Panjiva to help search WRAP compliant companies

Earlier today, Panjiva, the leading source of objective information on global manufacturers, announced a new relationship with Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, a pioneer in the certification of socially responsible facilities.

Information about which manufacturers have the WRAP certification will be integrated into Panjiva Search, the most comprehensive search engine for global trade – making it easier for socially responsible companies to find socially responsible manufacturers.

According to Steve Jesseph, WRAP President, “Panjiva is building a one-stop-shop for information about manufacturers around the world. We are excited to work with Panjiva to make it easier for socially responsible buyers to find socially responsible suppliers.”

Panjiva Search provides easy access to profiles of more than one million companies engaged in global trade. Profiles of companies that are WRAP certified will identify these companies as “Certified” and will provide a mechanism for visitors to request certification details. When using Panjiva Search, Panjiva subscribers will be able to focus their searches specifically on companies that are WRAP certified.

According to Case Dorkey, Director of Business Development at Panjiva, “WRAP has a very important role to play in promoting accountability in global manufacturing. We are excited for the opportunity to make WRAP’s information broadly available.”

The relationship between Panjiva and WRAP marks another milestone in WRAP’s continuing efforts to advance adoption of the WRAP standard for socially responsible manufacturing – and provides a hint of what’s to come for Panjiva, a company that has set out to democratize the availability of information for those participating in global trade.

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Fashion Talk - Jennifer Lopez halt Sweetface line after spring

Hollywood actress- singer-designer Jennifer Lopez is halting the production of her clothing line, Sweetface, after six years. She launched the line as a high-end sports and street-wear spin-off of her original JLO clothing collection.

Sweetface will stop production of its line once the spring collection hits the stores. Despite the popularity of the clothing line, Jennifer has conformed to stop the work on future designs while the future of the brand is reviewed.

Jennifer said that considering the new company strategies, the Sweetface line has been decided to put on hiatus while the brand would be reintroduced in the near future with an entirely new fashion point of view.
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Fashion Talk - Beyonce vs. Tyra Banks


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Apparel Industry Encounters with Truth

Post quota regime-wake up call

Order in question is 50,000 pcs of a basic men's pant in cotton twill fabric. Our factory in Bangladesh quoted $7.00 per pc as their best price. Next day you hear from buyer that order placed with a vendor in China at $6.75 per pc. Our factory in Bangladesh agreed to do the same order at 6.70 after they heard the news. Response from buyer- too late! Too bad!! Order already placed in China.

Moral of the story is that in post quota regime, the winners are going to be suppliers like this one in China. They go for big orders with all their might and quote their best price in first shot. Nobody has time to waste in going back and forth on negotiations in the new regime.

The fact that China is poised to be the biggest shareholder in global apparel sourcing market is quite obvious. They have a strong fabric base, high productivity-higher than most other countries, cheap and abundant labor, highly developed infrastructure, vertical set ups and conducive government policies. And they are going for it - all out. They deserve to get the share they are going to get post MFA.

But is China the answer to all sourcing questions?? Apparently not. Take for example a cotton voile women's top with heavy embroidery and hand sequin work, and rest assured that China still can't beat the likes of India in terms of prices/ quality/ output. Its true that to beat the Chinese for basic styles and big quantities is difficult, but not impossible. Global sourcing market is big enough to accommodate China and few more performers.

Second to China, quite interestingly, India is being now deemed as the 'next best' sourcing destination. The reasoning given is something like this. Big retailers like Wal-Mart/ J C Penney or for that matter any buyer with significant sourcing needs, would not like to put all their eggs in the same basket. Diversification of sourcing options is the need of the hour. India traditionally is known to have a rich textile base, has abundant and cheap and skilled labor. Having strong fabric base within the same geographical locations can cut down on fabric transit lead times etc.

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New uniforms for Targetfollow, thanks to Sue Stedman

Corporate clothing specialist, Sue Stedman Limited, has just completed the successful roll-out of a new company uniform for Targetfollow, a leading commercial property investment, management and development company specialising in city centres. Sue Stedman Ltd completed uniforms for over 60 wearers across the business after being selected by Targetfollow in January 2009.

The team at Sue Stedman Ltd worked closely with Targetfollow to develop a selection of proposals to meet their budget, timings and specific requirement of being able to offer staff a choice of uniforms that would fit within set guidelines. As a result, classically tailored suits were selected in plain navy and navy pinstripe, with crisp white shirts for male staff and a soft white top for female team members, which is paired with a company neck scarf and chrome scarf clip.

Helen Hart, Customer Services Manager, Targetfollow said: “We had a good idea of what we wanted to achieve with our corporate uniforms, however when we met with Sue Stedman and team, we were impressed by the range of additional options and ideas they put our way. They provided a clear understanding of what we were able to achieve within our required budget and timeframe, and once we agreed on our preference, they quickly got to work on the fulfilment. The uniforms look great and our staff are very pleased with how they look and fit.”

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Big demand for old fashioned foundation garments

The once mighty and totally ubiquitous thong may be coming to the end of it’s reign as the underwear of choice for the ladies of this fair isle with a massive resurgence in sales of more classically styled knickers – a trend that seems to have really have developed in the last few months.

Devon-based online and mail order specialists Wickedelic Lingerie have been quick off the mark in spotting the trend and filling the gap as their customer services manager Nik Grant explains. “This year has seen a definite return to the classic styles and fashions of the 50s and 60s with the shortie and cami-knicker type of underwear becoming very popular.”

And it doesn’t stop there as Nik continues: “We are seeing a big demand for old fashioned foundation garments, waist nippers, vintage-style suspender belts and of course stockings!” No doubt music to the ears of British men as a straw poll of Wickedelic Lingerie’s male workforce revealed the not surprising fact that the suspender and stocking combination rules supreme.

Wickedelic Lingerie seem well placed to meet this new demand with an extensive range of classic, traditional-styled knickers, suspender belts and foundation garments in their range - all of which are delightfully manufactured by an established Nottingham-based company.

And Nik was quick to extol the virtues of buying British. “We are proud to buy British - not only do we benefit from superb quality and a quick turnaround but, with the Pound so weak against the Euro and Dollar, we are getting great prices too.”

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Bar Refaeli is the fresh face of Garnier Fructis hair care products

Garnier Fructis, a global leader in hair care products known for its philosophy of beauty through nature, is proud to introduce supermodel Bar Refaeli as their latest spokesmodel. Refaeli will appear in Garnier Fructis' international campaigns for the brand's newest launches: Triple Nutrition Hair Care and Anti-Humidity Hairsprays set to launch in June 2009.

One of fashion and beauty's freshest faces, Refaeli is an ideal partner for Garnier Fructis and embodies its vision of beauty through nature. Refaeli is a natural beauty who strives to take care of herself and those around her, while garnering an international appeal. Both her gorgeous hair and fit body reflect Garnier's essential values of wellness and health. Bar is the ideal Garnier woman - natural, modern, healthy - in short, Refaeli has an energetic spirit much like the brand.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with such a beautiful woman inside and out," says Maybelline New York*Garnier President David Greenberg. "Not only does Bar Refaeli have beautiful hair that's in line with what the Garnier Fructis products represent, but she embodies Garnier's overall focus on healthy beauty and a positive mindset."

Refaeli was raised on a countryside ranch in her native Israel. Her international career started in 2001, when she received the title of "Model of the Year" in her country. Since then she has become one of the most recognized models worldwide. Most recently, she was featured as the cover model for the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was also featured as number three in Maxim's Hot 100 List.

"I like Garnier and have been using their products for several years," says Bar Refaeli. "Their products and ingredients fit my lifestyle perfectly - helping me keep my hair strong, healthy and shiny. It's such an honor to be the spokesmodel for Garnier Fructis' new launches, the Triple Nutrition Hair Care collection and the Anti-Humidity Hairsprays."

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G-Star Fashion Show - re-imagining of a classic design

As tradition prescribes, the G-Star Fashion Show will be performed several times during the fair days.

G-Star’s core design philosophy has remained unchanged for twenty years; ‘Just the Product.’ This uncompromising approach is underlined in the 2010 Spring/Summer collection to be shown at this year’s BREAD & BUTTER BERLIN fashion show.

Highlights will include: G-Star’s latest re-imagining of a classic design icon – the denim skirt; further development of three dimensional denim architecture – creating new, distinctive jean silhouettes; the expansion of the Correct Line range – bringing sharp, edgy tailoring to the summer wardrobe; the Midnight collection – a range of elegant evening wear and P.T. Army – rugged, military inspired sportswear.

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Sexy Penelope Cruz For Mango Summer 2009

Penelope Cruz is a face of Mango, as we know. The fashion brand presents the photo shoot with the Spanish hottie for Summer 2009 collection. The pics are really fresh and modern.


Ruffles and fringe, eco friendly materials, steppe skirts, white shirts and skirts, bright pattern, stylish trendy clothes and accessories - these you can find in the new Mango collection.

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Fashion Talks - FRANCA SOZZANI telling a story

FRANCA SOZZANI was telling a story over dinner at Donatella Versace’s palazzo on the Via Gesù. It was a parable, really, based on an anecdote about a party that the actress Silvana Mangano once planned for her daughter when she turned 18.

Before the party a friend pulled aside Mangano, a famous beauty, and gave her some maternal advice. It would be the daughter’s big day, she told the actress. Don’t spoil it. Wear something simple. Stay in the background. Permit her to shine.

Mangano apparently took this in and then, on the evening of the party, appeared at the head of the stairs radiant in a full-length dress, with a deep décolletage, diamonds and even evening gloves. Suddenly the mother become glamorous monster was the only woman in the room. The daughter never really had a chance.

As Ms. Sozzani, the editor of Italian Vogue, related the tale, Mangano’s friend furiously grabbed the actress and demanded an explanation for the stunt.

Mangano looked at her coolly. “It’s for her own good,” she told her. “She has to learn how to fight.”

Ms. Sozzani’s point was that these are fighting times. The business of fashion is not only among the most important to the economy of this city and country, but is also deeply enmeshed in Italians’ cultural DNA. Can anybody predict when the global recession will end, she asked. Will it be the third quarter of this year, or 2010 or ever? Will things go back to the way they were, as everyone seems to be asking lately?

“No one knows,” Ms. Sozzani said. “But this is not the time to be weak.”

Flicking her jeweled lighter, and putting the flame to a Marlboro Light, Ms. Versace nodded her assent. As someone whose life script reads like the work of a fevered Greek dramatist, she is no stranger to tough times. “People say it will never go back to the way it was,” she said, meaning to the days of unbridled consumption — the 1980s, the 1990s, the early years of the 21st century.

“I don’t believe it,” added Ms. Versace, whose own unabashedly high standard of living was reputedly an element in the recent corporate dust-up that resulted in the ouster and replacement of her company’s chief executive. “They’re going to forget. They are going to want to enjoy their lives and spend again.”

Questionable and hopeful this assertion may be. And yet it has been commonly heard throughout the week in Milan. Even though the ranks of the international press and buyers in town for the twice-yearly men’s wear shows have thinned dramatically; even though American retailers are frankly skeptical of the effects the United States president’s economic stimulus package are likely to have on consumer habits; and even though stores in this city are generally so empty that the salesclerks are running out of ways to kill time, people remain optimistic.

Maybe it is an Italian thing, an inherited sense of the long view. Maybe it is delusional. Maybe it is both.

“Italians especially will always want fashion,” Riccardo Tisci, the Givenchy designer, said over a dinner of poached fish and cold white wine. It was served in a room where candlelight flickered on the faces of Ms. Versace’s assorted friends and colleagues and the busts of Roman ancients scattered atop gilded consoles.

“Even in the small cities,” Mr. Tisci added, “people will save their money to have, maybe not a big piece, but a small wallet from a designer. They will really think a lot and care a lot about the way they look.”

A week before his own presentation in Paris, Mr. Tisci had flown into Milan for the day to catch his first Versace show and to demonstrate his support for a designer he compared to “the flag of Italy.”

The clichéd Italian fondness for public show of one sort or another — for una bella figura — may get a little overplayed. Still, like most clichés, this one is rooted in something immutable and true. Ms. Sozzani’s fighting spirit and Ms. Versace’s optimism and Mr. Tisci’s confidence that human nature can trump transient inconvenient annoyances like a global credit crisis can in some ways be embodied by the national tendency to put a good face on things and encapsulated by a popular Alcoholics Anonymous slogan: fake it until you make it.

It is no secret that Donatella Versace has had problems with substance abuse, yet she has been drug-free for some time now, and drinks only ice water with dinner and does not — as so many people in this town do — dart for the bathroom every five minutes to “freshen up.”

So, when she suggests that fashion is certain to pull out of the slump it is in, and that the puritanical shame being shoveled out by the analyst Cassandras opposes something basic and pleasure-loving in human nature, a listener is inclined to respect her perspective on the business and the sobriety of her view.

See previous Fashion Diaries from Milan: Vintage Delirium| A Confession About the ‘D’ Word at Cavalli

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Fashion Talk - Lauren Conrad A Fashion Insider - Novelist

Lauren Conrad, famous for being on reality television, recently told Access Hollywood that she is more interested in fashion than she is in having a voluptuous figure. Conrad, 23, told Access Hollywood, “I prefer a flatter-chested look. That’s just kind of me. I think it’s more of a fashion look. If you look at a lot of high-fashion models and things like that, they’re always you know, a little flatter. I like the way clothes fit better.”

She doesn’t, however, rule out the possibility of some minimally invasive facial editing as she gets older. At a recent release party for her novel L.A. Candy, she said, referring to Botox, “I’m 23, I think I’m good for a little bit. I don’t know, maybe later on.”

When it comes to her novel, Conrad says the plot is anything but reality, telling MTV News “I didn’t take anything specifically that happened to me. The only thing that I did was … it was a way to show not necessarily me, but just the other side of being on a show like ours.”

The novel’s main character is a girl, Jane Roberts, who moves to Hollywood and gets her own reality show called L.A. Candy. Eventually she works at an “events” company and chronicles the drama of her personal and professional lives.

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Fashion Talk - Milan Men's Fashion Week

While the men’s catwalks in Milan opened with some flashes of colour at Gucci and Bottega Veneta, yesterday’s shows saw the Italian capital return in earnest to grey, the shade that looks set to continue to define men’s tailoring for at least another season.

Italo Zuccheli’s Calvin Klein collection led the way with its trademark tonalities. He book-ended the show with deep black, but took a journey through grey and stark white en route.

While Zuccheli did find time for a quick flare of sunbright orange and azure blu, Miuccia Prada’s mainline Prada show never wavered from the grey palette.

Every Prada outfit was paraded in tones of grey set against a monochrome backdrop – the floor tiles, the canapés and the drinks were all black and white. Yet this colourless world was never harsh. Rather the look was somewhat softened but low V-neck T-shirts in silky fabrications, which were used in place of traditional shirts.

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McGregor Pick Five Themes For Women For Spring/Summer

McGregor’s new spring/summer womenswear collection features five themes, each of which uniquely conveys the McGregor feeling. Fans of Charlie’s Angels will stand out in the bermuda shorts from The Chase collection while the Polo and Horses collection seems made for today’s accomplished horsewomen.


The sportswear line is based on three themes: The Chase, The Game and Polo & Horses.

• The Chase was inspired by the Charlie’s Angels era in the early ‘80s. A glamorous theme with an athletic university touch. Sporty feminine wrap-around dresses, knee-breeches in Vichy chequers and bags; polo shirts and blouses with bi-colour stripes are real eyecatchers. The Chase must have is the polo pique dress with red and white polka dots.

• The Game is a sporty theme with an upper class touch, full of items with intricate details and broad stripes. Feminine tunics with player’s numbers, pique polo shirts with graphic floral prints and pleated skirts in Vichy chequers create quite a splash, while rugged waistcoats and skirts in jogging fabric provide more of a sporty look. Key colours are black, grey melange and white with yellow and purple accents.

• Polo and Horses is based on equestrian sport. Richly decorated embroidery on feminine polo shirts, riding trousers in tandem with romantic cotton top, deep V-neck jumpers and waistcoats define this theme’s look. Chic satin tube skirts add a very feminine touch. A must-have accessory is the cognac-coloured belt with clasp-style buckle. Gold makes a comeback in various badges within a collection awash in cognac, sand, white, navy accented with green and pink.

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Fashion Talks - Lidia's dress revealed a fish out of water on The Fashion Show

There are only eight contestants left on The Fashion Show and after this week's challenges, we are one step closer to having a winner. Last week, the designers had to channel their inner clique. This week it was all about team work when they were broken into teams of two for their Harper's Bazaar mini challenge.

The teams were Reco and Daniella; James Paul and Lidia; Haven and Anna; and Johnny and Merlin. The mini-challenge was just the tip of the iceberg and seemed to foretell what was to come in the elimination challenge because they would be working in the same teams throughout both challenges. Of the top, Reco and Daniella were having conflict. Meanwhile, Johnny and Merlin worked well together and won the mini-challenge. Their prize was a five minute consultation with Isaac Mizrahi during the elimination challenge.

In this week's elimination challenge the teams had to design a complete look for Isaac's upcoming collection. For inspiration, Isaac showed them his mood board and then let them run with it. Daniella and Reco were still not working well together. Reco wanted to design a ball gown and Daniella wanted pants. Ultimately, Reco gave in and their design included pants. Johnny and Merlin continued to work well together. They created a simple skirt and tank design with a jacket but the colors and fabrics were edgy and remained true to both Isaac and themselves. Anna and Haven also worked well together and came up with a cute short set. Lidia and James-Paul worked well together, but their ideas were not melding. Lidia is always having issues with being slow and her designs are often a little strange. This week was no exception. Her fish scaly dress was awful.

At the fashion show, Lidia and James-Paul's outfit was the only one I wasn't feeling. Daniella and Reco's outfit wouldn't look good on me, so Johnny and Merlin's was my favorite. At elimination, the top two designs were Johnny and Merlin's and Haven and Anna's. Guest judge Veronica Webb said she'd be proud to walk Johnny and Merlin's look down the runway, but it was Haven and Anna's design that sold the judges.

James-Paul and Lidia's design was one of the bottom two. James-Paul explained his vision, but Lidia wasn't able to tell the judges what body type she was designing for. Reco and Daniella's outfit was also in the bottom two. Daniella's pants were referred to as granny pants and there wasn't enough "Wow" in the outfit to be a part of a Mizrahi collection. The saving grace was Reco's top. Isaac said it was "the best part of the outfit". When asked who was more responsible for the outfit Daniella stepped up and said she was more responsible. James-Paul and Reco were given safety first leaving Daniella and Lidia out on a limb. Daniella lucked out being up against Lidia. That design was so awful the judges didn't have any choice other than to send her home. Daniella was winning challenges, but she may be a little too comfortable now. Step up your game Daniella! With Lidia, gone there are only seven designers left.

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A senior from Western Michigan University takes her final bow in funraising fashion show in Kalamazoo

The fashion show "Redefined," set for at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, is more than it appears.

It is a grand report -- a senior thesis by Liza Nay, a Western Michigan University Lee Honors College student concentrating in fashion design in WMU's Textile and Apparel Studies program. The show, sponsored by Alano Salon, is an accumulation of all the design work that the perky Nay, 22, has done in her four years at WMU -- about 100 garments including a new line never seen before.

The show also is part farewell. Nay is adding one more year to her program to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, a great affirmation of her work at Western. Fashion Designer Liza Marie Nay wears on of her one of her dresses that will be featured at her fashion show "redefined" at the Epic Bistro in Kalamazoo.

The show also is a fundraiser. Nay plans to give half of the proceeds to WMU's Textile and Apparel Studies program, which needs equipment. She plans to use the other half of the proceeds to set up an endowment at the college to help fashion-design students purchase of fabrics, sketchbooks, parking passes and other necessities. Nay plans to raise a minimum of $4,000 in ticket sales and raise more money through drawings for donated gift packages from businesses and the sale of some of her fashions.

Some young people may be wrapped up in instant gratification, but Nay is an example of another side of her generation, those who are concerned about helping the world around them. "This generation, that is very much something on their minds, and she epitomizes that," said Linda Winquist, an instructor in WMU's Textile and Apparel Studies program. "And she does it rather than just talk about it."

Nay first began to reach out to others as a WMU student in 2007 when she spearheaded a program through the student organization Merchandising Opportunities Design Association, or MODA. The program involved mentoring high school students from Kalamazoo, Richland and Paw Paw who were interested in fashion design. The university got a $1,000 grant for the program, named Project MODA, from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

The high school students learned to create fashions and helped MODA stage several fashion shows. Nay was the coordinator of the project for the last two years. "We really wanted to expose the students to college life so they could see it can be fun, it can be enjoyable," said Nay, who was named a Presidential Scholar this past spring.

DEC’s to sell fabrics and apparels at fair price

Mr Bandula Gunawardena, Minister for Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Services said that the government will now henceforth stock the Dedicated Economic Centers (DEC) in Ratmalana and Narahenpita with fabrics and apparels.

He said this would be in addition to the food grains already being sold in these stores and would be sold at very cost effective rates. In the second phase of the project, several trade stalls would be set up to sell these items of clothing and fabrics at retail and wholesale prices.

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Fashion Talks - Mary Kate Olsen

Despite Mary Kate’s personal struggles, this girl can dress! As much as I want to hate her, I can’t, because every time I see her, I wish I had her wardrobe.

She’s known for staggering around New York and Los Angeles in oversized sunglasses, oversized bags, red lipstick and very high-fashion bohemian clothing. She always looks put together. She usually wears baggy, oversized shirts and sweaters, a scarf and shoegasm-inducing boots.

When she does need to dress it up, she can be found walking the red carpet in beautiful Lily et Cie, Prada, Missoni, and Dior gowns. Because of the high interest in her and her sister’s fashion choices, she also became a fashion designer back in 2004. They had a series of lines, for everyone from pre-teen girls to a beauty line.

They also have a high fashion line, called “Elizabeth and James” which Mary Kate was supposed to have all the creative say in but due to personal issues she couldn’t. The high fashion line is sold in stores such as Barneys, Maxfield, Harvey Nichols and Brown’s all over the world.

The high fashion stuff is usually hundreds of dollars, but when you are Mary Kate or Ashley Olsen it doesn’t matter. That’s what happens when you become the richest celebrities at age 10. The good news is her look CAN be replicated for cheap. Check vintage stores and other cheap places, and never forget the red lipstick and sunglasses.

Fashion Week Swim in Miami will honor L*Space as it unveils capsule collection

New York may be abuzz with Fashion Week highlights come fall, but the spotlight turns to Miami in mid-July when the runways sizzle with the latest styles in swimwear.

L*Space, the sexy and chic bathing suit line by Monica Wise, has been given the title of “Mercedes Benz Presents” brand for this years show. L*Space follows a long list of infamous brands that were once awarded this title at other Mercedes Benz Fashion Week events, including: Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, Yigal Azrouël, Red Carter and CHADO Ralph Rucci.

L*Space is a dominant brand in swimwear, mainly because of Wise’s ability to craft sexy style out of luxurious fabrics. She often pairs her pieces with gold hardware, gems, and subtle accents, however it’s the impeccable fit that leave ladies looking and feeling confident.

Aside from gearing up for the shows, Wise is busy working on a capsule collection with OmniPeace, a humanitarian fashion brand who donates 25 percent of its earnings to various charities. The percentage goes to fund education programs, promotes peace and human rights, and contributes to the goal of ending extreme poverty in Africa by 2025.

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Gisele Bundchen: Sexy at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

She loves working it on her home turf and yesterday (June 17th) Gisele Bundchen was spotted owning the runway at Sao Paulo Fashion Week.

The Brazilian beauty looked cool and confident as she modeled various styles from the Spring/Summer collection by Colcci.

Bundchen’s return to Brazil is a welcome change for her, as she’s been spending most of her time in New York City as of late.

This past weekend, she was spotted indulging her inner-fast-food-junkie with a trip to a Five Guys hamburger joint

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Macy’s Merchandising recalls kids' hoodies

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Epic Threads and Greendog Hooded Sweatshirts

Units: About 33,000

Importer: Macy’s Merchandising Group Inc., of New York, N.Y.

Hazard: The sweatshirts have a drawstring sewn at the base of the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (PDF) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries reported.

Description: This recall includes boys and girls Epic Threads sweatshirts and girls Greendog sweaters with nonfunctional ties in numerous styles. The Epic Threads sweatshirts are white, gray, maroon, yellow, blue, green, and black, with images on the front and/or back. The girls Greendog sweaters are brown and gray. Only sizes small and medium are subject to the recall.

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Garment industry to face far more worse situation

Bankers financing the textile and apparel industry have been quoted as saying that the garment industry of Fiji will experience a harder hit by the international financial slowdown.

There is expected to be strong competition from China and other Asian countries, which could push Fiji out of the competition in the field.

It is expected that to protect jobs, the key export markets like Australia and New Zealand are expected to increase their reliance on home-produced goods.
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Oh, yes. What can't you wear with white?

Angelina Jolie's true emerald earrings did not look fabulous with the black dress she wore to the Oscars. When I watched from the red carpet show, I said to myself, "Oh, no. That green does not bode well with that black." Now, had she worn a white dress, it would have set it off beautifully.

Summer is here! It is confusing by the amount of rain, but it is and beautiful summer white outfit can be accessorized with anything. Keep this in mind, when you dress up a white outfit, you go from a regular strolling outfit to looking like a million bucks in the amount of time it takes you to accessorize it.

This photo is a wonderful disply of exactly that. Pay attention to the detail of the turquoise and gold in the layered necklace. The small handbag has many bold colors all beaded in their detail work from fuschias, to orange, gold and turquoise. The handle is made of turquoise pieces almost exact to the necklace. The gold balls that sit on the end of the handles and the one at the top actually has rhinestones set in it. Pick up a great pair of shades and gold sandals with a two-inch heel and then ladies, you look like you own the world. Take this look out for a spin and see if you don't feel like the very best 'you' there can be.

I would also like to thank Shannon Miller of Special Moments Photography for the use of her photo. Mrs. Miller is located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, yet frequently comes to Colorado to service her clients. She is a wonderful and beautiful photographer who can capture your best you. The handbag was also courtesy of I did tell you guys that their handbags had amazing detail and they most certainly do. TTFN! Don't forget to go try out your million dollar outfit!

The Met Costume Institute Gala: Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford is still my supermodel of choice. After all these years, she still puts the O! in H-O-T! Donning a perfectly fitted blue Versace gown, she has a body that isn't like a coat hanger, legs that would make anyone swoon and a signature beauty mark that makes her dreamy. She's relatable. She is magical. She is wondrous. She will forever be the epitome of a supermodel. She is Cindy....and she also used to host the original House of Style on MTV!

Ed Hardy makes UK trade show debut at Londoncentral

Londoncentral is pleased to announce that US streetwear label Ed Hardy will be exhibiting in the UK for the first time at Olympia 2 in September.

Official distributor, Groovy UK Ltd has been operating for 15 years and will be bringing Ed Hardy and Hello Kitty to the streetwear section of the show.

Martin Butler, managing director of Groovy UK Ltd said: “Groovy UK Ltd is the official distributor for Ed Hardy fashion bags, belts, jewellery, barware, lighting and lighters. We plan to develop the Ed Hardy brand in the UK, taking it to the next level by placing the brand in key department stores and mail order retailers.Groovy UK are specialists in brand development and are working closely with Ed Hardy licensees following a newly created retail roll out plan.”

Londonedge managing director Carole Hunter said: “We are continually working to bring fresh brands to the show whilst maintaining the core exhibitors who have made Londonedge what it is today.

“Both Ed Hardy and Hello Kitty are welcome additions to Londoncentral. Particularly, Ed Hardy will provide buyers with a first shout at merchandise given that this will be their British debut. We are also delighted to be able to assist the brand in their quest to expand business in the UK. September 2009 is shaping up to be a great exhibition!”

Products on show across the two brands (Ed Hardy and Hello Kitty) will include bags, purses, wallets, jewellery, key chains, belts, cufflinks, lighting, mirrors, glassware, disposable lighters and ceramic mugs.

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Hottest Style Diva at IIFA!

The recently concluded 10th International Indian Film Academy awards in China saw Bollywood at its best. The ladies, especially were knockouts in flowy gowns and glittering diamonds as seen at the Fashion Extravaganza during the IIFA.

We narrowed down the hotties, who rocked the show. Click through the slides, and vote for the sexiest gal!

First up is sexy Raima Sen, who oozed oomph in this strapless frothy number in pristine white.

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Re-announcement of Blair recall of women’s Chenille Robes

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa., are re-announcing the voluntary recall by Blair of 162,000 women’s full length Chenille Robes. Since the recall was originally announced in April 2009, Blair has received reports of six deaths due to the robes catching on fire. Five of the six victims were female, and all five were cooking at the time of the incidents. Three of the victims were in their 80s.

CPSC and Blair announced the recall for the robes after Blair learned of three robes catching on fire, including one report of second-degree burns. Blair was subsequently made aware of the fatalities after the recall was announced and after Blair had sent letters of the recall to consumers who purchased the robes.

The Women’s Chenille Robes have the following item numbers: 3093111, 3093112, 3093113, 3093114, 3093115, and 3093116. The item number is identified on a label in the garment’s neckline. The robe is a one-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille, a shaped stand collar, and horizontal chenille front and back yolks and cuffs. The robe has a full-button front with seven matching button closures, long sleeves with self cuffs, a straight bottom with self hem, and two sideseam pockets. The robe’s sewn in label states: “100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan”.

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Reveals sexy fashion dress on trend

Mainstream fashion designers have traditionally churned out disappointing clothing options for plus size women. Thanks to the editors from PLUS Model Magazine dressing stylish and chic this summer will be effortless for full-figured fashionistas. While searching out the top trends for summer, floral prints, from high-end couture to discount retailers dominated the fashion scene. In addition to being feminine, which is also a big trend in fashion right now, floral prints conceal your flaws while enhancing your curves at the same time.

In these solemn economic times bold floral, animal, and graphic prints have been that bright spot, particularly in dresses, from the mass market to higher-end designer boutiques. According to Lori Holliday Banks, senior fashion analyst at The Tobe Report, “Prints make people feel good and give them a reason to buy.” She says across the country retailers are in agreement that color and print were the big success stories for spring, making much more of an impact than any single silhouette.

In addition to floral prints, another dominating trend for summer is the maxi dress. Perhaps the most popular silhouette in dresses is the maxi dress. They are all the rage with celebrities and real women who want to dress on trend and stay comfortable at the same time. Plus Size maxi dresses are versatile and can be worn both casually and dressy. The fashion experts from PLUS Model Magazine selected 's best selling plus size maxi dress as one of their summer fashion must haves. In addition to being ultra comfortable, this stylish and chic maxi dress can take you from day to night, giving you more bang for your buck.

blue sky scrubs secures three patents for women's surgical hats

After two years since application, blue sky scrubs has successfully landed two patents for their popular pony scrub hat and one patent for their pixie scrub hat. The patents are estimated to expire in May, 2026. The patents for the pony hat are D572,879 (design patent) and 7,437,777 (utility patent). The pixie patent number is D547030 (design patent.)

The applications consisted of detailed description, reasons that they should be considered for patents, as well as design, drawings and pictures. Acquiring a patent is not simple and can take many years. blue sky scrubs hired Dallas-based law firm, Jackson Walker, LLP to assist in the patent process.

Surgical hats are for use by those who work in sterile environments, such as during surgical procedures. In addition to wearing other sterile clothing such as nursing scrubs, medical scrubs, scrub coats and other medical apparel, physicians, nurses, technicians, and others who spend time in the operating room are usually required to wear a head covering that conceals all of their hair. Formerly, the state of the art that was available for hair covering options for those with long hair, particularly women, were limited. The most popular style, the bouffant scrub hat, resembles a shower cap, which can be quite unflattering and bulky. Furthermore, the bouffant falls down on the nape of the neck, which can be uncomfortable and get in the way of a stethoscope, which must be worn around the neck.

Before the invention of blue sky scrubs' pony hat, people having short hair had many more desirable options for head coverings. Slim, form-fitting scrub caps that remain off the neck are much more comfortable and flattering, but many women (and men with long hair) were unable to sport these hats due to the shape of the head covering and the inability to conceal all of their hair within it. Therefore, Shelby Marquardt created a modified head covering. Slim and form-fitted, the pony hat is flattering, functional, and conceals long hair in a pouch which is held off of the nape of the neck and held in place with a color-coordinated ribbon for style and flare.

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11th Annual Young Hollywood Awards fashion

All the young and famous gathered at one place yesterday to celebrate Hollywood Life’s 11th Annual Young Hollywood Awards. The posh ceremony was held in Santa Monica with a lot of screaming fans welcoming most promising, glamorous and apparently talented young celebs in Tinseltown.

Complete list of Young Hollywood Awards winners is below:

Young Hollywood Artist of the Year: Adam Lambert

Young Hollywood Superstar: Evan Rachel Wood

Breakthrough Performance, Male: Ed Westwick

Breakthrough Performance, Female: Rumer Willis

Young Hollywood Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Young Hollywood Superstar of Tomorrow: AnnaLynne McCord

Young Hollywood Comedy Award: Ari Graynor

Young Hollywood Crossover: Bar Refaeli

Young Hollywood Green Award: Q’Orianka Kilcher

Young Hollywood Athlete: Shawn Johnson

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Super Sexy Fashion Models

They are today's epitome of fashion, a perfect example of beauty and passion and they are simply Irresistible. Fashion models are person who poses to display clothing, either on stage or in photographs and they are considered the new face of fashion as it is.
Not everyone has the gift seemingly endless beauty and perfection that is why being a fashion model is an accomplishment that is truly admirable. Some of us does not know that being a fashion model is also hard and needs intense discipline and dedication. Its like a lifetime of effort to maintain beauty, figure and healthy lifestyle. It is true that what you eat is what you are that is why having a perfect figure, fashion models especially females have to discipline themselves to a healthy diet all the time with consistent exercise to tone up their physique.

All fashion designers needs fashion models to be the face of their designer clothes collections and designs. Fashion legends like Ralph Lauren had sculpted several fashion models into becoming more popular and in demand than an average fashion models, the so called “Super Models”.

The term supermodel refers to a highly-paid elite fashion model who usually has a worldwide reputation and often a background in haute couture and commercial modeling. The term took hold in the popular culture of the 1980s and 1990s. Supermodels usually work for top fashion designers and labels. They have multi-million dollar contracts, endorsements and campaigns. Life is good and seeing fashion models that represents beauty and perfection when it comes to fashion made life even better.

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AEPC to set up garment training centre in Bihar

The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has sponsored an apparel training and design centre in Bihar, which will be the first centre of its kind in the state to generate employment and increase productivity levels.

An MoU has been signed between the General Secretary of the AEPC, Mr. Vimal Kirti Singh on behalf of Centre and Mr. Uday Narayan Thakur, Director Industry (Handloom and Silk), on behalf of State Government to set up this training centre in the state.

The Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC) is a premier training institute, set up by AEPC and is sponsored by Ministry of Textiles, to provide shop floor level various training courses on garment manufacturing.

The centre will offer a range of courses according to the requirements of garments industry including pattern-making, cutting techniques, production supervision and quality control.

It will provide two diploma courses of one year duration and certificate course for a period of 4-6 months. The training centre that initially will be located at Udyog Bhawan will eventually be shifted to an 11,000 sq ft land provided by the Patliputra Industrial area in association with the state government.

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