S 2011 Color and Material Trends
Color authority PANTONE and leather sourcing expert WLH Int'l Ltd will release "Symmetry - A Timely Point of Focus Leading to Beautiful Expressions for Spring/Summer 2011" and "Material Trend for Spring/Summer 2011" (at 14:00 - 16:15, May 5) on the Fair.

In symmetry we see balance and beauty, a universal pleasing appeal with a simple complexity. It is about the vibrancy of color and the search for perfect harmonies. It is about finding a new point of view and using color and shape to create a fresh new look. Immerse yourself in this mysterious world of symmetry for Spring/Summer 2011 and stimulate your imagination to create something exquisite, special and unique are the focus of talk by PANTONE.

The talk will be wrapped up with S/S 2011 material trends and safety regulations of 3 major markets – Europe, USA & China, presented by WLH, the renowned leather & related products agent & importer.

WGSN and PANTON will set up trend display zones in the fairground to exchange and share their ideas in details with visitors.

Showcase of the 10th Footwear Design Competition Awarded Designs
Hong Kong Footwear Design Competition has been held for 10 years and it witnessed numerous creative ideas of Hong Kong's young designers. The awarded designs will be displayed at coming 11th Dongguan China Shoes & Bags Fair to share the innovative concepts with visitors.

About 11th Dongguan China Shoes & China Bags
Dongguan China Shoes & China Bags is jointly organized by China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Light Industrial Products and Arts-Crafts (CCCLA), Messe DГјsseldorf China Ltd., Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. and Guangdong Modern Convention and Exhibition Management Co., Ltd. It is the only professional shoes and handbags exhibition in Dongguan as well as the UFI-approved event. 

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India:Sheetal Malhar is вЂWills Celebrity Photographer’ for WIFW AW


Premium lifestyle and fashion brand, Wills Lifestyle, announced a brand new initiative by declaring Supermodel Sheetal Mallar asthe вЂWills Celebrity Photographer’ for WIFW A/W 2010.

Sheetal’s pictures will be posted on Wills Lifestyle’s Facebook fan page. This further strengthens Wills Lifestyle’s growing online presence after they announced Farah Khan Ali as the вЂWills Twitter Face’.

With this new initiative, Wills Lifestyle takes you into theheart of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week with Sheetal Mallar. The energy, the excitement, the glamour, the final touches, the nervous moments and the moments of calm in-between, the jubilation and the excellent fashion ? Sheetal’s individual style and uniquely candid photographs will capture the charge in the air off the ramp. Catch a glimpse of next season’s hottest looks through never-seen-before images from the buzzing backstage and green rooms! Catch the insider’s view on Wills Lifestyle’s Facebook fan page with Supermodel Sheetal Mallar!

ITC’s Wills Lifestyle has constantly tried to assess the merit and endorse new pioneering means for communication to help reach out to their customers and tap all points for sale and to build a distinct reputation. The recent addition to the portfolio of online tools is the utilization of social networks. Wills Lifestyle stands as the only Indian retail brand that enjoys a community on the extremely popular social networking site Facebook. With over 6,000 fans till date, the brand is witnessing new members joining on almost a daily basis. The group acts as an accessible and credible interface with the users on the brand in an exceptionally effective manner.

Atul Chand, Divisional Chief Executive - ITC’s Lifestyle Retailing Business Division said, “Online media presents a unique opportunity to interact with consumers in innovative and engaging ways. Wills Lifestyle aims to communicate the brand’s essence and philosophy to its patrons in a stronger and more engaging manner. Consumption of this media is moving up at a very fast pace and hence it now forms a very important input in the marketing plans along with traditional media.”

He further added, “We are delighted to associate with Sheetal for this initiative. With this platform, our endeavour is to provide exclusive content at all times to the ever growing fan base on Facebook.”

Speaking on this association, Sheetal Mallar said, “I am excited to be associated with Wills Lifestyle in this unique way. Through my photographs, Wills Lifestyle’s Facebook fans will be privy to an exclusive and until now private world. I am looking forward to celebrating and capturing fashion and its many faces against the backdrop of the grand Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. It’s definitely going to be a lot of fun.”

Catch all the excitement from Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week on the Wills Lifestyle Facebook fan page. To win exciting prizes and a passport to the fashion week, people are invited to become fans and participate in all the exciting events.

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France:Fatex with new dates, a new deal!


Fatex, the trade fair for contractor and sub-contractor manufacturing worldwide, which has become a low and mid-price reference for large volume order givers, continues its unique international strategy by adopting new dates as of September2010.

Date: September 5-6-7, 2010
Venue: Paris, Porte de Versailles - Hall 2

The 3 business days of Fatex’s new scheduling will take place in September, coinciding with the Fashion and Creation trade fairs at Paris, Porte de Versailles.

Eurovet, organizer of the leading Lingerie, Fashion, Beachwear and Sports & Leisure trade fairs has decided to synchronize this manufacturing offer with the industry’s key trade fairs in France. This will emphasize a proximity made more necessary by the practices of European manufacturers who still rely on faraway imports - especially from Asia - due to the economic crisis (Asia remains France’s preferred supplier).

The United States has already realized the need to link a manufacturing offer with professional fashion events to the point that it has become a regular practice whose logic is understood and appreciated by industry professionals. Thus Fatex, the international trade fair of manufacturing solutions for men, women, children, accessories and home items,reinforces its logic by offering services to industry players in the markets it accompanies which keep pace with the rhythm of collections today.

Today, Fatex is one of the only European trade fairs to promote know-how and quality services from manufacturers worldwide. With this proximity, it helps promote and develop attractive, interesting solutions from companies in China, Bangladesh, Haiti, Africa, Mauritius, India, Thailand, and Vietnam, among others. 

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

USA:Bob Guiney signs with Peace Love World


You may remember Bob Guiney as a suitor on the Bachelorette or the Bachelor of season 4, but Bob Guiney is no stranger to love. As the lead singer of Band From TV and an all-around nice guy, Bob Guiney has signed on to represent Peace Love World as an unofficial "Ambassador of Peace and Love."

Bob became familiar with the brand last year at a South Florida fundraising event when he met the designer, Alina Villasante. They had an instant rapport and she presented him with a few gift items. Bob has since been seen on the red carpet, at performances with the Band From TV, and on his daily gig on the Game Show Network wearing Peace Love World. "He's such a friendly guy and is all about love," says Alina Villasante. "I am so proud that he has joined our team and I am excited to start spreading the Peace and Love through Bob." Bob feels the same way, ""I love what PLW stands for and how they're growing by giving back! I'm so excited to be a part of the PLW family and helping spread the word!"

Peace Love World is an apparel and accessories company based in Miami, Florida. The brand was launched last year and became recognizable after been worn by Jeanine Mason, winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" season 5. Peace Love World items can be purchased online or at our store located at 5826 Sunset Drive in South Miami, Florida. 

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USA:Designer Sarah Shaw shares Product Launch Strategies


Have you ever seen the product you'd dreamed about developing in stores and on TV and thought, "Why didn't I do that?" The reason is, most likely, that you didn't have the information and connections to do it. Celebrity designer Sarah Shaw, CEO of Entreprenette and product launching expert, shares her years of knowledge as a successful handbag and home accessories designer with other entrepreneurs through her coaching programs and as a speaker at events. Shaw will be a guest speaker at three New York events this spring, including The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur's The First Million Live Event, The Entrepreneur ExposГ© and the Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World event.

On April 30, Shaw will be a keynote speaker at The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur's The First Million Live Event, where she will share her trademark tips and tricks on how she developed her patented Handy Hold All and she will spill the secrets and shortcuts she used to build her multi-million dollar business. Additionally, Shaw will share her Hollywood insider experience to explain how to get products into the hands of celebrities and then leverage this celebrity angle for press and sales.

Shaw will provide business guidance and strategies to entrepreneurs at The Entrepreneur ExposГ© on May 1, and she will lead a workshop on the ins and outs of getting your product into the marketplace at the Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World event on May 6.

Launching products and starting businesses are things Shaw has done repeatedly and very successfully. After a successful career as a Hollywood costume supervisor, Shaw launched Sarah Shaw handbags, which were sold in more 1,200 boutiques and department stores and recognized by InStyle, Oprah, People, Marie Claire and Lucky magazines. Fans of Shaw's products include Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Katie Holmes, Courtney Cox, Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, Kristin Davis, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marcia Gay Harden.

"The biggest mistakes people make are not conducting market research and improper costing of their products, resulting in poor profit margins," says Shaw. "I teach people specific things they can do to avoid costly mistakes and create products that will be desired by celebrities, their customers, stores and the media."

Through her company Entreprenette, Shaw provides private coaching with the goal of shortening the client's learning curve so she can bring their product from concept to reality. She provides checklists of what to do and how to do it; aligns clients with manufacturers; and helps them create new product ideas to complement their existing service businesses to develop passive income streams or for branding purposes. 

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USA:NYMMG signs Liz Friedman


Friedman is the latest Prime Time Television Star to join MMG’s Celebrity Group. Jeff Cohen, President of MMG believes Liz will not only have national appeal but international appeal as well. MMG and Liz plan to evaluate all future opportunities, including a return to the show, once the current season ends. Television has always embraced the beautiful, sexy, sarcastic female, it is what the audiences love and every show has one.

On another front, MMG’s Jeff Cohen was selected by Ellegirl to judge this year’s Ellegirl Model Search, a monthly Model Contest sponsored by Ellegirl and Elle magazine.

MMG also announced that Australian Supermodel Elena Bennett has also signed exclusive with MMG’s Celebrity division. Elena has been an international model for many years working in Australia, Europe and Asia. She has graced Inside Sport Magazine cover three times and has featured in Ralph and FHM. Elena has performed in soap operas (including Breakers which aired in more than thirty countries), TV commercials and music videos. She was even a celebrity date for 2Day FM radio. Elena has also modeled for brands such as Elle Macpherson Intimates, Bendon, New Balance and Annabella Lingerie. Lastly, Elena has been featured in Australian billboard campaigns for Panasonic and was selected on Network Ten as the next Australian supermodel.

MMG’s Celebrity Division grew even more as it welcomed Former Miss International and Miss Norway - Anna Lena Hansen who also placed 11th in the Miss World competitions. Anna has modeled around the world and is also an accomplished actress. MMG is building an international company with accomplished models, actors, singers and dancers from around the world.

High demand remains for TV Stars Sheena Santana, Ebony Haith and Lisa Ramos of America’s Next Top Model and MMG’s plans to increase its’ efforts to build a top Celebrity appearance division.

MMG’s former Ford and Abercrombie Model Amy Karowski continues to attract significant attention by New York Fashion, Film and Television producers and participated in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

MMG Canada continues to stun the Canadian market with wins on feature films, commercials and TV shows. Under the direct guidance of Jessica Martins, MMG’s talent will star in a new Disney Feature film and played principle roles on most Olympic Commercials. MMG singers also will be seen on the TV Show “Toronto Talent”.

MMG became an International Management and Talent Agency in May when it opened MMG Canada in Toronto. MMG Canada expanded its’ reach to Vancouver when the Government of British Columbia, granted MMG Canada a Talent Agency License on November 26th. MMG continues to land an impressive amount of major campaigns and its’ list of clients include the 2010 Vancouver Olympic sponsors, Pan Am Games, Coca Cola, Virgin Mobile, Braun, Hess, FIFA, TD Trust, Nokia, Bose, Finance Canada and Heineken. MMG’s Director of Canadian operations Jessica Martins continues to impress industry executives by addressing needs with innovative practices which provide exceptionally quick and efficient responses to critical casting needs. MMG expects its’ Vancouver Agency to grab its’ share of popular TV episodic's and Films such as “Twilight”. 

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Friday, March 19, 2010

UAE:Bride Show Dubai to offer ultimate girls’ day out products


As any fiancГ© knows, the minute she says вЂI Do’, the check list to create her dream wedding seems never-ending and the planning involved in organising a wedding can be overwhelming.

But ask any savvy fashionista or beauty aficionado and they will point you in the direction of the Middle East’s largest bridal, fashion and wellbeing event which takes place right on your doorstep. The Bride Show Dubai is back and 2010 is set to be the most exciting event yet.

Taking place from 7 to 10 April at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, The Bride Show Dubai will sit alongside a new exhibition, Women’s World Live.

While The Bride Show Dubai will offer future brides the latest haute couture dresses and abayas designed by regional and international fashion designers, every kind of make-up product imaginable and enough diamonds to keep any Hollywood star happy, Women’s World Live will be the ultimate girls’ day out with beauty make-overs, healthcare and wellbeing providers and fun fitness classes.

The Bride Show Dubai offers the emirate’s most fashion conscious women a front row seat at an abundance of runway shows with professional models showcasing fabulous wedding dresses, inspiring and creative abayas and exquisite evening wear.

While a team of hair and make up professionals from l’Oréal Professionnel and MAC Cosmetics work tirelessly backstage to create the latest bridal looks on the catwalk models, l’Oréal Professionnel stylists will be on the exhibition floor, alongside Kérastase running a new hair blow dry bar for all visitors.

New to the event this year, the Bridal Lounge will offer visitors an interactive experience with professional advisors giving tips, styling techniques and ideas when it comes to hair, make up and floral arranging. One of the highlights of the Bridal Lounge will be the daily make up sessions by MAC Cosmetic artists who will be showing audiences how to recreate the latest bridal beauty styles.

This year The Bride Show Dubai will celebrate a decade of the popular Young Designers Awards, the competition which has helped propel emerging talented designers in the region into the spotlight. Sitting alongside a photography exhibition of some of the dresses which have been created during the competition will be a live designer workshop for local fashion students. Visitors will have the opportunity to see how much time, talent and skill goes into creating intricately embellished works of art.

With more than 300 wedding industry experts and suppliers from around the world, there are products and services to meet every budget, whether you’re a newly confirmed вЂrecessionista’ in these globally uncertain economic times, or if the only credit you’re crunching is on your platinum visa card.

Visitors to the show will be eligible to enter prize draws to win a holiday to Seoul courtesy of Visit Korea, to include flights and five-star accommodation, a bride-to-be package from Silkor Laser Center worth AED1,500, and a Bridal Pampering Kit worth AED4,000 from Citruss TV.

The Bride Show Dubai runs from Wednesday 7 April to Saturday 10 April, open from 2:30pm until 10:30pm. Children under 12 are not permitted.


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India:Fiama Di Wills as Associate Sponsor of WIFW


The Autumn Winter 2010 edition of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week has Fiama Di Wills, ITC’s premium range of personal care products as the Associate Sponsor. India’s leading designers Namrata Joshipura and G Pia Fleming have partnered with Fiama Di Wills to showcase a special collection at WIFW.

The collection created especially for Fiama Di Wills, reflects the essence of the brand – Beautiful you, today and tomorrow. Fiama Di Wills offers an evocative and unique value proposition of gentle yet effective care through a blend of nature and science. The designers have aligned their collections for the Fiama show to the brand’s proposition and its embedded glamour and style quotient.

Namrata’s collection showcases this season’s woman and her unique feminine strength. The collection symbolizes the strength derived from love. It is for the woman who glides through life because she is in command of her existence but never needs to flex her power.

Fall 2010 sets another milestone for Bian in Pia's red carpet collection. Inspired by the Italian opera and retro hollywood glamour this collection is refreshing, sexy and glamorous. Group of winter whites in a variety of fabrics and surfaces, bring home an eternal beauty in the absence of vibrant colours. The collection in washed velvet, silk satin, organza, tulle, lace and fur also includes ivories, taupe, greys, blues and metallics.

Speaking on the association with India’s largest fashion event, Sandeep Kaul, Chief Executive, Personal Care Products Business, ITC Ltd said, “The association with India’s largest Fashion Week is an ideal platform to engage with consumers and build on the brand’s image. The Fiama woman is an achiever who is young, glamourous and stylish. Our association with both these designers is a perfect fit and an obvious decision given their stature in the designing community and the central theme. We are happy to have them on board to showcase the special Fiama collection.”

Speaking on the preview, bollywood actress Amrita Rao said,” It was a great privilege to be a part of the Fiama Di Wills collection preview. Both the designers are immensely talented and it is clearly visible in their work which is truly contemporary and stylish.”

On their association, with Fiama Di Wills, Namrata Joshipura said, “It is my great pleasure to associate myself with Fiama Di Wills – they have emerged as a very serious and important supporter of fashion in India”

G Pia Fleming said, “Fiama ia about beauty, wellness and luxury. The BIAN Red carpet collection that we are launching this season epitomises all of the above. Therefore, it is a great alliance for both".

Namrata Joshipura for Fiama Di Wills- AW 2010

Narcotic love…….Elemental Strength

At the core is a love that emboldens and provides fundamental support. This season’s woman has a uniquely feminine strength, derived from love- addiction of akind, clarity of purpose, sensuality, accomplishment and a healthy dose of ambition! This is a woman who glides through life because she is in command of her existence but she never needs to flex her power. She is full of paradoxes: feminine but strong, heard but not loud, joyful but not frivolous, and sensual but not submissive.

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India:Make breezy summertime style statement with Esprit


Usher the new season with a riot of colours, a splash of freshness fuelled with an inimitable style quotient!! This March, Esprit unleashes a collection which is bright, vivid, joyful and, at the same time elegant and splendid.

Esprit’s March collection is high on fashion, comfort, and versatility. Fashion has turned on the charm with oversized T-shirts, Parkas, Tunic-dresses and extra long blazers, teamed up with slim denims and leggings for women.

The sunshine does not stop with the ladies as blouson tops,casual jackets and cropped pants add spunk to the Men’s wardrobe. Esprit is awash with colour, as pastel shades are combined with some of the liveliest colours of the season; orange, grass green, bright red and shades of berry to create dramatic tops that is sure to brighten up any outfit.

For those with a free spirited, carefree, experimental bent of mind, вЂEsprit Women Casual’ has a collection that will make you want to ransack the store!! Comfortable yet feminine, this line gets a gypsy touch with tunic-style dresses along with a revival of the skirt. Keeping the soaring temperatures in mind, Esprit brings cropped pants, chinos and boyfriend jeans that are absolute must-haves this summer.

Going bare-legged in summer has been the rule in the fashion world for years; Esprit brings denim skirts with a washed look to flaunt much more than your sexy summer tan. Bright and breezy colours like orange, red with grass green will help you to keep the look stylish, casual, outdoorsy and relaxed combined with whites for comfortable summer dressing.

Inspired by the theme вЂComfort Globetrotting’ вЂEsprit Women collection’ is both chic and versatile, ranging from architecturally defined shapes to luxurious summer party looks. Experiments with feminine and masculine elements redefine business wear with elegant single-breasted blazers, trench coats, feminine blouses, and safari-themed jackets which gives the line a cool sense of confidence for breezing through the summer heat. Colour for the season flows as smoky pastels, warm bicolours, tinted grays, and bright red make a bold fashion statement.

вЂBreezy Fashion’ is the word for Esprit EDC this March. The basic element of the look includes ethnic styles, Wild West accents, beach culture, and bohemian looks in crisp white teamed with washed fresh berry tones along with brilliant light yellow and sultry green to make an enviable fashion statement. Oversized soft jersey t-shirts, bandeaus, and leggings dominate the range. New denims take on the leading role for summer 2010 with slim silhouettes in bright, extra-light washings and vintage washed effects for that look of attitude in your clothes.

Esprit Men Casual spells a look that’s athletic, casual, neat,and suave and is perfect for your summer travels. This range consists of Casual field jackets, innovative Blouson shapes and Denim jackets. To add the worn out look, thereis round-the-clock basics such as Bermuda shorts and T-shirts. The colour scale plays with the latest green tones complemented by new shades of purple along with summer darks, brown and beige.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

UAE:Damas opens new store at Mirdif City Centre


Damas the international jeweller based in the Middle East has opened a brand new 18k store at the regionвЂs recently opened Mirdif City Centre on 16 March 2010. The plush and well appointed shop measuring approxi-mately 650 sq ft is located in the Central Galleria of the mall.

It showcases its popular gold jewellery brands like Laurentia, Graziella, Genero, Harmony, Al Manthourah and Farfasha and its famed diamond and pearl jewellery brands like Farasha, Hayati, Nakshatra, Kiku Pearls and its charming Fulla brand too, all of them selected to delight discerning jewellery lovers. Besides this, watch enthusiasts too have much to rejoice as they can discover trendy, вЂtime’ innovations of internationally well known watch brands like Frederique Constant, Paco Rabanne,Cobra,Fossil,Espirit and SwissTime at the new Damas store.

Developed by Majid Al Futtaim Properties and strategically located on Emirates Road and Tripoli Street, the two-level, super regional Mirdif City Centre occupies a space of 196,000 sq meters. It has over 400 stores presenting several new brands to the UAE and offers visitors the best shopping, entertainment, dining and leisure options.

Tamjid Abdullah, Deputy Managing Director, Damas Jewellery said, “We at Damas take this opportunity to extend our hearty congratulations to Majid Al Futtaim Properties on the opening of the region’s premier shopping destination, Mirdif City Centre. We are indeed very proud to open a new Damas store offering an unrivalled range of internationally acclaimed jewellery brands as Damas remains the first choice for jewellery aficionados. It is also a name that will always stand for timeless beauty and innovation, just like its well crafted collections.”

Raj Sahai, GM, Retail said, “Damas’ new outlet at Mirdif City Centre speaks of our success as an organisation which remains committed and accessible to customers. As the new mall is located in the North Eastern part of the city it will definitely prove advantageous to customers and also boost sales. Damas is recognised as a pro-gressive and proactive company which leads from the forefront and we have always sought to partner with the best to realise the ambitious vision of the UAE Government.”

Visit Damas’ brand new outlet at the region’s premier shopping destination Mirdif City Centre and discover its magical jewellery and watch brands and their latest collections.

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