Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group (PLG), a division of Collective Brands, Inc., announced that it has opened a new combined European Headquarters and Distribution Center facility in Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands (near Amsterdam), as well as a new London-based product showroom -- enhanced facilities and infrastructure designed to help the company better meet the strong and growing European appetite for its portfolio of iconic American brands: Saucony, Keds, Sperry Top-Sider, Stride Rite and Robeez.
"We've seen growing international demand for our Performance + Lifestyle Group brands over the past several quarters, especially from the European market, and our investment here in Europe in these new facilities, as well as expanding our European associate base, will help us meet this increasing demand head on," said Matt Rubel, CEO of Collective Brands, Inc.
"We have a solid presence here, but see more demand across the continent. Through premium retail partners, we are thrilled to bring more consumers across Europe our American original brands including Sperry Top-Sider, which invented the boat shoe 75 years ago and today represents a Passion for the Sea nautical lifestyle, to Saucony with its intense focus on technical innovation and performance products for runners and athletes, Keds iconic sneakers representing a blank canvas and creative possibilities, and Robeez and Stride Rite, high-quality children's shoes that mom's trust and kids love."
PLG brands have a broad presence across Europe including in such key countries as the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France with plans to continue its expansion across Europe by working closely with distributor partners in certain countries, as well as working directly with retailers.
"We are excited by the growth we are experiencing and our retail and distributors partners are equally excited about our current product collections and our strong prospects across the European market place," said Gregg Ribatt, CEO of Collective Brands PLG.
The European headquarters in Heerhugowaard has been expanded to consolidate several warehouses and a main Distribution Center into a single, larger facility вЂ“ more than triple the capacity of the former facilities. It includes 80,000 square feet of warehouse space and 13,600 square feet of office and showroom space. This move will improve the operational efficiency -- enhance the volume and speed of product distribution -- to an expanding group of retail partners and distributors for the company's branded products, which include primarily footwear, as well as accessories and apparel items. The Heerhugowaard facility will also house headquarters office space, creating a single focal point for the Collective Brands PLG operations in Europe.
Over the past two years, PLG has more than doubled its European operations employee base. The company said it expects to hire approximately 20 additional employees by the end of 2010 and will focus those roles primarily on merchandising, marketing and distribution center positions across Europe.
The company also announced the opening of a product and marketing showroom in central London, located at the corner of Maddox and Regent Streets, which is designed specifically to showcase its branded products for retail partners, the press and other European fashion and lifestyle influencers.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Models battling out on the ramp are now fighting it out with their fashion labels. Megan Gale is introducing her new swimwear brand, Isola, and is directly competing with Jennifer HawkinsвЂ™, Cozi range.
Off late, Gale and Hawkins were head-to-head, battling it out as envoys of AustraliaвЂ™s competing department stores, Myer and David Jones, respectively. However, now this war has moved a step up, with Gale launching her brand in the same market, wherein, Hawkins had launched her range Cozi, 11 months ago.
The swimwear industry is all set to melt the ice this winter, with the launch of GaleвЂ™s new line in Sydney, moving against HawkinsвЂ™ latest collection, Cozi 2010-11, which is scheduled to be launched in mid-July.
But, the main challenge for both is to carve a niche for their brands in a rapidly growing swimwear fashion industry.
Currently, 65 Myer stores house HawkinвЂ™s Cozi, whereas GaleвЂ™s Isola line has already secure floor space in David JoneвЂ™s 35 stores.
More so, both lines have on their platter a wide range of shapes and sizes to woo different body types and are aimed at those women, who are in their early 20s and late 30s, and treat swimwear as an essential part of their wardrobe.
Gap introduced its latest collection of 1969 Premium Jeans вЂ“ this time, made especially for GapKids. Re-engineered with a focus on style and quality, the new collection offers the most comfortable, long-lasting and versatile denim on the market for young fashionistas and fashionistos.
Building upon GapKids' already premium denim offering, GapKids 1969 Premium Jeans take the fashion quotient up a notch with new fits like the Super Skinny for girls and Skinny for boys, elevated washes and fabrics, and the addition of signature details like the chambray waistband and blue rivet borrowed from adult 1969 jeans. Featuring a wide range of fits, washes and details that let kids express their personal style, every kid вЂ“ from trendsetters-in-training to playground athletes вЂ“ can find their favorite pair of jeans.
"As we welcome GapKids to our 1969 jeans family, we're thrilled to now offer 1969 Premium Jeans to all generations," said Mark Breitbard, Executive Vice President, GapKids and babyGap. "In building the collection we put a lot of emphasis on what's important to kids and their parents вЂ“ quality, versatility, and a range of fits and washes. Simply put, we've got the best fitting premium jeans for kids at an accessible price point."
The 1969 Fit:
Featuring four core fits for girls and five for boys, the new premium jeans include classic rinses in hues from the darkest ink to light finishes and bold colors. Girls' fits include: Super Skinny, Skinny, Boot and Straight ranging in slim, regular and plus sizes. Boys' fits include Skinny, Straight, Boot, Original and Loose in slim, regular and husky sizes. With new fit blocks and adjustable waistbands, the GapKids1969 Premium Jeans not only complement growing bodies by making each pair go further, but also offer a consistent fit among different silhouettes making shopping that much easier for Mom.
1969 Kids Pop-up:
To celebrate the launch, Gap opened 1969 Kids on celebrity-laden Robertson Blvd in West Hollywood on Friday, June 25. The kids-centric pop-up shop, modeled after Gap's popular 1969 Jeans Shop for adults next-door, is anchored in the new GapKids denim collection and will be open for three months. The shop features a hand-selected assortment of fashion-forward and iconic pieces from the GapKids fall collection including plaid shirts, Junkfood graphic tees, crochet-detail tops, floral and chambray dresses, and a selection of fun accessories like watches, hats, pencil cases and key chains.
In addition to kids, the shop will feature babyGap 1969 Premium Jeans, launched earlier this year for babies 0-24 months.
Starting July 10, and every Saturday through August 21, 1969 Kids will host special events just for kids and their parents. Gap partnered with the lifestyle experts Michele Adams and Gia Russo from Momologie вЂ“ an online newsletter for moms that speaks to the latest trends in family, entertaining, fashion, food, home and travel вЂ“ to host an exclusive launch event on June 24, as well as additional Saturday events open to the public on July 10, July 17 and July 24. Gap is also partnering with The Mother Company, a group of moms and parents dedicated to creating a new kind of children's entertainment that focuses on social and emotional learning, to host four Saturday events open to the public on July 31, August 7, August 14 and August 21.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The latest Anna Scholz capsule collection, exclusive to the plus-size designerвЂ™s web shop, is called вЂњCream TeaвЂќ because its prints and colour palettes are as refreshing as a warm cuppa with cake in the afternoon sun.
Whether youвЂ™ve planned tea for two, a garden party for twenty-five or just a take-five, Anna ScholzвЂ™s latest Cream Tea plus-size capsule collection has just the outfit for you.
AnnaвЂ™s new Cream Tea prints and polka-dots are a treat for the senses: cool creams and splashes of bright red are as fresh as strawberry preserves over clotted cream; the new crosshatch print pops on crisp cream cotton sateen; black and white spot styles have a flirty retro vibe and the dainty pinwheel print in tea cake pinks and blues is feminine and romantic.
BERRIES AND CREAM
Bright berry red and cool cream play off each other throughout the Cream Tea capsule collection, especially designed for curvy figures sized 12-28.
AnnaвЂ™s red and cream crosshatch print pleat shift dress definitely takes the cake. The cotton sateen fabric has a touch of stretch so that it enhances curves and moves with you. Three angled pleats meet at a side waist panel creating texture and drama across the fixed wrap-style skirt front.
The new cream-coloured cotton sateen blazer is this seasonвЂ™s must-have layering piece. ItвЂ™s a treat for the eyes with AnnaвЂ™s cream and strawberry-coloured cotton polka-dot cotton kaftan with pintuck pleats.
Or play it cool with AnnaвЂ™s A whisper-soft ceam jersey top which features gorgeous crochet detailing from the shoulders to the lower back. Side ruching creates drape and texture in this top and is slimming as it draws the eye upward along the sides of the body.
Crisp and chic, the latest black and white polka-dotted styles from Anna Scholz can be updated or charmingly retro.
The curve-enhancing spotted shift dress coordinates with her swingy spotted 50s jacket for a sleek "Mad Men" lookвЂ”just add heels and red lipstick! Or look spot-on in AnnaвЂ™s empire line feminine black and white spotted cotton sundress.
All of the Cream Tea pieces work together or with the rest of AnnaвЂ™s designer collection to create a variety of plus-size looks that will last you all summer long. So kick back, relax and take a bite of these scrumptious styles exclusively online now.
Giorgio Armani is pleased to unveil the new images of Megan Fox appearing for the second season as the official worldwide testimonial for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans, coinciding with Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 advertising campaign.
The advertising campaigns for both Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans, were shot on location Los Angeles, and will roll out starting from July around the world on line and on signature billboards in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Rome, Paris and Tokyo. In addition to the outdoor and digital campaigns, September will see the release of a Cinema commercial with Megan Fox to showcase the collections.
The Giorgio Armani Group is one of the leading fashion and luxury goods groups in the world today with over 5,000 direct employees and 13 factories. It designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products including apparel, accessories, eyewear, watches, jewellery, home furnishings, fragrances and cosmetics under a range of brand names: Giorgio Armani PrivГ©, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani Collezioni, AJ | Armani Jeans, A/X Armani Exchange, Armani Junior, Armani Teen, Armani Baby and Armani Casa.
Shree Ganesh Jewelley House Ltd, the largest manufacturers and exporters of handcrafted gold jewellery in India has launched their exclusive store вЂ“ Gaja Heritage in Kolkata located at 227 A.J.C Bose Road. Inaugurated by Ms Mandira Bedi, the store flaunts its rich collection of handcrafted heritage jewellery.
Gaja Heritage, the shopping destination of authentic gold jewellery in the city is the third store by Shree Ganesh Jeweller House Ltd. .Located in the heart of the city. Affordable and best suited for the working women of today, Gaja Heritage is truly charismatic in design and quality.
Speaking at the launch Mr. Sharad Mohata, Director, said вЂњWe are very happy and proud to bring to our customers the world class experience of shopping heritage jewellery from our rich & exclusive collection. We specialize in filigree and polki work and wish to establish ourselves in this high end market. This is our first store for classic heritage jewellery in Kolkata being one of its kind under an organized brand. We want to attract customers by being their wedding/ major event jewellery consultant by providing best of services, designs and product collection at affordable prices.
Raj Bari: Typically, Bengali jewellery pieces which rolls back to the Zamindari days. Its ben conceptualized from the forts and palaces of Bengal. The staple chile вЂ“ kantha work dates back to the birth of Bengali jewellery
Moon Dance:It has been conceptualized from the times when human beings started adorning themselves in jewelery pieces crafted in brass. To keep the old flavor alive, uncut diamonds (Polki) have been ushered in to enhance the crescent. It is a view that might have been apparent from even the terraces of old civilizations such as Indus valley and Harappa вЂ“ Hence its bold ethnic look.
Full Circle: From the old to the new makes it a golden circle. Variety of designs, stones and colours have been used to break and unwind the traditions and give it a new flavor. Indeed we believe that a pair of ER makes more of a statement than anything else. Full circle also implies the complete circle of life that is represented in the shape and content of each pair of вЂKaan вЂ“ poshasвЂ™
String fling: Simple strings yet eye catching. Be it corals, rubies or sapphires. The lodhi style comes from yonder years, Moghals, Rajputs, Maharajas and Maharanis. They may even come from the streets of New York or a Boulevard of Milan. We want women to see these necklaces as single item buys to be worn with to be worn with sarees or jeans and a reason to have fun with life.
Avante Gaude:These jewellery pieces have been transformed and reworked from older ideas. They are contemporary as well as ahead of its time. They are quirky pieces that appeal to something inside you and define you no matter where you are and what you may happen to be doing.
Sparkle:They are a collection of exclusively handcrafted diamond jewellery. Every piece reminds of the fact that Diamonds are girlsвЂ™ best friend and a single piece adds a special something to your look at any point of time.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Women are gearing up for summer with stylish new clothes, swimsuits, heatproof cosmetics and perfume. Kirei Fragrances, of Kirei Holdings, LLC, wants to help women prepare for summer with a new scent. WomenвЂ™s perfume is taking center stage in the cosmetics industry as fashion forward women make their way to department stores.
In business to help all women smell their best with top perfumes for women, Kirei Fragrances only sells high-end scents at affordable prices from designers such as a Dolce and Gabbana and Vera Wang. These two brands are synonymous with high fashion, classy sophistication, and glitz women crave.
вЂњItвЂ™s time women took the world back and showed everyone that the woman of today can do it all with grace and sophistication,вЂќ says Matt Walker of Kirei Holdings, LLC. вЂњWhen she dabs herself with Dolce and Gabbana perfume, women around her will notice and pay her compliments. ItвЂ™s a nice ego booster in the midst of a long work day.вЂќ
Kirei Fragrances provides their customers with a complete collection of Dolce and Gabbana perfume. Women can choose from D & G 1 Le Bateleur, D & G 3 LвЂ™Imperatrice, D & G Light Blue, D & G 10 La Roue De La Fortune, D & G 6 LвЂ™Amoureux, D & G 18 La Lune, and D & G Feminine. Kirei clientele expect variety found in Dolce and Gabbana scents.
вЂњDolce and Gabbana perfumes are for women wanting to show off their wittiness,вЂќ continues Walker. вЂњD & G, however, is not the only top perfume women are buying. We have noticed an increased interest in Vera Wang perfume for women as well.вЂќ
Walker states that Kirei Fragrances is not surprised Vera Wang perfumes are selling quickly. With wedding season in full bloom, her name goes hand in hand with the perfect white dress and happily ever afters. Her perfumes embody the essence of women, empowering them to be smart, beautiful, and confident. VERA WANG by Vera Wang was the first scent. ItвЂ™s exotic and feminineвЂ”just like her brides. VERA WANG Princess is sweet, much like her shyer brides. Truly Pink is classic with floral notes. Other Vera Wang perfumes for women in stock at Kirei Fragrances include Sheer Veil, Rock Princess, Flower Princess, Variety, and Look.
Giorgio Armani is pleased to unveil the new images of Cristiano Ronaldo appearing for the second season as the official worldwide testimonial for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans, coinciding with Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 advertising campaign.
The advertising campaigns for both Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans, were shot on location Madrid, and will roll out starting from July around the world on line and on signature billboards in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Rome, Paris and Tokyo.
In addition to the outdoor and digital campaigns, September will see the release of a Cinema and online commercial with Cristiano Ronaldo to showcase the collections.
The Giorgio Armani Group is one of the leading fashion and luxury goods groups in the world today with over 5,000 direct employees and 13 factories. It designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products including apparel, accessories, eyewear, watches, jewellery, home furnishings, fragrances and cosmetics under a range of brand names: Giorgio Armani PrivГ©, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani Collezioni, AJ | Armani Jeans, A/X Armani Exchange, Armani Junior, Armani Teen, Armani Baby and Armani Casa.
DHL is proud to reveal the three finalists of the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship. The scholarship aims to identify AustraliaвЂ™s hottest up-and-coming fashion exporter and assist them in achieving international growth.
The 2010 finalists are:
вЂўbec & bridge вЂ“ Designers Bec Cooper and Bridget Yorsten of Sydney
вЂўFlannel - Designer Kristy Lawrence of Perth
вЂўNana Judy вЂ“ Designer Glenn Coleman of Melbourne
The scholarship was judged by three of AustraliaвЂ™s top fashion and exporting industry leaders:
вЂўGraeme Lewsey, Marketing & Communications Director IMG Fashion, Asia Pacific Region
вЂўNicola Finetti, one of AustraliaвЂ™s outstanding fashion designers
вЂўJamila Dlala, Fashion & Apparel Industry Vertical Manager, DHL Express Australia
вЂњAs a brand, bec & bridge is exciting and fresh. Their designs are quintessentially Australian with a point of distinction, which will be a very important differential for them in the international world of fashion. I like their style and feel they have a solid business,вЂќ says Nicola Finetti.
Graeme Lewsey says, вЂњFlannel as a brand oozes confidence. Designer Kristy Lawrence has a clear idea on where she wants to take the brand and a strategy that should ensure her international success.
вЂњNana JudyвЂ™s designs perfectly epitomise casual dressing for the urban Australian male. They have recognised success locally and designer Glenn Coleman has clear and quantifiable goals to help the brand expand overseas,вЂќ added Lewsey.
Nicola Finetti said the scholarship entries were of a high caliber and was pleased with the number of talented young Australian designers with exciting careers ahead of them.
The winner of the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship will be announced in the coming week.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Leading fashion designer Sue Wong was honored by Asia Society Southern California (ASSC) at its 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Sue Wong, the first fashion designer honored by ASSC, was among six extraordinary Asian visionaries recognized for their work in furthering ASSC's mission to "strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the peoples of Asia and the United States." Past honorees include LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant, philanthropist Eli Broad, New Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch, Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, and architect Rem Koolhaas.
Sue Wong is a prolific designer famed for her romantically classic evening collections and novel application of couture techniques. She successfully employs her unyielding energy and unmistakable ingenuity to create consistent best-sellers and objects of obsession in the rarefied world of fine dresses and evening wear. The house of Sue Wong is renowned for its technical excellence and ornate, intricate detailing.
"Sue's pursuit of Beauty, Magic and Transformation helped us culminate the evening with something truly inspirational and glamorous. Her life and professional story is yet another testament to the strong synergy between the East and West," says Peter Shiao, member of the ASSC Executive Board and Chairman of Fashion, Arts, and Entertainment.
"I feel that I have always had a foot in the door of both cultures and that the experience of growing up in two cultures has always given me a broader and more global perspective," says Sue Wong whose cultural eclecticism manifests itself in themes as diverse as African wood cut prints, traditional Chinese floral motifs, Indian saris, Hungarian peasant embroidery and vintage Hollywood glamour.
Sue Wong was born in rural Southern China and moved with her family to Los Angeles at the age of six. As a girl, she dreamt of becoming a painter. In fashion, she found her artistic canvas. In 1985, Sue Wong established the Sue Wong label and in 1999 opened an elegant eveningwear division, Sue Wong Nocturne.
Sue Wong has now come full circle designing gowns worn by today's stars including Kelly Osbourne, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Minnillo and many more. The designer credits her upbringing by enterprising immigrant parents with giving her the determination to build a brand that is sold in better department stores and boutiques across the country as well as in more than 26 countries internationally. Wong is deeply honored by this recognition by the ASSC and hopes that her contributions will continue to strengthen these relationships.
Pure London is officially the UKвЂ™s leading trade fashion event. At the prestigious AEO Awards in London, the Pure team collected a well deserved award for Best Trade Show 2,000m2 in recognition of excellence for the Pure London February 2010 show.
HereвЂ™s what the judges said;
"With an innovative and inspirational approach and a real focus on the core brand values of this strong and established event, the organisers achieved impressive financial and performance results".
Pure London put in place several new initiatives including the launch of Label, a re-edited Footwear section, a new section within Boutique showcasing high end evening wear as well as new content seminars and other informative features.
The February show attracted the largest number of visitors, increasing by 23% year on year, and exhibitors, which increased by 13%. Now in its 28th season, Pure London continues to deliver over target, is the fastest growing show in the UK and maintains quality attendance.
The show continues to evolve and now includes a series of high profile catwalks, informative fashion seminars and in-depth trend presentations.
Pure continues to go from strength to strength, season on season and stretch the boundaries of Olympia ever furtherвЂ¦.what next from the fashion gurus of London.
The next edition of Pure London will be taking place from the 1-3 August at London Olympia.
As the World Cup in South Africa reaches the exciting climax of the group stages thereвЂ™s no doubt that the competition is now well and truly hotting up and a few favourites are beginning to emerge from the pack. In fact, at the moment itвЂ™s starting to look like something of a two horse race.
No, weвЂ™re not talking about the race to be crowned World Cup winners, nor even the winner of the Golden Boot... The two horse race referred to is in fact the вЂBattle of the BootsвЂ™, which at this early stage is being well and truly dominated by two sportswear giants вЂ“ Nike and Adidas.
In the orange corner is Nike whoвЂ™s vividly coloured football boots stole the lime light in the early stages of the competition when their highly visible range brought a vibrant splash of orange to every game. Their football boots also became an early favourite with KitbagвЂ™s customers, with the Mercurial Vapor Superfly II emerging as the online sports retailerвЂ™s top selling boot in the lead up to the competition.
Second in KitbagвЂ™s sales charts behind NikeвЂ™s Ronaldo endorsed top seller is the ultra lightweight offering from Adidas, the F50 Adizero football boot. The sleek Adidas offering, which is being sported by a host of the worldвЂ™s finest players including Lionel Messi and David Villa, has also shot to an near insurmountable lead in another round of the вЂBattle of the BootsвЂ вЂ“ The goalscoring table.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Modaprima n.68 (Milan, 22-24 May) closed its doors вЂ“ in the Portello area of Fieramilanocity вЂ“ with a two figure increase in the number of visitors: 1,640 trade operators attended over the three days of the event, recording a 17% increase with respect to the last summer edition (there were around 1,400 visitors in May 2009).
вЂњThe companies at Modaprima enjoyed three days of intense work and business meetingsвЂќ, says Agostino Poletto, deputy general manager of Pitti Immagine, вЂњwith important and highly qualified delegations of buyers visiting Milan representing the top names in medium and large-scale international distribution. The over 120 collections presented met with the general approval of the buyers, the synergy with ICE - Istituto con il Commercio con lвЂ™Estero [Italian Foreign Trade Commission] worked very well in terms of international promotion, bringing 10 foreign delegations to Milan, and the new trends presented by the Fashion Cube research area were much appreciated. There was a general air of confidence: the companies from our industrial districts were able to offer quality fast fashion products and, at Modaprima, there were clear signs that consumption is taking off again on many international marketsвЂќ.
Looking at the details, it is possible to see that the final attendance figures show a significant increase in foreign visitors (+ 18% with respect to the last edition, with 716 buyers from around 45 foreign countries. The highest attending country was Japan, with a delegation of 147 buyers, followed by Portugal, Spain, Russia, Turkey, France, Greece, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Poland and the United States. Worthy of mention, in particular, are the excellent buyer figures for Russia, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Turkey, Portugal and South Korea.
Elizabeth Arden, Inc. and Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of Topps Company, Inc., announced a strategic partnership for the launch of Mariah Carey's new candy-inspired fragrance collection, Lollipop Bling. This partnership represents the latest innovation from Elizabeth Arden, bringing together three powerful entities--fragrance, candy and music--under the name of one superstar, Mariah Carey.
Mariah Carey has always been an incredible partner for Elizabeth Arden; her approach to fragrance creation is authentic, incorporating her life experience into her brands. Lollipop Bling was inspired by the fun and playful nature of Mariah's marriage proposal - an engagement ring hidden inside an iconic Ring Pop lollipop package.
"As an artist, I'm always looking for unique business models to connect with my fans and reach out to new segments of the audience, through different creative endeavors in music, partnerships or fragrances," said Mariah Carey. "That's why I'm so excited for everyone to experience Lollipop Bling for the first time! I think this line really comes with a fresh approach that is both innovative and accessible to my loyal fan base and beyond, but will bring something new to the market with a well-rounded, universal appeal."
Mariah Carey's Lollipop Bling, a trio of candy-inspired fragrances, is a breakthrough concept unique to both the fragrance and candy categories. The collaboration between Elizabeth Arden and Topps sets apart this fragrance launch in a competitive marketplace.
"At Elizabeth Arden, our strategy is to develop innovative brand experiences for our customer," said Scott Beattie, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Elizabeth Arden. "In today's dynamic and competitive environment, we must continue to evolve and execute at a higher level than is expected by our retail partners and consumers. Lollipop Bling is innovative and delivers something truly unique to the category."
The inspiration for Lollipop Bling, Mariah Carey's marriage proposal, and the brand story will be told in multiple ways. Each fragrance purchase will include a Ring Pop, and the national advertising features Mariah Carey wearing Ring Pops. The fragrance and packaging are candy- and flavor-inspired, and an interactive online experience will also incorporate the Ring Pop inspiration.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Elizabeth Arden on this campaign," said Ryan O'Hara, Chief Executive Officer of Topps, of which Bazooka Candy Brands is a division. "Ring Pop, which has long been associated with celebrity and the aspiration to be famous, and often spotted on the hands of many starlets and musicians, is the perfect fit for Mariah Carey and her fragrances."
Lollipop Bling's 1.0 fl oz scents, Honey, Mine Again and Ribbon will be available at select department stores nationwide in July 2010, including Macy's, Dillard's, Belk, Bon Ton, Boscov's, Ulta and Sephora inside JCPenney. Candy-inspired promotions, including a gumball machine gift set and a lollipop rollerball fragrance set, will roll out beginning in Fall 2010. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices in US dollars.
Designer Trina Turk, known for her sophisticated sportswear and signature prints, is this season's "Mercedes-Benz Presents" designer with plans to debut a Spring 2011 swimwear collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim located at The Raleigh in Miami Beach on Thursday, July 15, 2010.
The "Mercedes-Benz Presents" program recognizes designers that demonstrate dedication to use of quality materials, unique style and innovative design. Trina Turk joins a prestigious list of "Mercedes-Benz Presents" designers including Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, Narciso Rodriguez, Red Carter and CHADO Ralph Rucci.
The Trina Turk collection showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim incorporates unique prints in a range of colors including sophisticated use of black and white to multi-colored patterns of free flowing shapes. A significant amount of emphasis and detail is placed on hardware throughout the collection going beyond the typical loops and rings to a sophisticated use of unique pieces in gold inspired by Trina Turk's signature patterns and her love of vintage jewelry and architecture. Trina Turk draws inspiration for this season's collection from the city of Acapulco in the 1960's & 1970's, an era known for glamorous getaways by Hollywood's rich and famous and the international jetset.
In addition to her runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, Trina will make a personal appearance on Saturday July 17th, 2010 from 4-6pm at her store located in the exclusive Bal Harbour Shops - one of only 5 standalone Trina Turk stores throughout the Country. Hosted by Amanda Fernandez-Leon, Jacquelynn Powers, Jilian Sanz and Sarah Arison, the latest styles from the Trina Turk pre fall and swim collections will be featured. A raffia clutch purse will be a special gift with any $300 purchase for this event.
"Trina Turk's signature patterns and designs are sophisticated yet fun and dynamic," said Lisa Holladay, manager of brand experience marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. "Her swimsuits and clothing appeal to individuals who enjoy luxury and warm weather lifestyles, which is a natural fit with the newest Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible in South Florida."
"It's always special to be recognized for my work in a large industry with many talented designers," said Trina Turk. "Being the Mercedes-Benz Presents designer is an honor as it acknowledges my commitment to unique design and craftsmanship from a brand that is a leader in innovative design."
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim will take place in Miami Beach, Florida at The Raleigh from July 15-19. Designers presenting their Spring 2011 collections, include White Sands Australia, Beach Bunny Swimwear, Dolores Cortes, Swell Suits Miami featuring Naila, park & ronen and Olasul, Ed Hardy Swimwear, Crystal Jin, Swimwear Anywhere, Mara Hoffman Swim, Poko Pano, True Religion Swimwear, Aqua di Lara, Qiss Qiss, A.Z Araujo, Red Carter, Cia.Maritima, Luli Fama, Caffe Swimwear, Nicolita, Marysia Swim, Lisa Maree, Kooey Swimwear Australia, Aquarella Swimwear, Lisa Blue and Tyler Rose.
Add "designer" to Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's resume. The reality TV star has now wrapped his abs around a clothing line, teaming up with Dilligaf by Bohica Bill to launch a couture line of high-quality wearable art for the controversially irreverent clothing line. Sorrentino will debut the line next month, which will comprise of t-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories, featuring his own fresh artwork and the brand's signature and obscure acronym, Dilligaf. It will be available online and in retail stores nationwide, including Dilligaf's signature stores in New York.
"Mike 'The Situation' embodies our irreverent approach to life," said Jodi Massry, president, Dilligaf by Bohica Bill. "He lives the 'let's not take things so seriously' mentality every day. Dilligaf's followers and the Sitch are kindred spirits. Anyone who watches his show knows that he is all about living life to the fullest and enjoying every day," Massry added, "We approached him because we knew we would be a perfect fit. His style is unparalleled, his creativity unending! We are thrilled to have formed this partnership. Amazing things are happening for us! Just watch!"
Marc Sorrentino, CEO of MPS Entertainment was instrumental in forming this partnership.
"My main goal is to search out projects that work for Mike both on a personal as well as a lucrative level," stated Marc Sorrentino. "We are interested in partnerships that allow him to express his creativity and his personality. MPS Entertainment is a multi-faceted corporation with goals and strategies for long-term success and symbiotic relationships. We have many exciting projects in the works. That's The Situation," he quipped.
Dilligaf by Bohica Bill delivers high-quality street wear apparel and accessories for men and women at an affordable price in three retail stores throughout New York and through its online retail store. Originally conceived and designed by Bill Massry in 2003, Dilligaf by Bohica Bill expresses the laid back American attitude and expressions of its founders.
The Latin Auxiliary of Douglas Gardens, an influential group of community members who support programs at Miami Jewish Health Systems, presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to humanitarian, philanthropist, and clothier Isaac "Ike" Behar. Mr. Behar is the founder of and visionary behind the renowned IKE BEHAR clothing line. The Lifetime Achievement award will recognize Mr. Behar's generous support for Miami Jewish Health Systems, one of the nation's leading providers of comprehensive healthcare for seniors and people of all ages.
Mr. Behar received the award at the Latin Auxiliary's annual Summer Luncheon and Boutique, which was held on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Miami Jewish Health Systems' campus, 5200 N.E. 2nd Avenue. All proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Latin Auxiliary-sponsored Music Therapy Program, which funds a full-time board certified music therapist, musical instruments, a wide range of music media and recordings, and support equipment and resources for the purpose of promoting the health and well-being of the organization's nursing home residents.
"We are delighted to recognize Ike Behar's longstanding commitment to the Latin Auxiliary and Miami Jewish Health Systems," said Rebecca Zeligman Salti, President of the Latin Auxiliary. "Supporters like Mr. Behar have been driving forces in sustaining Miami Jewish Health Systems' mission to provide exceptional care to the South Florida community over the past 70 years. We are grateful for Ike's gratitude and devotion. He is a pillar of our organization and our community."
Mr. Behar grew up in pre-revolutionary Cuba where, as the son of one of Havana's finest tailors, he learned the art of custom shirt tailoring. At age 20, Ike left Havana with $50 in his pocket and the dream of building a new life in America and a new empire in fashion. After a career which included mentoring and partnering with Ralph Lauren, Behar became one of the greatest names in American apparel manufacturing and design.
Today, Mr. Behar's clothing line, IKE BEHAR, employs 400 people and operates more than 350 points of sale throughout the Americas. IKE BEHAR is a family company producing men's shirts, neckwear, formal wear, hosiery, suits, sport coats, slacks, coats, belts, leather goods, and boys' wear, sold in fine stores across the world.
Limited Brands, Inc. announced that it will open a 16,500-selling-square-foot Victoria's Secret flagship store in London's premier retail destination for luxury and fashion brands on the prestigious corner of New Bond Street and Brook Street in 2012.
Additional details will be shared on the Limited Brands second quarter earnings call on Aug. 19, 2010, and at the company's Investor Update Meeting on Oct. 20, 2010.
Limited Brands, through Victoria's Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza, C.O. Bigelow, White Barn Candle Co. and Henri Bendel, is an international company. The company operates 2,671 specialty stores in the United States, and its brands are sold in more than 700 company-owned and franchised additional locations world-wide.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The EstГ©e Lauder Companies Inc. announced that Caroline Geerlings has been named President, Tom Ford Beauty and New Business. In this position, she will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, global development, management and growth of the brand, and report to John Demsey, Group President, responsible for the EstГ©e Lauder, MвЂўAвЂўC, Tom Ford Beauty, Prescriptives, Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone and La Mer brands.
Ms. Geerlings brings nearly 25 years of global experience in the cosmetics industry, including leadership roles at MвЂўAвЂўC Cosmetics and Christian Dior Perfumes. Most recently, she held the role of Senior Vice President, General Manager, Prescriptives Worldwide.
Mr. Demsey said, вЂњCaroline is one of the most talented brand-building executives in the cosmetics industry today. Her energy, passion and deep understanding of both beauty and luxury will help build Tom Ford Beauty into a global powerhouse.вЂќ
Tom Ford states, вЂњWith 25 years in the beauty industry, Caroline will bring tremendous talent and leadership to Tom Ford Beauty as we continue to set a new standard of luxury.вЂќ
Tom Ford Beauty is sold in 43 countries and territories. Tom Ford Black Orchid, launched in November, 2006, was the first fragrance in the Tom Ford Beauty collection. Following the launch of its first scent, Tom Ford introduced the Private Blend Collection, an exclusive line of 12 unisex fragrances. Tom Ford for Men, his eponymous menвЂ™s scent, was launched in fall 2007. Tom Ford White Patchouli launched in September, 2008. Recent launches include Tom Ford for Men Extreme, Tom Ford White Patchouli and Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. In May 2010, Tom Ford Beauty launched a lineup of 12 Lip Colors under the Private Blend Collection.
The EstГ©e Lauder Companies Inc. is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company's products are sold in over 140 countries and territories under the following brand names: EstГ©e Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, MвЂўAвЂўC, Bobbi Brown, Tommy Hilfiger, Kiton, La Mer, Donna Karan, Aveda, Jo Malone, Bumble and bumble, Darphin, Michael Kors, American Beauty, Flirt!, Good SkinTM, Grassroots Research Labs, Sean John, Missoni, Daisy Fuentes, Tom Ford, Coach and Ojon.
De Montfort University (DMU) Fashion Design lecturer Jo Cope has been selected as one of the 78 most talented creative individuals and organisations and is taking part in a project with Nike78 and London Design Festival later this year.
Known for her unique and boundary-pushing conceptual fashion work, Jo Cope has created a radical interpretation of the NIKE trainer for the project created by Paul Jenkins which can be seen at www.nike78.co.uk.
Each of the 78 international talented creatives were sent a trainer by Nike to create something, inspired by sport and the trainer itself.
Working with her signature bold primary and abstract aesthetic, Jo Cope, who is a part time lecturer for DMU in Leicester, was inspired by the movement and flexibility created by slashes in the fabric and the grid cut trainer sole.
вЂњI created conceptual fashion images using shapes that surround the body and interact with the body as it changes form,вЂќ said Jo Cope.
вЂњThe trainer that arrived at my door was not the most aesthetically pleasing, it definitely wasnвЂ™t the coolest or the most fashionable, but on closer inspection I became interested in its subtle but powerful design details.
вЂњFrom the slashes in the cloth, to the grid cut bottom; this trainer was flexible in all areas making it able to work вЂas oneвЂ™ with the foot in motion.
вЂњMy approach to this project was lead by my work as a conceptual fashion designer. I wanted to abstractly interpret the trainer, which is designed to be static and moving and consider its nature as both an aesthetic and functional object.
вЂњFashion primarily is about an image created around the whole body, so I wanted to consider illustrating a wider aesthetic composition which translated the trainerвЂ™s unique characteristics.
вЂњI also wanted to experiment with вЂobject likeвЂ™ extensions of the body. Creating shapes directly inspired by specific body contours, spaces and the types of movements they created. I went on to look at sequences of body actions where the surround.
Rinku Sobti, a delhi based fashion designer, brings out her latest collection of Indian Occasion wear for the season. The collection is an apt festive wear for any Indian Occasion.
вЂњThe collection is an amalgamation of love, beauty, romance & fashion not to forgetвЂќ says the designer. Unusual patterns & intelligent use of elements combinations are what the designer offers in her latest collection.
Encompassing a range of gowns, lehengas, tunics her collection is available in ultra vibrant colors including pink, red, green, pearl blue color palettes. The designs of her new collection cater to a very distinct persona & the styles are for a self determining individual who is modern, chick & loves fashion. Fabrics like jersey, organza, dupion, crushed satins etc have been used generously to make her collection all the more appealing.
вЂњBright colors, bold designs, exorbitant motifs & exclusive embroideries are the flavor of this festive seasonвЂќ says Rinku Sobti.
Her ultra modern red dress pleated at the embroidery yoke is a perfect offering for ideal cocktail attire. Embellished with beautiful green, turquoise & yellow colored embroidery work with colorful stones & beeds work the dress is a mark of uber sophistication & makes you feel gorgeous.
Her sophisticated black outfit gives a very simple yet unique look in which fabrics like jersey have been used generously. The outfit has love of detail as the design speaks black on black language. The bottom has free pleated pants in jersey fabric. Radiating a cheerful & vibrating mood to a joyful occasion her pink color lehenga with deep grey pleated top is an apt dress for Indian occasion wear which gives a very feminine & gracious look. The dupatta with the dress has a double shaded color with block printing on it. The outfit exudes a romantic atmosphere to any occasion which is embellished with floral hand embroidery, beeds & sequence work on it.
Another collection of hers which truly reflects color, beauty & vibrancy without being over the top is her Green georgette skirt with green and copper corset. The skirt is a cut into panel ensuring it is loose and flowing. It has a lot feminine appeal it has been constructed is georgette and played with block printing in hues of gold and copper with detailing of hand embroidery.
Experiments in terms of designs, work of high quality, finesse of the embroidery, blending of fabrics & materials are what lent an antique touch to her range. Her latest collection is very elegant, flowing, graceful & easy to carry.
Her collection is available in her exclusive store in Vasant Kunj, Delhi.
Rinku Sobti has been serving the Fashion Industry from past 15 years. She launched her own brand label- RINKU SOBTI in the year 1995 with the vision not only to sell product but to create fashion of high quality. Her collection encompasses a perfect blend of western-cuts and Indian ethnic designs & stands out for its originality and enchanting style. The strong point of this designer is her customizing the outfits for her clients that makes each garment special and unique as she takes the clientsвЂ™ inputs and their lifestyle into consideration. Presently she has her own exclusive store in Delhi.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
(capsule) Paris Men's, the French counterpart to the ever-influential (capsule) New York, is gearing up for its fifth season in Paris. Taking place June 25th вЂ“ 27th, 2010 during Paris MenвЂ™s Fashion Week, the show will bring a highly edited, global mix of the worldвЂ™s top progressive and neo-contemporary menвЂ™s brands to a new venue, the famed Garage Turenne. Conveniently situated in the Marais at 66 Rue de Turenne, Garage Turenne offers an expansive, open, industrial space with amazing natural light from overhead skylights and will accommodate 95 brands.
(capsule) Paris MenвЂ™s will spotlight some of the worldвЂ™s most sought-after designers; from independents looking to make a mark, to mass brands looking for a piece of the hot progressive market via high-end collections and collaborations. Exhibitor highlights include the relaxed downtown aesthetic of New-York based Steven Alan, work wear inspired looks and Nordic knits from Danish favorite Norse Projects, heritage brand Charleston KhakiвЂ™s trademark pants, hand-crafted garments from EnglandвЂ™s Heritage Research, and understated luxury from insider favorite Sunspel. The show will feature several accessory lines that are setting the tone for menвЂ™s bags вЂ“ polished European collections like Ally Capellino and Mismo offset by all-American functionality from both Blk Pine Workshop and Filson. Leading the way in footwear are the hand-crafted Quoddy and Yuketen, both showing in Paris for the first time.
Newcomers to (capsule) include American-based labels Assembly New York, Highland Spectrum, Maiden Noir, Riviera Club and Spurr. Other notable additions include Filippa K, Monitaly, Noodle Park and Wood Wood.
This season the (capsule) show floor will play host to a special installation produced by legendary streetwear brand Stussy to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. Following a special in-store display at Parisian boutique Colette highlighting StussyвЂ™s heritage from 1980 through 2009, (capsule) will feature a photo exhibition by celebrated lensman Kenneth Cappello, interpreting the brandвЂ™s role for the future.
The (capsule) show was launched in 2007 by NY-based agency BPMW to develop a global network of like-minded people who conceptualize, create, desire and buy the clothes that epitomize a vision of forward progress. Currently (capsule) takes place 10 times a year in New York, Paris and Las Vegas during menвЂ™s and womenвЂ™s markets in those cities.
KohlвЂ™s Corporation announced the signing of a multi-year service agreement and world-class partnership with Aldo IntвЂ™l, who will design and produce exclusive footwear products to be sold at KohlвЂ™s and Kohls.com under select private and exclusive brands. A first of its kind for both KohlвЂ™s and Aldo IntвЂ™l, the agreement encompasses a range of footwear products for women and men, including fashion shoes in a variety of styles such as dress and casual. The Aldo IntвЂ™l-designed products will be available in all KohlвЂ™s stores and Kohls.com beginning Spring 2011.
For KohlвЂ™s, the partnership with Aldo IntвЂ™l continues to build on its successful private and exclusive brand strategy, which accounted for 47 percent of sales in the first quarter of 2010, up significantly from 2009. Footwear continues to be a key growth area and one of the strongest performing categories for the company, and has outpaced performance plans for the past year.
вЂњKohlвЂ™s is incredibly excited to announce this unique collaboration with Aldo, who is globally respected for its design expertise and leadership in the footwear industry,вЂќ said Don Brennan, senior executive vice president at KohlвЂ™s Department Stores. вЂњBringing this level of design to our exclusive and private brand portfolio in footwear allows us to increase the value proposition to our customer and delivers on our commitment to offer world-class partnerships in each category.вЂќ
вЂњAldo is very proud to partner with KohlвЂ™s on this exciting initiative. We look forward to helping KohlвЂ™s make their exclusive and private brand offerings even stronger by providing exciting, on trend styling at a great value,вЂќ said David Bensadoun, group vice president, Aldo Group Retail.
As part of the agreement, Aldo IntвЂ™l will be responsible for the design and production and will have a dedicated design team on the business. KohlвЂ™s will collaborate on the design process. Sold under select private and exclusive brands, the footwear will include fashion-based styles exclusive to KohlвЂ™s.
Aldo Group International is a company focused on fashion footwear and accessories, with operations in more than 50 countries around the world.
Alexis вЂњLexiвЂќ Thompson, 15, has become the youngest female golfer to turn professional. The announcement comes on the heels of a U.S. Curtis Cup victory, where Lexi posted a 4-0-1 record. SheвЂ™s currently the No. 1 womenвЂ™s amateur in the world. Three years ago at age 12, she was the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. WomenвЂ™s Open. Now in her pivotal first year as a pro, she wonвЂ™t be alone on the course: COBRA-PUMA GOLF has become the rising starвЂ™s official equipment, footwear and apparel sponsor, making Lexi its first athlete signed under both the Cobra and PUMA Golf brands that joined forces earlier this spring.
вЂњLexiвЂ™s style and groundbreaking performance on the course make her the perfect Cobra and PUMA Golf representative,вЂќ said Bob Philion, President of COBRA-PUMA GOLF. вЂњOur brands are well suited to her game right now and are poised to progress with her career in the future, while she develops as a professional golfer.вЂќ
LexiвЂ™s youthfulness, commitment to the sport, and drive for performance makes her an ideal athlete for COBRA-PUMA GOLF. She joins the companyвЂ™s current world-class roster that includes PUMA GolfвЂ™s Rickie Fowler, Johan Edfors, and Anna Nordqvist, and CobraвЂ™s Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas and J.B. Holmes. Lexi, however, will be the first professional representing both brands on the course. As part of this long-term partnership, she will wear PUMA Golf shoes featuring Smart Quill technology, and PUMAвЂ™s performance golf apparel. She will also play the Cobra S2 Driver (8.5В°), Cobra S2 Fairway (3-wood), Baffler Rail Hybrid (2/H) and Cobra S2 Forged irons (3-PW), and will be featured in upcoming marketing campaigns, consumer and trade events.
вЂњI am proud to represent Cobra and PUMA Golf,вЂќ she said. вЂњNot only do both brands make great, technically advanced products that will help me play better on the course, but IвЂ™ve always loved them both for their edge and style. In my last amateur event, I played a Cobra S2 Driver and S2 Forged irons, and look forward to wearing my new PUMA gear at my first professional event in June. Most importantly, IвЂ™m looking forward to having fun and excelling on the course during my first few years as a professional golfer, with the support of COBRA-PUMA GOLF.вЂќ
The Coral Springs, Florida native comes from a lineage of golfers that includes older brothers Nick, a 27-year old PGA Tour pro, and Curtis, 17, who will play golf at Louisiana State University this fall. Parents Judy and Scott also enjoy the game. Scott will caddie for Lexi during her first professional year. While on tour, Lexi will continue her education through home schooling by her parents and under close supervision from educational professionals.
Known for her independent spirit and drive for success, LexiвЂ™s life off the course is focused around family and fun. An avid music and reality television fan, she also likes to relax by listening to music and bowling with friends.
She debuts with COBRA-PUMA GOLF at the 2010 LPGA ShopRite Classic in New Jersey June 18-20, followed by the 2010 WomenвЂ™s U.S. Open in July. At last weekвЂ™s Curtis Cup, Lexi won four matches, including a 6-and-5 win on Sunday. Earlier this year, she was runner-up at the 2010 Harder Hall Invitational and Dixie Amateur. SheвЂ™s played in three consecutive U.S. WomenвЂ™s Opens (2007-2009), captured both the 2008 U.S. GirlsвЂ™ Junior Championship and 2009 Junior PGA Championship, and successfully represented the U.S. in the 2009 Junior Solheim Cup.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
BRAVADA Muscle Flex Inc. announced Mel B as Creative Director and Trend Setting Coordinator for BRAVADA. Mel B is one of the most recognized international female entertainers and has achieved iconic success as one of the members of the Spice Girls, Scary Spice, as well as other acting, musical, business, television and philanthropic endeavors.
Mel B will work closely with BRAVADA CEO Danny Alex and the BRAVADA design team in assisting in the creation, development and deployment of various BRAVADA branded products including apparel design and selection, BRAVADA WomenвЂ™s Athletica retail store creative strategy, store design and branding as well as assisting on the creative elements associated with its national BRAVADA franchise strategy. Introductions between BRAVADA and Melanie B were made by Hollywood power brokers, Ken Collis and Tracy Keyser at TLK Fusion.
In joining the BRAVADA team as Creative Director, Mel B adds style, sassiness, excitement and a highly qualified set of skills and experiences as an international entertainer and business woman to propel the BRAVADA brand globally. As one of North AmericaвЂ™s most innovative womenвЂ™s apparel and fitness retailers, BRAVADA merges sassy & sexy with high performance and functionality in its products, a style that is very complimentary to Mel BвЂ™s.
Mel B replied, вЂњI think this is a very exciting fit for me and BRAVADA. I love what Danny and BRAVADA are doing for women. The clothes are sassy, sexy, motivating and inspiring women to be proud of who they are and to get excited about getting into a better lifestyle for themselves. I have so many creative and business ideas that can help develop the BRAVADA brand. This is a project that I am truly excited to add my experience and creativity to.вЂќ
вЂњBRAVADA is all about women getting excited about being who they are, waking up with a zest for life and getting energized,вЂќ replied Danny Alex CEO of BRAVADA. вЂњMel B is just an amazing personality and her international experiences, her sassy style and qualified business acumen is going to be a powerful addition to BRAVADA. As Creative Director for BRAVADA, we will look to Mel B to help incorporate creative elements that inspire women of all ages by providing a motivating вЂњwomenвЂ™s onlyвЂќ BRAVADA retail experience. Affordability, sensibility and apparel that energizes and inspires women is our mission with BRAVADA WomenвЂ™s Athletica retail stores. From day one, Mel B and I clicked on virtually every aspect in design elements for BRAVADA so as to represent and inspire the average woman. The exciting part for BRAVADA is that Mel B possesses a creative flair and business intellect that will benefit BRAVADA tremendously. I am sure that as each BRAVADA WomenвЂ™s Athletica store and BRAVADA product lines are developed, they will have Mel BвЂ™s sassy and inspiring personality in them.вЂќ
BRAVADA recently celebrated its red carpet grand opening for its flagship BRAVADA WomenвЂ™s Athletica Store onJune 10 at 322 Robertson Blvd in Los Angeles, California. This store represents the first of a number of corporate stores BRAVADA is opening in addition to a national franchise model to propel the brand across North America.
The countdown has started вЂ“ in less than 100 days the summer edition of CPM will open its doors. From 6 вЂ“ 9 September 2010 some 1,300 collections will be presented on over 44,000 m2. Exhibitors here will offer visitors from over 50 countries a comprehensive overview of the 2011Spring/Summer trends.
Held for the 15th time now CPM вЂ“ Collection PremiГЁre Moscow is the most important orders platform for Eastern Europe where exhibitors from almost 30 countries will once again be showcasing their ranges to international buyers.
вЂњAfter a difficult year in 2009 the Russian clothing market is now clearly back on the road to recovery,вЂќ explained CPM Project Manager Christian Kasch. вЂњThis is also reflected in our current registration figures. We are seeing a clear rise here in the number of exhibitors. The Premium segment is already as good as fully booked. We have now adapted even more to exhibitorsвЂ™ needs and created a new look and appearance to the fair with a special guidance system,вЂќ Kasch continued.
The quality of exhibitors has also risen again significantly in the CPM Kids and Young Fashion segments. Both segments are posting rises in exhibitor numbers. Another special feature is located in the French pavilion featuring its own dedicated menswear section for the first time now. These increases in exhibitor numbers in the different segments are evidence of the high standing enjoyed by CPM on the Russian market.
Exhibitors at the 15th CPM вЂ“ Collection PremiГЁre Moscow include...
...in the Premium segment: Christina Effe, Yudashkin, Gabi Lauton, Ischiko, Peter O. Mahler, Sarah Pacini and a new exhibitor from the USA Rosemary Creations
...in the CPM Kids segment: GF Ferre, Iceberg, Moschino, Andrea Montelpare, Naturino, IKKS Kids, Airfield, AnnaRita N., Carlo, Pignatelli Junior, Catimini, Mayoral Junior, Boboli, Sterntaler, Obermeier, Kanz + Steiff, Brums
...in the Young Fashion segment: rich & royal, Madonna, VSCT, H.I.S., Phard, Ringspun, Seventy
...from Germany: Steilmann, RГ¶sch, Daniel Hechter, Lagerfeld, Bugatti, Milestone, Pierre Cardin, Olymp, Camel Active and Alberto
...from France: Didier Parakian, Lauren Vidal, IKKS, Fuego and new in the menswear segment: Azzaro Ecce, Wesley, Max Ty, Nina Ricci + Pierre Clarence
...from Spain: Jota + GE, Isabel de Pedro, Caramelo, Alba Conde, Sita Murt, EscorpiГіn
...from Finland: Finnjarelja, Nanso Group
Russian Design Talents present their Collections
No CPM would be complete without the talented Russian designers sponsored by the DГјsseldorf вЂ“ Moscow axis of fashion, an initiative supported by the Igedo Company. These designers will once again be featured in the Premium segment in Hall 8.1. Those receiving sponsorship this season are: Erica Zaoints, Lena Tsokalenko, Cyrille Gassiline and MESTO with the designers Katerina Levina, Arinov & Fedyshin, Love Corporation and Kuba Collaboration. In their own fashion show the designers will present their current collections to the specialist audience.
This August, Pure London will be launching a premium section housing high profiled contemporary womanswear designs. Taking over the lavish surroundings of the Pillar Hall at Kensington Olympia, twelve international labels will be on show including Best Behaviour, Stefanel and Mardi Jeudi.
Recent reports published by retail firm Verdict Research showed that the premium womenswear sector is set to grow by 17% to ВЈ5.5billion over the next 5 years overtaking the value sector of the market. With the state of the current economic climate, consumers are now buying fewer items, placing quality over price.
Each label in Pure Premium is handpicked and representative of the best high end boutique brands in the market. Danish brand Best Behavior, established by the designers Marie Гrberg and Malene BrГёchner in 2004, will be showcasing their stunning collection. The concept of their collection is based on multifunctional design and the undisputed approach to a relaxed yet innovative silhouette, where no cut or drape is placed by chance. Their focus on simple colours, unusual cuts and cool details has made the brand one of the buyer's favourites, as it represents a commercial, yet high profiled, fashion statement.
One of ItalyвЂ™s largest fashion houses, Stefanel will be presenting their latest collection to buyers and retailers. Their ultra feminine designs mixed with edgy urban chic makes the collection a must have in any modern wardrobe. Since 1959 the brand has navigated the shifting fashion territory consistently delivering great design and impeccable quality.
"Pure represents a great opportunity for us to meet many buyers that could be really interested in Stefanel. The visibility that the event guarantees is exactly what we are looking for, in a time when we are watching the UK market with much focus and big expectations for our wholesale expansion.
The combination of Italian taste and quality as well as the remarkable expertise we have on knitwear, will surely catch the right attention of the operators. Stefanel is looking forward to participating" Comments Gaby Ferri of The Gallery Clothing Agency.
Monday, June 14, 2010
If you're looking to keep up with current fashion trends, or are simply after a fashion-forward wardrobe refresh, colour trends can't be overlooked. This summer, ITCвЂ™s Wills Lifestyle presents an exquisite collection that is resplendent with vibrant colors, chic styles and intricate detailing, to make a collection impossible to resist. The brand complements every facet of lifestyle as it offers a complete fashion wardrobe comprising Wills Signature Designer wear, Wills Classic formal wear, Wills Sport relaxed wear, Wills Clublife evening wear and fashion accessories.
The biggest trend for the spring summer season is an explosion of colour and vitality. The international themes draw upon styling ideas using refreshing colors to create an exotic summer look. A summer story in exciting colors and prints are in vogue and set a trend across fashion genres.
Wills Lifestyle colour looks are all about bright hues which are tranquil and calming, energetic and fresh with airy vibrant tones, and delicate versatile neutrals which will transcend seasons.
The strongest colours in the spring fashion palette are Fusion coral, Summery Lemonades, Ink Indigo and Metallic blast.
Fusion coral is the warm pinky, peachy orange, the color of tropical sunsets and reminiscent of passion fruit. Wills Lifestyle offers a comfortable collection in these unusual fresh shades to unwind in style. Wills Sports presents summer dresses, cargos, tropical prints to create summer special impact.
Ink Indigo featuring the blue tone evokes memories of tropical beaches and cool clear waters. The mysterious Purple is a womanly colour that will enhance a casual wardrobe. Wills Lifestyle presents dresses, linen tops and fine knit tops in vibrant hues of these colours.
Wills Classic offers luxurious fabrics in summery Lemonades like green, lime and white Blue to brighten up the workplace. The cardigan style tops, tunics and check blended shirts in these breezy colours are a must-have to stylize your wardrobe for a perfect and elegant look.
Wills Clubwear introduces a must have collection for a glamorous evening with the Metallic influence. One chic piece dresses in chiffons and georgettes; embellished tops and denims with abstract and animal prints; Slim fit trousers and denims complete the look in the metallic sheen. Men can step out in stylishly crafted shirts and knit tops paired with metallic finished trousers.
ITCвЂ™s Wills Lifestyle has been established as a vibrant fashion brand for the premium consumer. Wills Lifestyle offers a complete lifestyle wardrobe for the premium consumer, incorporating the latest fashion trends, comprising - Wills Classic work wear, Wills Sport relaxed wear, Wills Clublife evening wear, Wills Signature Designer wear, Essenza di Wills range of fine fragrances, bath & body care products and fashion accessories for both men and women. A nationwide chain of exclusive specialty stores provides the Indian consumer a truly 'International Shopping Experience' through world-class ambience, customer facilitation and clearly differentiated product presentation. Currently there are 55 Wills Lifestyle stores in 30 cities across the country, and the brand is making rapid strides in terms of expansion вЂ“ doubling the number of stores over the next few years.
Graduate Fashion Week 2010 Winners announced. Rebecca Thomson of Manchester University School of Art wins sixth Annual River Island Gold Award judged & Presented by Alberta Ferretti, Kim Jones, Elle Editor Lorraine Candy, Gq Editor Dylan Jones And Naomi Dominique; River Island womenswear design Director.
вЂњWe have all agreed on the winner because of her good sense of proportions, the unusual and interesting combination of fabric and for the contemporary feeling of her collection. She proved to be a complete designer, with creativity and strong knowledge of tailoring. This is the strength of British colleges, they manage to teach their student to be complete.вЂќ
Wednesday, 9 June saw the most significant and prestigious prize for Graduate Fashion вЂ“ The River Island Gold Award - awarded to Rebecca Thomson from the Manchester University School of Art. With a life-changing prize of ВЈ20,000, the prize was judged and presented by Alberta Ferretti, Kim Jones, Lorraine Candy, editor in chief Elle, GQ Editor Dylan Jones and Naomi Dominique; title sponsor River IslandвЂ™s Womenswear Design Director.
вЂњIвЂ™m just over the moon. By winning the River Island Gold Award, I have now got the money to do my masters at the Royal College of Art and IвЂ™m ready and excited to do bigger and better things.вЂќ
The judging criteria for the River Island Gold Award is that the collection clearly demonstrates exceptional ability in Design, Cut and Construction as well as excellent use of Colour and Fabric.
The judging process for this award is designed with a pre-selection from 42 initial collections to produce the best ten. An elite industry panel of preliminary judges joined the audience at every university show, to highlight what they considered to be the hottest collection from each. The judges included GFW Trustee Professor Wendy Dagworthy (RCA), Mark Eley (Eley Kishimoto), Betty Jackson and Vanessa Anderson from River Island.
The preliminary judges also selected from nominations for the BHM Visionary Knitwear Award and Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textile Awards and this yearвЂ™s first International Award. Each of the River Island Gold Award nominees were then put through a gruelling interview process and judging system by the River Island Gold Award judges.
Rhea Fields from Northbrook College was the successful winner of the Womenswear Award. She was selected for her award by the panel of Gold Award judges.
Lorraine Candy and Alberta Ferretti
вЂњWe chose the winner because we felt she was a skilled and accomplished designer with a strong contemporary approach to developing and realising her collection.вЂќ
The panel also selected Thomas Crisp of Ravensbourne as the winner of the menswear award.
Kim Jones and Dylan Jones
вЂњThe winner was chosen for his skills as a modern menswear designer with a good commercial edge.вЂќ
Hosted by Caryn Franklin, this yearвЂ™s Graduate Fashion Week Gala show celebrated its 19th anniversary and saw a glittering array of fashion luminaries lending their support to the event including Erin OвЂ™Connor, Zandra Rhodes, Nicola Roberts (Girls Aloud), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter) Rachel Stevens, Emma Hill (Mulberry), Clare Waight Keller (Pringle), Amelle Berrabah (Sugababes), Zara Martin, Olivia Inge, Caryn Franklin, Jeff Banks (President, Graduate Fashion Week), Terry Mansfield CBE (Chairman, Graduate Fashion Week) and Harold Tillman (Chairman, British Fashion Council).
Perry Olsen, a leading online retailer of gold and diamond jewelry, has partnered with fashion mogul Christian Audigier to offer his personally designed jewelry collection. The line is a mixture of pendants, rings, earrings and bracelets featuring rock inspired design with an urban flair. Each piece presents detailed craftsmanship highlighting the artistic quality of the Christian Audigier jewelry brand. Themes range from hearts, wings, flowers to skulls and swords.
Together, Perry Olsen and Christian Audigier focus on the latest in men's luxury jewelry design, a growing market now consisting of some 10 percent of retail jewelry sales translating to over 6 billion dollars per year. "The men's jewelry market continues to grow as the entrance of Christian Audigier bold and sophisticated design will serve to inspire more designers to follow," said Tom Diep of Perry Olsen.
Christian Audigier designer jewelry is made primarily with solid sterling silver marked with gold accents and set with cubic zircoina diamond simulated stones. Most pieces are carved with intricate patterns often displaying a merger of symbols, images or objects such as a grenade with wings or a sword pierced heart. To achieve a vintage appeal an oxidation process is used creating contrasting shadow-like darkened areas against the silvery colored surface.
Coming from the high fashion world of France, Christian Audigier has developed designs for popular modern day brands including Von Dutch, Kookai, Lee and Affliction. He has also successfully launched popular brands such as Ed Hardy, SMET, Paco Chicano, Savoir Faire and Rock Fabulous. In particular, Ed Hardy has gained iconic status in the modern day fashion environment as the brand is donned by celebrities and civilians alike. As a result, Audigier has expanded his design interests into the growing market of men's jewelry.
Perry Olsen specializes in gold and diamond jewelry focusing on men's wedding bands made in gold, platinum, tungsten, titanium and steel. Perry Olsen also carries a wide array of diamond jewelry for women including pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sunday the 4th and Monday the 5th of July 2010 is the seventh edition of Just Kidz in the World Fashion Centre at the Koningin Wilhelminaplein in Amsterdam. The organisation is very busy with the preparations for the fair, but they are especially pleasantly surprised of the influx for new exhibitors/names for the fair.
In July is the seventh edition of Just Kidz. The most exhibitors from the last fair will participate again, but also a lot of new brands will introduce their new collections on the Just Kidz fair. The organisation is pleasantly surprised by this influx. They are proud to introduce the brands Kickies, Dottjes, Oldskoolkids, Sweet pink, but also Attachabadge, Blue Flame and Outburst have already confirmed their participation for Just Kidz.
The theme of Just Kidz 7 is Summer Splash. The visitors can, like usual, watch the newest collections and write orders. They can also get inspired by the fashion shows, where the kids from the dance academy Lucia Marthas show the new brand collections. Besides that, there will be enough entertainment and amusement for the visitors.
None Fashion Professional can miss this fair. We look forward to welcome you in the World Fashion Centre.
SKECHERS USA, Inc., a global leader in the lifestyle footwear industry, announced that it has signed a retail licensing agreement with footwear retailer Shuz 4 U Ltd. to open and operate SKECHERS-branded retail stores throughout Ireland.
Under the agreement, Shuz 4 U will open its first two SKECHERS-branded retail stores in Dublin and Cork City by the end of 2010. Like the SKECHERS company-owned retail stores, the new stores in Ireland will carry a broad selection of SKECHERS product for men, women and kids. Plans call for additional stores to roll out across Ireland over the next five years.
вЂњOur ten branded SKECHERS stores in the United Kingdom give us a highly effective means to reach consumers,вЂќ began Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. вЂњThis licensing partnership with Shuz 4 U allows us to leverage strong European SKECHERS brand recognition into an expansion of our retail foothold and build on the strong wholesale business we currently have in Ireland and the UK.вЂќ
вЂњWith great style, variety and pricing, SKECHERS truly is an ideal brand for Ireland,вЂќ said Paul Gallagher, managing director of Shuz 4 U. вЂњWe look forward to offering current and future SKECHERS fans the opportunity to discover this product within a destination shopping experience.вЂќ
Shuz 4 U Ltd. was established through a partnership between managing director Paul Gallagher and executive director Sunil Shah. The founders share over 50 combined years of experience in wholesale, distribution and retail of trend-driven clothing and footwear lines throughout Ireland.
вЂњSunil and Paul have an intuitive understanding of the SKECHERS consumer and a deep knowledge of the Irish market,вЂќ added Marvin Bernstein, managing partner for SKECHERS, S.Г .r.l. вЂњWe believe this partnership in Ireland will be the first of many retail licensing opportunities around the globe.вЂќ
Currently, there are more than 380 SKECHERS company owned, franchised or licensed stores in some of the most attractive locations in 41 countries across 6 continents.
Managing director Paul Gallagher has worked with Ecco footwear and Pepe Jeans and launched his own brand, GASOLINE, in 1989. He was named runner up for Best Independent Young Fashion Retailer-UK/Ireland in 2005. Additionally, executive director Sunil Shah is CEO of Pepe Jeans Ireland and Country Manager for Tommy Hilfiger. Shah operates seven Pepe Jeans and 16 Tommy Hilfiger retail stores in Ireland.
SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of footwear for men, women and children under the SKECHERS name, as well as under several uniquely branded names. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its e-commerce website, as well as in over 100 countries and territories through the CompanyвЂ™s global network of distributors and subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Chile, and across Europe, as well as through joint ventures in Asia.
For many young ladies, the allure of being a model comes with the idea they will have a glamorous life of traveling the world, wearing designer clothing, meeting thousands of people and having your face plastered on billboards and magazines вЂ“ sounds exciting, right? Most of the world has probably thought about this career choice at least once in their life, but for many, like 19 year old Shortstack Program Director Olivia Mignone, it becomes a passion. Unfortunately, Olivia learned years ago that there was a gritty truth behind this glamorous life and that her 5вЂ™ 1вЂќ limitation was going to exclude her from this industry. Thankfully, for many young girls who have followed in her footsteps, Olivia would not accept this hurdle and set out to change the standards.
вЂњIn order to model, there are strict rules and requirements to which everyone must oblige,вЂќ states Ms. Mignone. According to Ford Models вЂ“ one of the top modeling agencies in the world вЂ“ as a 14 to 15 year old female, you must be 5вЂ™7вЂќ to 6вЂ™0вЂќ tall; a 16 to 22 year old female must be 5вЂ™8вЂќ to 6вЂ™0вЂќ tall and a 15 to 35 year old male must 5вЂ™11вЂќ to 6вЂ™3вЂќ tall. Plus, for all of these ages and heights, you are contracted to maintaining a certain weight at all times. In fact, anything above a dress of 4 can be considered plus size to some. вЂњIt is no secret that the industry has been under fire in recent years for being unrealistic and unfair in sending this message,вЂќ explains Hal S. Eisenberg, Executive Director of Windows of Opportunity, an innovative youth empowerment agency that oversees and supports OliviaвЂ™s program. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention the average height and weight for a woman in the United States is about 5вЂ™3вЂќ and 165 pounds. вЂњIf this is the case,вЂќ explains Eisenberg, вЂњwhat kind of image is the world-wide modeling industry sending to our society? Something needs to shift.вЂќ
To overcome the industryвЂ™s bias, send a message to the fashion world, and to empower young woman to love themselves for who they are, Olivia created Shortstack 4 years ago at the age of 15. Shortstack is a teen founded and driven modeling fashion program that provides young woman who do not meet the вЂњnormalвЂќ industry standards an opportunity to become involved in charitable fashion events, professional photo shoots, fashion design, and photography. Now, at the age of 19, Olivia is drawing attention to her message as she is about to step out on the runway at The Midtown Loft & Terrace on 5th Avenue in the heart of Manhattan, during the 4th Annual Shortstack Charity Fashion Show.
Olivia, and the 20 girls in her program that respectfully refer to each other as a sisterhood, are part of more than just a modeling and fashion program, but a place where they have come to learn about who they are, what they are about, and how to send a message in a positive, constructive way. вЂњThe fashion industry must change its standardsвЂќ, states Tanya Rios, Assistant Program Director and life long friend of Olivia. вЂњI have watched Olivia consistently promote healthy habits, better body image and create self-esteem and confidence in all of us.вЂќ Through workshops, rehearsals, charity events, photo shoots and fashion shows, the Shortstack models become the types of models our society should look up to. However, as amazing as a story this has been, Olivia feels this is not enough. вЂњI challenge designers to take this same initiative; to allow all shapes and sizes walk their runways. It may not only save a lot of lives, but a lot of dreams, as well.вЂќ Ms. Mignone continues, вЂњCome to our fashion show on June 18th at The Midtown Loft. Come see what the buzz is about. We challenge you to put myself and any of our Shortstack models in your show. You will be impressed by what you see. Help us send a message of inclusion for all. Which of you will be the first to stand tall with us?вЂќ
Friday, June 11, 2010
The days are getting longer, and with the increase of temperature you're noticing a decrease in Dad's energy. While you have picnics and beaches and barbecues on the brain, Dad is thinking hammocks, lounge chairs, and pool noodles...
Foot Locker is promoting a healthy, active lifestyle with products that re-energize from the ground up. The right athletic shoe will ensure comfort in Dad's activities, and can also motivate him to get moving.
The Zig, Reebok's new running shoe, coined "the energy drink for your feet," is a great way to energize a long, hot day. The foam sole decreases the amount of impact on Dad's legs, allowing a quicker recovery to sore muscles.
Every marathon season, running enthusiasts worldwide marvel at the speed and poise of the barefoot Kenyan athletes. Mimicking the freedom and flexibility of sole-to-pavement, the Nike Free Run+ is not only comfortable and lightweight, but looks great when running (or manning the grill).
Another brand synonymous with comfort and athleticism is Asics. The Gel Kayano16 is designed to endure the physical demand of an elite runner. With extra-cushioning and visible pockets of Gel in the heel, this shoe could be the inspiration Dad needs to liven up his daily routine.
It's not easy to choose a shoe for someone else. Foot Locker always has experts on hand to help identify your needs -- here are a few helpful tips to consider when selecting a shoe for your dad:
вЂў Study his stride. Does his foot roll in or out? (HINT: You can also take a look at the wear and tear on his favorite shoes -- if it's more worn on the inside, he pronates, if it's worn on the outside, he supinates.)
вЂў Does he have a high arch, low arch, or normal arch? (HINT: check out his footprint when he gets out of the pool. If you can see the entire outline of his foot, he's got a low arch. Generally, the narrower the outline, the higher the arch.)
вЂў Try to keep his favorite color and wardrobe in mind. Your khaki-wearing dad might love a neutral-toned Nike Free, but if he likes to dress up his bright polos, the Reebok Zig offers the perfect pop of color.