DeviantART adds Decibel Collection


DeviantART, home to the world's largest online art community, unveils its latest addition to the deviantWEAR apparel line – the Decibel Collection. Inspired by a love of music and hoodies, the Decibel collection features three unique hoodi and a graphic t-shirt created by deviantART's world-class in-house design team, available for purchase at the online Shop found at deviantart.com/deviantwear.

The Decibel Headphone Hoodie with HB3 Technology in red and PressPlay Hoodie with HB3 Technology in black features built-in headphones, offering audiophiles everywhere a way to stay warm and not miss a beat. For those who dig the Hoodie style but prefer to sing their own tune, there's a classic zip-up version of the "Decibel Headphone" style, sans built-in headphones. To show off your love of music under the Hoodie pick-up the DJ style "High Decibel" tee.

Taking advantage of the built-in headphones is easy and fast. The Decibel Headphone and PressPlay Hoodies contain a standard headphone jack in the front pocket that plugs into any headphone-compatible device. Once plugged in, the audio travels through embedded cables within the hoodie to the headphones, which are built in to the ends of the drawstrings. No more tangled wires or extra equipment to carry around. Just plug and play.

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Everyone can feel the Outlast difference with Jockey staycool


Outlast Technologies, leader in heat management and moisture reduction technology, announces new licensee Jockey International, Inc. has launched an innovative line of undergarments: Jockey staycool. Outlast technology is utilized in the Jockey staycool products for men and women, which regulate skin temperature and help to keep the wearer feeling cool and comfortable all day long.

Outlast technology uses phase change materials (PCMs) that absorb, store and release excess heat to maintain optimal external body temperature. Outlast technology in the Jockey staycool fabric creates a microclimate of comfort between the skin and the garment to help manage heat and regulate temperature. Jockey is the first company to market both women’s and men’s underwear treated with Outlast technology to the U.S.
market.

 

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Jet-set, green glamour attacks summer


H&M announced new collection Fashion Stories Spring 2011.

Conscious Collection modelled by Natasha Poly and Abbey Lee
It’s one of H&M’s most important new collections - a range of more sustainable fashion called Conscious, which will show exactly what can be done with greener materials. To launch this range, which arrives in-store in mid April, there’s a campaign shot by Sölve Sundsbo which has models Abbey Lee and Natasha Poly, alongside Clement Chabernaud and Ben Hill, wearing key pieces from the all-white collection.

For women, it’ s all about the romantic 70s style with a mix of lace, crochet and Broderie Anglaise. For men, Conscious offers modern essentials that work both for spring and summer. The collection also includes an organic cotton shopper that is being sold in aid of H&M’s project with UNICEF, All for Children, which protects children’s rights in the cotton-producing areas of India.

Jet-set glamour this summer
Planning and dreaming about that longed-for summer holiday can be almost as good as the reality. H&M is offering a shot of holiday glamour in selected stores from 31st March - a collection that is sporty and chic, embodying the idea of the Riviera lifestyle. There are modern versions of luxurious classics, like flowing maxi-dresses, Grecian-influenced draped dresses and animal print kaftans. There are also clean-cut collarless jackets and essential shirts as well as T-shirts in neutral shades of sand, desert and tan. The accessories dictate the look with large jewel-stone earrings and chain necklaces.

 

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Scottish RSK Sports brings VATA Brasil brand


Online retailer RSK Sports has signed an exclusive partnership deal with VATA Brasil, the unique activewear and yoga apparel brand.

Known for its innovative approach to sports wear, Sports Clothing, RSK Sports now distributes and sells this range of women’s fitness clothing throughout the UK and Ireland. Designed in Vancouver and manufactured in Brasil, this is the first time this exotic brand has reached our shores.

Raymond Simpson, managing director of RSK Sports said: “The United Kingdom’s improving economy and retailers wanting to take advantage of the active wear and yoga apparel trends makes business both possible and very attractive for new and exciting labels like VATA Brasil.

“We are very excited to have this chance to work with VATA Brasil, and to bring this exclusive range of active wear to the wholesale and retail markets of the UK and Ireland. The brand is well known for its style, comfortable fit and performance - and we are sure that the quality and flair of the products will prove to be very popular here.”

As sole distributor, RSK Sports will be able to distribute VATA Brasil clothing wholesale to companies throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as sell directly to customers through its online store.

“We’ve long been interested in expanding in the European Market, and more recently, we’ve received increasing expressions of interest from Specialty Sport retailers, fitness centres, spas, yoga studios, and department stores in major urban UK centres,” said Daniel Langevin, Chief Operating Officer, VATA Brasil.

 

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Sonakshi Sinha – New face of Provogue


Bollywood’s newest entrant Sonakshi Sinha has been picked by Provogue India to be the brand ambassador of its women’s wear collection.

The brand recognized the actress as a strong and most suitable personality to represent their vibrant and colourful collection of women’s wear.

Hrithik Roshan too for last two years is associated with the brand as its brand ambassador.

Prior to the current association, other Bollywood stars like John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, Fardeen Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Esha Deol have also endorsed the brand.

Nikhil Chaturvedi, Managing Director of Provogue said that, the brand has established itself as a young, edgy and ambitious brand, with intrepid people who love to don their attitude, and now with this association with Sonakshi Sinha, they are certain that, they have laid their hands on the best and invested in someone who best personifies the next generation of Indian youth in all her essence and who’s traits well match with that of the brand’s.

 

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Eastex Non Slip Fabric is abrasion resistant


Eastex Products Inc has introduced a new non slip fabric for fashion designers of virtually any type of product which requires a grippy surface that must be attractive, washable, and also highly abrasion resistant.

Typical product applications include camping gear, cushions and seats, baggage and luggage panels, gloves, shoulder straps, and slippers.

Eastex Slip-Not Anti-Abrasion Grip material features a random size dot pattern and a soft, supple texture that looks like a powder-coat finish and provides a sure grip. Suitable for use in a wide range of finished products requiring a grippy surface, this non slip fabric can be supplied with an adhesive on the back or laminated to other materials and performs well in wet or dry conditions.

Easily fabricated into a wide range of finished products, Eastex Slip-Not Anti-Abrasion Grip material can be sewn and sonic- or RF welded. Supplied as 54" wide by 0.7mm thick rolls, this PVC coated non slip fabric is available in black and several earthtone colors. It exhibits > 12,000 Taber Test Revolutions, is washable, waterproof, and -40°F cold crack tested per ASTM D 2136.

 

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Get sexy support with Gok Wan’s all new shapewear!

 
For the first time ever, Gok Wan’s luxury lingeries line is available to buy in the USA. Since its launch in 2008, Gok’s incredible collection has been available exclusively in the UK through Simply Be and sister site Simply Yours, to the disappointment of his US fans.

With the launch of his SS11 collection though, that’s all about to change, with his six lingerie lines and five fabulous shapewear pieces designed to break away from the boredom of everyday underwear and make the wearer feel drop dead gorgeous, becoming available to buy at SimplyBe.com.

The lingerie collection comprises a stunning bra pantie sets and brief set and bodyshaper in an unusual deep blue floral print teamed with see-through back panels for a cheeky twist, an all over black lace body that’s just perfect for the outerwear as underwear trend, and a pink bandeau style bra and brief set trimmed with black lace.

 

 

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Exhibitors bring glamorous green concept @ ShanghaiTex


Exhibitors bring glamorous green concept ShanghaiTexThe 15th International Exhibition on Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2011) will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Pudong, Shanghai during June 14 – 17, 2011. With 3 months ahead, China and overseas exhibitors are busy preparing their exhibition items and highlights. Several exhibitors have previewed their new machines and technology for a glance.

Grand Showcase of Chinese Exhibitors

Benefited from new policy of the textile industry in China and global integration of market demand, organizers unveiled that more than 60% exhibitors of ShanghaiTex 2011 are from Chinese mainland and they aim to promote their export business by displaying their latest machines with new function and environmental-friendly, technological innovative equipment. This injects momentum and perspective to ShanghaiTex.

Switzerland's Santex-group is a textile machinery manufacturer, which specialized in investigation and knitted fabric finishing. Their products are awarded as top quality standard. In recent years, they have launched many high-efficiency and environmental friendly textile products that are welcomed by local and overseas customers. By taking part in W4 (Printing, Dyeing & Finishing Machinery & Textile Chemicals Zone), Santex will display Santastretch Plus, Santaspread, Santacompact CK, Santashrink Progress, Santabrush, SM6, Plurima, etc.

Italy's BTSR, setting up booth in W1 (Knitting Machine & Hosiery Machine Zone), proves itself to be one of the leading companies in yarn control solution design and development. BTSR will demonstrate Rolling Feeder at Shanghaitex 2011. ROLLING FEEDER is the ultimate BTSR innovation in bare elastomers feeding control, which is devised to impact seamless and knitting sectors habits and trends tied to bare elastomers applications. 

 

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‘Indian cotton prices globally competitive’ – Expert

Caustic Soda Prices, Cotton prices along with more than doubling from those prevailing a year ago have also been highly volatile in the past 2-3 months.

The main reason according to experts is the supply-demand mechanism, wherein, supply is not able to keep pace with demand in global markets and other factors.

Mohit Shah, Director of the more than a 100-years old Mumbai-based, Gill & Co says, “It has become extremely difficult to judge the future trends of cotton as they are determined by so many factors”.

“Obviously prices are quite high right now and at the same time supply demand is tight as well, so prices in general are expected to remain firm over the next 2-3 months”, he informed.  

 

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Jackie Christie Black Collection to hit Fashion Minga Runway


NBA wife and top fashion designer Jackie Christie released her 2011 Jackie Christie "Black Collection" at LA Fashion Week for the popular Fashion Minga Runway show at Los Angeles hot spot Boulevard3 to a standing room only crowd of fashion connoisseurs.

Attendants were appreciative of her line that offered sexy, well-defined pieces that had a strong European flare, reminding one of the Paris and N.Y. runways. The collection raised major applause as her Fashion models cascaded down the catwalk, including celebrity model/actress Angell Conwell, from the popular TV soap The Young & The Restless.

Other celebrity guests who attended the show were J.R. Martinez of All My Children, Natasha Alam of True Blood, Printz Board of The Black Eyed Peas, Angell Conwell of The Young & The Restless, Thom Barry of Cold Case and The Fast & Furious, Vanessa Branch of Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2, and 3, Baroness Stefanie Von Pfetten and Cedric Martinez of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kenan Thompson of Saturday Night Live and Snakes on a Plane, Donna D'Errico of Austin Powers Goldmember and Baywatch, Harvey E. Walden,of VH1 Celebrity Fit Club, and Chani Christie, star of Cali Girls' cast members from Days of Our Lives and many more.

 

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Sue Wong pays tribute to My Fair Lady at LA Fashion Week


The always glamorous and effortlessly elegant fashion designer, Sue Wong, showcased her evocative My Fair Lady inspired Fall 2011 Collection during Los Angeles Fashion Week at her historic Hollywood home, The Cedars, on Friday, March 18, 2011. Guests, who included fashion editors, stylists, and celebrities enjoyed a champagne brunch while models roamed the ornate estate.

The lavish event paid tribute to My Fair Lady's personification of the Edwardian era which legendary designer, Sir Cecil Beaton, characterized so eloquently in the 1964 film with gorgeous embroidery and appliqaue, soutache passementerie, jet beadwork, and lace trim. Guests rose to the occasion by donning their favorite ascot hats and Sue Wong's sumptuously inspired gown.

Actress Tippi Hedren attended in an ultra chic fedora, playing off the character of Professor Higgins, "I think the collection is probably one of the most beautiful in the whole world no matter how long you go back in the history of fashion. Sue Wong has such an air of elegance, glamour; everything you could possibly want," shared the Hollywood icon.

 

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Search is on for aspiring Emirati fashion designers


The Dubai Ladies Club will host a fashion show at The Bride Show Dubai on 2 April to signal the opening of submissions for the fourth annual Oriental Red Carpet Emirati Designers Competition.

The highly anticipated runway show will feature designs from last year’s competition winners and will take place at 6:00pm on the closing day of the four day bridal extravaganza.

Entrance to the competition is open to all local Emiratis who run fashion-based business from their homes. The three winning designers will gain a year of marketing support from the Dubai Ladies Club so that they can launch their business on a larger scale, in the hopes of securing a fulfilling career in the fashion industry.

This is the first year that The Dubai Ladies Club has chosen to launch the competition at the annual bridal event, which runs from 30 March to 2 April in the Sheikh Saeed Halls of the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre.

Daphne Cota, Exhibition Manager of The Bride Show Dubai says that the well-trafficked event is a natural setting for an Emirati fashion talent competition.

 

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Gucci signs MoU with Al Tayer Insignia


Gucci, one of the world's luxury fashion brands, is pleased to announce its direct entry into the United Arab Emirates, through the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of a joint venture with Al Tayer Insignia, the largest luxury retailer in the Middle East.

The joint venture will be headquartered in Dubai and will take the brand's longstanding relationship with Al Tayer Insignia to a new level of collaboration.

As a result of a multiyear franchise relationship with Al Tayer Group spanning over a decade, Gucci currently counts six points of sale in the UAE. With one store located in Abu Dhabi, at Marina Mall; three stores are spread across key locations in Dubai - Mall of the Emirates, The Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers and The Dubai Mall. Gucci also has a presence in Harvey Nichols - Dubai and Bloomingdale's - Dubai with corners in these two department stores.

Part of Al Tayer Group, a UAE-based diversified business conglomerate, Al Tayer Insignia represents over 35 of the world's most renowned luxury brands and operates nearly 80 stores in the region. The company currently employs over 1600 people and has continued to experience healthy growth over the past few years. Headquartered in the UAE, it also has operations in Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Qatar.

 

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EYELEVEL INTERACTIVE creates Switch-It for clothing industry


EYELEVEL INTERACTIVE creates Switch-It for clothing industryEYELEVEL INTERACTIVE is opening eyes in the apparel industry with the introduction of its consumer Switch-It Clothing at the 6th Annual Fountain Art Fair, beginning at noon at Pier 66 Maritime in Hudson River Park at 26th Street and 12th Avenue and concluding on Sunday, March 6th. After recently taking the commercial uniform apparel industry by storm, EI offers a glimpse of how their patented technology can change the consumer fashion world.

EYELEVEL INTERACTIVE is teaming up with contemporary artists Juan Sanchez, Terrenceo and Karl Jean Petion of LambertArts / Harlem Art Salon. EYELEVEL has created apparel that features different art pieces created by these artists. The shirts have custom changeable panels called Switch-Its allowing the wearer to switch out the art design, essentially changing the look of the garment in seconds.

"I can't think of a better venue to debut our consumer line of our Switch-It Clothing than at a cutting edge New York art show," states Blair Enfield, EYELEVEL INTERACTVE's President. "These artists represent vision and innovation in the art world and our Switch-It concept is like a blank canvas for forward-thinking clothing designers globally."

EYELEVEL INTERACTIVE is also adding an element of interactivity to the Harlem Art Salon exhibits. Each artist's Switch-It panel will also feature a custom EI Tag Mobile Action Code that can be read by smartphones, directing mobile users to profiles of these artists and other examples of their portfolio.

 

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GWEN BELOTI debuts Concerted Versatility


Having always had her own specific vision of what fashion is Gwen Beloti is pleased to launch her sixth collection, “Concerted Versatility”.

Feb. ‘11 the Gwen Beloti Collection debuted its Fall 2011 collection in NYC; a compilation of quality and stylish pieces suitable for an array of occasions. The color pallet exuding a sense of warmth and comfort intensified with a subtle glow.

The inspiration for this collection was versatility. The goal was to create a line that was versatile yet cohesive. It is comprised of pieces that could be mixed and matched and paired with items already in the closet. There is a piece in here for every woman.

This collection divulges Gwen’s growth as a Fashion designer and the line’s affirmation as a brand. This womenswear clothing line that encompasses style and quality with an assortment of quality fabrics and unique designs conveys what the designer’s definition of fashion is. 

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Catherines introduces full Added Dimensions


Catherines introduces full Added Dimensions The fashion you’ve waited for has arrived! It’s the new Added Dimensions Collection, now premiering at select Catherines stores and online at catherines.com. As America’s plus size specialist for sizes 16W–34W, Catherines is proud to offer the full Added Dimensions assortment of luxurious suiting, hat, dress, refined separates and updated casual wear in 62 select stores, with an additional 102 stores offering a small taste of this deliciously chic fashion brand.

Glamorous Suiting Sophisticated style is yours in elegant suiting that moves from day to dinner and all your special occasions. Luxurious fabrics like lustrous shantung and exquisite details including rhinestone trim, pearlescent buttons and sequin accents take classic styles and tailor them to your love of luxury. In glamorous suits from the Added Dimensions Collection, you won’t just go out…you’ll go all out in fashion worth flaunting.

Fabulous Hats In a word, they’re extraordinary. A hat from the Added Dimensions collection is designed to be the focal point of your entire outfit. Towering shapes, shimmering fabrics, organza ribbons and sparkling rhinestones are just some of the details that make these pieces real show-stoppers. These magnificent hats do more than complete your look, they make a statement.

Luxurious Linen Effortless chic begins with lightweight linen for a luxe look that’s a cut above casual. Kissed with rayon for a smooth wrinkle-resistant drape, the Added Dimensions linen collection not only looks fabulous, it’s also easy to wear. Embellishments such as shimmering embroidery add a touch of class to exceptionally comfortable styles, creating an outfit that looks as cool as it feels.

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EverSheer line now available in 15-20mmHg compression level


EverSheer line now available in 15-20mmHg compression levelThe fashionable EverSheer product line from SIGVARIS is now available in a medically measured 15-20mmHg compression level to meet the demands of women that want a sheer look year-round.

EverSheer delivers consistent sheerness from ankle to thigh and is available in several easy-to-wear styles including knee-highs, thigh-highs and pantyhose. Select shades are also available in open-toe styles for fashionable wear with spring and summer shoes.

“The EverSheer product has been one of the most popular premium products SIGVARIS has ever launched,” says Jonas Thelin, marketing director for SIGVARIS North America. “Now, women who need a lighter strength of compression will be able to experience all the benefits of wearing a medically measured garment.”

SIGVARIS EverSheer offers a stylish hosiery option for women’s every day wear and may be used as a maintenance therapy option after recovery from a vein procedure.

EverSheer combines all-day softness with comfort leaving women with a soft fabric against their skin. The EverSheer line is available in Nightshade, Natural, Suntan, Black, Dark Navy and Mocha shades.

 

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Paul Costelloe appeals to workwear sector – ‘give me a call’


One of Britain’s most well-established fashion designers said he can’t wait to swap the runways of London Fashion Week for the runways of Heathrow and Gatwick to design clothes for the workwear sector, including airlines and banks.

Paul Costelloe has told the organisers of the upcoming Workwear and Corporate Clothing Show, that he wants to design corporatewear and bring a sense of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the sector which he feels lacks a spark of creativity in places.

Workers who are used to wearing outfits designed for function and practicality could soon be able to boast that it is also a Paul Costelloe.

And he made a direct appeal to the corporatewear industry to ‘Pick up the phone and call me’. He said: “It’s important for the company that we are out there and seen as a fashion company but we can do corporatewear probably better than anybody in the world.

“Why? Because we’re a fashion house and having that fashion influence in our manufacturing makes us unique in the corporatewear business. It means that we can offer the ‘je ne sais quoi’ that corporatewear lacks sometimes.”

 

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Stretch Kermel protects law enforcement officers in heart of the actiona


Working together with one of its weaving partners, KERMEL has developed an innovative product that directly meets the expectations of law enforcement officers working in the field. The Stretch Kermel textile base, both elastic and thermostable, provides the right balance between Comfort/Safety and Aesthetics, while offering a high level of mechanical and technical performances.

Requirements in the field have changed. Uniforms are now worn for much longer periods and are expected to optimise full mobility during interventions. The elastic quality of the Stretch Kermel solution facilitates ease of movement and it significantly reduces the sound produced by more “static” fabrics. Its excellent elastic properties after elongation promote very low residual deformation. The lack of creasing in the clothing is a considerable help in avoiding snags and therefore accidents.

Stretch Kermel may be printed with any kind of camouflage. It is highly resistant to abrasion, thus preserving performance in terms of infrared reflection. Stretch Kermel may be used in fashioning an entire garment, or simply specific parts thereof.

 

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Organic clothing is incredibly soft for sensitive baby skin


Organic clothing is incredibly soft for sensitive baby skinGoing organic doesn't just apply to the food we eat anymore. Organic, Green Clothing is becoming a lifestyle apparel, and for many people, that lifestyle Fabrics starts at the beginning of their children's lives. More and more parents are making this change, and this trend toward all things organic and natural continues to grow -- especially for babies.

Organic baby products do have a higher price tag, but there are some very compelling factors behind parents' decisions to buy organic, according to Bethany Grosser, owner of Little Spruce Organics.

"Safety is the most common factor," says Grosser. "Organic Clothing textiles are processed without synthetic additives, reducing parents' concerns about chemical residue left on the fabric,Cotton Voile Fabric  that touches their babies' skin." The safety factor does indeed seem to influence parents, as many have started buying not just organic clothes but also organic toys, reducing fears of babies ingesting toxic finishes and chemical additives.

Comfort is another factor, according to Grosser, whose online store offers only products made from organic materials. "Parents love the fact that organic clothing is incredibly soft, suitable for sensitive baby skin, and absorbs moisture while still feeling dry."

New parents spend a lot of money on their babies, and much of this expense is often spent on products made entirely from synthetic materials in factories that emit toxic chemicals into the air and that are soaked in chemicals such as petroleum scours, flame and soil retardants, and formaldehyde. 

 

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Infused creates Facebook Pop-up Shop for Donni Charm


Infused creates Facebook Pop-up Shop for Donni CharmLuxury apparel designer, Donni Charm, launched a 24-hour sale of their most popular products using a Facebook pop-up shop. Announced to a national television audience, the Denver, Colorado-based company hosted the sale using a shop on the Donni Charm Facebook page.

The shop, hosted by Infused Commerce, allowed visitors to browse an exclusive selection of Donni Charm scarves and purchase securely without leaving Facebook.

“Offering our products right from our Facebook page gave us a chance to connect directly with our customers, which meant not only revenue but also more Facebook fans who we hope will buy from us in the future,” said Joey Mosko, CEO of Donni Charm.

In addition to a fully functional social commerce store, Infused Commerce provided custom features to the Donni Charm Facebook shop including coupon code functionality and inventory management. Total set up time took under 4 days to complete.

“Even with customizations, Infused Commerce set us up with a Facebook shop quickly and affordably,” Mr. Mosko added.

Facebook, the world’s largest social network with over 600 million users, is becoming a direct commerce channel as brands seek to maximize their social media investment and deepen relationships with customers. With full e-commerce functionality, Facebook shops give brands the opportunity to host special offers for their fans.

 

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‘Virus Free’ is a striking mix of memories & style at Lakme


‘Virus Free’ is a striking mix of memories & style at LakmeIt was back to the future for Vaishali Shadangule as she unveiled her Summer/Resort 2011 collection titled “Virus Free” at Lakmé Fashion Week.

Moving into the past and drawing inspirations from her wonderful childhood days, Vaishali, remembered her dolls, boats, paper planes and balls which guided her into different modes of draping, folding and fabric stitching for her collection.

Playing with lines and geometrics, the Fashion designer chose Chanderi as the base fabric, using its transparency and fluidity in an unconventional manner for the tunic range. The clever folds and intricate drapes gave the collection a futuristic touch.

Ethereal delicate creations glided down the catwalk. Halter tunics with tie-ups, dress with frills from the neck to waist, green tube draped with a string tie up, flap collar tunic and finally a blue and gold one shoulder long gown with gold border layered to end with an asymmetric hemlin and teamed with shorts was a regal creation.


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Models of Diversity holds a fashion show at Oxford Fashion Week

Models of Diversity holds a fashion show at Oxford Fashion WeekMODELS OF DIVERSITY holds a fashion show at Oxford Fashion Week during The Oxford Style Show & Macmillan Clothes Extravaganza March 19, 2011 in Oxford Town Hall from 12noon - 4pm.

This event will produce catwalk shows throughout the day with at least 500 attendees, held in association with Macmillan Cancer Support, featuring an extravaganza selling vintage clothes to raise funds for the charity.

The Oxford Style Show provides a platform for exhibiting designers, and Models of Diversity will be the first non-designer group to be taking a runway show. As far as we know, this will be the only major Fashion Week that will send short, mature, plus-sized and/ or disabled models as well as models of all colours down the catwalk – we think this is very important and will create a big stir in the press. Fashion TV and Vogue.com will be covering the event.

Other fashion designers exhibiting during the runway shows in the Oxford Style show include Miss Selfridge, French Connection, Reiss, Gap, Crew, L.K. Bennett, Fat Face, Aspire Style, Yelena Strelets, Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, and the Macmillan Clothes Extravaganza

 

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Abhishek Byas gives a flamboyant touch to his collection at LFW


Abhishek Byas presents his Never the less collection at Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW).

Calling his collection “Never-the-less”, Abhishek Byas inspired by the clowns and jokers of Gotham comics worked around their enigmatic images and transferred those toches to his creations.

From monochrome tones to primary and secondary colours, Abhishek added some clever deconstructed deformed looks to innovative cuts and showed a line that worked rather well between rady to wear and high fashion.

Texturing moved from checks, stripes, pleats and then to prints with embroidery. Using cotton, silk, satin fabric and chiffon to present some interesting contradictions to his collection, Abhishek had a wide cocktail to offer.

 

 

 

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Essex Fashion Week to start on March 24


Roll out the red carpet for the premier Essex social event of the year; Essex Fashion Week (EFW) is taking place on 24–26 March 2011 in the beautiful marquees of the Fairlop Water Lakes in Essex.

After the success of Essex Fashion Week 2010, Adam and Simon Ryan in conjunction with Fourteen Media Management are hosting this year’s event which is set to be even more glamorous.

A number of designers will be showcasing their fashion, footwear and lingerie collections over the three day event including New Look Retailers, Cherie’s Boutique and Joey Bevan – Pointed Brown Shoes.

Members of the fashion industry and a variety of celebrities are set to be in attendance amongst the 5000 guests invited to the event, including cast members from the hit television reality show The Only Way is Essex.

 

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Clothing producers announce two-day strike


“Since talks with the government have remained inconclusive, on our proposal to roll back 10% excise duty, garment manufacturers will go on a two-day strike”, said Mr Rahul Mehta, President - Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI).

Clothing manufacturers under the CMAI fold will stay shut on Monday and Tuesday next week”, he added by saying.

On March 7, branded clothing retailers like Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop, Porvouge, Arvind Barnds and many others had pulled down their shutters in protest against the excise duty.

But since the shut-down and the talks following the same, seems to have not achieved a breakthrough, the apparel producers are striking again for two days.

Mr Mehta warned that the imposition of the duty will lead to a negative growth for the around Rs 1,500 billion industry which was growing at a brisk 10-12 percent per annum.

He further warned of job losses in the sector as producers were already stifled by a surge in cotton prices in the last few months. 

 

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ATIRA - Premier textile research institute takes big leap forward


Ahmedabad Textile Research Association (ATIRA) – the Ahmedabad-based premier textile research and testing institute, textile Testing labs set up way back in 1949 is mulling a big-jump in providing services to the Indian textile industry.

ATIRA was especially established to help the Indian textile and allied industries, more so its members organizations to become internationally competitive. ATIRA has been now designated as a “Centre of Excellence” in technical textiles by the government of Gujarat.

Among the valuable various initiatives ATIRA has provided to help the textile-value chain in the past few years, is in the modernization process of around 450 cotton ginneries. Between 2005 and 2006, an ATIRA project also helped ginneries improve realizations between 0.5 percent and 1.0 percent. This when seen in the correct perspective is a very big figure considering the huge volumes processed by individual ginneries.

The institute has also helped reduce power consumptions by 10-20 percent in cotton ginneries. In another project undertaken by the premier institute, gin productivity has increased by 25 percent by carrying out modernization of equipment. ATIRA has also helped reduce trash in Gujarat deshi cotton by 40 percent.

It had developed a prototype of a moisturizing system of cotton, which will help maintain correct and uniform moisture permissible in the cotton bale. It is now in the process of setting up a pilot plant for the same.

During the cotton marketing season, ATIRA on an average, tests around 50,000 samples of cotton and provides online results. It is one of the biggest sources of revenue for the autonomous body. 

 

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World Textile Conference by TAI

The Textile AssociationThe (India) – Central Office is organizing a global level conference, for the first time in India, on a much larger scale and in a much broader format than our regular annual conference; World Textile Conference, it’s to be held in Mumbai on May 6 to May 7, 2011 at Intercontinental, The Lalit, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai. The theme of this conference is “Vision 2020: Emerging New Opportunities Worldwide and Challenging Business Strategies.”

The aim of the conference is to provide an interactive opportunity, and to create a very positive atmosphere where the entire textile fraternity can benefit by discussing, meeting and knowing each other and enhance our cumulative strength.

The conference is expected to be the largest convergence of cohesive forces and intends to bring together all textile industry stakeholders like mill owners, corporate houses, trade associations, export councils, policy makers and industry leaders, CEOs, and senior professionals from the national and international industry and discuss large opportunities face to face. The two-day conference will have eminent speakers, panelists and moderators including international experts to share their vision before an august audience of over 500 delegates.

Objectives
The objective of the conference is to create a very positive atmosphere and to provide an interactive opportunity where the entire textile fraternity can benefit by meeting one another, knowing one another. The conference will also provide a unique opportunity for Indian and international trade associations, export councils, policy makers and industry leaders and professionals to discuss large opportunities face to face.

 

find the world textile conference Details at http://www.textileassociationindia.org/pdf/tai-wtc.pdf

 

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Ashton & Alessandra team up for Colcci F/W line


As per the information recently released on the Colcci Facebook page, Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher has co-modelled Alessandra Ambrosio in ads for the Brazilian label’s fall/winter collection.

Colcci is amongst the leading fashion labels of Brazil. The recent ads shoot by Steven Klein, are supposed to be far better than last season’s ads.

All attributable to its star-studded casts, Colcci’s fashion shows remain to be a highlight of each of the Sao Paulo fashion week.

Also, it is not for the first time that the former professional fashion models Ashton Kutcher has posed for a jeans ad, as prior to this too he modelled for Pepe Jeans, some three years back.

 

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LA Fashion Market to start on March 14


The California Market Center (CMC) will host the Fall 2011 Los Angeles Fashion Market (LA Fashion Market), Monday – Thursday, March 14-17, 2011, with showrooms open by appointment only on Sunday, March 13, 2011.

Visiting retailers will be able to preview established and emerging collections for women, men, children, gift and home in hundreds of permanent showrooms and in our expanded range of tradeshows including FOCUS Apparel & Accessories Show, TRANSIT LA Shoe Show and SELECT Contemporary Tradeshow. Registered retailers will also be welcomed to attend runway shows, seminars, sponsored lounges, beauty bars and other special events during this busy 4-day Market.

“Darling has been such a strong line for us, we are opening up a new showroom for them next to PerlmanRep,” said David Perlman of his new Darling showroom opening this March 15 in suite B523. “I already have several appointments set up for Monday and Tuesday. We expect this show to be even better then before- which was the best Market of my career.”

Additional new contemporary and young contemporary showrooms debuting this Market include Agenda in suite B413 (Herschel Supply Co, Imaginary Foundation, Freshjive, Primitive, TITS Brand, Flud Watches), Cedar Tree in suite A888, Lolli Factory in suite A860 and Tresics in suite B891 (Tresics, Tresics Femme, Free Bird). New lines debuting this Market include 1921 Denim (Primitives Showroom, suite B435), Seventh of Earl, Lounge Act, Un Jour Mon Price (Jennifer Michelle Sales, Suite B520), Forla Paris, Gypsy Daisy, Libertalia, C.C. Couture & Escorpion (Strategy LA, Suite B507), Buckaroo Jeans (929 Showroom, Suite B436), Miki Mialy (Creative Concepts, Suite A272), Wallet Be (Ute Wegmann/ Jim Rowley, Suite A1089) and many more. The contemporary floor located on the 5th floor, B-wing will also host a complimentary beauty bar Monday and Tuesday sponsored by Oliver Ifergan Salon, where buyers are invited to get trims, blowdrys and professional hair styling.

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LONDON show ROOMS new partnership with Alcantara


As part of this season's LONDON show ROOMS initiative the British Fashion Council (BFC) and Alcantara are working together on a new range of products designed by David Koma, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou, Michael Van Der Ham and Todd Lynn – all of which will be showcasing their A/W 2011 collections at the LONDON show ROOMS this season in Paris and New York.

The product range includes three accessories: a bag, smart phone holder and iPad cover. Each fashion designers has created an exclusive design for all three product categories and will be available to visitors attending LONDON show ROOMS. The collaboration will continue for the S/S 2012 collections.

The partnership highlights the relationship between fashion and techonology; a trend that has seen Alcantara become the material of choice for both classic and cutting-edge garments and clothing accessory. Alcantara has a developed a long-standing relationship with designers looking for beautiful, top quality materials that respect the environment. The project brings British creativity together with Italian elegance ensuring that these accessories become genuine collector’s items.

 

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Tesco clothing reveals official Climate Week T-Shirt


Tesco Clothing has revealed the official Climate Week (21-27 March) t-shirt, featuring an exclusive, limited edition design by the 'patron saints of print', Eley Kishimoto, in aid of the Environmental Justice Foundation.

Organic, ethically made and manufactured by wind and solar power, the low carbon t-shirts will be available for men and women exclusively from Tesco clothing, Climate Week's headline partner, for only 10 pounds Sterling.

The women's climate week t-shirt and men's climate week t-shirt will be available in time for Climate Week, in-store and online on the Tesco clothing website.

A host of talent has stepped up to front the on-trend geometric print, including Lily Cole, KT Tunstall, Jade Parfitt, Gemma Arterton, Gillian Anderson, Eliza Doolittle and many others, making it the fashion world's t-shirt of choice. Stylist to the stars Fee Doran a.k.a. Mrs. Jones has lent her special touch for many of the pictures.

Climate Week's Phil Drew said: "Low-carbon T shirts and super-cool t-shirts captures the spirit of Climate Week by showing how we can all be part of the solution to climate change. The t-shirt is organic, ethically made, and carries the Carbon Reduction Label certified by the Carbon Trust. It represents the future of fashion: an item that's as green as its message and doesn't cost the earth, in all senses of the word."

 

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Akira Isogawa as international guest at iD Fashion Week


When Akira Isogawa, one of Australia’s most prominent contemporary fashion designers, arrives in town for iD Dunedin Fashion Week, he will bring with him a collection of exquisite designs which are highly sought after in every major fashion capital of the world. Further consolidating iD Dunedin’s place on the international fashion map will see Akira as a guest judge for the 2011 iD International Emerging Designer Awards on Thursday 7 April, 2011.

Key Points
- Akira Isogawa will attend iD Dunedin Fashion Week as iD’s international guest designer, following in the footsteps of British fashion royalty Zandra Rhodes, who attended in 2010. His collection will be shown on the runway at the iD Fashion Shows on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April.

- Akira will arrive in New Zealand fresh from showing his Autumn/Winter collection at Paris Fashion Week. Since 1998, Akira has shown his collections in Paris, presenting to international buyers, and has shown at Australian Fashion Week every year since 1996. His designs are available globally.

- Named as Designer of the Year and Womenswear Designer of the Year at the Australian Fashion Industry Awards in 1999, Akira brings a strong intellectual and cultural element to Fashion Week. His flair for innovation and his pattern-making skills and use of textiles is highly regarded within the fashion industry. His work has elicited favourable reviews in journals such as The New York Times and US Vogue.

 

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Technicaltextile.net unveils diaper launch details for Indian sell


With increase in GDP and purchasing power, the Indian market for diapers is expected to increase significantly.

According to a renowned diaper consultant, the world consumption of baby diapers will be approximately 15,000/sec by 2025. Since, India is the second largest country in terms of population, the potential for consumption of diapers in India is huge.

In order that Indian entrepreneurs may capitalize on this very lucrative market prospect, technicaltextile.net – a portal exclusively for the burgeoning technical textiles sector, has unveiled a project report on diaper manufacturing exclusively for the Indian market.

The world market of baby diaper is expected to touch US $27 billion by 2012. The current demand for baby diapers in India is approximately 100 million pieces / annum and is growing at a brisk 8-10% every year.

The project report on diapers manufacturing in India includes detailed costing & profitability analysis for new ventures in India for next 10 years.

The report begins with an analysis of worldwide demand for baby diapers; diaper & nonwovens demand in India; world top 10 diaper consuming markets; worldwide baby diaper machinery manufacturers list and comparison amongst European and Chinese diaper manufacturing technologies.

The project report also covers, land, building & construction cost, power costs, labour costs, and utility costs. It also provides an organizational chart; pre-operative expenses, total project and raw material costing and profitability statement for 10 years.

Technicaltextile.net has also included a comparison of project cost & profitability for different technologies (European and Chinese) and price comparison among three major Indian diaper brands to determine the competitive selling price of the diaper in the report.

All the data will be provided in a programmed excel sheet. One just needs to input variable prices to get the final profitability calculations.

In short, the diaper project report from technicaltextile.net is a one-stop solution for those Indian entrepreneurs wishing to encash the lucrative proposition of setting up a baby diaper manufacturing facility, without the hassles of appointing a project consultant and collecting relevant data from various sources.

Click here for more details.

Tadashi Shoji as designer judge for ‘Stretch to the Future’


This year marks the 11th edition of the annual “Stretch to the Future” design competition sponsored by RadiciSpandex Corp, maker of RadElast spandex. Headlining the event program as the honoree designer judge will be Tadashi Shoji, designer to A-list celebrities and socialites across the country. RadiciSpandex will once again partner with the Fashion School at Kent State University where judging will take place April 21 at the School’s New York City satellite studio.

Leading the judging process, Tadashi will be joined by textile executives, fashion journalists from trade and consumer publications and members from The Underfashion Club., which returns as sponsor of the competition’s lingerie award. Kent State Fashion School’s junior class will submit their designs in the swimwear, activewear, lingeries and evening wear categories. A winner from each category will be announced along with a Grand Prize winner culled from all categories.

Tadashi Shoji will be the recipient of this year’s RadiciSpandex “Stretch to the Future” Honoree Designer Award. “I’m very honored to accept RadiciSpandex’s invitation to be this year’s ‘Stretch to the Future’ celebrity judge,” said Tadashi. “Seeing what inspires today’s young designers continues to enlighten me.”

“We are truly honored that Tadashi Shoji has accepted the key role as celebrity judge on this our eleventh year for the ‘Stretch to the Future’ competition,” states Kim Hall, Marketing Manager at RadiciSpandex Corp. “Mr. Shoji is acclaimed for elegant and singular designs that have earned him accolades from fashion influencers and journalists alike. We are very excited to have a designer of his stature lead the judging process.” 

 

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‘A La Mode’ Catwalk ends on a high note


Opening the show with her stunning and elegant couture gowns was London based designer Luna Sky. The beautiful collection, consisting mainly of black and white pieces, represented innocence and purity and symbolised her personal motto being 'La vita bella' – Life is beautiful. Luna feels every girl deserves to be a princess and her drive is to create a beautiful lifestyle apparel and Lifestyle fabrics for modern girls and women.

Luna Sky will also be showcasing her stunning pieces at Milan Fashion Week. Her collections are sold globally in Italy, France, UK, USA, Canada, Japan and Hong Kong.

Next up was London based designer Omar Mansoor who was showcasing during London Fashion Week for the second consecutive season. Omar presented his new collection entitled ‘Paradise Lost’ which was inspired by the Garden of Eden. The collection comprised of two key colours being Lilac and aniseed green. The use of woven lace flowers, layers of sheer fabrics, asymmetrical hemlines and dramatic necklines throughout the collection all symbolised the story of ‘Sin, Angels, Curiosity and Beauty’.

Nigerian Fashion designer Ngozi of Zed Eye brought us a magnificent selection of Royal Blue Jackets complimented by extravagant faux fur and feather trimmings. The collection entitled ‘50’s!30’s!20’s’ reflects the liberation of the Twenties combined with the elegance of the Thirties, juxtaposed with the femininity and romance of the Fifties.

 

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Designs By Tatyana set to rollout 'Beach Bash' Collection in April


No time like the present to start dreaming of summer, and nothing's going to knock 'em dead on the sand like the colorful and sporty new Beach Bash line of vintage styled swimwear, hat, beach bags and playsuits from Designs By Tatyana.

The eye-catching Beach Bash fashions will be available on the website and in numerous retail stores in the USA and overseas debuting April 2011.

The line was designed by company founder and lead designer Tatyana in collaboration with Art Khomaykov, to recreate the retro beach looks and summer vibe for a new generation of women. Several of the vintage outfits were recently showcased on a runway at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas by several models, including spokesmodel Claire Sinclair.

A striking modern day resemblance to Bettie Page, the beautiful brunette was the October 2010 Playmate of the Month and is currently in the running for Playmate of the Year. Sinclair recently played the lead at MGM Grand's "Crazy Horse Paris" (following in the footsteps of Dita von Teese and Carmen Electra). She is featured on "The Bunny House" and "Holly's World" on E! Networks and is on everyone's "A" list! 

 

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D3 hits the fashion runway with GUESS!!!


D3 LED, LLC (D3), the world's leader in specialized LED (light emitting diode) digital display applications, has created a custom LED digital display for American lifestyle Apparel  brand GUESS that was unveiled Feb. 17 at the opening of the brand's 13,000 square foot flagship store at 575 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

D3, headquartered in New York City and Rancho Cordova, Calif., was selected by GUESS in 2010 to design and manufacture the display for what is now the largest GUESS flagship store in the world. This display is the first installed on Fifth Avenue by D3, and first created for the iconic GUESS brand.

The innovative 6mm ST6 SMD LED display is located inside the GUESS store on the main level and will play behind-the-scenes footage from fashion shows and campaign shoots, in addition to being used for in-store events. The 143,360-pixel screen, encased in a sleek aluminum frame, measures 9 feet 4 inches high by 6 feet 4 inches wide, and is capable of delivering live and pre-recorded video, plus photos and animations.

"D3 is pleased to have been selected by GUESS to be part of the new flagship store on Fifth Avenue, said Jason Barak, managing partner, D3. "Our LED digital display serves as an integral part of the store's overall brand experience for consumers."

 

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‘Fashion on Movie’ to explore theme of seduction @ MICAM


From 6th to 9th March the spotlights are on MICAM ShoEvent, the medium-high and high end footwear event organised by ANCI, National Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association, at the pavilions of Fiera Milano Rho.

The autumn/winter 2011/2012 collections of 1,623 exhibiting companies are presented on the occasion of the main international event: the foreign companies number 607, an increase compared with the last edition.

"The footwear world is ready to re-launch the quality challenge, with much positive feedback from international markets – explains the Chairman of ANCI, Vito Artioli. This makes it possible to catch a glimpse of a more lively recovery”.

The eight pavilions accommodate different themed areas, enriching the over 71,000 square meters with space for reception and entertainment, but also artistic arrangements and meetings dedicated to enhancing the Shoes,footwear world.

"MICAM ShoEvent is a point of reference for operators from around the world – says the Chairman Artioli – for the organisational ability of an event which draws strength from the quality of made–in Italy footwear, succeeding in satisfying the needs of Italian and international operators. The strong point of the event is the ability to offer tools to companies and visitors that complete the training of operators in the sector. ”

 

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Katie Holmes is Max Mara ‘Face of the Future’

 


Katie Holmes has been conferred with the "Face of the Future" award by the Italian fashion label Max Mara.

The award is given annually to acknowledge the recipient’s style, talent and contribution to the society.

Holmes is quite delighted with such recognition as she holds high admiration for the label. She said that, she loves to wear the Max Mara garments for their beautiful styling and for the comfort that they offer.

Ian Griffiths, Max Mara’s Head of Design, said that, Holmes has been chosen, because she best personifies a MaxMara customer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ck One celebrates the spirit of Woman’s Day!


They don’t need a reason to fall in love with anything/anyone, they don’t need a reason to put on their flirty shirts and hit the street, they don’t need a reason to spend that extra penny on that romantic movie, fifth time!… women – they epitomize passion, love, strength and many such powerful emotions.

Let’s celebrate the women day (8th March) in our lives.

Pick a pair of flirty summer shorts from CK One for your babe OR get a pair of 3/4th and team it up with a fitted tee. Splash some color into those shorts and make them the next big thing. Shorter the shorts, the better the look. Summer and the beach wait for the perfect celebration of the liberation day.

Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation is one of the world's largest apparel companies.

 

 

 

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