Monday, September 27, 2010

USA:Style Week Orange County sets new trends with Cadillac


Orange County will continue its trend-setting status known nationwide when Style Week Orange County returns with Project Runway alumni Nick Verreos and an unprecedented fashion partnership with iconic luxury brand Cadillac. Nearly 10,000 style-savvy visitors are expected to attend the fashion exhibits, runway shows and in-store events Monday, Sept. 27 to Sunday, Oct. 3 at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Highlights of the week will include two runway shows created by seven recent graduates from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Each designer is creating “a first” for Cadillac, Cadillac Couture: Red Carpet Gowns, a glamorous fashion show inspired by the car company’s art and science design philosophy. Verreos, a FIDM alumni and Fashion Design Instructor, will emcee the Cadillac Couture.

The Needle & Thread show will feature seven collections with 35 exciting designs created by the FIDM designers for Ezekiel. A panel of industry and celebrity judges, including Verreos, will select a winner, whose designs will be featured in Ezekiel’s Spring collection.

Beginning Sept. 27, visitors to Irvine Spectrum Center can enjoy the FIDM Design School in Action, featuring a fashion exhibit by FIDM students. Customers will also have the opportunity to participate in free hands-on demonstrations, and buy FIDM merchandise such as tee shirts, sweatshirts and hats.

Style Week Orange County highlights will include:

Fri., Oct. 1, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
FIDM instructors will give a behind-the-scenes look into the concept and production of a garment in the FIDM Design School in Action. Watch a designer sketching and illustrating; draping a three-dimensional design; see the patternmaker uses sketches and draping to make the pattern; and observe the garment being assembled with an industry standard machine.

Fri., Oct. 1, 6 p.m.
Rack Rave – A stylish VIP party and fashion carnival with a red carpet, giveaways, and seven style vignettes showing fall’s hottest looks, latest fashions, beauty tips and more. Special guests Nick Verreos, OC designer Michele Genevieve of Hollywood Million Denim, Needle & Thread contestants and others will be on hand to mingle with guests. Vignettes will be presented at 7:30 p.m. by Nordstrom, Macy’s, Active Ride, Kaitlyn, Forever 21, Metropark and Max Studio.

Fri., Oct. 1, 7 p.m.
NIKOLAKI Design Collection - Project Runway alum Nick Verreos and David Paul present their Spring 2011 couture collection.

Fri., Oct. 1, 7:20 p.m.
Cadillac Couture: Red Carpet Gowns, a unique fashion presentation inspired by Cadillac vehicles and designed by FIDM Fashion Design Graduates.

Sat., Oct. 2, 1 - 5:30 p.m.
Meet well-known fashion designers and learn about how they made their mark in the fashion industry, in the FIDM Design School in Action. FIDM instructors will again give a behind-the-scenes look into the concept and production of a garment in the FIDM Design School in Action.

Indonesia:Paris Hilton cancels her trip to Jakarta


Yesterday fibre2fashion had reported that, Paris Hilton was planning to grace the opening of her namesake fashion store in Jakarta. Now, Fibre2fashion has learnt that, the US socialite, has cancelled her trip to Indonesia, after she was not allowed to enter Japan.

The stunning actress was not allowed to enter Japan on Wednesday, just two days after she accepted the charge of drug abuse in Las Vegas.

According to the Japanese immigration law, a person accused of drug abuse is barred from entering the country. However, there are exceptions to this rule.

The actress was barred from entering the country after six hours of questioning that continued for more than two days. She was to endorse her fragrance and fashion brand in Tokyo.

The actress informed reporters at the international airport in Tokyo that, she is returning back to US and is looking forward to visit Japan in the coming years.

Later on, she also tweeted that she was upset for missing her fans in Asia. She promised to revisit the continent soon.

She had planned to grace the opening ceremony of an Paris Hilton outlet at the Grand Indonesia mall in Jakarta, which she will not visit now. The socialite had planned for a trip to Asia where she wanted to visit Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.


India:Timberland takes its first step in India


Timberland has set out on an all new expedition by partnering with Reliance Brands through a license cum distribution agreement to set foot in India. The brand opened its first Timberland store at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The 1350 sq. ft. exclusive store features a product line that spans across footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children.

Timberland's dedication to making quality outdoor-proven gear is matched by their commitment to "doing well and doing good." From a volunteer program that gives everyone on Team Timberland 40 hours a year to make a difference in their communities, to their industry-leading eco labeling initiative, to the way they source the materials - each and every decision they make is tied to a philosophy that "how you do" is as important as "what you do."

As a pioneer who has always created products to enhance the pleasure of enjoying the outdoors, Timberland very early-on recognized the need to preserve the nature. Since then, Timberland has always been a strong advocate of environmental stewardship, globally.

To mark their official entry into the country, Timberland launched 'Unsung Heros - Not Starring John Abraham. A long-term visionary project that shall identify and celebrate all those truly contribute to nature, behind the scenes. In the words of John Abraham who shall play the role of presenting these people to the world, "They are the real heroes, but they are not actors". Renowned documentary film maker Mike Pandey is also closely associated with the project.

"The Unsung Heroes project clearly reflects the partnership between two socially committed business giants, Timberland and Reliance. To us Unsung Heroes is not an event, it is a movement. And with John and Mike agreeing to partner with Timberland's first CSR initiate in the country, we couldn't have asked for more.” said Darshan Mehta, President and CEO, Reliance Brands Ltd.

"Being an actor and a nature lover, I felt a total connection the Unsung Heroes project. There are people who deserve appreciation and adulation for their efforts, who are never seen on camera. To me these are the true heroes. I feel honored that Mike and I have been given this opportunity to work with Timberland in finding the Unsung Heroes across India said John Abraham.

In the words of Timberland's manifesto, "We have the ability and responsibility to apply our individual and collective talent, strength and passion to leave our footprint in a positive way around the world" he further added.

Timberland also plans to quickly trek to all major cities across India, in the near future.

The journey began in 1952 with the start of the Abington shoe company in New England, USA. In 1973, the brand as the world knows it got its name the first water proof shoe they created called Timberland. What started off as a shoe back then went on to become the world's leading outdoor brand. Timberland is now available at over 130 countries around the globe. No matter where you go, Timberland's iconic yellow boot stands as an ever-green symbol of their high standard of quality and dependability of everything they make. 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

India:Livestreaming of Burberry Prorsum S/S 2011 Womenswear


Burberry showed its Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2011 womenswear collection during London Fashion Week as well as broadcasting it to its largest audience to date through in-store and online livestreams.

The show, which took place at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London for the third season, was attended by over 1000 guests including Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Serena Williams, Alexa Chung, Andy Murray, Donna Air, Cat Deeley, Aaron Paul, Eason, Douglas Booth, Gwilym Gold, Poppy Delevigne, Philip Green and British bands Life in Film, The Cheek and Ramona.

The Burberry Store at Palladium Mall, Lower Parel saw an interesting gathering of Mumbai s tech lovers on Tuesday evening for the "Runway to Reality" Event.

The very beautiful, Feroze Gujral , " friend of Burberry" hosted the evening at the store . Guests were welcomed with chilled champagne and a tour of the latest collections before settling down with an i pad. Amongst several other names who attended this virtual showing of their spring summer 2010 collection, were Nawaaz Singhania, Bhim Bachchan , Samar Sarila & Sony Music s , Sridhar Subramanium with his wife Ektaa. Sanjay Kapur of Genesis Colors, the Indian partner of Burberry, came to support this evening en route to Milan.

Models in the show all wore make up from the recently launched Burberry Beauty collection for the first time.

The show was broadcast live from London directly into custom-designed, digitally charged Retail Theatres in 25 flagship Burberry stores worldwide including the Burberry store in Mumbai, creating the first live global simultaneous instant purchase customer events.

Following a private viewing of the show on high definition screens spanning 3x3 meters with pioneering surround-sound, customers in-store were able to buy the collection immediately through a custom-built Burberry iPad application.

Customers at the in-store events and online were immediately able to order the widest runway assortment from the brand since it developed the 'Runway to Reality' concept in September 2009, including all outerwear, bags and Burberry Beauty, all selected by Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey. 

USA:Walter Baker shows original & fresh spring collection at NYFW


WALTER presented its Spring 2011 collection this evening at the Metropolitan Pavilion, as part of New York Fashion Week.

Walter Baker, founder and creative director of the contemporary fashion label, WALTER, took major steps toward growth this season, showing an original and fresh collection that exemplified the brand's modern & minimalist approach to Spring 2011. The line, which is already highly regarded in the market for its trendy and skillfully crafted designs, presented its first collection with new design director, Elizabeth Giardina, previously a designer for Halston and Halston Heritage.

To help showcase the brand’s subtle and sophisticated lines, the company partnered with famed stylist Paul Bui. The Australian influence was high, as Paul was flown in for the event--and each look was accessorized by Australian luxury jewelry brand Bunda Boutique, where their classic yet unique metallic pieces were the perfect complement to WALTER’s soft & fluid silhouettes--adding a hard edge to the otherwise relaxed vibe.

Beauty looks for the Spring 2011 runway were created by fellow Aussie, Napoleon Perdis, who is notorious for elevating natural beauty, and made sure that the freshest faces made their way down the runway. Looks were completed with shoes from Velvet Angels, a wearable yet luxurious footwear brand based in Los Angeles.

Front row revelers, such as Becka Diamond, Harley Viera-Newton and Katrina Bowden, rocked to DJ Mia Moretti as the WALTER Spring 2011 collection, inspired by the natural colors emitted from New York City’s skyline from dusk to dawn, were shown. The first palette captured the saturated deep blues and watery warm grays that are emanated throughout the evening, while the second shifted into grassy greens, soft grays, pinks and blacks that are often produced in the early morning hours. The final group contained soft and lovely hues of light pinks, sky blues and sunny yellows, as seen at daybreak.

Strong jackets--WALTER's key item every season--were worn back to beautifully draped pieces in silk crepe, organza and chiffon, which lent sophistication to the collection. Fringe was a key trim and was shown primarily on scarves, instantly adding movement & whimsy to the tailored lines.

The Spring 2011 collection is about “prints that anyone can wear…and feminine menswear,” said Giardina. "The clothes are clean, minimal and wearable—they are interesting and modern but could also be a staple in any woman’s closet.”

"For spring 2011, I was inspired by the uninhibited & free-spirited New York woman," says Baker. A better representation of this vision could not have been shown. 

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Canada:Meaghan Waller models first ever Cashmere BT wedding gown


A unique and breathtaking collection inspired by the courage and strength of women affected by breast cancer took to the runway in Toronto at the Seventh Annual White Cashmere Collection 2010: Fashion with Compassion, at the Art Gallery of Ontario on September 22.

Starring a brilliant cast of 15 top Canadian designers; Canada's Next Top Model, Meaghan Waller; CTV Canada AM anchor, Bev Thomson; and ET Canada's Angie Smith, the first-of-its-kind fashion show featured Cashmere BT Couture creations ranging from swimwear, hats and jewelry to cocktail, bridal and ballgowns.

Crafted entirely in 100 per cent pure, soft and luxurious Cashmere Bathroom Tissue, Canada's best-selling brand, the collection celebrates the annual return of limited-edition Pink Cashmere, a fund- and awareness-raiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Foundation), with twenty-five cents from the sale of every package going directly to the Foundation.

Curated by Serge Kerbel, Fashion Director of Canada's LUSH Magazine and former Fashion Editor of Vogue and GQ Russia, the White Cashmere Collection 2010 stars an eclectic line-up of established and emerging designers from across the country including:

• Zoran Dobric
• Renata Morales
• Aqua Di Lara
• Coccolily
• Orange by Angela Chen
• Aime by Monica Mei
• Ines Di Santo
• Pat McDonagh
• Paris Li
• Katrina Tuttle
• Caitlin Power
• Réva Mivasagar
• Karyn Gingras of Lilliput Hats
• Shay Lowe Jewellery Design

A Celebration of Firsts
"Cashmere is an ardent supporter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and its vision of a future without breast cancer," says Nancy Marcus, Corporate Vice President, Consumer Marketing at Kruger Products, maker of Cashmere. "We are proud to be one of the Foundation's top five national brand partners and to marry this important cause with our support of Canada's fashion community," she says.

"I'm delighted to direct this year's collection," says curator Serge Kerbel. "It's attracted many of Canada's top design talents and 2010 is no exception. In fact, this year's collection is a celebration of firsts: the first-ever swimsuit crafted in BT; our first collection to feature designers from coast to coast, including the Maritimes; and the first time the collection has engaged one model, one face for our BT Couture photography. I'm thrilled to be involved," he says.

Canada's Next Top Model, Meaghan Waller, the official face of the White Cashmere Collection 2010, took to the catwalk at the runway show, modelling the collection's first ever Cashmere BT wedding gown by designer, Ines Di Santo.

"It's an honour to align with this important project. Breast cancer affects women and families across the country and around the world," says Canada's Next Top Model, Meaghan Waller. Designer Ines Di Santo agrees, "Fashion designers rarely get the opportunity to combine our passion for fashion with breast cancer awareness-raising. This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity," she says.

The White Cashmere Collection 2010 will also be displayed in the The Bay's Toronto and Montreal flagship store windows throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Italy:The Amalfi spell


Elena MirГІ evokes the irrepressible vivacity and the evocative atmosphere of the Amalfi coast for a Spring Summer collection which unfolds panoramically like a breathtaking view of Positano.Skirts, light and airy dresses, and loose-fitting sheath dresses are matched with trench coats and capes light as a sunset breeze.

They are brightened by stylized chromatic graphics which - with only a few strokes - recall foaming waves breaking onto thecliffs. Natural stones cut like fitted jewels create speckles of style to provide buttons for little jackets or to make necklaces. They take on the shapes of stones levigated by the water, like those gathered from a crystal clear sea bed. Silks and linens are processed together to give a toned-down and woven effect to both prints and plain colours. Knits are delicate to the point that they seem to float like luminous reflections on ultra-light jumpers that cover clothes with a more full-bodied texture.

Just like a diva on permanent holiday in Italy, Elena Mirò’s Positano becomes a scenario of modern elegance, mitigating the excesses of folklore with an extremely glamorous and jazzy palette. The brassy warmth of Amalfi’s majolica is substituted with a light and very refined brilliance based upon the reflections of natural minerals along the coast such as malachite, amethyst, quartz and granite. Shades of mauve, lavender, white, pearl grey, ivory and baby blue occupy a pre-eminent position in the collection. The postcard print of the Positano landscape is a charming and elegantly eccentric concession to folklore and used for tasteful clutch bags and silky foulards that can also be used as belts.

Elena Mirò regales her public with magical evasion, evoking the Positano described in Harper’s Bazaar in the 1950’s: “A dreamy place that is never completely real and yet so alive at the same time.” The Elena Mirò woman continues to present herself to the female universe with joyful and unaltered irony.

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Hong Kong:Get ready for Fashion Access - вЂfashion from head to toe’


If it’s a wide product selection and trend inspiration you need, then there is no place or event better than Fashion Access in Hong Kong, running 28 - 30 September, 2010.
The fair has a comprehensive product offer, operating under the banner, вЂfashion from head to toe’. The twice-a-year international fair showcases bags, footwear, leather goods, apparel, and a whole range of fashion and lifestyle accessories. Fashion features heavily, with display forecasts for forthcoming seasons for materials, colours, and finished products.

With about 350 exhibitors, from 22 countries and regions, there are plenty of choices. To date, 56 companies are confirmed to exhibit for the first time, so visitors are certain to see something new.

Since its inception Fashion Access has been supported largely by mid- to upper end вЂboutique’ buyers, and at every event there is a substantial number of buyers from larger chain stores, brand owners and department stores.

Whether its high-volume orders for trendy bags at sensible prices or more up-market choices from Italy and Spain, fashion footwear from Brazil or small leather goods tailored for the latest popular tech gadget - fashion buyers can source it at Fashion Access.

A new activity will be held on Day 2 of the fair: Fashion Access Forum will help exhibitors and buyers stay on top of key issues shaping the fashion world today; its 2010 programme offering practical information about business opportunities for footwear in China, marketing sustainable fashion and effective in-store retailing ideas.

Confirmed speakers include Dr. Reiner Hengstmann, PUMA’s Global Director of PumaSAFE supply chain, Mr. Peter Mangione, founder of Global Footwear Partnerships, who brings to the Forum over 30 years of experience in the footwear industry, and Dr. Valerie Wilson Trower, Asia Trend Director of trend forecasting company StyleSight.

Day 3 of the FASHION ACCESS schedule features a half-day workshop on sustainability lead by Mr. Derek Binns, founder and managing director of DBL Consulting. Entitled Sustainable and Fair Trade Textiles for Fast Fashion, the programme is designed for professionals who wish to obtain insight into recycling and Fair Trade issues, sustainable processes, compliance procedures and more. The workshop is hosted by Prime Source Forum - APLF’s definitive meeting place for the apparel industry held each March.

Fashion Access for spring-summer 2011 runs 28 - 30, September, 2010, at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Hong Kong’s commercial and business heartland. 

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Italy:First international casting for вЂsofter-sized’ models by Elena MirГІ


In the past few weeks, many statements and messages have been sent to the numerous communities and social networks online from the vast public of “softer-sized” ladies (as well as those who cannot be categorized in a specific size bracket) as a result of the cancellation of Elena Mirò from the official calendar of Italy’s Camera Nazionale della Moda (National Chamber of Italian Fashion).

The online population is in turmoil and sending in thousands of messages. This is the voice of a public of real women, living in close contact with the everyday beauty. Comments made in the heat of the moment by plus-sized models, by the vast public of “softer-sized” ladies (as well as those who cannot be categorizedin a specific size bracket) who all express the disappointment and bitterness for their cancellation from the official spotlightof our catwalks, not so much due to the market target which is quite elevated (35% of Italian women), as much as for the healthyand sunny conception of femininity that was recaptured with such effort over the years.

Many good intentions, words, articles and official documents allthrown to the wind. This is all happening right when a great trend towards this fuller-figured conception of femininity is lighting up the catwalks in the United States with creations by America’s great designers. To those who wish to take Elena Mirò out of the spotlight, we respond with the cheerful, purposeful and proactive attitude that has always distinguished the actions and ideas of this brand by choosing once again to assert its positive philosophy and values through a new, important project.

Elena Mirò is announcing its first International Casting for “softer-sized” models on the Internet. A new, ambitious project addressed to girls from all over the world with the objective of unanimously encouraging the aspirations of a boundless public andto promote the conception of femininity that is synonymous with physical and mental health. Recruiting will take place on a new website that has been launched for this occasion and will be supervised by Elena Mirò through the Ciao Magre (Goodbye Skinny Girls) agency, a name that recalls a time-honoured slogan as well as the first Italian agency for “softer-sized” models.

The girls chosen thanks to this casting will become the new facesand models for photo shoots, fashion shows, Elena MirГІ events and for another 4 brand names specialised in plus sizes.

The selection will be focused upon three different sizes/brackets:
Size 44: bust 96 cm, waist 76 cm, hips 102cm
Size 46: bust 100 cm, waist 78 cm, hips 106 cm
Size 48: bust 104 cm, waist 82 cm, hips 110 cm

With this new, important project, Elena MirГІ confirms her wish to be the true reference point for real women throughout the world and to represent the perfect union between Italian fashion and taste and suitability for easy wear. 

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UK:Debenhams breaks new ground with window display campaign


Debenhams has become the first retailer on the British high street to launch a national window campaign featuring a disabled model in all of its 160 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The ground breaking imagery features disabled model Shannon Murray, along with additional photography, mannequins and products in a display to launch the Debenhams autumn winter womenswear.

The innovative display follows an approach by Nikki Fox and Natasha Wood, both disability campaigners and presenters of the hit TV show, How to Look Good Naked, which led to a trial using Shannon in three stores earlier this year. The pilot resulted in some of the most responsive and positive feedback the retailer has ever received prompting Debenhams to take new shots and roll out across all its stores.

The move comes as a natural next step for Debenhams following campaigns featuring plus size and petite models, un-airbrushed swim models and size 16 mannequins - all since the start of 2010.

Debenhams hopes the latest move will encourage other retailers to follow suit and be more versatile.

Celebrity stylist, presenter of 'How to Look Good Naked' and inclusivity campaigner, Gok Wan, commented: "After months and months of hard work, this is some of the best imagery I have seen on the British high street ... ever.

"It is so inclusive and fabulous. This, for me, is bigger than anything else I have ever personally worked on and I have never been so proud in my entire life."

Michael Sharp, Debenhams' Deputy Chief Executive said: "We cater for men and women of all shapes and sizes, young and old, non-disabled and disabled. So following on from our initial work with Shannon and the How to Look Good Naked team, we wanted to make a commitment to continuing with this inclusive approach.

Shannon Murray, the disabled model who features in the new Debenhams window campaign added: "I am delighted to be working with Debenhams again and I applaud their dedication to represent real women on the high street.

"I'm hoping that eventually other brands will follow Debenhams' lead and recognise the diversity of their customers."

Nikki Fox praised the store for using Shannon in its campaign: "It was a very proud moment for me when Debenhams agreed to cast our beautiful disabled model Shannon for such a huge campaign, but what is even more exciting is how Debenhams have continued their commitment to using Shannon.

"Debenhams is the first on the high street to regularly use a disabled model and it's great that they have done so because they passionately believe in representing everyone. I am very proud of what we have all achieved."

Mark Stevens, Head of Creative at Debenhams, and who heard Nikki and Natasha's original pitch added: "We are committed to using a variety of models in our photography, and have had a fantastic reaction to our work with Shannon so far.

"This secondphoto shoot and larger scale campaign was a natural next step as we aim to be as representative and inclusive of our customers as possible. I've no doubt we will carry on using disabled models in a variety of shoots in the future."

The images can be seen in Debenhams' womenswear autumn winter launch windows in all stores across the UK and Ireland.

Debenhams is also trialling a revolutionary new wheelchair display product called a Mannequal in its Oxford Street window. Debenhams will be asking customers for feedback on this over the coming weeks. 

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Spain:New York applauds Urban Forest of Toni Francesc


The Spanish designer Toni Francesc has participated for his third time at the official catwalk of the New York fashion event. Among more than 100 fashion shows of international designers selected in the whole world, Toni Francesc rounded off, at 9:00 hs pm, the fashion shows that were staged on Tuesday, the 14th of September February, at the "Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week".

After 16 years at the emblematic Bryant Park, on this occasion Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has been staged at a new venue in order to present the new collections for Spring-Summer 2011. Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center provided the new setting, featuring a venue measuring more than 26,500 m2, following an agreement signed by IMG Fashion, the body that organises Fashion Week, with the Lincoln Center.

This is the third time that Toni Francesc has formed part of the official programme at "Mercedes Benz Fashion Week", given that in September 2009 the Spanish designer was chosen to take part at the New York Show for the first time. In fact, very few Spanish designers have been offered the opportunity to gain access to this fashion event.

At his two previous shows in New York, Toni Francesc received some highly favourable reviews from the press attending the event, as well as the unanimous applause of all those present at Fashion Week. The massive affluence of public and the long applauses that he has received at this last show confirm Toni FrancescВґs creativity and the fidelity that the US press and buyers show for him. Once again: a real success!

Toni Francesc has presented in New York his collection for the next Spring-Summer 2011 season, “URBAN FOREST”. A collection that transfers a forest-based concept to a city environment. This concept leads us through an intelligent forest in which we feel closer and more in touch with our natural surroundings. Wood becomes the symbol of this collection, as it has for the eco-friendly consumer, one who is committed to the environment and seeks to achieve a new and modern appeal based on the recycling of natural elements.

A collection that is just as versatile as wood itself. In this respect, depending on its treatment, wood can present its most natural dimension -as witnessed in tree back- or its most elaborated side, including carved and moulded wooden forms.

The collectionВґs clothing items present a series of rough and enveloping forms combined with other cleaner volumes and straight, milder lines. The colour palette is inspired by natural landscapes, using neutral shades such as beige, white and grey while incorporating tones that contrast with flashes of lights in the shades of yellow, turquoise and coral. The fabrics boast their own organic language and are combined to bring texture to the designs.

Garments are composed of linen, cotton and silk, bringing vivacity to the collection. We should not forget the important chapter of the exclusive accessoires that were shown in the fashion show: Collars, brazelets, rings and even shoes were made out of wood ore of other materials directly related to the wood. A homage to the nature and to the all the woods around the world!

Toni Francesc thus continues to forge a path for Spanish design abroad. This third presentation of his collection within the official programme at "Mercedes Benz Fashion Week" in New York undoubtedly represents another international success for the Spanish designer and for the whole Spanish fashion. 

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USA:Payless beauty line under Unforgettable Moments & Zoe & Zac


Women can turn to Payless ShoeSource to fully complete their signature style from head to toe with the introduction of the Payless beauty line. Well known for on-trend and affordable footwear and accessories, the Payless beauty launch now extends the brand's mission of "democratizing fashion" to the beauty products category.

The Payless beauty line launches today in 1,500 stores under two brand names, Unforgettable Moments and Zoe & Zac Naturals, and includes a range of fragrances, makeup and body items such as signature scents; lotions, creams and butters for body, hands and feet; as well as color for eyes, lips, nails and face. The beauty items will begin availability in mid Sept. beginning with fragrance and body items; color items are expected to arrive in stores in early Oct. rounding out the complete assortment.

"Beauty items are the latest fashion accessory important to finishing off a woman's look, and we at Payless, with our mission to democratize the latest accessory trends and ideas, are bringing shoppers a comprehensive line of finishing-touch beauty items featuring the latest formulations, shimmers, hues and scents -- all at an incredible price," said LuAnn Via, CEO of Payless.

"We previewed the Payless beauty collections with beauty editors in April, and we were thrilled by their enthusiastic response. They were amazed with the range of items -- nearly 100 in all -- and the quality and on-trend features of the products." 

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USA:Desert-inspired RAW denim hits NYFW runway


A Desert Denim theme anchored the NY RAW Special Edition Spring/Summer 2011 collection of specialist denim brand G-Star during the New York Fashion Week runway show this evening. This season’s collection fused desert-inspired, functional details with a sandy-beige palette which was alternated with blue and black combinations and 3D-sculpted raw denim pieces.

With its distinctive, modernistic approach to denim design, G-Star’s NY RAW Special Edition combines functionality and 3D design with traditional tailoring and craftsmanship, resulting in unique, couture-style pieces. This season, key pieces included the Kalahari dress which combines a rigid and fitted, raw denim bodice with a free-flowing parachute-style bottom section to create something fresh and unexpected, underlining G-Star’s philosophy of combining contradictory elements.

Another key item is the Sinai coat, with its innovative zip-off back panel and cuffs, providing comfort and functionality. The pioneering 3D craftsmanship first displayed in the G-Star Elwood and Arc Pant is further evolved in the men’s and women’s Gobi Pant, that combines a voluminous 3D leg shape with enlarged back and front pockets, to create a new and distinctive silhouette. The natural stiffness of raw, untreated denim is fused with advanced pattern techniques to create rigid 3D shapes, as seen in the women’s Austen Skirt and the men’s Duvet Jacket.

The runway show took place at the Pier 94 exhibition space, perched over the Hudson River on the western side of midtown Manhattan. A single-stretch catwalk provided plenty of opportunity for guests to study the collection pieces. A large, wooden Arc Pant sculptural backdrop and recurring motif in the catwalk center carpet reinforced the 3D underpinnings of the collection.

The front row included actress Liv Tyler and the World's number one chess player Magnus Carlsen — both of whose images front G-Star's upcoming Fall/Winter 2010 ad campaign. Curated by photographer Anton Corbijn, the current campaign is visible in print, outdoor as well as in-store.

Notable attendees included Alan Cumming, Byrdie Bell, Chad Hugo, Cheyenne Jackson, Eric Balfour, Jay Manuel, Joe Manganiello, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Rowland, Liv Tyler, Magnus Carlsen, Matthew Settle, Miss Jay Alexander, Natasha Bedingfield, Omarion, Ryan Leslie, Sean Garrett, Shantel VanSanten, Shontelle, Tinsley Mortimer and Tyson Beckford. 

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UK:Topman Denim teams up with Lawrence Ellis


Topman has collaborated with up-and-coming young film Director, Laurence Ellis to create three short films which form the heart of an online campaign to showcase Topman’s denim range which will launch on-line on Monday October 4th 2010. The films focus on youth and identity and follow the journeys of three young men – Louis, Henry and Sid.

вЂTopman has been at the forefront of pioneering Menswear designer collaborations now for the past eight years whilst quietly producing confident exciting вЂin-house’ designed product. In a circumspect move it felt right to acknowledge this and focus on one such area whose design integrity and innovativeness we are increasingly proud – Denim - the very backbone of Topman and one with a very loyal Topman customer base. With the advent of increasingly exciting designs and shapes for this forthcoming A/ W we chose to commission a film by Laurence Ellis who's answer to the brief has been to direct three intimate interweaving films with an elegiac pace and subtle intimacy that simultaneously manages to capture both the spirit and world that is Topman.’ - Gordon Richardson, Design Director

вЂThe reason for creating three individual films was very much defined by the core brief - to represent Topmans denim range. Jeans are something very real and transcend passing trends. They are a part of each person and are worn very differently. The characters that we created and the journeys they take are each very individual and reflect their stylistic identity. The end of the film focuses on the group but from each main character’s very individual perspective.’
-Laurence Ellis, Director

TOPMAN.COM will house all the films, behind the scenes footage and interviews with the characters and Laurence himself as well as allow the viewer to browse the collection.

A dedicated denim room has been set up to guide through different styles and fits including all those featured in the films such as the Carrot, Skinny and Arc.

вЂWe wanted to do something creatively different – a move away from the traditional stills format. We wanted to make real films shot on Super 16 - rather than fashion videos having previously worked with Laurence we knew that he would treat the brief with the sensitivity and creativity that we were hoping for.’ -Kelly Reed, PR Manager, Topman. 

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Japan:JJF creates great atmosphere for business meetings


The 18th edition of the Japan Jewellery Fair 2010, organized jointly by UBM Japan Co Ltd and the Japan Jewellery Association, took place on 1-3 September at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center in Japan. The fair this year featured 362 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions and attracted a strong audience of 14,651 visitors in spite of the slow economy and this year’s unusually hot weather.

Many exhibitors commented positively about this year's show.We received many favourable comments about the quality of visitors.

Selection of Exhibitor Comments:

• “JJF created a great atmosphere for business meetings.”
• “We sold over US$200,000 of product just on the first day.”
• “We made new trades with buyers from major department stores on the first day.”
• “No consumer’s walking around in the exhibition halls. The number of professional buyers makes JJF a professional trade show.”
• “We received trade inquiries from not only buyers from Tokyo but also retailers from Japanese regional cities.”
• “The best timing to promote new designed jewellery“
• “The sales on the first two days reached US$400,000.”
• “This is the first time to join the show but we are happy with the result. As I had been told, JJF brought high quality buyers to our booth.”

“We doubled the size of our booth this year from 9sqm to 18sqm, so we were able to display a wider range of our products. As a result, the responses from visitors were more than twice the level of last year.”

Many exhibitors valued the ability to link the presentation of products on their booth with participation in concurrent events, such the fashion shows. Professor Kim Seung-hee, the head of the Korean designers group Gallery Sowyen, was particularly enthusiastic about this aspect of the show. Last year the group joined the JJF designer jewellery fashion show, but this year they organised their own show entitled Korean Jewellery Fashion Show. “The impact this year was much higher than last year because we had our own dedicated event” commented Professor Kim.

The JJF industry seminars, which were held throughout the three-day event, attracted full-capacity audiences for almost all sessions. Seminar sessions focussing on international markets business opportunities were heavily attended.

JJA Jewellery Design Award 2010
Japan’s Most Creative and Progressive Jewellery Designs are Showcased to the World

The JJA Jewellery Design Award is the most well-known jewellery design contest with the highest prestige in Japan. It is held by the Japan Jewellery Association annually in order to encourage and discover products and producers that excel in excellence in creativity and technique and improving skills.

The winners of this year's JJA jewellery design awards were announced and presented with their prizes at the fair ground at the Japan Jewellery Fair 2010. The presentation ceremony on stage, held on the first day of the show, introduced the top eight award winning jewellery items through a fashion show that brought alive the full creative spirit of the winning designs. 

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USA:Gucci to dress Marc Anthony for 2010 tour


Gucci will dress Grammy Award winning artist Marc Anthony for the U.S. leg of his 2010 tour, which kicked off on September 10th in New York at Madison Square Garden. Marc has chosen to wear a selection of Made to Order Gucci suiting including a notch lapel two buttoned tuxedo in both midnight silk and black wool, notch lapel two buttoned suits in both deep blue and charcoal and peak lapel two button suits in black wool and ink and white micro-check. To complement the looks he has chosen a variety of slim fit shirting in colors ranging from crisp white to deep midnight blue.

On May 25, 2010, Marc Anthony released his new production titled “Iconos” (Icons), an all ballad Spanish album produced by Marc Anthony and Julio Reyes including eight titles of his favorite balladeers and two original songs both written by Julio Reyes and Marc Anthony. These memorable songs turned into classics by artists such as: Juan Gabriel, José Luis Perales, José José, Roberto Carlos and La Mafia are interpreted in the style of Marc Anthony. Iconos, debuted in the Top 200’s of the Billboard Charts and occupied the #1 position in sales and airplay in the United States and Latin America for 8 consecutive weeks.

On Sunday, September 26th, the Dolphin’s minority owner will take part in a special performance at the Miami Dolphins’ home opener game, where he will sing the national anthem.

September 17th – Miami, Florida
September 18th – Miami, Florida
September 19th – Orlando, Florida
September 25th - Guadalajara, Mexico
September 26th - Miami (National Anthem at Dolphins Stadium)
October 1st - Atlantic City, New Jersey
October 2nd – Chicago, Illinois
October 16th - Puerto Rico
October 17th - Puerto Rico
October 30th - Tegucigalpa, Honduras  

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USA:Reem Acra brings unique designs with HSN


Reem Acra, luxury fashion icon and designer to the stars, and HSN, a leading interactive multichannel retailer, will join forces this September to bring Reem Acra's unique designs to a wider audience. Named Reem, the collection will feature an adaptation of Ms. Acra's iconic styles.

Reem Acra explains, "I have been approached by many companies to develop a more affordable collection, but until I met Mindy Grossman and her team, I did not believe that it would be possible to translate my designs into products that retain a luxurious feel and yet are accessible. HSN absolutely understands how to work with a designer to achieve this balance."

Ms. Acra will share with HSN customers a capsule collection in a series of live segments on September 22nd and 23rd during the finale of HSN's Fall Fashion Series Presented by ELLE. She is looking forward to engaging directly with fans of her designs. "I know that there are a lot of women out there who appreciate great fashion and may not have easy access to it. HSN provides that opportunity."

"When I first met Reem, I knew she would resonate with our customers. She has a unique way of melding cultural influences, femininity, meticulous detailing and color to create clothes that are truly special," said Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc. "She also embodies the qualities that our customers look for from us: global style, authenticity, quality and inspiration. Never before has her collection been so accessible, and we're excited to bring it to HSN."

Ranging in price from $39 for a beautiful shawl to $299 for a sequin jacket, the Reem collection will feature tunics, dresses and jackets made of exquisite fabrics and unique jewelry embellishments. More information on HSN's Fall Fashion Series and the upcoming launch of Reem Acra can be found at

Gaining international recognition for her atelier, Reem Acra has become one of the leading names in luxury ready to wear and bridal. With an insatiable desire for luxury, Reem Acra's designs are carried in more that 150 of the most exclusive retailers in the world. Her signature boutique on Madison Avenue in New York City is a reflection of her eclectic sensibility, combining the exotic and romantic with the modern and elegant. 

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USA:Y-3 SS11 explores power & escapism of rock and roll


Y-3 is ready to rock, taking inspiration from the icons of music history for an explosive collection of hard-core looks. From lambskin leather motorcycle vests to tailored military jackets, Y-3's Spring/Summer 2011 show took a tour through three decades of rock style, sending a model army of Janis Joplins, Elvis Presleys, and Jimi Hendrixes out onto the runway.

Presented on Sunday, September 12th as part of New York fashion week, the collection explored the power and escapism of rock and roll, a theme that was underscored with a live sound track courtesy of British band The Duke Spirit. Guests including Bambou and Lulu Gainsbourg, Alison Brie, Liberty Ross, Leigh Lezark, Geordon Nicol, and the Wonder Girls jammed out to the group's hard-stomping sound.

The collection, presented for the third season at the Park Avenue Armory, highlighted a contemporary take on classic rock silhouettes, from the hot-and-heavy leather looks of the '60s, to the psychedelic prints of the '70s, to the eccentric, edgy styles of the '80s. Military jackets in metallic cotton sateen evoked the devil-may-care attitude of Jimi Hendrix. Velour suits in ochre green recalled the slouchy style of Janis Joplin. And highly-tailored jackets for men looked pulled from the wardrobe of the King, Elvis Presley.

Rock music and sex appeal go hand in hand, and neither was in short supply. Y-3 proposed cropped tanks for both men and women, and, for the girls, flowing sarong skirts and tight black leggings that erupted almost erotically into a spray of ruffles at the knee. The rest of the show presented intriguing contrasts of volume-tight on top, loose on bottom, and vice versa-in classic Yamamoto fashion. Y-3 also tapped Yoko Ono-another icon of music-for a selection of coats and T-shirts printed with the artist's text pieces, like "Open Your Eyes, Open Your Door, Open Your Legs, Open Your Sides, Open Your Heart, Open Your Mouth."

On the footwear front, Y-3 keeps innovating. The lightweight new Kubo shoe for men and women boasts a fully foldable sole and feels a bit like walking on air. Other footwear featured reflective threading and treatments, making for an eye-catching new look. Y-3 has also updated the sporty women's pump in a range of new fabrics and colorways, and has, for the first time, added elegant oxfords and oxford boots for men. Like all things Y-3, they combine breakthrough technology with tradition and elegance.

Despite his love of hard rock, Y-3 designer Yohji Yamamoto was absent from the presentation, staying in Tokyo instead to complete his femme collection, which will be shown in Paris in October. "I'm a rocker at heart," the designer said, "but work must come first. 

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UK:New initiative that supports fashion and the arts


The British Fashion Council (BFC) and Harper’s Bazaar today announce the launch of the вЂBFC / Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation’, at Shoreditch House, a new initiative that aims to inspire and support collaboration between fashion and the arts.

The Fashion Arts Foundation aims to nurture collaborations and foster relationships between fashion, film, music and art talent. Through this strategy the BFC aims to highlight London’s position as a leading creative capital and re-affirm our fashion industry’s reputation for innovation.

The Foundation has already announced a partnership with BAFTA which will see a series of events to bring together fashion and film talent. The initiative will also see the appointment of Alison Edmonds as the Foundation’s British ambassador in Los Angeles, to further cement our international presence.

A dedicated music strategy in partnership with Sony Music will cultivate commercial opportunities for designers, musicians and retailers. A series of biannual collector’s edition CDs, under the collective banner of вЂThe Collection – London Fashion Week’, will be launched during LFW. Each CD will feature a different designer. The first in the series has been musically and artistically curated by Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey. It will be released on Monday 20th September and will retail on iTunes and in high end fashion retailers including high end fashion/design outlets including Browns, Cruise, Matches and START.
The collaboration with Sony will also see them hosting a series of Live Sessions at Tom’s Terrace, Somerset House, throughout London Fashion Week, as well as showcasing the talents of Sony signed DJ collective, Magnetic Man, at the Fashion Arts Foundation launch party at Shoreditch House. Later in the year, the label will run a series of creative brainstorm sessions to bring together emerging designers and Sony’s creatives. Sony will also be providing the playlists for LFW this season that will played throughout Somerset House.

The Fashion Arts Foundation will be driven by a committee of trustees chaired by Lucy Yeomans, editor of Harper’s Bazaar UK. As the exclusive media partner, Harper’s Bazaar have also pledged to provide additional support, including fundraising assistance. The committee will be charged with scoping out a project to celebrate fashion and the visual arts for 2012.

Lucy Yeomans, editor of Harper’s Bazaar, said “I am thrilled to be a co-founder of this exciting new project. The Foundation's aims resonate perfectly with all that Harper's Bazaar stands for - bringing together the best creative talent from diverse fields and giving them the support and means to dream up and produce exciting new work.”

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Council, said “The BFC / Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation will allow us to showcase London’s creative fashion industry and showcase its many influences to their full potential. We will be working with both emerging and established talent across many exciting new projects which can only strengthen our creative industries as a whole.”

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USA:Johan Lindeberg & Kellwood to launch BLK DNM


Swedish fashion designer, Johan Lindeberg, has officially joined forces with Kellwood as Creative Director of BLK DNM (pronounced Black Denim), a New York based denim brand to launch in the United States and Europe February 2011.

Lindeberg began his career in denim as the International Marketing Director for Diesel and left in 1995 to create his eponymous lifestyle brand, J.Lindeberg, in 1996. Following his departure from his namesake label in 2007, Lindeberg became Creative Director for Justin Timberlake's William Rast brand for over two years. His latest venture, BLK DNM, features a European design esthetic inspired by the style and culture of New York City's downtown creative community.

BLK DNM's line has a non-seasonal approach with a product range starting with 60 items (denim and non-denim) for women and men. The product range will be updated regularly throughout the year allowing for constant injections of newness into the line. Inspired by the style of the contemporary art community and Lindeberg's own esthetic, BLK DNM will offer its customers the ability to update their look without being bound by seasonal trends.

Distribution and accessibility of the line will be based largely on a comprehensive and advanced e-commerce platform serving as the main point of sale with no traditional wholesale accounts. BLK DNM will also open a flagship space in downtown New York with plans for additional domestic and international stores. This business concept offers a new generation of customers immediate access to product, while liberating the brand from untenable production and delivery schedules.

"Right now we're experiencing a transitional phase in the global denim market," notes Michael Kramer, Chief Executive Officer and President of Kellwood. "Now is the time to capitalize on the movement. Under Johan's direction, BLK DNM will revolutionize the industry. It's like no other brand in the market right now."

"BLK DNM has been on my mind for a long time but I still needed to find the right partner to get this very personal project off the ground. In Kellwood, I have found the perfect compliment I was looking for and together we intend to build this into a global brand inspired by the city I have made my home," added Lindeberg.

Kellwood designs, manufactures, and markets a growing collection of premier fashion brands across a broad range of consumer lifestyles including Vince, ADAM, Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Sag Harbor, Briggs NY, Jolt, and My Michelle as well as licensed brands XOXO and David Meister. Kellwood also operates Vince retail stores and Sag Harbor outlet stores across the U.S. Kellwood brands are a perfect combination of fashion and quality.  

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USA:Gucci Westman creates Beauty Looks for Spring вЂ11


Revlon will be at the center of the fashion universe next week as it partners with Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman during Fashion Week in New York City, September 9-16. Westman will be leading her experienced team of makeup artists to create the beauty looks that will grace the runways at this season’s hottest shows including: Richard Chai, rag & bone, Ohne Titel and Oscar de la Renta.

"I love the creative rush from collaborating with the designers, stylists and backstage teams during Fashion Week,” says Westman. “It’s also a great time to showcase the new Revlon products we’ve developed as the feedback is instantaneous!”

“Being backstage with Gucci during Fashion Week is so important in helping to influence the Revlon portfolio of color cosmetics,” says Martine Williamson, VP of Marketing for Revlon Color Cosmetics. “It is such a great tool for Revlon to be at the center of where the next season’s trends are created so we can continue to bring the most current and accurate shade statements to our consumers.”

In addition to New York City, Westman will also be backstage with Revlon during London and Paris Fashion Week.

Westman is a world renowned makeup artist with an acute sense of cool, easy glamour making her the "go-to" makeup artist for some of the most beautiful and elite women in Hollywood and is a favorite among top designers for behind-the-scenes support. Since April 2008, Westman has been the Global Artistic Director for Revlon and provides her expertise on new products and shade development and is a key contributor to the brand’s color stories and trend collections. 

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India:Tanishq launches Glam Gold 2010 Collection


With a continuous effort to promote gold as a fashion accessory, Tanishq in association with AngloGold Ashanti through World Gold Council launches an exclusive range of gold collection, “Glam Gold 2010” amidst glitz & glamour, in Mumbai today. This collection in modern silhouettes decorated with traditional detailed gold work & elaborate enameling patterns, intricately crafted is for the progressive Indian woman who likes the fusion look.

Talking about the collection, Ms. Sangeeta Dewan–Head Design Studio, Tanishq said, “Glam Gold 2010 Collection is inspired by two distinct regional crafts- Gujarati rava work & Rajasthani meenakari and fuses them together in a contemporary manner. Glam Gold Collection is designed keeping in mind the demand for variations in gold jewellery”

The evening saw some prominent names from the entertainment & fashion industry present at the wine and cheese party organized to launch the exquisite Glam Gold 2010 jewellery from Tanishq. The event featured a fashion show choreographed by Achla Sachdev. Stunning and renowned models Dipanita Sharma, Candice Pinto, Alecia Raut, Hemangi Pate, Binal Trivedi and Sony Kaur walked the ramp showcasing this exclusive collection. The beautiful ensembles were designed by Asif and Sajeda. It was indeed an evening adorned with style and substance!

Targeting the modern-day woman who is firmly rooted to her Indian values, Glam Gold II collection extensively focuses on elaborate Jaipur chatai & multi-colour enameling engraved on gold surface in intricate floral designs. The surface ornamentation of gold sheet is done using yester years’ techniques of fine granulation and detailed stamp & wire work- a unique characteristic of Gujarat jewellery.

The fusion of these age old techniques in highly contemporary and chic forms, which are geometrical in nature, challenges the conservative approach taken traditionally towards handcrafted jewelry. The collection comprises of wide range of products including earrings, ear studs, bangles, pendant-earring sets and necklace sets.

Speaking on the occasion of launch of Glam Gold 2010 collection, Mr. Sandeep Kulhalli, Vice President, Tanishq said, “We at Tanishq continuously strive to offer jewellery matching the trends and requirements of our customers. Honoring today’s women who are modern yet deeply rooted to their traditional values, we bring Glam Gold 2010 collection. The collection captures the essence of the new age Indian woman with an experimental lifestyle & evolved and sophisticated taste in its designs, by fusing contemporary forms with traditional workmanship”.

Mr. Mark Pool, Marketing Manager, AngloGold Ashanti, said, “We are very proud to be associated with Tanishq and WGC in presenting the second Glam Gold collection to India. Design innovation for the modern, metropolitan consumer is critical for the long term future of gold in India. We are pleased to be playing some part in that challenge through Glam Gold and we hope that consumers will be as excited by the offering as we are.”

Mr. Ajay Mitra, Managing Director, India and Middle East, World Gold Council, said, “Gold Jewellery has enhanced the beauty of the Indian woman with its versatility and its distinct attribute. We are happy to partner with Tanishq in association with AngloGold Ashanti to introduce a unique collection Glam Gold 2010 which will appeal to the woman of today who loves the blend of modernity and tradition." 

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USA:Perry Ellis ringing NASDAQ bell in honor of Fashion Week


Perry Ellis International [PERY] will be taking over NASDAQ on Monday September 13, when company executives ring the exchange's closing bell in honor of Fashion Week and the 30th anniversary of the namesake Perry Ellis menswear collection

At 4 PM, George Feldenkreis, Chairman and CEO of Perry Ellis International and Oscar Feldenkreis, President and COO, will lead John Crocco, creative director for the Perry Ellis brand, and several models donning the brand's latest looks, as the company brings the trading day to a close.

"As we celebrate this landmark year, we continue to be very confident with our current market position and successful business strategies," said George Feldenkreis. "In ringing the NASDAQ bell, we aim to usher in the next thirty years of success for our brands."

Perry Ellis International heads to the exchange after posting strong results for the first half of fiscal 2011 in which earnings per share increased to $.66 from $.04 during the first half of the prior fiscal year. The company also increased its outlook for full year earnings.

One of the most popular designers of the 1980s, Perry Ellis brought a new look to American sportswear. When he launched his first menswear collection, his designs were famous for their unpretentious, sophisticated and timeless versatility. Often described as an innovator, even as a maverick, Ellis once said, "I don't make fashion. I make clothes." Over a quarter of a century after the launch of the Perry Ellis line, his name and legend still command attention. Historically, Perry Ellisis one of the great American fashion brands. His signature styles continue to influence designers around the world today.

After ringing the closing bell, the Perry Ellis executive team will head to Lincoln Center where the company will debut its Spring 2011 Collection on the runway as part of New York Fashion Week. 

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India:PAF organizes вЂCareers - Growth Path in Creative Industries’


Pearl Academy of Fashion, one of the leading fashion institutes recently organized an interactive and unique workshop on “Careers - Growth Path in Creative Industries” in its campus premises for school counsellors and teachers. The workshop was organized to discuss the growth opportunities in creative Industries and how to guide the students about making careers in these industries.

The workshop was attended by more than 50 counselors and teachers from Delhi/ NCR region. Counselors and faculty members from schools like St. Thomas school, Mater Dei convent school, Delhi International School and Cambridge Foundation’s were among the participants to name a few.

Ms. Sanya Dhir, Director, Karol Bagh Saree House, Mr. Atul Sangwan, Partner, Abhivyakti, a renowned Export House, Ms. Ritika Gupta, Fashion Designer, Gaurav & Ritika Fashion Label and Ms. Aastha Garg, famous Fashion Business Consultant were the main speakers at the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Vinod Shanbhag, Academic Advisor, Pearl Academy of Fashion said, “This unique workshop is a good platform to share and discuss the new opportunities emerging in the creative industries. India is now becoming a hub for the creative industries like fashion and accessories which is fetching more jobs opportunities in this field. I hope this interactive workshop will bring out many new aspects which will help the participants in the near future.”

Mr. Atul Sangwan, Partner, Abhivyakti, an export house said, “Today, India is a favorite destination for the global players as far as the creative industry is concerned. We have an edge over other countries, as far as the manufacturing cost is concerned. Players in the Indian creative industry, today, are exporting their products globally. Parents should allow the new generation to take up challenging careers like fashion and see them reaching new heights.”

The prominent speakers shared their rich experience, expertise and knowledge in their respective field of this creative industry and made the participants aware of the opportunities for shaping up careers in various streams of fashion business. They had a great interactive session and welcome their vision & thoughts about the same. 

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

UK:West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK will not disappoint you


Now a staple on the city’s events calendar, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK is an integral part of Belfast’s busy shopping and fashion scene. Always fresh, new and exciting, the event provides an inexpensive night out to thousands of fashion fans each season, and this October audience members will not be disappointed, as the runway shows move to a dedicated new space at the Europa FASHIONWEEK centre in Glengall Street.

But before that, the opening night will kick off the jam-packed schedule with an edgy, underground car park show in Victoria Square on Wednesday 13 October, where every audience member will have a front row view of the steel runway which will snake its way around the car park.

Featuring the latest collections from House of Fraser, Cruise, Urban Outfitters, Ted Baker and Reiss, among others, the Victoria Square show once again provides another вЂfirst’ for the city by the event’s creative team. The catwalk then moves to the Europa FASHIONWEEK centre in Glengall Street where a night of designer shows follows, with Una Rodden and Alan Beattie among those showcasing, as well as the region’s top boutiques such as Silk in Newry, SarahJane Boutique in Magherafelt,

The Boudoir Dungannon and Candy Plum in Hillsborough. The high street night on Thursday 15 October will showcase a mixture of stores – from French Connection and Karen Millen to Lipsy, Wonderbra, M&S and Hot Diamonds. The wonderful catwalk finale on Saturday 16th will feature a вЂLove it Light’ student design competition sponsored by Diet Coke as well as a selection from Westfield CastleCourt stores including Dorothy Perkins, New Look and Miss Selfridge.

Director Cathy Martin said: “I never get bored of fashion, and never want any of our audience members to get bored of FASHIONWEEK, so we brainstorm every season to come up with new ideas and fresh locations. The car park idea is very urban, very edgy and very cool. And speaking of cool, anyone worried about the temperature in the car park can rest assured that it is really quite warm under there!

“Also, the new location for the main catwalk shows in Glengall Street is superb, as our growing audiences prefer larger venues with plenty of space to mingle and watch the shows. I’m particularly looking forward to the Diet Coke design competition winner’s outfits on Saturday as well as the menswear from stores such as Blue Inc in CastleCourt, with plenty of eye candy for the girls!”

For the first time, FASHIONWEEK will add to its master class series with a model industry master class including top experts from the industry in Ireland as well as special guest, stylist Grace Woodward, who is a judge on popular TV show Britain’s Next Top Model.

Taking place on Saturday 16 October, this one day course will allow participants to walk away with portfolio shots by top fashion photographer Khara Pringle as well as learning about how to get on in the industry – how to pose, how to walk, how to manage portfolios and how to stand out at castings. One lucky girl on the day will be chosen to model in the finale show, giving her a once in a lifetime opportunity to kick start her career. But all bookings include a ticket to the finale show, so everyone will get to soak up the atmosphere.

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UK:Daisy Lowe to appear at Vogue Fashion's Night Out


House of Fraser Oxford Street has announced that it will be hosting an evening of fashion, style and glamour on 8th September, in celebration of Vogue Fashion's Night Out. Model Daisy Lowe will make a personal appearance while customers can enjoy fashion shows, live music and champagne & cocktails.

Starring in the nationwide advertising campaign, Daisy Lowe is the face of the new Biba collection which launches exclusively at the department store on the same day. Daisy will be in the Biba boutique on the 2nd floor from 6.30pm.

A live DJ set will play while models showcase the autumn/winter 2010 collections in a fashion show. There will be a complimentary Biba cocktail served in the boutique, designed by mixologist Wayne Collins from the BBC's 'Something for the Weekend'.

Customers will be able to enjoy a glass of Prosecco while models showcase the latest collections, and those making a purchase on the night will receive a goody bag and the chance to enter a prize draw to win a Marc Cain suitcase.

Other activity in the store includes beauty makeovers from a selection of brands, including complimentary massages from Molton Brown, makeup masterclasses from Dior, complimentary temporary tattoos with every makeover, goody bags and competitions including the chance to win a Mulberry 'Lily' handbag.

Customers will also be able to buy Vogue's limited edition t-shirt designed by Sanna Annukka - a half Finnish, half English illustrator and printmaker - with all profits going to the charity Kids Company. 

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USA:Heide Lindgren is perfect fit for GUESS by Marciano


The fashion-forward lifestyle brand famous for its trendsetting styles from denim pioneer GUESS, Inc., has announced American model Heide Lindgren as the new face of GUESS by Marciano. Heide Lindgren joins a long history of legendary supermodels who have been the face of fashion giant GUESS, including Claudia Schiffer, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio.

The Fall/Winter 2010 GUESS by Marciano Campaign is a classic collection of black & white images that transport the viewer back to the set of a 1960's film classic and showcase the collection in the manner it was meant to be: beautiful, glamorous and provocative.

"The GUESS by Marciano Fall Campaign conveys elegance and timeless beauty," says Paul Marciano, Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director for GUESS, Inc., "Heide Lindgren is a perfect fit for the fall 2010 advertising campaign as she portrays sexiness, success and power-and that is who our customer is today."

Moving from hometown Boca Raton, FL to New York City in January 2008, Heide has quickly become one of the most sought after American models. She has already shot with famed photographer Bruce Weber and recently was featured in Elle, Marie Claire, Surface and Madame Figaro. Paul Marciano, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board along with Maurice Marciano, Chairman of the Board operate the powerhouse company founded in 1981.

Today, GUESS designs, markets and distributes full collections of women's, men's, and children's apparel, as well as accessories. Throughout the years, the GUESS image has been portrayed in unforgettable, innovative campaigns that have made the brand a household name. GUESS is distributed throughout the United States and Canada in fine department stores, its retail specialty and factory stores, and domestically on its online stores. GUESS has licensees and distributors in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

GUESS by Marciano, the first brand extension from GUESS, Inc., follows suit in true GUESS style with apparel and accessories that are on the edge of the fashion forefront. This contemporary fashion-forward collection, designed for the trend conscious woman, is daringly sexy, yet has highly sophisticated style that represents pure glamour in everyday fashion. GUESS by Marciano designs, markets and distributes full collections of women's apparel as well as accessories. 

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

USA:Cynthia Rowley launches вЂDress Up’ Adhesive Bandages


BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages partners with renowned designer Cynthia Rowley to add fashion to the function of healing with the launch of limited-edition "Dress Up" Adhesive Bandages. BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages launches, where consumers nationwide can enter for their chance to win the highly sought after product.

Through, the makers of BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages will give away tins of BAND-AID Brand by Cynthia Rowley Adhesive Bandages to 250 lucky winners over a period of five weeks.

These limited-edition BAND-AID Brand by Cynthia Rowley Adhesive Bandages come in a collector's edition tin and are available in fourteen designs including lace, sequins, gems, gold chains and even a complete runway show. Consumers will be able to share with friends this opportunity to get this must-have accessory for fall wardrobes. The "Dress Up" Bandages, introduced in late August, are already a hit and have generated great enthusiasm among shoppers and media.

"It's exciting to have the opportunity to design an iconic piece of imagery--the BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandage--and treat it like a little work of art," said Cynthia Rowley.

"While the BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandage, and specifically our decorated adhesive bandages, have always been very popular with kids, we've seen increased interest from adult consumers who are looking for a stylish way to 'Dress Up' cuts during the healing process," said Bryant Ison, Senior Brand Manager, BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages. "Cynthia Rowley has been a great partner in lending her creativity to help us bring this category into the limelight for adults in the U.S., and having Cooper-Hewitt onboard makes the project even more special."

The bandages are also available for a limited time at Cynthia Rowley stores, and at The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, for a retail price of $9.99. A donation from the project will benefit Design Ignites Change, an organization that engages high school and college students in multidisciplinary design and architecture projects that address pressing social issues in their own communities. Proceeds from the sale at The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt will benefit the museum's programs.

"As a museum that champions great design and its impact on daily life, Cooper-Hewitt is excited to feature the BAND-AID Brand by Cynthia Rowley Adhesive Bandages in The Shop," said Caroline Baumann, Associate Director of the museum.

BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages will also serve as lead sponsor at the Cynthia Rowley Spring 2011 runway show at Lincoln Center on September 11, 2010 during New York Fashion Week. 

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USA:Celebrity designer, fashion commentator to join Style Week OC


Project Runway alumnus and celebrity designer Nick Verreos will headline Orange County’s hottest brands and emerging designers at the third annual Style Week Orange County, Monday, Sept. 27 to Sunday, Oct. 3, at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Verreos, a red carpet staple and fan favorite at last year’s Style Week Orange County, will be joined by partner David Paul to unveil their NIKOLAKI Spring 2011 couture collection in a runway show on Friday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. This will be the first time Verreos’ fashions will be seen on an Orange County runway.

Verreos and Paul will also greet fans at that night’s Rack Rave, a VIP party and fashion carnival where shoppers can also mingle with other Orange County designers and past Style Week Orange County participant Michele Genevieve of Hollywood Million Denim. Admittance to the VIP party is free and the first 500 guests will receive a Marie Claire tote filled with stylish goodies. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and admittance is first come, first serve.

On October 2, Verreos returns to Irvine Spectrum Center where he will be among industry judges for the FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) Needle & Thread Competition. Active Ride and Ezekiel again partner on this popular Style Week Orange County competition, where seven FIDM Graduate Designers will present five original looks for the Ezekiel Spring 2011 Collection.

A panel of industry and celebrity judges, including Verreos, will select a winner, whose designs will later be featured in the collection. Ezekiel will then showcase its Spring looks following the competition. Following the show guests can meet Nick Verreos at the Designer Showcase After Party at Active Ride shop from 9-11 p.m.

“We are thrilled to have Nick Verreos return to Style Week Orange County,” said Stacie Ellis, Marketing Director of Irvine Spectrum Center. “Nick has a great background in design and red carpet commentary and our fashion savvy customers love his style and personality.” 

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Europe:Selected fashion public prosecutor of Europe


With public Presidential statement, the Council of European fashion organizations noted the third anniversary of its legal registration from August, 2007. Numerous high European institutional assessments and the highest partnership invitations, accompany the period of fundamental actions to fashion institution, which proudly bears the name and flag of Europe as an accredited representative of the interests of the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of Europe’s fashion and fashion design.

“Obviously, that worked very hard to achieve good results and establishing a good image of our organization”, noted the President of the National Fashion League of Hungary, Mrs. Gabriela WALEK, who is Vice-President for external relations of the European Fashion Council.

In this context, entirely as a significant an achievement, is recorded and the constitution of the Ethical Commission. It is the body that monitors and prevents misunderstandings and conflicts, because the territory of Europe and the common interests in fashion and fashion design join hands, but we are extremely different countries, as by the Minute enacted with Resolution taken with 7 of 13 votes В«YESВ» and No objections. It will also make full internal and external integrations to be an example to others. Ethical Commission of the European Fashion Council is a Mediator between members and institutions, between authors and consumers of fashion and fashion design in Europe. It is the body, which find, taking prevail solutions, determining when, why, how, how much and whether to impose sanctions on the basis of the Regulations under the Ethics Fashion Code.

With the highest number of nominations, the European Fashion Council elected President of the Ethical Commission – Romania, represented by the National Institute for textile and leather, General Director, Prof. Emilia VISILEANU.

Together with the First Fashion Public Prosecutor of Europe, in the five members of the Defenders of the European fashion and design and / or Accusers in breach of the European Ethical Fashion Code as connected and recognized part of the Ethical Code of European Union, are also elected Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Ukraine. In Romania will be held on October 7, 2010 and the next General Assembly of the European Fashion Council as a Special Session of the program TEX TEH III, international conference of nanotechnology in the textile field.

A grouping of fashion NGO / Think-Tank starts new working season with an open procedure for extending through official invitations to all European countries and their organizations, producing fashion and fashion design. The goal is to achieve full structural composition of 7 to 27 managing countries – members of the EU, along with 6 highly developed European countries to cooperate and take full advantage of growing opportunities of the fashion institution, as building together unite, strong and prosperous Fashion Europe.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Spain:Elettra stars in MANGO’s campaign, showing her versatility


This autumn, MANGO’s new catalogue will feature the model Elettra Wiedemann, one of the models of the moment. Elettra Wiedemann, chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful women in the world, comes from a famous family. Born in New York, her first modelling job was for the cover of German Vogue. Since then she has appeared on the covers and pages of the most important fashion magazines in the world such as Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Grazia or Vanity Fair, among others.

The model is the face of important cosmetics brand Lancôme and has just completed a Masters in Biomedicine at the London School of Economics. Alongside her boyfriend, James Marshall, she recently set up the charity One frickin’ day, which preserves natural resources and is currently working on installing solar panels in Burundi.

During work on the MANGO catalogue, Elettra showed off her modelling skills with her natural poses. In this catalogue, the elegant and sophisticated Elettra shows us her characteristic vitality and energy, posing serenely for photographer Antoni Bernad at the AC Santo Mauro Hotel, in Madrid.

The new collection by MANGO combines simple and natural silhouettes and experiments with contrast and volume in its lines. This season, the Spanish brand’s philosophy consists in continuing to reinterpret traditional country wear, such as capes, garments with leather or suede appliqués, or thick handmade knits. All this, playing with camels and winter reds combined with touches of greys and blues. The silhouette for the season includes trousers pleated at the waist, a flowing blouse and long cardigan, which create a top-to-toe look in different classic camel shades.

MANGO opened its first store in Barcelona’s Passeig de GrГ cia in 1984. It currently has more than 1,500 stores in 100 countries and is Spain’s second-largest exporter of women’s fashion. Its concept is based on combining a quality product, following the latest fashion trends, with an affordable price. The company-owned stores which act as a calling card strengthen the brand and create a dynamic atmosphere to match the customer’s personality. 

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Italy:Gucci Award for women in Cinema


Gucci, in collaboration with the Venice International Film Festival, is pleased to announce a new annual award that will celebrate an outstanding artistic achievement by a woman in filmmaking: the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema. The Florentine House has joined forces with one of the world’s most prestigious and glamorous film festivals to spotlight and acclaim the unique contributions that women make to the film industry in a wide range of capacities, from director to actor, cinematographer to set designer, screenwriter to costume designer.

This new accolade will follow on from the Gucci Group Award which, for the past four years beginning in 2006, honoured artists who made a remarkable contribution to film. The Gucci Award for Women in Cinema will be inaugurated at the 2011 Venice International Film Festival, but thanks to Gucci and Martin Scorsese’s non-profit organization, The Film Foundation, will be preceded in 2010 with the world restoration premiere of Wanda, the highly regarded independent film directed by Barbara Loden which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

“Women have had an indisputable impact on filmmaking since the very early days of the industry,” says Frida Giannini, Gucci Creative Director, “both onscreen and behind the camera, in all aspects of the art. The American film director Barbara Loden is a shining example, having written, produced, directed and starred in Wanda in 1970. It is a memorable example of breakthrough independent cinéma verité, which 40 years ago won the International Critics’ Prize at the Venice Film Festival. It is achievements such as Barbara’s that we hope to acknowledge and highlight through this new award.”

Marco Mueller, Artistic Director of the Venice Film Festival adds, “The Venice Film Festival is delighted that Gucci is taking on the mantle from the Gucci Group, which has supported the art of film for the past four years. Cinema has also played a vital part in Gucci’s 90-year history and we particularly appreciate the theme of women as their work and contribution to the industry should receive greater recognition.”

The award winner will be selected through an Advisory Committee led by Marco Mueller, which will provide Frida Giannini, serving in the role of Jury President, with a list of nominees. The jury itself, composed of leading representatives from the film industry, will then evaluate and rank these nominees in order to select a winner. The first recipient of the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema will be announced at an inaugural event during next year’s Venice Film Festival. A US Dollar 25,000 scholarship fund will then be awarded by Gucci to a leading Film School in the name of the honoree.  

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UK:Kate Moss to no more design for Topshop


The successful alliance between supermodel Kate Moss and clothing chain Topshop that persisted for three years, is now towards concluding, the year-end.

The clothing chain has 10 outlets spread across Northern Ireland. Topshop’s autumn and winter collection designed by Moss would be the fourth and last collection of the alliance.

Moss got into this partnership with the clothing chain through her friendship bonds with the chains owner, a retail tycoon, Sir Philip Green. Now, as the alliance sees its end and both parties refute any rift, with owner of the chain saying that they are bringing an end to the collaboration as Moss has other commitments.

The 36 year old model is believed to have taken home at least ВЈ3 million for the collections she designed, a majority of which became popular amongst Topshop customers. Three years back, when her first collection was launched by the clothing chain and thousands of people lined up in front of the chains flagship store at Oxford Street.

A year back, the renowned international model aided establishment of the chain’s outlet in New York in US, and even did the same for the chain’s West London outlet at Knightsbridge, in May this year.

Sir Philip here clarified that, though working together was a pleasure for both the parties, but as the job was getting too time consuming, the model was not willing to further carry on with this full-time job.

This was the earliest alliance between a clothing chain and a celebrity, which was then followed by H&M signing Stella McCartney, Madonna and Karl Lagerfeld to design for them.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

USA:Winner of My Wrangler Story to get Wrangler wardrobe


Every Wrangler guy has a story about their favorite pair of jeans. NFL-great Brett Favre’s story begins when he was growing up with his two brothers in Kiln, Miss., and wearing nothing but Wrangler jeans. The story continues as the gunslinging quarterback not only still wears Wrangler, but also endorses the iconic denim brand long-trusted for comfortable, durable and affordable apparel.

Now Favre and Wrangler are asking fans to share their own Wrangler stories. Offering the chance to get on the field and catch a few passes from Favre himself, the “My Wrangler Story” promotion will award one grand prize winner a trip to Favre’s hometown, Hattiesburg, Miss., during an upcoming Wrangler photo shoot to spend time with the football MVP.

Eligible fans 18 years and older can enter now at website – where they can also watch a video of Favre telling his Wrangler story. To enter, fans submit a brief description about a favorite Wrangler experience and describe when they are most comfortable in their jeans. When the promotion ends Wednesday, Nov. 10, the denim brand will select its favorite story to win the grand prize trip, autographed memorabilia from Favre and a new Wrangler wardrobe.

“We receive so many great stories about consumers’ experiences and memories of the brand through e-mail and social media,” said Craig Errington, vice president of Wrangler marketing. “We wanted to offer a more public space for people to share their stories, and to kick it off, who better than Brett Favre sharing his own personal history with Wrangler.”

“Brett is clearly a Wrangler guy. Genuine, down to earth, hardworking,” Errington continued. “Those qualities are exactly what our brand stands for, and that’s what we’ll be looking for when we select a winning story.”

In addition to the grand prize, there will be one weekly winner announced each Thursday beginning this week. Selected by the brand and winning a new outfit from Wrangler, these winners and all other entries submitted by Nov. 10 will be eligible for the grand prize.

Fans can also judge for themselves by voting for the stories they like best beginning Wednesday, Sept. 15. At the end of the promotion, the story voted fan favorite will receive a new wardrobe of Wrangler clothes and a #4 jersey autographed by Favre. The story with the second highest votes will win a Wrangler wardrobe.

Further reinforcing Wrangler as his brand of choice, Favre is once again featured in the brand’s new fall advertisements and in-store displays. Offering male consumers the best value possible with top quality clothing, Wrangler apparel is conveniently available nationwide at value-minded retailers like Walmart, Target and Kmart.

Based on more than 60 years of heritage in making authentic denim jeans, the iconic Wrangler brand is long respected for comfortable, durable and affordable jeans, pants, shorts and shirts. The Wrangler Jeans Co. and Wrangler Hero Five StarPremium Denim lines are available at value-minded retailers nationwide and retail for less than $20. 

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