Monday, August 30, 2010

India:Strong line up with mix of eminent & new designers at LFW


LakmГ© Fashion Week (LFW), India’s premier fashion trade event and pioneer platform in promoting business of fashion announced 74 designers and 12 sponsors for LFW Winter / Festive 2010 at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. Last season, LFW moved towards customizing the fashion week platform to the Indian market and introduced вЂResort’.

This season the platform continues in this vein by providing an opportunity to showcase Winter/Festive collections.

With Winter/Festive 2010, LakmГ© Fashion Week further continues the strategic shift and increases its focus on the current season requirements, promoting business of fashion in the country. As fashion trade and the customer base is veritably growing big in India, this season promises to showcase exuberant trends specially catering to the discerning festive buyer, while addressing the fashion requirements of the fraternity.

Sharing his views, N Rajaram, Vice President - Lakmé said, “As a contemporary beauty expert, Lakmé understands the sensibilities of the Indian woman. The brand continuously innovates to create products that are unique, by combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the consumer.

“LFW Grand Finale will see the вЂLakmГ© Gypsy Collection’ designed by Malini Ramani, who captures the nomadic influences from around the world, including many journeys of her own, to create this inspired collection, perfectly suited for the Indian woman.”

Talking about the talent at LFW, Anil Chopra, CEO – LakmГ© Lever said, “LakmГ© Fashion Week stands for quality and high standards of excellence in designer participation which is epitomized by the talent we endorse at LakmГ© Fashion Week. The strategic shift we initiated last season with introduction of вЂResort wear’ in India continues as we now tailor our upcoming season to focus on вЂFestive wear’.

“The Gen Next program, that completes 5 years, has encouraged debutantes and nurtured some of the leading names in the industry today. The Gen Next 5 year show indicates the variety of talent that has made LFW a force to reckon with and talked about as one of the best fashion forums representing Indian fashion to the world.

Ravi Krishnan, Managing Director – IMG - South Asia said, “In its eleventh year of bringing Indian fashion to the forefront, Lakmé Fashion Week continues to be the leader in recognizing creative excellence, providing a platform for new potential, operating on international standards of excellence, and providing the most significant and commercially relevant platform for sponsor association.

“LFW demonstrates its leadership position among fashion industry platforms in delivering value to sponsors and brand associations as exemplified this season with the addition of our new Associate Sponsor – Aircel. Additionally, as pioneers of a premier fashion trade event, we constantly strive to build opportunities for Indian designers, making it possible for them to showcase their talent at an event as celebrated as LFW.

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USA:Everlon Diamond Knot Collection dazzles at Emmy Awards


Dressed in an array of bright and bold solid colored gowns, television's biggest stars dazzled in brilliant diamond styles on the red carpet at the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards.

Statements were made in classic diamond drop earrings, breathtaking diamond bracelets and diamond cocktail rings. From comedy to drama, scripted to reality, the small screen's brightest stars were all dripping in diamonds as they walked the red carpet.

Beloved on '30 Rock', Katrina Bowden and Keith Powell showed the close bond of their cast by both choosing to wear the Everlon Diamond Knot Collection, which is known for it's intricate Hercules knot design symbolizing the strength of love.

Katrina Bowden glowed in multiple pieces from the collection including Everlon Diamond Knot Double Twist Pave Earrings and an Everlon Diamond Knot Pave Ring. They were the perfect complement to her airy purple gown. Looking dapper in his tux, funny man Keith Powell chose the perfect accent in a pair of Everlon Diamond Knot Cufflinks by Martin Katz.

Not to be outdone by their more traditional scripted counterparts, reality television's leading ladies sparkled in diamonds of every variety. America's favorite mom Kate Gosselin took a night off and piled on the bling in Everlon Diamond Knot Collection Hoop Earrings by Martin Katz and Everlon Diamond Pave Double Knot Ring and Everlon Diamond Pave Knot Ring. Gail Simmons, judge on Best Reality Show Winner 'Top Chef', shined walking the red carpet with her husband wearing Everlon Diamond Knot Oval Drop Earrings and an Everlon Diamond Knot Four Row Bangle both in oxidized white gold.

Everlon Diamond Knot designs were the perfect accessories for a night of celebrating television's best and brightest- highlighting how the unbreakable bonds of cast and loved ones in the lives of television's luminaries will make success even sweeter. 

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India:Anita Dongre presents SFC Autumn Winter collection


This festive season, fashion designer Anita Dongre presents an exciting new Autumn-Winter collection made from 100% Shop for Change Fair Trade certified cotton fabric.

Comprising of tunics, tops, dresses and shirts, the Shop for Change – AND collection is available in vibrant colours like deep red, purple, ink-blue and black. The vivacious and fashionable collection, made using cotton georgette fabric, is attuned to the fashionable mindset of young Indians.

The exquisite new collection has been created using delicate embroidery and various embellishments and is now available at all AND outlets across India, as well as select Pantaloon, Central, Shoppers Stop and Lifestyle locations.

After a very successful and widely appreciated spring – summer Shop for Change certified collection, Anita Dongre launches another range of garments made entirely from Shop for Change certified cotton grown by farmers from Chetna Organic Agriculture Producer Company. Through this association, AND and Shop for Change guarantee that the farming families behind the products receive a fair deal for their hard work.

Commenting on the continued partnership, design guru Anita Dongre said, “After my first Shop for Change collection received such positive attention from customers and the industry alike I’m thrilled to be launching my second Shop for Change certified collection. I’m a strong supporter of fair trade, and with the festive season just around the corner our customers can add something special to their wardrobe in a way that means something special to farming families.”

Seth Petchers – CEO, Shop for Change said, “Anita Dongre’s embrace of fair trade is truly visionary and I’m delighted with the way our alliance is evolving. With her usual flair, Anita is making a real difference in the lives of poor farmers. The attention that Shop for Change’s partnership with AND has attracted is a sure sign that fair trade’s time has come in India.”

Shop for Change Fair Trade, a not for profit organization which builds on successful international models of fair trade certification, was established by Traidcraft Exchange (UK) and International Resources for Fairer Trade (India) and is funded by the European Union and Dutch Foundations ICCO and Hivos. 

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Friday, August 27, 2010

USA:Jacqueline Bisset to do ANEW campaign


Avon Products, Inc. announced a partnership with award-winning international actress, Jacqueline Bisset, who will serve as the face of the revolutionary ANEW Platinum line. This new skincare line for women 60+ from Avon’s pioneering ANEW line was developed to recapture the appearance of youthful contours and will debut this fall through Avon Representatives.

“I am excited to be working with Avon on the ANEW Platinum Collection, as it specifically addresses the needs of women with my skincare concerns,” reveals ANEW Platinum spokesperson Jacqueline Bisset. “I want a skincare product that makes my skin look as young as I feel. ANEW Platinum helps recapture the definition and tone of younger skin.”

“Jacqueline embodies everything the ANEW woman aspires to be beauty, poise and sophistication,” says Andre Baradat, Vice President, Global Skincare Marketing, Avon. “We are thrilled to have such an amazing international beauty icon as the face of our new breakthrough ANEW Platinum line.”

The ANEW Platinum Night Cream and Serum will be available beginning November 2010 in conjunction with an advertising campaign featuring Jacqueline Bisset. She will also appear in the pages of the Avon brochure for ANEW Platinum beginning in November 2010.
ANEW, the pioneering anti-aging line from Avon, delivers transformative anti-aging skincare to millions of women throughout the world. With almost 2400 jars an hour, the line has been helping women visibly outsmart the aging process from the brand’s inception in 1992.

Bisset is the most recent star to join Avon’s roster of celebrity partners, including Fergie, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Salma Hayek, Reese Witherspoon and Derek Jeter. Available exclusively through Avon Representatives. 

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New Zealand:Fashion & fun to come at Fashion WEEKEND


Headline music acts Sola Rosa and pop darling Ruby Frost will ramp up the entertainment at New Zealand Fashion WEEKEND, adding to a schedule that will include more live music, art, DJ’s and food than ever, as well as a selection of New Zealand’s finest fashion.

After four full days of Fashion Week shows, New Zealand Fashion WEEKEND opens up to the public on Friday afternoon and evening, then again for a full day on Saturday.

“There’s a huge amount of action at Fashion WEEKEND. Stop for a bite at Fashion Plate, catch Sera Lilly’s show, see Sola Rosa play and get some beauty advice,” says NZFW Brand Director Myken Stewart.

Adding to the confirmed headline acts, Sydney DJ MOONCHILD will be spinning his famous blend of nu-disco and club favorites to get the party started in the Cutting Room, joining a fantastic local DJ line up entertaining guests right through the week at the Cutting Room Bar.

The most fashionable restaurant in town Fashion Plate will be open all weekend serving up delicious tapas and conveniently fast meals making Fashion Plate the perfect place to grab a bite between shows.

Fashion lovers can get the low down on hair and beauty with informative and entertaining seminars from Dr. Catherine Stone from the Face Place, Pheonix Cosmetics, Jackie O’Fee (Signature Style), Magic Tan, Inika and The Skin Institute. Paul Serville and the Servilles Creative Team will be on hand to share their salon secrets and the latest cuts and styles for summer with the eager audience.

Back by popular demand the New Zealand Herald Garage Sale gets bigger and better every year. With 25 designers already confirmed from the likes of Adrian Hailwood, Lonely Hearts, Deborah Sweeney, Ruby Boutique and Kathryn Wilson.

A number of amazing shows will feature at Fashion WEEKEND. New Zealand Weddings Magazine, Bridal Collection Show is the first of its kind. With stunning creations sent down the catwalk from Vinka Brides, Jane Yeh, Kate Dowman, Louise Anderson, Crane Brothers, Anna Schimmel and Modes. If that leaves you wanting more see one of the hottest ready-to-wear labels take the catwalk as Sera Lilly presents her Autumn/Winter 11 collection at Fashion WEEKEND.

The public will be able to view looks from the current season as well as look ahead to the autumn/winter 2011 trends at the IBM Designer Selection Show. Plus every attendee of the show receives a highly sought after New Zealand Fashion Week goodie bag full of valuable sponsor treats.

Be one of the first to see New Zealand’s newest talent hit the fashion world at the PWC NEW GENERATION show. The show features up and coming designers set to make their mark on the fashion scene plus the NZFW NEW TALENT team. Hair, makeup and styling winners will work backstage while models Hunter McCleod and Claire Laredo will strut their stuff down the runway.

This year's event will take place from Tuesday 21st September - Friday 24th September, with Fashion WEEKEND running the evening of Friday 24th September and all day Saturday 25th September. 

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USA:Designer Ines Di Santo ties up with The Ritz-Carlton


Plan your wedding, while spending a weekend getaway in one of the most relaxing, yet adventurous places in the Southwest. Gather creative ideas, tips and advice from top professionals on how to plan the perfectly choreographed wedding. Join celebrated haute couture bridal designer, Ines Di Santo and choose the gown of your dreams from her latest wedding couture collection at Unveiled, on October 22nd at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

Ms. Di Santo will personally showcase her 2010-2011 wedding dress collection, previously only seen in New York City and just two days prior to being previewed at this exclusive event. Her collection was inspired by the mystique and nostalgia surrounding the quintessential day in a woman’s life. Dramatic and glamorous, Di Santo’s gowns offer a three-dimensional aspect in detail. Delicate chantilly lace, daring and luxurious layers of lamé are all incorporated with the flawless style that she is renowned for in the world of haute couture wedding dresses. Celebrities and brides alike have donned her spectacular designs.

“Ines Di Santo continues to astound and amaze the world with her vision,” said Melinda Easley, leading wedding specialist for The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain “With each design she introduces fresh looks and sets new trends allowing each and every bride to feel like her wedding day is truly all she imagined. This two-day event offers exposure to a high fashion affair that is experienced exclusively on the major fashion runways around the world.”

As previously announced, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has also partnered with Couture Consulting and E Events to create Unveiled, an unparalleled bridal event. Touted as the “Wedding Weekend Escape,” this offers engaged couples, brides and mother of the brides or even the bride and her best friend, an ideal weekend getaway designed to share industry secrets of how to plan the perfect wedding.

Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a poolside reception to kick-off this weekend filled with high energy events. Immediately enter The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom by escort, where the excitement begins with a full-blown wedding runway fashion show featuring designs by Ines Di Santo. The momentum continues as vignettes appear throughout the ballroom showcasing top vendors items with innovative hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Guests top off the evening at the After Glow Party allowing for dining and stargazing well into the night.

Saturday ramps up early with wedding workshops, allowing one-on-one time with the industry experts. To round out the day, guests then move onto their chosen interactive activity complete with gourmet lunch. This non-stop, two-day affair is designed to experience the latest wedding trends and learn the secrets behind planning the perfectly choreographed ceremony, from start to finish. 

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

UAE:adidas Originals introduces the RELACE


From sport to street, feminine to casual, the adidas Originals Women’s Collection merges various modern looks with authentic, original style. This extensive line allows women to express their originality in individual ways.

A fine, yet playful Women’s Select line called RELACE opens up personalization and re-design opportunities by using shoe laces as styling tools on both footwear and apparel. RELACE carries famous classics such as the LACES DRESS as well as unforeseen footwear styles like the RELACE LOW and the RELACE BOOT both surpassingly equipped with laces and eyelets to change the styling.

As an integral part of the entire Originals collection the women’s apparel and footwear offer diverse cross-merchandisable styles for any purpose or mood talking to all the women out there. 

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India:Van Heusen Grand Finale with top finesse


Van Heusen announced that ace designer Rohit Bal has been selected to enthrall the audience with his creations for the Van Heusen Grand Finale at the forthcoming Van Heusen India Mens Week. He will be displaying his carefully construed Spring-Summer 2011 line as part of the final show on 29 August at the Van Heusen India Mens Week.

Rohit will present a contemporary formal range that has been designed especially for the Van Heusen Grand Finale.

Pleased to be the grand finale designer, Rohit Bal elaborates, “I am thrilled to have been given the responsibility and the opportunity to showcase the best of my creativity in men’s fashion today and manifest the reigning trends this season through my collection. Menswear has come a very long way in our country and the fact that it is finally getting its due recognition with its own industry platform gives me tremendous pleasure. Presenting a collection for the Grand Finale always comes with a sense of great excitement and I would like to thank Van Heusen for this fantastic opportunity and congratulate FDCI for putting together yet another great initiative.”

Glad to be associated with a designer like Rohit Bal, Sunil Sethi, president, FDCI, reveals, “Rohit is one of the most celebrated designers of India. His designs are intelligent and imaginative. Rohit’s innate talent combined with his commitment to revive Indian textile is visible in his clothing line. A men’s line to vouch for, I am sure Rohit’s collection will allure the modern Indian man and exceed audience expectations.”

Commenting on this announcement, Mr Shital Mehta, chief operating officer says “Rohit Bal is synonymous with fashion and has upped the standards of fashion at a much higher level. We are delighted to have Rohit Bal on board this year as the Van Heusen finale designer and are extremely excited and looking forward to his collection which is a unique blend of fashion and creativity presented with his signature style.” 

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Hong Kong:Fashion accessories sparkle at Fashion Access


Experts point out good times ahead for small leather goods, multi-functional bags, scarves, hats and costume jewellery - a sentiment reflected on the fairgrounds of Fashion Access, a twice-a-year international fair in Hong Kong offering a vast range of head-to-toe fashion.

“In the past few years we have seen an important development among Fashion Access exhibitors,” said Perrine Ardouin, event director of Fashion Access. “Suppliers are returning with expanded product ranges. They are offering fringe products, usually small leather goods and fashion accessories, alongside their core offer, usually bags.”

One such example is Foon Group, a bag manufacturer from Hong Kong which introduced a range of stylish, lightweight pashmina shawls and will exhibit them at the upcoming Fashion Access this September. The company's founder, Winnie Foon, says scarves are an excellent complement to her core business of bags because they serve not only a practical purpose but double as a decorative element on the bag - "as seen on the catwalks at Marni", she noted.

Ms Foon is also offering collections where the design details on the scarves and bags harmonise one another, a creative concept that she believes will win buyers' attention, especially from the lucrative China market. “Contrary to belief, buyers from China have sophisticated tastes. They come to Fashion Access because they want to source fashion collections, not just individual products. The shawls we carry, which are crafted in India by our partners and designed to complement our bag designs, offer this collection concept.”

“Fashion suppliers expanding into fringe products is not a new development, but an on ongoing trend that reflects the continued vigour of the fashion accessories business,” noted Ms. Ardouin.

Encouragingly, the numbers offer support. Research firm NPD Group Inc recently reported that the accessories market rose by 20% in the first three months of this year, driven largely by sales of handbags with an average price of around USD100. This follows a tough 2009 where the sector saw a 10% dip.

The forthcoming Fashion Access will take place 28 - 30 September 2010 in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Wanchai. 

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Zealand:New dates announced for 2011 iD Dunedin Fashion Week


iD Dunedin Fashion Week announced new dates for 2011 at an exclusive launch on Thursday 19 August 2010. Now in its 12th year, this highly successful week celebrating the city’s fashion identity, creativity and distinct style will take place from 5-10 April 2011 in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Chair of iD Fashion Week Committee Susie Staley said that the fashion week dates had been moved from March to April to help attract the attendance of international guest designers and judges.

“We are in the process of securing international guests, with some exciting announcements to be made shortly. We would like to build on the attention iD has attracted as place on the global fashion calendar, showcasing the best emerging New Zealand and international talent. March is a challenging month for iD to secure international designers or judges due to their other fashion calendar commitments such as London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. With this in mind we have made a commitment to announce our 2011 dates.”

Staley added that the change in dates also provides an opportunity to attract visitors to Dunedin during a shoulder season.

The iD Fashion Week Committee acknowledged ongoing support from the Dunedin City Council event funding, providing a commitment to the event over the next three years. Additional funding including a naming rights sponsor is still being sought to allow the 2011 fashion week to run to its full capacity.

The exclusive launch gave attendees a sneak preview of upcoming spring/summer fashion collections by successful Dunedin designers and retailers Carlson, Charmaine Reveley, DADA (Marie Strauss) and Waughs, and retail outlets Bellebird and White by Design. The collections were showcased by local talent from Ali McD Modelling Agency. 

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USA:Brandon Jennings puts his footprint on Under Armour Micro G


At an exclusive media event in NYC, Under Armour, Inc., a leading athletic performance brand, will debut the Company’s first-ever basketball footwear collection, which will be available at retail this November. Under Armour’s Basketball collection, featuring Micro G cushioning, consists of four distinct shoes, highlighted by the Micro G Black Ice, to be worn by NBA star Brandon Jennings this season.

The new basketball shoes will also be on-court at top collegiate and high school boys programs around the nation, including Boston College, University of South Florida, University of Maryland, Texas Tech University, Auburn University, and Winter Park (FL), Lincoln (NY), Boys and Girls (NY), St. Frances (MD) and Melrose (TN) high schools.

“This is a much-anticipated and significant milestone for Under Armour as we continue to elevate our presence in the sport of basketball from grassroots to the elite level,” said Gene McCarthy, Senior Vice President, Footwear for Under Armour. “The collection provides a first taste of Under Armour’s commitment to building innovative basketball shoes that are lighter and sleeker and feature advanced technology.”

The Micro G Black Ice is designed to enhance the game of lightning quick playmakers like Brandon Jennings. Inspired by various elements of Jennings’ personal life, the Micro G Black Ice also includes Jennings’ own signature, inscribed on the inside of the shoe as a “sign-off” of the on-court performance of the shoe. Rounding out the Micro G collection are The Micro G Fly, The Micro G Blur and The Micro G Lite.

Incredibly lightweight and low to the ground, Micro G technology offers an innovative, streamlined alternative to heavier, thicker foams, giving athletes increased quickness, improved cutting ability, and enhanced elevation. Micro G technology is also stronger than traditional foams, providing additional protection, cushioned comfort, and security for the foot. 

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USA:Andres Aquino brings Charm & Romance at Couture Fashion Week


Fashion designer Andres Aquino will present his latest collection at Couture Fashion Week on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on New York City's Park Avenue.

Mr. Aquino is also the founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week.

A continuation of Mr. Aquino's fashion journey, the latest innovative collection is inspired by classic romantic Latin songs and lyrics about beautiful women. The couture evening gowns and luxurious cocktail dresses are accessorized by a one-of-a-kind custom made handbag and shoe collection. Specially made jewelry by Alejandra in Design will complement many of the ensembles. Mr. Aquino coordinates all aspects of his fashion shows, from concept and styling to staging, music selection and creating the mood of the presentation.

The fashion show is part of Couture Fashion Week's support this season of the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. A representative of the charity whose mission is raising breast cancer awareness and support, will walk the runway in one of Mr. Aquino's couture gowns, resplendent in pink, the organization's signature color. A number of other celebrities and performers are expected to take part in the gala fashion show.

2010 has been a busy year for Andres Aquino. He has participated in a number of fashion events in cities around the world including Dubai, St Croix and New York. He also recently showed his designs at events in New Delhi, Palm Beach, the Dominican Republic, Romania and Mexico. At each destination he leaves an impression of fashion as fun and entertaining by incorporating theatrical elements, dance, song and drama into his runway shows. "Thinking outside the box makes fashion shows more exciting," says Mr. Aquino.

Andres Aquino recently received the “Style Fashion Leader & Inspiration Award” from SUNY Westchester Community College, and has been dubbed the "Urban Renaissance Man" by Latino Future magazine. The New York-based designer and producer has been featured in numerous publications and TV programs in Italy, Russia, Dubai, China, India and other countries. His designs have been seen in Collezioni Haute Couture, Book Moda, NTDTV, Bond, Moda, Arabian Business, World News and many more. 

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Friday, August 20, 2010

UAE:Lamya Abedin launches Al Sultan Collection for Eid


One of the largest and longest lasting empires in history – the Ottoman Empire - has become the source of inspiration for Lamya Abedin’s latest Sultan Collection. In this collection Abedin presents 50 unique pieces that showcase the rich sartorial heritage of the Ottoman era.

“Cultures and countries have always been the catalyst to my creativity and the Ottoman Empire was an epitome of such inspiration for me with its ethnical diversities, confluence of the east and west and rich cultural vibrancy,” says Abedin, as she catches her breath during the photo shoot of her new Sultan Collection at Almaz by Momo at Mall of the Emirates.

The modern Maghrebin style restaurant becomes an apt backdrop to Abedin’s new collection, which is adequately kitschy as it is classical. Giorgio Armani contributed to the Arabesque look of the models and Jacques Dessanges of Paris did the hair styling.

Putting together this collection was like taking a class of History major. Abedin spent days researching paintings and etchings from the Ottoman period that showcase fashion and costumes of the times. A lot of research also went into reading reportage on histories of international costumes with a focus on Ottoman Era. She also made intensive research and readings on Ottoman history and Anatolian civilizations.

Ottoman architecture, social system and traditional techniques all became sources of inspiration for Abedin’s latest creations.

The new collection sees influences of Balkan countries, Greece, West Asia and North Africa. Abedin mixed many different fabrics and textures in the new collection. In the new collection one can see the use of jersey cottons, kilims, lace, crochet, pleats, snakeskin finishes and more. As usual Abedin scoured the world for her material and accessories, sourcing elements and materials from Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Germany, India, France & Thailand. A highlight among the fabrics used is the вЂikat’. Literally meaning “to bind”, ikat is an ancient kind of weave that uses a resistance-dyeing process on wrap or weft fibres.

Accessories, not only an Abedin favourite but also an important aspect of Ottoman fashion, are once again an attention-grabber. Scarves, belts, bras, necklaces, brooches, the vintage metal tarboush, turbans and a lot more clink add the glamour quotient.

Abedin has also played with an element of her personal style statement in this new collection – vibrant colours. Ottoman fashion too was an advocate of all things colourful and Abedin has taken a creative take on that by including brights, pastels and nude shades into the Sultan Collection. “I’ve opted for a lot of layering, color blocking and patch in this collection, inspired by the famous Turkish mosaic tile works as well as by their luxuriant woollen carpets.

But what’s an Abedin collection without some experimental, first-of-its-kind pieces? In this collection the Bolero Abaya and the Wrappo Abaya (an asymmetrical sleeveless abaya that is wrapped up and draped with a flowing part of the abaya) are ones to watch out for. Lots of pantaloon abayas, reversibles, and portable sleeves will be seen in this collection too. 

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USA:Miss Apple Bottoms USA 2011


Apple Bottoms brand founder and multi-platinum recording artist Nelly, created the line to celebrate and liberate the natural curves of a woman’s body. Miss Apple Bottoms USA 2011 will be a celebration of the woman who best represents the brand and its philosophy.

How it works
Enter before September 6, 2010. A panel of judges will select 14 semi-finalists from the online entries based on their style, appearance, charm, and their fit with the Apple Bottoms lifestyle. For those who are not selected for the semi-finals, they will have a second chance to compete. The “Wild Card Semi-finalist,” will be a15th spot, and will be selected based on an online video created and posted to the search site.

Each of the Semi-finalists will have her own profile page. On the profile pages, visitors will be able to watch video bios, check out pictures of the semi-finalists, and read about their interests. Online votes will select the top four finalists.

The top four finalists will receive an Apple Bottoms wardrobe, and an assortment of exciting Apple Bottoms lifestyle products. The excitement will continue when all four finalists will be flown to Las Vegas during the Magic Apparel Show in February of 2011, where they will all have the chance to meet Nelly. A final Miss Apple Bottoms USA will be selected and announced at the show.

Apple Bottoms is a top-selling fashion and lifestyle brand for women, launched in 2003 by multi-platinum recording artist Nelly, alongside Yomi Martin & Ian Kelly. Apple Bottoms lifestyle product includes: apparel, footwear, girl’s apparel, handbags, fragrance and cosmetics, home goods, eyewear Rx, intimates, sunglasses, jewelry and cold weather. The junior fashion apparel line is marketed and manufactured by Picked Fresh Licensing, LLC. 

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USA:Dizm by the best of the best business minds


A team of the action sports industry's top minds have joined together to launch dizm, a new venture to design and distribute fashion-forward sunglasses.

"We've got a team featuring the best of the best – business minds, design minds, marketing minds – it's an exciting enterprise," says Jonas Lee, General Manager of the new company. The team includes Tom Akeley (former CEO and owner of Pro-Tec), Jonas Lee (former category manager for Vans Snow), Chris Moloney and Steve Chang (product development and industrial designers for Pro-Tec, Vans, K-Swiss, Sole Technologies and others) and sales and marketing expert Travis Nohe (Volcom, Sole Technologies, DC). The team is rounded out by Linda Larson (operations and finance), and in-house support staff.

The dizm team compiled the best sunglass designers and manufacturers, and sought out the best operations and marketing experts from within the eyewear and action sports industries. Says owner Akeley, "Early reaction from the marketplace has been nothing but positive. I'm the most excited I've been in years."

Lee adds, "We are excited to bring our sunglasses to market. We feel the styles and colors are fresh and definitely set us apart from other brands on the shelf. dizm sunglasses are going to be known for their look, quality, and fine detail. At every price point, consumers deserve great fit and great design. Our team understands that both of these attributes are equally important for the success of the brand."

dizm is headquartered in Hermosa Beach, California and has already begun distribution of its sunglasses throughout Southern California and the Sunbelt states. Product photos, samples and company information are available upon request. 

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

USA:ideeli as official sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week


ideeli, Inc., the fastest-growing members-only online shopping site in the U.S., announced that it will serve as an official sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The two-year agreement begins with the upcoming S/S 2011 shows at Lincoln Center from September 9 to September 16, 2010, and continues through the F/W 2013 shows in February of 2012. ideeli is the first and only online flash sale website to be brought on as an official sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The sponsorship will encompass a variety of online and offline activations including a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week themed shop, member giveaways, and dedicated editorial coverage.

"Our sponsorship of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week highlights the degree to which ideeli has become an increasingly valued sales and marketing platform within the mainstream fashion industry," says Paul Hurley, CEO and founder of ideeli.

"Over the past year ideeli has proven to be an important marketing partner for fashion brands, driving traffic to their core channels and introducing creative ways to share their brand stories with ideeli members. We couldn't be more excited to be the first flash sale website to serve as an official sponsor."

"We're thrilled to have ideeli's support of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week," said Vanessa Revera, vice president, Operations, Sales & Sponsorship at IMG Fashion. "As a brand and as an organization, ideeli is the epitome of this emerging and significant retail model. We welcome them to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and look forward to a very successful and wonderful series of events!" 

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USA:The Search is on to find Teens with a Passion for Fashion


The Art Institutes announces its search to find the next winners of the Passion for Fashion Competition. The call for entries is open to high school students throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. High school seniors with a passion for fashion design or the business side of fashion are encouraged to submit an entry. Entries must be postmarked by November 19, 2010.

The national competition consists of two separate categories: Fashion Design or Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management. Local competitions will take place at each participating Art Institutes school throughout U.S. and Canada.

Each local Fashion Design competition winner and Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management competition winner will earn a $3,000 tuition scholarship to The Art Institutes school they represent in the competition. Local first place winners in each category will move on to the national competition.

The national grand prize winners in both categories will earn a full tuition scholarship to their respective Art Institutes school. In addition, the winners will receive a VIP trip to Fashion Week in New York City in February 2011, participate in a “meet and greet” at Seventeen Magazine’s New York City offices, and lunch with a Seventeen Magazine Style Pro.

“It is our distinct honor to sponsor the annual Passion for Fashion Competition. We believe the competition provides a forum by which those interested in a fashion education can express their full range of talent. Since we hosted the first competition six years ago, interest has continued to grow with a record number of entries submitted for last year's competition,” said Bruce E. Dempsey, Vice President, Academic Affairs Specialist for The Art Institutes.

The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition is open to legal residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec) and Puerto Rico, who are full-or part-time high school seniors scheduled to graduate in 2011 with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Entries must be submitted along with a completed Entry & Release Form to The Art Institutes school the student wishes to represent in the competition. Entries must be postmarked by November 19, 2010. 

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France:Focal Ghillie Style to hit colette Boutique


Payless ShoeSource, dedicated to democratizing fashion and design in footwear and accessories for all to enjoy, announced the September 7 availability of the much-anticipated Isabel Toledo for Payless fall collection at select Payless stores across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, countries in the Middle East, and Russia and at

Payless also announced the exclusive availability of a focal style in the collection, the "High Ghillie," which is available now in limited-edition, exclusive colors at Paris boutique, colette, with additional styles available at the boutique later this month.

Toledo, a global fashion icon, became an international household name last year for the "Lemongrass" Day Dress she designed for Michelle Obama to wear to her husband's inauguration. She is an inventor of many signature looks and has been described as a "cult figure" by the New York Times, one of the "100 designers that count" by Women's Wear Daily and "an important raw talent" by Vogue. Her designs have been sold in some of the most prestigious stores in the world such as Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Ikram in Chicago, colette, Shiseido Ginza in Tokyo and Liberty of London.

"Isabel's first collection for Payless channels her unique design focus, melding fashion, art and invention through an amazing line up of wardrobe essentials that are graphically strong, chic, inventive, wearable and fun," said LuAnn Via, CEO of Payless. "With its practical elegance aesthetic and international flavor, we expect this line to have broad appeal across the globe -- in our U.S. and many of our international Payless stores, and at colette, where the Payless designer label is first being launched."

Toledo is well-known for her fashion-forward, evolving design process rooted in the marriage of art, fashion and invention. Her approach and dedication to designing clothing -- and now shoes -- that are timeless and free of trends make her an iconic and free-thinking talent.

Her first Payless collection includes a range of important essential silhouettes including tall boots and ankle booties, pumps, heeled wedges and flats done in fresh new ways and resulting in wearable chic shoes with a practical elegance.

"The main inspiration for my first Payless collection was to create a line of shoes that I could wear on a daily basis and that would make a bold fashion statement, but also be very functional too," said Toledo. "I am a New Yorker and I walk all over the city and in the fall that means all sorts of bad weather. These shoes have a strong graphical tone, are fresh new essentials for every woman's fall closet, and are an affordable way to make a strong statement from the ground up."

Two key styles in the line are the High Ghillie and a Ballet Flat Ghillie, both featuring a Ghillie upper with its half-circle cut-outs and loop lace design. The High Ghillie features a faux patent upper with a contrasting all-yellow heeled wedge sole with a zig-zag ripple treatment -- a signature design element in Toledo's fall Payless footwear collection. The Ballet Flat Ghillie comes in both a black and silver version featuring a ruched toe design and a skimmer sole and half-inch heel – also featuring the zig-zag ripple treatment.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

India:Burberry launches a brand new range of timepieces


Burberry timepieces feature modern and elegant styles for men and women, the collection with its dynamic designs, reflect the different moods and attitudes of men & woman.

These Swiss watches that are known for their craftsmanship are inspired by different shapes and innovative checks. вЂChecks’ a signature of the brand is seasonally innovated and restructured. All timepieces feature the classic Burberry checks in various dimensions ranging from micro to mega.

Women’s Collection:
Inspired by pyramid, square & rectangle shapes women’s styles include timepieces in dark nickel, gold or stainless steel with a diamond case detailing. The collection also includes black and white checks & is available in a selection of soft leather straps.

Men’s Collection:
Drawing inspiration from the rich Burberry history of function and performance, a key style for men is chronograph movement watches surrounded by brushed textured stainless steel and finishing with rubber strap.

Fossil is a global design, marketing and distribution company that specializes in consumer fashion accessories. The Company's principal offerings include an extensive line of men's and women's fashion watches and jewellery sold under proprietary and licensed brands, handbags, small leather goods, belts, sunglasses, cold weather products, footwear and apparel. In the watch and jewellery product category, the Company's offerings include a diverse portfolio of globally recognized proprietary and licensed brand names under which its products are marketed. 

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USA:Elizabeth Arnau to be first Spanish designer to show at CFW


Barcelona native Elizabeth Arnau will present her latest collection on the runway at Couture Fashion Week at 6:00 p.m. on Friday September 10, 2010. The fashion show will be held in the renowned Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue, New York City.

Elizabeth Arnau earned her degree in design and pattern making at the Catalan Institute of Fashion in Barcelona 2002. Three years later she launched her first prГЄt-Г -porter collection for women and men. Soon after, she held four highly successful fashion shows that were widely attended and enthusiastically received. The fashion shows were supported by such prestigious brands as Pura LГіpez, Sendra Boots, Tony & Guy, Cebado as well as the Hilton, Arts, Rey Juan Carlos I and Princesa Sofia five star hotels. After her success on the runway, Ms. Arnau began selling her exclusive and limited edition garments in a number of high-end multi-brand boutiques in Barcelona.

At present Elizabeth Arnau manages and designs two lines:

Elizabeth Arnau Couture is a luxurious haute couture line of classy, elegant and sophisticated red carpet gowns, evening dresses and tailored suits.

Ravenlov by Arnau is a sexy, sweet and fresh prГЄt-Г -porter women's label targeted at the young and innovative fashion trendsetter.

"I believe Elizabeth is a bright up-and-coming star in the fashion world," says Couture Fashion Week producer Andres Aquino. "We are pleased to have her as the first Spanish designer to show on the runway at our event."

This talented designer with a strong and personal style was praised and warmly received at China Fashion Week of Dalian CIGF in the summer of 2009, where she exhibited alongside such well-known names as Kenzo, Cavalli, Gianfranco FerrГ©, D&G, Lacoste and Francis Montesinos. She presented her latest Ravenlov by Arnau collection at the event and her fashion show was featured in a number of prominent fashion media including Vision International Paris, Senken Japan newspaper, Dalian Channel and Radio Dalian. 

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UK:USC offers Levi’s Jeans archetypes collection


Levi’s new line for Autumn Winter has just arrived at USC with key looks and top-to-toe denim. Levi’s Jeans epitomise classic American cool, Levi Strauss & Co. having invented denim jeans in 1873. This season they deliver a collection inspired by the archetypes that celebrate the spirit of the American lifestyle, full of attitude, hope and freedom covering three key looks; the brain, the jock and the rebel.

The brain, who is a self styled nerd, is intelligent with lots of style and most definitely not a geek. The studious look consists of sharp silhouette’s, trucker jackets, denim chambray shirts and chinos that remain on-trend and directional worn with crisp, clean preppy shirting in checks and stripes.

For the jock look, the collection offers more athletic collegiate inspired pieces– think shawl collars on knitwear and classic baseball style jackets.

The key mood for the rebel focuses on the вЂrebellious’ top-to-toe look, feeling hard but delivers it with a rock вЂn’ roll edge that is undeniably Levi’s in spirit using a darker palette, focusing on blacks, overdyes and confident directional finishes.

Top-to-toe denim is the freshest way to wear denim this season. But make sure you have different shades of light and dark denim for your shirt and your jeans, avoid the mistake of wearing matching denim. Double up with fantastic Levi’s denim shirts in various fits and washes that will look sharp over a pair of classic Levi’s jeans. To make a statement, can choose one of Levi’s cool graphic style t-shirts; from retro inspired Americana prints to rebellious rock вЂn’ roll themes or slogans.

For the classic jeans look, go for the ultimate regular fit, straight leg, Levi’s 501 jeans. These are tailored in an вЂanti-fit’ pattern, where the back rise is cut in a straight line, which gives the classic 501 jeans silhouette.

Levi’s 501 jeans are manufactured shrink-to-fit, so they’re cut and sewn before washing to obtain the desired end result, then finally pre-shrunk to making finding the perfect size in store or online easy. The more 501’s are worn, the better they fit. Levi’s jeans are truly the original and authentic jeans, often imitated but never bettered. 

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Monday, August 16, 2010

USA:M.D. Minerals as Makeup Sponsor for Couture Fashion Week


Couture Fashion Week, the prestigious semi-annual event held in New York City, has named M.D. Minerals as the Official Makeup Sponsor for its upcoming season. The event, which includes fashion shows by exceptional designers from around the world, luxury and fine art displays, entertainment and parties, will be held Friday September 10 through Sunday September 12, 2010. Runway shows will be held in the famous Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue, New York City.

M.D. Minerals by Dr. Janine Hopkins is not just a makeup collection, but a complete concept that complements Dr. Hopkins’ practice style and her approach to helping people in their pursuit to be healthy and be beautiful. This premier collection has many advantages over traditional makeup and loose powder minerals including:

• Natural ingredients that help improve the health and appearance of the skin
• Minerals that reflect light to create a soft, radiant glow
• Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide minerals that protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays
• Oil-free, fragrance free formulas infused with antioxidants that help reduce premature skin aging
• Natural, non-comedogenic ingredients for sensitive or acne and rosacea-prone skin
• Anti-inflammatory minerals that help reduce redness and skin irritation
• Mineral products are free of irritating chemicals.

The collection consists of a diverse selection of makeup options including:

• liquid and pressed powder foundations
• blushes and highlighting powders
• shimmery bronzing powders for the face and body
• blemish and capillary concealers
• baked corrective minerals called “triage powders” which give a flawless finish to the skin when applied alone or over liquid foundations
• mineral volume lip sticks and glosses enriched with vanilla bean extracts and vitamins A, D, and E for softer lips
• baked mineral oil-free and fragrance free eye shadows with anti-oxidants that protect the delicate eyelid skin
• super lash mascara with keratin and panthenol that strengthen lashes
• a variety of hand crafted, platinum brushes and applicators, include a soft Kabuki brush and jumbo sponge, allowing for precise application for a professional look.

The mineral makeup collection was developed by Dr. Hopkins in collaboration with her associates Cathi and Lori French. The M.D. Minerals on-site studio allows clients to have private one-on-one makeovers with staff makeup artists and stylists. The practice also offers consultations and makeovers to provide advice and help achieve desired looks for daytime, evening, and important social events. The Hopkins Dermatology staff helps teenage girls and women of all ages learn about proper skin care and makeup choices that enhance their natural beauty, as well as makeup application techniques that highlight their best features.

This new generation, cutting edge product line is available at Hopkins Dermatology's own state-of-the-art facility in Monroe, Louisiana as well as at Audubon Dermatology in New Orleans and Signatures in Monroe and at a growing number of dermatology offices and high-end boutiques. The products are also available for purchase on the M.D. Minerals' website. The company is positioned to expand into the global market with plans to move into New York City, Los Angeles, London and other major cities.

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USA:PROJECT Las Vegas to implement innovative programs


PROJECT is excited to announce its evolution. The industry is changing due to broad shifts in the global economy. There is a significant need for a new and pervasive fashion entity, designed to drive commerce, support creativity and business development and to expose and educate the industry and the consumer. PROJECT intends to rise to the occasion!

Key Highlights:
• Tweet House Sponsored by HauteLook Event - August 17th, 2010 Social Media Panel Discussion 6:30 - 7:30 p.m followed by a cocktail event.
• The HauteLook Social Media Lounge - August 17th - 19th, 2010 Social media experts will provide on-site training.
• ShowForce Interactive Show Guide - Free iPhone/iPad application that provides tools to navigate the show.
• iSkin iPad Lounge - Providing iPad demos.
• PROJECT 10 is a new stage for the brands and the one cause that PROJECT feels represents the future of fashion.

This evolution will commence with the Summer 2010, Las Vegas show. Staying true to its authentic roots and heritage, PROJECT once the definitive New York show, will now represent a broader view of what it means to be American. The American dream is alive and well and global brands/retailers are looking to American fashion as a future growth driver. Modern Americana and all that it stands for is not only relevant, but widely sought after.Consumers now want value, quality, longevity, and a sense of heritage and the fashion industry is responding.

PROJECT will implement innovative programs and easy-to-navigate merchandising concepts to modernize the show and create an overall sense of community among brands and retailers. It will introduce digital initiatives to include a social media salon and panel discussion, iPad lounge and mobile applications that enhance the show experience for both brands and attendees.

It will unveil a speaker series to educate and expose the industry to new ideas and points of view. It will create a stage to showcase the brands of the future and the amazing individuals behind them. And, PROJECT will launch a platform to bring attention to global social causes and sustainable practices.

PROJECT Las Vegas (August 17-19 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas) will set the tone for the industry by showcasing the world's best designer denim and advanced contemporary brands in an atmosphere that insures collaboration, consideration and discovery. This season's show will provide an exciting preview to the remarkable new PROJECT to be unveiled in New York in January 2011.

Launched in 2003 and held bi-annually in New York and Las Vegas, PROJECT is the world's preeminent advanced contemporary and denim event. PROJECT features the most directional brands, attracts the most influential retailers in the global marketplace and unites them in a dynamic and community-focused atmosphere. 

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Denmark:Growing international attendance at CIFF in Bella Center


The 35th edition of Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) at Bella Center was visited by 24,653 buyers, which is on level with last august. Meanwhile, the number of international visitors grew by 7% in comparison to August 2009. A total of 7,101 buyers from outside of Denmark attended CIFF.

This increase demonstrates that ongoing development is necessary to maintain high attendance figures while attracting even more visitors from Denmark and abroad. Thus, CIFF will continue to strengthen its efforts and thereby secure its future success.

The idea is to create a total experience with continued focus on strong concepts, events within the event, trend presentations, appealing restaurant settings, etc. The sum of these parts is a “fashion town” that serves as a one-stop-shop for buyers, exhibitors and the press each season.

“With excellent infrastructure, a location close to the airport, the opening of Scandinavia’s largest hotel next spring, the extensive space in Bella Center, and, not least, a dedicated team of employees, we have everything we need to create a successful fashion town,” says Sales and Marketing Manager Bolette Hvalsøe.

Gallery in Forum Copenhagen had a total of 11,400 visitors over three days. This total is the highest ever for Gallery in August and represents a 4.6% increase in comparison to August 2009. 

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

India:FASHION N FIRE by DreamShotz


A fashion show “FASHION N FIRE” was organized by DreamShotz on 6th Aug. 2010 at Felix, Kanpur in which 4 renowned designers showcased their collections. In front of elite gathering .top most models of Delhi like Ritu, Karishma, Chirag, Sakshi , Kajal etc. walked the ramp in creation of these designers.

Till now DreamShotz has been organizing shows in Delhi NCR but now DreamShotz has organized a show in Kanpur to expand fashion in other cities of India as well.

In this show fashion designer Gurvinder Arora(who is also the Director of DreamShotz) showcased his 4 collections, which included kaftans for middle-east countries, leisure wear for European market , beach wear, and men’s evening wear. His designs of kaftans were in fabrics like chiffons, georgettes, tissue and silk with lot of hand and machine embroidery on it. Gurvinder Aroras, leisure wear collection included mini skirts, tops , trousers and shirts, mostly in Cotton. His beach wear collection included pareos, shorts, capris, with beach bags.

Fashion designer Deepak Singh showcased his 2 collections on the ramp which included evening wear for working women. The drapes and the cuts given in his collection were unique.

Fashion designer Pragya Samor , who is a Designer from Dubai and now in India, showcased 2 collections which included sarees, skirts , tops evening gowns .Her collection was v creative and was appreciated a lot.

Fashion designer Pranav showcased one collection in this show. He used pastel colours in his garment which gave a soft touch to his Collection.

Director of DreamShotz, fashion designer Gurvinder Arora said that after the success of this show in Kanpur it is clear that fashion is not restricted only to metropolitan cities but fashion awareness is also in other cities of India as well. In future too DreamShotz will organize shows in other cities of India as well to elaborate fashion in other parts of India and create awareness about fashion and fashion industry in other cities too. 

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USA:Payless to participate in NYC Fashion's Night Out


Payless ShoeSource, an original sponsor of last year's successful and first-ever Fashion's Night Out in New York City -- created by Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the City of New York and NYC & Company to promote retail and celebrate fashion in the city announced its participation in this year's event with plans to help bring shoppers out for a fantastic night of shopping, affordable fashion, celebration and fun.

Plans includes Payless sponsoring the "Official Ride of Fashion's Night Out" – six Gray Line double-decker buses decked out with the Fashion's Night Out 2010 graphic, offering free rides for shoppers at key retail locations throughout Manhattan the evening of Sept. 10. In addition, Payless will present a must-attend store event hosted by all four Payless Guest Designers: Christian Siriano, Lela Rose, Patricia Field and Isabel Toledo, as well as sell a philanthropic tote benefiting the NYC AIDS Fund and offer a VIP in NYC sweepstakes with the grand prize winner heading to NYC for Fashion's Night Out with VIP treatment.

The late-night shopping event hosted by Payless Guest Designers will be held at the Payless store at 716 Lexington Ave. (between 57th and 58th streets) where Siriano, Rose, Field, and Toledo will be available for a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity 8-10 p.m. All four Payless designer labels will be on sale just in time for Fashion's Night Out in select Payless stores -- including the Lexington Ave. store -- and Shoppers are encouraged to bring their cameras for this fun photo opportunity. Select stores throughout the five boroughs will stay open until 11 p.m. Sept. 10 as well.

Payless is also proud to support Fashion's Night Out's chosen beneficiary partner, the NYC AIDS Fund, with a charity tote that sports the official "cityscape graphic" created by Vogue for 2010. The chic and functional reusable tote, perfect for a night of shopping, is made of grey rip-stop nylon with a tomato-red lining. The limited-edition Payless Fashion's Night Out Totes will be sold for $10 in more than 40 stores throughout the city (while supplies last) beginning Sept. 10 with $5 per tote sold donated to the NYC AIDS Fund. A limited quantity of totes pre-signed by all four Payless Guest Designers will be available at the Lexington store only Sept. 10 beginning at 7 p.m.

"Payless is thrilled to participate in New York City's Fashion's Night Out again this year with an exciting program that is sure to help bring shoppers out on this special night," said LuAnn Via, CEO and president, Payless. "Our Lexington store event, with appearances by all four of our Guest Designers, is a must-attend and is sure to excite the designers' fans, who can personally meet the designers behind the styles, while purchasing a piece from their just-in Payless fall collections."

"As well, with the Payless-sponsored buses that will help get shoppers efficiently around the city that evening and our charity tote that will help raise money for the Fashion's Night Out cause, we look forward to a celebratory night of shopping, fashion, fun and philanthropy."

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UK:'Future Vintage' fashion show


The BFC has partnered with Vintage at Goodwood Festival to curate a 'Future Vintage' fashion show this Sunday 15th August at Goodwood, Chichester, west sussex, PO18 0PX.

As part of this partnership, a selection panel of expert fashion editors chaired by Sarah Mower (BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent), chose five emerging ready-to-wear designers whose collections qualified as 'Future Vintage'.

David Koma, Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou and Michael van der Ham will showcase a selection of a utumn/winter 2010 looks for the Future Vintage show. This unmissable event capturing London's emerging talent will be styled by Pandora Lennard.

The British Fashion Council was formed in 1983 out of the Fashion Industry Action Group, an ad hoc group created in 1981. The British Fashion Council aims to showcase British designers and develop London’s position as a major player in the international fashion arena. As a result, London Fashion Week ranks alongside New York, Milan and Paris as one of the 'Big Four’. 

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

UK:Moda reports record attendance as industry confidence returns


Moda, the UK’s largest trade show for the fashion, footwear and intimate apparel industries, has reported record visitor attendance at its August 2010 edition, which ran at the NEC, Birmingham on 8-10 August. The show saw a 22 per cent increase in attendance compared to August 2009, making it the busiest August edition of the show to date.

The event played host to the second edition of Moda Lingerie & Swimwear, the new national show for the intimate apparel industry first launched in February this year, alongside established events Moda Woman, Moda Menswear, Moda Footwear and Moda Accessories. Over 1,450 brands showcased their spring/summer 2011 collections across the five shows, with some reporting record orders. The mood across the halls was one of renewed optimism, with Moda attracting high-quality buyers from across the UK and a large number of new exhibitors.

Lauren Nuttall of Jackpot, showing at Moda Woman for the first time, commented: “Moda has been a great addition to our selling schedule this season as we saw a lot of customers we wouldn’t normally see either in the showroom or at other shows. Moda bridges the gap between younger stores and more mainstream ones, and complements our distribution strategy perfectly.”

Visitors to the womenswear show were also in upbeat mood. “As usual Moda was a success for us,” says Caroline Warner, managing director of Gene Sutcliffe in Accrington, Lancashire. “We always do a lot of booking at Moda with collections we’ve already previewed, but this season we also wrote orders with some niche labels including Ronen Chen, Mado et Les Autres and Pause Café. We always write our occasionwear orders at Moda, with John Charles and Mereia being standout collections for spring/summer 2011.”

The second edition of Moda Lingerie & Swimwear saw the show’s line-up of international lingerie and swimwear brands joined by niche and directional names showing in new area The Collections, featuring the likes of Kiss Me Deadly, Playful Promises and Glitter Beach.

Exhibitors reported strong orders across the show, with buyers from across the UK and Ireland in confident mood. “Buyers wanted to place orders straight away, rather than going away to think about it, which is a positive sign in terms of how things are progressing in the wake of the recession,” says Michelle Green, marketing manager of Lepel. “There was a great buzz at Moda this season, and it proved a very rewarding show for the company.”

Regular exhibitors at Moda Footwear were also pleased with both attendance and the calibre of retailer visiting the show. “Moda Footwear is our main exhibition of the season and the place where we consistently write our orders,” says Stephen Joseph, UK distributor for Caprice. “This season in particular however we saw new independents and opened up accounts with them, including some people we’ve been keen to bring on board for several seasons.”

The positive mood of theseason continued at Moda Menswear. “It was a fantastic show,” says Mike Smith, UK agent for Brax. “Sunday was an excellent day, and I’m very impressed with the investment brands are now putting into their appearance at the show. On the strength of this season’s figures we’ll be looking at a bigger presence at Moda Menswear for next season.”

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India:Mandira Bedi the new face of Bodycare innerwear


Bodycare lingerie, adds another jewel to its crown by announcing Bollywood actress Mandira Bedi as the face of its iconic brand. This is for the first time in India that a Lingirie brand has a rope in an Indian face to promote its brand.

Bodycare has introduced various innovations for the first time in India. It was the first brand to Introduce Procian printed panties for the first time in India. It also Develop latest international technology of Seamless Lingerie in India.

Speaking on this occasion Mandira Bedi Says, “Indian women consumers are becoming more cautious these days in choosing lingiries, which is in effect helping the growth of branded lingerie in India. Bodycare is a cute, girly and fun brand. It's an exciting opportunity for me because I get to put my own input into the brand - that's the main reason I agreed to do it. The collection ranges from comfortable, yet stylish innerwear, easy wear to sensuous lingerie."

Excited with this association Mr Sanjay Dawar, MD, Bodycare Creations Said“ With factors like growing number of working women, changing fashion trends, rising information level and media exposure, and the foray of famous foreign brands in the Indian market, Indian women have become more conscious about the range of brands that should fill their wardrobes.

“The old practice of stacking lingerie in a corner of wardrobe no longer exists in the modern age. Rather, the taste of women related to their undergarments has reached new heights and it will not be a hyperbole to say that it has become a fashion statement. In recent times men’s innerwear industry has seen a plethora of celebrity endorsement from the biggest leading names in Bollywood.

“On the other hand in the women’s innerwear segment there is just one brand that has dared to venture in this league and that is Bodycare. Bodycare Creations has roped in Ms.Mandira Bedi as the celebrity to promote their brand in media.

Further he also said , “Usually the other Lingirie brands in India follow the European size to manufacture inner wear in India, but we at body care follow the Indian shape and sizes so that our consumers are comfortable wearing our products”.

Found in august 1992, Bodycare is today one of the leading manufacturer and supplier of intimate apparels, undergarments in India. Always the first in Innerwear Ideas, Bodycare has established itself as one of the top labels in Indian market and a growing figure in the global market. The makers of women's undergarments, Bodycare offers European inspired designs that are luxurious, comfortable and durable.  

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USA:Stop Staring to debut Alicia Estrada line at MAGIC


Stop Staring!, a leading designer of vintage inspired cocktail dresses, will showcase their new Fall/Holiday 2010 cocktail dress collection as well as debut their innovative signature "Alicia Estrada" collection at the MAGIC Marketplace next week in Las Vegas.

The Stop Staring! Fall collection includes: sexy cocktail dresses, day-to-dinner dresses, bombshell dresses, pinup-style dresses, rockabilly dresses, slimming silhouettes, high waistlines, sleek and modern styles, retro-inspired dresses and coats, sexy animal prints, stretch plaids and houndstooth prints, minky fabrics, wooly blends, stretch millenniums, soft crepes, rayons, and cotton stretch blends. Stop Staring! is known for their excellent fit that enhances all shapes and sizes. All their dresses are available in plus sizes up to size 18.

The all-new signature "Alicia Estrada" collection will feature high-end pieces designed by Alicia Estrada, head designer and founder of Stop Staring!, in the vintage-inspired style Stop Staring is known for. Her signature line will include a small collection of accessories.

Stop Staring! will be showing their one-of-a-kind, beautiful cocktail dresses, sexy dresses inspired by vintage clothing, rockabilly clothing and retro-inspired styles at booth #74722 in the contemporary section of the WWD MAGIC trade show in the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Tuesday, August 17, from 9am to 7pm and Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August 19 from 9am to 6pm. 

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

USA:Marc Jacobs to produce plus-size line


One of world’s most established and popular design brands, Marc Jacobs, is all set to become the first major fashion house that will manufacture an apparel line for women, bigger than size 14.

Although, the fashion label is yet to make an official announcement pertaining the same, Robert Duffy, President of the label wrote on a networking portal, that the idea of manufacturing a plus-size range was in the company’s future plans’ pipeline. But the same will not be available in the stores till atleast next year.

Duffy further wrote that, they were in talks and were also in the very early stage of talking to a partner about the plus sizes.

As of today, labels such as Victoria Beckham, ChloГ© and Erdem do not manufacture any line larger than size 14. Most designers feel that it is difficult to manufacture apparels for larger women.

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USA:Line-up for spring collections at Nolcha Fashion Week: New York


A new selection of design talent will showcase its collections at Nolcha Fashion Week: New York September 13th – 16th alongside returning brands Maleku, Elena Garcia, Dora Abodi, Afanador, Ana Guiterrez and KabukiU among others.

The collections debuting include Stella Simona, Narcisse, Nicole Bridger, Liz Fields, Hepsen Uzcan, Vivienne Pash and N Kwon. Additionally, Tammam, Gunnas, Zele, Miksani, Vella Mode and Vicerra will showcase at the Ethical Fashion Preview in association with Bel Esprit Showroom. The Accessory Exhibition welcomes Bessi & Company, Adha Zelma, Evolve45, Elly Clay and M Brulee.

With the support of Landrover and Downtown Alliance the Spring 2011 Collections will be presented to the press, buyers and industry insiders at the decadent 195 Broadway, the 29-story building in the Financial District known as Reuters building and was the longtime headquarters of AT & T and Western Union.

For nearly four years, award winning Nolcha Fashion Week, held simultaneously with New York Fashion Week, has provided the opportunity to independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to the fashion industry. Nolcha Fashion Week: New York week of events draws international attention and over 2,000 press, retailers and industry figures.

Nolcha Fashion Week: New York activities include the announcement of the four shortlist designers for the Beyond the Runway Award in association with NY Post and LooseButton; offering the chance to one fashion designer to receive a business support package worth over $50,000 as sponsored by Ernst & Young, Orrick, Studio Light and MSLK. 

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USA:вЂTik Tok’ singer Ke$ha designs Casio Baby-G watches


Casio America, Inc. announced that RCA Records/Kemosabe Entertainment recording artist Ke$ha will serve as the newest Brand Ambassador and watch designer for the brand’s Baby-G line of women’s watches. The pop superstar has signed on to personally create two unique design styles for Baby-G watches. The first model of these designs will hit stores in Summer 2011.

“I think the Baby-G brand is amazing it's stylish, innovative, durable and affordable. The bright colors and metallic finishes really compliment my moods and personality,” said Ke$ha. “I have some fun ideas for my watches and I am so thrilled that I am the first worldwide female artist to be given the opportunity to design my very own Baby-G!”

Ke$ha, best known for her chart-topping singles “Tik Tok” and “Your Love is My Drug,” officially announced her roles as Brand Ambassador and designer at Casio’s annual “Shock the World” press event in New York City. The singer also served as the evening’s entertainment, performing a set of hits for press and fans.

In addition, while on tour in Sacramento, CA earlier in the year, Ke$ha participated in an advertising photo shoot, accessorizing with a variety of Baby-G watches set to hit shelves beginning Fall of this year.

“We are very excited to have the colorful and creative Ke$ha as a collaborator for the Casio Baby-G brand,” said Shigenori Itoh, Vice President of Casio’s Timepiece Division. “As soon as we heard her hit single, вЂTik Tok’, we knew we had to have Ke$ha as a Casio Brand Ambassador. It was a natural fit!”

The Baby-G brand was developed as the women’s counterpart to the brand’s highly-successfully G-Shock brand.

Ke$ha joins a roster of 2010 Casio Brand Ambassadors including actor Bryan Greenberg and popular Formula One racecar driver Sebastian Vettlel for Casio’s new luxury men’s line EDFICE Black Label. 

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Monday, August 9, 2010

USA:FIDM Summer Open House to start on Aug 14


For fashion fans who have ever thought of launching a fashion, jewelry, or accessories line or students who dreamed of becoming a Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, or Visual Artist, FIDM is here to help. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, FIDM Summer Open House will take place on all four campuses: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, and San Diego.

Learn more about FIDM’s associate and bachelor’s degrees and 20 creative majors, tour the campus, get first-hand advice from FIDM Graduates and Admissions Advisors, and find out how FIDM’s industry connections can help propel students to the career of their dreams. From producing award-winning movie trailers to owning a fashion boutique, or dozens of other fast-paced, exciting career opportunities, FIDM Summer Open House is the first step!

San Francisco area students will be treated to an appearance from Project Runway star, FIDM Grad, and Instructor Nick Verreos who will be part of the Alumni Panel.

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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China:LJ International opens 110th ENZO Store


LJ International Inc., a leading jewelry manufacturer and retailer, announced that its ENZO retail division has opened its 110th store to date. The newest store is located in the TFF Store, the first and only high-end luxury shopping mall in Tianjin, China.

To date, nine ENZO stores are currently opened in Tianjin, one of the largest cities in China with a population of approximately 12.8 million. The TFF Store is ENZO's largest location and will serve as the Company's flagship space within Tianjin, attracting both visitors and local consumers in the market for purchasing luxury merchandise.

"As LJI continues to expand its retail operations throughout China, a location in the TFF Store adds both presence and prestige to the ENZO name. ENZO's trademark colored-stoned jewelry caters to the growing middle class looking for affordable luxury. Being situated in one of the most well-known, high-end malls enables ENZO to capitalize on customer traffic from their target market. We are honored to be located within the TFF Store, as obtaining space in the mall is valuable to both our brand name and our business," stated Yu Chuan Yih, Chairman and CEO of LJ International Inc.

TFF Store is well known as the core store within the Tianjin Friendship department-store chain. It is considered a landmark property in the heart of Tianjin's retail district and is known for its collection of high-end brand retailers, elegant shopping environment, first-class customer service, and superior management standards. In 2007, TFF Store began an expansion project that will increase the property's retail space to approximately 40,000 square meters.

The TFF Store records annual sales approximating $1.5B (USD) per year, and has estimated a trajectory to exceed these numbers in 2010. These figures support the trend for continued demand of luxury items and increased amount of disposable income from Chinese consumers. Furthermore, TFF Store supports its vendors by driving customer traffic throughout the year by featuring monthly marketing themes and sponsoring holidays-specific, retail-related activities. 

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USA:LamanBlu inspired by world of flowers for Spring/Summer


Emphasize beauty through the use of color… Finding inspiration in a world of flowers…"- (Pantone). These are phrases that aptly describe the new collection for Spring/Summer 2011 from LamanBlu, eco-friendly designer clothing for girls.

This collection is designed to be lived in, laughed in and played in. Its clean silhouettes and floral detailing are flattering, fun and pretty.

Inspired by flowers plucked from their natural surroundings and positioned into a new palette, this collection brings spring into a child’s wardrobe. LamanBlu has designed this collection to inspire creativity in the children who wear it and the adults who buy it for them. All pieces can be mixed and matched and worn in many ways to create a modern, versatile wardrobe, suited to play in the park, a day out with mom and dad, or any occasion.

The collection features bright, colorful garments that reflect on the fun and free spirit of children. The color palette for this season is full of saturated brights, including Pink Flambe, Blazing Yellow, Violetto and Bright Chartreuse all balanced by Bright White, Gossamer Pink and Estate Blu.

For prints, the offering includes custom designed photo orchid ditsy prints and crayon stripes on a fine cotton shirting. There is also an oversized orchid photo screen print in the collection, making a bold statement, and all exclusive to LamanBlu. They are printed using the latest water based inks which are not only vibrant but also environmentally friendly.

LamanBlu continues its offering of designer quality bamboo knits and has added a new designer weight cotton/lycra knit to its collection as a sharper price point option. Sizes are 6mos – 6x. As always, the LamanBlu collection is easy care for the busy family, with the entire line being machine wash and dry, and ironing is optional.

LamanBlu is the vision of designer Holli Gibson. Gibson established her career as a designer in Dallas the 90's, designing sportswear and dresses for many high profile private clients as well as major high end retailers, including Nordstrom's and Victoria's Secret. After a taking a time with family and friends, and relocating to the Rocky Mountains, she has re-entered the fashion world, this time with her focus on children. She is the recipient of the 2009 Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International. 

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

UK:Kate Moss launches Essentials Collection for Autumn/Winter


In addition to the current Kate Moss for Topshop collection, Topshop has launched a range of simple yet luxurious essentials for Autumn Winter. Combining a mix of vests, tees and dresses this collection aims to satisfy all fashion basic needs.

The new collection continues to use the same fine jersey that has been seen in previous Kate Moss collections and continues to play on the greens, greys and beige colour tones. Key pieces for the collection include the charcoal grey long sleeved maxi dress and a long sleeve shift dress with pocket detailing available in both black and beige.

The inspiration for the updated Kate Moss collection came from a conversation with Kate about her perfect jersey items. She enjoys wearing jersey vests and tees so she was asked to come up with her perfect shapes and colours that she felt were missing from her own wardrobe.

An extensive mix of styles is featured in the new collection, from comfy vests and tees, to the new shape of the Boyfriend tee. The Boyfriend Tee is a key piece for Autumn/Winter and Kate has made it her own within the collection by adding ruche shoulders. This tee is available in stone and washed black and has been styled so it looks great worn with everything.

Camel is a must have colour for Autumn/Winter and Kate has incorporated this into her collection through her Jersey tee and a long sleeve T-shirt dress. Her long sleeved dresses are also available in black which are an ideal garment to throw on day or night. The jersey maxi dress is detailed with a panelled pocket and a tie waste, and is a prominent piece within the collection. Suitable for year-round wear whether it's teamed with gladiators in summer or chunky boots in winter - this item is set to be a piece customers turn to time and time again.

While the Essential collection is a premium basic collection with an emphasis on simple shapes, Topshop continually tries to move shapes on and Kate is constantly offering her ideas on her ideal shape, helping to keep things up to date while reflecting her own personal style.

Topshop was established in 1964 and is part of Arcadia Group Ltd. Sir Philip Green became owner of Arcadia Group Ltd in 2002. 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. 

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USA:Independent Retail Week to support Chicago boutiques


Independent Retail Week (October 16 through October 23), created by, returns for another year to help lift the local economy by further accelerating consumer spending while celebrating the diversity of Chicago’s fashion scene.

The initiative offers independent retailers a reputable platform to reach thousands of consumers via a week-long, city-wide shopping extravaganza and increase brand awareness. Prior Independent Retail Week’s held in NYC, Philadelphia and Chicago have been highly regarded by both retailers and consumers. Celebrated stores include: Anastasia Chatkza, Adele Dallas Orr, Kreative Soul and Wildflowers.

“We are very excited to be a sponsor of Independent Retail Week. The Merchandise Mart and The Chicago Market have always been huge supporters of independent retailers and designers. When there is an opportunity to go out into the community and support our city we jump in and embrace it!” Trisha Schultz, Director of Marketing, Merchandise Mart.

Consumers can enjoy exclusive promotions, discounts and in-store events ranging from trunk shows, style consultancy and cocktail parties.

“By featuring independent retailers and designers within our merchandising mix at The Shops at North Bridge, we are not only providing our shoppers with additional choices, but we are also helping to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of local business owners. Chicago has amazing local talent and having a store at our shopping center provides independent retailers with a rare opportunity to showcase their product line on Michigan Avenue, exposing their brand to the world,” Erica Strama, Marketing Manager, The Shops at North Bridge.

Independent Retail Week: Chicago is supported by; a resource that features Local Boutiques who offer that unique shopping experience not found on-line or at the mall and Local First Chicago; a network educating the public on the importance of choosing locally owned, independent businesses as well as Hotel Felix Chicago. 

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