NCAA committees endorse swimsuit restrictions

The NCAA Divisions I, II and III Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Committees have endorsed swimsuit rules for 2009-10 collegiate competition and beyond that restrict suit construction to textiles or a woven material.

The swimming committees also recommended that suit coverage be limited to between the waist and kneecap for men and between the shoulder and kneecap for women.

The new standards, which must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel before being implemented, also would require materials to be 100 percent permeable to both air and water and be no more than .8 millimeters thick.

The proposal comes after 18 months during which hundreds of professional and collegiate swimmers wearing impermeable, body-conforming and drag-diminished suits essentially rewrote the records books. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) committee actions reflect the sentiment of coaches wanting restrictions that would make suits more closely resemble those worn in the 2008 collegiate championships rather than the ones that contributed to 70 NCAA meet records in 2009.

“Our decisions reflect the vast majority of college coaches deciding what they are willing to accept in performance augmentation,” said Michigan women’s coach Jim Richardson. He provided the technical expertise for an NCAA suit subcommittee that brought recommendations to the full committees after months of comprehensive research and communication with other constituencies, including suit manufacturers.

“The general feeling among coaches was that the new technology suits had too profound of an effect on performance,” Richardson said.

FINA, the sport’s international governing body, adopted similar restrictions for international competition during a series of meetings that concluded this week in conjunction with the 2009 world championships in Rome. However, Oakland Athletics Director Tracy Huth, who chairs both the Division I committee and the rules committee, said the NCAA reached its conclusions independently of FINA.

“Our NCAA subcommittee has been working tirelessly since the end of the 2009 collegiate championships and even well before that to get our arms around this issue,” Huth said. “We wanted to develop rules regardless of what FINA might do.”.

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Fashion with Top 10 Bollywood Actresses of 2009

10)Genelia D'Souza


8)Konkona Sen Sharma

7)Lara Dutta

6)Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

5)Bipasha Basu

4)Katrina Kaif

3)Kareena Kapoor

2)Deepika Padukone

1) Priyanka Chopra

Pacific Brands finally closes doors

Pacific Brands is finally closing the doors of its Palmerston North and Christchurch factories with a combined job loss of 90.

The Palmerston North factory closes soon after 11.00 am today, Thursday and the Christchurch factory on Friday.

“A few jobs are being created producing socks in Christchurch as a result of a management purchase of some of the machinery,” ays Robert Reid, President of the National Distribution Union.

“However the union understands that despite a number of approaches from investors wanting to purchase the “Liberty” underwear brand made by the Palmerston North factory, no sale has been made.

“This is a great pity as a viable industry employing over 20 workers could have been maintained in Palmerston North, if Pacific Brands were willing to accept offers to buy the Liberty Brand.

“Even at this late stage the union hopes a sale of the brand for local manufacture can take place. The union has been in discussions with Vision Manawatu and a number of possible investors to see what is possible,” Robert Reid says.

“Workers at Pacific Brands leave with holiday pay and full redundancy entitlements unlike their counterparts at LWR. The Pacific Brand and LWR factories were originally all part of the old LWR / Canterbury empire before it was broken up.

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Gisele Bundchen models for sexy fashion shoot minus the baby bump

Pregnant Gisele has had her baby bump airbrushed out of sexy shots for a new fashion campaign.The Brazilian model is expecting her first child in early 2010 and is already showing a small baby bump.

But in her first campaign since it was revealed she was pregnant, renowned coat company London Fog have decided to airbrush out her growing stomach - to protect her privacy.[ Read more ]

Thigh-high boots are the next fashion trend

Men’s fashion secures Annual Showcase with Van Heusen India Mens Week

Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Van Heusen are set to change the dynamics of the Indian fashion landscape, with the first seriously exclusive fashion week JUST for men. FDCI made the formal announcement of its first annual ‘Van Heusen India Mens Week’ and unveiled the logo of the forthcoming event at a press conference (July 29).

After a decade of successful India Fashion Weeks, FDCI is ready to explore the growing potential of Men’s Fashion in India in partnership with Van Heusen, India’s leading lifestyle brand. The ‘Van Heusen India Mens Week’ positions India as the 4th Fashion Capital of the World to host an independent Mens Week.

‘Van Heusen India Mens Week’ will be held in New Delhi from September 11 – 13, 2009 at The Grand and will feature 15 shows and over 20 exhibitors. It promises to be a world class event showcasing the very best of Indian talent. Designers will be invited to cover the widest range of men’s fashion – menswear and accessories, under one roof, affording buyers and consumers the widest possible selection of fashion for men.

Elaborating on the need for an independent forum for men’s fashion, Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI, said, “Men are active participants and contributors to the growth of fashion today, who have moved beyond deciding their favourite colour of ties and socks to actually cultivating loyalties for designers and lifestyle brands. Menswear dominates a larger per cent of branded apparel sales in the country and is said to be growing at a CAGR of 15%. The ‘Van Heusen India Mens Week’ aims to give menswear designers a structured impetus and the much needed platform to tap this potential of men’s fashion in India.”

Speaking on the growing market for Menswear in India and Van Heusen’s alliance with the forthcoming India Mens Week, Mr Shital Mehta, COO, VanHeusen, said, ”From the early 90s, Van Heusen has not only taken the lead in establishing the ready-to-wear segment in men’s workwear, but has also constantly brought international fashion to the Indian consumer. It was only logical that Van Heusen be the title sponsor of the India Mens Week, in its commitment to consolidate this position further.”

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Celebrity Fashion Dress : Audrina Patridge vs. Kristin Cavallari

Audrina Patridge accessorizes her sexy party-girl style with a sleek patent Alexander McQueen purse. See photos below ...

Meanwhile, The Hills' contrived new Lauren Conrad stand-in, Kristin Cavallari, prefers to tote her Alexander Wang bag everywhere from Hollywood to N.Y.C:

These girls both know how to dress for all occasions, and are style stalwarts to be sure.

Diane was praised by director Tarantino

The German model-turned-actress lent some much-needed glamour to the occasion in a stunning nude-coloured Herve Leger by Max Azria dress, which showed off her incredibly svelte figure and long legs.

The film's director Quentin Tarantino was full of praise for his leading lady, and said working with Diane was "wonderful".

Speaking on the red carpet at the premiere of Inglourious Basterds, he praised both stars Diane and Melanie Laurent.

"In the case of Diane it was really wonderful," said Quentin. "She had an idea of who she was basing the character on, and I had another idea of another actress, so I showed he that kind of work."

July 28 - In the fashion History

ON this day in history July 28...

...2006, Anne Hathaway claimed that her fashion attitude hadn't changed at all since starring in The Devil Wears Prada, despite newspapers reporting that she had recently spent $7,000 in Fred Segal. "I don't shop at Fred Segal and I wouldn't dream of spending that kind of money on myself," the actress insisted. "I wasn't raised that way"...

...2005, Kate Moss was awarded substantial damages in court over a story in the Sunday Mirror which claimed she had "collapsed into a drug-induced coma and had to be revived after taking vast quantities of cocaine" in Barcelona in 2001. Later that year Moss was dropped from several high profile advertising campaigns after photos were published - again in the Daily Mirror - which seemed to show her snorting cocaine...

...2004, a journalist received an icy response when they asked what Hillary Clinton was wearing at a party at New York's Park Plaza. "What does it look like?" snapped a member of the Clinton entourage. "She's wearing a white jacket with black pants, and I'm wearing a black one with black pants."

NYC to reveal intimate details of d'Gianni's sexy lingerie line

d'Gianni Lingerie is unveiling its sensual Intimate Apparel Collection aboard a luxury liner in New York City on August 22, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Boarding time is 6:30 p.m. and the cruise ship sets sail from New York City's 23rd Street dock on the East River for three exciting hours of fine dining, entertainment and the chance to view the newest d'Gianni brands during the fashion show. Tickets are going for a minimum donation of $100.00, with ten percent of all proceeds benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation's battle against breast cancer.

"I'm so pleased to be launching our newest d'Gianni line of lingerie," says co-founder of d'Gianni. "The new collection is simply exquisite. Every single piece evokes a certain attitude, perception and frame of mind."

The evening voyage around New York City will reveal the intimate details of d'Gianni's latest line of sexy lingerie designed to inspire women to embrace their inner sensuality and beauty. Each piece of the collection is tailored to fit a specific size and shape of body. The star-studded audience will get the chance to match their own personalities to the lingerie with which they feel a connection.

Both founders of d'Gianni united almost a decade ago with a goal to establish a lingerie brand name with one vision in mind: to enhance sensuality in the bedroom. d'Gianni continues to launch innovative products designed to accentuate the sensuality and beauty of a variety of shapes and sizes.
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Performance Days are still expanding

By now Performance Days functional fabrics roadshow is well-established and continues its success. In comparison to the first roadshow in 2008 a plus of more then 50% of exhibitors and about twice as much visitors chose the last Perfomance Days in spring 2009 for their business. From the perspective of all parties also the new trend forum was a great success and will be continued.

The next Performance Days will be held as usual from Nov 09th -10th 2009 in Munich from Nov 12th -13th 2009 in Stockholm and from Nov 16th -17th 2009 in Verona. Only the location in Stockholm will move from Fiskartorpet to Magasin 9, the other places will be the same as in May 09. Beginning with spring 2010 Performance days roadshow will be enlarged by Annecy, the centre of French Sportswear industry, as a further location. By this it is planed to open also the french market for the trade fair.

Furthermore the concept of the roadshow will be made more flexible, regarding the single locations to make the trade fair even more suitable for exhibitors and visitors. At several request also the spring roadshow will take place earlier, in April instead of May.

The organizers of Performance Days are looking forward to a successful and interesting roadshow next November were the newest trends and collections for summer 2011 and winter 2011/2012 will be shown.

Performance Days functional fabrics roadshow was launched by the Weichert Agencies in 2008. As the first and only event of its kind it is meant to be a platform specifically for functional fabrics, yarns, finishes and accessories for the sports- and workwear market.

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Oeko-Tex Certification enhances apparel brand image

Many textile mills, brands and retailers make full use of the ‘Restricted Substance List’ (RSL) to ensure the safety of their products in the textile supply chain. But sometimes, especially in product categories like children-wear, brands want to offer their consumers a third-party guarantee of safety. Oeko-Tex is one of the largest certification programs, which helps take care of the same.

Carmine Carlo Ammirati, Research and Development Director at Alcantara Spa, comments, “For companies in the textile and clothing industry, the Oeko-Tex criteria catalog provides, for the very first time, a uniform, scientifically-founded evaluation standard for the human ecological safety of textiles, against the background of the globalized and extremely fragmented nature of the textile manufacturing chain,".”

He further adds, “Oeko-Tex certification is also a good marketing tool with regards to the consumer as it indicates to interested end-users the additional benefits of safety in context to skin-friendly clothing.

Manfred Wentz, head of Oeko-Tex Certification Body (USA) says, “The modular approach-individual components are tested as well as the final product makes its special. This helps not only for verifications for safety, but also for cost-sharing.”
Oeko-Tex certification can also be used as a marketing tool.

It brings confidence in the minds of the shopper that the apparel has been tested for safety against deadly chemicals and is a skin-friendly clothing.

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Drink your coffee and wear it too!

What do we do with the coffee grounds after we use it? Mostly it ends up in the landfill. How about making gorgeous outfit from recycled coffee beans?

A cup of coffee in the morning improves our mood, alertness, and gives us a mental boost. What happens to the coffee beans once its purpose is finished in the kitchen? Most of the times grounded coffee beans is thrown into the garbage, or sometimes is used as fertilizer. A new process has emerged in the fabric market, wherein, waste grounded coffee beans have witnessed a creative application in making recycled fabrics.

Adding to the craze of sustainable fabrics, a Taiwanese fabric manufacturing company weaves waste coffee grounds into fabrics. Grounded coffee beans are converted into yarn, which is woven into shirts. The squandered coffee bean powder is transformed into interlaced fibers, which is made into fabric, and is tailored into garments. Garments are manufactured in many styles of knitted, woven, and soft shell fabrics.

Soybean, the well-liked cousin of coffee beans is already under the global spotlight for its eco friendly virtues, and is being praised as vegetable cashmere. This caffeinated stuff has now entered the fabric industry, and is likely to create ripples in the global apparel market in the near future.

Two T-shirts can be made from one cup of coffee. It has the look of a typical performance sportswear. It is fast drying, and enables UV Protection. It is an environmentally friendly fabric with odor control abilities. These fabrics can be washed with clean water without using a detergent.

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Miss U.S. International pageant

Aileen Yap is the daughter of Dr. Romeo and Virgincita Yap and has a 22 year old brother, Nathan. She graduated Summa cum Laude from Willis High School and is now a junior at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Aileen is majoring in Biology and hopes to pursue a career in medicine as a Pediatrician with the ultimate goal of helping the ones in need.

Aileen is a caring and loving person whose passion is to work with children, she finds it to be a fulfilling experience. As Miss U.S. International she hopes to make a positive impact in the youth, not only in the United States but also the in different countries.

Haute Couture - "high sewing"

If you're a fan of fashion, you've likely come across this term many times while perusing your favorite fashion mag. Haute couture is a French term which translates as "high sewing," and is regularly misused (though not in the publications of the world's most informed editrixes, Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, and the like).

"Haute couture" is often used incorrectly to describe pricey designer pieces, and while there is always considerable expense associated with haute couture, just because a designer gown is exorbitantly expensive and falls into the luxury category does not mean it is haute couture.

In fact, haute couture is a highly proprietary term with stringent requirements attached to its use:

In France, the term haute couture is protected by law and is defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris based in Paris, France. Their rules state that only “those companies mentioned on the list drawn up each year by a commission domiciled at the Ministry for Industry are entitled to avail themselves” of the label haute couture. The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992.

To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture must follow these rules:

Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.

Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.

Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.

However, the term haute couture may have been misused by ready-to-wear brands since the late 1980s, so that its true meaning may have become blurred with that of prêt-à-porter (the French term for ready-to-wear fashion) in the public perception. Every haute couture house also markets prêt-à-porter collections, which typically deliver a higher return on investment than their custom clothing…much of the haute couture displayed at fashion shows today is rarely sold; it is created to enhance the prestige of the house.

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Apparel retailers can reap economic benefits from us – GM, Safexpress

A good supply management system is the key to a well managed distribution chain. This applies more so to the upcoming retailers who have thousands of Sku’s, as well as textile and garment manufacturing companies who operate out of multiple locations, but may lack a well oiled supply chain management. Safexpress has been a pioneer in establishment of a supply chain management in India which can help companies overcome problems of procuring of raw materials as well as distribution of their final products.

In an exclusive interview with Fibre2fashion, Mr Vineet Kanaujia, GM (Marketing) at Safexpress spoke about the effectiveness of the supply management system set up by his company for the industry at large. Mr Kanaujia is responsible for giving shape and direction to the marketing strategy of the company. His constant quest for innovation and incessant efforts to promote ‘Brand Safexpress’ has led to the formulation of a robust marketing strategy, which has elevated the standing, credibility and visibility of the company.

We began the interview by asking Mr Kanaujia to explain as to how a good supply management system could help the textile and apparel retail companies in India, to which he spoke in detail by saying, “Supply Chain & Logistics is the backbone of the apparel industry in India. Currently, Safexpress is providing its services to 10 different verticals including Retail & Apparel, Healthcare & Pharma, Auto, Publishing, IT, Telecom, FMCG, etc. Out of these verticals Retail & Apparel is our largest vertical with a contribution of around 20% to our total business revenues.

“We have been very actively contributing to the growth of apparel industry in India over the last decade. Safexpress essentially provides three lines of specialized services to its apparel clients including Express Distribution, Third Party Logistics (3PL) services and Supply Chain Consulting. We specialize in providing ‘Value added supply chain services’ to our customers. This gives us a clear edge over other supply chain & logistics players, and helps strengthen our leadership position in the industry.

“A very important aspect of the Apparel business is to provide time-specific deliveries. We provide Time-definite Express Deliveries to our customers through our Express Distribution services. We have a capability to deliver in 1.8 days on an average to over 562 locations in India. Most of the well known apparel companies in India are taking advantage of this unique service from Safexpress. Safexpress is the ‘market leader’ as well as ‘knowledge leader’ of supply chain and logistics industry

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INVISTA continues to make moves within the legwear industry

INVISTA is hosting a unique legwear event entitled ‘LYCRA fibre MOVES’ in Verona, Italy on October 7 and 8, 2009 – an exciting new initiative from one of the world’s leading producers of integrated fibres and polymers and the owner of the LYCRA fibre brand. Welcoming key players from across the globe, the forum will celebrate the world of innovation within the legwear industry and provide a critical platform for its members to meet and exchange insights and ideas.

During the two-day forum, INVISTA will showcase its most recent innovations for hosiery and socks under the LYCRA fibre brand that promise to push boundaries within the industry and design world. One of the technology innovations to be launched at the event is an INVISTA proprietary patented technology that will set a new benchmark in textiles for apparel applications. The exhibition will also provide a launch platform for other key suppliers from across the world to introduce their new developments to the wealth of legwear producers, specifiers, brands, retailers and press that will be visiting the show.

As an additional commercial benefit and in order to share inspirations across the value chain, INVISTA has identified a wide range of discussion topics tailored to its visitors and has organised an extensive speaker platform of well-known names within the fashion, design and communications industries who will be sharing their wisdom and insights. Visitors will also have the opportunity to network with important names within the industry at functions hosted by INVISTA during the two-day forum.

Continuing to drive the industry forward and consolidating its leading position within the market, INVISTA strives to create initiatives that add long-term value to its customers. The forum was created by INVISTA following a survey it hosted with key legwear companies with results showing the demand for a dedicated international event to share knowledge and promote individual businesses within the industry. With the launch of ‘LYCRA fibre MOVES’, INVISTA demonstrates its dedication to introducing global innovations that have a commercial edge as well as a recognition of design achievements within the fashion world.

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Australia’s fashion trends and culture

Australia’s fashion industry has grown around the relaxed, casual demeanour of the people it designs for, as well as their love of outdoors living. But it also reflects the sophisticated, cosmopolitan and multicultural nature of Australian society. Most Australians are comfortable in T-shirts and foot thongs (flip-flops) one minute and appreciative of innovative high fashion the next. The bold colours of sunny Australian beaches and the starkly contrasting hues of the country’s central desert landscapes are captured in Australia’s fashion palette.

Beach wear

Australia has a long history of world-renowned swimwear manufacture. In 1928, Speedo swimwear was launched by Alexander MacRae in Sydney and the brand became world famous after Australians wore it in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Australia now boasts top-of-the-line swim- and surf-wear brands such as Roxy, Billabong, Rip Curl and Seafolly.

Urban wear and high fashion

The urban streetwear and haute couture components of Australia’s fashion industry are also thriving. A new generation of streetwear designers takes its inspiration from Australia’s surf culture, graffiti and art and has created its own unique style.

Dynamic new labels include Ksubi, based near Sydney’s Bondi Beach; Sass & Bide, which has a cult following among the younger Hollywood set; and Willow, a lingerie line.

Inspired by an extraordinary range of Australian fashion textiles and cultural influences, many Australian designers have received international attention in recent years. Australian fashion creations, such as those by Wayne Cooper, Carla Zampatti, Easton Pearson, Nicola Finetti, Bettina Liano, Martin Grant, Michelle Jank and Lisa Ho, are in worldwide demand.

Hot on the calendar

Melbourne lays claim to being Australia’s fashion capital, hosting the L’Oréal Fashion Festival every March. The festival offers fashion lovers a choice of catwalk shows, parties, product launches, exhibitions and industry events that capture the glamour and creativity of Australian fashion.

Australia also hosts the biannual Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. Previously staged in Melbourne, the event was moved to Sydney’s Circular Quay in 2007. It showcases more than 150 designers’ spring/summer collections in May and their autumn/winter collections in October.

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is an exclusive, industry-only event, made accessible to registered buyers, agents, media, stylists and other industry representatives. It features ready-to-wear, street wear, swimwear, men’s and women’s apparel, intimate apparel, footwear and children’s wear. A selection of Australia’s and the Asia–Pacific’s best designers present their collections to some of the world’s most significant buyers, media and industry influencers.

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It may not be the Melbourne Cup, but the Darwin Cup Carnival

It may not be the Melbourne Cup, but the Darwin Cup Carnival in the Northern Territory produces a unique array of fashion that would rival the best dressed anywhere in the country.

Held during Darwin's dry season, Darwin's horse racing carnival sees women baring their shoulders in summer frocks while their southern counterparts are shivering.

Territory women have a unique sense of style. It often involves bright colours, bold hats and fascinators, and for those who can afford them - Paspaley Pearls and Di Croco handbags, two luxury labels whose products originate from the Territory.

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Roxanne McKee to be the face of Clothes Show Live

The former Hollyoaks star, Roxanne McKee, has been chosen as the face of this year’s Clothes Show Live.

Clothes Show Live 2009, to be held at the Birmingham NEC, December 4th-9th, will mark the 21st birthday of the fashion extravaganza.

Roxanne ‘Roxy’ McKee, is a British actress, model and university graduate, who was discovered after taking part in “Hollyoaks On the Pull”, a Channel 4 talent initiative to discover new talent for the popular soap opera. She was then cast as Louise Summers, and in 2007 took the top prize as Sexiest Woman on TV at the British Soap Awards. She left the role at the end of last year.

Aged 28, McKee had always wanted to be an actress but completed a BA Degree in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, so she would always have something to fall back on.

“I’m very flattered to be part of such a huge event,” she said of her starring role at Clothes Show Live 2009.

A keen fashion addict, she believes the secret of individual style is to always wear clothes in which you feel comfortable and which reflect your personality.

Clothes Show Live is the largest public event of its type, under one roof, in Europe. It features a 6,500-seat fashion theatre, designer catwalk shows, celebrity appearances and the opportunity to shop for top fashion labels, vintage pieces and the latest beauty bargains ahead of the Christmas high street rush.

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