Saturday, January 29, 2011

USA:A|X Armani signs up Kate Lanphear for Style Festival

A|X Armani signs up Kate Lanphear for Style Festival


A|X Armani signs up Kate Lanphear for Style Festival

Enter into a world of wonderland with the A|X Armani Exchange Spring 2011 advertising campaign, "Style Festival." Created by one of the most influential women in fashion, Stylist Kate Lanphear (Elle Magazine, Style Director) the A|X "Style Festival" campaign is an adventure of sound and style, evoking the independence and free-spirited world of music that speaks directly to the A|X Generation.

"With the Armani Exchange campaign, we wanted to stay true to the soul of the brand and the advertising concept," says A|X campaign stylist Kate Lanphear. "Music is such a big part of the brand's DNA and so it seemed natural to bring the A|X style to life at music's most celebrated festival - Coachella."

The inspiration behind the collection is what Lanphear sought to bring to life in the campaign – the sense of effortless ease that exists in the Coachella culture – a culture that resonates and rings true with today's youth market.

"The aesthetic of the A|X Spring 2011 Collection was conceived around casual but sophisticated style and the modern influence of season-less, festival-chic dressing. The emphasis was not on major seasonal shifts but instead on creating looks that possess an overall truthfulness," said Lanphear.

"Style Festival" breaks with a series of color images that in major national media—print, outdoor ads, and online. The in-book media program consists of single page and ad spreads which will be featured in the February 2011 issues of GQ, ELLE, Glamour, Allure, OUT, Nylon, V Magazine and V-Men, among others. Significant spending will also be allocated to digital media platforms through the use of QR codes placed in the seasonal advertising

THE LOCATION - The three-day campaign was shot at the same location as the Coachella Music Festival, Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. The backdrop embodies the campaign's core message: the eclectic convergence of music and lifestyle, bursting with the attitude of youthful optimism and glamorous defiance – the A|X Style Festival.

CAST & CREW – Shot by fashion photographer Matthew Scrivens (Armani Exchange), styled by Kate Lanphear (Defacto), hair by Neil Moodie (Tim Howard), make-up by Virginia Smith (Streeters) (Tim Howard) and conceptualized by the A|X in-house team under the direction of Tom Jarrold, Chief Marketing Officer for A|X. The main cast features Alejandra Alonso (Women Management), Clara Alonso (Mega), Simon Nessman (Major), Marlon Teixeira (Wilhelmina), and Fransico Lachowski (Ford).

A|X Armani Exchange was launched in 1991, aimed at a new generation of fast-fashion consumers with an accessible collection offering urban, individual style. A|X Armani Exchange defines a new dress code with a collection that takes its cue from urban lifestyle and music culture. With Armani Exchange, Mr. Armani interprets his sensual and unique style to create a casual, yet sophisticated collection for the young, urban and sexy. 

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USA:Zimmermann to debut 3zehn line at Couture Fashion Week

Zimmermann to debut 3zehn line at Couture Fashion Week


Zimmermann to debut 3zehn line at Couture Fashion Week

Dynamic German fashion designer Kristin Zimmermann will make her debut at Couture Fashion Week at 6:00 p.m. on Friday February 18, 2011. The fashion show, presenting the latest designs for Ms. Zimmermann's signature 3zehn (THIRTEEN) label for men and women, will be held in the legendary Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue, New York City.

Kristin Zimmermann earned her degree in fashion design and has years of experience working in the fashion industry in her native Germany. Her passion for design, along with the German ethic of impeccable attention to detail using fabrics from the top mills in Italy has spelled success from the beginning of her career.

The meticulously constructed, one-of-a-kind garments have a classicKristin Zimmermann fashion designs at Couture Fashion Week New York appeal while being playful, uniting Baroque elements with timeless Parisian flair. 3zehn (THIRTEEN) is quickly becoming a recognizable brand in Germany as a daring and contemporary line for both men and women. Two visually strong collections are created each year.

Kristin Zimmermann's Fall 2011 collection is entitled "Hand in Hand" and is inspired by the incredible diversity and commonality of our planet. "Nations, traditions, customs, rituals, religions ... we are all different, but we also have so much in common," notes the designer.

"We all walk on this earth together and each and every one of us is an important part of what makes the world work and each of us deserves respect. In the Fall 2011 collection I strive to express the desire for unity by playing with black and white and the melding of textures against contrasting skin colors." 

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France:Eric Tibusch unveils AndroГЇde Couture Collection

Eric Tibusch unveils AndroГЇde Couture Collection


Eric Tibusch unveils AndroГЇde Couture Collection

Eric Tibusch Paris presents В« AndroГЇde В»: a travel upon the time through several cultures, by a woman who comes from far away.

It is a woman from the future who inspired Eric Tibusch for his collection Couture Spring/Summer 2011: a travel to the past to better understand the humanity taking possession of the features of each culture. Antique Greece, Africa, China, Amazonia, Europe and mostly France….are the countries whose cultures this woman robot explores, extrapolates the strong elements which get transformed in dresses with amazing details, signature of the creativity of the couturier.

Over size bolero, fluted sleeves and maxi sleeves, fishing net, mirror details, tutu…are eye blinks to all those cultures.

Solstiss laces are mixed to precious linen organza, devored linen is intermingled to linen guipure; corsets in zebra hide skirt feathers of Amazon birds and Chinese embroderies of long ago…

Eric Tibusch Paris makes art parade on the catwalk thanks to the paintings of the artist/model В« Alexandra Mas В» cut, sawn and transformed in silouhettes with a strong effet : it is the В« Contemporary Art-to-Wear В», signature of the Maison.

The 32 creations are followed by the Bride, that is naked by the couturier…

The jewels that complete the silhouettes are part of the new collection Petrol by Motion Watches, Swiss Made.

The soundtrack is produced, exclusively for this show and for the third time, by the American artist Nicole Slack Jones. 

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

UK:International brands flock to Pure Spirit

International brands flock to Pure Spirit


International brands flock to Pure Spirit

The Young Fashion offering at Pure Spirit, has grown significantly developing into its own event from February 13 – 15, 2011 at London Earls Court. As the biggest ever dedicated young fashion offering since 40 degrees, over 350 of the hottest fast fashion and forward order brands, and upcoming designers will be showcased over three days.

International pre-registration figures have increased significantly over the last few weeks showing buyers are committing to Pure earlier and that the show is an essential part of the buying calendar. Buyers from countries such as Dubai, Turkey, Japan, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Italy and France will all be attending the show.

Top Spanish brand Custo Barcelona will sit within Pure Spirit for the first time offering a range of their trademark printed tops, skirts, trousers and coats. As a regular on the catwalks at New York fashion, the edgy and colourful collection offers print-on-print and multicolored patterns in a range of silhouettes and styles.

“Custo are delighted to return to the UK market following the launch of its new diffusion brand Custoline being shown at Pure Spirit for the first time. We believe Pure Spirit will be a great platform to showcase our new and existing Custo collections, Custoline & Custo Barcelona to the UK market,” commented Michael Shalders, UK distributor for Custoline & Custo Barcelona.

French brand Molly Bracken will debut their Autumn Winter 11 collection. Ultra feminine dresses made from organza, silky fabrics in close-fitting cuts and classic colours of ivory, black, grey. Prints mixed with frills, appliquГ© and embroidery are adorned on pretty silhouettes. With the brand now sold across the world and in over 900 stores in France including Galeries Lafayette Paris, this is one UK debut must see for buyers.

Showing only at Pure Spirit this season, Italian brand Amy Gee will be bringing their new Autumn Winter 2011 collection alongside short orders for Spring Summer 2011. Other top brands exhibiting at the show include Firetrap, Kate Fearnley, Disturbia, Iron First, Glamourous, Angel Eye, Freddy and Rinascaimento.

To help buyers source young fashion accessory brands, Funky & Fresh will be situated in its new home of Pure Spirit. Top brands leading the way include Pantherella, Beta Fashion, Jocasi, Helen Rochefort and Buffalo Private Label. Simon Tennant, UK Sales Manager for Pantherella commented “Pantherella are thrilled to be launching our new Autumn 2011 collection at Funky & Fresh within Pure Spirit, this coming February. The new format of the show will attract buyers from all the best retailers in the UK and the world.”

Stitch, the UK's dedicated menswear and accessory tradeshow, will be co-locating within Pure Spirit for February 2011. Some of the brands confirmed for Stitch include Deconstruction, Pretty Green, Luke, Weekend Offender, Duke, Nicholas Deakins and Dr Denim.

“PureSpirit is going from strength to strength. International brands that have never shown in the UK before have recognised that Pure Spirit is the platform for them to gain orders from independents and department stores both from the UK and overseas. This February will see the largest line-up of womens and mens fashion since the days of 40 degrees.” Commented Samantha Bleasby, Event Director of Pure Spirit. 

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USA:Maggie Sottero calls out Love How YOU Fit

Maggie Sottero calls out Love How YOU Fit


Maggie Sottero calls out Love How YOU Fit

Award-winning fashion designer, Maggie Sottero, known internationally for its meticulous attention to the "fit" of its off-the-runway designs, is calling out to women nationwide to Love How YOU Fit, and giving away wedding gowns to ten lucky brides who respond that they do.

"We've achieved our success on knowing how to 'fit' a bride on the most important day of her life," explains Diana Williams, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We know a bride blossoms in her perfect dress. We know we contribute to the glow of her special day. However, we also know that the glow fades fast if it doesn't come from within."

Maggie Sottero Designs, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, was established on a set of principles that continue to guide its course, namely: the courage to stand apart in an industry steered by fashion giants, the determination to embrace its individuality in stylization and construction techniques, and the conviction to remain authentic, regardless of outside influence. The one-time newcomer, now recent inductee into the DEBI (Distinctive Excellence in the Bridal Industry) Hall of Fame, is searching for brides that exemplify these attributes in their own lives.

"We're traveling from city to city in search of brides who can say, 'I love how I fit,' not only in their clothes, but in their family, their workplace, their peer group, their community, and their life," states Williams. "And we're giving away wedding gowns to ten such brides. Maggie Sottero's mission statement is to 'make dreams a reality for every Maggie bride.' We take it seriously, and we're taking it to the road in an effort to help brides understand that the dream that comes true begins in knowing yourself, accepting yourself and celebrating the unique woman you are."

Focus groups conducted by Maggie Sottero with women between the ages of 20-50 confirm this is a struggle for most women who, as a gender, tend to feel inadequate and pressured to do more and be more.

"Maggie Sottero is committed to changing those perceptions, even if it's just one bride at a time," claims Williams as she prepares to travel the country encouraging women to rethink their sense of self. "We're appealing to women to share stories of brides who typify the Love How YOU Fit mantra, who exemplify authenticity and refuse to base their value on superficial stereotypes. We're asking women to help other women learn to accept themselves, and ultimately, we're appealing to women to reach out and contribute to a societal shift in how the worth of a woman is determined." 

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Germany:Three themes for FALKE’s men for Autumn/Winter

Three themes for FALKE’s men for Autumn/Winter


Three themes for FALKE’s men for Autumn/Winter

Falke launches Men’s Fashion Autumn/Winter 2011/2012. The three themes of the FALKE Men’s Fashion Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 collection feature materials and workmanship of the highest quality. Based on the Spring/Summer range, the collection comprises shirts, trousers and jeans, in addition to cardigans, leather and outdoor jackets.

Urban Jungle
The casual theme Urban Jungle focuses on premium materials of coarse qualities. A warm range of colours and urban designs complement the various cashmere pieces. A camel hair pullover is the highlight of the collection. The extremely fine and soft camel down is perfect for winter knitwear.

Visit at Rizzoli Library
Visit at Rizzoli Library, the second collection theme, is characterized by timeless, elegant city looks. Subdued and tonal winter colours accentuate clear cuts and fine knit qualities such as merino wool knits, with subtle details amalgamating into an unobtrusive look.

Slopes and the City
FALKE developed the third collection theme Slopes and the City with the functionality of sporty winter apparel in mind. These simple, sporty looks are achieved with a varied range of wool combined with materials such as nylon. The urban style is emphasized by subdued designs like graphic elements. 

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USA:Debut of Jacksonville Fashion Week in March

Debut of Jacksonville Fashion Week in March


Debut of Jacksonville Fashion Week in March

The first Jacksonville Fashion Week (JFW), a multi-event celebration of fashion, reaches the First Coast in March. The four-day affair will highlight established and emerging designers through a series of fashion-centric events March 23-26, 2011.

Locally affiliated businesses have pledged their support for JFW through sponsorships, with Jacksonville Magazine as the title event sponsor. Additional sponsors include Brumos Motor Cars, Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park, New York Life, Key Theory, LLC, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Mario Peralta Photography, Tiffany Manning Photography, AlfaParf Milano, and Ponte Vedra Living. Community partnerships with Downtown Vision, Inc., Visit Jacksonville, the City of Jacksonville, and The Fashion Group International, Inc. of North Florida have also been established to ensure a successful Fashion Week.

“Our goal for Jacksonville Fashion Week is to provide an accessible outlet to showcase local and regional fashion,” said Tiffany Hager, owner of and founder of Jacksonville Fashion Week, LLC. “We want to help Jacksonville become recognized as an area of emerging talent in the fashion industry, and believe that JFW will provide the right environment for that talent to flourish.”

Hager and JFW co-founder Cristina Farrell, both North Florida natives, share an enthusiasm for fashion that inspired them to initiate Jacksonville Fashion Week. Earlier this year, Hager and Farrell brought together an experienced team of fashion, event-planning and communications industry professionals including former Bloomingdale’s PR executive and Jacksonville native, Sonia Thomasino, who now serves as the organization’s executive director. The JFW founders plan to host Jacksonville Fashion Week on an annual basis.

To generate event awareness within the community prior to Jacksonville Fashion Week, a series of pre-JFW events have been scheduled. Pre-JFW events include mixers, model workshops with Yoanna House of America’s Next Top Model fame, and a private shopping event at Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th in honor of JFW’s selected non-profit organizations.

A portion of JFW event proceeds will benefit non-profit organizations Angelwood, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities; the JPL Foundation, Inc., which develops financial resources for the Jacksonville Public Library; and Soles4Souls, which donates shoes to adults and children in need.

Schedule of Events:

• Friday, March 11, 7–10 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th in St. Augustine: Private shopping event in honor of JFW’s selected non-profit organizations

• Wednesday, March 23, Fashion Night Out at Jacksonville area boutiques (portion of sales benefiting JFW’s selected non-profit organizations )

• Thursday, March 24, 7 p,m. at Casa Marina in Jacksonville Beach:
o Emerging Designer Showcase featuring Jacksonville Magazine’s Cover Model
Finalists highlighting six looks each from Argie Mitra, Lauren Rossi, Bruna
Santana, David Megret and Lile Useche
o Runway Show – Chabri
o Runway Show – Richard and Bancroft
o Runway Show – Yuliya Vega Atelier

• Friday, March 25, 7:30p.m. at the Jacksonville Bank Building (Second Floor) in Downtown Jacksonville:

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India:We foresee alliance between Indian & Japanese designers - Ms Shinoda

We foresee alliance between Indian & Japanese designers - Ms Shinoda


We foresee alliance between Indian & Japanese designers - Ms Shinoda

For the first time ever, a Japanese textile delegation was in Mumbai to solicit Indian apparel manufacturers and retailers for their high-end fabrics produced in Japan, like suede, silk-denim, organic lace, crepe, coated lace and wool-polyester blends.

This conference was organised on the initiative of an Indian, but Japan-based entrepreneur, Mr Atul Parikh and Mr Rahul Mehta, President of the Clothing Manufacturer Association of India (CMAI) from the Indian side.

The Japanese delegation included Mr Takakazu Kitatani, Director - International Textile and Clothing Trade Office - Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Mr Yoshiaki Kamiyama, Chief Research Analyst - The Japan Textiles Importers Association (JTIA), Ms Akiko Shinoda, Director - International Affairs - Japan Fashion Week Organization and others.

A wide number of Indian industry heavyweights from the textile, apparel sector and also fashion designers had a birds-eye view of the wide array of the fabrics on display and were widely appreciated by one and all for their quality and finishes, which have been developed by the Japanese and are exclusive to the country.

On the sidelines of the conference, fibre2fashion spoke exclusively to Ms Akiko Shinoda, Director - International Affairs - Japan Fashion Week Organization. She informed, “The objective of our organisation is to promote and develop the Japanese textiles, clothing and fashion sectors. The markets of Japan are shrinking and competition is also very fierce. So, we try to promote Japanese textiles and fashion products in the overseas markets. This initiative to promote Japanese products was initiated just two years ago by us.

“We organise three big events and shows annually. First is the Japan Fashion Week in which designers use Japanese textile products, held twice a year on the lines of Lakme Fashion Week. Second is the Japan Creation, which is the biggest textile exhibition, held in Tokyo also held twice in a year. We also organise the biggest clothing expo.

“We foresee a collaboration of Indian and Japanese designers in the near future as the Indian consumers appreciate beautiful textile products and expect high quality, due to the fact that, Indians have been collaborating with the Europeans since many years. In the same, way we too have been collaborating with European designers as we supply high value and quality textiles to them. So designers from the both the countries could joining hands, could mean development of the fashion sector in both Japan and India”, she wrapped up by saying.

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Italy:Gucci releases third image for вЂForever Now’

Gucci releases third image for вЂForever Now’


Gucci releases third image for вЂForever Now’

Coinciding with the start of its 90th anniversary year, Gucci will this month release the third image in its “Forever Now” worldwide advertising campaign, conceived by Creative Director Frida Giannini.

Originally launched in February 2010, the campaign celebrates the traditions and values that have helped to make the Gucci name synonymous for quality, Italian craftsmanship and fashion authority.

The campaign once again features an original black and white photograph of Gucci artisans in its historic Via delle Caldaie building in Florence, taken by Foto Locchi in 1953.

While the two previous campaign images have shown male artisans at work, the new creative depicts the contribution of female artisans. The single and double page spreads will appear in newspapers and lifestyle and business magazines for the first six months of the 90th anniversary year complementing the seasonal fashion campaign.

Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world's leading luxury fashion brands. With a renowned reputation for quality and Italian craftsmanship, Gucci designs, manufactures and distributes highly desirable products such as leather goods (handbags, small leather goods, and luggage), shoes, ready-to-wear, silks, timepieces and fine jewellery.  

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

USA:LA Fashion Market going really well!

LA Fashion Market going really well!


The Summer 2011 Los Angeles Fashion Market (LA Fashion Market) got off to a busy start Monday, January 17, 2011 at the California Market Center (CMC) with retailers showing up from across the country ready to write. Runway shows along with FOCUS Apparel & Accessories Show, TRANSIT LA Shoe Show and the new SELECT Tradeshow were well attended and kept buyers engaged with new contemporary collections during the four-day Market.

“We opened some great new accounts this Show,” said Jane Yim from Voom by Joy Han. “We met with a lot of local boutiques, as well as stores from Alabama, Florida, Las Vegas and other Southeast territories.”

Retailers shopping the Market included Fred Segal, Kitson, Nordstrom, Marshall Retail Group, Dillards, Zappos, Macys, Modcloth, Nasty Gal, Nicole Miller, Pacific Trading Company, Polkadots and Moonbeams, Roxy, The Denim Bar, The Fairmont Kea Lani, The Ritz Carlton Los Angeles, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Bebe, Belk Stores, Bellagio Spa & Salon, Betsy & Tracy, Bliss, Boulmiche, DNA Clothing, Diane Merrick, Ed Hardy, Harari, Harrahs, JW Marriot, KSL Resorts, Maiden Company (Tokyo), Weathervane for Men, Yago America (Tokyo), Magpie (Tokyo), Philosophy Austalia (Sydney) and many more.

SELECT Tradeshow made its Market debut with a juried selection of contemporary brands in the CMC’s Fashion Theater, Monday – Thursday, January 17-20. Exhibitors included Ai for Ai, Alexia Admor, Ada Handbags, Azaara, Boutique 9, Gorjana, Joan and David, Magaschoni Apparel, Minnie Rose, Voom by Joy Han, Inge Christopher, Monserat De Lucca and many more. Retailers indulged daily in complimentary coffee and treats from Urth Cafe and organic iced teas from Honest Tea.

“This is the first Show we’ve done at the CMC, and we were surprised with the heavy amount of traffic we saw,” said SELECT Tradeshow exhibitor Ada Deferrari of Ada Handbags. “LA was lacking a Show like this, I’m excited it’s finally come together.”

Monday also played host to a jam-packed retailer seminar presented by WGSN titled “WGSN Retail Trend Edit: Global Consumer Attitudes.” The seminar provided insight and analysis on global consumer attitudes and retail trend predictions for 2011.

Runway shows proved another successful way for showrooms to get their brands in-front of well known retailers. Tuesday’s Contemporary Collections Runway Show January 18th at 5:00pm featured six contemporary brands from the CMC: Amour Vert, Blue Pearl, Darling, Lindi, Hippietiques and Eva Varro. Buyers from Zappos and Dillards were in the audience and every chair was filled, with some guests having standing room only. Wednesday’s F2 runway show featured emerging brands and FOCUS exhibitors such as Pearl Southern Couture, Christian Laurent, Carilyn Vaile, Dena Burton and shoes and accessories by Chinese Laundry.

FOCUS Apparel & Accessories Show located in the Penthouse (13th floor) proved equally popular among buyers during its Tuesday- Thursday run featuring 37 emerging contemporary lines such as Fahrenkamp Apparel, Ideal Woman Jewelry, 2026, Mariagrazia Panizzi, Levante Hosiery, Love Tatum, Hot Sox, Mystree, FAB Clothing, MeMoi, River Up, Incognito Eyewear and many more.

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UK:BFC announces Fashion Forward winners

BFC announces Fashion Forward winners


BFC announces Fashion Forward winners

The British Fashion Council (BFC) announces that three designers Meadham Kirchhoff, Peter Pilotto and Todd Lynn will receive Fashion Forward sponsorship for two seasons to show at February 2011 and September 2011 London Fashion Week.

The Fashion Forward scheme sponsored by Coutts & Co and supported by the London Development Agency, was established 5 years ago to provide funding to talented emerging British designers to show and develop their businesses in London.

London Fashion Week is the most creative and dynamic event on the international fashion calendar promoting established and emerging British design talent to a global audience. Fashion Forward is a key BFC initiative to promote emerging design talent. The award provides the winner with a cash prize to showcase their collection and access to knowledge to develop their business.

Fashion Forward applicants are judged by a panel of experts including Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the BFC; Alan Marshall, Coutts & Co; Anna Orsini, BFC Consultant; Averyl Oates, Harvey Nichols; Dolly Jones, and Sarah Mower, American Vogue and BFC’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent.

Previous Fashion Forward winners include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giles Deacon, Jonathan Saunders, Louise Goldin, Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Illincic and Sinha-Stanic.

Caroline Rush, CEO, British Fashion Council, commented “This year’s Fashion Forward recipients are an incredible group of designers, watched each season by the world’s media and buyers as they build their brands. I am excited to see what the year ahead will bring for Edward, Ben, Peter, Chris and Todd and the collections that they will be showcasing at next month’s London Fashion Week. I thank our sponsors Coutts & Co and the London Development Agency for their continued support.”

Michael Morley, Chief Executive of Coutts & Co, commented "Coutts is thrilled to be sponsoring Fashion Forward, supporting London’s status as the hotbed of emerging talent. This sponsorship re-enforces our commitment to the world of contemporary creative industries, where the last few years have seen us enjoy highly successful relationships with fashion designers such as Stella McCartney and Oswald Boateng; and sponsorship of Matthew Williamson’s вЂ10 Years in Fashion’ retrospective at the Design Museum and most recently Coutts London Jewellery Week.

"The UK is a world leader at creating new fashion designers and Coutts is determined to support this emerging talent with mentoring schemes, providing business acumen and training, and financial advice to support the next generation."

Winners Comments
Edward Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff said: “We are both pleased to have been awarded Fashion Forward. It is so important that young talent is appropriately supported in this industry and Fashion Forward gives us the opportunity to further develop our work in a relevant manner.

Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos said: “With ongoing support from the BFC and Coutts, Fashion Forward will help us reach the next level!"

Toddy Lynn, said “I am thrilled to have won Fashion Forward for 2011. This will be such a great support to me and my brand both in terms of financial sponsorship and building my business through the mentoring scheme. I am so excited to showcase my AW collection next month, and look forward to working with Coutts over the coming year.” 

UK:BFC to take leading emerging fashion talents to Paris

France:Horiyoshi the Third’s A/W men's collection at Paris Fashion Week

Horiyoshi the Third’s A/W mens collection at Paris Fashion Week


Horiyoshi the Third’s A/W mens collection at Paris Fashion Week

Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc is pleased to announce that Horiyoshi the Third's newly designed Autumn / Winter 2011-12 Men's Collection will be showcased at Paris Fashion Week from January 21st - 24th. The full collection - which includes knitwear, outerwear, leather goods along with scarves, and jersey's - will be displayed and showcased to buyers and the international fashion media.

"We are confident that the sales of Horiyoshi the Third will significantly increase this season through the introduction of a wider range of products and designs" said Dawn Green - Commercial Director of Horiyoshi Worldwide. "Paris will be the start to the Autumn/Winter selling season and we look to strengthen relationships with current retailers and forge new alliances with additional stores worldwide"

Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc., designs, manufactures, and markets Horiyoshi the Third - a high end clothing and accessories product line based on the artistry of World renowned Japanese Tattoo Artist, Yoshihito Nakano (Horiyoshi III). The Company is rapidly expanding its distribution platform with the line currently being sold in approximately 50 luxury retail boutiques & department stores in 25 cities worldwide. 

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

USA:Style X to showcase up-and-coming brands & designers

Style X to showcase up-and-coming brands & designers


Style X to showcase up-and-coming brands & designers

South by Southwest (SXSW) announced it will introduce the inaugural Style X (pronounced Style By), an exhibition aimed at showcasing emerging talent in the fashion industry, during its 25th event in March 2011.

Style X will present dozens of up-and-coming brands that design and manufacture everything from women's dresses and swimwear, to eyeglasses, watches, shoes, and apparel. The new event will take place on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at the Austin Convention Center.

"South by Southwest plays host to a one-of-a-kind convergence of creative industries, where fashion is playing an increasingly important role," said Roland Swenson, Managing Director of SXSW, Inc. "Style X will allow SXSW registrants to tap into an entirely new field of creative professionals who are pushing the limits and developing trends that affect and influence people around the world."

Designers currently confirmed for Style X range from Atlanta-based streetwear line We Are The Process and Austin watchmaker Tikkr, to Charleston, S.C. women's wear designer Cavortress, newly-launched eyewear company Tortoise & Blond, and Sweden-based sock maker Happy Socks. New York women's line Yours Truly Brand and women's swimwear line ToriPraver are among other brands showcasing. Keds, the original sneaker since 1916, will be a special exhibitor in Style X, creating an interactive experience of art, fashion, style and charity, in addition to showcasing their "Design Your Own" capabilities.

"Fashion is already widely on display at SXSW, whether it's the bands onstage, the fans in the crowd, or the brands participating in the event," said Joah Spearman, the event's co-founder and owner of pop-up sneaker boutique, Sneak Attack. "Style X will give SXSW attendees a chance to be introduced to some of what's next in fashion, and to see how it intersects with so much of what is happening in their own creative industries."

The event is free and opens to the public, and will feature runway shows, select gifting opportunities, on-site screen-printing, and experiential activations. Exhibiting designers will be selling their lines onsite.

Style X was developed in November 2010 through a partnership between SXSW and two Austin business owners, Joah Spearman and Jon Pattillo. The founder, Joah, is the owner of Sneak Attack, a pop-up sneaker boutique, and co-founder Jon is co-owner of Sanctuary Printshop. 

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USA:Kardashian sisters to design for Sears

Kardashian sisters to design for Sears


Kardashian sisters to design for Sears

Sears, along with Bruno Schiavi's Jupi International, have teamed up with Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian to launch the Kardashian Kollection in 400 Sears stores nationwide in August. In a first for the sisters, the new brand will be included in exclusive shopping destinations created inside Sears department stores.

"Together with Sears we have created an exclusive collection that will reflect Kim, Khloe and Kourtney's bold sense of fashion," said Australian entrepreneur and fashion designer Bruno Schiavi. "Customers and fans will have a chance to share in all things Kardashian."

The exciting new collection will embrace Kim's glamorous red carpet looks, Kourtney's more Bohemian chic vibe and Khloe's rocker style. From timely pieces to fashionably tailored looks, the collection will appeal to all women who love fashion.

"Fashion is such a huge part of my life and I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to design the Kardashian Kollection with my sisters and Jupi. We worked really hard to create an incredible, price friendly collection and are so excited to see our fans' reactions to the designs," said Kim Kardashian.

Khloe Kardashian added, "Because Kim, Kourt and I have such different tastes, it was really important to us to design looks for girls everywhere, no matter their signature style. We wanted to make sure the Kardashian Kollection offered must-have items for everyone across the country from the girly girls to the rocker chicks."

And Kourtney Kardashian summed up their excitement when saying, "We were thrilled when we found out Sears was such a huge fan of the Kardashian Kollection. To be able to offer the line to everyone and to have such a great partner as Sears is truly phenomenal!"

The Kardashian Kollection has something for every fashionista with looks that embrace a woman's natural curves through bold and beautiful fashion statements for all occasions. In addition the collection offers a designer look and appeal.

"Each Kardashian sister is a trend setter in her own right, bringing their unique styles together raises the bar for fashion at Sears, " said John Goodman, executive vice president of Apparel and Home for Sears Holdings. "The collection offers our customers designer looks and appeal at approachable prices. Our team is really looking forward to working with all three sisters to bring this timely brand to customers."

Products will include a ready-to-wear apparel collection, handbags, lingerie, jewelry and footwear. The Kardashian Kollection will be launched with a comprehensive marketing roll out that includes a national TV and print campaign as well as in-store appearances. 

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Germany:ispo BrandNew Awards 2011

ispo BrandNew Awards 2011


ispo BrandNew Awards 2011

This year the ispo BrandNew Awards were presented for the 20th time to young entrepreneurs and their innovative products.

Since its inception the world’s largest sporting goods newcomer competition has become a trend barometer for the industry, and offers winners the ultimate chance to tap into the market. More than 4000 labels have entered the BrandNew Award competition since its premiere, and many of the former winners have since successfully established themselves in the sporting goods industry, or are now counted among the most popular brands, such as Alprausch, Maloja, Nash Kites, and Nixon. This year, 282 companies from 28 countries entered their innovative ideas. The jury spent a whole day analyzing and evaluating every singe submission, until they agreed on the new winners, selected from 50 finalists.

Event ispo 2011:
71st International Trade Fair for Sports articles and fashion

Dates and Times:
Sunday, 6th to Wednesday, 9th February 2011
Sunday to Tuesday 9 am to 6 pm
Wednesday 9 am to 5 pm

Thermo Cool Overall Winner: 360ball
The jury considered the вЂrounded’ concept of this new sport very appealing and honored it with this year’s Overall Award. The new racquet ball game from South Africa is played in a walled circular court, similar to a squash court. In the middle of the court is a plate from which the ball is played to co-players or competing teams. Thanks to the rather uncontrollably rebounding ball and a number of game variations this sport is very fast and challenging.

DuPont Hardware Winter Award: Silbaerg Snowboards
Students from the Technical University Chemnitz took on the challenge to develop a snowboard suitable for use both on runs and in the park. The result is the Silbaerg Snowboard. Thanks to a new edge construction the edge is pushed even further into the snow during carving and thus results in a very accurate ride.Whenused on rails in the park, the edges are actively lifted,resulting in a more agile board and reduced danger of catching anedge.

YKK Accessories Award: Heads Up Display Technology
Real-time display of data such as speed, altitude difference, or temperature on the lens of a ski goggle is reminiscent of jet pilot’s cockpit. This is made possible by new technology designedby Recon, using GPS with an in-goggle heads up display to collectreal-time data. Large buttons on the side of the goggle allow adjustments even with gloves, and a USB port provides an option to transfer the data to a computer for subsequent analysis on one’s ski day or data comparison with other users on the Recon home page.

Thermolite Hardware Summer Award: Klymit
The sleeping pad by Klymit is based on the principle “less is more”. However, there is no compromise in regards to insulation, air- or argon-filled chambers ensure great insulation against coldand provide soft padding. Thanks to body mapping any areas of the body in contact with the ground are supported; excess material is eliminated. When deflated, the ultra lightweight sleeping pad including pump takes up less space than a soda can.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

USA:Vintage Fashion Expo returns to Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Vintage Fashion Expo returns to Santa Monica Civic Auditorium


Vintage Fashion Expo returns to Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

This coming year for 2011 the Vintage Fashion Expo now being well into its third decade will have its next show this coming February 2011. The show will be held once again at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, Ca. @ Main & Pico on February 5th & 6th.

Dealers from across the country will be presenting vintage clothing for men and women. Women’s hats, shoes, dresses, costume and estate jewelry. Vintage eye wear. Men's suits, shoes, shirts, watches, ties and more. Fantastic textiles for the home.

Show hours are Sat. Early Buy 9:00am-10:30am. Regular Admission 10:30am - 6:00pm. Sun.

The Vintage Fashion Expos in Santa Monica and San Francisco featuring 85 dealers of vintage clothing, accessories and textiles. 

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USA:Joanna Giudice turns trash into trend-setting fashion art education

Joanna Giudice turns trash into trend-setting fashion art education


Joanna Giudice turns trash into trend-setting fashion art education

Diane Von Furstenberg is known for the wrap dress. Yves Saint Laurent for putting women in "power suits." Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel for the iconic little black dress.

Joanna Del Giudice's claim to fashion fame? Fully wearable, beautiful garments crocheted out of garbage bags, plastic shopping bags and VHS and cassette tapes.

For her senior honors thesis at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, the 21-year-old art education major from Centereach, N.Y. created wearable art -- ten outfits made entirely out of items that most throw in the trash on a daily basis. Her collection includes a variety of pieces and styles, including a metallic vest made out of two VHS tapes, a black strapless dress and zigzag belt made from a trash bag and VHS tape, a metallic shawl made from four cassette tapes, a yellow and red circle skirt made from 65 “Shop Rite” bags and a stunning red corset made from 40 plastic bags.

"I love to see people's reaction when they see it," she said. "At first glance you can't tell they are made out of plastic."

Her work was acclaimed at “ReImagine: An Eco-Fashion Art Show” at C.W. Post in October, featuring her creations on living models. An appearance at the campus Fashion Show followed, and word began to spread. Today, Del Giudice has begun accepting orders for custom pieces and taught a class in trash-to-fashion at Half Hollow Hills East High School. She met Tim Gunn of the Bravo TV series “Project Runway” at a book signing, and the show's season seven contestant Anthony Williams wore one of her ties at a costume party at Hillwood Art Museum at C.W. Post.

“It's about getting the idea and concept out there for people to see," she said. "It truly isn't just reduce, reuse and recycling. It's reimagining – up-cycling, transforming and giving something old, new life.”

Working without patterns, Del Giudice crochets her creations using “plarn,” a type of yarn created by cutting up and tying together plastic bags. She estimates that each piece takes about 20 hours, depending on its complexity. The more complicated the item, the more bags she uses -- a purple and beige dress was constructed from about 60 Stop & Shop supermarket bags.

Del Giudice’s parents, Joseph and Angela Del Giudice, are math teachers who met while they were students at C.W. Post. Joanna’s sister Christina graduated from C.W. Post in May with a master’s degree in special education, and another sister, Diana, is a sophomore at C.W. Post majoring in art education.

When she was in the fifth grade, her grandmother taught Del Giudice to crochet. As a college sophomore, she took an education class where students were asked to create a lesson plan based on a social justice issue. Her group decided to do a unit plan based on being environmentally aware and each member chose a different medium; Del Giudice decided to crochet a handbag out of plastic bags. The project was a success (her handbag is so durable, she still uses it today), and Del Giudice took the project a step further, basing her senior art show around transforming garbage into functional artwork.

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Japan:Japanese fashion to world; starting "tokyoeye: girls/kids/tech"




The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is promoting the “Cool Japan" project to promote Japan’s popular in the world cultural industries to the overseas market. As a part of the project, it will carry out a test marketing project “tokyoeye: girls/kids/tech” in Shanghai to support the advance of the Japanese fashion industry into the foreign market.

Specifically, “real clothes” that are drawing attention all over the world; high function textiles with a high consumption potential in China and children’s clothes characterized by their good design and high quality will be the subjects of the project. Test marketing of these products will be carried out in Shanghai from December this year.

By expanding the successful and already worldwide recognized area of “tokyoeye”,, METI aims to effectively promote many Japanese fashion brands in the overseas market.

In “tokyoeye” last fiscal year and this fiscal year, METI planned to advance Japanese cutting edge fashion with a feeling of “Tokyo now” into the overseas market through exhibitions with business talks as well as test marketing in China and France. In the coming event, however, it will promote “real clothes” that are globally drawing attention together with the sweep of “girl power”, high function textiles (for heat generation, thermal retention, water absorption, quick dry and so on) that expect a high potential of consumption in China and Japanese kids clothes characterized by their good design and high quality. It will carry out the test marketing project from this December.

In this test marketing “tokyoeye:girls/kids/tech”, 21 companies (seven brands for girls clothes, eight brands for children’s clothes and seven companies characterized by their technologies) selected by filter screening for a unique sense of “Cool” and “Kawaii” and evaluated to have a good design sense, high quality and to be competitive in the overseas market, will take part.

Japan has a unique culture, goods and services that are not found in other countries and regions. These attributes include the fashion of young people in Shibuya and Harajuku, high-performance electrical appliances in Akihabara, manga and anime with attractive stories and delicious food that reflects the high standards of quality control and traceability. They are talked about with the concept of “Cool Japan.”

METI actively promotes various measures across the government for cultural industries (= creative industries: design, anime, fashion, movies and other similar industries) in Japan’s strategic field of industry. They include assistance of advance into the foreign market, dissemination of related information in Japan and abroad as well as human resources development.

“tokyoeye” is a project carried out by METI to support the Japanese fashion industry in its advance to the overseas market.

This year, using filters of “Cool Japan” and “a Tokyo Perspective” METI will select several Japanese fashion brands that make people feel a sense of the cutting edge of Japanese fashion “now”. METI has held exhibitions with business talks and test marketing sales in Paris and Shanghai so as to support overseas development of Japanese fashion brands and improve their image. 

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