Thursday, November 25, 2010

India:TIA & SNDT present TAI SHALOM 2011 – Fashion Show

TIA & SNDT present TAI SHALOM 2011 – Fashion Show


TIA & SNDT present TAI SHALOM 2011 – Fashion Show

The Textile Association (India) is presenting a Fashion Show for the first jointly with S.N.D.T. Women’s University. The Fashion Show with the theme “TAI SHALOM 2011” will be a great morale booster for the Fashion & Textile Clothing Industry This Fashion Show will be held on 23rd February 2011 at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra. Mumbai.

As we all see, fashion industry thrives on creation, and talents are vital for its success. To complement and strengthen fashion talent on the road to further success TAI has decided to organize a fashion show jointly with S.N.D.T. College, a fashion teaching institute. This is our beginning for skilled students to exhibit their ability and flair.

SNDT established in 1961 and is a pioneer in women’s education in India. Then B.Sc. in Fashion Design, a degree programme in fashion design under SNDT Women’s University started in 2006, who engages in providing a developed training programme with highly proficient faculty.

The course provides focused training to encourage innovation & stimulate creativity. It builds a strong foundation in core subjects like Pattern Making, Textiles, Illustration and in all grooms the budding designers from campus to corporate.

The Textile Association (India) has its own prestigious and majestic position among the hearts of people dealing in textiles. It organizes seminars, conferences, workshops and exhibition of textile and allied machinery for the benefits of its members serving the textile industry. To provide strength & impetus to this aspect, the Textile Association (India) acts as a potent link amongst the Industry, Policy Makers, Academia and Textile Professionals.

The Association organizes annual All India Textile conferences to strengthen the ties amongst industry. TAI caters to the needs of all fibres, all products, and all sectors of the Indian textile industry. Now has TAI decided to present a Fashion show in association with Fashion Institute and this TAI SHALOM 2011 will be jointly with SNDT Women’s University. 

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New Zealand:Standout runway appeal deciding factor for 2011 iD Fashion Show

Standout runway appeal deciding factor for 2011 iD Fashion Show


Standout runway appeal deciding factor for 2011 iD Fashion Show

An outstanding line-up of new, emerging and high-profile New Zealand fashion designers is set to thrill audiences in the twelfth annual iD Dunedin Fashion Show to be held in Dunedin on Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April 2011.

Unprecedented demand from designers within New Zealand to showcase their collections will see sixteen labels from established and emerging fashion designers take part in two popular iD Fashion Show events. The shows will take place on the platform of the Dunedin Railway Station, famous for the 110m-long catwalk and culminate a series of exciting fashion events planned for the 2011 iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

Key Points

• Dunedin is fast becoming known as вЂa city giving birth to a fashion scene’. To illustrate the talent emerging from the city, the shows feature high-profile labels showcasing their winter collections including; Nom*D, Carlson, Mild Red, Charmaine Reveley, Twenty-seven names and Company of Strangers, alongside Wellington-based designer Lela Jacobs. New to iD is renowned Auckland-based footwear designer Kathryn Wilson, following up her recent debut at New Zealand Fashion Week.

• The 2011 capsule collections will feature eight mini collections from labels with strong Dunedin connections including Elusiv, DADA, Vaughan Geeson, Lou and Ash and a joint showcase by the Cooper sisters, Tamsin and Emily, with their respective labels Tamsin Cooper and Silkbody. Three exciting new designers will debut at the iD shows Richard Moore (formerly label Dot Com), Maaike (Abbey van Schreven) and Katie-maree Cole. All three are graduates of the Otago Polytechnic Fashion School.

• Completing the line-up of designers will be the best of the 2010 Otago Polytechnic School of Fashion graduates, who will show their designs alongside the winners from the 2011 iD International Emerging Designer Awards show. These finalists are yet to be announced.

• Watch out for further details of the 2011 iD Dunedin Fashion Week including International Emerging Designer Awards finalists, special guest designers, judges, VIPs and release dates for ticket sales.


Susie Staley – chair of iD Fashion Committee
“There was an unprecedented response from designers to be part of the 2011 event, with twice as many designers applying as there were places for. The shows will feature a hotbed of talented New Zealand designers, who all stock in local Dunedin retail outlets. New for 2011 will be a showcase of extraordinary footwear by Kathryn Wilson and a joint collaboration by Dunedin’s designer sisters, Tamsin and Emily Cooper.”

Dan Ahwa, editor (Apparel magazine) and freelance fashion editor
"All applicants presented strong collections that were individual in their own unique way. The selected designers will showcase cohesive collections that resonate on the runway, particularly the capsule collections which feature a handful of designers who will debut at iD Dunedin 2011. The final collections chosen were well rounded, had runway appeal and that the public would enjoy. I'm looking forward to seeing iD favourites share the runway with some of the most exciting emerging designers we've seen in years." 

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Sri Lanka:Kasuni Rathnasuriya wins Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award

Kasuni Rathnasuriya wins Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award


Kasuni Rathnasuriya wins Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award

On Saturday, 13 November 2010 at the Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF), Kasuni Rathnasuriya was awarded the Young Fashion Entrepreneur (YFE) Award 2011.

The YFE 2011 Award is a British Council initiative offered in partnership with the Sri Lanka Design Festival, that seeks to champion and celebrate the importance of creative entrepreneurs in the 25 to 35 age category working in the field of fashion.

Applicants were drawn from various areas of the fashion field including fashion textile, accessories production and design, fashion promotion, fashion education, fashion marketing, and fashion publishing.

Out of the many applications received, three candidates were short-listed based mainly on their written applications and supported by additional evidence of their entrepreneurial skill and ability.

The short-listed candidates were Ahamed Barry, Sandun De Silva, and Kasuni Rathnasuriya.

For the final interview, the short-listed candidates were given an opportunity to make a short presentation expanding on their written application and addressing questions related to market awareness, vision and ambition and their desire to develop mutually beneficial engagement with the UK.

The final judging panel for the YFE Award 2011 comprised of Kumar Mirchandani, Managing Director Favourite Group and garment industry representative; Rwituja Mookherjee, Head Creative Economy British Council India & Sri Lanka; and Tony Reilly, Country Director British Council Sri Lanka.

Kumar Mirchandani comments on the judging process, “The bar was definitely higher this year; we had 3 great finalists, any one of which would have been a worthy winner. But eventually it was about combining both creativity AND entrepreneurship – and that's why Kasuni was our choice.”

Kasuni Rathnasuriya, who was announced as the winner after the Industrial Fashion Show at the SLDF, is the founder and sole proprietor of the label вЂKUR’. A contemporary women’s label, which she launched in 2009, вЂKUR’ concerns the sustainable approaches in the fashion business such as revitalising the dying crafts in Sri Lanka, and recycling approaches.

A Member and a passed finalist of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, Kasuni is currently employed as a Market Analyst at Brandix Lanka, the single largest apparel exporter in Sri Lanka with globally renowned eco-friendly best practices. She graduated from the Academy of Design in 2007 and is currently reading for her MBA at the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

“In 2007, when British council launched the YFE award, I was there. At that time it was just a dream. But last Saturday, my dream came true. This is one of the best things that has ever happened to me in my life and my fashion career so far. I am so happy to be recognized for my entrepreneurship skills and to get the chance to represent my country in the final program. Many thanks to the British Council for launching this award in Sri Lanka.”, says Kasuni.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

USA:Tara Grinna predicts swimwear trends for 2011

Tara Grinna predicts swimwear trends for 2011


Tara Grinna predicts swimwear trends for 2011

For those overwhelmed with choices on what to wear for summer 2011, swimwear designer Tara Grinna provides a glimpse of what could be the trends for Spring/Summer 2011.

“The Fashion Swim Week in Miami indicates a very colorful 2011. There’s going to be plenty of choices to play with colors. Colors like blue green, orange and shades of brown are likely to be the most popular. Turquoise and light skies blended with greens are predicted to be a great hit for 2011. Gold is another color that’s likely to rule the 2011 swimwear scene, with golden threads, golden dye et al …set to add bling to 2011, says the legendary designer.

“Besides colors geometric shapes characterized by tribal, ethnic and abstract art, unexpected colorful animal prints and beautiful abstract composites are also likely to rule the roost for 2011. Just as the last few years bandeaus and monokinis are to be a feature of 2011 as well. You could add bikinis and one piece suits to this list, she adds.

“Vintage swimwear that exudes sexiness and style and reveals just the right amount of skin is likely to make a comeback. A perfect balance is maintained between mystery and sexiness in these swimsuits. For those deciding to go bold, styles are likely to go diverse and likely to range from deep Brazilian cuts to moderate cuts, and full covered bottoms.

This year at Tara Grinna, we’ve incorporated the latest style of colors in an unexpected way and when the collection is merchandised, the color stories are eye popping variations of luscious hues that hang beautifully together so one can mix and match solids and prints or choose both.

Tara Grinna is in the swimwear industry for over 25 years now and is a respected personality known for her ability to fit and compliment almost every figure type with her body flattering silhouettes.

“Because I always have such an emotional connection to each printed fabric or dyed solid color I have chosen to use in each season’s collection, I felt as if it should be expressed and perhaps the consumer will agree that the fabric, when placed in her hands in the form a finely crafted swimsuit that has been created with a great deal of care and personal interest and will create an emotion inside her as well,” she adds. 

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USA:Sunshines Dezign launches new exclusive jewelry line

Sunshines Dezign launches new exclusive jewelry line


Sunshines Dezign launches new exclusive jewelry line

Sunshines Dezign is handmade jewelry with a true style of its own. Their jewelry uses Genuine Swarovski Crystal beads and Sterling Silver Charms. The line is unique, sexy and elegant without focusing on fads or trends. The goal of Sunshines Dezign is to create one of a kind, unique timeless pieces that are wearable for both day and night or out to your most special event.

"We want our customers to design their own 'Sunshine Dezign' style using our hand picked sterling silver charms on our handmade Swarovski crystal bracelets. They start with a signature line charm bracelet set and add to their personal collection, encouraging the customer to choose their favorite charm and color crystal beaded bracelet. I spent the better part of this year developing the line of jewelry we sell in the Malibu Colony Store; and now I made my exclusive pieces available online! We created the line's with respect and love and I think our customers are going to love each one." Says designer and owner Sunshine Taddeo

Sunshines Dezign was founded by Sunshine Taddeo, a designer and artist living in Southern California. Sunshine studied Art at The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University and then majored in Animation at the prestigious School of Visual Art in New York. After a long and rewarding career in Creative Advertising, she has followed her love and passion for design and art and developed a unique jewelry line. She has her own vision which guides her in each and every new creation. Each bracelet is always hand made with Sunshines personal touch and style to make you feel elegant and stylish day to night.

Sunshines Dezign online jewelry shop carries a wide range of Swarovski Crystal Jewelry, Rings, Charms, Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Accessories and Swarovski Elements. They partnered with to carry their collections. All pieces are hand fabricated and most pieces can be made to order. All their jewelry designs are made with Genuine Swarovski Crystals, the world leader in cut crystal. Each bracelet has the quality and durability of the highest precision. Their charms are made of high quality sterling silver that gleams with a polished finish. Each bracelet comes packed in a fabulous custom designed Sunshines Dezign gift box, ready for gift giving. 

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USA:Harry Potter star Emma Watson to introduce organic clothing

Harry Potter star Emma Watson to introduce organic clothing


The lead actress of Hollywood film “Harry Potter”, Emma Watson is considering to build up her fashion line by introducing a collection of organic clothing.

As per the reports published by, the 20 year old star, who serves as a creative consultant for Fair Trade fashion brand People Tree, recently revealed that she is to work in partnership with Italian designer Alberta Ferretti to develop a fresh range of organic clothing.

Emma stated that, they are working on the creation of an organic clothing collection, but did not disclose its name. However, she did say that, further information on this matter would be released soon, and added that, she received a mail from Ferretti, where the designer had mentioned about her admiration for the work done for People Tree, and was looking forward to the opportunity of working with her.

However, Emma had given a clue that, she would be working for Ferretti on honorary basis, as she said that, she would work for anyone without charging anything if they are ready to make their clothing fair trade organic.

The new collection is likely to hit the markets in 2011.

USA:Shamaine to introduce Ava Collection

Thursday, November 18, 2010

USA:Hathaway to create ARTISTRY trend colour collection

Hathaway to create ARTISTRY trend colour collection


Hathaway to create ARTISTRY trend colour collection

Amway announced the launch of its new ARTISTRY Reflective Beauty Trend Colour Collection created in collaboration with renowned makeup artist Frances Hathaway.

Drawing inspiration from the layered looks that graced the fall runways, Frances wanted to create a collection that provided this same versatility with colour. Two complete face palettes offer multi-dimensional shades that can be used to achieve a light veil of colour or layered for added texture and intensity. Blending romanticism with modern day sophistication, she expertly crafted six looks that reflect the nostalgic, yet glamorous beauty of the season.

Each look can be easily achieved with products from the Reflective Beauty Trend Collection:

Perfect Red Lip Gloss, Inspiration Face Palette, Perfection Face Palette, Soft Pink Lip Gloss

As a leading makeup artist in the fashion and beauty industry, Hathaway partnered with ARTISTRY to create this collection with focus on texture and finish. From classic to avant-garde, her work has appeared in advertising campaigns for M.A.C. Cosmetics, Maybelline, Clinique, and L’Oreal and has graced the pages of top magazines like Elle, W Magazine, and Italian Vogue.

Artistry is a global leader in premium beauty, offering unprecedented skin care solutions backed by dermatologist testing, the most advanced science, unparalleled proof of performance, and personalized service unmatched by any beauty counter in the world. Artistry generates more than $1 billion in annual global sales and has been one of the world’s top five best-selling premium beauty brands for more than ten years.

Based in Ada, Mich., Amway is part of the Alticor group of companies, founded by the DeVos and Van Andel families. Alticor is the parent company of Amway Corporation, Access Business Group LLC and Alticor Corporate Enterprises.  

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Spain:Famous faces attend MANGO Spring/Summer catwalk

Famous faces attend MANGO Spring/Summer catwalk


Famous faces attend MANGO Spring/Summer catwalk

Last night, the international launch of the MANGO Spring/Summer 2011 collection took place at the Crystal Gallery of the Cibeles Palace in Madrid. The firm presented its collection for men and women in a catwalk chaired by Isak Andic, the company Chairman, and before numerous celebrities, loyal followers of the brand at its presentations.

Olivia Palermo, Johannes Huebl, Elettra Wiedemann, Josephine de la Baume, Emmanuelle Alt, Naty Abascal, Luís Medina, Laura Vecino, Cari Lapique, Boris Izaguirre, Manuel Martos and Amelia Bono, among others, supported the firm’s catwalk with their presence, which was also attended by famous faces from the world of Spanish fashion and society, including Olivia de Borbón, Carla Royo Villanova, Vega Royo Villanova, Fernando Gómez Acebo and Mónica Martín Luque, Simoneta Gómez Acebo, María García de la Rasilla, Álvaro de Marichalar and Ekaterina, Ana García Siñeriz, Alejandra de Rojas, Minerva Portillo, Marisa Jara, Alejandra Martos, Nuria Roca, Paloma Lago, Mar Flores, Priscila de Gustin, Bárbara Muñoz, Carla Nieto, Jan Cornet, Fernando Andina, Toni Acosta, Sergio Mur, Ricard Sales, Cristina Alcázar, Dafne Fernández, Silvia Alonso, Mónica Estarreado, Iker Lastre, Fanny Gautier, Jesús Olmedo and Nerea Garmendia.

This new collection, called Modernist Resort, is going for a clean, modernist look with the emphasis on simple lines and minimalist silhouettes. The casting included the Brazilian top model Isabeli Fontana.

The new H.E by MANGO men’s collection returns this season with the same idea of combining sport and retro elements. A collection which reinterprets the classics, applying a slightly ethnic air to the garment interiors and finishes.

After the catwalk, MANGO offered a grand party-concert in the same Crystal Gallery, which featured the exclusive moments, such as the performance by Micky Green. The guests enjoyed a special cocktail for the occasion, served by Caritina Goyanes’ Six Sens.

“I really like the collection, particularly the colours and the different garments in it, I really like the coats, the camel tone is very intense; perhaps the garment I like most is a camel coat which has a very wide neck.”

“I don’t know how I became a fashion icon, someone took my picture and from then on I became famous, appearing on an MTV programme also helped; it is a major compliment for me, I always tell young girls they should be glamorous every day, it is a must.”

“My style has been influenced by the great women of fashion and old Hollywood films; I take quite a lot of inspiration from them and also from street chic; I observe street fashion, take photos of everything and this is reflected in my style.”

“I’m currently working on a TV project, my own show”

“It has to be a fresh, modern and amusing woman, that’s what people want today.”


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USA:Horiyoshi ties up with British designer Paul Smith

Horiyoshi ties up with British designer Paul Smith


Horiyoshi ties up with British designer Paul Smith

Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc is proud to announce that Horiyoshi the Third ("HIII") has embarked on a retail partnership with well-known British fashion designer, Paul Smith.

Debuting exclusively at Paul Smith on Rue Grenelle in Paris, HIII and Paul Smith join forces to retail a line of limited edition Horiyoshi design on silk-cashmere scarves.

The collaboration is referred to as, "Horiyoshi for Paul Smith" available exclusively in Paul Smith in-store boutiques.

"Horiyoshi the Third - makes and designs beautiful clothing, the images are true works of art, really beautiful and special," said Paul Smith regarding the collaborative endeavor.

Commercial Director of Horiyoshi Worldwide, Dawn Green is ecstatic with the partnership stating, "Paul Smith is a global brand with stores in 43 cities in 21 countries around the world. We look forward to expanding our brand reach with Paul Smith through his vast distribution platform, creating more 'Horiyoshi for Paul Smith' in-store boutiques in the near future."

Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc designs, manufactures, and markets Horiyoshi the Third, a high end clothing and accessories product line based on the artistry of word renowned Japanese Tattoo Artist, Horiyoshi III. 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

UK:Watch Hut adds Emporio Armani Ceramica collection

Watch Hut adds Emporio Armani Ceramica collection


Watch Hut adds Emporio Armani Ceramica collection

Emporio Armani watches are to present fashion fans with an alternative this Christmas, following the launch of a new collection at the UK's largest watch website.

Emporio Armani Ceramica is a recent addition at the Watch Hut, showcasing the popular fashion brand's ceramic watch models for both men and women.

Given Emporio Armani's worldwide reputation as a manufacturer of highly fashionable clothing and accessories, coupled with the current industry trend for ceramic watches, the Watch Hut expects the Ceramica range to be a huge hit over the festive period.

Emporio Armani Ceramica was introduced to the Watch Hut in spring 2010, when two rectangular-cased ladies models - AR1407 (black) and AR1409 (white) - were featured. Since then, the collection has expanded to such an extent that, as Christmas steadily approaches, a variety of options are now available as potential gifts.

Each Emporio Armani Ceramica watch features a black or white bracelet with matching colour dial. The cases and dials of the gents' models are significantly larger than those of the ladies', while chronograph editions are available for those serious about fashion AND good timekeeping.

Of course, the quality of the ceramic material itself offers its own benefits. Ceramic is more lightweight than stainless steel and its highly durable nature means it resists scratches.

Such advantages only accentuate the sheer style factor possessed by the watches of the Emporio Armani Ceramica collection, all available at less than GBP500.

As an authorised dealer of Emporio Armani watches, the Watch Hut guarantees that all Emporio Armani products purchased from the website are genuine. The website's returns policy has been extended so that any items purchased before Christmas are valid for return until 31 January 2010. 

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UK:Garfield wins prize for English breakfast-inspired knitwear

Garfield wins prize for English breakfast-inspired knitwear


Garfield wins prize for English breakfast-inspired knitwear

Winter-warmers inspired by eggs and bacon won a De Montfort University (DMU) graduate first prize at a top fashion industry event.

Leicester’s DMU swept the board at the annual ASBCI’s Student Conference which saw two of its fashion graduates triumph in awards sponsored by some of the UK’s top high street retailers.

English breakfast-inspired knitwear by Fashion Design graduate, Garfield Kar Chun Li; and a topical dissertation on chemicals used in the textile industry by Fashion Technology graduate, Laura Wilson, scooped the top prizes in two awards at the conference.

Garfield, 24, from Hong Kong, was one of 13 finalists who beat off competition from over 100 design students nationwide to win a coveted place in the ASBCI Student Design Award sponsored by New Look.

New Look’s Head of Trends, Anna Andrews, presented the £1500 prize to Garfield at the catwalk finals held at the ASBCI Student Conference at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) on Wednesday 10 November.

Garfield, who graduated the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at DMU in July, said: “The competition brief required something that captures the вЂBest of British’ and I decided to use English food as my inspiration for my collection.”

His collection entitled вЂEnglish Breakfast’ consists of five garments: a bright yellow knitted jumper adorned with a pattern of mushrooms, tomatoes and kitchen cutlery; a matching yellow chullo-style hat and knitted socks; a printed vest top which is decorated with different breakfast foods in the form of a smiley face; and boxer shorts with a check print pattern of salt and pepper shakers.

Garfield added: “The knitted jumper contains about 15 types of different yarns to create different colour effect and texture. The base colour is yellow and I used a punch card to create the different coloured pattern across the jumper.”

Commenting on Garfield’s collection, New Look’s womenswear and menswear judges said: “A highly original knitted long sleeved sweater with shorts, printed T, hat and socks. A very original 'Full English Breakfast' approach to the best of British showing a great sense of fun and individuality.

“Totally committed to the design brief - excellent workmanship with each element of the outfit extremely well made and the prints well executed. This student has huge potential for the future.”

Research into chemicals used in fashion won BSc Fashion Technology graduate Laura Wilson the prestigious ASBCI Student Dissertation Award 2010 sponsored by Marks & Spencer.

Laura, 23, who also graduated this summer, was awarded the first prize of ВЈ500 at the conference for her dissertation entitled REACH and the textiles industry, which examines how EU legislation relating to the use of chemicals in manufacturing affects the fashion industry.

Her project was picked from the best dissertations selected from seven of the top fashion universities in the UK.

Laura, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, said: “I’m pretty surprised about winning the award as I didn’t expect to, but I’m really very proud and glad all the hard work has paid off for both myself and my tutors.”

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Hong Kong:MH Concepts opens NY-based designer’s store in Harbour City

MH Concepts opens NY-based designer’s store in Harbour City


MH Concepts opens NY-based designer’s store in Harbour City

New York designer Charlotte Ronson joins forces with MH Concepts to open her first store in Hong Kong's prestigious Harbour City on November 13th. This marks the designer's third store opening in China in the last two months.

The first two stores opened in Shanghai (IFC and Xintiandi) on September 27th. The alliance with MHC calls for two more Shanghai locations next spring, as well as stores in Beijing and Guangzhou opening in Summer 2011. MHC's business plan calls for a total of 200 freestanding, mall, and department store shops opening by 2014 throughout China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Ronson's new endeavor is expected to gross USD5M-10M in its first year.

MH Concepts, a privately owned Hong Kong and Shanghai based company, was founded in 2007 by Meanne Ho. With over 25 years of fashion industry experience, Ho was most recently Vice President of Gap Inc. Asia Pacific, a USD3B+ business, managing multi-national locations covering 20+ countries. Ho identifies Ronson's brand as the "Next Best Thing" for China's fashion scene, seeing the brand aligned with China's flourishing young market.

Unlike the brand's previous internationally licensed deals, Charlotte Ronson maintains complete creative control over product produced by MH Concepts, protecting the brand's trademark.

Privately owned by Charlotte Ronson and Aaron Nir, the brand's current US revenue is USD30M annually. After announcing a Japanese distribution deal with The Wall Co, Ltd. six months ago, this second venture into the Asian market solidifies Charlotte Ronson as a new force in the global market. 

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Indonesia:Six fashion shows enlivened closing day at Jakarta Fashion Week

Six fashion shows enlivened closing day at Jakarta Fashion Week


Six fashion shows enlivened closing day at Jakarta Fashion Week

The grand fashion event Jakarta Fashion Week 2010/2011 entered the final day (12 November 2010). Six fashion shows enlivened the closing day which took place at Fashion Tent and Fashion Promenade, Pacific Place Mall, Jakarta.

The day commenced as Ting Ting, a rising young designer from Surabaya, exhibited two of her collections at JFW; a ready to wear collection themed Pop Art as well as bridal wear collection which adopted the theme Modern Wedding.

Kraton Auguste Soesastro, a young Indonesian designer who is based in the United States of America, took the stage by demonstrating his talents through his special collection. This show was followed by the exhibition of five designers of Raffles Design Institue of Jakarta that was sponsored by The Body Shop, an Internationally-known make up brand. The five young designers were Diana, Diella & Patricia, John, Remigius and Winda.

The final events of Accessories Design Competition (Lomba Perancang Aksesori, or LPA) along with the announcement of the winners were next in line. LPA was first organized by Femina Group in 2008 and is scheduled to be held alternately with Fashion Design Competition (Lomba Perancang Mode, or LPM), senior event that is also held by Femina Group. In pursue of seeking new talents in accessory design at national level, LPA is intended as a platform of creative incubation to which new talents, media, stakeholders and competent fashion people may come together.

Pacific Place Mall also participated at the closing day of JFW, featuring four internationally renowned brands, Guess, Raoul, La Senza and GAP Kids. These brands are under the umbrella of PT. Gilang Agung Persada. The themes of the collections were High Street by Guess, Fun & Playful by Gap Kids, Flirty by La Senza and Sleek & Classic by Raoul.

Dewi Fashion Knights, a fashion event organized by Dewi magazine, was the closing event of JFW 2010/2011. Dewi Fashion Knights had partook three times at JFW and it had always been the most anticipated event of fashion lovers and enthusiasts.

Since its first appearance at JFW 2008/2009, Dewi Fashion Knights was intended as a celebration of the Indonesian fashion world. Henceforth, as one of the leading magazine as well as fashion trendsetter of Indonesia, Dewi proudly selected “fashion knights” that were considered as the best representatives of Indonesian contemporary spirit and to have visions that would shape the future of Indonesian fashion.

For JFW 2010/2011, the five selected designers were Ali Charisma (who adopted the theme Culture War for his collection), Kiata Kwanda (Pure Line), Priyo Oktaviano (The Glory), Stella Rissa (Woman’s Possessions) and Tex Saverio (La Glacon).  

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Switzerland:Tech-Airport set to expand its European business

Tech-Airport set to expand its European business


Tech-Airport set to expand its European business

Tech-Airport, the Swatch Group’s airport retail company, has won the tender of the new Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI) Airport in Germany, and will operate from July 2012 four new Watch and Jewelry store concepts.

The successful concessionaire will offer two “Hour Passion” watch and jewelry retail outlets, an Omega store, and one Swatch store island in the heart of the retail market.

This notification reflects the across the Rhine airports confidence as it just follows the recent opening of its first German outlet in the Terminal C of DГјsseldorf airport. It will bring Tech-Airport to a chain of 33 concessions.

In the meantime, the leading watch and jewelry airport retailer is further expanding its network with the opening of an “Hour Passion” concept boutique in the new Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.

Tech-Airport, a company of The Swatch Group Ltd., in association with The Swatch Group Ireland Ltd., is opening its 30th store in an 86 m² area, whose modern technological, eco-friendly and functional design fits in perfectly with the innovative and contemporary terminal building. Taking advantage of the natural light flooding the boarding area, the boutique is almost open-fronted, inviting passengers to freely wander through the retail area to discover a full, appealing and accessible collection of many well-known watch brands: Swatch, Flik Flak, Certina, Calvin Klein Watches and Jewelry, Hamilton, Tissot, Rado, Longines … together with a selection of chic modern jewelry.

A little further away, in the restaurant area, Flik Flak, the children’s Swiss watch brand is the name behind the exclusive concept of a fantastic children’s 50 m² play zone. Faithful to its spirit, the Flik Flak brand plays with time and makes it fun. Plenty of fun and games for young passengers in Dublin’s Terminal 2!

“Tech-Airport Holding SAS”, a company of the Swatch Group Ltd. of Biel/Biene (Switzerland) was established in 2004 and specializes in airport retailing. It already has boutiques in seven European and Asian airports: Paris Roissy and Orly (France), Nice CГґte d’Azur (France), Nantes Atlantique (France), Geneva (Switzerland), Changi (Singapore) and DГјsseldorf (Germany). Its boutiques operating under the Hour Passion, Omega and Swatch brand names are now a reference point in European airports. 

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Italy:Sale of Gianfranco Ferre receives authorities’ nod

Sale of Gianfranco Ferre receives authorities’ nod


Sale of Gianfranco Ferre receives authorities’ nod

After about two years, since the Gianfranco Ferre fashion house had entered into bankruptcy protection, the authorities have approved its sale to an investment bank.

This fashion house was bought by IT Holding in the year 2002 for euro185 million i.e. for $255 million. It has been informed by IT Holding that the sale of Gianfranco Ferre fashion house to Prodos Capital Management LLC has been authorized by the government.

In February 2009, IT Holding demanded bankruptcy protection for the fashion house due to the threat from increasing debt.

Ittierre, another subsidiary of the company has been purchased by вЂAlbisetti SpA’, which is an Italian textile group. Ittierre holds licenses for brands such as Just Cavalli and John Galliano.


Italy:Gucci items to be featured in Christie’s Fashion Through The Ages

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Egypt:Trans World ties with renowned Swedish fashion icon

Trans World ties with renowned Swedish fashion icon


Trans World ties with renowned Swedish fashion icon

Trans World Holding, the owners of Dandy Mega Mall, the leading shopping destination in Egypt, announced an agreement with H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, an internationally renowned fashion retailer from Sweden, to open a new H & M store in Egypt in partnership with Mohamed Mahmoud Elshaya, a leading retail company in the Middle East.

Strategically located on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Dandy Mega Mall has become the newest location for H & M. The new H&M store, which occupies an area of 1,600 square meters, opened its door to its customers on November 11th.

The tie-up with H & M is the latest in a series of agreements signed by Trans World Holding with a number of international retailers to open stores at Dandy Mega Mall including the renowned UK Company, Marks & Spencer.

Mr. Ahmed El Sharkawi, Vice President of Trans World Holding – the owner of Dandy Mega Mall – expressed his delight over the agreement with H&M: “This agreement is yet another indication of the unique advantages and features of Dandy Mega Mall as a leading shopping destination in Egypt that attracts international companies seeking a presence in the Egyptian market”.

Mr. El Sharkawi added: “H&M selected Dandy Mega Mall as the location for its newest store in Egypt based on the huge success achieved by the mall over the past few years, especially because it has become the natural focal point for all fashion conscious shoppers in Egypt, who are looking for the best of haute couture fashion and international lifestyle offerings”.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) was established in Sweden in 1947. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. H&M is quoted on the OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm. Today there are over 1,600 H&M stores in 40 countries around the world. H&M has 68,000 employees and achieved sales including VAT in 2007 of SEK 92,123 million. H&M has a wide product range that is divided into a number of different concepts for women, men, teenagers, children and cosmetics. The company’s clothing collections are created by its own designers, pattern makers and buyers. For further information visit

Trans World Holding Company is one of the biggest conglomerates in Egypt, with its subsidiary companies offering a diverse range of services including tourism, car rental, real estate, and entertainment activities. Dandy Mega Mall is already home to nearly 200 leading home-grown and international brands offering shoppers a wide range of merchandise including fashion, lifestyle, jewelry, home accessories, optics, beauty products, and electronics, plus a multitude of restaurants, cinemas and children entertainment venues.

M.H. Alshaya is one of the leading retail companies operating in the Middle East and is the franchisee for more than 42 international retail brands including e.g. Debenhams, The Body Shop, MAC, and Starbucks Coffee. Based in Kuwait, Alshaya operates more than 1000 stores across eleven countries. Alshaya Retail employs more than 8000 people of 46 different nationalities.

Commenting on the on-going expansion at Dandy Mega Mall, Mr. Ezz Eldin El Nattar, the mall’s Marketing Director, said: “Our overall growth strategy will help raise the standards of retail shopping in Egypt, as we aim to attract more international iconic brands to the Egyptian market”. He added that the current expansion plan envisages a massive increase in the total area of the mall, as it will become almost one and half times its current size of 130,000 sq m. 

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Ireland:SKECHERS USA opens first Irish retail store

SKECHERS USA opens first Irish retail store


SKECHERS USA opens first Irish retail store

SKECHERS USA Inc, a global leader in the footwear industry and the Number 2 footwear brand in the United States, announced the opening of the first SKECHERS-branded retail store in Ireland.

The new Irish store, opened last month, comes as part of a worldwide retail licensing expansion for SKECHERS. A second Portugal SKECHERS store will open in December in Lisbon. Four new stores recently opened via partners in Canada (Brampton, Edmonton, and Winnipeg with Town Shoes, plus Montreal with Bo-Pied). An additional three stores with Canadian partners are planned for early 2011—bringing the total number of SKECHERS stores to more than 400 worldwide.

“Every SKECHERS retail store is a highly effective outlet for consumer interaction with our brand,” added Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “We’re excited to deliver the complete SKECHERS experience through our partnerships in Ireland, Canada and Portugal. This growth illustrates the strength of our brand and SKECHERS retail licensing opportunities around the globe.”

“Our partners understand where and how the SKECHERS consumer fits into their marketplaces, and Ireland is no exception,” began Marvin Bernstein, managing partner for SKECHERS, S.à.r.l., which is a wholly-owned international subsidiary of SKECHERS USA, Inc. “Licensing our retail model around the globe drives brand recognition and builds on the well-established wholesale business we currently enjoy in these markets.”

“SKECHERS is a perfect match for Ireland and we know men, women and kids will love experiencing this brand in a true destination shopping environment,” said Paul Gallagher, managing director of Shuz 4 U. “This is the first stage of plans to open multiple SKECHERS stores across Ireland over the next five years.”

SKECHERS is building on its strong wholesale presence in Ireland with its first retail store on Henry Street—the hippest, premiere shopping area in Dublin. Spanning over 200 trendy boutiques and restaurants including department stores like Debenhams, Henry Street is a prime destination for over 33 million visitors every year. The new store will operate under a retail licensing partnership with Irish retailer Shuz 4 U Ltd. 

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Australia:Aussie Designer takes second spin on U.S. Wheel of Fortune

Aussie Designer takes second spin on U.S. Wheel of Fortune


Aussie Designer takes second spin on U.S. Wheel of Fortune

Australian fashion designer, Dana Mathers, is set for another spin on the Wheel of Fortune next week (November 15-19) when she dresses co-host Vanna White on the iconic US television show, now in its 28th season.

This is the second time in only two months that Perth-based Mathers has starred as the credited fashion designer to White.

"That's a total five-hour showcase of my fashion on prime time US television before a nightly audience of up to 16 million Americans – 160 million viewers in all.

"I had a great reaction to my first broadcast in September. My email was bombarded with retailers wanting to open accounts and girls wanting to know where they could buy the dresses," Mathers said.

"The people at Sony Pictures in LA (the WoF producer) told me it was really unusual for a designer to be called back so quickly for a second run - I'm very flattered."

The Australian fashionista continues to expand in the US and is closing quickly on 200 stockists in a little more than a year. "My US team is confident we will reach 500 by this time next year," she said.

Mathers has also been credited with leading a revival of the "high-low", a style where the dress is cut high at the front and long at the back.

Her showgirl-inspired Cassie gown was a best seller in the U.S. last season and stars seen wearing high-low cuts include Christine Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham and January Jones.

"It's back again this season in fresh colours and I've developed new styles," she said. 

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USA:Gucci collaborates with JAY-Z

Gucci collaborates with JAY-Z


Gucci collaborates with JAY-Z

Gucci will partner with JAY-Z on the release of his first book, Decoded - the music icon’s story of the hidden meanings behind his songs and his journey through the hip hop experience. The partnership is part of a collaboration between JAY-Z and Bing to expose every page of the book in a unique way before its official release on November 16, 2010.

The Bing interactive experience enables people to decode the 36 songs in the book with clues leading to locations, like Gucci, that have inspired JAY-Z’s lyrics in Miami, New York, London, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Clues will be distributed on JAY-Z’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and Bing.

On November 11th Gucci will reveal one of three hundred Decoded pages in its 5th Avenue flagship store. The page is printed on the lining of a Gucci one-of-a-kind leather bomber jacket designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in collaboration with JAY-Z.

Once the specially created bomber is discovered at Gucci, fans are instructed to text in a code found at the location and are encouraged to upload an image of the decoded page. Any player who locates a page online or in-person is entered into a draw to win the page they have located, signed by JAY-Z. 

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USA:Bolingo’s new handbag colors reflect spirit of holiday season

Bolingo’s new handbag colors reflect spirit of holiday season


Bolingo’s new handbag colors reflect spirit of holiday season

Bolingo Bags released its holiday collection of luxury handbags in ostrich, Napa and crocodile, offering early holiday shoppers the opportunity to make their selections now. New handbag colors this season include Bronze, Cypress, Platino and Iris, a palette of bright and rich colors offered in the classic and familiar Bolingo Bags style.

The Outback bag is a signature design for Bolingo Bags, but this season the Outback “goes green” in a rich shade of Cypress. It’s ideal for a holiday trip or ski vacation. The Outback is a spacious bag, crafted of fine ostrich skin with crocodile trim. It features an adjustable strap, multiple interior pockets and luscious styling and is the most popular style in the Bolingo Bags line.

The small clamshell clutch is offered this season in Platino; the perfect addition to a sparkling holiday outfit. This clutch is crafted of ostrich and lined with suede. Interior pockets and snap-secure handles keep the party-goer organized.

Why not give almonds this holiday season? An almond Hobo from Bolingo Bags adds a warm touch to winter outfits. This genuine ostrich bag with crocodile trim is a must-have shoulder bag this holiday season.

“We’ve added three beautiful colors to our collection this season,” said Susan Todd, designer of Bolingo Bags. “There’s no better way for the discriminating woman to enhance her holiday look than with an ostrich and crocodile handbag in a rich shade of Bronze or Cypress green, an elegant metallic Platino or stunning Iris blue.”

Bolingo Bags are made from ostrich, crocodile and Napa leathers which are sustainably harvested. They are handcrafted by fair trade craftspeople in South Africa to the specifications of San Antonio designer Susan Todd, who creates two collections annually. Bolingo Bags are available for purchase online. The name “bolingo” comes from Lingala, a Bantu language spoken in several African countries, and means “love.” Todd interprets the name to evoke the devotion and care that goes in to the creation of each Bolingo Bag. 

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China:China Shoes.China Shoetec highlights the excellent quality

China Shoes.China Shoetec highlights the excellent quality


China Shoes.China Shoetec highlights the excellent quality

The 12th Dongguan China Shoes?China Shoetec (Autumn 2010) successfully concluded at GD Modern International Exhibition Center, Houjie, Dongguan on October 30, 2010. The three-day exhibition was exciting in terms of atmosphere, trading volume and concurrent activities.

The exhibition area reached 18,500 square meters, and attracted a total of 460 exhibitors from different countries and regions, including P.R.China, Hong Kong, Taiwan Province, Portugal, Russia, Thailand, etc. The exhibition was well classified into Shoes Zone, Material, Leather and Accessories Zone and Shoe Machinery Zone. The exhibition also received strong support from industry associations which organized groups to participate, including Hong Kong Footwear Association, Dongguan Shoe Materials Association, Taiwan Shoe-making Machinery Association, and Dongguan Shoe-making Machinery Association etc.

The exhibition attracted a total of 14,879 professional buyers and visitors from 80 countries and regions, including the U.S., Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Italy, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and other countries and regions. Among all, the increase of visitors from India, Pakistan, Peru, other Middle East and South America countries was significant. Overseas buyers and visitors accounted for about 20% of overall visitors, including Brazil buyer group organized by China (Brazil) Investment Development & Trade Centre.

In addition, the exhibition also welcomed buyer groups organized by a famous web media in China, Over 20 enterprises including Juri, Mesuca, and Propet visited the exhibition and joined the business matching onsite to meet with exhibitors. UK ExpoPromo Group also invited a 20-buyer group from Russia, Ukraine, Europe and other countries and regions to Dongguan China Shoes. Shenzhen Leather Industry Association organized member-visiting group too.

Positive evaluation from exhibitors
The exhibition accommodated 460 exhibitors. Many of the exhibitors attended the exhibition for years, recognizing and affirming the business opportunities of the show. Official of Be Me Company Limited, engaged in women's fashion leather shoes, said that the quality of buyers this year was quite good. He met many buyers from South America and the result was rewarding. Ms. Deng from Shanghai Mallorca Co., Ltd, operating sheepskin boots, expressed satisfaction with the exhibition too.

The company received an order for 10,000 pairs of shoes from a North American visitor, and she was pleased to meet some Australian buyers during the exhibition. "The buyer's quality of Dongguan China Shoes is high," she praised. Colombian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce participated for the first time to promote its Columbia Brands and other leather shoes, bags and decorative products, and received a number of buyer inquiries with intention to introduce the Colombian products to China; many of the buyers are well-known international brands such as H & M, etc.

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Europe:Playboy expands partnership with IMG

Playboy expands partnership with IMG


Playboy expands partnership with IMG

Playboy Enterprises, Inc. announced that it has signed IMG Licensing Worldwide (IMG) as its exclusive agent in Europe. The agreement covers most Playboy product categories and expands IMG's geographic responsibilities for licensing the Playboy brand.

"PEI's successful collaboration with IMG in Asia made extending the partnership to include Europe an attractive opportunity to grow our revenue base and accelerate our transition to a brand management company. IMG's extensive network of agents in Europe can help increase Playboy's consumer reach as well as the visibility and power of the Playboy brand," said Adrianna Chinnici, PEI's senior vice president, global licensing.

"IMG's 50-year experience and established infrastructure in the European market will allow us to build on Playboy's success throughout the region, as we have been doing already in Asia, and to continue to significantly expand its licensing business," said Bruno Maglione, IMG executive vice president and global managing director IMG Licensing Worldwide.

While the agreement with IMG will cover a wide range of men's and women's apparel, accessories and other product categories, PEI said that its pan-global and entertainment venue licenses as well as the company's media businesses will be exempt from this arrangement. In addition to developing new business prospects, IMG will oversee the financial and legal administrative processes related to Playboy's European licensing agreements and will monitor compliance. The contract gives Playboy final approval on all licenses.

Playboy is one of the most recognized and popular consumer brands in the world. Playboy Enterprises, Inc. is a media and lifestyle company that markets the brand through a wide range of media properties and licensing initiatives. The company publishes Playboy magazine in the United States and abroad and creates content for distribution via television networks, websites, mobile platforms and radio. Through licensing agreements, the Playboy brand appears on a wide range of consumer products in more than 150 countries as well as retail stores and entertainment venues. 

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Bahamas:17 designers to hit IWFW 2010 Runway


17 designers to hit IWFW 2010 Runway

The third edition of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Week will continue the legacy of introducing stunning creations from both established designers and novices in the spectacular setting of The Bahamas. The three-day event will take place November 11–13 at the British Colonial Hilton, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Nassau, Bahamas: In two days, the runway of "Islands of the World Fashion Week" returns to the Bahamas for its third annual parade of fashions from island nations across the globe. This year's event will feature 17 designers from over 6 different island nations including the Philippines, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos. Joining the lineup of island based designers will be famed international designers Jay McCarroll; Season 1 winner of "Project Runway", Oliver Tolentino; L.A. based Filipino designer known as the "Valentino" of the Philippines and celebrity designer and winner of VH1's "Glam God"; Indashio.

As the rest of the fashion world pays homage to Haiti after the recent devastation, IWFW has invited 7 designers from the island to participate in the "Fashion Cares for Haiti: The Relief Benefit Fashion Show". This special runway show will not only display the talents of the islanders, but also expose the potential of the economic growth of the fashion industry within their country. This event which will host Haitian dignitaries and the designer delegates, will take place on Saturday 13th November, 2010 at 7:00pm.

Since its inception, IWFW's presence has grown significantly the fashion world, particularly since the introduction of the newly created "Islands of the World Fashion Tour". The tour which took IWFW 2009 award-winning designers through El Paseo, Chicago and Miami, will conclude the on the opening runway of IWFW 2010.

Mode ГЋles Ltd, producers of IWFW, are also pleased to announce a new award category, "In Search of the Next Oscar"; a competition that will select the designer capable of following in the footsteps of fellow islander Oscar de la Renta (Dominican Republic), to create a captivating "red carpet" collection. This anticipated segment will be hosted by popular television/fashion celebrity Nick Verreos and will include designers from Turks &Caicos, Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago.

Sponsoring this year's event is King's Realty, Ministry of Tourism, The Montaque Group, American Airlines, British Colonial Hilton and CDM Beauty Division. 

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USA:Huge runway model casting/audition hosted by Project 2011

Huge runway model casting/audition hosted by Project 2011


Huge runway model casting/audition hosted by Project 2011

Project 2011 will be a great opportunity for models in the fashion business to kick start their career, network with agents, photographers, stylists and people in the entertainment business.

Learn about the career you have chosen at the hands on level and meet the kinds of people you will work with.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 28 with excellent physical and mental health.

This sponsored casting will provide all the models the opportunity to pose for professional photographers, for headshots and portfolio shots.

A hint of what to expect for the selected models that will participate in the big fashion tribute to female achievement follows:

The first day of meeting with the selected models will consist of image consultation, manicure, pedicure, hair care and nutritional consultation as well discussions on yoga, Pilates, general exercise and the best care of the whole person. Show preparation will continue throughout 2011 from February onward.

December 4, 2010, wristbands will be distributed from approximately 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

The selected models will be working with some of the top people in the business and will have optimum exposure and publicity throughout the year 2011 and beyond. Their names will be published on social websites , press portals, broadcast newsrooms, and media sites around the world from the first night that they are selected.

The models must be prepared for training in all aspects of the modeling world and bring with them the motivation and desire to do more that just "wear clothing and pose." There is also domestic and international travel involved, as well as meeting with top level people. Confidence, charm, education and ability to speak well are all part of modeling for the future.

This is an opportunity to carry the garment industry into the future, while creating jobs in the present. 

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USA:FIDM Interior Design students win Elle DГ©cor-sponsored contest

FIDM Interior Design students win Elle DГ©cor-sponsored contest


FIDM Interior Design students win Elle DГ©cor-sponsored contest

A team of three FIDM Interior Design school Students won first place in the “Legends of La Cienega: Celebrate Hollywood” Student Design Competition, sponsored by Elle Décor magazine. The contest required entrants to design a room in a residential or commercial space that represented their contemporary vision for a film or TV series.

With their entry "Mirror Mirror," FIDM Students Mark Griffin, Olivia Sibert, and Maelee Lungren gave a modern spin to Snow White by designing a gothic New York City penthouse. A panel of five renowned designers selected the winning entry and the students’ work will be featured in the December issue of Elle Décor.
Currently, you can watch Mark and Olivia on the new HGTV series Design School, which is filmed on FIDM's Los Angeles campus. Meanwhile, Maelee is participating in Chairing Styles, a unique collaboration between FIDM Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Textile Design Students.

La Cienega Boulevard, one of the most glamorous design destinations in the U.S., played home to a series of events and signature design experiences for “Legends of La Cienega: Celebrate Hollywood.”

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

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Switzerland:Charles Vögele Fashion Days ends successfully

Charles Vögele Fashion Days ends successfully


Charles Vögele Fashion Days ends successfully

The first season of the Charles Vögele Fashion Days Zurich ended with a sold out catwalk show by MISSONI and GUIDO MARIA KRETSCHMER. Over the course of the four day event, national and international designers and brands celebrated a new fashion platform in Zurich, aimed towards a fashionable consumer audience.

“Our expectations were more than fulfilled, we are very happy with the enthusiastic response from the community,” says Maia Guarnaccia, Vice President of IMG Fashion, Europe. “Switzerland is the perfect location for this event, people here have an exquisite taste for quality, high-end products and they enjoy entertainment of a very high standard. Thanks to the sponsors and the designers, and support of all involved, the premiere was a great success.”

For four days young talents, established designers and international brands presented their collections on the catwalk of the Charles Vögele Fashion Days. Among the presented collections, were designs by Adam Kimmel, Aleksandra Wisniewska, Alexander Wang, Aluar Balagan, Aubade Lingerie, Calida Bodywear, Casa Blanca & Biaggini Violett Designed By Penélope & Mónica Cruz By Charles Vögele, Damir Doma, Duro Olowu, Guido Maria Kretschmer, Heinrich Brambilla, Jason Wu, Juun. J, Kaviar Gauche, Kazu, Lela Scherrer, Mary Katrantzou, Missoni, Okaidi, Porternierroth, Redley Exantus, Saro, Toujours Toi Family Affairs, Tran Hin Phu, Young Explorers By Charles Vögele.

“For the first time fashionistas got to see collections that are usually only accessible to press and buyers, and we are very happy with the positive feedback,” explains André Maeder, CEO of Charles Vögele. “The city of Zurich has been enriched by a additional attraction and we are convinced that the Charles Vögele Fashion Days Zurich will continue to gain prominence in the future and that with this we can offer national and international designers a platform on which they can present their collections.”

At the renowned Swiss Textiles Award on Thursday evening, MARY KATRANZOU was announced as the winner. She managed to prove herself against 5 other designers and will now receive 100,000 Euros to support the development of her company. Past recipients of the award include Alexander Wang, Bruno Pieters, Haider Ackermann, Marios Schwab And Raf Simons.

The annabelle award also took place within the schedule of the event with Camie Rebord this year’s winner. She will now have the opportunity to have a one-year internship at the renowned label from Berlin KAVIAR GAUCHE, who themselves presented their bridal collection. The internationally successful runway model Irina Kulikova to opened and closed their show.

The overall program of events included performances by internationally recognized music acts such as Alesha, Madcon and Mike Posner. Famous personalities such as actress and designer MГіnica Cruz, opera star Cecilia Bartoli, model Irina Kulikova and many others attended the shows. In addition to title sponsor Charles VГ¶gele, IMG would like to thank the main sponsors Electrolux, Mercedes-Benz and Smashbox for Marionnaud for supporting the Charles VГ¶gele Fashion Days Zurich. 

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