Austin Reed: Spring/Summer Collection For Man

Austin Reed’s Spring/Summer collection takes you on a city escape; from boating in the Hamptons to desert storms and safari adventures, you can expect nothing less than expertly cut suiting in lightweight fabrics and fresh summer colour palettes for a modern yet classic working wardrobe.


Men’s Tailoring is groomed and clean-cut with refined textures and monochrome finishes. Tonic suiting is key in multiple tones of grey and charcoal. Striped shirting offers highlights of cherry red, vibrant yellows and cobalt blues to give a boost of intense colour. Formal linen jackets and trousers create a relaxed summer look.

The classic 3-button gabardine, refined puppy tooth and silver/grey pinstripe suits all play pivotal roles this season. The classic shirt is reinvented in slim line blocks with luxurious fabrics.

Casualwear is presented in a palette of classic red, white and blue with highlights of rugged stone, putty and grey and features the Austin Reed crest. Checks, micro ginghams and refined stripes reinforce this classic look. Pique polo’s are worn under lighter weight cardigans, zip through and half zip knitwear pieces and paired with multi pocket cargo shorts. Half lined cotton jackets with taped seams give a cool contemporary appearance.

Zoozoo from Vodafone at Shopper’s Stop

Shopper’s Stop, the retail major has joined forces with the telecom giant Vodafone Essar in order to launch products featuring today’s most lovable and famous cartoon character ‘Zoozoo’ from Vodafone’s recent advertising campaign.

Shopper's Stop has got the exclusive rights of manufacturing and selling official Zoozoo merchandises in specified categories, including T-shirts, kids-wear, mugs, bed and bath accessories through this partnership.

Immense popularity gained by Zoozoos during the advertisement campaign helped in materializing this deal. The mammoth of fan following that Zoozoos has created, forced Vodafone to bring them closer to their aficionados in the form of merchandises, said Mr. Kumar Ramanathan, Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone.

Vodafone is adding new dimensions to the character merchandising through this initiative, as it’s a budding trend in India, informed a Vodafone official. 

Beach Wear Models At Wills India Fashion Week

Babes in bikini! You don't have to look for a better option to refresh your mind...

 Temperature soar to a new high on the fourth day of Wills India Fashion Week with designer Sanchita unveiling some teeny-weeny beachwear. Now, it's your turn to drool over these uber hot models flaunting their superb body in two-piece. Don't miss it!

A model presents a beachwear creation by Indian designer Sanchita during the Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring Summer 2010 in New Delhi on October 26, 2009. (Photo: AFP)

A model presents a beachwear creation by Indian designer Sanchita during the Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring Summer 2010 in New Delhi on October 26, 2009. (Photo: AFP)

Models present a beachwear creation by Indian designer Sanchita during the Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring Summer 2010 in New Delhi on October 26, 2009. (Photo: AFP)

A model presents a beachwear creation by Indian designer Sanchita during the Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring Summer 2010 in New Delhi on October 26, 2009. (Photo: AFP)

A model presents a beachwear creation by Indian designer Sanchita during the Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring Summer 2010 in New Delhi on October 26, 2009. (Photo: AFP)

A model presents a beachwear creation by Indian designer Sanchita during the Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring Summer 2010 in New Delhi on October 26, 2009. (Photo: AFP)

A model presents a beachwear creation by Indian designer Sanchita during the Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring Summer 2010 in New Delhi on October 26, 2009. (Photo: AFP)

Models present a beachwear creation by Indian designer Sanchita during the Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring Summer 2010 in New Delhi on October 26, 2009. (Photo: AFP)


Vintage by Kate Moss enduring style and elegance

The most desirable things in life have a precious, enduring beauty that should be treasured forever. Discover the timeless allure of Vintage by Kate Moss, the stunning new fragrance from the world's most famous supermodel, available from September 2009.

Style icon and vintage connoisseur Kate Moss has filled every facet of her life with cherished vintage pieces. With a passion for fashion, the arts and antiquities, she is drawn to objects with an individual style and charm that transcends generations. Kate's modern interpretation of these vintage classics reinvigorates them, giving them a truly contemporary appeal.

Stylish, sophisticated and deeply feminine, Vintage, a fruity floriental fragrance, is a unique expression of Kate's love of vintage clothes and objects d'art. Just like Kate, the most striking vintage objects have a unique spirit and beauty that cannot be imitated. Just like Kate, Vintage has an enduring style and elegance that is destined to captivate men and women alike.

Kate Moss comments, "I am fascinated by vintage pieces because they not only have a remarkable beauty but also an innate sense of history - I love the fact that each object has its own story to tell. And yet vintage items can be reinvented with a modern twist to make them very fresh and relevant today. That's why vintage looks have inspired my personal style, my work as a fashion designer and, now, my fragrance."

Rich in sophistication and luxury, Vintage is an exciting blend of fruity and floriental notes. The fragrance opens with illuminating pink pepper, white freesia and invigorating mandarin for an initial burst of spicy freshness. At its heart, smooth heliotrope unites with jasmine and almond flower to deliver a lush floral bouquet with a timeless appeal. Warm base notes of tonka bean, vanilla and skin musks add a depth and refinement whilst also creating a modern feel. The overall experience is soft, fresh and sensual with more than a hint of Kate's iconic individual style. 

Liliana Casabal introduces Morgane Le Fay to Malibu community

The models floated confidently through the doors of Morgane Le Fay's newest retail location at the Malibu Country Mart and onto the lovely green lawn where editors, stylists, photographers and customers eagerly awaited the presentation of Spring 2010 this past Saturday, October 17. The collection is designed by Liliana Casabal who is currently designing costumes for the New York City Ballet under the direction of Peter Martins for Naive and Sentimental Music by John Adams, set to open at the Metropolitan Opera on November 24th.

The fashion show was inspired by an ancient Welsh myth of fairy queen Rhiannon who defied her family and gave up her divinity to marry a mortal prince for love. That inspiration was delivered in a variety of silk chiffons, organza, wool gauze, Japanese lace, organic cotton jersey and Italian stretch cotton and raincoat nylon. The colors of deep Algae, light Willow, Magenta and gentle Blossom mixed with Ivory, Black and Midnight created the designer's modern interpretation of the ancient spirit.

Stand outs were the Hummingbird dress of black, cut out four-ply silk worn over a silk slip, Angeles, a black double georgette dress with bare shoulder sleeves that can be worn multiple ways and Epona, an organza gown with an abstract applique of a horse.

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Megan Fox Loved to Being a Lesbian Vampire

FOXY Megan Fox loved playing a lesbian vampire in new movie Jennifer’s Body – she even stayed in character when the cameras stopped rolling!

The actress says her part was so well written, she found it hard to snap out of.

“The roles were so amazing and so well written that I think we all ended up being those characters full-time and taking them home with us,” says Megan.

“I don’t mean I took on some of my character’s more extreme behavior but I definitely felt like she was part of me even when we were not shooting.”

Megan, 23, recently revealed that she accepted her role in Jennifer’s Body because the screenwriter wore ’stripper shoes’.

“Diablo Cody was really shy and really nice and she had on these six-inch pair of clear high heels, like the kind that strippers wear,” she said.

“I loved that in Hollywood here she was walking around in stripper shoes.

“It’s what swayed me to do the movie.”

Madame Launches Autumn/Winter Collection

Madame, the leading women’s apparel which has always enthralled the women of the contemporary era with its designs and style, launched its autumn/winter collection 2009. The collection which comprises of casual wear has been named ‘Icons’ and is available at all the Madame and multi-brand stores across India.

“An icon represents exclusivity and is something which is followed by others, which is why we have given this name to our collection,” said Mr. Akhil Duggar, Creative Director Madame. The collection is totally fresh and suave and is expected to create a stir in the market. “In autumn/winter collection we have employed vibrant colors and follow the forecast of year 2010”, he added.

The new season is based on colors like wines, purples,darker tone of peacock and the evergreen color black.This year the collection has come across in tartan and Scottish check prints in the fabrics of wool, fleece and tweed, which have been used keeping in mind the style of the dress. Uses of turtle and high necks also have been made in plenty. Keeping the trend of long length alive and emphasizing on the latest colors, for this season, Madame has introduced short and long check blazers and long length twill overcoats.

“Women look for diverse clothing, we have tried to create something which is novel are sure that the collection which is cost effective also, would be well appreciated by the younger generation”, elaborated Mr. Duggar.


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Eva & Tony Parker model for London Fog campaign

Iconix Brand Group announced that actress Eva Longoria Parker and her husband, NBA San Antonio Spurs champion starting point guard, Tony Parker, will appear in its London Fog brand's holiday marketing campaign. The multi-media marketing campaign will debut in December issues of fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire and Gotham, outdoor billboards and online.

Eva Longoria Parker, stated, "It was fun to work together. London Fog is always classy and beautiful and we knew we were in good hands for the campaign. The coats and bags were gorgeous; I am a huge fan of trench coats and all the London Fog trenches were amazing."

The Parkers were chosen for the London Fog campaign because they epitomize the modern, romantic and aspirational London Fog lifestyle. The beautiful, iconic shots feature the couple embracing, caressing and laughing as they pose in London Fog outerwear and accessories. The campaign was created by the Iconix in-house marketing team and shot by photographer Nino Munoz at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

Dari Marder, Chief Marketing Officer, London Fog, commented, "Eva and Tony are a gorgeous couple and look stunning in the campaign. We are honored that they selected London Fog for their first fashion campaign together. They were so loving and affectionate with each other and the shots beautifully capture these intimate moments on set." 

Amazing Yellow Dress

Scientists Unravel Impact Of UV Rays On Coloured Clothing

In a study, which began in 2000, scientists in Spain have been able to unravel the mysteries of effects and impact of the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays on different colours of clothing we wear. According to them, the same cotton fabric dyed deep blue or red provides greater UV protection than shades of yellow.

Their study could lead to fabrics with better sun protection, which could also prove to be a boon for economy-minded consumers who want protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, but would not be willing to shell out high prices for sun-protective clothing.

The scientists used computers to derive results of the level of UV protection achieved with three fabric dyes and studied the change in UPF of fabrics and other factors, for which, they dyed cotton fabrics in a wide range of red, blue, and yellow shades and measured the ability of each colored sample to absorb UV light.

Fibre2fashion spoke to Ascensión Riva, one of the scientists, who said, “The paper deals with protection against ultraviolet radiation provided by clothing that we have been studying since 2000. The results found regarding the influence of colour are only a part of a bigger project in which we studied several parameters that could have an influence in UV protection.”

She added by saying, “We have proposed statistical models that can be used by the clothing manufacturers as an approximation to choose the value of different manufacturing parameters of the fabrics in order to produce protective clothing.”

Women celebrates A/W season in KAZO Style

The new KAZO’S autumn/winter 09 Collection for Women is a celebration of Style, complimented by a versatile collection with different silhouettes and a contemporary feel. Among all the affordable clothing chains, KAZO is the one that has opted for a trendier and daring fashion style.

Featuring the new collection with wide sleeved blouses, chiffon printed dresses, washed denim jeans, tunics, slouchy jackets, pencil skirts, colourful sweatshirts, fitted trousers, hooded jackets, cropped pants and jersey dresses with intricate tailoring using soft fabrics. A classic range of knitwear with mélange and striped pieces adds more punk to the collection.

Bold colours Like AUBERGINE and WINTER RASPBERRY add Glitz and glamour to the night collection.

The strong new colours are MUSTURD and STRONG MAUVE which combine very well between themselves and also with other neutral colours. A new colour – PACIFIC GREEN is also incorporated in the collection for a more sophisticated look.

For evening and special occasions the KAZO woman, who wants to feel perfect in every situation without sacrificing her strong, sparkling personality wears the must have a short stylish black dress or a long elegant gown. Evening wear has an antique dressing-up box feel.

Twilight Saga: New Moon – Killing Collection

Starting today, the BP. department at Nordstrom stores will begin to sell its exclusive fashion collection in partnership with Summit Entertainment, Awake, Inc. and N.E.C.A. inspired by the highly-anticipated November 20 release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second movie in Summit's Twilight film saga. Also starting today, while supplies last, select Nordstrom stores will offer customers advanced movie screening passes as gifts with purchase. The retailer is also holding an online sweepstakes for tickets to the movie's November 16 Los Angeles premiere, and will host in-store styling events in November.

Advanced Movie Screening Tickets Gift with Purchase
Beginning today, Nordstrom will give fans the opportunity to receive one movie pass to an advanced screening of The Twilight Saga: New Moon on the evening of November 19 when they purchase $50 or more in BP. merchandise at select Nordstrom stores. Participating stores include those within and surrounding the following markets: Atlanta; Baltimore; Boca Raton, Fla.; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Los Angeles; Miami; Orange County, Calif.; Paramus, N. J.; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento; Salt Lake City; San Diego; San Francisco; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.

Online Movie Premiere Sweepstakes

Customers can enter an online sweepstakes at newmoon through November 2 to win two tickets to The Twilight Saga: New Moon movie premiere on November 16 in Los Angeles. The winner will be notified on or about November 5 and will receive roundtrip airfare for two, two-night hotel accommodations, car transportation, premiere get-ready styling party hosted by the BP. team at Nordstrom at The Grove (includes swag bag), and two tickets to the movie premiere.

Enjoy vividly colorful AKIRA Fashion Show in style

Independent Retail Week has been created to show the customer the best in individual style while celebrating local independent retailers. Come and enjoy a week of amazing events; there is something for everybody: those who want to be pampered with beauty samples and spa treatments, parties for the fashionista who wants to grab the newest trends at one week only promotions and style consultancy parties where consumers can get advice from the retailers themselves.

Start your week in style at the kick-off celebration, Monday, October 19 at Chicago’s Cultural Center. Votre Vu, the latest in luxury, custom-blended French skin care will be handing out swanky swag bags and nourishing samples of its botanically based product line and top-selling beauty benefit beverage SnapDragon; as well as the city map provided by Where Magazine and the Independent Retail Week Official Event Guide listing the participating retailers and must attend events.

Among the instore events, fun activities and private sales Akira brings a highlight to the week on Saturday Oct 24th 2009 with TECHNICOLOR LOVER on Saturday 10am – 6pm with an AKIRA Pop-Up Shop and Fashion Show Installation at Harris Theatre Pavillion. As a featured hotspot of Nolcha's Independent Retail Week, AKIRA will host a pop-up shop with all of the hottest fall fashion trends. 

Allen Solly unleashes first of its kind marketing campaign

Madura Garments, a company of Aditya Birla Group is set to undertake a marketing campaign in Delhi for its Allen Solly brand in a bid to expand its reach in casual and party wear segments.

The company carried out a ‘freeze-flash mob activity’ on October 10-11, which had been modeled on the brand’s campaign program in the western markets and covered four shopping destinations in Delhi.

This activity was the first large scale activity in India as it involved 100 people at a time for a period of five minutes.

Madura Garments intends to make the brand, more youth oriented along with a expansion of the range, and also plans to increase the number of outlets to 120 in the country, within the next two years, it announced last week.

Annual sale of the brand stands at around Rs. 2.5 billion. It expects to improve its contribution in its overall business to about 40 percent in the next two years and seeks to expand its retail presence with 60 new stores.

The brand intends to open its new stores specifically in the Tier II cities of the country. 

LA Fashion Week Sees The Debut Of ScooterGirls GoGo Gear

ScooterGirls, Inc., a Los Angeles-based apparel company, launches its innovative and exciting "GoGo Gear", the first fashion-forward, highly-styled riding apparel for women scooter and motorcycle riders. Designed to appeal to today's image-conscious, contemporary scooter and motorcycle enthusiasts, GoGo Gear solves the age-old problem of finding attractive and affordable protective riding wear.

The line will debut during LA Fashion Week at the Designer Launch Pad Show Friday, October

16, 2009 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Fashion Show Starts 5pm, at California Market Center, Fashion Business Inc., Suite C-786, 110 E. 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90079 (213) 892-1669. Select items will be available beginning Fall/Winter 2009, with more new and exciting offerings for the Spring/Summer season. ScooterGirls' GoGo Gear will be sold exclusively through local scooter and motorcycle retailers nationwide.

ScooterGirls founder/CEO Arlene Battishill says, "The main reason women do not wear protective clothing when riding is they don't like the way traditional gear looks or fits." ScooterGirls new line will give women riders the option of fashionable, feminine coats that can be worn for business, social occasions and recreation while providing the protection they need while riding."

ScooterGirls has created the first fashionable, fully-armored, abrasion-resistant and highly-reflective coat for today's woman on the go, to be introduced in two lines. The show will feature GoGo Gear, which emphasizes cutting-edge, feminine outerwear with robust interior engineering that includes abrasion resistant fabric; body armor in the back, shoulder and elbow areas; and reflective details for low visibility conditions.

Also featured is ScooterGirls' "360 Retroreflective" line, designed to provide enhanced visibility for low-light and night-time riding. "360" is the quintessential commuter line: wear it during the day and then reverse it at night for maximum visibility.

Paris Fashion Week: Miuccia Prada Collection

True to form, Miuccia Prada’s collection was a contradiction in terms; sweet and sexual, virginal and vamp.

A sweet cat print and a swallow in flight contrasted with the image of a reclining nude. Bra details across a see-through bodice, with sequinned flames, were set against innocent puffed sleeves.

The youthful charm of smocking, on Victorian-style sleeves, and on yoked necklines, was at odds with sheer, stretch tulle, embellished with silver beading. And while the models had their hair styled in a demure plait over the left shoulder, a voice on the soundtrack was husking “I want you, I need you, I love you.”

The juxtaposition was echoed in the colours, the prints and the fabrics; a prim, schoolgirl collar in a red/cream swallow print on a modestly-cut dress, sleeves in the cat print in blue on black, a bejewelled front, and a plain, cream back.

Childlike cotton piques were at odds with the lush, sparkly beading. Many of the dresses had a Biba-esque flavour, with raised waistlines, A-line skirts and leg-o-mutton type sleeves.

The mood for boleros, which is sweeping the Paris catwalks, was seen here in the trouser suits, in a black brocade, which featured a curved, cropped, bolero-jacket, strapped across the bustline, over a collared shirt and slim trousers, often with a perky frill at the back of the hipline.

An exaggerated bolero, in ruched folds, layered over A-line dresses drew more attention to the shoulder. Mrs Prada also invented the ‘rib-lace’, a crystal necklace which was worn beneath the bra.


Social Accountability in Indian Apparel Industry

Social accountability has become an increasingly important tool for the importing countries to motivate the suppliers to maintain a high level of social and environmental performance. The main aim of social accountability program is to ensure that business partners abide by regional laws as well as comply with the company's commitment to social responsibility. India is one of the important garment sourcing destinations in Asia.

In a world where people are becoming increasingly concerned about responsible production policies, ecology, and environment, there is a greater demand for greener textiles in the foreign markets. More and more companies in India are realizing the importance of the term corporate social responsibility (CSR) norms that have been laid down by the importers as a precondition for doing business with other countries.

The concept of CSR has moved far beyond the simple definition of ethical trading and has now grown in importance to become a system of managing a company in a way that balances interests or all stakeholders, customers, employees, investors, suppliers, society, government, and environment. With to workers on the parameters of human rights and dignity of work, retailers worldwide are under pressure to give 'sweatshop-free' clothing to the consumers.

International Standard, SA 8000, know as Social Accountability 8000 is the international standard for management systems, primarily dealing with the working conditions. The principles of SA 8000 are:

  • No child labor
  • No forced labor
  • Health and safety of workmen to be ensured
  • Freedom of association and right to collective bargaining to be respected
  • No discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, caste, etc.
  • No unjust disciplinary practices
  • Working hours not more than eight hours
  • Fair compensation (wages), and
  • Management systems to be in place to monitor the implementation of the standard

Future challenges for the Garment Sector

Changes in international sourcing environment are posing many challenges for the Indian suppliers. These challenges are mainly concerned with such issues discussed above. First of all, competing sourcing destinations are now being assessed in the light of new developments related to enhanced concerns for workers and workplace.

Garment workers seek Govt intervention

Representatives of more than 1,000 Phnom Penh garment workers want government’s intervention in a long-running dispute between workers and the owners of the Sky High Garment Factory.

The workers claimed that the factory owners sacked them in late June this year after staging a strike. The owners fired four or five workers daily without mentioning any reason, informed the representatives of factory workers.

As the factory owners didn’t provide the severance payments and other compensatory measures under Cambodian labour law, the employees of the factory want the Ministry of Labour to take legal action against the Garment Factory.

As the workers believe that they had been fired unfairly, they want compensation from the company.

Meanwhile, the ministry’s head of labour disputes, Mr. Va Yuva Vathana suggested the workers to bring their issues to the court, but the workers say that they don’t have sufficient funds to take help from the court. 

Best Seasonal Outfit

Dubai Fashion Week revealed line-up for S/S 2010

Dubai Fashion Week (DFW), now in its 6th edition, and bigger than ever before has revealed its line-up for the Spring/ Summer 2010 (SS10) season. Totalling 33 designers, the show once again promises to be an experience not to be missed for fashionistas across the region!

On debut for the first time are; Aartivijay Gupta, Babita M, Amato by Furne One, Barbara Bela, Beenas & B’jouel, ESTINNA by Tina G Bedi, Frilz by Ash, Kanzi, Lamborghini, Ora by Rimalya, Michael Cinco, Rajnish Malhotra, Shrekahath Yedulla, Siddartha Tyler, and Z for Z. Also showcasing is previous emerging talent winners Homa Q & Najibah Pandor.

Returning designers include; Dessange Paris, Ekta Singh, Troy Costa, Hatem Alakeel, HSY, L’Oreal, Mariam Al Mazro, Salma Khan, and Walid Atallah!

Marc Robinson, Dubai Fashion Week Co-founder and Director-Fashion says, “DFW has truly made its mark on the international fashion agenda.Each season we receive greater interest from international designers looking to participate in the show, which is a testament to the calibre of designers who have previously showcased, firmly placing Dubai on the international fashion circuits radar.”

As a regular part of Dubai Fashion Week, showcasing this season for the first time are the Emerging Talent winners; Anam Sohail – “Anam’s Wardrobe”, Asma Chapti - “Haute Vintage”, Dona Gilbert – “Kappa/Maxim”, Irena Trajkova –“Arabbella”, Khalid Alhajri – “Studio Khaled”, Natasha Petafi – “Natasha Petafi” and the duo team comprising of Simone Khambatta and Roma Narsinghania – “Vibgyor”.

Al Jaziri Motors, the Lamborghini franchise operator in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, will also be showcasing during DFW. Lamborghini has its own fashion range, sold under the Collezione Automobili Lamborghini brand, which will be shown during fashion week. In addition, L’Oreal and Dessange are set to produce stunning shows to highlight this seasons key make-up and hair style trends. 

Marc Flashberg develops Marc Alan denim line with Supima

Textile industry veteran Marc Flashberg launches premium denim label Marc Alan Jeans, it was announced. The line uses a superior fabric of Supima cotton with XFIT technology and is a culmination of three years of development.

A 30-year veteran in the textile business, Flashberg, a principal of Marc Alan jeans, developed a driving passion for premium denim at the forefront of the denim explosion. After spending years of introducing innovative products to premium denim companies, it became clear to Flashberg that there was a void in the market. Until this point, it was perceived that fit and comfort was achieved primarily through the pattern. Flashberg realizes that the pattern alone cannot offer fit and comfort. Fit and comfort can only truly be achieved through the fabric, complementing the pattern.

“It can’t be just a beautiful looking fabric -- the fabric needs to be able to move with the body, retain it’s shape and look fashionable,” said Flashberg. He added, “It’s been a three-year evolution of fabric development culminating in the birth of Marc Alan jeans.”
Pulling from his early textile experience in knits, five years ago Flashberg came up with the revolutionary idea of creating a two-way stretch denim to provide the ultimate in fit and comfort for the denim aficionados. Through further exploration of the concept, the mill Marc represented learned that Invista, a global integrated producer of polymers and fibers, had already begun research on the creation of a yarn that would allow denim to stretch in the length as well as the width.

Fall sweater

Monocle launches autumn collection

The season has turned and Monocle is pleased to announce the launch of seven new collaborations with leading international designers in time for the cooler months. All products are available at The Monocle Shops in London and LA, and online at

Monocle x Woolrich Jacket II – Limited Edition
Following the sell-out success of the Monocle x Woolrich Summer Jacket, this limited edition winter jacket is perfect for autumn and has been designed by Woolrich’s designer Daiki Suzuki specifically for the Monocle reader. Constructed from sturdy army dock canvas and featuring details such as detachable hood, pop up collar, adjustable waist and zippered back pockets, this robust yet striking jacket is available in Olive and Navy and only 50 of each colour have been produced.

Monocle x Drakes London Scarf
Monocle’s second Drakes collaboration sees tartan making a highland fling across 100 per cent lambs wool, in brown and blue versions. Knitted in the Scottish Borders, the wool has been boiled to felt the wool fibres, and then cut and sewn back to together to create a bold patchwork effect.

Monocle x Tomorrowland Sweatshirt
Spun from Suvin Gold cotton farmed in India, Japanese retail giant, Tomorrowland has produced this cosy navy sweatshirt, available in small to extra large. Made on traditional Japanese looms dating back to the 1920s, the high quality yarn means the sweatshirts won’t loose their shape when washed. Each sweatshirt features navy and white striping on the cuff, neck and waist, and the discreet Monocle ‘M’ mark, resting above the hip.

Monocle x Oliver Spencer Oxford Shirt – Limited Edition 

A Monocle favourite, Oliver Spencer stands as a benchmark of quality among British fashion brands and these Oxford shirts are the embodiment of his style. Available in white or blue and strictly limited to 60 in each colour, the range is made from 275 GSM cotton. The tailoring takes the classic Oxford and adds Spencer’s signature slim cuff, divided pen/passport chest pocket and a hidden card/cash pocket in the side seam for those trips to far-flung destinations. Available in collar sizes 15 to 17.

Africa offers potential market for Bangladeshi Knitwear

Knitwear industry is the most significant component in the textile industry of Bangladesh. It is the second largest sector in the country constituting a 32% of share in the export market. Availability of abundant and cheap labor, easily trainable workforce, and policy support of the Government offer competitive advantages to the industry. Along with the increase in exports, backward linkages capacity also has increased gradually.

Africa Offers Potential Market

The immense growth of the knitwear industry has motivated the manufacturers to explore overseas market. Knitwear manufacturers of Bangladesh propose to explore potential market in African countries. During the financial year 2009, exports of woven and knit garment exports to South Africa amounted to $42.51million USD. (Source: Export Promotion Bureau (EPB)). China is a major supplier of garments to South Africa, followed by India and Mauritius.

South Africa is a country rich in mineral values. The country has an untapped market, offering profitable opportunities for garment exporters. EU and US were the major markets for Bangladesh. With the global downturn, and declining export orders, Bangladeshi exporters started exploring untapped and potential markets.

Fibre2Fashion had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Surinder Anand, Executive Secretary of Garment Exporter's Association, and discuss about the knitwear industry of Bangladesh, and the situations favoring it.

* What are the competitive advantages does Bangladesh have comparatively over its counterparts?

"First and foremost is the lower manufacturing cost due to cheap labour and simplified labour laws. Going further, economies of scale because of bigger and larger manufacturing units; availability of fabric at competitive rates, simplified procedures, labour laws are more flexible and conducive and last but not the least full support and blessings of their Government, while Indian conditions are discouraging to entrepreneurs."

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Esmod Dubai launches 'Green Fashion' contest

Students of the French Fashion University Esmod in Dubai are set to kick start the academic year 2009-10 on October 4, 2009 by taking part in a “green fashion” contest.

The competition, which is open to the Esmod International Network, will require students to create dresses using a special fabric called Han-ji that is known to last for more than hundred years, and will also be an opportunity for students from Esmod Dubai to work with global fashion houses. Meanwhile, Esmod Dubai also revealed that registration for its three-year fashion program, six-month and three-month workshops and make-up courses will be open until October 11th, 2009.

“We believe that this ‘green fashion’ contest will raise awareness about the need to cut the fashion industry’s environmental and carbon footprint and highlight the importance of using more sustainable fibers and fabrics. On the long run, sustainable fashion is better for the earth, for people and animals, as the key to this concept is to design clothes that have a long life, are easy to recycle and clean.As far as this contest is concerned, we have high expectations from students of Esmod Dubai and we wish them the best,” said Tamara Hostal, Founder & Director, FFUE-Dubai.

For the ‘green fashion’ contest, the participating students can take up to a month to create the design and stitch the dress using the special fabric made from a pure white fiber called Han-Ji that is obtained from a Korean tree called Dak –believed to have a lifespan of up to 1,000 years. Han-Ji, known for its exceptional quality and durability, was in fact used by Koreans in the past to cover their windows for protection against heat and cold.

The special qualities of Han-ji encouraged scientists to conduct extensive research on the fabric. The findings showed that Han-ji actually could protect the human skin from ailments by acting as an anti bacterial and antibiotic agent – prompting its use in socks and bed sheets – which makes it a hugely popular fabric in the global fashion industry.

After involving the first graduating batch of “made in UAE” fashion designers last June in a high profile fashion show at Wafi mall, Esmod Dubai’s current focus is on an ongoing student activity program that will open new horizons for the region’s fashion minds and nurture a greater number of fashionistas to particularly represent the Arab world worldwide.

Fashion and the city

Disney casts magical spell with The Princess and the Frog

This fall, Disney Store and transform into Halloween Central offering a wide array of unique Disney costumes and decorations. Also for the first time, Disney Store locations nationwide will host a “Halloween Dress Rehearsal” party on October 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m., where kids and adults can join in a costume parade, play games, and kids three and up will receive a free Disney Safety Flash pin (while supplies last) for wearing a costume.

This year, Disney Princess stories will once again influence top costume choices. The new Tiana Deluxe Costume, inspired by a dress the princess wears in a key scene in the highly-anticipated upcoming holiday film The Princess and the Frog, is expected to be a best-seller – Tiana is the newest Disney Princess in more than ten years. With the October 6 release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, the Snow White costume will also be popular this year. The beautiful Limited Edition Deluxe version of the Snow White gown will be a collector’s item with only 2,000 costumes available nationwide.

“No other retailer covers Halloween like Disney Store. We carry the top costumes year after year, and with more than 25 Disney character choices for infants, toddlers, boys and girls, our 2009 line up offers something for all the kids in the family,” said Molly Adams, vice president general manager, merchandising and marketing, for Disney Store. “Our authentic costumes are created with the highest quality fabrics, thorough attention to detail, and will be lasting treasures that kids will play with all year long. And carries the widest assortment of Disney character costumes for adults.”

According to the National Retail Federation, princess costumes were the #1 costume of 2008 and year after year Disney Princess costumes are in the Top 10. In addition to the brand new Disney Princess Tiana costume, Disney Store expects Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and Cinderella to continue to be favorites. Mulan and Pocahontas are the latest Disney Princess costumes added to the assortment this year.

With the excitement surrounding Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story and Toy Story 2 3D double feature event on October 2, and the upcoming 2010 release of Disney•Pixar Toy Story 3 in 3D, fun-loving characters Buzz Lightyear and Woody are expected to be top costumes for 2009. An all new Jessie costume will be available for girls. 

DHL Express sponsors fashion export scholarship

DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, is calling for promising fashion exporters to enter the 2009 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship, which will identify the country's hottest up-and-coming fashion exporter and assist them in achieving international growth.

"Last year's inaugural scholarship was a great success and the winners, Stolen Girlfriends Club, continue to show a competitive drive in expanding their brand internationally," says Jason Orlop, strategic account manager at DHL Express New Zealand.

The winner of the 2009 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship will receive international freight to the value of NZ$10,000 and coaching in freight and logistics from DHL Express, as well as an export mentoring package from Fashion Industry New Zealand and an annual FINZ membership subscription.

"The DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship enabled us to push our expectations further and take our brand to overseas markets. We also learnt a great deal from the team at DHL Express, which has really helped with our approach to the business of fashion," says Marc Moore, creative director at Stolen Girlfriends Club. 

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