Sunday, May 30, 2010

USA:Spring Market again to set new attendee records


When The Atlanta Shoe Market opens its 2010 Spring Market on August 13 it will be the fifth consecutive time the show will set a new attendance record for both exhibiting vendors and attending retailers. As the show continues its remarkable growth, Executive Director Laura Conwell-O’Brien and the Southeastern Shoe Travelers Board of Directors also continue to find new ways to make what has become known as the industry’s “buying show” an increasingly productive experience for both sides of the aisles. For the August 2010 “spring market,” the new wrinkle is the addition of a Fashion Collection featuring exclusively Salon and Better shoes.

The concept for the Fashion Collection comes on the heels of the successful introduction of the Kids Shoe Box, which debuted at the recent February 2010 Fall Market. More than 210 brands will be on display in the new Fashion Collection area, which will be located in The John A. Williams Ballroom in the Cobb Galleria Centre.

The Kids Shoe Box will return with more than 110 brands of children’s shoes, and again be located in the Grand Ballroom of the host Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

“We remain true to one of the principles that has made the show such a great place to conduct business, which is having everything under one roof,” pointed out Conwell-O’Brien. “But as we grow, setting asides areas for specific categories make it easier for retailers to compare styles and do business with vendors in those particular categories.”

Once considered a regional event, The Atlanta Shoe Market has gained national status in recent years. The February 2010 Fall Market counted retailers and exhibitors from 33 states, representing all sections of the country, as well as continued increases in Caribbean attendees. That edition of the show recorded increases of 15.3 percent in retailer pre-registration, 13.1 percent in exhibition space and 8 percent in attending exhibitor personnel.

The August 13 – 15 Spring Market again will set new exhibitor and attendee records. Both the new Fashion Collection and returning Kids Shoe Box sections were sold out by May, three months prior to the show, and as of the end of May, only seven Main Hall booth spaces were still available.

“The show has simply become too important to miss,” noted George Mustafa, sales manager for the Children’s Division of Trimfoot Company, who has exhibited at the show for 24 consecutive years. “It is evident in the participation of the majors from all across the country.”

The Atlanta Shoe Market is held twice a year in Atlanta, Ga., to feature fall and spring styles respectively. The show is sponsored by the Southeastern Shoe Travelers Association (SESTA), which was founded in 1942 and today counts more than 1100 industry representatives as members. The Atlanta Shoe Market ranks among the 10 largest shoe trade fairs in the world. 

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USA:Michele Bell sponsors вЂWalk On Water’ fashion show


Forever21 Times Square NY Launch – Forever21 partners with New web series вЂTo Be A Star’ for вЂForever21 Walk On Water’ Fashion Show in a joint launch event.

The Hudson River’s breathtaking views will provide the backdrop for this Summer’s most unique fashion show event – вЂForever21 Walk On Water,’ taking place at the magnificent Frying Pan, on Pier 66 (205 West 12th Ave) in the heart of Manhattan’s Midtown-West. The models will own the stage while two brands come alive, fantasies become reality, and lifelong aspirations are achieved.

Join Forever21, members of the press, fashion luminaries, socialites and patrons to celebrate the grand opening of the new Forever21 Times Square flagship store and the launch of the acclaimed new web series вЂTo Be A Star’ at the вЂWalk On Water’ fashion show and launch event, sponsored by SMASHBOX Cosmetics-featuring celebrity hair and makeup artist Michele Bell, and hosted by Kitten Lounge Editor in Chief Kimmie Smith and Beauty Sweet Spot Editor in Chief Jeannie Morris, on June 7th, 2010 from 7:00 - 9:00pm at The Frying Pan.

A great evening featuring a fashion show brought to life through engaging vignettes, fantastic food, drinks, swag bags and live entertainment, with industry leading professionals in attendance, including the show’s mentors; Supermodels Mariana Verkerk and Coco Mitchell, Actor Mfundo Morrison, Celebrity Makeup Artist Chris Lanston, Fashion Photographer Brad Starks and Emmy-winning Singer Beth Burrows.

вЂTo Be A Star’ chronicles the journey of 6 women who spend 3 months in New York City, working with iconic mentors from all corners of the fashion and entertainment industries, on their quest for stardom.  

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Sweden:Tailored looks & uniform styles are spot on this autumn


Fashionistas longing for lower temperatures and even more fashion can look forward to the autumn at H&M, with lots of elegant tailoring and a nod to the early eighties.

The soft volumes and classic tweeds and silks from that era are back, along with the brown and beige colour palette. The suit and the blazer are functional everyday pieces teamed with denim or romantic frills and draping. Knitwear takes on new meaning in the autumn wardrobe, with classic fine knits like the oversized polo neck or boyfriend-style cardigan, or a feminine, figure-hugging jumper set. There are also creative jacquard-, cable- or braided knits, and heavy outerwear knits and accessories. Fine leather accessories, a cool man’s hat and a scarf complete the look.

“It’s about being well dressed and comfortable too. Soft, warm and casual. A sporty and futuristic look in black with bright accents weighs against the tailoring and knitwear. Our customers like to mix and match the new with their old favourites to reinforce their own personal style,” says H&M’s head of design Ann-Sofie Johansson.

Slim or casual with soft volumes.

Beige and brown neutrals, black and grey, soft vegetable hues and bright sports tones.

Patterns and Prints
Tweed checks, pinstripes, mini floral, ethnic jacquard, geometric prints.

Tweed, wool, silk looks, denim, organic and recycled materials.

Key Garments
Blazer, wide trousers, slim slacks, denim pieces, frills blouse, drapy dress, cardigan, poncho, trench coat.

Key Accessories
Belt, shoulder bag, scarf, hat, pumps and high boots.

It’s easy to be stylish this autumn with well known classics that are updated and styled in new ways. The tweed blazer and uniform jacket are the seasonal key pieces that highlight this autumn’s wardrobe. Pair with matching trousers and shirt as a casual suit, with jeans and a T-shirt for a sharper look or comfortably stylish over heavy knitwear. Accessories make the look: most important this season are scarves, hats and caps, belts, bags, gloves, heavy knit socks and cool boots to tuck the trousers into.

“Both tailored looks and uniform styles are spot on this autumn, and work well when styled to wear from day to evening. With such a clean cut collection you can be more playful and creative with the styling. I love the flat cap, scarf and gloves and the way trousers get a fresh look by being tucked into boots,” says Andreas Löwenstam, menswear designer at H&M.

Layering, slim to casual and comfortable.

Shades of grey and beige, camel, uniform tones and brown.

Patterns and Prints
Tweed and melange, various checks in combination with jacquards.

Rustic wools and cottons, tweed, flannel, brushed poplin, denim, velvet, jersey and heavy knits.

Key Garments
Uniform jacket and coat, tweed blazer, suit, tailored trousers, waistcoat, checked shirt, granddad jersey, 5-pocket jeans and cardigan.

Key Accessories
Heavy boots, heavy-knit accessories such as tube and scarf, tweed hat, brown leather belt and leather gloves. 

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Friday, May 28, 2010

USA:Movado plans to close Retail Boutique Division


Movado Group, Inc. announced that, following a strategic assessment of its retail boutique performance, the Company's retail subsidiary, Movado Retail Group, Inc., will close its retail boutique division effective June 30, 2010, in an effort to streamline its business, redirect investment toward higher return businesses and improve the Company's overall profitability.

The Company will continue to sell its watch products primarily through its wholesale model, where it expects to increase its market share by further expanding relationships with existing wholesale customers and enhancing its relationships with independent retailers. In addition, MRG will continue to sell all of the Company's watch brands directly to consumers through its 31 outlet stores and will keep the Movado Boutique located in New York's Rockefeller Center open as a flagship store. The boutique closings will have no impact on the availability of any of the Company's watch products.

Rick Cote, President and Chief Operating Officer of Movado Group, Inc., said, "Following several years of unprofitability and a strategic review of the business, we have decided to close our retail boutique division. We believe that this action will assist Movado Group to return U.S. operations to profitability. We will continue to make strategic investments in our brands to capitalize on growth prospects, build market share and elevate our connection with consumers. We believe in the strength of the Movado brand and the rest of our portfolio of iconic brands, and we expect these actions will solidify our position as a leader in the watch industry."

The Company anticipates that closing the retail boutique division will lower annual revenues by approximately $30 million, but will immediately improve profitability for the 2011 fiscal year on an adjusted basis and have a favorable impact on the multi-year profitability and cash flow plan it expects to present later this year. As reflected in the Company's first quarter earnings announcement issued, the Company has recorded a $3.4 million pre-tax impairment charge related to the closure of the retail boutiques and anticipates recording additional pre-tax restructuring charges of approximately $21.6 million over the remainder of fiscal 2011. Costs associated with the retail boutique division closure include rent settlements, severance, third-party fees and asset write-offs. The cash portion of these charges, which is estimated to be approximately $20 million, will be paid with existing funds.

"We are confident the closure of our retail boutiques is in the best long-term interests of our Company and all of our stakeholders, and we look forward to focusing on new opportunities we see in our wholesale business," stated Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Efraim Grinberg. "We are particularly grateful to our retail boutique employees for their dedication to our Company and are committed to providing them with a smooth transition. We also greatly appreciate the loyalty that our boutique customers have shown us for so many years. Consumers will continue to be able to find our watches across the U.S. through our many retail partners, and we will be reaching out to them to ensure they know how to obtain service for existing merchandise going forward. We look forward to serving our wholesale customers and consumers for many years to come." 

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USA:вЂThe Eirene Gown’ by Isoude at Museum at FIT


Isoude, by designer Katie Brierley will present “The Eirene Gown” at the exhibit. The name Eirene, comes from the namesake Greek goddess who symbolizes peace and the coming of spring.

The silk used is a rare, lustrous reeled tussah, which is woven on antique looms in a small mill in India. The silk is then dyed by master dyer Cheryl Kolander. This luminous coral color is derived from the root of the Madder plant. This particular madder comes from the high valleys along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Due to the intense fighting in the area, these plants had been abandoned for years, and have recently been dug up for use in natural dyeing.

The pearl appliqués are created by Master Jeweler William Elliot Drake who works with the Zanzibar Women’s Shellcraft Cooperative. These women gather and refine the Mabe pearl to create jewelry and a sustainable business, which in turn enriches their lives. The normally discarded part of the Mabe pearl shell is used to create the delicate chevron shapes.

Isoude is a collection for women who appreciate style that is subtle yet compelling. Fresh and chic, Isoude offers women clothing that is both well appointed and soundly constructed. Founder and designer, Katie Brierley, produces the collection in a slow and sustainable manner to ensure the highest quality and craftsmanship in all of her designs. Described as “one of fashion’s most exciting rising stars”, her atelier in Newport, RI has been deemed “incredibly chic” by Vogue magazine. 

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India:Esprit High Summer collection


Esprit, the international youthful lifestyle brand announced the launch of its High Summer collection in true style and fashion. The evening was graced by Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin. Kalki was the showstopper for the fashion show along with popular models walked the ramp to live music by Carlton’s band at the Esprit store. A one of a kind evening was followed by shopping, food, live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

The evening saw a glamorous mix of celebrities, socialites, actors, and artists from all walks of life in Bangalore. Celebrities including Raj Shroff, Anita Kholay, Laila Barker, Adam Bidapa, Namrata G, Gurpreet Singh along with others added the charm to the evening. In true Esprit spirit the guests and the hosts enjoyed the shopping experience. Fashionistas took fashion advice from the experts to achieve the look of this season with ease to enhance their style quotient.

Speaking on the occasion Ms. Manjula, Chief Operating Officer, Esprit said “Esprit’s new line is high on fashion and style. This line has been created for those who have a flair for fashion, elegance and individual style. We believe tailor-made events such as these will help us to connect with them better to understand our customers’ needs and their lifestyle requirements”.

Esprit high summer collection is fun, colorful and effortlessly blends chic with comfort; the collection also accentuates effortless style that combines classic shape and modern sensibilities. The collection, which has been heavily influenced by the fluid florals, rock chic elements and very summery, beachy surfer inspired looks is both elegant and fashionable. Featuring chic tailored trousers, on-trend jackets, and versatile skirts and dresses, the collection can be easily mixed and matched for smart or casual day wear, evening wear and work wear. Versatile Denims and cottons work teamed with the new fashion obsession of this season jeggings, Shift dresses and sleek tops with soft leggings, amongst others.

Esprit is an international youthful lifestyle brand offering smart, affordable luxury and bringing newness and style to life with an entirely new collection every month. The Brand offers 12 product lines encompassing women’s wear, men’s wear, kid’s wear, edc youth as well as shoes and accessories through over 640 directly managed retail stores and over 12,000 wholesale points-of-sale worldwide, occupying over 817,000 square metres directly managed retail space in more than 40 countries. 

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

USA:Jefferson Commons to have Torrid store


Torrid will be opening its doors at Jefferson Commons in Newport News, Virginia. The go-to destination for young women’s fashion in sizes 12 and up, Torrid is truly a one-stop shop for fashion and denim designed with the curvier girl in mind. The Torrid store at Jefferson Commons will provide Newport News-area fashionistas with a convenient location to enjoy all that Torrid has to offer.

Torrid, the first fashion-forward, trend-oriented clothing store for America’s plus-size women, has led the market since its 2001 launch. Already featured on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, FOX News and The Tyra Banks Show, Torrid has developed an incredible following and is excited to offer its exceptional in-store shopping experience to the young women of Virginia.

The Torrid store at Jefferson Commons will offer a fun, friendly, fashion-forward atmosphere where customers can shop for a wide variety of merchandise, including trend-based fashion, premium denim, novelty T-shirts, lingerie, shoes, gifts, beauty products and more. In planning its assortment, Torrid takes its cues from fashion icons, runway trends, music and pop culture. In addition to Torrid’s own private label, customers will find familiar brands like Source of Wisdom, Fragile, Ed Hardy, Jezebel, Z. Cavaricci Couture, and many more, all sized to fit just right.

Torrid, the destination for fashion and denim in sizes 12–26. Torrid, the second division of national retailer Hot Topic, Inc., provides size 12+ fashion-forward apparel and accessories for young curvy women. As of May 2010, Torrid operates over 150 stores and an Internet store. 

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USA:Gigantic to focus on developing new fragrance licenses


Gigantic Parfums, Inc. headed by Ilia Lekach, previous CEO, President and Chairman of Parlux Fragrances Inc., is pleased to announce that it has executed an agency engagement letter with Lucien Lallouz / GLMAC, with respect to pursuing the sale of certain licenses it holds.

Lucien Lallouz / GLMAC had facilitated the Multi Million Dollar sale of the PERRY ELLIS fragrance license to Perry Ellis International Inc., and has throughout the years facilitated the PARIS HILTON, GUESS?, MARIA SHARAPOVA, BABYGUND and other license acquisitions for Parlux.

"We will continue to focus on targeting and developing new fragrance licenses," said Ilia Lekach, President CEO and Chairman of Gigantic Parfums, LLC. and of Adrenalina.

The engagement letter provides for GLMAC to render services to Gigantic Parfums, consisting of evaluating its portfolio of licenses, their marketable opportunities, to optimize their value and identify potential buyers for the Company.

"Ilia Lekach, while CEO and Chairman of Parlux Fragrances, Inc., had consistently picked the right celebrity and fashion designers to develop fragrances for. His unique ability to predict the next big fragrance license, is evidenced by the hugely successful licenses of Paris Hilton, and Edd Hardy. While negotiating the sale of the Perry Ellis license, we had serious interests from many companies wishing to acquire signed licenses. We are now ready to re-visit and explore those interests," said Lucien Lallouz. 

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UK:Astrid is set to continue working with French Connection for A/W


French Connection's 'THE WOMAN', Astrid BergГЁs-Frisbey, is set to appear in the next instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides, which is due out later this year.

BergГЁs-Frisbey, the current face of French Connection's Spring Summer collection - the 2010 'THE WOMAN' campaign - has been selected by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall to star in the key role of Syrena, a beautiful and alluring young mermaid, in Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films epic adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" the fourth in the blockbuster series of films.

BergГЁs-Frisbey joins Johnny Depp, returning in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and Penelope Cruz who will play Blackbeard's daughter. The fourth Pirates movie begins filming this June in Hawaii, Great Britain and Los Angeles. The film is slated to open on May 20, 2011.

Astrid BergГЁs-Frisbey was born in Barcelona of French-American and Catalan parentage and, now based in Paris, is one of France's brightest young stars, appearing in French films "La Fille du Puisatier", "Bruc", "Extase", "La Premiere Etoile" and "Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique".

Astrid took her first steps into the fashion world fronting French Connection's Spring Summer 10 international campaign and is set to continue working with the brand for Autumn Winter 2010.

French Connection wishes Astrid every success in her exciting new role and all the best for her future acting career. 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

USA:Andres Aquino continues to build his intl brand worldwide


New York-based fashion show producer and designer Andres Aquino taking his fashion brand from New York to Dubai, Bucharest, New Delhi, St Croix, Palm Beach and around the Globe.

New York-based fashion show producer and designer Andres Aquino continues to build his international brand worldwide. His recent fashion show at Dubai Fashion Week was a well-received dramatic experience for a market is that heavily inclined to more conservative and traditional fashion collections and presentation styles.

Held on April 3, 2010 in the Godolphin Ballroom of the luxurious Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Mr. Aquino's fashion show at Dubai Fashion Week featured his trademark theatrical elements enhancing the stunning ensembles shown on the runway. The show opened with a performance by Italian singer/dancer Cecilia Herrera Frioni wearing a tropical dress by Andres Aquino, and continued with vignettes and tableaux of models showcasing a range of gowns in different colors and styles.

Artistic hair styles were beautifully executed by the Juice team and the creative makeup was done by the L’Oreal team. The overall style of the fashion designs was sophisticated, elegant and bright. Many gowns were enhanced by custom made oversized necklaces by Toronto-based jewelry designer Lek Nasuwan of Siam Gallery.

“My theater background played a lot into my designs", notes Mr. Aquino. "I think women are dramatic in the way they walk, speak, and express themselves. I create clothes for many different types of women because every woman is different. No two women are the same, so the clothing should reflect their personality, like a character on stage." Andres Aquino's worldwide fashion journey has seen him showing his collections in New York, Palm Beach, the Dominican Republic, Romania, Mexico, India, Dubai and soon in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. In each destination he leaves an impression of fashion as fun and entertaining by incorporating theatrical elements, dance, songs and drama into his runway shows. “I am flattered to see that other designers are starting to copy some of my stage presentation formula," saysMr. Aquino. "It certainly makes fashion shows more exciting." Andres Aquino is also the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week.

"Aquino did his bit to inject a bit of drama and theatrics onto the catwalk. Kicking off with a live rendition of a love song, the models strutted down in a string of vintage gowns made in satin and lace and pleated dresses…Models who doubled up as celebrities trying to ward off paparazzi and women who shrugged off their suitors added much-needed drama… The accessories — the chunky pearls and metallic chokers (by Lek Nasuwan) — added a zany touch.” -- Gulf News by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, staff reporter; April 5, 2010.

“Andres Aquino, based in New York, is a tireless fashion industryproducer and designer. He has been featured in numerousmagazines, newspapers and TV channelsworldwide including Fashion TV, Collezioni, Book Moda and Moda Style International. His artistic endeavors have taken him from theater directing and writing to fashion design, whilst his designs have graced CoutureFashion Week runways for several years. The object of his Autumn/Winter 2010 collection is to bring out the inner divinity in every woman.” --; April 08, 2010

In a TV interview with Arabian Business, Mr. Aquino noted that he is known as the “Collaborator” because he welcomes other creative artists to his platform to share their creativity.

“Beautiful colors and exquisite pleating, added detail and drama to this New York-based designer's collection. I fell head over heels for this gown, which I call the “Layer Cake Dress.” 

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Jamaica:Haitian delegation heads to Jamaica


A strong contingent of Haitian fashion designers, artists and industry experts will head to Jamaica next month for Caribbean Fashionweek 2010.

Led by the Dominican Republic-based Caribbean Export special services director, Tonika Sealy, the group will be in attendance at the special Haiti Art and Fashion Project Benefit hosted by the Pulse Foundation on Thursday June 10. Haitian pop artiste Katia Cadet is scheduled to perform.

Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) takes place at the National Indoor Sports Centre and other venues June 8-14. The Haiti Benefit Night at CFW will feature performances as well as designer collections and the proceeds from the evening will go towards assisting the rehabilitation of that nation's arts and fashion industry.

The response from music and fashion industry insiders has been positive. The Canada-based Katia Cadet was eager to get on board for this effort, spearheaded by her fellow Caribbean professionals. Cadet is a grammy-nominated Haitian singer/songwriter. Her credits include music she wrote for Mary J Blige and Wyclef Jean, which earned her a Grammy nomination in 2001 for the song, 911. Her debut album was released in February and she has written a song dedicated to Haiti and its recent events.

"I always thought that as I pursue my career, I would use my voice for people of Haiti," said the artiste.

For his part, designer David Andre, Haiti's number one home-based designer, showing on Caribbean Fashionweek is a dream come true. CFW's 10th anniversary along with a night dedicated to Haiti is the perfect opportunity for him to show his debut CFW collection. Andre, who has shown collections in Toronto and the Dominican Republic, will be the second Haitian designer to appear at CFW, the first being Joelle Jean Fontaine who presented in 2005.

A record number of designers from across the Caribbean and the world will travel to Jamaica for the 10th Anniversary of Caribbean Fashionweek. Celebrities, major international star performances, an exhibition, business development, buyer matchmaking, after-parties and a number of special events will all be a part of this year's renewal of the region's biggest fashion event.  

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USA:Sublimatable Flip-Flop Design Contest by CondГ©


CondГ© Systems has announced a "SubliSandals Design Contest" offering contestants the opportunity to win a 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi as First Prize. In addition, the Second Prize winner will be awarded a $200 CondГ© account credit and the Third Prize winner will be awarded a $100 CondГ© account credit.

The contest is a result of SubliSandals' success as a new product in the dye-sublimation transfer industry. SubliSandals have become popular with digital decorators wanting to create fun, unique, and stylish photo-quality flip-flops for bridal showers, outdoor weddings, beach parties, proms, and other occasions befitting a little extra style and personality. The design entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and marketability. The "SubliSandals Design Contest" remains open until the final date of June 30th, 2010.

With an emphasis on dye sublimation technology and the sublimation printing process, CondГ© Systems has become the recognized leader in the personalized products market by offering everything needed to get into the photo gift business including transfer systems, production software, blank imprintables, transfer paper and supplies, instructional videos, and workshops.

Screen printers, sign makers, embroiderers, pad printers, engravers, photographers, artists, and home business entrepreneurs can expand their current product offerings by providing their customers full-color, photographic quality gifts and awards. During all stages of product selection, sales, and post sales, CondГ© offers expert knowledge and superior customer support. CondГ© and DyeTrans are trademarks of CondГ© Systems, Inc. Other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.  

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UAE:Reebok extends local distribution contract


In the Armani Hotel at the Burj Khalifah Dubai Tower, Reebok and distributor RBK Middle East have announced the extension of their partnership. RBK Middle East will continue as the exclusive distributor for Reebok products in the Gulf region (GCC) until the end of 2014.

Roland Auschel, Chief Sales Officer adidas Group, on visit to the United Arab Emirates to sign the contract, said: вЂThe team of RBK Middle East and the Reebok brand have proven to be a natural fit over the last decade. The combination of RBK Middle East’s local network, strong distribution and retail skills together with the compelling and innovative Reebok product pipeline holds a lot of potential for future growth.”

David Reilly, CEO, RBK Middle East said at the signing ceremony: “We have a large Reebok distribution business in form of presence in multi-brand stores and Reebok mono-branded stores in GCC. RBK Middle East operates 14 Reebok mono-branded stores in the region and plans to take this number to 40 by the end of 2014. In partnership with our regional multi-brand retailers we plan to have over 200 retail points.

At the same event, after the signing of the contract extension, Reebok launched two special collections, the Armani EA7 collection and an extension line to the Toning Category.

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.

“Consumers in the Gulf Region are very brand conscious. This collaboration offers a new perspective for the design and fashion-minded, 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 sports-style marketplace,” said Osman Ayaz, Managing Director, adidas Group Emerging Markets.

Reebok is also extending its Toning Category, since EasyToneв„ў, the walking shoe for Women, has taken a leading position in the emerging toning shoe market and has made fitness fun and easy for consumers. The new Autumn/Winter Toning collection adds EasyTones for Men, RunTones for Running and TrainTone for Training for both men and women.

The EA7/Reebok collection will be limited to Emporio Armani boutiques, select Reebok concept stores and preferred retailers worldwide, starting from July 2010. The new Toning Line up will be available across all RBK stores starting July 2010.

Since 1999, RBK Middle East is the sole distributor for the Reebok brand in the GCC. Headquartered in UAE, RBK ME has distribution & sales offices in all the six GCC countries. The company has 14 company- owned outlets in the region and also looks after the distribution of Reebok products to the various multiband stores throughout the GCC. 

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USA:Semi-finalists for Pantene Hair Star Contest announced


Pantene, the iconic brand known for memorable advertising tag lines such as "don't hate me because I'm beautiful" and "hair so healthy it shines", announced the 12 semi-finalists in the search for the world's first reality hair star. The winner will have the chance to put New Pantene to the ultimate test live in the world's first reality hair ad alongside Pantene's current spokesperson, Stacy London. This game-changing ad will air on May 25, 2010 between 9 and 10PM EDT during a three network roadblock which includes Bravo Media, Oxygen Media and NBC's season finale of "The Biggest Loser: Couples."

The follow is a list of the 12 semi-finalists:

Andrea Warner, Age: 32, Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Andrea is a photographer.

"I've been a Pantene user for some time, so I am very excited to be chosen as a semi-finalist to be Pantene's First Reality Hair Star," said Andrea.

Colleen Harju, Age: 23, Hometown: Carver, Massachusetts
Colleen is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist.

"I could be the first Pantene Reality Hair Star," said Colleen. "I have always had beautiful, long, thick hair and now I am ready to make it Pantene fabulous!"

Huda Mumin, Age: 28, Hometown: Oxon Hill, Maryland
Huda works as a chef in the Oxon Hill area.

"I am a loyal Pantene user. I have big hair to go along with my big personality," said Huda. "Pantene has helped my natural beauty to shine."

Kaitlin Voorhest, Age: 20, Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Kaitlin is currently a full-time student.

"I should be Pantene's First Reality Hair Star because my hair is tough to handle, but I work to keep it looking great," said Kaitlin. "My hair is one of my favorite features and I take pride in making it look nice."

Kirsten Norman, Age: 19, Hometown: Pinellas Park, Florida
Kirsten is currently employed at a pizza shop.

"I never thought I would make it this far in the contest," said Kirsten. "I have one dreadlock mixed in with the rest of my hair, so my hair has always been different. I am eager to use the new Pantene to see what it can do to keep my unique look frizz-free and polished."

Lindsay Delgrosso, Age: 18, Hometown: East Amherst, New York
Lindsay is currently a full-time Communication student at Niagara University.

"Pantene's First Reality Hair Star Contest intrigued me and truly challenged my creative abilities," said Lindsay. "What makes my hair Pantene hair is that it is a huge part of who I am, after all isn't that what Pantene hair is all about?"

Marissa Hopson, Age: 24, Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Marissa is currently a full time Broadcast Journalism student.

"I am a huge fan of Pantene," said Marissa. "Pantene makes my hair so soft; I've been using it since I was a kid. I'm excited to put the new collection to the test."

Mercedes Sanchez, Age: 27, Hometown: New York, New York
Mercedes is the founder of, an online magazine and lifestyle channel featuring prominent experts in fashion, beauty, and entertainment.

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UK:Kate Moss Topshop presents new S/S collection


Kate Moss Topshop presents a new collection of vintage inspired signature pieces for Spring Summer 2010. Featuring a handful of limited-edition items and an eclectic mix of eras, styles, fabrics and colour palettes, the core collection truly reflects Kate's bohemian take on dressing and covers every occasion for the season ahead.

Topshop and Kate Moss have targeted contemporary designs throughout the range with the new collection taking its inspiration from the 1970s; vintage floral print shirts complete with corseting panels to update a classic.

Dresses dominate the collection, varying from casual summer frocks to elegant daywear through to show-stopping evening gowns. The selection of dresses uses a mix of floral print, sleeved and sleeveless, chiffon tiered as well as 1920s-inspired maxi dresses. The subtle and feminine tones combined with the contemporary approach highlights the diversity in this collection; emphasised by the ditsy print washed cotton mini dress with a maxi length graduated back - the dress of the season. Denim makes a comeback too with a larger selection of shapes and washes. Grey super skinnies, hippy-ish low rise wide leg jeans and a fitted denim blazer are key pieces within the collection.

Topshop is continually recognised as being an authority on women's fashion on clothing such as jeans, dresses and the in-trend maxi dresses having won several awards for design reputation and new services, and has a wide range of clothing from women's jeans and maxi dresses to maternity wear.

Topshop was the first fashion retailer to show on schedule at London Fashion Week in September 2005 when it presented its own acclaimed in-house design collection Unique (created in 2001). Subsequent partnerships with international boutiques as far flung as Tokyo and LA followed and Topshop continues to grow its reputation for supporting exciting new talent. 

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

USA:Alice in Wonderland arrives at FIDM


Alice in Wonderland arrives at FIDM’s Museum & Galleries for a one-of-a-kind exhibition featuring Colleen Atwood’s creative costumes as well as sketches, accessories, and Alice-related collaborations from designers such as Sue Wong and Tom Binn.

On view will be a number of Alice looks worn by Mia Wasikowska in Tim Burton’s film, along with Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter “fighter” costume, and the Red Queen’s show-stopping gown, which Helena Bonham Carter wore on the big screen.

The free exhibition is on display at the FIDM Museum & Galleries from May 27, 2010 through September 30, 2010.

Students at the fashion design school were also asked to design Alice-inspired pieces, under the supervision of FIDM fashion mentor and instructor Nick Verreos, and they will also be on display.

With four dynamic California campuses, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the premier west coast fashion design college, educating for careers in fashion, graphic design, interior design, and entertainment. FIDM’s graduates include renowned fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier, Emmy and Academy Award award-winning costume designers, top fashion industry executives, and entrepreneurs.  

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UAE:Fulla collection for young girls adds sparkle to summer!


Damas, the iconic jewellery and watch retailer presents Fulla’s delightful new collection designed to add sparkle to a young girls summer! Crafted in 18k yellow gold and highlighted by delicate five-petal floral and heart motifs, it dazzles with diamonds, bright pink enamel work and beads, presenting a three-piece set comprising a necklace, a pair of drop earrings and an adjustable ring. Inspired by the charming beauty of a young girl’s world and dedicated exclusively to her, this new Fulla collection is one which will definitely be cherished by its young wearer.

Fulla in Arabic means the jasmine flower but it refers to the doll in the same name which is a favourite among young girls in the region. Attention to detail, vivid enamel hues and a combination of precious materials like diamonds and gold make the new Fulla three-piece set one that is ideal for parents seeking the perfect gift for their young daughters this season and is totally priced at just AED 2,400/.

Ajay Pandey – GM Category & Marketing Head, said, “Damas’ Fulla collection was first launched in 2008 and received a tremendous response in the region. Inspired by the exclusive realm of young girls and dedicated to them, Fulla collections offer a gentle introduction to the world of fine jewellery as a unique means of expression. As it blends traditional Arabic cultural values with contemporary styles, its young target audience can immediately relate to it and appreciate its beauty.”

The new Fulla collection offers an elegant necklace composed of a slender 18k yellow gold chain which suspends a beautiful five-petal pink bloom and is highlighted by charming heart motifs and beads. It is matched by a pair of exquisite drop earrings featuring the floral motif suspending soft pink hued beads and a very cute adjustable ring its wearer will love to slip on.

The new Fulla jewellery collection epitomises Damas’ efforts to present special and exclusive collections dedicated to a niche section of its customers and asserts the jeweller’s legendary status in the field.

Discover the gentle beauty of Fulla’s new collection now available at select Damas stores across the UAE for a limited period only, until stocks last. 

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USA:Media mogul Tyra Banks returns to IMG


IMG announced that media mogul and personality Tyra Banks has joined the company for commercial endorsements and fashion related opportunities. The announcement is the first of several expected in the coming months concerning new partnerships between IMG, Banks and Banks' business interests.

"Tyra is a global brand and we are happy to welcome her back to the IMG family," said Ted Forstmann, Chairman and CEO of IMG. "Her global reach and dynamic personality create numerous opportunities across multiple platforms."

"In many ways, this is like coming home. The last time I was with IMG, I was set on taking on the modeling world in the high fashion and commercial sectors," said Tyra Banks, Founder and CEO of Bankable Enterprises. "Now I'm dreaming even bigger but this time for my company as well. Aligning myself with brands that I believe in, and helping them achieve the kind of success they're looking for, helps all of us as we grow our businesses. And I know IMG is the right place at the perfect time."

"IMG is proud to work with Tyra, one of the world's most iconic supermodels and media personalities, and it is our pleasure to welcome her back," said Ivan Bart, SVP and Managing Director of IMG Models Worldwide. "She has an immense and loyal following, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with her as she embarks on a new and exciting period of brand-building. IMG will help expand her relationships with companies through endorsements, and will assist her in developing business relationships with sponsors whose missions she feels strongly about."

Banks' Bankable Enterprises is a New York-based company creating programs for television and movies, as well as projects for publishing and digital media. Recently, Banks announced a deal with Random House for a series of young adult novels called Modelland and she announced plans for a new digital web portal. Tyra Banks is also the creator, executive producer and host of The CW's reality television show America's Next Top Model, a co-creator of ABC's True Beauty, host of her own talk show, The Tyra Show, and she has new television projects in active development. 

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

France:PUMA announces 'Africa Unity Experience'


PUMA announced it will host the 'Africa Unity Experience' in Paris from May 28-29 as the brand's kick-off for World Cup(TM). Three PUMA-sponsored African Federations-Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana-will participate in a series of high impact 'Unity' events to generate fan support, build consumer engagement in advance of South Africa and raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and PUMA's 2010 International Year of Biodiversity project 'Play For Life'. PUMA is the proud sponsor of seven football teams qualified for the World Cup 2010(TM), four of which hail from Africa.

One of the most visible activities taking place during Africa Unity Experience is the Africa Unity Exhibition Game on Friday, May 28 at 18:00, where players from the Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast Federations will participate in an exhibition match in front of a capacity crowd at the Stade Michel Hidalgo in Saint-Gratien outside Paris. PUMA's breakthrough Africa Unity Kit-the first-ever continental kit, designed to be worn as a third uniform for PUMA's 13 African football teams-will be showcased throughout the Africa Unity Exhibition Game.

PUMA will kick off the game with a 'Play For Life' Fundraising Parcour incorporating some of Africa's most renowned players including Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o. Each skills rotation will feature a real-time fundraising mechanic, determining PUMA's parcour donation for UNEP's 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. The better they perform, the more money the players will generate to help support biodiversity programs in Africa.

The Africa Unity Experience then culminates in a free concert sponsored by PUMA and curated by Africa Express on Friday, May 28 at 19:30 at La Cigale in the 18th arrondisement. Africa Express is a collective of African and Western musicians with the mission to bring African music to a wider audience. Musicians from across Africa have been invited to represent their national African football team, underscoring the Unity message. Along with collaborations and special guests, the headliners include Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast), M3NSA and M.ANIFEST (Ghana), Les Nubians (Cameroon) and Amazigh Kateb (Algeria). Additionally, PUMA footballers and Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou will make a special appearance during the concert.

"We're excited to host the Africa Unity Experience-PUMA's official send-off to the African teams who are World Cup(TM) bound," said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman and CEO, PUMA AG. "It is through events like these that PUMA's positioning as a sportlifestyle brand really comes to life. It represents the perfect marriage of sport and music and culture, bringing the Unity message into focus. With our partner UNEP, and with the full support of the African Football Federations, we hope to raise awareness and interest in the topic of biodiversity through our activities during Africa Unity Experience event."

On Saturday, May 29, the activities conclude with the PUMA-Intersport Africa Unity Experience Camp, where winners from an Intersport consumer contest will have a chance to go toe-to-toe with current PUMA players and African football legends such as Roger Milla and Tony Yeboah, in a series of skills challenges. These exciting fan engagement opportunities-part football, part festival, all PUMA-will create a truly inclusive and memorable experience.

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UK:International revenue Duo continues to grow


Cat Travers, PR and advertising manager at Frome-based Duo, is rightly proud that customers of the businesses four UK branches and fast-growing mail order service are offered 21 different calf-size options in ladies’ boots and 3 widths in shoes.

“Most stores offer just one calf size for boots and one foot width but everyone is different. Calf-size particularly is a critical factor for anyone buying boots,” she says. “You wouldn’t expect bras in only one cup size, would you?!”

This is just one of the ways Duo differs from ordinary footwear retailers. Stylish, bespoke products at an affordable price combined with an unwavering commitment to customer service, has driven the company forward since its creation some 35 years ago to make Duo the global leader of the niche fitted boot market. “A fashionable, stylish, high-quality product that doesn't depend on the standard 'one-size-fits-all' approach means that women of all ages and sizes have the choice and freedom to wear boots.” continues Cat. “We love what we do and our customers appreciate what we have to offer”.

The focus on quality and design has seen Duo, unlike many footwear companies, stay loyal to the small, family-owned manufacturers in Western Europe with whom they have worked for years, rather than transferring production to the cheaper Far East. Whilst the quality and attention to detail has remained, Duo has embraced enthusiastically the opportunities e-commerce offers. This international expansion has taken place since Nick Sinfield joined as Managing Director six years ago. Under his direction Duo has increased its number of stores in the UK and fully embraced internet marketing. Duo now has Dutch, German and French-language versions of its website and every month, international revenue continues to grow.

In product terms, as Duo builds a worldwide market, its focus is on product appearance just as much as on fit. “This is vital as many people are not prepared to sacrifice style for comfort,” says Cat. “We are a fashion brand that pays more attention to the fit of our products than the majority of our competitors and our expertise and caring ethos means we can offer unrivalled customer service.” 

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USA:Stop Staring! to debut new workout line


Stop Staring! Designs, a leading cocktail dress and vintage clothing inspired designs company sold in hundreds of boutiques in over 40 countries, announced they will be debuting an all new line of vintage inspired workout clothing at the Fit to Rock DVD release party.

"Since 1997, Stop Staring! has specialized in the hottest cocktail dresses, vintage inspired dresses and rockabilly clothing, and now we're expanding our line to workout wear," said Alicia Estrada, head designer and founder of Stop Staring! "Designed for rockabilly chicks and retro loving ladies who always want to look their best, even while working out, our workout wear is guaranteed to keep you feeling comfortable and looking fabulous whether at the gym, at the local yoga studio or simply jogging outdoors."

The Fit to Rock DVD release party, which will take place on Friday, May 21st from 7-11pm, will have Amie Nicole and Heidi Van Horne (star and producer of Fit to Rock respectively) on hand to sign purchased DVDs all night. The first 100 people to arrive will receive gift bags, with complimentary cocktails and a photo booth provided by Sailor Jerry Rum for all.

The highlight of the night will definitely be the fashion show from Stop Staring! in which they will debut their all new workout line. Beginning at 9:30pm, Stop Staring! models will be strutting the catwalk in all of Stop Staring!'s new retro-inspired workout wear.

"We are thrilled to debut our new line at the Fit to Rock DVD release party," said Estrada. "What better way to show off our new workout clothes than at a party celebrating the hottest, most rocking workout you have ever had."

The location of the event is 1553 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood, CA. 

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Monday, May 17, 2010

UAE:FTCC to host Style 2010


Under the patronage of Her Highness, Sheikha Sara bin Hamad Al Sharqi, the Fujairah Tennis & Country Club presents the Style Exhibition 2010 from 19th to 21st May.

Style 2010 is designed to be a platform for companies and individuals in the fashion, jewellery and cosmetic industry to showcase their products and services to consumers from across the UAE. As well as exhibition space, we will also hold a series of fashion shows and demonstrations during the event.

We have a number of exclusive designers exhibiting at the event, including:

•Amal Murad (REDAA)
•Mariam Al Mazro (MIMI)
•JYK Designs

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UK:Joe Browns' carefree fashions for big men come to Jacamo


The Joe Browns menswear collection is known for its fun and funky look. Their designs range from faded jeans and utility cords through to cool graphic tees and laid back shirts and they've a brand new range that's available in big men's sizes. The distinctive Joe Browns look is popular with everyone from thrillseekers to those with a unique sense of style!

Jacamo, the big menswear brand is the perfect home for this new collection because of their vibrant look and big personality. The new and more extensive collection of Joe Browns' carefree fashion comes in sizes exclusive to Jacamo.

The new large size Joe Browns collection is perfect for men who want to find their own sense of style in a size that'll fit and suit them. The new range has its own section on Jacamo's website, making it easier to shop for Joe Browns bigger menswear and see examples of Jacamo's favourite style combinations.

The Joe Browns collection includes everything from t-shirts and shirts to trousers, footwear and accessories.

Joe Browns is featured on Jacamo Menswear alongside big size menswear from the likes of Boxfresh, Ben Sherman and Ringspun to name a few, with a total portfolio of over 30 brands. 

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UK:Taiwanese Nikki to work with Shoe Guru Jimmy Choo


A Taiwanese footwear design student at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, UK, will be spending her summer working alongside one of the world’s most renowned shoe designers Professor Jimmy Choo OBE.

I Cheng Lin (Nikki), from Taichung City, Taiwan, impressed Choo so much during a workshop in March that she has now been offered a three month internship (starting from July) at his renowned Couture House in London, 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 at Choo’s Couture House when he visited DMU in November 2009 to give a masterclass to its footwear students.

A firm supporter of education, Choo regularly mentors young shoe designers like Nikki at his studio. He said: “Nikki showed great promise when she spent two days with us in March. We are very pleased to offer her this internship and hope to build on the knowledge she has already gained from her experience with us.

“We will continue to show Nikki how the whole process of couture works, from dealing with individual clients, right through to the design and creation of their shoes.”

The 21-year-old final year student will spend her time observing Choo and his team and helping out with day-to-day tasks.

She said: “I had a great time with Jimmy Choo and his team and I am very grateful for the opportunity to spend another three months there after I graduate. It’s an exciting way to start my career in footwear, and who better to learn from than one of the industry’s most iconic designers.”

DMU offers the only single honours footwear design course in the UK, and has won support from Choo, who also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University. 

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

France:Napa & Amazona: Loewe gets colorful for summer


Loewe has unveiled a collection dedicated to napa, the world's finest lightweight leather, and has revisited the Amazona to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the iconic handbag.

Used by Loewe for over a century, napa leather is a uniquely exceptional Spanish leather, made from a special breed of lamb found only on the slopes of the Pyrenees.

It is buffed by hand and then polished between glass rollers to a thickness of just 0.7 mm. The refinement of the leather is enhanced by its incomparable evenness and lightness.

The handbags, purses, key holders and wallets in the collection come in colors that are both eye-popping—including orange, magenta, and turquoise—and sophisticated, with black, beige and navy blue.

Decorated with a napa tassel and lined in ultralight satin, each of the models features the distinctive jagged seam edges and a tone-on-tone embossed Loewe Anagram signature.

Created in 1975, the Amazona is the iconic Loewe bag, emblematic of the brand's heritage.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Loewe artistic director Stuart Vevers has created 20 limited edition handbags in a lively pallet of colors, including orange red, Modena, aubergine, mossy green, beige and royal blue.

He selected the softest leathers from the Loewe workshops to propose models in napa, calfskin, and goatskin. The entire range is available in metallic, patent-leather or soft-grained finishes.

To better spotlight the functional elegance of the Amazona, Loewe called on London-based photographer Nigel Shafran.

Suspended in a tree or set on a chair, the iconic bag is staged in different locations in Madrid, a nod to the origins of Loewe, which was founded in the Spanish capital 164 years ago.

Contemporary and authentic, the Napa collection and new interpretations of the Amazona confirm Loewe's inimitable creativity and leathermaking savoir-faire.

It was in 1872 when Enrique Loewe Roessberg, a German craftsman specialized in leather working, decided to join forces with the workshop owners and establish the brand. Enrique Loewe brought his precision and technique and Spain its sensuality, creativity and peerless expertise in leather.

In 1996, celebrating the brand’s 150 year anniversary, LVMH took over the ownership of the brand. 

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Hong Kong:Style Hong Kong promotes fashion talent across Asia


Three celebrated Hong Kong fashion designers – Lu Lu Cheung, Hidy Ng and Henry Lau – presented their latest fall/winter collections at the Grand Show Hall of the Shanghai Fashion Centre.

The show was part of the Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival and Shanghai Fashion Week, which celebrate the opening of Expo 2010 Shanghai. The events include a fashion carnival, “Asian Fashion Blooming of Shanghai – Special Present for 2010 Shanghai Expo,” 13-16 May, which promotes fashion talent across Asia.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) was invited to organise Hong Kong’s fashion show, “Style Hong Kong.”

John Tsang, the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, was guest of honour at the show.

Financial Secretary John Tsang welcomes the Shanghai audience to the fall/winter collections of three prominent Hong Kong designers.

Hong Kong designer Lu Lu Cheung’s collection is inspired by volcanic eruptions – of lava, granite and smog. The designs are meant to reflect the strength, confidence and gentleness of contemporary city women.

Hidy Ng’s “Stars Sparkle Tonight” collection showcases images of sophisticated women at work in a glamorous Hong Kong environment. The designs include three unconventional wedding gowns.

Henry Lau’s “Frozen Beauty” collection portrays the cool beauty of Hong Kong’s Central District after dark. Mr Lau’s collection includes party and evening wear in black and a range of dark colours, with shiny accessories depicting Hong Kong’s glamorous nightlife.

During Shanghai Expo, the HKSAR will stage a series of exhibitions, seminars and performances in Shanghai to promote Hong Kong design and brands. Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre, the “Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies – Business, Living, Creativity” exhibition opens tomorrow, 15 May, and runs until 31 October. The event consists of a series of exhibitions and programmes showcasing the innovation, competitive edge and multicultural and entrepreneurial spirit of Hong Kong designers.

Organised by the HKTDC, “Style Hong Kong” Show will be staged 15-19 October at Century Plaza on Nanjing Road. The exhibition will feature innovative Hong Kong design and premium products. Winning pieces from the Fashion World Talent Awards will be on display, and Hong Kong-style performances will be staged.

In October, the Hong Kong Fashion Designers’ Association will stage a fashion show under the theme “Fashion Visionaries?Hong Kong,” followed by a three-week “Fashion Visionaries Exhibition,” which will include “Fashion Creations” and “Fashion in Movies.” Outfits created by designers at the show will present the history and development of Hong Kong fashion since the 1960s. 

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USA:Ray-Ban celebrates birth of brand with Ray-Ban Aviator


Ray-Ban celebrates the birth of the brand with the re-launch of their most iconic frames – the Ray-Ban Aviator – with a live event at New York's epicenter of indie rock, the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The event focused on the influence that the iconoclastic sounds and style of the 1970s have had on some of today's most influential bands.

Unveiling the six new styles of the Ray-Ban Aviator – Ray-Ban Aviator Craft, Ray-Ban Aviator Road Spirit, Ray-Ban Aviator Tech, Ray-Ban Aviator Titanium, Ray-Ban Aviator Metal Glide and the limited edition Ray-Ban Aviator Ultra Gold – the event featured live performances and collaborations by some of the most exciting rock groups around – past and present.

Headlined by Iggy & The Stooges, with support from New York's own The Virgins and the Philadelphia based Free Energy, with a DJ set by New York City's party girl Roxy Cottontail, the main feature of the event was the live collaborative performance as The Virgins joined Iggy & The Stooges on stage to perform one of the band's classic tracks.

The New York event was the first of two special evenings, with the next at London's Scala on May 26th. The London event will be headlined by the New York Dolls, with support from The Big Pink and the Plastiscines and a DJ set by Jarvis Cocker.

Both events feature an exclusive photographic exhibition of specially commissioned photography by renowned rock photographer, Kevin Cummins. Kevin's photography naturally brings together music and the Ray-Ban Aviator with photos of bands wearing Ray-Ban Aviators.

The Ray-Ban Aviator was originally designed for the U.S military fighter pilots in 1937 to protect pilots from glare at high altitudes whilst maintaining a clear field of vision. Today the technology behind the new Aviators still reflects the importance of anti-glare and 100% UV protection with the polarized lenses technology. And can still be seen gracing the faces of today's rock bands.

Ray-Ban is a key house brand of the Luxottica Group, a leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. 

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

USA:Denimhead & Mudpie extend partnership with GlobalTex


Market Center Management Company (MCMC), the management company of GlobalTex: LA International Textile & Sourcing Fair, announced its extended partnership with Denimhead and Mudpie. Theagreement continues GlobalTex as the only trade event in the western U.S. featuring these respected trend services. The next show will be held September 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) in West Hall, Hall A.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Denimhead and Mudpie,” said Stephanie Cole, vice president, GlobalTex. “As our show continues to grow and concentrate on important areas such asdenim we could not have better partners. They offer invaluable services that we are glad to offer to attendees.”

During the recent GlobalTex, key denim attendees included: 7 for All Mankind, BeBe, Joe’s Jeans, Limited Brands, Not YourDaughter’s Jeans and Wet Seal. The growing category is led by West Coast apparel industry leader, DeDe Anderson, who recently joined the GlobalTex team as West Coast sales manager working primarily with garment manufacturing, denim textiles/wash houses,sublimation printing and knitwear manufacturers.

Denimhead and Mudpie offer key insights in these categories as well as many others. Denimhead will participate in the show as the anchor of the Wear section, providing trend books and services geared toward helping companies begin the design processsecure in their understanding of the direction the market is heading. Denimhead is a cutting edge fashion service specializingin denim and casual sportswear. Its books provide the most recentphotographs from fashion capitals throughout the world and include original sketches for inspiration—both of which are intended to help with the design process. Jill Perilman, an accomplished denim designer of 22 years, founded Denimhead in LosAngeles in 2004, after being frustrated with the lack of current denim and casual sportswear information in the apparelmarketplace. While other trend services allocated only a small section in their books to these categories, Perilman felt that they were being seriously overlooked.

Throughout Perilman’s long career in design, she has demonstrateda keen eye for spotting the “next big trends” in denim and casualsportswear. With extensive experience, sheer ambition and fortitude, Denimhead was launched. “It is great to be a part of ashow that offers high-quality resources in a professional venue that best serves the industry,” said Jill Perilman, CEO,Denimhead.

Mudpie will provide directional trend displays and seminars during the September show. Fiona Jenvey, CEO of Mudpie, will present a seminar focused on trends in denim. Mudpie’s mission isto design, distribute, sell and promote the world’s leading trendinformation within printed products, online services and design consultancy. The company includes a range of services including: Mpdclick, a leading commercial online fashion trend forecasting service; Trendbooks, leading trend, graphic, print, pattern and color forecasting books; and Consultancy 

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UK:Britain’s Next Top Model live in October


Fashion Capital is delighted to announce that we are looking to create a fashion pavilion within the Britain’s Next Top Model live event. Media 10 (award winners in the exhibition industry) have decided to launch this event on the back of their success with Grand Designs and the recently acquired Ideal Home Show.

Britain’s Next Top Model ( 22-24 October 2010) has reached 13 million of all 16-34 females, who have a genuine interest in fashion and beauty in an extremely competitive market. Virgin Media will be on of the main supporters of the event and the promotional campaign of Britain’s Next Top live will be running alongside Living TV Britain’s Next Top Model live вЂseries 6’.

The primary focus at the Britain’s Next Top Model live will be to showcase your items on the catwalk and to give the visitors an opportunity to buy the latest fashion trends, rather than visiting the high street. The Show for 2010 is looking to attract over 45,000 females, this is a prime opportunity for your designs to be in front of a highly captive audience, not only to showcase your brands but a fantastic way for you to sell them at the event.

The Pavilion will feature stands with the Fashion capital logo, the area will be promoted in the show guide, website and banner over looking the area in a prominent position within the show.

We have agreed with the organizers that subject to interest, the area will be featured in their pre-show marketing as an area not to be missed within the event.

In addition, we are delighted to announce we have negotiated special exhibition rates with the organizers for all of our members.

We need to engage interest from our members in order to participate in the event and would appreciate if you could contact me as soon as possible for further information and to confirm whether you would like in book an exhibition stand. 

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France:Seven universes come together at InterfiliГЁre


Interfilière is the world’s leading trade fair for lingerie and beachwear fabrics, and an inspiration for all fashion sectors. Interfilière starts the dynamics for an entire chain - creation, innovation and business are always on hand - and the September edition (4/5/6 September 2010, Paris Expo - Porte de Versailles, Pavillion 3), with 300 exhibitors expected, is already guaranteedto be energizing and promising in terms of fashion offers, services and information.

Closely tied to the reality of the profession and markets, and in complete synergy with Mode City, Interfilière is a real value appreciated by all. Of 10,465 visitors in 2009, 73% were international (from 111 countries), and 87% were purchasing managers…as for exhibitors, 80% were international and 79% were long-time participants.

Exhibitors are organized into seven universes: Lace It(quintessential lace), Brod’Cust (all the magic of embroidery),Neoskin (the heart of the offer with knits, wovens, prints, embellishments), Access’Folies (a thousand and one details, including beads, braids, buttons, ribbons, closures, bra cups…), Hi’Tech (innovation and technology with fibres, yarns and machines), Designers Textiles (studios, designers), The Club: made in Euromed (an area devoted to production capacities near you specializing in lingerie and beachwear). Thus, Interfilière provides a complete, selective and top-quality offer.

Developed in January 2010 on, the on-line platform MEET LINGERIE lets exhibitors and buyers connect and organize trade fair appointments in advance. A real prospecting tool, MEET LINGERIE helps buyers find new suppliers, and exhibitors find new clients and contacts. Friendly and easy to use, with each trade fair this interface is becoming an essentialservice to organize your InterfiliГЁre presence or to visit the trade fair in the most efficient way possible.

KALARAV DI MELDOLESI LIVIA (Italy): A design studio working in several fields. From graphics to fashion and interior design creations, KALARAV DI MELDOLESI LIVIA put their analytical skillsat the service of their clients’ needs. Going beyond trends, the studio often produces exclusive designs for Italian and international textiles.

SALMARINA (Hong-King): Textile designer since 2005, SALMARINA propose collections of finely executed designs using trendy colours as well as a print collection for beachwear with printed knits and circular knits for bathing suits as well as lighter-weight fabrics in crГЄpe and net for pareos and beach products.

ATELIER CALISTI-LE GALL (France): The painter Marcelle Calisti, acontemporary of Raoul Dufy and Sonia Delaunay, created thisatelier in 1937. Quickly renowned for her flower-filled gardens, she went to London to work as a colourist and fabric designer with the Courtaulds Group, then to Alsace with the Schaeffer Impression Group, to Germany with the Mulforter Company, and to Italy with the Miroglio Group, and the Cantoni, Satilai and Monteoliveto and Ponte Arno Companies. Marie-Jeanne Calisti and her design team propose hand painted fabrics as well as computer-assisted designs for lingerie and ready-to-wear, and are always vigilant in upholding the atelier’s reputation for style and savoir-faire.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Italy:Fashion brand Bagutta lands in China


Italian world-known fashion brand Bagutta lands in China and opens its two first fashion stores in Shanghai, capital of luxury. The project is part of an important cooperation agreement that CIT S.p.a., company owner of the brand with offices in Arcore (Milan), signed with Shanghai Dragon Corporation, one of the most important Chinese holding in the apparel and house textile sectors. Bagutta flagstores will open up in mid April in the вЂOrient Shopping Center’ and вЂShanghai Hongqiao Friendship Store’ shopping malls, the two most important shopping centres for the international fashion trade in Shanghai. Following the shop-in-shops philosophy, the stores will initially sell men’s collections, addressing the Chinese and international business markets, that heed more and more carefully the “made in Italy” style.

Within the two 50 sqm. areas the contemporary spirit of the brand will be construed assuming a minimalist concept to show the collections through the warmth of shaded lighting and wooden textures.

After careful assessments CIT found the Shanghai Dragon Corporation, a company listed at the Shanghai Stock Exchange, as a strong and reliable partner to share a long-term development project with. Thanks to a fast economical growth and subsequent arising of a refined consumer, CIT considers the Chinese market as a strategic area and aims at strengthening its presence in the Country by opening other 10 flagship stores by 2015 in the most important cities as Hangzhou, Nanjing and Peking, also widening the offer to cover the womenswear sector.  

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USA:French Craft to design SKECHERS leather goods line


SKECHERS USA, Inc., a global leader in the lifestyle footwear industry, announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with French Craft Leather Goods Co., Inc. to design, produce and distribute a SKECHERS-branded line of leather goods and accessories for men, women and kids. The new line of belts, buckles and wallets will hit retailers in June 2010.

“Over the last 18 years, the SKECHERS brand has grown to become a global leader in lifestyle footwear,” said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “And now SKECHERS’ brand recognition is bigger than our core product, making this the perfect time to expand our licensing program into new categories. We couldn’t ask for a better partner than French Craft to help SKECHERS meet the needs of our consumers from head-to-toe and beyond.”

“French Craft is excited to be joining the SKECHERS family as a leather goods licensee,” began Andy Fox, president of French Craft. “We’re confident that this line will provide SKECHERS consumers with the perfect way to complement and accessorize the footwear and brand they love so much.”

Embracing the SKECHERS style and image, belts and wallets in the new trend-right collection will be constructed using full grain leather, split leather, suede, cotton, or nylon with a focus on contemporary embellishments and accents. Buckles will be cast in zinc, steel or brass. Additionally, the wallet line will include an assortment of trifolds, bifolds, credit card cases, front pocket wallets, checkbook wallets, pass cases and children’s coin purses.

“French Craft represents a strong addition to our fast growing portfolio of best-in-class licensees,” explained Paul Flett, senior vice president of licensing at SKECHERS. “Through this partnership we will develop synergic accessory products that complement our brand proposition. This ultimately helps us meet increasing consumer demand for SKECHERS across exciting new product categories.”

SKECHERS belts, buckles and wallets will be available in fine independent department, specialty and sporting goods stores throughout the United States and Canada.

In addition to French Craft, SKECHERS has partnered with licensees to produce a wide range of products including children’s apparel, sunglasses, legwear, medical scrubs, backpacks and bags. The Company is currently negotiating with additional licensees both domestic and abroad and continues to seek out partnerships and opportunities that will bring the SKECHERS brand to new product segments around the globe. 

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UK:The Cougar Effect makes sexy lingerie sales soar - Debenhams


Debenhams is reporting sales of sultry lingerie among women of a 'certain age' are booming thanks to the glamorous 40-somethings of Sex and the City 2 and Cougar Town.

The hit TV show and the forthcoming movie, showing the bedroom antics of women in their 40s and 50s and their much younger partners, is being credited by Debenhams with the rise in demand from women of the same age.

A nationwide analysis of the most popular lingerie styles from October 2009 to April 2010, by the high street store, revealed that empowered 40-plus women have given the more seductive side of the lingerie industry a big boost.

These women are rediscovering their figures, often after having children or getting divorced, and are enjoying the confidence boost that a great-fitting bra can give.

Previously the peak purchasers of cleavage-enhancing bras, basques, thongs, stockings and suspenders, have been women in their early 20s. However, the survey showed that women aged 40-plus are spending more time and money in the lingerie department.

Head Lingerie Buyer for Debenhams, Annette Warburton said: "It's important that women at any age feel fantastic in their underwear.

"Over the last six months, our lingerie fitters have reported a sharp rise in the number of women in their 40s and 50s booking consultations to overhaul their lingerie wardrobes.

"We currently bra fit over 250,000 women a year and the 40-plus age group is now our fastest growing market.

"Positive female role models in this age group such as the women in the Sex and the City movies and Courtney Cox in TV's Cougar Town are giving the women confidence to splash out on themselves.

"With women's 40s being touted as the new 20s, and lingerie designers stepping up to the mark to feed this demand, it's a market we expect to see grow further in the future."

According to Debenhams, the top cities for sexy lingerie sales among women in their 40s and 50s are London, Edinburgh and Brighton. 

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Germany:Ann Christine opens its 25th store


Ann Christine is celebrating its anniversary: the German company from Braunschweig for fashion-conscious young women opens its 25th store on Friday, 14 May in the Nova Eventis shopping centre in GГјnthersdorf in Germany.

The very first Ann Christine store opened in Braunschweig at the beginning of June 2007. Since then, the company has been quick to expand. With the new store in GГјnthersdorf (Saxony-Anhalt), which presents the latest collections on a sales floor of more than 300 square meters, Ann Christine will have 11 stores in Germany. The fashion company also has two stores in Croatia, three in Austria, one in Poland, two in Slovenia, one in Slovakia and five in the Czech Republic.

Ann Christine intends to continue expanding. The fashion company plans to open 15 additional new stores this year. Ann Christine also aims to come onto two more markets. After having opened its very first store in Slovakia in March, the fashion company now looks forward to coming onto the French market in July and the Russian market in September.

With its five in-house brands, Ann Christine offers fashion-conscious women the latest looks at reasonable prices. Elegant, light and sexy, discreetly exotic, or sporty – young women are sure to find a look that appeals to their sense of style at Ann Christine. 

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India:School or Play, Bata wins the day


Bata India Limited, India’s largest retail shoe brand unveiled its new Sporty collection for school children. With an aim to give children extra comfort and mobility, the new collection boasts of features and trendy styles that can not only be used for school but also to play on the field.

Riding on its tradition of providing the best quality footwear to its customers, Bata’s research and development cell constantly innovates and improves processes to deliver shoes that that are trendy, comfortable to wear and offers a great fit. The new sporty collection is designed ensuring consistency and finesse in the quality matching international standards.

Emphasizing on the current campaign, “School or Play, Bata wins the day”, the collection truly relates to the “go getter” who wants to excels in whatever he / she does.

The sporty range incorporates classic designs, styles such as naughty boy, tennis, ballerina packing in great quality and durability that serves value for money. One can also pick up from the range of school bags, school socks, shoe polishes, brushes and other new products that have been launched specially keeping in mind the requirements of the school children.

So, walk to the nearest Bata store and take the advantage of this offer for your young and vibrant kids!

Bata also offers customization of school logo on bulk orders and stall facilities at the school. For more details visit

Bata has been holding a unique place in the hearts of Indians for the last 75 years. Probably the only footwear brand that offers footwear and accessories for the entire family, Bata has redefined the modern footwear industry in India.  

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USA:Kardashian sisters attend Beach Bunny Swimwear's LA opening


Known for flaunting their famous curves and wearing the hottest swimsuit trends, it was only a matter of time before Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian Odom added swimsuit designer to their expanding list of successful endeavors. The Kardashian trio has teamed up with L.A. label Beach Bunny Swimwear to design sexy suits that flatter their individual body types and personalities. The 1st release of the label, “Kardashians for Beach Bunny Swimwear” is scheduled to launch on Beach Bunny Swimwear’s website and branded stores May 10th and affiliated retail stores shortly thereafter.

Each sister created 2 styles for the upcoming Summer collection which includes an array of sexy, modern, and body-conscious cuts reflecting Beach Bunny Swimwear’s brand aesthetic fused with the style of all three Kardashian sisters. “Beach Bunny Swimwear makes suits to fit curves with sexiness I've never seen before in swimwear” says middle sister Kim. Oldest sister Kourtney chimes in “Beach Bunny suits are always very whimsical, fashion forward, fun and edgy for the beach. It will be interesting to see what we can bring to the line. Youngest sister Khloé adds “I love the combination of sexiness, style and class that Beach Bunny Swimwear gives. When I see a Beach Bunny suit, I see glamour!”

The budding swimsuit designers were on hand for the recent grand opening of Beach Bunny Swimwear’s flagship store in Los Angeles, where they showed off their latest accomplishment. Kim’s bikinis feature gold hardware and tie-side bottoms because, she “loves dressing up when going to the beach and tie-sides fit my body type the best.” Khloé, on the other hand, gave her designs an exotic touch, incorporating animal prints for a “sexy and fun” vibe, while new mom Kourtney opted for function and fashion as she designed an “amazing bikini that is super easy to wear, but has extra support on top–since I now have that issue.”

“We are very excited about the design collaboration with Kim, Kourtney and KhloГ© and feel that each sister’s individuality is reflected in their designs,” says Beach Bunny Swimwear CEO and designer Angela Chittenden. “They have a strong sense of who they are and exude sexiness and confidence which is something Beach Bunny Swimwear as a brand strives to achieve.” 

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Switzerland:Noble Jewels performs so well again - Sotheby’s


In Geneva, Sotheby’s Spring Sales of Magnificent and Noble Jewels concluded, bringing a sensational total of CHF59,995,700 / $53,976,331 / €42,411,883, a figure well above pre-sale expectations (est: CHF35.9-51.1 million / $32.4-46 million). All three sales sessions saw lively and competitive bidding across the board for top-quality jewels at all price levels - be it important coloured stones, white diamonds, glamorous signed pieces or jewels with historic and noble provenance. Collectors and jewellery lovers from all corners of the world were out in force, bringing overall sell through rates of 88% by lot and 97% by value. In addition more than 74% of the lots sold, achieved prices in excess of their high estimate. Exceptional results follow hot on the heels of the great success of the company’s Jewellery sales in Hong Kong and New York last month and bring the total of Sotheby’s worldwide sales of jewels this Spring to $147.7 million.

Important Stones:
In a sale series which saw a vast number of triumphs, the standout moment of the day came with the sale of the rare cushion-shaped fancy intense blue diamond weighing 7.64-carats and mounted as a ring. One of the most important diamonds of this colour grading and shape to appear on the market for many years, the stunning ring saw competition from at least three potential buyers before selling to an anonymous client for CHF8,930,500 / $8,034,503. This sets a new record price of $1,051,636 per for carat for a fancy intense blue diamond sold at auction.

A second blue diamond - a rare toi et moi ring by the much celebrated French jeweller, Alexandre Reza – was also the subject of a spirited bidding battle. Set with a spectacular 5.02-carat fancy vivid blue diamond and a exceptional white diamond of the same shape and weighing 5.42-carats, the immensely chic ring saw determined bidding from multiple
bidders and brought a final price of CHF7,026,500 / $6,321,531 – against the pre-sale estimate of CHF4.25-7.4 million / $4-7 million and establishing an auction record price for a jewel by the French jewellery maker.

The magnificent emerald-cut white diamond weighing 52.82-carats was the second highest selling lot of the day. This sold to an US dealer for CHF8,818,500 / $7,933,740 proving the strength of the market for exceptional white diamonds.

Commenting on the successful Spring sales David Bennett, Chairman, Europe & the Middle East, Sotheby’s International Jewellery department, said: “An Outstanding results once again demonstrate the vibrancy and depth of the international jewellery market and the enormous appetite throughout the world for jewels and gemstones of the very best quality. Our pre-sale viewing in Geneva was among the busiest that we’ve staged in recent years and, the general interest and enthusiasm that we saw in all the worldwide locations where we exhibited highlights from the sale was extraordinary. The prices achieved tonight for the two blue diamonds and also the spectacular 52.82- carat white diamond were much deserved, as these were all gems of the highest quality and rarity and it was also heartening to see our fourth dedicated sale of Noble Jewels perform so well once again, exceeding the pre-sale estimate by a large margin. We are absolutely delighted with the results of sales, which have performed superbly well in every category.” 

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