Saturday, October 30, 2010

Spain:Scarlett poses with new designs of MANGO winter

Scarlett poses with new designs of MANGO winter


Scarlett poses with new designs of MANGO winter

Once again, Scarlett Johansson, one of the most internationally-famous models, will feature in the new MANGO winter campaign. This is the third time the actress has launched the firm’s new designs since she became the face of the brand last year.

A typical London residence was the setting chosen by MANGO for the photo shoot, in which the actress once again posed before the camera of Mario Sorrenti. The prestigious photographer, who has collaborated with MANGO since Scarlett became the face of the brand, succeeding in immortalising the more elegant and romantic side of the actress. Jane How was responsible for the styling, while LucГ­a Pieroni and Oribe, respectively, were responsible for make-up and hair styling.

In this new collection, MANGO takes a fresh look at the timeless classics of British country style: trench coats, double-breasted jackets and tailored coats, without forgetting, in knitwear, the basics and thicker garments with a handmade look.

The carefree combination of these traditional garments is evocative of the late 70s. Tweed, corduroy and leather, together with sheer silks and touches of gold, create a contrast between the masculine and the feminine, giving new meaning to the classics.

The silhouette of the new 70s autumn trend in which the garment volumes have been revised are maintained: waists are emphasized and skirts and dresses are extended as far as the knee, while the high bell-bottom trousers remain. These garments are combined with shirts with strap details, jerseys with braid and aran fantasy details, tricot capes, oversized cardigans and the double-sided coat, one of the key garments introduced this campaign.

The new collection is dominated by neutral colours in all tones, from the lightest tones to chocolate, combined with touches of pumpkin, navy blue or blood red. Another palette exists, made up of dark grey vigorГ©, black and touches of toasted and gold.

MANGO is Spain’s second largest exporter of women’s fashion. Its concept is based on an alliance between a quality product, in accordance with the latest fashion trends, and an affordable price. The brand image is reinforced by its company-owned stores, which represent the calling card for the brand and create a dynamic atmosphere in accordance with the personality of its customers.  

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Italy:TECHNO-TAILORING - ZZegna A/W Collection 2010/11

TECHNO-TAILORING - ZZegna A/W Collection 2010/11


TECHNO-TAILORING - ZZegna A/W Collection 2010/11

The future and the present collide with man at the centre. New constructions emerge, without forgetting the beauty of past. Design inspired not only by aesthetics but also by the ultimate perfection – the male form.

A contemporary wardrobe blueprint is de-constructed and re-engineered, exposing the technical framework. Soft yet mechanically tailored silhouettes envision the new man in a palette of urban greys, brick, chocolate and denim blue.

Fabrics are pure and luxe; double-faced wools, punch needle alpaca, angora, raw denim, heavy suede, leather, treated shearling and hand-knits are all playfully mixed yet always masculine, while felt jersey in blends of alpaca and wool are at the axis.

Shape and silhouette are re-built enhancing the elegance of the male form.Sartorial jackets with shirt construction and edge-cut crew necks respond to the contours of the body. Trousers are worn long and gathered at the ankles, with contrasting short bombers and long overcoats.

Iconic designs for winter are the вЂTechno Jacket’, вЂPatch Jacket’ and вЂGrid Knit’. Articulated pattern blocking, вЂtromp l’oeil’ panelling and reverse taped raw-edged seams, rediscover the essence of structure.

Techno-tailoring is manifested in the Z Zegna man’s accessories; oversize satchels and voyager bags, Derby shoes with no laces and jersey gloves, paired with leather and fabric edge cut belts.

“The re-structured man takes centre stage, uniting design, function, feel and style” Alessandro Sartori: Z Zegna Creative Director. 

France:FLORIAN DENICOURT launches S/S collection for men

USA:Gucci unveils special edition GRAMMY collection

Gucci unveils special edition GRAMMY collection


Gucci unveils special edition GRAMMY collection

Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry has recently announced its high-profile partnership with The Recording Academy — known for the world-renowned GRAMMY Awards — and is now launching a special edition GRAMMY watch and jewelry collection, a unique fusion of fashion and music, designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini.

The cutting-edge look of the pieces draws its inspiration from the passion that music evokes. Gucci's first-ever digital timepiece, the I - GUCCI, is an eye-catching option for fans of cosmopolitan watches. It offers the ultimate in versatility. With a flick, the broad watch face changes from a two-time zone dial in large digits to a streamlined version that features two discreet digital hands revealing local time.

Its large, double-layout digital display features a special tag celebrating the GRAMMY partnership. The yellow PVD stainless-steel case is complemented by a wide, black or white rubber strap that sports both the GRAMMY and Gucci logos. Again emphasizing the partnership, the case back features the GRAMMY Awards special edition label. Precious versions of the I - GUCCI are also available with sparkling diamonds outlining the watch face giving an added touch of glamour.

The special GRAMMY edition collection also includes sterling silver jewelry interpreting the iconic Gucci dog tag necklace in four variations, with black or white enamel finishing also available with diamonds. The famous gramophone — the symbol of the GRAMMYs since its inception — is etched on the dog tag on a yellow 18kt gold globe. A subtly engraved Gucci logo completes the overall design. This exclusive collection will appeal to music lovers wishing to distinguish their fashion and style credentials.

Fashion-conscious music fans can also enjoy direct access to GRAMMY news and updates thanks to a new section on dedicated to the Gucci-GRAMMY partnership. Rich in content, visitors can learn more about the music preservation program, discover GRAMMY history in the "GRAMMYs Through Time" gallery or immerse themselves in the world of the GRAMMYs with a direct link to Regular visitors to the Gucci Timepieces website can take advantage of exclusive Gucci-GRAMMY downloads, due to be released in the coming months.  

USA:Bloomingdale’s offers John Lennon Collection

Thursday, October 28, 2010

USA:Alpine Champion Lindsey Vonn wears Oakley goggles

Alpine Champion Lindsey Vonn wears Oakley goggles


Alpine Champion Lindsey Vonn wears Oakley goggles

Oakley Inc announced that Lindsey Vonn, the most dominant female skier in the world, has chosen to rely on the premium technologies of Oakley goggles and sunglasses to further her extraordinary skiing career. A devotee of Oakley performance and style, Vonn will be joining the company's global women's eyewear team. With Lindsey's World Championship titles, World Cup victories and Olympic gold, the partnership pairs the best in women's alpine skiing with the best in optics.

"I am thrilled to be with a brand so passionate about optics and protection," said Lindsey Vonn. "Oakley meets all my needs with a range of lens tints, and so much more. Medals are decided by hundredths of a second, so I need assurance that my vision is perfect every time I compete, no matter what the conditions. That's why Oakley was the obvious choice, and I wouldn't think of entering a competition with anything less."

"We are excited to have Lindsey join a team of world-class athletes that depend on our optics to compete at their best," said Scott Bowers, Oakley Senior VP of Marketing. "She represents unrivaled skill and unique style, and that combination makes her a perfect fit for the Oakley brand."

Bowers added, "Lindsey has chosen to rely on Oakley optical technology, and this aligns with our recent agreement with the U.S. Ski Team and our association with the U.S. Olympic Committee. We are thrilled to rejoin the U.S. Alpine pool as a supplier of premium performance products. Being involved once again with alpine ski racing and the World Cup adds to an already deep Oakley legacy in the many disciplines of skiing."

Oakley High Definition Optics (HDO) is a collection of optical technologies engineered with the demands of athletes like Lindsey in mind. HDO provides superior clarity, unrivaled impact protection and 100% UV filtering on and off the hill. Oakley offers a full spectrum of lens tints that allow athletes to precisely match optical performance with environmental conditions, and Lindsey will take full advantage of these innovations in World Cup competition and beyond.

Lindsey's talent was apparent at an early age and she began skiing competitively before she was 10 years old. Today she competes in five alpine ski disciplines including downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super G and women's super combined. In doing so, she has earned two Olympic medals and achieved 33 International Skiing Federation (FIS) World Cup victories including three consecutive titles (2008, 2009 and 2010). Most recently, Lindsey was awarded two 2010 ESPYs for "Best Female Olympic Athlete" and "Best Female Athlete."

As an elite athlete, Lindsey relies on Oakley products, and this further underscores the superiority of unparalleled innovations that have rewarded the company's decades in optical research and development. With her choice of Oakley for performance goggles and sunglasses, Lindsey has made a commitment to be part of the Oakley family through the next Winter Olympics and beyond.

Established in 1975 and headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is one of the leading sports brands in the world. The holder of more than 600 patents, Oakley is continually seeking problems, solving them with inventions and wrapping those inventions in art. 

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China:New Fashion Trend Area @ ispo to present Chinese trends

New Fashion Trend Area @ ispo to present Chinese trends


New Fashion Trend Area @ ispo to present Chinese trends

Four month prior to the event’s opening ispo china 11 boasts an increase of 60 percent in net exhibit space. In 23 – 25 February 2011, ispo china will be held for the first time at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. This is yet another validation of ispo china’s position as the largest and more important B2B sporting goods trade show in the Asia-Pacific region.

• 60% more exhibit space compared to ispo china 2010
• New exhibitors include Phenix, EFX Performance, adidas eyewear , Macpi, and Cratoni Helmets
• New Fashion Trend Area presents concepts and trends from the Chinese market

In 2011 there will be many new exhibitors, among them international companies such as Phenix, Kolon, Cratoni Helmets, EFX, Thinkpace, Barco, and Salewa. The South Tyrolean manufacturer participated with success in the Distributor Match Making Program at ispo china 2010, and will be represented at the upcoming trade show with 120 square meters of exhibit space.

In addition, many other established brands such as Vasque, Ecco, Fjällräven, Mangrove, Toread, MobiGarden, and KingCamp have already registered for ispo china 11. Messe München International is also very pleased with the return of Ozark and Shehe Marmot, following a short break from the event. The Austrian Village at ispo china 2011 welcomes the new exhibits by adidas eyewear and Deeluxe.

Yet there are also positive developments for trade show visitors: a new Fashion Trend Area will be integrated into ispo china 2011. In cooperation with the Chinese fashion magazine VIEW INTERNATIONAL FASHION & FABRICS the area will present the new concepts and upcoming trends from China for the next season.

Together with the Wearable Technology Area this new sector will provide trade show visitors with a comprehensive overview of future trends. The Department Store Tour will be expanded to allow networking between Chinese department store managers and exhibitors for future cooperation. In addition, the side event program will include the Asian Pacific Snow Conference (APSC) and the China Outdoor Retailer Conference (CORC), as well as a number of other conferences actively endorsing the development of the Chinese market as well as networking between retailers and brands. 

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UK:Four new designers join Debenhams for new line

Four new designers join Debenhams for new line


Four new designers join Debenhams for new line

Debenhams has announced the addition of four new designer names to its fashion range: Jonathan Saunders, Preen, Jonathan Kelsey and Roksanda Ilincic, who will be working with the retailer on a fresh new concept called Edition.

Edition will be fluid, allowing Debenhams to bring both the fashion industry's emerging and established talent to shoppers across the country. However, unlike other competitor collaborations, these designers will work with the retailer for a minimum of four seasons.

Edition will debut in stores and online in spring 2011 with clothes from Jonathan Saunders and Preen and an accessories offer from Jonathan Kelsey. Roksanda Ilincic will join the other designers with her collection in the autumn.

In store Edition will cover approximately 500 sq ft of space across 30 stores. Glass and monochrome fixtures will be finished with premium chrome fittings, providing a clean, gallery-style space that will make the clothing the focus.

The launch further supports Debenhams' strategy of shifting the balance towards own bought product ranges, underlining the department store's position as the home of well-priced, accessible design.

"Edition is the perfect vehicle to introduce new creative talent with the goal of finding the next generation of Designers at Debenhams," said Debenhams deputy chief executive, Michael Sharp.

"We are delighted to be working with Jonathan, Preen, Roksanda and Jonathan. Through this partnership, more customers than ever before can have access to great British design from more of the country's most critically acclaimed designers," added Michael.

Jonathan Saunders commented: "I'm thrilled to be a part of this exciting new collaboration with Debenhams Edition. It's exciting to be able to design for a new market and the team at Debenhams have done a fantastic job of producing pieces that give the customer great quality product at an attainable price.

"The goal was to create a collection that was simple, modern and wearable with a focus on clean cuts and fresh colour."

The Jonathan Saunders collection for Edition is a capsule collection of approximately 35 pieces with a clean understated feel. Jonathan's offering uses fresh colours and prints to create a wearable range with his true handwriting.

Preen for Edition is another capsule collection offering directional but accessible clothing, embodying the intricate detailing associated with the Preen brand. Complimenting this will be a range of modern separates giving customers the opportunity to mix and match.

As Debenhams' first footwear specialist, Jonathan Kelsey for Edition features a range of accessories including shoes and bags that can be used from day through to evening. The collection delivers Jonathan's signature style while offering something new and directional to the Debenhams customer.

As well as the aforementioned designers, Roksanda IIincic's Edition collection for Debenhams will land in stores in autumn 2011. 

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

UAE:Arabian Nomad presented at Dubai Fashion Week

Arabian Nomad presented at Dubai Fashion Week


Arabian Nomad presented at Dubai Fashion Week

Known for his fascination with Arabia, designer Shrekahnth, in his third year at Dubai Fashion Week - DFW during 24th October, 2010 to 28th October, 2010 at atlantis, United Arab Emirates, presented a collection inspired wholly from Islamic art.

The “Arabian Nomad” collection experimented with digitally printed fabrics of pure silk, chiffon silk and satin silk. Robes in pale yellows, deep greens, pinks and blues flaunted flowing hemlines with square necklines. Busts carried motifs of flying eagles and digital fabric prints were enhanced so as to appear like wings on the back of the outfits.

With decorated war horses and other Islamic art elements emblazoned on the outfits, the designer was inspired by fabrics and textures dating more than 600 years, which were used for historical Islamic embroidery and artwork. In trying to replicate nomadic textures with digital art, the designer also experimented with the famous Russian Matryoshka dolls on the outfits, bringing about a strategic blend of Arab heritage with Russian culture.

The geometric patterns of the outfits replicated Islamic culture and art, while indulging in prints representing painted glass motifs as well as digital prints resembling cellular phone circuit boards.

The “Arabian Nomads” collection was followed by Megha Grover’s Spring/Summer collection - a set of pure white outfits. Futuristic silhouettes merged with classic cuts as the collection displayed a variety of white ensembles ranging from short tube dresses to long gowns and pantsuits ending in jodhpurs.

The crisp white collection of 15 outfits was embellished with crystals at the hemlines, sleeve ends as well as pant legs. A suit in white featured low cut pockets encrusted with the precious stones, as well as large necktie like pieces in full sparkle. With hints of Bohemian elements, the outfits of silk, satin and lace pointed to an elegant, yet laidback summer. 

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USA:Adriana Lima endorses Victoria’s Secret Bombshell

Adriana Lima endorses Victoria’s Secret Bombshell


Adriana Lima endorses Victoria’s Secret Bombshell

Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima has been chosen to wear this year's Bombshell Fantasy Bra designed exclusively by Damiani for Victoria's Secret to be featured in the 2010 Victoria's Secret Christmas Dreams and Fantasies Catalogue and on the runway at The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which airs Tuesday, November 30 (10/9C) on the CBS Television Network.

This is the second time Adriana has been selected to wear coveted Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra. Valued at $2 million, the Bombshell Fantasy Bra is comprised of more than 3000 brilliant cut white diamonds, light blue sapphires and oval-shaped topazes, all set in 18 karat white gold.

The bra features an astounding 60 carats of diamonds and 82 carats of sapphires and topazes and the bra pattern was designed to evoke a heavenly display of swirling stars and constellations—perfect for a Victoria's Secret Angel. The bra took six Damiani craftsmen 1500 hours of full-time labor to complete. Each diamond was meticulously hand-set to create this wearable piece of art.

The fantasy bra is featured in the 2010 Victoria's Secret Christmas Dreams and Fantasies Catalogue hitting mailboxes on October 20th. It is the jewel-in-the-crown of the Victoria's Secret Holiday season, a book bursting with beautiful stories and photography that envelops her in fantasy with every turn of the page. The cover will feature Candice Swanepoel wearing the sexy Limited-edition Miraculous Push-up Bra and matching V-string embellished with pink iridescent crystallized Swarovski elements.

The catalogue comes alive with the launch of the new Victoria's Secret iPad App. It allows users to effortlessly flip through and buy from current catalogues and shop with a simple tap of a finger. Simply swipe the screen to flip from page to page. Tap an image and it will take you directly to that item on our website. Add it to your shopping bag and check out. It's easy, fast and can be done on-the-go.

Users will have insider access to all things Victoria's Secret including sizzling coverage of the Victoria's Secret Angels at photo shoots, star-studded store openings, TV commercials, special events and more. The app also provides a front row view to all the action surrounding the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, from behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive videos to all the up-to-the-minute action. A share function makes it easy for users to send emails to their friends and post VS photos, videos and stories directly to their favorite social networking sites. An advanced GPS-enabled store locator allows customers to easily find their nearest Victoria's Secret store.  

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USA:Net Fashion Avenue bags Prom Award from Jovani

Net Fashion Avenue bags Prom Award from Jovani


Net Fashion Avenue bags Prom Award from Jovani

Net Fashion Avenue, an innovative online fashion retailer, has been honored with Jovani's 2010 Excellence in Prom award. This award highlights the retailer's efforts to bring the highest quality fashions to their customers through their online storefront. Of course, Net Fashion Avenue also offers more than stunning dresses, separates, footwear and accessories.

The company provides a means to obtain vital information and advice concerning choices in fashion for all manner of occasions, from high school prom nights to a very special night out for two.

The 2010 selection of Jovani prom dresses offered by Net Fashion Avenue included some of the hottest styles to be showcased in recent years, from contour red carpet dresses to cocktail dresses and everything in between. The line up from Jovani for the 2011 season is even better, and Net Fashion Avenue has announced that these selections are now available for purchase through their website.

According to Jovani, the 2011 line of prom fashion is "cool and confident." The collection offers a variety of different textures, fabrics, colors and styles. Loose fitting styles, as well as sheer chiffon are showcased here, as are layers and flowing designs, as well.

One of the most delightful options is the selection of empire waisted dresses available, though animal print ball gowns will also be major features for the daring. One-shoulder jersey gowns with A-line silhouettes, stretch jersey dresses with fitted tops and flaring bottoms, embellished waists, layered chiffon under slit skirts and chic designs offer a wide range of stunning options for the 2011 prom.

All of the incredible offerings from Jovani's 2011 prom line are now available at Net Fashion Avenue, an authorized retailer of some of the finest fashion brands in the world. 

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Monday, October 25, 2010

France:LVMH buys stake in HermГЁs International

LVMH buys stake in HermГЁs International


LVMH buys stake in HermГЁs International

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury products group, announces that it holds 15 016 000 shares of Hermès International, representing 14.2% of the share capital of the company.

The objective of LVMH is to be a long-term shareholder of HermГЁs and to contribute to the preservation of the family and French attributes which are at the heart of the global success of this iconic brand.

LVMH fully supports the strategy implemented by the founding family and the management team, who have made the brand one of the jewels of the luxury industry.

LVMH has no intention of launching a tender offer, taking control of HermГЁs nor seeking Board representation.

LVMH holds derivative instruments over 3 001 246 HermГЁs International shares and intends to request their conversion.

LVMH would then hold a total of 18 017 246 Hermès International shares, or 17.1% of its capital. The total cost of this shareholding would, in this case, be €1.45 billion.

LVMH MoГ«t Hennessy Louis Vuitton is the world's leading luxury goods group. The Group is represented in Wines and Spirits by a portfolio of brands that includes MoГ«t & Chandon, Dom PГ©rignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, ChГўteau d'Yquem, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Belvedere Vodka, Chopin, 10 Cane, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Green Point, Cape Mentelle, Newton. 

India:FICCI to host Trend Conference at Jewellery show

UAE:LIALI unfurls вЂLiali Gold’ collection for Diwali

LIALI unfurls вЂLiali Gold’ collection for Diwali


LIALI unfurls вЂLiali Gold’ collection for Diwali

LIALI Jewellery, the leading retailer of fine jewellery in Dubai since 1999, in association with the World Gold Council unfurls its new вЂLiali Gold’ collection for Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which is one of the most popular Indian festivals celebrated across the world and falls on November 5 this year.

LIALI Gold is a unique blend of traditional designs in gold jewellery with a modern touch. It features pieces of handcrafted chunky necklaces, bracelets and rings featuring diamond cuts on them. The lightweight collection is designed by the well known Italian design house Lorenzo Ungari and is easy on the pocket too. Youngsters will especially adore the pieces inlaid with enamel in colourful shades of pink, purple, blue and green.

Anuraag Sinha, Managing Director LIALI Jewellery said: “We are indeed very happy to present the new and exclusive вЂLiali Gold’ collection for Diwali. LIALI is well reputed for its diamond jewellery collections. We now invite customers to view the new and exciting collection in plain gold and pick designs of their choice for the grand occasion as with this launch, LIALI has redefined the art of wearing gold as a fashion statement.

“On every special occasion, we sought to offer our customers fresh new collections that are appropriate for the season. This year too is special for LIALI as we have not only focused on diamond jewellery but taken into account consumers needs across all segments. This is in line with our mission statement to be the single most desirable jeweler for fine jewellery and service to make our customers look and feel their very best.”

LIALI’s latest Nouf collection is an exciting line of designer rings showcasing precious and semi-precious coloured stones and is a “must-have” for those who want to be daringly different for this festive season. The retailer always delights customers with some special goodies on their purchases so expect plenty of gifts with every purchase made at their stores this festive season, regardless of the nature of jewellery purchased i.e of gold, diamonds, coloured stones, pearls or watches. 

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USA:Miami Beach International Fashion Week in March 2011

Miami Beach International Fashion Week in March 2011


Miami Beach International Fashion Week in March 2011

The inaugural Miami Style Awards not only recognized South Florida's fashion elite in grand style at the W South Beach, but organizers officially announced that Miami International Fashion Week will return to Miami Beach in 2011 and will be rebranded as "Miami Beach International Fashion Week (MBIFW)." The largest Latin American and international fashion event in the U.S. drawing innovative designers from around the world is scheduled to take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center March 3 - 6, 2011.

Since leaving Miami Beach in 2006, the annual event has grown significantly in its global reach and has earned an influential role in South Florida's garment, tourism, international business, and hospitality industries.

"During the 2010 shows at the Shops at Midtown Miami, we had more than 58 international designers from 22 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Lebanon, Europe who unveiled their latest collections in women's evening wear, pret-a-porter, swimwear, men's wear, jewelry and accessories," said founder and President Beth Sobol. "Overall, it's estimated that Fashion Week contributes about $10 million annually to the local economy as participants spend money on hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and transportation."

MBIFW will continue several of Fashion Week's trademark events such as the exciting Miami Moda & Music Awards show that takes place on the final night and presents honors and awards to pioneering designers and features live performances from electrifying recording stars.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Miami Beach International Fashion Week back to the island and the Miami Beach Convention Center," said Bob Balsam, Global Spectrum's General Manager at the Miami Beach Convention Center. "Our venue and Miami Beach's international flair make it the perfect host location for an event of this caliber and prestige. We are confident this is the beginning of a very successful and long-term partnership with the MBIFW."

During the Miami Style Awards, the five honorees chosen for their personal style as well as their extraordinary community service were socialites and philanthropists Lea Black, Abigail Pollak, and Alexia Echevarria; renowned shoe designer Lisa Pliner; and successful beauty and fashion entrepreneur Loren Ridinger. Later in the evening, Grammy-winning singer, producer and composer Albita took the stage for an amazing performance.

Co-hosted by celebrated fashion designer Julian Chang and MIFW Founder & President Beth Sobol, the event was a spectacular evening of fashion, food, music, and cocktails benefiting the MFW Foundation. Celebrity emcee Elaine Lancaster co-hosted with Brian Andrews, former WSVN and WFOR anchor and Director of English News at RCN TV Colombia, and Ileana Garcia, host of Alfombra Roja on Romance Radio.

The clothing designers who presented collections during the Miami Style Awards were Julian Chang, Nicolas Felizola, Viviana G for Petit Pois, Andres Vieira for Sewing Souls, Zebra, Erin Healy and Luca Luca. The jewelry and accessories designers included Amaloa Art to Wear, Shannon Saint Clair, Ankora Jewelry, Musa Jewelry, Charles Albert Jewelry, Cyclus, and Zunco Accessories.

Tiffany & Co., W Hotel South Beach, Morracanoil, The Miami Institute for Age Management & Intervention, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Cravings Magazine, Laser Cosmetica, and the Capponi Group are sponsors for the event. Solea restaurant provided catering with music by DJ Frank Delour. 

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Italy:Jennifer Lopez to be star of Gucci's children's clothing

Jennifer Lopez to be star of Guccis childrens clothing


Jennifer Lopez to be star of Guccis childrens clothing

Gucci is pleased to announce that recording artist and actress Jennifer Lopez will star in a special advertising campaign dedicated to the launch of Gucci's new children's collection. In addition, Gucci also announced a new donation to UNICEF's Schools for Africa initiative in honor of the company’s partnership with UNICEF and the launch of the children’s collection.

The new children's collection - represented by the iconic Gucci teddy bear - is divided into two age ranges from 0 to 2 years and 2 to 8 years and will be available in selected Gucci directly operated stores, department and specialty stores from November onwards. The collection comprises apparel, shoes, small leather goods, footwear (up to size 33) and selected accessories, including jewelry, sunglasses, scarves and blankets.

The advertising campaign was shot by photographers Mert and Marcus on location in Malibu. It will break worldwide from November in magazines, newspapers, outdoor and online. Gucci will celebrate the launch of the new children's collection on November 20th, which is Universal Children's Day, with children's parties during the week at six of its most important flagship stores in Milan, London, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Over the course of its relationship with UNICEF since 2005, Gucci has committed more than US$ 9 million and has consistently supported UNICEF’s life-saving treatment, care and prevention programs for orphans and vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 1 million children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Over time, the partnership has evolved to focus on education through UNICEF’s вЂSchools for Africa’ initiative, which aims to increase access to quality basic education for millions of children in Africa, with a special emphasis on helping the most disadvantaged – girls, orphans and children living in extreme poverty.

In celebration of its partnership with UNICEF and the launch of its new children's collection Gucci has pledged a further US$ 1 million to UNICEF's вЂSchools for Africa’ initiative with a specific focus on Mozambique and Malawi, where Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini travelled with UNICEF in November 2009 to see firsthand how Gucci’s donations are helping children.

Giannini commented, "I visited Malawi at the end of last year and saw the very difficult situation children face in sub-Saharan Africa, where so many children don’t get the chance to go to school. I saw that UNICEF's Schools for Africa program is successfully providing this opportunity that so many of us take for granted. Every child has the right to an education, and an education is forever."

Giannini continued, "I am honoured that Jennifer Lopez has agreed to work with me on the campaign for the new Gucci children's collection. I have always been a fan of Jennifer's both as a musical artist and an actress, but now most of all as a devoted mother.”

Jennifer Lopez began her relationship with Gucci by attending the fundraising event Gucci hosted in New York on February 6th, 2008, which raised over US$ 2.7 million for UNICEF. "I was particularly inspired when I first met Frida in 2008 at the fundraising event she hosted in New York to benefit UNICEF. When Frida told me about her trip to Malawi and her excitement about launching her new children's collection, I was inspired by her idea to build upon Gucci’s long term support for UNICEF with a donation in honor of the launch of the collection." Lopez added, "As a mother, I am proud to be a part of this campaign to benefit UNICEF's Schools for Africa program."

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USA:Suss2’s fall knitwear line has Scandinavian influence

Suss2’s fall knitwear line has Scandinavian influence


Suss2’s fall knitwear line has Scandinavian influence

Suss2 announced that celebrity designer Suss Cousins has launched her Fall line of distinctive, classic, and luxurious knitwear designed for today's busy, modern Woman.

"Our customers love this collection," says Suss Cousins, founder and designer, "and are delighted when they learn that our knits are made with Bamboo."

"Bamboo is incredibly soft, feels like silk, and is eco-friendly," says Suss, who designs clothing for the entertainment industry and has maintained a boutique store on Los Angeles' trendy Beverly Boulevard since 1985. "Suss2 consists of my most sought-after modern, classic knits," adds Suss.

"The Bamboo knits drape elegantly, resist wrinkling, and can be easily washed, making Suss2 fashions very desirable," says Suss. "Versatility is the cornerstone of the Suss2 collection. Every piece transitions seamlessly from day to evening, from the casual to the elegant."

Suss' creations have been featured in major retail outlets and upscale boutiques, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Fred Segal, Takashimaya, Anthropologie, Intermix, and Shopbop.

Why Is Bamboo Fabric Rapidly Gaining Market Share?

Bamboo fabric is a coveted and comfortable material that is:

• Soft, smooth, and luxurious.
• Feels and drapes like silk, but is less expensive, and more durable.
• Naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and does not absorb odors.
• Cooler and more breathable than other fabrics.

Suss2's 2010 Fall/Winter Collection Highlights
The Suss2 collection includes eight styles: Anika Capelett, Elizabeth Cardigan, Jasmine Cardigan, Camilla V-Neck Tunic, Molly Cocoon Cardigan, Violet Tunic, Lily Cardigan, and the Samantha Wrap, features four colors (Black, Water Chestnut, Taupe, and Red), with sizes ranging from Small to Extra-Large. 

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USA:Bloomingdale's offers John Lennon Collection

Bloomingdales offers John Lennon Collection


Bloomingdales offers John Lennon Collection

Lyric Jeans, Inc., announced that its premium lifestyle brand Lyric Culture has shipped an exclusive John Lennon apparel and jewelry collection to Bloomingdale's to coincide with EMI Record's October re-release of the re-mastered John Lennon catalogue, an international initiative overseen by Yoko Ono called John Lennon's Gimme Some Truth campaign.

Commemorating the music legend's seventieth birthday and the 30th anniversary re-release of his Grammy award winning album "Double Fantasy," Los Angeles lifestyle brand Lyric Culture will simultaneously launch a limited edition John Lennon collection created by Lyric Culture founder Hanna Rochelle with Yoko Ono personally approving each of the designs. Lyric Culture's limited edition John Lennon collection includes vintage screen print tees, scarves, cufflinks, necklaces and bracelets.

Available exclusively at Bloomingdale's, the John Lennon Collection will be housed in custom designed Lyric Culture shop. The designs are inspired by legendary Lennon song lyrics including Imagine, Help Me Help Myself, Beautiful Boy, Instant Karma, Working Class Hero, Happy Xmas (War is Over) and Mind Games. Many pieces feature Lennon imagery integrated with lyrics through a special collaboration with Live Nation.

Lyric Culture is a music inspired lifestyle brand driven by the song lyrics of legendary artists including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Joan Jett, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and many others. By securing licensing rights from virtually all the major music publishing companies, this fashion brand creates new revenue streams for songwriters who penned the lyrics now into a range of apparel and lifestyle products. 

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

USA:Carl Edwards exhilarating scent for Avon men

Carl Edwards exhilarating scent for Avon men


Carl Edwards exhilarating scent for Avon men

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards will serve as the face of the Avon’s latest fragrance, Turn 4XT, debuting November 2010. Evoking the casual yet confident attitude the champion driver exudes, Turn 4XT is a masculine scent that embodies the rush that comes with risking it all for the win. When approaching Turn 4, the final curve on the track leading to the finish line, Edwards exudes strength, determination and dedication, three qualities that Avon values highly as a company and for their alliances.

“Turn 4XT makes me feel confident and empowered, which is what racing is all about—Avon truly captured that desire to win,” says Edwards.

“We are thrilled to partner with such an American racing icon,” says Bob Briddon, Group Vice President, Marketing, Avon North America. “Turn 4XT is an incredible way for his fans to connect with Carl and experience his fast-paced lifestyle vicariously. Our Representatives really identify with him and are looking forward to sharing the fragrance this fall.”
The Scent

Casual yet confident, the gripping new fragrance captures the spirit of competition and the thrill of the chase. The Oriental Woody Fresh scent is a masculine blend of powerful notes that evokes strength, speed and confidence. The fragrance will launch in the U.S. in November 2010 and will be available exclusively through Avon Representatives.

Carl Edwards is the most recent partner to join the company’s premier fragrance portfolio. Avon’s other partners include Zoe Saldana, Fergie, Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Courteney Cox, Derek Jeter, Herve Leger, U by Ungaro and Christian Lacroix. 

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USA:Baltimore Fashion Week 2011 – 'The Mystique of Fashion'

Baltimore Fashion Week 2011 – The Mystique of Fashion


Baltimore Fashion Week 2011 – The Mystique of Fashion

For the past 3 years Baltimore Fashion Week (BFW) has had numerous designers to showcase on its runway, under the fashion categories of redevelopment, prêt-a-porter, avant garde, and couture. Collections included garments from shoes to high end evening gowns. But this year the producers of BFW are asking designers to step outside of their comfort zone and push the envelope of fashion off the table. Designer registration is open for Baltimore Fashion Week 2011 – “The Mystique of Fashion.”

The theme for 2011 is entitled, “The Mystique of Fashion” – Baltimore Fashion Week 2011 will run August 11 – 14, 2011. The home for Baltimore Fashion Week 2011 is the first agenda item on the production list to tackle, and meetings have already begun.

“This year we are asking interested designers to “push the envelope” off the table when it comes to their fashion showcases. We are so excited that several up and coming, young designers have already pre-registered for 2011,” stated Executive Producer.

In asking designers to “push the envelope” the producers of BFW have already begun conversations with several firms to get buyers to come and view the upcoming showcasing garments.

In past years, designers have selected models after the garments were constructed, in moving forward designers will have the opportunity to select and measure models “BEFORE” garments are “FULLY” constructed.

“I made this dramatic decision because it just made more sense. Designers should select models before hand to defray away from puckers or loose fitting garments. Unless the model is the same exact size as the mannequin or dress form a designer uses, something is not going to fit perfectly. Garments should be created to fit the model,” stated Executive Producer.

In asking designers to push the envelope “exposure” for the designers and models is a plus.

“Hopefully if technology agrees with my vision and the new location for BFW2011, we will be able to stream live during the showcasing of BFW2011, but we will see,” stated Executive Producer.

Any designer interested in showcasing a collection during BFW2011, should visit the website, go to the Designer Information page and complete the designer pre-registration form. This pre-registration form is used to review the designer’s skill set as a designer, before any paperwork is completed, and also to pre-approve designers for BFW2011.

If approved, designers will need to submit sketches of their entire showcasing line. These sketches should include the attachment of fabric swatches, notions, and/or any embellishments.

Designers of all ages, experience levels, and knowledge sets are encouraged to pre-register for Baltimore Fashion Week 2011 – “The Mystique of Fashion” 

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USA:Shape-ups Comeback campaign for Malone

Shape-ups Comeback campaign for Malone


Shape-ups Comeback campaign for Malone

SKECHERS USA, Inc., a global leader in the footwear industry, announced that the Company is launching a series of Shape-ups fitness footwear television spots starring NBA basketball legend Karl Malone along with guest star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The spots will spearhead a worldwide Shape-ups “Comeback” campaign for Malone, who will appear in the Company’s print advertisements, visuals and marketing collateral through 2011.

“To everyone who’s too busy to work out, you’re out of excuses,” said Karl Malone. “Shape-ups are easy and they really make your muscles work. I’ve got more strength in my legs and core, and my energy level is up. They’re even easier on my joints than other shoes. I’m excited to stand behind this shoe because it delivers.”

“We’re so proud to see Shape-ups embraced by the greatest sports icons – and the incredible reactions that so many consumers are having to our product,” said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “To have not one but two basketball legends endorsing Shape-ups is a tremendous honor – and, we believe, a terrific way to expose more sports fans, fitness-minded consumers, and new customers to the benefits of Shape-ups.”

The “Comeback” spots, which show Malone sharing the benefits of Shape-ups, will air nationwide on major networks beginning tonight, October 19, during the Major League Baseball NLCS (National League Championship Series).

An NBA two-time MVP and one of the sport’s greatest power forwards, Malone scored the second most points (36,928) in NBA history as a star player for Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers. He trails only fellow Lakers player Abdul-Jabbar, who is regarded as one of the best players of all time with 38,387 points and six NBA championship titles.

The Malone/Abdul-Jabbar launch follows the Company’s successful Shape-ups “Comeback” multimedia campaign featuring Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, which is appearing worldwide through 2010.

Launched by the SKECHERS Fitness Group, Shape-ups are technical walking shoes designed to strengthen muscles, promote weight loss, and improve posture. Featuring a rocker-bottom outsole and Resamax kinetic wedge that together simulate walking on soft sand, Shape-ups provide a constant natural instability, activating muscles with every step. The Shape-ups fitness footwear collection for men and women is available in sporting goods and department and specialty athletic stores worldwide. 

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Kuwait:Break free with Splash this Autumn Winter

Break free with Splash this Autumn Winter


Break free with Splash this Autumn Winter

Touted as the region’s most awaited runway action the “Splash A/W fashion show” saw over 3000 fashion enthusiasts become part of the changing face of fashion. A platoon of 40 international models marched the ramp donning the season’s hottest trends at the elegant Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah on 24th September 2010. The models sported the latest trends from Splash’s all new Autumn Winter 2010 collection that amongst other themes captured two key global trends including вЂMilitary/Biker’ and вЂCountry Club Ski’

Drawing inspiration from the era of the World Wars and moving into the future with Top Gun and Fight Club, the Splash Fashion Revolution this season is all about waging a war against monotony fashion. The venue designed with a towering projection surface interlaced with multiple plasma screens evoked the theme message of the Fashion Revolution with military grey and Victory Red being the dominant colours.

A U-shaped catwalk is defined by precise lighting onto the cold grey floor with the focal feature being a stylized elevator in the center that further adds to the theme much like a military headquarters. A tiered seating for guests along with a separate section of VIP lounge saw Splash loyal consumers, top International media and the fashion elite enjoy to the hilt.

Raza Beig, CEO of Splash said “For years Splash has been revolutionizing the fashion scene in Dubai and the Middle East by introducing innovative concepts and campaigns each year. A staple in every Fashionistas diary the Splash Fashion Shows are eagerly awaited and widely appreciated. This season Splash unveiled the first 3D campaign in the region welcoming the era of fashion through technology and now through our fashion show we chose to break free from the shackles of monotonous fashion.”

Introduced last season, Splash continued with the lineup of the two consumer shows that precede the last show being a VIP Media show. The fashion followers and loyal customers are an integral part in shaping the success of the most awaited Splash fashion shows each season.

The last VIP show was attended by UAE’s opinion leaders, socialites, fashionistas, and brand’s key stakeholders from across the region and the International media. The dramatic finale saw numerous long red banners drop from the ceiling with bursts of confetti symbolizing victory from monotonous fashion.

The show was followed by Splash’s much sought after, after-party where the fashion arena got transformed into the Victory Square marking a celebration of victory for the Splash revolution. DJ Kennedy set the mood for some truly dramatic dance moves while UK based VJ Ed Shaw captivated the audience with his video attack and the floor remained packed till the wee hours of the morning.

“Each season the Splash Fashion Shows are uniquely themed keeping in sync with the latest International cat-walk trends and this season Splash further modernized the concept of a fashion show yet again by pulling off the region’s biggest consumer show,” further added Mr. Raza Beig.

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USA:Surprise show for Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. collection

Surprise show for Gwen Stefanis L.A.M.B. collection


Surprise show for Gwen Stefanis L.A.M.B. collection

L’Oréal Professionnel announced that they will produce another in a series of regional cocktail events and fashion shows featuring Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. clothing collection in Costa Mesa, CA on October 24, 2010, this time in the fashion capital of Orange County Costa Mesa.

Coming off of their major successes at Fashion Week in New York City (NYC) this past September, L’Oréal Professionnel and L.A.M.B. decided to take their show on the road by hosting a series of exclusive regional cocktail events and fashion shows across the US. These intimate events have taken place in Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco showcasing both Stefani’s Spring/Summer 2011 L.A.M.B. collection and L’Oréal Professionnel’s high-end product lines, most notably their INOA hair color which made its runway debut at the L.A.M.B. show in NYC. The series is winding down in what would be an appropriate location for the last show, Stefani’s own Orange County.

L’Oréal Professionnel has tasked Orange County’s leading hair stylist, Donato Bianchini and his team at Vogue Salon, to serve as its ambassador utilizing INOA and the rest of the L’Oréal Professionnel line of products to provide the models with hair inspired by and that complements the stunning L.A.M.B. collection. INOA, which is an abbreviation for “Innovative No Ammonia” and is ammonia free as its name implies, has become a star in its own right appearing on “The Today Show” and in the pages of countless magazines. Vogue Salon’s ability to manipulate and expertly apply INOA in concert with the other L’Oréal Professionnel products is just one of many reasons that they were selected to support this special show.

When asked how he felt about L’Oréal Professionnel’s decision to work with Vogue Salon, Bianchini fervently stated, “The team at Vogue Salon work very hard to ensure they are staying at the forefront of their respective fields. The fact that we’ve been chosen to do the hair for the L’Oréal Professionnel/L.A.M.B. show is a reward for that hard work.” Bianchini wryly added, “We love L’Oréal Professionnel products and we’re doing great things with INOA which also helped [with L’Oréal Professionnel’s decision] I’m sure.”

Preparation for the models will take place prior to the show on October 24th from 10AM-6PM at Vogue Salon’s Newport Beach location but will also involve stylists and colorists from its other location at the St. Regis Resort in Dana Point. The invite-only cocktail event and fashion show will be held at restaurant and nightclub, Sutra in Costa Mesa, CA from 7-9PM that same evening. 

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Tanzania:Fashion institute to be set up in Dar es Saalam

Fashion institute to be set up in Dar es Saalam


Fashion institute to be set up in Dar es Saalam

A new fashion institute - Naledi Fashion Training Institute is all set for launch in Dar es Saalam in February 2011. The fashion school means to serve its students with the best knowledge in liberal designing intermingled with career preparations.

The institute would also cater to the need of an inspirational room for talented youngsters where they can grow their abilities, showcase their work and develop contacts with well-known designers and other fashion industrialists. The institute would offer short term and master courses, specifically devised to build up knowledge and skills of a designer.

Also the institute would be stressing on internships and mentoring as elements vital to development of skills required to thrive in business world. Course offerings by the institute would include courses on fashion photography, colour theory, textile designing, fashion journalism and accessory designing.

The institute aims at partnering several renowned fashion designers from Tanzania. Further the institute means to have designers and instructors from other international institutions as it’s faulty.

These instructors from other institutions would join Naledi by way of exchange programmes. The fashion school is also conducting talks with institutions in France and South Africa for procurement of talented staff.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sri Lanka:Debate on sustainability in fashion industry at SLDF

Debate on sustainability in fashion industry at SLDF


Debate on sustainability in fashion industry at SLDF

The 2010 Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF), sponsored by MAS Holdings, will be held this year from the 11th - 17th November 2010 in Colombo. This ground breaking event will showcase the best of Sri Lankan design and ethical and sustainable manufacturing practices on a global platform.

Renowned global opinion leaders and leading edge authorities on sustainable fashion will participate in an international gathering for the Ethical Fashion Symposium on 12th November for a ground breaking event. Experts from all over the world will come together to focus on practical solutions for manufacturing, buying and sourcing and ethics. The event will be chaired by legendary fashion writer, journalist, critic, and Brand Ambassador to SLDF, Colin McDowell.

Sri Lanka's fashion manufacturing industry has progressed towards becoming the leader in the global supply chain which caters to leading international brands and retains its position at the forefront of ethical manufacturing, a key to the growth of the fashion industry in Sri Lanka. The Ethical Fashion Symposium, one of the main highlights of SLDF 2010, will be held on the 12th of November 2010 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, and will see many bring together thought leaders from both within and outside the industry to share their insights on sustainability. This is an unprecedented event, as never before have this many global, creative minds from a number of different sectors come together.

The Symposium is structured to provide an ideal platform to not only debate on issues and roadblocks but also discuss solutions for sourcing and manufacturing of sustainable apparel. Programme highlights will include -, a presentation on the Evolution of Sustainable Apparel Business: From Codes of Conduct to Partnership — analysis of early and emerging innovative approaches to social responsibility in apparel brands' by Prof Suzanne Loker of Cornell University, discussions focusing on Transparency and Trust -Responding to Consumer Demand for Visibility in the Supply Chain; Legislation and Education, and Responsible Reporting.

All discussions will be moderated by Colin McDowell. Other key personalities and industry figures participating in this event will include Paschal Little of M & S, Elizabeth Laskar (renowned for her work in ethical fashion in the UK), Orsola de Castro (co-founder and curator, Esthetica – London Fashion Week), Clare Hamer (Sustainable Sourcing specialist - UK), Bruce Montgomery (Menswear Consultant & Designer – London & Italy), Mahesh Amalean of MAS, and Kumar Mirchandani, to name a few.


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Canada:Alumni Biffi shows for first time at Ottawa Fashion Week

Alumni Biffi shows for first time at Ottawa Fashion Week


Alumni Biffi shows for first time at Ottawa Fashion Week

It’s no surprise that since Project Runway Canada’s second season air date, Jessica Biffi has been on the fast track to fashion fame. Runner up, she left the show with her name, and managed to garner a huge following in the process.

Launching her first Spring/Summer 2010 collection since the PRC show at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week was the inaugural step she needed to get the ball rolling. Since then, a line of jewellery aptly named “Covet by Biffi” was also launched, alongside her corporate partnership with Addition Elle and MXM where she created plus size capsule collections under her label.

The new 2011 S/S collection is a breath-of-fresh-air take on the nautical theme with pastels and stretch jerseys. The collection caters to both Women and Men, also a first for Biffi who has been waiting to do a men’s collection for quite awhile. "I have always known that menswear would be a part of what I would do with Jessica Biffi. Since the show, my male fans have been asking, and with the Mermaids and Sailor's theme it only felt fitting that I launch menswear now."

With tons of room to collect pieces for a man’s wardrobe, the styling leans more toward a European street wear look with great fitting pieces. Cowl neck tops with expert draping, bold pleating, and tailored harem pants with signature Biffi details like strong hardware in her signature gold, are just some of the elements that have fans already lining up to purchase.

The line-up of course is virtual at this point as Biffi gears up to soft launch her new ecommerce website. Women’s wear, Men’s wear, custom pieces and the Covet by Biffi will all be available for purchase online next month at Items are also available for order at the brand new studio and head office at 400 Eastern Ave, Toronto On.

And now, Biffi could not be more excited to close the show at Ottawa’s Fashion week on October 31st at 9pm. In its fourth season, the show takes place in the National Gallery of Canada in downtown Ottawa, and promises to serve as an amazing platform for the runway show. A departure from the regular crowd and hustle of Toronto Fashion Week, the Ottawa Fashion Week board handpick attendants and media, ensuring it is an upscale exclusive affair for the Capitol’s fashion elite. Media from Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa will be in attendance, as well as an abundance of designers showing from all over the nation. 

Canada:Fourth season of Ottawa Fashion Week

Canada:The Style of Power is the Style of Presentation

The Style of Power is the Style of Presentation


The Style of Power is the Style of Presentation

The Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) announced a select lineup of stylish designers presenting at LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris. Full schedule coming soon. Now in its 23rd season, LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris is taking a forward-thinking approach to the style of presentation and is introducing new ways to best showcase the Spring 2011 collections.

Taking place at Heritage Court, installations, presentations on models and mannequins, exhibits and runway shows on our 100ft runway will offer surprising and unique ways to absorb the season. Each presentation, on or off the runway, owns a timeslot on the calendar. Video screens will stream shows in real time online and in the fashion environment, offering fashion lovers across the world a digital front row seat.

“LG Fashion Week is a culmination of arts and culture, creativity and functionality, fashion and the business surrounding it,” said Robin Kay, President, FDCC. “Artists, sculptors, dancers and musicians have always been key players in the celebration of fashion. LG Fashion Week serves as the connector linking these communities together to best represent the culture of the Canadian fashion economy.”

This season, designer liaison-at-large, Michelle Turpin helped create the calendar of events, while designing and selling her own successful line Karamea. As a Canadian fashion designer, Michelle truly understands the business of fashion. She has worked closely with individual designers and the FDCC to ensure each show on the LG Fashion Week calendar is carefully tailored to best reflect the branding of the individual designer. Her determination to uncover the most effective ways the FDCC and LG Fashion Week can serve the designers has resulted in a calendar scheduled tighter than ever.

Evan Biddell will present his Spring 2011 collection as a multimedia installation. Garments will be displayed on custom mannequins from SEVEN CONTINENTS and a video will be screened to generate an interactive pairing. With the inspiration of Ken Albright from SEVEN CONTINENTS and an array of global materials, Biddell has created an exhibition that will be displayed in the reception area and public walkthrough for the week.

The FDCC is pleased to announce a fresh new initiative with THE FASHION COLLECTIVE. This trio, comprised of Dwayne Kennedy, Kate Mullin and Brian A. Richards, will bring the drumbeat of the country front and center to the LG Fashion Week runway. Dedicated to new and fresh fashion, THE FASHION COLLECTIVE will help bridge the gap for new designers between the street and the runway. The FDCC looks forward to long-term collaboration with THE FASHION COLLECTIVE.

LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’OrГ©al Paris will conclude with the second Dare to Wear Love show produced by Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of Hoax Couture and presented by the FDCC. Following last year’s immense success, Dare to Wear Love returns to the runway to showcase 25 top Canadian designers’ creations from African fabric. Dare to Wear Love proceeds directly benefit the AIDS-strung communities in Africa in partnership with the Stephen Lewis Foundation. 

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USA:Mike Vensel to debut New Crown Cheetah Collection during LAFW

Mike Vensel to debut New Crown Cheetah Collection during LAFW


Mike Vensel to debut New Crown Cheetah Collection during LAFW

Fashion Designer Mike Vensel announces the Debut of his new Crown Cheetah Spring 2011 Collection During Los Angeles Fashion Week October 15th 2010.

Mike Vensel is a minimalist fashion designer with a focus on body conscious, elegant, luxurious ready to wear womenswear. In his newest spring 2011 collection “crown cheetah” he works to evolve the brands silhouette with themes rooted in primitive Africa exploring modern ways of dressing for hot dry climates utilizing natural materials found in primitive societies.

The collection explores themes generated from proportions found in cheetahs along with the distinct tear duct patterns around the eyes. A streamlined body conscious silhouette emerges that is reduced to its primary function.This collection marks his fifth year as a designer and tenth collection.

Many of the elements in the line are reflective of past collections while looking forward to the future of the brand. For more information please visit his website for more information. and watch for Mike Vensel as a contestant on Bravo's The Fashion Show : Ultimate Collection with Isaac Mizrahi and Iman premiering in November. 

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