Monday, October 31, 2011

New Zealand:4th DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship opens for entries

New Zealand:4th DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship opens for entries


New Zealand:4th DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship opens for entries

DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, is calling for emerging fashion exporters to enter the fourth DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship. Designed to identify the country’s hottest up-and-coming fashion exporter and assist them in achieving international growth, the scholarship is open to New Zealand designers who have been exporting for less than four years.

Megan Wildermoth, national strategic account manager (fashion and textiles) at DHL Express, says, “Over the years, the scholarship has provided an invaluable boost for designers looking to grow their brands internationally. Previous winners, including Stolen Girlfriends Club, Lonely Hearts and Twenty-Seven Names, have gone from strength-to-strength.”

The winner of the scholarship will receive international freight to the value of NZ$10,000, as well as coaching in freight and logistics from DHL Express.

All three finalists will receive individual export mentoring and an annual membership subscription from Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ).

In a new addition to the scholarship this year, all three finalists will also be invited to join the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) Path to Market programme for apparel exporters, which aims to improve the rate and speed of market entry to Australia. Judging the 2011 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship are:

• Margarita Robertson, creative director and co-founder of NOM*D; one of New Zealand’s most iconic and enduring fashion brands
• Prominent New Zealand entrepreneur and exporter, Erica Crawford; co-founder of Kim Crawford Wines and managing principal at Tentpole Holdings
• Megan Wildermoth, national strategic account manager (fashion and textiles) at DHL Express
• Mapihi Opai, executive officer at Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ)

For last year’s winner, Wellington-based fashion brand Twenty-Seven Names, the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship has produced tangible results.

“Previously, we only showed sample ranges in Australasia. But, this year, we were able to send samples to Japan, Europe and the U.S,” says Anjali Stewart, co-founder and designer of Twenty-Seven Names.

“Increasing the number of agents and buyers able to physically view the collections has helped grow our export sales and raise our profile.”

FINZ executive officer, Mapihi Opai, says, “The scholarship provides much needed exposure and assistance for talented New Zealand fashion exporters, which not only raises the profile of their brands, but lends a tremendous amount of credibility to their businesses, both here and internationally.”

Entrants are required to complete an official application form and submit lookbooks from previous collections. Applications will be judged across several categories, including ‘brand and design’, ‘sales and marketing’ and ‘export strategy’.  

Sunday, October 30, 2011

South Africa:Fashion Week brings hope to dying textile industry

South Africa:Fashion Week brings hope to dying textile industry


The eight edition of the Africa Fashion week in Johannesburg has brought a glimmer of hope to the dying textile industry of the biggest economy in the African continent.

Most of the designers who showcased their collections used South African produced textiles and took the help of craft workers to design shimmering fashion clothing.

One designer - Thula Sindi has embroidered his collection with the help of skilled seamstresses who work under cooperatives in the Johannesburg factory areas.

Another Durban-based fashion designer - Dax Martin had his swimwear and lingerie line produced by local tailors.

The industry is hopeful that these designers will showcase and sell their collections across the globe, which will in turn bring business for the local textile sector.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

USA:Launch of Giambattista Valli's collection at Macy's

USA:Launch of Giambattista Valli's collection at Macy's


USA:Launch of Giambattista Valli's collection at Macy's

This Wednesday, Macy's will debut the new Giambattista Valli collection, the fourth in the retailer's series of limited-edition, designer capsules created exclusively for its Impulse department. Fêted for his effortless glamour, versatility and innate sense of "what women want," Giambattista Valli's first-ever collaboration will bring ultra-feminine, jet-set style to the affordable fashion arena for the holiday season.

Featuring sequin-encrusted jackets, soutaché dresses and flirty blouses, "Giambattista Valli for Impulse only at Macy's" will be sold in approximately 225 Macy's stores nationwide and on macys/impulse beginning Oct. 26.

"This collection is a passport into my world and a chance to experience my Couture House and Paris itself," said Giambattista Valli. "Each dress is a collector's piece and an invitation to join my exclusive group of 'Valli girls.'"

The Giambattista Valli capsule is a true reflection of the designer's trademark sensibility and creative flourishes that have made him an international sensation. Featuring gloriously feminine fabrics and bold prints, the collection is grounded in red and black with gold, grey and fuchsia infused throughout. The line will feature cocktail dresses, flirty skirts, feminine blouses and lightweight jackets in key textures such as lace, tweed, brocade, faux fur and point d'esprit tulle.

"We are thrilled to have Giambattista Valli's limited-edition collection at Macy's," said Jeff Gennette, Macy's chief merchandising officer. "His design is synonymous with the overtly feminine and unapologetically luxurious, and these collectible pieces offer his authentic style to a customer who craves high-end fashion at an incredible price."

To welcome the arrival of Valli's exclusive collection, Macy's will host a celebratory launch event at its New York flagship, Herald Square, at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Impulse department on the 2nd floor.

Beginning Oct. 26, 2011, Macy's customers can purchase the "Giambattista Valli for Impulse only at Macy's" collection at website.

Born and raised in Rome, Giambattista Valli studied at the Istituto Europeo del Design and Central St. Martin's School of Arts in London. Returning to Italy, he studied under Roberto Capucci for two years and was introduced to the dramatic haute-couture clothes and the bursting colors of the Roman master. Following that period, the Fendi family called him to oversee, as Senior Designer, the newly born Fendissime Line.

Appointed Senior Designer for Krizia in 1995, Valli quickly made his two great dreams become a reality in 1997. After moving to Paris to pursue the opportunity to combine his prêt-à-porter and couture sensibilities, he met Emanuel Ungaro, for whom he headed the design studio alongside until 2001. Launching his own collection in March 2005, Valli held his first solo show in Paris. Showing twice a year during Paris Fashion Week, his collections are sought after by international style icons who have rapidly endorsed his talent by wearing his clothes.

Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home.  

Friday, October 28, 2011

Canada:Lauren Elaine’s Black Label Swim collection at VFW

Canada:Lauren Elaine’s Black Label Swim collection at VFW


Canada:Lauren Elaine’s Black Label Swim collection at VFW

Classic California-cool travels to Canada as LA-based celebrity designer Lauren Elaine debuts the new SS2012 Black Label Swim collection at Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) on November 5th.

Attendees will be the first to preview the new collection mixing 70s exotic with California beach-girl whimsy, and featuring an array of decadent bikinis, evening-worthy après-swim cover-ups and resort wear, as well as a handful of chic separates and casual gowns. The 32-look runway show kicks off at 2pm at Masik Studios.

For the new SS2012 Swim collection, Designer Lauren Elaine has imagined a variety of couture bikinis and swim separates with a focus on clean shapes embellished with plenty of details. "I've always found it difficult to find swimwear that is unique and feminine without it being over-the-top or tacky.

My aim when creating this collection was to take my design aesthetic from the Black Label dress collection, and apply it to swimwear," says Elaine. "I wanted to give my suits an added regal touch while keeping them effortless."

Originally known for her modern-day princess design aesthetic as reflected in the Black Label dress collection, Lauren Elaine officially launched the Black Label Swim line as part of the Lauren Elaine brand in June of 2010, in Hollywood CA. Since the launch, Lauren Elaine Swim has taken warm weather climates by storm- and has been seen in a slew of the summer's hottest magazine editorials- including the official swimwear for the Swimsuit Edition of Fitness and World Physique Magazine.

In September of 2011, Lauren Elaine Swim was featured on the new season of Americas Next Top Model All-Stars. The Lauren Elaine brand officially debuted during LA Fashion Week in October 2009, and Elaine's pieces have graced the pages of such high profile publications as Vogue and Women's Wear Daily, and garnered a celebrity following on the red carpet.

As a featured international designer for Vancouver Fashion Week, Lauren Elaine looks forward to presenting an inspired show and bringing a taste of southern California chic to Canada.  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sweden:Essence of Versace for H&M - moment in fashion

Sweden:Essence of Versace for H&M - moment in fashion


Sweden:Essence of Versace for H&M - moment in fashion

Versace’s collection for H&M is full of the pieces that have made the house of Versace legendary. Dominated by colour, print and cut, the brand’s creative director Donatella Versace has gone back to the archives to bring some Versace classics to a whole new audience.

Iconic dresses are the focus of the women’s collection, while menswear is centered on sharp tailoring. And, for the first time, an H&M designer collaboration will include homeware pieces, reflecting Versace’s influential home designs. All collections will be available in around 300 stores worldwide, as well as on-line, from November 17.

"The collection for H&M is the essence of Versace. For the collaboration we've brought back from the archives, as well as from more recent collections, some of the icons of Versace such as the bright prints, the Greek key and daring cuts. I can't wait to see how H&M’s wide audience will make these pieces their own." Donatella Versace.

“Versace’s collection for Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) is a moment in fashion. It is full of strong pieces that stand out, with colours, prints and cuts that are clean and precise. The women’s collection is flattering and full of dresses, while the men’s collection is very sophisticated. When I think about Versace I think of iconic items. With this collection for H&M we’ve got the essence of Versace.” Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.

Versace’s collection for H&M includes many of the iconic designs. For women, a classic black silk crepe dress has gold Grecian buttons on its patent straps, while the flow of a floor-length goddess gown is balanced by boning in the bodice. For night-time shine, multi-colour sequin dresses are covered in archival Versace prints, short metallic dresses come in either silver or gold, and strong colour shift dresses are embellished with studs in classic Greek motifs.

For H&M, Versace has revisited some of its most famous prints, which for women are used on pieces such as dresses, short pleat skirts, velvet bomber jackets, leggings and jeans. Meanwhile the importance of leather for Versace is reflected in leather jackets that come decorated with gold studs and zips. Accessories include a high-heeled laced boot and a studded suede high-heeled sandal, along with studded leather bags as well as velvet bags covered with the Miami palm print.

Versace’s men’s collection for H&M is a mix of slick tailoring and pieces of extravagant pattern. Suit jackets and trousers come in either black or pink, while a black tuxedo jacket has metallic tip trims on its pockets, and shirts have metallic wing-tips on the collars. Versace’s palm and optical prints are used on T-shirts, as well as on thin-knit cashmere sweaters, while print is also used on velvet bombers, jeans, and even swim trunks.

There’s leather in the men’s collection too, with a quilted leather jacket trimmed with gold studs in the Versace classical Greek pattern, which is repeated down the sides of black cotton shorts and a rolled-sleeve T-shirt. Accessories include embellished beanies and patterned caps, embellished or print scarfs, hi-top sneakers and the perfect dress shoes.

Versace’s home pieces for H&M take full advantage of the house’s iconography, with pillows and the bedspread resplendent in the multicolour floral Japanese fan print, bringing the complete Versace lifestyle to H&M.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

USA:Ralph Rucci & Donald Brooks join Fashion Walk of Fame

USA:Ralph Rucci & Donald Brooks join Fashion Walk of Fame


USA:Ralph Rucci & Donald Brooks join Fashion Walk of Fame

Fashion designers Ralph Rucci and Donald Brooks became the newest members of Seventh Avenue’s legendary Fashion Walk of Fame. The pair joined two dozen others immortalized in the heart of the world’s fashion capital in a star-studded ceremony this morning at the Bryant Park Grill.

At the induction, a who’s-who of New York fashion got a firsthand look at the bronze plaques that will pay lasting tribute to these two fashion icons.

“Ralph Rucci and Donald Brooks have left a lasting impression on the world of fashion with their extraordinary contributions to design and reverence for materials,” said Barbara Randall, president of the Fashion Center BID.

“We are delighted to honor their outstanding contributions in the Fashion District, home to so many of the most influential and renowned designers and industry elite. As the fashion epicenter of the world, we are proud to showcase them on the Fashion Walk of Fame, a destination for fashion-loving New Yorkers and tourists alike.”

The Fashion Center Business Improvement District (BID) established the Fashion Walk of Fame in 1999 to honor individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on fashion through either innovative design or the use of materials, or significantly influenced the way America dresses.

Decorative plaques honoring these designers are embedded in the sidewalks along the east side of Seventh “Fashion” Avenue from 41st Street to 35th Street, in the Fashion District. Each plaque displays an original sketch and a brief description of their contribution to fashion and the designer’s signature.

Ralph Rucci
Celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Whoopi Goldberg and Martha Stewart have worn designer Ralph Rucci’s creations over the course of his impressive career. His fashion and accessories line, Chado Ralph Rucci, was launched in 1994 and is known for its impeccable craftsmanship and luxurious materials.

Rucci’s gowns are included in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for your work and for your efforts,” said Rucci. “I share this honor today with the members of my staff and, above all, with the dedicated people in my workrooms who are among the finest artists and craftsmen/women in the world.”

Born in Philadelphia, Rucci attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and started his first job in fashion, working with Halston, in 1977. Rucci is also an accomplished painter and his artwork is displayed in galleries in New York and San Francisco.

Donald Brooks
Late fashion designer Donald Brooks died in 2005 at age 77. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in Manhattan, attending the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. He made his first foray into fashion as a window designer for Lord & Taylor, where his work caught the eye of the department store’s president, who hired him to design a collection for the retailer.

Monday, October 24, 2011

USA:Chicago Fashion Week to close with ‘A MAYAN TALE’

USA:Chicago Fashion Week to close with ‘A MAYAN TALE’


USA:Chicago Fashion Week to close with ‘A MAYAN TALE’

Designer Anna Fong will close out an extraordinary week of fashion events with an exclusive preview of her Spring 2012 Collection on Friday, October 21 at Chicago’s landmark BLACKSTONE RENAISSANCE HOTEL.

Fashion Designer Anna Fong Previews 2012 Spring Collection during Chicago Fashion Week 2011 Finale.

Drawing inspiration from her recent trip to Central America, Fong introduces "A MAYAN TALE" which pays homage to her Guatemalan heritage. “I’m really excited about the preview of my Spring 2012 collection”, Fong exclaims. She continues, “It’s my most personal line yet because there are elements inspired by my culture in each piece”. Attendees at Fong’s preview show can expect a presentation of rich, colorful hand-woven fabrics, in functional yet feminine silhouettes.

USANNA NEGOVAN of MICHIGAN AVENUE MAGAZINE will officiate as stunning models from the ROCK AGENCY hit the runway to give a glimpse of the 'effortlessly chic' ensembles Fong has crafted for next season. Event attendees will also be among the first to view the newly debuted 2012 MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Coupe to be displayed on the red carpet.

'A Mayan Tale' will be an interactive affair, commencing with cocktail hour and a Styling Preview by industry veteran TONY DE PASCA of CARISSIMA SALON. After the fashion show, guests will have the opportunity to win several different prize packages (valued from $250 - $1,000 each) donated by generous sponsors: BANG & OLUFSEN, SUNDA RESTAURANT, ZAZU SALON & DAY SPA, THE UNDERGROUND and BELLA COLLETTA JEWELRY. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit a charity focused on ending human trafficking – an issue near to the designer’s heart.

DIET PEPSI – Fong’s diet beverage of choice - will also provide fashionable SWAG bags to the first 100 guests. The Anna Fong Fashion Preview for Spring 2012 will be an experiential affair to be remembered.  

Sunday, October 23, 2011

USA:The Sophia Tolli Couture Trunk Show

USA:The Sophia Tolli Couture Trunk Show


USA:The Sophia Tolli Couture Trunk Show

House of Brides announces the date for the upcoming trunk show in November. The trunk show will showcase the designer’s 2011 wedding dress collection, which will be on display for customers to view and try on. Special incentives are often offered during trunk shows.

The Couture salon in Chicago will host the designer show exclusively. The Sophia Tolli Couture Trunk Show is Friday November 11th, Saturday November 12th and Sunday November 13th.

Designers and retailers use trunk shows to preview and feature a collection. The term “trunk show” was coined from designers transporting their bridal gown samples in steamer trunks to studios.

House of Brides Couture was originally located on Michigan Avenue in the popular shopping district. The salon later moved to its current location in River North. President Eva Buziecki said, “The store moved so our customers could get an exclusive shopping experience. The River North neighborhood offers boutique shopping without the tourist attractions of Michigan Avenue.”

The salon is located at the corner of Franklin and Superior Avenues. As Brides enter the doors, they are presented with a vast showroom. The showroom has a loft feel with exposed brick and ductwork. The salon has a boutique feel with Gold tones and luxurious decor. Couture wedding dresses, jewelry and accessories are all on display with seating and staging areas on the perimeters of the showroom. A large bridesmaid and special occasion department is located at the back of the store.

Trunk shows are exclusive events where wedding dress samples are on display and are available for brides to view and try on. House of Brides specializes in Couture, exclusive and one-of-a-kind bridal gowns. Customers are catered to and served champagne and Hor d’oeuvres while shopping. The shows are by appointment only to ensure brides are given the ultimate experience with an expert sales consultant. Industry Consultant Dale Buziecki said, “The consultant dresses the bride from head to toe for the complete bridal look. They also bring the brides to the stage area to capitalize on the bridal experience.”

The Sophia Tolli 2011 collection will be highlighted at the trunk show scheduled November 11th – 13th. Popular styles from previous season will also be included. The wedding dresses offer traditional to contemporary styles, luxurious fabrics, exceptional fit and an emphasis on craftsmanship.

House of Brides trunk shows are by appointment only. The Sophia Tolli Trunk Show is November 11th – 13th. The show is available at the Couture salon in Chicago.

House of Brides established its first brick-and-mortar store in 1929 and has since grown to 10 Chicagoland stores and global E-Commerce website. Millions of Brides and their wedding parties visit our salons and global website forover 30,000 wedding and special event products.  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

USA:Doo-Ri Chung to design for Macy’s 'Impulse'

USA:Doo-Ri Chung to design for Macy’s 'Impulse'


USA:Doo-Ri Chung to design for Macy’s 'Impulse'

Macy's announced Doo-Ri Chung as the next acclaimed fashion designer to take part in the designer capsule collection series for the retailer's contemporary fashion 'Impulse' department. In its second year, Macy's capsule initiative will continue partnering with celebrated designers from the United States and around the globe.

Sold in approximately 225 Macy's stores nationwide and on macys website beginning Feb.15, the "Doo-Ri for Impulse only at Macy's" collection will include art-inspired prints, jersey pieces mixed with leather, beautifully detailed knitwear and Doo-Ri's iconic draping, all at an affordable price.

"My clothes have always been about making women feel elegant and modern, which is why I am so excited about this capsule collection," said Doo-Ri Chung. "It truly embodies the confidence and creativity of the modern woman."

The Doo-Ri capsule reflects the designer's signature styling and treasured craftsmanship that have made her an instant success. With modest, yet fascinating details, from the choice of fabric to her signature draping, the Doo-Ri capsule is a fusion of sumptuous and collectible pieces that can easily transition from day to night.

The collection will feature soft fabrics, art-inspired prints and feminine silhouettes, all grounded in blues and greys with red, black and orange infused throughout. Standout pieces include statement outerwear, including a trench and blazer, short and maxi length dresses, sweaters and cardigans, knit and faux leather mixed skirts and leggings, and great blouses. Offering a sneak peek at spring, the "Doo-Ri for Impulse only at Macy's" collection combines collectible pieces that are modern, versatile and wholly feminine, representing a woman that is effortlessly chic.

"We are thrilled to reveal Doo-Ri as the next and first female designer to partner with Macy's designer capsule collection program," said Jeff Gennette, Macy's chief merchandising officer. "Doo-Ri understands what women want to wear and how elements like fabric and silhouette can flatter the body. The collection's balance of ultra-feminine styling and use of print and color embodies exactly what our customer is looking for when shopping for spring fashion."

Doo-Ri Chung has quickly established herself as a designer whose work is admired as much for its beauty as for its technical brilliance. Since launching her signature collection in 2003, Chung has made her mark as one of the leading lights of the next generation of great American designers. Following graduation from the prestigious Parsons The New School of Design, she worked with the legendary Geoffrey Beene for five years and rose to the position of lead designer. During her tenure, she honed her gifts for sinuous draping and technical precision that have become the hallmarks of Doo-Ri design.

The brand rapidly found critical and commercial success in the densely populated New York design community. Within ayear of launching her label, Chung was named as a finalist in the first-ever Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF) and was prominently featured in the Douglas Keeve film "Seamless," which documented the challenges and triumphs of three talented designers with growing businesses.

Friday, October 21, 2011

USA:Jacqueline Depaul as signature model for Stiletto line

USA:Jacqueline Depaul as signature model for Stiletto line


USA:Jacqueline Depaul as signature model for Stiletto line

Orange County, California Designer Loralee, CEO of Stiletto Clothing, has selected model Jacqueline Depaul as the signature model for the Stiletto line.

“My customers are sophisticated women, ages 35-60, who want chic, feminine, and wearable clothing. Jacqueline has the statuesque lines of a runway model combined with the elegance of a confident, experienced woman. Jacqueline represents my customer perfectly and is a precise match to my brand,” says Loralee.

Jacqueline Depaul is delighted to be the named the Stiletto signature model. “Stiletto is unique, high quality, and flatters all body types. My 5’1” and 6’1” sisters both enjoy wearing Stiletto. The line is remarkably comfortable- it’s hard to believe you can look so tailored but feel like you are wearing your pajamas. Stiletto is perfect for the modern woman on the go.”

The 5-foot-11-inch beauty just landed a contract with Wilhelmina, the world-renowned modeling agency, after winning the 2011 Wilhelmina 40+ Model Search Contest. Depaul competed against 5,000 women for the title. The contest was co-sponsored by Miraclesuit, Estee Lauder, and Macy’s, brands who are keenly aware that there is a powerful need in the marketplace to cater to women over the age of 35.

Loralee caters exclusively to this age demographic, and is adamant about using models like Depaul for her marketing. She prefers not to show her designs on younger models, bucking the fashion industry convention that craves youth. “Those young girls are not my customers, nor are they really the customer of any high-end brand. Women 35-60 years old are the only ones who have the money to buy expensive clothing. Why aren’t we marketing directly to them using models they can relate to?”

Marti Barletta, CEO and founder of the TrendSight Group, agrees with Loralee and states that marketing to women over 35 is not only smart, but also critical for designers and retailers.

“The fashion industry might want to take note that consumers 35-to-64-years-old are spending more on women's apparel than consumers under 35,” states Barletta. “Not just a little more. Older women are spending 88% more than younger women on women's apparel. Boomer women, those 46-64 years old, are spending 62% of that total.”

If women over 35 are spending top dollar to look great, designers like Loralee who cater directly to them are likely to cash in handsomely.

Various couture designers are also calling upon the fashion industry to include the older female demographic in their marketing. Spanish designer Juan Duyos cast four models in their 60s to strut his styles down his Madrid Fashion Week catwalk in his 2010 fall show. "I am fed up with seeing 20-year-old models advertise anti-wrinkle creams for women aged 60," states Duyos. "Beauty does not end at 40 or 50." Duyos also describes elderly women as being "just as beautiful as 20-year-olds.”

Depaul asserts that not only should designers cater to women over 35 using age appropriate models, but they should also keep the aging female body in mind when tailoring their designs. “Women today are taking great care of themselves and they are more fashionable than ever, even into their 60s,” says Depaul. “But we still have older bodies. We have cellulite, belly fat, bigger hips and thighs, but that doesn’t mean we want to dress like old ladies. We want designers to give us modern, beautiful clothing choices that work.”

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Germany:Ethical Fashion Show Berlin in ‘ewerk'

Germany:Ethical Fashion Show Berlin in ‘ewerk'


Germany:Ethical Fashion Show Berlin in ‘ewerk'

Ethical Fashion Show Berlin which will held at ewerk, Wilhelmstrasse 43, D-10117 Berlin on the date of 18 to 20 January 2012.

Sustainable lifestyle meets international trend when the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin makes its debut during the coming Berlin Fashion Week. To be held for the first time as an independent event, the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin will present street fashion and casualwear made using sustainable methods in the heart of the Germany fashion metropolis. The 1st Ethical Fashion Show is being organised by Messe Frankfurt and will take place at the ‘ewerk’ in downtown Berlin from 18 to 20 January 2012.

Thereafter, the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin will be held biannually as a future and quality oriented event during the Berlin Fashion Week. The distinguishing features of the new fair will be an in-depth understanding of the modern, urban lifestyle, a sure taste for good design and a high level of quality among the green labels on show.

Street fashion and Casualwear
“The Ethical Fashion Show Berlin targets visitors and exhibitors who regard ecology and ethics as essential aspects of modern life and position themselves in the middle of the fashion market with modern street fashion and casualwear”, explains Magdalena Schaffrin, the co-founder of the GREENshowroom Berlin who is organising the show on behalf of Messe Frankfurt. “The common denominator for exhibitors, visitors and the organisers is the philosophy of visionary, sustainable and social fashions.”

With the ‘ewerk’ event location, the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin has found an authentic home in the heart of the German fashion metropolis. As an established venue for fashion events, ‘ewerk’ is distinguished by high functional and aesthetic standards. The individual character of the brands being shown will be underscored by the special atmosphere of coolness and glamour. Situated in the central Berlin-Mitte district, the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin is well linked to the main locations of the Berlin Fashion Week and thus embedded in one of the world’s biggest events for fashion and lifestyle.

GREENshowroom rounds off the centre for green fashion
Together with the GREENshowroom, the fair for sustainable highend fashion, the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin represents a new, powerful focal point for the international green fashion scene. The Ethical Fashion Show Berlin in ‘ewerk’, the GREENshowroom in Hotel Adlon Kempinski and the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Pariser Platz will be linked by a shuttle service on all three days so that visitors can move quickly and comfortably between the individual venues.

The GREENshowroom in the Hotel Adlon Kempinski made its debut under the direction of Messe Frankfurt during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin last July and, as the biggest event for green fashion in Berlin, was a great success. Numerous trade visitors, journalists and guests saw the presentations of 40 fashion labels with sustainable high-end fashions, accessories and lifestyle products.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

USA:Steven Tyler launches new clothing line for Macy’s

USA:Steven Tyler launches new clothing line for Macy’s


USA:Steven Tyler launches new clothing line for Macy’s

Andrew Charles, a new designer clothing line for men and women, has been launched by Steven Tyler along with two of his daughters, Mia and Chelsea.

The Aerosmith lead singer and American Idol judge, best known for his flamboyant style, has teamed up with Andy Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger’s brother, to launch the rock-inspired collection ‘Andrew Charles’ for Macy’s .

The 63-year-old rock and style icon even features along with his 22-year-old daughter Chelsea in the advertising for the new line.

The new collection resembles the outfits worn by Aerosmith – America’s greatest Rock and Roll band – and their fans in the 1970s. It includes faux leopard jackets, baby doll T-shirts and flared jeans.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

USA:Red Carpet trends in House of Brides’ gowns

USA:Red Carpet trends in House of Brides’ gowns


USA:Red Carpet trends in House of Brides’ gowns

The bridal industry often looks to the red carpets and celebrity fashion for inspiration in creating new, dynamic fashions. The recent 2011 Emmy’s red carpet is an example of such a source. House of Brides’ 6 salons are showcasing many wedding dresses with these popular trends. Industry Consultant Dale Buziecki states, "House of Brides watches red carpet events and celebrity fashion to be on que with what our customers want."

Designer Mon Cheri exemplifies Lace in its style Dakota. The Tulle and Lace gown has a curved neckline and ruched bodice with hand-beaded Swarovski crystal Lace appliqués and flower detail. More recent Lace styles have taken a more modern interpretation with Lace appliqués and accents coupled with more structured fabrics like Taffeta, Tulle and Silk Satins.

Designer Mon Cheri Bridals highlights the ruching trend in style Leighton. The wedding gown has a ruched midriff that is lightly draped through the dropped waistline. Ruching has dominated red carpets over the past few fashion seasons. The 2011 take is asymmetrical ruching, which amplifies ruching’s figure-flattering character.

Designer Mon Cheri Bridals accentuates metallic embellishments with style Cambria. With hand-beaded jeweled detail and sheen Taffeta, this bridal gown has been in demand at the salons. Metallic embellishments are a more recent trend that has carried over from red carpets to bridal gown collections. Heavy beading, rhinestones and sequins are emphasized in many 2011 bridal gowns.

Designer Sophia Tolli Bridals features a one shoulder wedding dress in style Sukey. This red carpet trend lends from Grecian styling and adds to its sophisticated flare.

The salon’s buyers noted these trends are continuing into Spring 2012 collections and predict their ongoing popularity in next year’s Fall season.

Samples and their availability vary online and at the salons.

House of Brides established its first brick-and-mortar store in 1929 and has since grown to 10 Chicagoland stores and global E-Commerce website. Millions of Brides and their wedding parties visit our salons and global website for over 30,000 wedding and special event products.  

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pakistan:Pakistan’s Al Karam launches winter collection

Pakistan:Pakistan’s Al Karam launches winter collection


Pakistan:Pakistan’s Al Karam launches winter collection

Al Karam has launched its winter collection at its studio in Lahore city of Pakistan. The Al Karam Winter Collection in bold colours, exquisite designs and colour combinations, is actually a total of five collections.

‘Khaddhar prints’ give a feel of the sixties and consist of casual clothing. ‘Khaddhar embroidery’ is a glamorous collection that is mainly meant for the evening wear. It includes both hand and machine made embroideries.

‘Linen casual’ collection is for fun and casual wear, while ‘Linen embroidery’ is an attractive collection. ‘Jhaama whaar’ is made from long lasting banarasi fabric, which is fashionable and trendy.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Poland:Three best designers at Fashion Week Poland

Poland:Three best designers at Fashion Week Poland


Spring/Summer 2012 trends are going to be the centrepiece of the oncoming edition of FashionPhilosophy Fashion Week Poland. Most events will be housed in Ksiezy Mlyn between the 26th and the 30th of October. All DESIGNER AVENUE and OFF OUT OF SCHEDULE shows, Designer and Brand Showroom exhibition area, YOUNG FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS NOW and FASHION FILM FESTIVAL screenings will be held at a joint location on-site of Lodz Special Economic Zone (22/24 Tymienieckiego Street.

CUSTO BARCELONA special show will open the Autumn edition of Fashion Week Poland (27.10.2011, Thursday). The brand was established 31 years ago by brothers Custo and David Dalmau. CUSTO BARCELONA creates leading pieces regularly showcased on international catwalk shows and featured on the covers of the most prestigious fashion magazines. Spring/Summer 2012 TRIPOLAR collection comprises 2 clothing lines: casual and evening wear. Silhouettes are generally dominated by modern graphic patterns, kaleidoscopic compositions and 3D techniques. Custo Barcelona has over 3000 points of sale in 40 countries.

JEREMY SCOTT special fashion show we'll see on Friday (28.10.2011, Friday). Scott will present his collection which he designed for ADIDAS ORIGINALS. To quote the designer himself, the collection is a ”quintessence of quirky and colourful street style. It is full of jungle rapacity and military design.”

The Autumn edition of Designer Avenue will be closed by a special show of DAWID TOMASZEWSKI (30.10.2011, Sunday), who has now become a regular guest of FashionPhilosophy. His regular presence at Fashion Week Poland proves that the event is now a truly prestigious one. Tomaszewski's VANITAS FLOWERS collection has been inspired by XVII century painting and the passing of time theme it often touches upon. Transparent floral motifs are an allegory of both vitality and mortality. The subject matter is related to Tomaszewski's own beliefs that passing away is a positive aspect of life.  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

USA:Angela Dean of Deanzign introduces ‘The Ensembles’

USA:Angela Dean of Deanzign introduces ‘The Ensembles’


USA:Angela Dean of Deanzign introduces ‘The Ensembles’

Angela Dean Introduce's Her New Collection "The Ensembles". This Collection is a Innovative, Timeless and Seasonless Collection of 10 Basic Reversible Jersey Pieces that interchange to create multiple looks. This collection is a Modern System of Dressing that has the Ability to go from Day to Evening, and is created for
"Real Women with Real Bodies"

Message From The Designer "I was inspired to create this collection that would establish a new Modern System of Dressing. Due to the vast need of having great styles in your wardrobe that can be multi-functional. Women's lifestyles today are very diverse and multifaceted.

"The Ensembles" Collection travels well, has easy care and excellent fit. There is a need for items that can be worn from day to evening that are fashion forward, innovative and modern. This contemporary collection of 10 Reversible Pieces has the ability to worn in over 30 different ways."

Celebrity Designer Angela Dean is taking the world by storm. With critically-acclaimed designs and a loyal following of Hollywood Celebrities, Angela Dean is one of the most sought after fashion designers in the music and entertainment industry. For more than two decades, she has created a brand portfolio of Iconic Superstars, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Katy Perry, Paris Hilton, Halle Berry, Wendy Williams and Queen Latifah, just to name a few.

Angela Dean is continuously growing her fashion empire into an international lifestyle brand and further establishing a diversified fashion house as a worldwide powerhouse of style.  

Friday, October 14, 2011

Poland:Autumn edition of Fashionphilosophy Fashion Week Poland

Poland:Autumn edition of Fashionphilosophy Fashion Week Poland


Poland:Autumn edition of Fashionphilosophy Fashion Week Poland

FashionPhilosophy Fashion Week Poland will take place between the 26th -30th of October 2011.

Spring/Summer 2012 trends are going to be the centrepiece of the oncoming edition of FashionPhilosophy Fashion Week Poland. Most events will be housed in Ksiezy Mlyn between the 26th and the 30th of October. All DESIGNER AVENUE and OFF OUT OF SCHEDULE shows, Designer and Brand Showroom exhibition area, YOUNG FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS NOW and FASHION FILM FESTIVAL screenings will be held at a joint location on-site of Lodz Special Economic Zone (22/24 Tymienieckiego Street.

DESIGNER AVENUE is the most important and most spectacular of all Fashion Week Poland modules. This edition, DA shows will take place between the 27th and the 30th of October. The module allows to discover most interesting projects of leading designers, and witness the emergence of new brands selected by the Programme Board.

This time, FW visitors will have a chance to see the collections of the following designers: Agata Wojtkiewicz, Agnieszka Maciejak, Aleksandra Kmiecik, Bohoboco, Blessus, Joanna Klimas, Lucja Wojtala, Lukasz Jemiol, Michal Szulc, MMC Studio, Monika Ptaszek, Natalia Jaroszewska, Natasha Pavluchenko, Nenukko, Paprocki&Brzozowski duo, Piotr Drzala, Polygon, Shumik 100%, Wiola Wolczynska and Zuo Corp. Three special catwalk shows are also going to take place within this section of FWP. All together DESIGNER AVENUE module is a three-day long celebration of fashion with 23 catwalk shows of leading designers.

It has now become a tradition that avant-garde and debuting designer showcase their collections as a part of the OFF Out Of Schedule project. Between the 27th and 30th of October, Spring/Summer 2012 collections will be presented by the following designers: Alisa Bieniek, AL, Dominika Naziebly, Jacek Klosinski-Hyakinth, Jaroslaw Ewert, Joanna Paradecka, Karolina Gerlich, Katarzyna Górecka, Lukasz Stachowicz, Magdalena Kubalanca, Maldoror, Marcin Podsiadlo, Martyna Czerwinska, Olga Szynkarczuk, Paulina Plizga, Paulina Poloz and Sylwia Rochala.

Traditionally, the OFF module of Fashion Week Poland will be accompanied by YOUNG FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS NOW exhibition presenting the works of young photographers, who see fashion with fresh eyes and oldly experiment with individual non-standard means of expression.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Denmark:Launch of WRAPHABILLEMENT at RDB

Denmark:Launch of WRAPHABILLEMENT at RDB


Denmark:Launch of WRAPHABILLEMENT at RDB

Fashion designer and entrepreneur Elizabeth Roberts has launched WRAPHABILLEMENT, a new outerwear brand created by the designer for today's woman-on-the-go. Synthesizing Pacific Northwest technology and chic outerwear infused with international aesthetics combining career and art, WRAPHABILLEMENT is proud to debut its inaugural collection with The Royal Danish Ballet (RDB) and has been selected as the official outerwear provider for this world-class company.

WRAPHABILLEMENT is pleased to partner with the American Friends of The Royal Danish Ballet in this creative endeavor. Starting this month, this inspired line of jackets and coats will be introduced to the U.S. retail market through Trunk shows in Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco and online.

Drawing upon the best fabric inputs, and utilizing an innovative, patent-pending SMARTSHIELD pocket system, which decreases Cell Phone Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) by more than 95%, WRAPHABILLEMENT creates the essential balance between vogue and function.

The SMARTSHIELD pocket system, which protects the wearer from the invisible but real dangers of the electromagnetic frequencies and microwaves of her cell phone, allows the wearer to stay connected worry free while carrying her cell phone in her pocket. Offering style and performance, Roberts' designs are practical enough for walking the kids to school yet elegant enough for a glittering evening in any world capital.

"I was inspired to fuse fashion and function in outerwear to protect against both natural elements and those amplified by man and technology as I continually read reports documenting the very real dangers of having cell phones so close to your body," says designer Roberts. "With the SMARTSHIELD pocket system I developed, the wearer can be continuously connected while protected from her cellular phone's electromagnetic frequency and microwaves."

"Great ties of invention and inspiration have united Denmark and the U.S. throughout the 20th century. Design and dance are two areas where we have always excelled and been forward-looking. Working together we have touched the world in wonderful ways," says Nikolaj Hubbe, Artistic Director of The Royal Danish Ballet.

"In this century, Seattle is the international crossroads where technological breakthroughs, original thinking, and far-reaching solutions emerge almost daily. America and Denmark are focused on how we can preserve the environment and keep the earth and mankind safe.

"Beauty, form and performance standards are intrinsic to ballet. Good design in every aspect of life elevates and brings out the best in all of us. I am amazed and thrilled at how working with WRAPHABILLEMENT builds on these interests. I look forward to working with Elizabeth and seeing the dancers in her designs."

Key Features of WRAPHABILLEMENT include:
• SMARTSHIELD - an embedded patent-pending pocket system reduces cell phone EMF & microwaves, without limiting transmission or receipt of data and phone calls.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

USA:Designer Tina Knowles visits University of Houston

USA:Designer Tina Knowles visits University of Houston


USA:Designer Tina Knowles visits University of Houston

Award-winning fashion designer Tina Knowles made history on Monday, October 3, as her life story became the fifteenth addition to the University of Houston's "Living Archives." The Living Archives are the oral history arm of the Shuart Women's Archive and Research Collection.

Lauded for her work as a fashion designer and stylist, businesswoman and philanthropist, the Texas native told her story in an interview with journalist Joy Sewing of the Houston Chronicle. The enthusiastic crowd, including her lifelong friends and family members; three brothers, one sister, her niece and nephew and daughter, Beyonce, listened as Miss Tina (as she is affectionately known) told her story about growing up in Galveston, Texas, the youngest of seven children and recounted early lessons she learnt from her parents, particularly her seamstress mother, the late Agnez Dereon Beyonce, that would set her on her path. She also talked about her deep bond with her two daughters, Beyonce and Solange, and what it was like designing for and travelling with Destiny's Child.

Tina Knowles started making clothes in the early days for Destiny's Child because of small budgets and denial from major fashion houses to loan clothes to the still-budding group that would go on to become one of the most successful recording groups of all time.

Today she is the founder and creative director of three successful fashion collections, House of Dereon, the contemporary line which launched internationally at Selfridges & Co. in London last month, Dereon, the casual lifestyle brand and Miss Tina by Tina Knowles, which is sold exclusively at Walmart.

Seven Tina Knowles' designs, all worn famously by Beyonce including the dress she wore to the 2009 Oscars and one she wore to the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, were on display at the entrance of the University of Houston's MD Anderson Library.

Throughout the interview, Miss Tina credited her beloved mother for her foundation and said she still marvels at her own success. She reminded the audience that rewards come with hard work and that no job is ever too small for her to do.

A major part of the oral history was about giving back and her dedication to making a difference in the lives of others. She talked about the Survivor foundation and its partnership with St. John's Church, The Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth and the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments, all with a focus to bring aid to Houston's needy and displaced citizens.

Asked what she wants her legacy to be Miss Tina answered through tears simply, "that I was a good person."

Deeply connected to her faith she said her message to her mom would be that her prayers were answered.

The Living Archives Interviews are the oral history arm of the UH Shuart Women's Archive and Research Collection. The Archive, founded in 1996 by the Friends of Women's Studies, and housed in University Archives in the MD Anderson Library, collects the papers and oral histories of Houston area women's organizations and of women who've made history here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Canada:Vancouver Fashion Week to launch new faces of fashion

Canada:Vancouver Fashion Week to launch new faces of fashion


Canada:Vancouver Fashion Week to launch new faces of fashion

Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) will celebrate a brand new decade, when it launches its 11th Spring/Summer shows from November 1st – 6th, 2011. This season is set to highlight the hottest emerging local and international talents, who have helped attract the most global media partnerships VFW has experienced in its first decade combined.

“Vancouver is a metropolitan city is like no other place in the world,” says founder Jamal Abdourahman. “Here we have a unique community of sophisticated, intelligent and artistic people. They know and understand quality, and have an appetite and appreciation for international design.

The first decade for VFW was spent building up international presence and exposure. After 10 years of growing global media coverage, we have over 50 world-wide media partnerships, and over 20 international designers exhibiting. We are living the dream that we envisioned years ago for VFW to be part of an international fashion destination!”

This season, up-and-coming designers showing at VFW Spring/Summer 2012 have already signed on from Canada, Poland, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Germany, India, Ireland, with more signing daily. New for VFW, the upcoming season will also launch a VFW Awards component, with awards going to Emerging Talent, Womenswear, Menswear, and International Designer. With incredible exposure to international and domestic media, celebrities and major retail buyers, VFW Spring/Summer 2012 will help successfully launch the new faces of fashion.

Founded by producer Jamal Abdourahman, Vancouver Fashion Week has been world-wide renowned since its launch in 2001. Taking place bi-annually during spring and fall, the week focuses on celebrating both local and international designers, and emerging talent.

VFW has grown to showcase fashion designers from around the globe, and international media coverage including Le Monde, The Guardian, Elle Canada, Flare and Sina. 2010 attendees included Hollywood stars such as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, as well as Canadian music giants Sam Roberts and Alanis Morrisette.

In April 2011, VFW was proclaimed Vancouver’s official fashion week by its Mayor, Gregor Roberts.  

Monday, October 10, 2011

USA:Mac Duggal Show features new Spring dress collection

USA:Mac Duggal Show features new Spring dress collection


USA:Mac Duggal Show features new Spring dress collection

The new spring collection of the latest dresses and gowns for the upcoming season were recently unveiled. The elegant designs were showcased at the Mac Duggal Spring 2012 Fashion Show at the AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia.

"This is an opportunity to unveil the long-awaited new spring styles," said Chicago designer Mac Duggal. "We have an exciting and fresh new look for proms, pageants, couture and wedding parties."

Using his more than 25 years of creative expertise, the designer has created styles in elegance for celebrities, socialites and up-and-comers for television, movies, pageants, weddings and other special occasions. His prom dresses, ball gowns and evening wear are soon to set the trends for spring.

One of the featured collections in the fashion show was the Sugar Collection, which has special designs for girls ages 5 through 15 who are entering pageants or participating in wedding parties.

The spring fashion show was a chance for Mac Duggal, LLC to display the designer's new offerings for 2012 in a unique setting. The spring dresses will soon be available in select boutiques.

Mac Duggal, LLC features beautiful and fashionable dresses for girls, young ladies and women with unique and exquisite designs. Under the direction of accomplished designer Mac Duggal, the company offers the latest collections and styles in many lengths and sizes, including short dresses, ballgown dresses, evening gowns, plus size dresses, pageant dresses, wedding party attire and special occasion dresses.  

Sunday, October 9, 2011

USA:Target collaborates with Josie Natori Lingerie & Loungewear

USA:Target collaborates with Josie Natori Lingerie & Loungewear


USA:Target collaborates with Josie Natori Lingerie & Loungewear

Target Corporation is partnering with internationally renowned designer Josie Natori to introduce its first limited-edition collection of lingerie and loungewear.

Josie Natori for Target is a luxurious, yet affordable collection that will arrive in two seasonally themed installments—the first is available Oct. 30 through Dec. 22, 2011 in time for the holiday season; the second will be available Jan. 1 through Feb. 23, 2012 in time for Valentine’s Day. both installments of Josie Natori for Target will be available at most Target stores and Target’s website.

“I am honored to be the first limited-edition lingerie and loungewear designer at Target,” said Josie Natori. “Through our partnership, I was able to create a collection for women who have an eye for innerwear style and want quality lingerie and loungewear at an affordable price.”

Inspired by the signature Josie Natori East-meets-West aesthetic, the collection is comprised of 37 pieces and includes bras, panties, robes, knit and woven pants, leggings, camis and chemises. The holiday collection features deep red geometric prints with Geisha accents while the Valentine’s Day collection includes floating butterflies with hot pink florals. Both collections include an assortment of solid-colored bras and panties.

“Josie Natori for Target will add an exciting element to our holiday assortment,” said Trish Adams, senior vice president of apparel and accessories. “Guests will love the quality, color and affordability of the collection, whether they’re buying the pieces for themselves or their family and friends.”

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at 1,767 stores across the United States. The company will open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.

Natori was founded in 1977 and today is one of the fashion industry’s most recognizable brands. Josie Natori, Natori, Josie by Natori, and N Natori comprise ready-to-wear, lingerie, sleepwear, home textiles and accessories, bath, fragrance and eyewear. Natori products are found at the world’s leading retailers, specialty stores.  

Saturday, October 8, 2011

France:Stefano Pilati unveils 2012 S/S collection for YSL

France:Stefano Pilati unveils 2012 S/S collection for YSL


France:Stefano Pilati unveils 2012 S/S collection for YSL

Italian fashion designer Stefano Pilati has unveiled the 2012 Spring/Summer collection for designer house Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) at the ongoing Paris Fashion Week.

In his dazzling jewel-toned collection, YSL’s head designer used purple, blue, and forest green colours that were sprinkled with mint green. This was in contrast to bright colours and prints showcased on many runways this season.

Structured coats and sharp tailored jacquard trousers were among the designer’s creations. Halter tops, ruffle detailed blouses, printed coats and fit-and-flare skirts provided the feminine touch.

The eveningwear included black gowns, flecked with gold shimmer and cut deep in the front. The collection also showed 1970s-inspired silk tops that had backs fully exposed, in addition to a flowing black pantsuit.

Friday, October 7, 2011

UK:British Fashion Council welcomes David Watts

UK:British Fashion Council welcomes David Watts


UK:British Fashion Council welcomes David Watts

David Watts has joined the British Fashion Council as Business Support Manager. His appointment underlines the BFC’s ongoing commitment to nurturing and supporting designer businesses. The BFC provides business support and mentoring as an integral part of all of its designer support schemes including BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund; BFC/ELLE Talent Launch Pad; NEWGEN, sponsored by Topshop; NEWGEN MEN, sponsored by TOPMAN and Fashion Forward, sponsored by Coutts & Co and The Mayor of London.

David will meet these supported designers on a one to one basis and will assist in co-ordinating access to the BFC’s consultants, BFC team members, professional services and the broader industry to provide more specialist support. Going forward, David will also seek to develop broader networking and knowledge sharing opportunities.

David’s career, spanning twenty five years in the fashion and creative sectors, has focussed on building sales, marketing and creative development brand strategies in the UK, USA and Japan. Most recently, David was responsible for running an ERDF funded fashion contract for the East London Small Business Centre, providing one to one business advice to fashion designers and UK fashion brands helping them develop tailor made business plans for sales growth in new markets.

Simon Ward, BFC COO, commented “David is a welcome and important addition to the British Fashion Council team. He has a track record of working with designer businesses and, through the BFC’s broader industry network, will be able to broaden access to knowledge and expertise for London’s leading emerging fashion designers.”  

Thursday, October 6, 2011

France:Tsumori Chisato unveils S/S ’12 beach holiday collection

France:Tsumori Chisato unveils S/S ’12 beach holiday collection


Japanese fashion designer Tsumori Chisato has unveiled spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection in Paris. The beach holiday collection is in cotton and sequins.

The latest collection of Japanese knitwear queen Chisato include T-shirts with tufts of raffia and sequins, palm-emblazoned knit dresses, parasols and oversized straw hats. A blouse with a cartoon Carmen Miranda worn with a pair of mini bloomers or a stretchy miniskirt also forms a part of the collection.

Chisato, known for her wacky knitwear, began her career with Issey Miyake in 1997. She started her own line in 1990, and in 2003, she took her work to Paris. Today, she has a following in the United States too and her work focuses on prints and bohemian cuteness.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

UK:Two fashion shows aim to change face of fashion & modeling

UK:Two fashion shows aim to change face of fashion & modeling


UK:Two fashion shows aim to change face of fashion & modeling

Models of Diversity are holding a charitable fashion show Curves in Couture on 17 November 2011 at Tabernacle W11 (Notting Hill, London) for the fuller-figured woman. This catwalk extravaganza is a fundraiser for our sponsored charity The Advance Centre, a wonderful organization that helps the families of brain-damaged children. The show is supported by the British Fashion Council, and CEO of the BFC Caroline Rush will attend the event. As the main patron of The Advance Centre, the Countess Sondes will attend as well.

First will come The Diversity Show featuring Models of Diversity’s professional models of different sizes, shapes, heights and ability levels in all colours and races, sporting the latest in ready to wear fashion. Then Kelly Knox, winner of the BBC’s Britain's Missing Top Model, will open the high-fashion show Curves in Couture, with top international curvy plus models such as Robyn Lawley, fresh off the cover of Vogue Italia, in sizes 14-18.

The models will wear couture, from both up & coming designers like Danielle Liane and Miss Lacy, and established design houses such as Anna Scholz and Jill Alexander, who will be flying over from California to premiere her fabulous Spring 2012 collection at the show.

We have 2 special celebrity guests, including ‘Dancing on Ice’ star Brianne Delcourt, presenting the event, and some fabulous entertainment planned. In addition to national and local press including a documentary on Sky TV for ‘Make Me a Supermodel’ and the BFC’s own press invite list, The Dish Network, the 2nd largest cable company in North America, will broadcast the event to over 16 million homes. All proceeds from the show benefit The Advance Centre.

This will be the first time that a plus-only catwalk show of this prestige has occurred in the UK, so we're going to make a really big splash in the press about it. We all know that curvy models are still not being used in the mainstream of fashion and our extensive street surveys and petitions prove that people definitely want to see a change in the industry.

The public has shown time and time again to be frustrated with the unrealistic images of the ‘Size Zero’ trend and with over 45% of the UK female population being a size 16 or higher, we know the time is right for a show like this.

Curves in Couture Sponsors and Media Partners include: The Dish Network, Blooming Fabulous Media, Evolve Magazine, Sugar Group, Beautiful Magazine, Glacéau Vitamin Water, Navabi, Judgement of Paris, Valentino's Dog Boutique, Vitabiotics Wellwoman,Signature Inspirations, Black Pig Catering, Plus-Size-Tall

Curves in Couture Designers: Jill Alexander, Anna Scholz, Jose Hendo, Ilda Di Vico Couture Milliner, Miss Lacy, Danielle Liane, Navabi, Renaissance Creative Designs, Kiss My Cherry

Curves in Couture Styling Team: Stylist Francesca Salih, Catwalk Trainer/ Choreographer Shelagh Brayshaw, Hair by Goodman & Brooks  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

UAE:JYK Fashion Week in November

UAE:JYK Fashion Week in November


UAE:JYK Fashion Week in November

JYK Fashion Week will be held at JYK Fashion House Al Mina Road, opp. Capitol Hotel on the date of 2nd - 5th November, 2011.

The boutique stokes collections of many famous fashion designers from around the globe; including India, Pakistan and UAE.

The collections include Asian ethnics, Western Formals, Traditional Islamic wear and Casuals women's and men's wear.; as well as designer Shoes, Jewellery, Hand bags and other Accessories.

Owned by Indian Fashion Designer & Stylist Juhi Yasmeen Khan, who have got over 15 years industry experience, JYK Fashion House is the first fashion boutique in the Gulf to have it's own fashion Ramp.

Fashion Business Club Dubai (FBCD) is the first industry membership operating organization of its kind in the UAE and Middle East Region, that is aiming to represent, develop, support and grow the regional Apparel and Fashion Design industry sectors, such as: Emerging and Established Designers/ Brands; as well as: Regional & International Media, Buyers, Buying & Sales Agents, Retailers, Fashion Boutiques, Fashion Design Students and Stylists.

FBCD is the ideal platform for the growing regional industry professionals that facilitate its members corporate association within the region's as well as international industry organizations through business support and market intelligence, networking, educational structure and development and promotion of the of the regional talent internationally and international talent in the region

FBCD main objective is to create and maintain the worldwide industry standards within Middle East Region, as well as development of professional culture to comply with the global market and standards and to take regional fashion globally.

JYK Fashion Week is the ideal platform for the up-and- coming designers and established brands to mark their presence on the local market.

JYK Fashion Week provides great opportunity for the designers/ brands to not only showcase their talent directly to the high profile end consumers, but also the opportunity to be featured in the local and regional media and have direct access to the UAE based buyers.

JYK Fashion Week is the "door" to the world of opportunities for the brands and designers who are looking for ideal platform to showcase their creativity in from of the regional fashion industry professionals.

Event Highlights:
Four Days Fashion Show
One Month Post-Event Designers Exhibition
PR Campaign
Local Media Partners
Over 15 International & Local Designers/ Brands on one

Wide Media Coverage and Brand Promotion
Social Media Promotional Campaigns
Designers Participation Information
Participation is open to all Designers/ Brands Worldwide

Participation categories:
Women's Wear, Men's wear Accessories, Jewelry, Ethnic Wear, Traditional Muslim Wear, Bridal & Evening Wear, ,Prêt-a-porter,Haute Couture, Cocktail Wear (Cocktail Couture)