Bata Shoe Museum Member Lectures to be held on April 16

Friday, March 28, 2008 (Canada)

Bata Shoe Museum Member Lectures will be held on 16th April, 2008.

Discovering Treasure: Bata Shoe Museum Member Lectures
Ceramic Boot Vessels: Fashions and Symbolism from the Ancient World
Illustrated talk by Amy Barron, Dept. of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, UofT.
Presented by the Bata Shoe Museum & the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies

The Bata Shoe Museum has several examples of a very rare and unusual artifact from the ancient Near East, ceramic containers made in the shape of boots with upturned toes.

These ceramic boot vessels appear geographically from northwestern Iran to central Turkey between the years 1800 – 800 BCE.

They can also be compared to contemporary booted pouring vessels from the same regions, and later boot-shaped amphora of the Greeks and Etruscans.

Footwear had many symbolic meanings in the ancient world as is indicated in literary, legal and religious texts. In Mesopotamia, shoes were evoked in both curses and blessings, and the Bible describes the use of footwear as a legal symbol of ownership.

Some of the few clearly archaeologically excavated examples of ceramic boot vessels come from what appear to be funerary contexts, suggesting a deeper ritualistic purpose for them.

Come and explore the history and possible meanings behind these beautiful and intriguing artifacts. A fascination with footwear is not a modern phenomenon.

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Three luxury designers create Bombay Sapphire Revelation

Friday, March 28, 2008 (UK)

Bombay Sapphire, the world's leading premium gin, has inspired three prominent names in luxury and design - Baccarat, Garrard and Karim Rashid - to create Revelation, five handmade crystal bottles individually decorated with sapphires and diamonds.

Recognised around the world for its striking translucent blue bottle, Bombay Sapphire has showcased the world's finest glass creations for the last 20 years.

The Bombay Sapphire Prize is the world's biggest annual glass award and the Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass Competition is one of the top design contests for emerging designers.

Created by one of the hottest designers in the world, Karim Rashid, each of the five Revelation bottles has been handcrafted in France by Baccarat, the pre-eminent creator of the world's finest luxury crystal.

The bottle has been cut into the shape of a giant gemstone with 10 principal facets, representing the 10 botanical ingredients used to create the complex and refined taste of Bombay Sapphire.

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LOOT gears up to welcome women’s brand Sepia

Friday, March 28, 2008 (India)

The tranquilizing Sepia collection inspired by the English watercolour that brings to mind vivid images of the seaside, soft vegetation and a somewhat overcast sky.

This contemporary and classical collection by Sepia is soon to be found at The LOOT. This collection crafted with sophistication in an essence of the old world charm embellished with slightly quirky fashion, lends itself to both day and evening in alarming simplicity.

Fluid silks and georgettes are cut into luxurious silhouettes, with quirky detailing. Satin stripes, watercolour prints, burnouts, silks are set off with denims and jersey to create a look that is at once easy and yet very rich. Detailing includes various textures created from yarns and fabrics, appliqués, satin, tapes etc.

These do not overwhelm the ensembles; instead add a touch of interest. It slides from sand, to reed yellows, moving on the pale aqua and teals that finally end in rich plantation browns and charcoal.

The LOOT is gearing up to welcome its newest acquired women’s brand ‘Sepia.’ This brand was launched in 2006 which is collaboration between Indian designers and Texport Syndicate, the largest clothing exporters Indian fashion venture.

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Thuy Diep fuses versatility & romanticism in her fashion line

Friday, March 28, 2008 (USA)

In her Fall/Winter 2008 collection, designer Thuy Diep exhibited that contrasting ideas can come together to form one complete, cohesive collection.

As the models parted the curtains, romantic yet modern designs filled Exit Art gallery on the first weekend of New York Fall 2008 Fashion Week.

The play between asymmetric shapes, masculine and feminine forms, sheer and opaque fabrics, bold and neutral colors, defined the designs.

"My collection is about contrasts harmony within disharmony," said Thuy when discussing her inspiration.

For her third collection, Thuy demonstrated her strong grasp of tailoring and architectural lines once again. She materializes the myriad of inspirations of her Manhattan environment, where contrasts of colors and forms are ubiquitous, creating a collection to dress the modern, chic and sophisticated woman.

Thuy's unique designer perspective was conveyed through her outerwear as she showed a command of layering techniques.

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KN Ltd announces comprehensive media room

Friday, March 28, 2008 (USA)

KN Karen Neuburger (KN Ltd) reaffirmed its commitment to provide journalists with accurate and up-to-date information by adding a comprehensive Media Room toits website.

Journalists seeking information about the KN brand and its products, executives who can provide expert comment, or high resolution images and surveys can access the information easily, which was designed to meet their needs quickly and efficiently.

The KN Media Room's key features and media resources include:
- KN Brand Profile -- Provides a general overview of the KN lifestyle brand, management biographies, company fact sheet and lists KN's strategic partners.
- Product Information Center -- Provides a comprehensive product overview for key brand categories, including detailed product descriptions, price points, availability, images and downloadable fact sheets.
- Multimedia -- Provides downloadable high-resolution product and lifestyle images for each KN brand category along with select introductory brand and product videos.
- Surveys -- Journalists can have full access to lifestyle surveys commissioned by KN about comfort, sleep, family and reading to children.

KN Karen Neuburger

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CFW to promote most expressive labels in local fashion market

Thursday, March 27, 2008 (Brazil)

Capital Fashion Week (CFW) is considered by fashion critics and specialized consultants as the third in rank in Brazil, after São Paulo Fashion Week and Fashion Rio.

The event has had ample national media repercussion, showing the rest of the country fashion made in the Center-West region of Brazil.

A bill passed by the city council recognizes CFW as the official fashion event in the nation’s capital, having included it as part of the Official Calendar of Brasilia.

Created and developed by Marcia Lima, local entrepreneur, Capital Fashion Week has mainly an economic outlook, striving to consolidate local brands from the Center-West region with marketing strategies used abroad, offering sales results and the stregthening of participating brands.

Successfully taking place since 2005, always in September, at the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, CFW has brought together over 40,000 people.

Drawing towards it’s fourth edition, the event is highly influential in the Center-West, as well as the Northeast of Brazil and attracts fashion makers and buyers from these and other regions.

The repercussion generated by CFW created a demand for two yearly editions. That’s where the idea for a “pocket edition” came from. It will be held in March and will show local brands’ and designers’ autumn/winter collections.

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MJSA Educational Seminars include design & business topics

Thursday, March 27, 2008 (USA)

Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) has announced the educational program for its 40th annual Expo New York show, April 13-15, 2008, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The program features a wide range of seminars that include design and business topics, as well as several At the Bench Live demonstrations. The program also includes the debut of "Technique Tuesday," which offers hands-on training by Swarovski and Beadalon experts.

"We're very excited about the quality of this year's educational program, especially with the high level of business and practical expertise that our presenters bring to the table," says Teresa Shannon, MJSA director of education.

"Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most renowned experts in the industry - on everything from making their businesses more profitable to valuable tips, tricks, and techniques on making high-quality jewelry pieces."

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Evansville-based Shoe Carnival partners with Soles4Souls

Thursday, March 27, 2008 (USA)

Most of us have lots of shoes we no longer wear. According to one estimate, more than one billion pair of shoes lay idle in American closets. Yet there are millions of people both here in the United States and around the world in desperate need of footwear.

That's why Shoe Carnival is teaming up with Soles4Souls, the international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in desperate need, to provide a basic, yet indispensable gift that most of us take for granted: the gift of shoes.

"The partnership with Soles4Souls is a great fit for Shoe Carnival. Their mission to provide shoes for those in need is a message that resonates with our customers," said Todd Beurman, Senior Vice President of Marketing. "We are proud to partner with Soles4Souls to help provide families all over the world with much-needed footwear," he said.

At Shoe Carnival you'll find an open format, catchy music, and friendly associates set the stage for a wonderful shopping experience.

Throw an unbelievable product assortment, great brand names and value pricing in the mix and you get a one-stop footwear destination that satisfies the needs of the entire family.

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Jean Paul & Issey Miyake unveil summer fragrances

Thursday, March 27, 2008 (USA)

In a new twist on their classic scents, Jean Paul Gaultier Parfums and Parfums Issey Miyake have revealed their 2008 Limited Edition Summer Fragrances.

With designs as different as the two fashion legends themselves, the collections are inspired by wonderfully contrasting aesthetics.

Issey Miyake, ever motivated by nature's most abundant element, delivers his dream in water, while Jean Paul Gaultier, a celebrated globe trekker, sets his classic scents beneath African skies.

Jean Paul Gaultier - Under African Skies:
This summer we find Jean Paul Gaultier's CLASSIQUE and LE MALE in a sun- scorched land, amidst the heat and bewitching rhythms of Africa.

She is a queen, a sensual temptress wearing an ornament of wood and glass beads. He is a manly, sensitive Maasai warrior sporting a solar talisman.

In the CLASSIQUE 3.3 oz Alcohol-Free Summer Fragrance, Rose flirts with Orange Blossom, enlivened by a zest of Clementine and Sicilian lemon.

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Chance to win a modern safari for four friends!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008 (USA)

Specialty retailer J. Jill is offering a drawing for the chance to win a modern safari and stylish new wardrobe for four friends.

The "Find Your Passion" sweepstakes runs March 26 through April 27, 2008, with entries available at any J. Jill store or online.

The lucky winner will choose from one of the following getaway adventures from Manifesta Safaris for herself and three friends:
- Artista Creative Safaris for Women - introduces a woman's inner artist to the inspiring coastline of Carmel-by-the Sea, and immerses each potential artist in a blend of creative sessions, including abstract painting and printmaking.

Safaris include art materials and instruction, classic accommodations, all meals, daily yoga, body massage, spa treatment, activities special to the region.

- La Vista Active Safaris for Women - an active vacation hybrid that sets an easy-going pace, but leaves plenty of time to enjoy the sights of California's Central Coast, including adventures in Monterey Bay, Pacific Grove and Carmel-by-the-Sea.

La Vista focuses on hurry-free biking, hiking, and kayaking adventures, punctuated with wine tasting, yoga, fine dining, spa treatment, shopping, and more.

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AUSE symbol to reflect the company's new focus

Thursday, March 27, 2008 (USA)

Aussie Soles International LLC, has announced that effective the opening of market on March 24, 2008 the company's trading symbol has changed from KNIE to AUSE.

This symbol change will reflect K-9 Concepts' recent acquisition of certain intellectual property assets through the acquisition of Aussie Soles International LLC.

"We are very pleased and excited that our new symbol will reflect the Company's new focus," said Founder and CEO Craig Taplin. "We are striving to become a leader and innovator in the footwear and apparel market."

Aussie Soles develops and retails innovative hard sole casual footwear that utilizes technically advanced closed cell polymer foam, "AUSLITE" which is soft, supportive, slip resistant and anti bacterial! Aussie Soles will concentrate its efforts on retailing and branding its primary footwear line, which consists of; SNUGGS, STARFISH and MARINE.

Focusing on these primary lines with their unique materials & design Aussie Soles is setting itself apart from its competitors.

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Orra Diamond to be associated with cricket

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (India)

Given the commendable record of 600 test wickets achieved by Anil Kumble, the BCCI has decided to commemorate Anil Kumble.

A record like this deserves something special and to create a memorabilia keeping in view the magnitude of his achievements, BCCI appointed ORRA to create a trophy.

ORRA has been the exclusive choice for creating the most stunning pieces of jewellery and works of art. From adorning the likes of Nicole Kidman and Joan Rivers at the Oscars to providing exquisite jewellery for Mallika Sherawat at Cannes film festival to creating a Million Dollar Bustier in honour of Prince and Princess of Belgium and a beautiful diamond bracelet for Hollywood actress Juliana Moore at the recent Oscars in 2008, ORRA- The Diamond Destination has done it all.

In fact recently it also collaborated with renowned artist Anjoli Ela Menon and replicated her painting into a beautiful pendant for a charity auction.

Mr. Vijay Jain, CEO, ORRA says, “The challenge for our design team was to create something unique but at the same time something that would be symbolic of his achievement.

The finest craftsmen were used to create this memorabilia comprising of the finest Belgian diamonds and rubies set in gold.

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Metalab new jewellery collection inspired by Island

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (Australia)

Metalab is proud to present a collection of extraordinary new works by ten talented Tasmanian women. An exhibition 3rd April to 26th April, 2008 designed to showcase the diversity of jewellery inspired by each other and by the isolation of their beautiful island state, where traditional Tasmanian indigenous design is created alongside contemporary works.

Drawing on Tasmania’s remote wilderness and natural surrounds, this distinctive collection of exhibition work explores thought provoking environmental issues from the fragility of nature and the threatened intracacies of different ecosystems, to the issues of endangered old growth forests.

A diverse range of concepts and materials are created in limited edition production pieces to exotic wearables and small sculptures, such as in Jeanette James’ work “Echidna quill necklace” or discover Marisa Molin’s intricate one-off sculptural forms cast in bronze and silver. Dulcie Greeno, Tasmania’s longest practising Aboriginal artist, creates traditional neckpieces in Green Maireener and Rice shells.

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Mr Tim Peterman to join leading lifestyle brand

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (USA)

Tim A. Peterman, an experienced media executive whose career has focused on building, acquiring and operating interactive media and commerce businesses, has been named president of The J. Peterman Company.

Peterman will succeed his father and founder of the company, John Peterman, in the chief operating role. John Peterman will remain active in the company, and become the chairman.

Tim Peterman, 40, joins the family business after serving six years at The E.W. Scripps Company, a diversified media enterprise based in Cincinnati.

In his role as senior vice president of corporate development for Scripps, Peterman helped guide the company's expanding presence in the Internet commerce market place.

Peterman will leave Scripps to join The J. Peterman Company on April 1.

"Tim is uniquely qualified to help us continue to build The J. Peterman Company into an innovative brand that's able to leverage the power and utility that the Internet makes possible for our customers," said John Peterman. "We couldn't be more fortunate to have him on board."

Peterman will oversee one of the country's most recognized, specialty retail brands. The J. Peterman Company offers a growing range of interesting and unique products, including men's and women's apparel, home furnishings, one-of-a-kind, kitchen-ware, antiques and more.

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Clear Bag System gets CATSA approval

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (USA)

311 Travel Bag Inc, a developer of practical carry-on solutions for the modern traveler announced that the Clear Bag System is now accepted in all Canadian airport pre-board security checkpoints by Canadian authorities.

Under Transport Canada regulations, air travelers are only permitted to carry on liquids, gels and aerosols in 100 ml or less containers, which must be enclosed in a clear, 1L zip-top bag.

With the Clear Bag System acceptance, Canadian travelers now have an alternative to leaky containers and a standard plastic baggie.

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has confirmed that the Clear Bag System is compliant for use in all 89 CATSA-serviced airports across Canada.

"We are proud that our product is now recognized and accepted in Canada," said Linda Padgett-Stinson, president, 3-1-1 Travel Bag.

"This confirmation gives Canadian travelers the confidence to travel safely and securely under Transport Canada regulations without giving up their independence."

The practical yet stylish answer to airport security restrictions, the Clear Bag System cases alleviate confusion and frustration at airport check points ensuring a faster and more relaxed travel experience.

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Islands of the World Fashion Week to debut in November

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (Bahamas)

The fashion world is buzzing about “Islands of the World Fashion Week” (IWFW) to take place in Nassau, The Bahamas, November 5-8, 2008, set to showcase well-known and new designers from islands around the world and to promote cultural diversity and creativity.

The producer of IWFW is Mode Iles Ltd, an affiliate of The Montaque Group, a diversified financial services operation with interest in film finance and production. Inaugural IWFW venues will include the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau and the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, The Bahamas.

“This event was not conceived to be just another fashion week,” explained Owen Bethel, President and Managing Director of The Montaque Group as well as Founder of IWFW. “While certainly providing a showcase for eligible designers originating from developing islands similar to the typical fashion week, the mere fact that this event specifically focuses on designers from islands in itself makes it a unique event.

Islands conjure up images of a unique lifestyle, both exotic and colorful. Further, this event is not simply a commercial venture, as it concurrently aims to draw attention to several global issues which also significantly affect island states.”

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Steven Madden to buy 2.6 mn shares of its common stock

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (USA)

Steven Madden Ltd, a leading designer, wholesaler and marketer of fashion footwear and accessories for women, men and children, announced the final results of its modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer, which expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time on Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

Steven Madden Ltd has accepted for purchase 2,600,000 shares of common stock at a price of $17.00 per share, totaling $44.2 million. These shares represent approximately 12.9% of the shares outstanding. An aggregate of 3,227,534 shares of common stock were properly tendered and not withdrawn at a price of $17.00 or less per share.

Steven Madden Ltd will purchase 2,600,000 shares, resulting in a proration factor of approximately 80.6% of the shares tendered, other than the "odd lot" shares properly tendered at the $17.00 purchase price, which will be purchased prior to proration.

The depositary will promptly pay for the shares accepted for purchase. With completion of the tender offer, Steven Madden, Ltd. now has approximately 17.6 million shares of common stock outstanding.

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Football shoulder pad & apparel sales up at Easton-Bell

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (USA)

Easton-Bell Sports Inc a leading designer, developer and marketer of innovative sports equipment, protective products and related accessories under authentic brands, will discuss its financial results for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2007 on a conference call to be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Interested parties may listen to the conference call via webcast. In addition, interested parties may listen directly to the call by dialing(within the United States and Canada) or(outside the United States and Canada).

The pass code for the call. A replay of the call will be available on March 27 through April 9, 2008 by dialing.

Results for the Fiscal Year Ended December 29, 2007:
The Company’s net sales of $724.6 million for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2007, increased $85.6 million, or 13.4%, as compared to $639.0 million for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2006.

The increase in net sales is primarily attributable to the inclusion of Easton Sports Inc. (“Easton”) for a full fiscal year in 2007, as compared to 2006, which only included such business from the date of acquisition on March 16, 2006. Easton represented $67.9 million of the increase in net sales in 2007.

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True Religion provides update on listing status

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (USA)

True Religion Apparel Inc announced that it received a Nasdaq Staff Determination letter stating that the Company is not in compliance with the filing requirements for continued listing as set forth in Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(14) due to the Company's failure to timely file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.

The Company also announced that it has received an extension to April 30, 2008 from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel to file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007 and its restated financial reports for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2005 and 2006, including the quarters therein, and the quarters ended March 31, 2007 and June 30, 2007.

The Company announced on November 7, 2007 that it would need to restate its previously issued consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2005 and 2006, including the quarters therein, and the quarters ended March 31, 2007 and June 30, 2007 due to certain accounting errors. At that time, the Company also announced that it would voluntarily review the accounting for its historical equity granting practices.

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A.Celli to participate in nonwovens exhibition, Geneva

Monday, March 24, 2008 (Italy)

A.Celli Nonwovens will be attending the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition which displays the latest industry developments, technical breakthroughs and proven products and processes.

Visitors from all over the world attend the exhibition to see the best of the nonwovens industry, seeking and exploring new ideas in the sector.

A.Celli Nonwovens is dedicated to the design and manufacture of value adding solutions for the nonwovens industry in particular winding, rewinding and slitting machines, roll handling and packaging equipment and airlaid web forming technology.

In each area of its technology portfolio the latest developments will be presented with a specific focus on the new generation of winders and slitter-rewinders, specifically developed for top performing spunmelt lines producing low basis weight for the hygiene and medical markets.

The new winder and slitter-rewinder feature the latest technology and target the production speed of 2000 m/min at the slitter-rewinder.

Complementing the technological advances in winding and slitting is Slittopack, the latest in terms of integration between roll handling, packaging and slitting.

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Seminar on Building Competitive Advantage in Polyolefin Textiles coming soon

Monday, March 24, 2008 (Belgium)

EATP – the European Association for Textile Polyolefins Seminar is scheduled to be held on 19-20 May 2008 at Imperial Riding School Vienna (Renaissance Hotel), Vienna.

EATP – the European Association for Textile Polyolefins – represents, promotes and serves the interests of the European polyolefin textiles industry, provides the industry with business services and constitutes a forum for contacts and discussion (in full respect for European and international competition law) on issues of common concern. By these means, it aims to promote the profitable development of its member companies, and of the industry as a whole.

The Seminar will deal with a wide range of strategic management and commercial challenges, confronting the polyolefin textiles industry, in Europe and worldwide, from polymer and additives through to final products.

This year, the programme gives special emphasis to strategies for building competitive advantage, including opportunities in emerging markets such as Egypt and Russia, and a special section on innovation management.

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Textile & Garment exports mainstays of economy

Monday, March 24, 2008 (Hong Kong)

At a meeting of the Federation of Hong Kong Garment Manufacturers Association, the director of the Hong Kong Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Ma ShiHeng said that, the value of all textiles and apparels products exported in 2007 from Hong Kong touched nearly HK $ 33 billion.

He was all praise for the industry and also added by mentioning that textile & apparel exports had contributed nearly 39% to the basket of exports from Hong Kong and at the same time had played a big role in the economic development of Hong Kong in 2007.

He also stated that while re-export's of textile and apparels stood at HK $ 33 billion, the actual export value of all textile and garment products touched HK $42.5 billion

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Makeba Lewis Textiles shows Origin & 100% Design at CSC

Monday, March 24, 2008 (UK)

Makeba Lewis: weave is the first museum exhibition of the acclaimed and highly successful woven textile artist and designer.

The exhibition, to be held at the Crafts Study Centre, University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham, will run from 15 January 2008 to 29 March 2008.

An opportunity to meet the artist will take place during a gallery talk Wednesday 27 February 5-6:30pm.

The exhibition contains recent and new work (woven jewellery, pleated scarves and neckpieces) with a special emphasis on hand woven fabric with 24-carat gold and sterling silver threads, as well as articles from the artist's Nomad collection.

These reflect her research into the use of copper yarn and Bakuba textiles, and the exploration of the healing properties of the metal in the context of functional art objects for the body.

Makeba Lewis has shown her work at Origin and 100% Design and was short listed in 2007 for the UK Trade and Investment Award for Export.

Commenting on Makeba's work, Crafts Study Centre Director Professor Simon Olding stated, "Makeba's bold, inventive and deeply-considered creations marks her out as one of the most significant emerging textile artists of her generation."

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Schiffli work exhibition tours to further six venues during 2008

Monday, March 24, 2008 (UK)

Mechanical Drawing – the Schiffli Project will start on 8 March - 27 April, 2008 at the hub sleaford.

The Manchester School of Art houses the last working schiffli embroidery machine in the UK. The schiffli project documents and explores textile practice and the creative process through the responses of fifteen artists to this unique machine.

An exhibition of this work opens at Manchester Metropolitan University on 16th November 2007, the exhibition then tours to a further six venues in the UK during 2008.

The work includes subverted domestic objects, such as Dixon and Welsh's 'Armchair Politico', Kate Egan's inflating and deflating quilt, 'Stack' and Nina Edge's net curtain,
'Nothing is Private'.

Wall pieces include huge figurative works by Alice Kettle, Nigel Cheney and Rowena Ardern as well as a quilt by Lynn Setterington.

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DMCC-Uzprommashimpeks MoU to set up cotton trade corridor

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 (UAE)

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announced that it is proposing to build a cotton trade corridor through Dubai with the objective of establishing the emirate as a key link in the global cotton supply chain.

In this regard, DMCC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uzprommashimpeks, a trading company set up under Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and International Trade.

In 2007, global cotton production touched 26.74 million tonnes, with Uzbekistan being the second largest exporter after the US. Imports and re-exports through Dubai were nominal with major re-export destinations being Pakistan and Algeria.

The MoU, which coincided with the recent visit to the UAE of H.E. Islam Karimov, the Uzbekistan President, was signed by Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC and Mr. Mirzakhidov Khurshid, Chairman of the State Joint Stock Company, Uzprommashimpeks.

H.E. Elyor M. Ganiev, the Uzbekistan Minister of Foreign Economic Relations & International Trade "MFERIT,” who was present at the signing of the MoU, said: “Uzbekistan and the UAE have a history of friendly relations, and we look forward to building on this through strengthening our economic partnerships.

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ASPEX to demonstrate SpinTrak Spinnerette at Index

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 (Switzerland)

ASPEX INCORPORATED is pleased to announce their participation in the upcoming INDEX 2008 show in GENEVA from 15-18 April 2008. They will be participating in Hall 4 , Booth 4280 and demonstrate their latest SpinTrak Spinnerette Inspection System technology for nonwoven and fiber manufacturers.

Founded in 1978, Aspex Incorporated is a world leader in designing and manufacturing Automatic Spinnerette Inspection Systems. The SpinTrak family of Spinnerette inspection system is specifically designed to inspect all types of extrusion dies/spinnerettes used in yarn, staple, spunbond, meltblown and spunlace applications. More than 190 SpinTrak Spinnerette Inspection Systems are running in all major countries around the world.

SpinTrak is the fastest, most accurate and consistent Spinnerette Inspection System available on the market today. Many SpinTrak Systems are successfully running and inspecting nonwoven spinnerettes.

Aspex Incorporated Head Office / factory is in New York, USA. Aspex also has a branch office in India which is handling worldwide sales. ASPEX has a team of experts available to support any application of interest.


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Western Wool Indicator remains unchanged at 956¢

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 (Australia)

The Australian wool market finished 0.6% lower, on average, at sales in Sydney and Melbourne this week.

The AWEX EMI fell by 5¢ (-0.5%), ending the week at 961¢/kg. This reflected decreases of 8¢ (-0.8%) in the North and 4¢ (-0.4%) in the South, with their corresponding Regional Indicators finishing the week at 1003¢ and 925¢ clean, respectively. The Western Indicator remained unchanged at 956¢, as there was no sale in Fremantle this week.

In a two day sale in Sydney and Melbourne, the AWEX EMI was unchanged on Tuesday and fell by 5¢ on Wednesday.

44,675 bales were on offer, compared with 53,698 bales in a three day sale last week, of which 11.7% were passed in, comprised of 10.2% in Sydney and 12.6% in Melbourne. Pass-in rates for Merino fleece and skirtings were 10.3% and 16.3%, respectively. 1,705 bales (3.7%) were withdrawn prior to sale and re-offered bales made up 10.8% of this week's offering.

The US exchange rate (source RBA) was 0.90¢ lower on Monday when compared with Thursday of last week. It was down by a further 0.50¢ on Tuesday, up by 1.08¢ on Wednesday to close at 93.25¢, down 0.32¢ (-0.3%) since the last sale.

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Jewellery store Local Charm at AIRMALL

Friday, March 21, 2008 (USA)

Travelers seeking a quick and tasty meal or a fashionable fix now have two new options at the AIRMALL at Boston Logan International Airport. Jewelry store Local Charm and national bakery/café restaurant chain Bruegger’s Bagels have landed. Local Charm opened on March 14, 2008 in Terminal B (American Airlines). Bruegger’s Bagels opens today, March 20, 2008 in Terminal E, pre-security.

“The opening of Local Charm and Bruegger’s Bagels represents our continued commitment to bring travelers the highest-quality national and regional brands at ‘Regular Mall Prices…Guaranteed,’” said Mike Caro, vice president of BAA Boston. “It’s what travelers have come to expect, and these two new establishments at the AIRMALL deliver on that promise.”

Boston-based Local Charm brings a stylish touch to the AIRMALL at BOS, stocking unique women’s jewelry at wallet-friendly prices. From striking silver creations to gemstones in funky settings, Local Charm is the perfect place for travelers to pick up a gift or treat themselves to something totally original.

“Local Charm is well known in Boston for its location at the historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, right along the city’s famed Freedom Trail,” Caro said. “Now visitors to this great American city will have another opportunity to take a wearable piece of Boston home with them.”

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Lindex expands via franchise in the Middle East

Friday, March 21, 2008 (Sweden)

Fashion chain Lindex is opening stores in the Middle East. The first store will be opening in Saudi Arabia in September this year and a further six stores will be opening in the country during the year.

The objective is to open 25 stores in the Middle East over a 3-year period and 50 stores altogether over a 5-year period. The first country targeted for the Middle Eastern expansion is Saudi Arabia, with plans for Kuwait, UAE and Egypt to follow suit.

"We're absolutely delighted to be opening stores in the Middle East, which is a fast-growing region with high fashion awareness and strong purchasing power.

We're also seeing shopping tourism growing constantly in the region. We're convinced that Lindex' inspiring affordable fashion will be a hit in Saudi Arabia," says Göran Bille, CEO of Lindex.

The first store is planned to open in September in Jeddah in the well-known shopping centre Stars Avenue mall and during 2008 a further six stores will be opened in Saudi Arabia.

The stores will cover a floor area of between 400-1000 sqm and will be fitted out according to Lindex' modern store concept.

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Cho Cheng named among top 5 designers in China

Friday, March 21, 2008 (USA)

Acclaimed designer Cho Cheng has been named one of China's top five designers by Modern Weekly a national Chinese luxury and lifestyle magazine.

Cited as "the new master of red carpet glamour" Cheng shares this illustrious recognition with fellow native sons Derek Lam, Peter Som, Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim.

"It is an honor to be recognized as a master of glamour and couture," said Cheng who plans to aggressively expand his design house by opening five stores in China by the end of this year as well as an atelier in the States.

"This distinction places me among the world's design elite and I look forward to continuing to communicate my signature design aesthetic on an international level."

Cho Cheng initially stepped into the world of design with his signature couture collection. Renowned for his impeccable detailing, influence of old world elegance and unparalleled sophistication, his designs have garnered world-wide appeal and been coveted by royalty, celebrities and socialites alike.

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Tiffany & Co renominates incumbents to the board

Friday, March 21, 2008 (USA)

Tiffany & Co announced that its Board of Directors, at the recommendation of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, is nominating the following incumbents for re-election to the Company's Board at its upcoming 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders: Rose Marie Bravo, Gary E. Costley, Abby F. Kohnstamm, Michael J. Kowalski, Charles K. Marquis, J. Thomas Presby and William A. Shutzer.

The Board also nominated two new independent candidates for election: Lawrence K. Fish, chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland America and Citizens Financial Group Inc, and Peter W. May, president and founding partner of Trian Fund Management, L.P.

Michael J. Kowalski, chairman and chief executive officer, said, "I am pleased to announce these candidates for election as directors at Tiffany's 2008 annual meeting.

We have an active and engaged board and management team who, together, have worked aggressively and diligently to identify and implement sustainable growth initiatives.

We believe that Larry Fish and Peter May will add valuable insights as members of our board and we look forward to working with them."

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Igedo Company Award as part of Body Look evening gala

Friday, March 21, 2008 (Germany)

As part of the forthcoming Body Look held under the umbrella of the Igedo Fashion Fairs Düsseldorf from 27 - 29 July 2008 in Düsseldorf the Igedo Company will present the “Igedo Company Award 2008 – Best of Body, Beach and Legwear“ for the first time.

Exhibitors at Body Look representing the areas of body, beach and legwear can submit outstanding, imaginative products from their women’s and men’s collections for Spring/Summer 2009 as entries, to arrive at the Igedo Company by no later than 15 May 2008. Prizes will be awarded in the Bodywear, Beachwear and Legwear categories.

The jury composed of experts from the industry and from social and scientific spheres will judge the submitted styles and presentations according to design creativity, e.g. innovative materials, colours, silhouette, styling, optimised cut technology or latest finishing technique – the factors that make a style the highlight of a collection.

The award ceremony will take place as part of an evening gala held during Body Look.
Winners can expect
• The award presentation at a large event
• Presentation of the award-winning collection items in a high-exposure
exhibition area of Body Look in July 2008
• Coverage in the fashion press and on radio and TV

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Perry Ellis added to the S&P SmallCap 600 Index

Friday, March 21, 2008 (USA)

Perry Ellis International Inc announced that the company has been added to the Standard & Poors (S&P) SmallCap 600 after the close of trading.

"Perry Ellis International's outstanding performance and strong financial position made possible our inclusion in this prestigious index. We want to thank S&P's Index Committee for our selection," commented George Feldenkreis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Introduced in 1994, the S&P SmallCap 600 index is designed to be an "efficient portfolio of companies that meet specific inclusion criteria to ensure that they are investable and financially viable," according to Standard and Poors.

The criteria that S&P has outlined for addition into this index include: (1) market capitalization between $300 million and $2.0 billion; (2) financial viability, represented as four consecutive quarters of positive as-reported earnings; (3) public float of at least 50%; and (4) the company's sector representation.

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Cabela's Inc announces retirement of Sr. Vice President

Friday, March 21, 2008 (USA)

Cabela's Incorporated, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced the retirement of Michael Callahan, Senior Vice President of Business Development and International Operations.

"Mike has had a very successful career at Cabela's and will leave a positive mark on our Company's history," said Dennis Highby, Cabela's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Mike was instrumental in our growth in retail and was personally responsible for leading the team that took our retail store count from nine to 26, as well as leading our expansion into Canada."

"It has been a wonderful and rewarding 18 years," Callahan said. "I have had the good fortune to go places and do so many things I may not have had the chance to do otherwise. In retirement, I will continue to work diligently and passionately to promote and support Cabela's, as I always have."

Callahan's retirement is effective May 17, 2008, but he has agreed to remain as a consultant to assist with transition.

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Jenny Lee to introduce JL Couture at Prince George Ballroom

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (USA)

On Saturday April 12 at 6PM celebrated bridal designer Jenny Lee will unveil her Fall 2008 Collection. The fashion show will take place at the Prince George Ballroom at 15 East 27 Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues.

Jenny Lee is known for designing exceptional bridal gowns. She uses luxurious fabrics imported from Italy and France, to create architecturally simple, elegant and feminine creations. This season she is adding a new collection.

"I am proud to introduce my new line, JL Couture, it offers fashion forward women the ability to create their own look while not feeling like a traditional bride." says Jenny.

"Each gown enhances women's body and unique beauty. This bride is confident and has her own point of view about how she wants to look on her wedding day."

JL Couture affords bride the ability to have a formal look for her ceremony and "red carpet" elegance for her reception by offering mix and match pieces. By adding color to the gowns, which is exclusive to Jenny Lee, it allows the bride to be her own woman.

This trend eliminates a brides need to buy two dresses for the day's events and the flexibility to utilize these pieces again. The gowns are guaranteed not to sit in a closet!

Jenny comes from a remarkable background. At an early age, her mother had all of Jenny's clothes custom made. By age six she was exposed to the process of selecting fabrics and colors for her own wardrobe. Seeds were planted and Jenny knew she wanted to be a fashion designer.

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Angelika Grammozi to take Body Look fair to a new level

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (Germany)

With immediate effect Angelika Grammozi is now to take over as Project Manager at Body Look, Germany’s leading body, beach and legwear fair, where she will be in charge of the fair’s conceptual further development, organisation and customer care.

She will take over from Sabine Schommer who successfully managed the fair after its move from Leipzig to Düsseldorf in July 2006.

In her role as Project Manager Sabine Schommer will, in future, focus more heavily on the organisation and further development of Düsseldorf’s sourcing fair Global Fashion.

At the same time, Kirstin Deutelmoser will also be adding to her responsibilities at Messe Düsseldorf as Project Manager of GDS/GLS and global shoes & accessories in her new capacity as Director of Body Look at the Igedo Company. In this position Kirstin Deutelmoser will be responsible for the overall strategic orientation of Body Look.

“Since its move from Leipzig to Düsseldorf Sabine Schommer has very successfully developed the Body Look fair, making particularly significant progress in increasing the event’s international flair.

However, with two fairs held twice a year the workload has become too much for one person in the long run. For this reason we have made a joint decision to share the burden,” explained Igedo Manager Frank Hartmann.

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Fashion icon Ben Sherman opens 1st store at Times Square

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (Hong Kong)

Since 1963, lifestyle brand Ben Sherman has influenced generations of fashion fans and emerged as a mainstay of British and global popular culture.

The first Ben Sherman store in Hong Kong celebrated its grand opening on the fifth floor of Times Square in Causeway Bay with a star-studded rock 'n' roll fashion show in front of a crowd of media and industry VIPs.

The brand took advantage of the occasion to launch its Spring/ Summer 2008 Collection, which features the famous Ben Sherman trademarks of quality tailoring and attention to detail along with the attitude that inspired some of the world's best rock bands, and launched a thousand more.

The Spring/ Summer 2008 Collection, themed "Decades" in reference to the brand's inextricable link with 45 years of influential British music and style, focuses on the three distinctive looks of "The Original Brighton Mods," "Punk with a Ska Twist" and "Britpop."

True to Ben Sherman's love for local music, Hong Kong rock stars Ryan Hui and Kubert Leung provided the music for the occasion with roof-raising performances.

Pop stars and Ben Sherman fans Ken Hung and Sherman Chung, as well as a host of gorgeous models, also showed off the Collection to the delight of the crowd during a fashion show that was capped off with a revved-up appearance by Sherman.

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Calgaro weaves elegance in gold with Cipria & DiVa

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (UAE)

Damas, the leading international jewellery retailer in the Middle East, showcases one of the most remarkable jewellery brands to emerge from Italy - Calgaro.

As a design house that burst into international prominence in less than a decade since its founding, Calgaro creates jewellery inspired by the world of fashion and glamour.

Its signature jewels speak the language of style and are defined by the woven gold and silver material for which the company has a patent.

Calgaro’s latest collections Cipria and DiVa display the virtuosity of the brand with stunning effect, offering lavish and opulent pendant chains, bracelets, earrings and rings in gold and silver, embellished with diamonds and a variety of gems such as pearls, white agate, quartz crystal, cabochon, topaz, citrines and tourmalines.

"Calgaro can rightly be hailed as the haute couture accent to a woman's wardrobe. It is unique in every way, offering creations that are dramatic and awe-inspiring in terms of material and design.

They break away from traditional norms to elevate themselves as jewels of rare character,” said Tawhid Abdullah, Managing Director of Damas.

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Kao expands market of Asience hair care brand in Asia

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 (Japan)

Kao Corporation (President and CEO: Motoki Ozaki) launches its premium hair care brand Asience Shampoo, Conditioner, and Treatment in Shanghai and Bangkok in spring 2008. This move will increase the number of Asience markets to five Asia areas, following existing sales in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Since its initial launch in Japan in October 2003, Asience, as a premium hair care brand with the quest of enhancing the beauty of Asian women's hair, has received enormous support from women with a sophisticated beauty sensibility.

Over time, Asience has added new products in its lineup and repeatedly improved product quality with a further enhancement for the October 2007 re-launch in the Japanese market.

This dramatic evolution was accomplished by Kao's development of a proprietary technology that supports the function of 18-MEA, a key component on the cuticle, which is the outermost layer of the hair shaft. With this technology, which provides a protective coating for the cuticle, Kao has succeeded in recreating the smooth feel of undamaged hair.

Along with the launch of Asience in Shanghai and Bangkok, the renewed Asience line with the technology that supports the function of 18-MEA will be introduced into the three markets - Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore - where Asience is already available.

Simultaneously with the launch, proactive promotional communication activities will be implemented to draw attention and express the attractive world of sophisticated "Asian Beauty" in each market.

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Rahul Reddy presented a truly calm collection on Day 3

Saturday, March 15, 2008 (India)

Rahul Reddy recognized the thirst for inner peace in each one of us and represented in his collection the emotional extremes.

The designer displayed his talent for extremely wearable, quiet and understated clothes in a range of dresses, skirts and tops.

His calm and serene colour palette included a blend of various shades of mustards, chocolate, magenta, mauve and greys.

The colour combinations were in elegant combinations of brown and mustard, slate grey and brown, soft rose and lavender.

The embellishments were inspired from nature around us - pretty pink and brown bees, rice grain concentric circles - reminding us of ripples in the pond.

Rahul had also created a beautiful three dimensional organic motif on complete dresses and skirts, displaying a visual evidence of wanting to sit back and admire the world around us.

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Raj & Neetu’s collection epitomize emotions of the viewers

Saturday, March 15, 2008 (India)

“Ravage” by Raj Shroff and Neetu Gupta explores a strong concept – The Tree of Life, for their autumn-winter collection 2008.

The strength and beauty of their inspiration comes through in the grand designs where the duo has experienced the deeper meaning with self evaluation and great understanding.

They have complemented the vast and rich heritage by infusing Indian sensibilities in western garments. The colour schemes were reflective of the barks and branches of the tree as it would appear in different light at different times of the day and night.

A palette of rich browns, earthy greens, deep reds and rusts with metallic gold reproduces the magical quality of the Tree Of Life. The fabrics include jersey, brocades, net and felt.

The textures that were created by the designers were a translation of their thoughts through cording, rushing, appliqués, sequins etc.

The silhouettes ranged from fitted to circular, straight to floor lengths. The garments in the collection were a heady mix of skirts, long dresses, short coats, layered dresses, mid length and maxi dresses with elements of the empire line waists and cowl wraps.

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PCAR to hold Russian Evening in Amsterdam

Saturday, March 15, 2008 (Netherlands)

‘In-cosmetics’, a leading business exhibition for personal care items, will start from April 15 to 17 in Amsterdam, where traders from world over will participate.

The expo will bring together leading suppliers, production and marketing experts, across the globe, to showcase varied range of new and innovative cosmetics ingredients.

Perfumery and Cosmetic Association of Russia (PCAR) will participate in the expo on April 16, with a title 'Traditional Russian Evening', sponsored by Momentive Performance Materials.

Experts from cosmetic field and representatives from local companies like Kalina, Nevskaya and Cosmetica will hold meetings with international producers for new trade ventures.

From past six years, PCAR has been participating in this show. It has earlier attended Russian Evening in Berlin, Barcelona and Paris which earned the country, fame and business.

Russians are once again waiting to showcase its complete range of cosmetic products to the entire world.

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International Scientific-Practical Conference by PCAR

Friday, March 14, 2008 (Russia)

The “Cosmetic products and raw materials: safety and efficacy” International Scientific-Practical Conference is organized by the Perfumery and Cosmetics Association of Russia on 21-22 OCTOBER 2008. The Conference has been held annually since 1996. The Conference is one of the most important events in Russia for P&C professionals.

The Conference’s major objective is to bring together representatives of manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials to discuss crucial issues related to the P&C industry, to share experience, to get acquainted with the new technologies and research results and to learn the best way to introduce them for their customers. The Conference has always been an important meeting for R&D specialists, product evaluation scientists, those involved in legal framework related to the P&C sector, distributors, raw material suppliers and marketing researchers.

21 october – presentations of producers and distributors of raw materials for manufacture of perfumery-cosmetic production.

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Four day event celebrates fashion & glamour in Dubai

Friday, March 14, 2008 (UAE)

The largest and most prestigious bridal exhibition comes to Dubai in April with fashion shows, professional beauty demonstrations, and a wide range of exhibitors ensuring a fashion filled and fabulous week.

Taking place from 23-26 April in Za’abeel Hall at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, the event will host 20 fashion shows, with local and international designers demonstrating their eagerly anticipated collections as well as the creations devised by the finalists of the prestigious Swarovski Young Designers Award.

Highlights at the show will include a collection from India’s leading celebrity fashion designer and style icon, Manish Malhotra, who will be showing a range of specially designed Sheilas, Abayas and Jalabiyas.

Another fashion favourite, Amato Haute Couture, whose collections are filled with beautiful lace and crystals, will be taking the stage on the last night of the event. Furne One, the owner and creative director of Amato Couture, who has trained in New York and Paris, will be displaying his latest collection as well as his new Prêt-Couture line.

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Mille Rostock ready to create rage at DFW

Friday, March 14, 2008 (UAE)

Dubai Fashion Week (DFW), a feast for fashionistas, is scheduled from March 16 to 20. The upcoming fall winter 2008 edition, will provide a perfect runway to budding as well as established designers for showcasing their outstanding creations.

Dutch designer, Mille Rostock had launched her brand two years ago in Dubai itself, and is now ready to display her latest collection on last day of fashion week.

Rostock is known for her feminine, sophisticated, sensual designs mixed with luxuary and unusual detail. Her delicate designs, have ultra modern look with an international appeal. She gives importance to elegance which gets highlighted through perfect cuts and lines. Striking geometrical patterns and focus on quality and volume is her forte.

This fashion line of Mille comprises of skirts and jackets, tailored out in black along with shades of grey with slight hints of white to give a subtle look to garments. Dresses are so beautifully designed that waistline gets highlighted, making it look ultra feminine.

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Expert tips on seeking savviest of stylists for you

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 (USA)

Your hair: It's the only accessory that you wear with everything, every day. So if you don't like your "do," that means only one thing: You've got the "bad hair blues".

The good news is that thanks to a brand-new website, you can now seek out a hair designer you love and chase away those mean "do blues."

Created by Ron Young, a Newport Beach/Beverly Hills, Calif.-based hairstylist with nearly 25 years in the industry, the site offers a true expert's tips on how to seek out the savviest of stylists.

In addition, gives insider advice on everything from getting the best referrals to the questions to ask during a hair consultation and even how to find a stylist who can transform your hair and mood.

"There are many tricks to the trade, when it comes to finding a great hair designer, getting an appointment and remaining a good client," Young says. "If finding a great stylist was easy, then you wouldn't see so many people walking around with bad hair.

Since I am totally booked myself, I've specifically launched to save people from 'professionals' who aren't up to par.

Everyday, I am asked what the secret is to finding a great stylist, and I believe these tips are so valuable that I'm offering them through an online venue, because many people do much of their beauty research online." is a membership-based site that enables its users to find the right questions to ask a new hairstylist and receive qualified, expert advice, and find that perfect hairstylist, on a pay-per-use basis. The information empowers people to make their own educated choices about choosing a stylist that's right for them.

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Henkle wins 'ESG Award 2008'

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 (Germany)

The outstanding achievements by Henkel towards sustainable development have once again been honored by an independent body: Henkel is the winner of the “ESG Award 2008” in the category DAX (German Share Index) Businesses.

On the occasion of a festive ceremony, CFO Dr. Lothar Steinebach and Dr. Wolfgang Gawrisch, CTO Research/Technology and Chairman of Henkel’s Sustainability Council accepted the prize yesterday evening in Frankfurt am Main.

The contributions made by Henkel to the fields of environment, social responsibility and corporate governance (environmental, social, governance; ESG) are exemplary among the businesses represented in the German Share Index.

This is confirmed by the current distinction of Henkel with the “ESG Award 2008.” The Deutsche Vereinigung für Finanzanalyse und Asset Management (DVFA) the professional association of financial analysts – and the business magazine Wirtschaftswoche presented this prize yesterday evening in Frankfurt am Main.

The DVFA called on a team of experts to develop the evaluation criteria: 30 specialists from the worlds of business, finance, science and non-governmental organizations established guidelines by which the performance of share index listed companies in fields such as environmental sustainability, product safety and absentee rate for employees become measurable, thus making a comparison possible.

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totes launches new collection of umbrellas designed by Rihanna

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 (USA)

totes ISOTONER, the world’s largest marketer of umbrellas, gloves, slippers and other weather-related accessories, introduced an exclusive umbrella collection designed by R&B sensation Rihanna.

Stemming from her grammy nominated, chart-topping hit “Umbrella” and the success of her debut umbrella collection for totes in summer 2007, Rihanna has partnered with totes on a second line of sleek, hip umbrellas.

“Rihanna is a fashion and style trendsetter with a very fun and exciting personality. She is a perfect partner for our great new line of umbrellas,” said Michael Katz, Senior Vice President, U.S. Wholesale Division.

“Rihanna is having a sensational year and we are pleased to continue our relationship with her on another exclusive collection.”

The Rihanna collection from totes includes four umbrella styles: slender ‘brella, micro ‘brella, satin stick and satin stick with a two color canopy.

The umbrellas come in sleek, metallic color combinations and patterns and include an exclusive Rihanna removable charm for a belt, bracelet, keychain or other accessory.

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Splash wins Third Annual Retail ME Awards 2007

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 (UAE)

Fashion retailer scores the award for the second consecutive year. Held under the patronage of Sheikha Lubna Bint Khaled Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade, the Third Annual Retail ME Awards 2007 couldn’t be more special for leading fashion retailer Splash which bagged the “Marketing Campaign of the Year” award for the second consecutive year in a row.

The awards ceremony which took place at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel saw the Landmark Group pick up two other awards. Micky Jagtiani, Chairman of the Landmark Group won the Retail Personality of the Year and the Landmark Group won the award for Middle East Retailer of the Year.

The prestigious award was received by Splash’s CEO Raza Beig who accepted the award along with the entire Splash management team who were present that evening. He said “Winning the award for the second consecutive year is an honor and a humbling experience for us.

I would like to thank my entire team, our agencies, media partners and associates and of course our loyal customers who we believe contribute greatly to our every success. Marketing is a promise and at Splash our single-minded objective is to deliver that promise as best we can.”

Attended by some of retail’s most high profile delegates, the Retail ME Awards is instituted to recognize retail excellence in the Middle East.

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‘invisible’ transfers glow of summery warmth to cold winter

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 (Austria)

The newest fall/winter 08/09 collection called 'invisible' of EDITH A´GAY was presented on Friday 27the February 2008 in the Goehte Institut Paris, rue 17 Avenau d´Léna near of the Palais Tokyo.

Supported of the Austrian e-music group named the 'Nu Legé’ (Mia Legenstein & Martin Nussbaum), who was composed the music special for the show, and played it live.

In front of the reduced stage design, with long gray strips as background, was the impression of the collection with ground colours of white, red and black most successful.

Edith A’gay’s newest fall/winter 08/09 collection 'invisible' transfers the glow of summery warmth to cold winter days.

At first glance, the fleece-lined fine pure-silk outfits seem like delicate summer dresses and evoke lightness so very untypical of winter collection.

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Fine jewelry unveils new look with Bridget Moynahan

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 (USA)

US-based fine jewelry company, Diamonair brings their classic brand to a new level of modern elegance with model/actress Bridget Moynahan. The marketing campaign honors Diamonair's 40-year-old tradition, while offering a nod to iconic Hollywood glamour.

According to Kareem Sethi, CEO of Streetwise Capital Partners Inc, the investment group behind the brand, "Bridget was a natural choice for the campaign. Her beauty transcends time, evoking memories of Fellini films and paying tribute to Diamonair's history and revival."

The imagery, shot by famed photographer Wayne Maser, is modern and glamorous yet echoes an ageless charm. Set in a boudoir, constructed on-site at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles, the photos are dramatic and intense. Black-and-white shots complimented by partnering shots in color showcase the brilliant, rich hues of the jewels.

Each piece, crafted of fine metal including 14ct gold and platinum pops on the page. A black, bauble ring surrounded in pave cubic zirconia in a sterling silver setting reflects light brilliantly.

A bezel cut, cubic zirconia by-the-yard, sterling chain adds a touch of modern sophistication, while black, pave cubic zirconia create drama.

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Couture Fashion Week ends on a high note

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 (USA)

Couture Fashion Week, the prestigious semi-annual fashion event, ended on a high note in New York City in February 2008. The latest fashion shows, receptions and parties were well attended by diplomats, press, fashion buyers, socialites, VIPs and fashion lovers from around the world.

In addition to the fabulous fashion shows, attendees at the three-day event, held in the elegant ballroom of the Westin Times Square, enjoyed riveting performances by world-renowned violinist Alexander Markov accompanied by concert pianist Heike Doerr, accomplished cellist Gjilberta Gelaj accompanied by concert pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich, singer Lara Janine and the acrobatic Aerial Duo/Mantryx.

Sublime creations shown on the runway
Dynamic fashion designer Jean Fares of Lebanon presented his latest collection of inspired evening couture creations entitled "Living...Energy" inspired by the ideal wearer of his designs: a dynamic, charming, thrilling and energetic woman. A special encore presentation of the fashion show was held a week later at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. "Jean Fares's creations received an enthusiastic reception from our audiences in both New York and Palm Beach… as one of the guests said, each gown was fabulous and then the next one was even better," commented producer Andres Aquino.

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Venus Williams launches 'EleVen by Venus'

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 (USA)

Venus Williams has launched as the online home for all aspects of the tennis superstar's life on and off the court, including her recently introduced lifestyle apparel brand, EleVen by Venus Williams.

Created to provide fans of Venus a fully immersing experience, the website offers regularly updated information, videos and photos about EleVen, the footwear and apparel line she created with retailer Steve & Barry's that debuted last November.

Visitors to the site will also find short films, tournament schedules and match updates, and background on issues and organizations Venus cares about deeply.

The website also features Venus's first-ever blog, called "V's Blog," which provides a rare glimpse into her thoughts about fashion and traveling on the WTA Tour.

The first series of "V's Blog" posts were written during last week's Bangalore Open in India, where Venus reached the semi-finals.

Venus provided a look inside her daily regimen in India, and shared her thoughts about preparing for this summer's Olympic Games.

Venus launched EleVen by Venus Williams, available exclusively at Steve & Barry's stores nationwide, in November 2007.

The 120+ item collection features a wide assortment of classic, active lifestyle and performance looks, on-court as well as casual footwear, accessories, and more. The affordably priced line includes V-Court, the sneaker Venus wears during her matches.

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New Nike SPARQ Training products

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 (USA)

Nike announced Nike SPARQ Training, its most comprehensive performance training launch ever, combining a relationship with SPARQ, high performance products, online experiences at, a new association with Velocity Sports Performance Centers, and a multi-media campaign called “My Better.”

The centerpiece of Nike’s efforts is SPARQ which stands for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness. It offers dynamic performance training designed to make young athletes better on game day. With a mouse click, download, or visit to a training center, Nike SPARQ Training gives athletes access to premium equipment, performance training experiences and over 750 certified trainers.

In the last two years, more than 44,000 athletes from 2,000 teams across 38 states were SPARQ tested. A “SPARQ Rating" enables athletes to track their progress, measure improvement and benchmark against other athletes worldwide. Since 2004, more than 200,000 official SPARQ Ratings have been registered.

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Amit GT brings alive sensual forms at India Fashion Week

Monday, March 10, 2008 (India)

Debuting at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2008 young designer Amit GT brings alive sensual forms and power silhouettes. His Luxe, Power, Seduction collection serenades the women who appreciate bold statements and wants heads to turn.

The designer works around the fantasy of a woman who’s married into nobility. He portrays her as a charming seductress who knows how to play the game of seduction.

There is power in every move and she is heady on her impact on others. And for her the designer creates statement clothing that allows a sensual peek-a-boo that charges through a very dramatic collection.

A warm color palette of blacks, whites, beiges and the jewel tones dictates the collection. From deep to effervescent, from earth to fruity colors ….the palette is eclectic.

He uses lot of taffeta, silks, and crepe georgettes. Most striking is the Swarovski crystal ornamentation accentuating the wearer’s beauty with dazzling elegance and femininity. His collection comprises of shift dresses, toga dresses, silk jerseys, and exquisite gowns.

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AWI associates with L’Oréal Designer Awards

Monday, March 10, 2008 (Australia)

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is proud to announce its support for emerging Australian designers with the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) Designer Award presented by Woolmark.

The award was presented last night to 300 key fashion industry representatives and media at Melbourne’s Central Pier at the Docklands. Guests included The Hon Minister Theophanous, Naomi Milgrom Executive Deputy Chair of the LMFF Board of Directors, John So Lord Mayor of Melbourne and Grant Pearce Editor of GQ Magazine.

The winner was Friedrich Gray. This Sydney based label is the brainchild of designer Ben Pollitt. Since March 2006, Ben has been fleshing out his alter ego, a character whose journey runs parallel to the vision of the designer and is played out in each season's range.

Australian Merino wool plays a major role in the Friedrich Gray 2008 Winter Collection, 'So We Dug a Tunnel'. Superfine woollen jersey makes the statement in unisex singlets, cardigans, leather embodied tops, all signature pieces of the collection. Due to the flexibility and weight of the wool, shoulder and sleeve panels provide movement whilst providing a visual element unique to the collection.

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Gold Expressions show arrives in Dubai

Monday, March 10, 2008 (UAE)

Following its successful launch at the Vicenza Fair in January 2008, Gold Expressions the Language of Italian Design kicked off its global tour with the arrival of the gold jewellery collection in Dubai.

Organized by the World Gold Council (WGC) in partnership with the Vicenza Fair the world-famous trade event for jewellery, and AngloGold Ashanti the world’s second largest gold mining company, the definitive 317-piece gold jewellery collection represents 60 leading Italian manufacturers and is considered as a benchmark for gold jewellery design and craftsmanship worldwide.

As one of the World Gold Council’s leading and most successful marketing initiatives, Gold Expressions promotes innovative ‘Made in Italy’ design and product excellence in order to stimulate global consumer demand for gold jewellery.

It unites Italian gold jewellery designers and manufacturers and provides an insight into the latest industry research and trends which are instrumental in the design of innovative and contemporary gold jewellery.

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LyondellBasell to exhibit at NPE 2009 trade fair

Monday, March 10, 2008 (USA)

LyondellBasell Industries announced that it will participate in the triennial international NPE 2009, to be held June 22-29 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The company’s 6,500 square ft. booth will be located in the popular South Hall, at space no. 42000.

Anton de Vries, President of LyondellBasell’s Polymers Division said, "NPE 2009 presents an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our expanded polyolefin offerings as the new LyondellBasell.

With global capacity leadership positions in polypropylene, polyethylene and advanced polyolefins, we have a wide range of innovative resins in our extensive portfolio - NPE gives us the platform to illustrate the value these resins can deliver to our customers."

LyondellBasell and its predecessors have exhibited in every NPE since the show’s inception in 1946.

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Polymer Group to release 2007 results on March 11

Monday, March 10, 2008 (USA)

Polymer Group Inc, a global, technology-driven developer, producer and marketer of engineered materials, announced it will release fiscal year 2007 results after the close of the market on Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2008. Company officials will conduct an investor conference call, including presentation slides, starting at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2008.

A live webcast of the conference call and presentation material can be accessed by visiting Polymer Group's investor relations website at Participants inside the U.S. and Canada can access the call by dialing 888-713-4215 (pass code 70347728). Callers dialing from outside the U.S. and Canada can access the call by dialing 617-213-4867 (pass code: 70347728).

Polymer Group is offering call participants a pre-registration option that expedites access to the call and minimizes hold times.

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VP of LyondellBasell to address analysts

Monday, March 10, 2008 (USA)

LyondellBasell Industries is one of the world's largest polymers, petrochemicals and fuels companies.

Doug J. Pike, Vice President of Investor Relations of LyondellBasell Industries, will address analysts at the following event:

Analyst Conference: Lehman Brothers 2008 High Yield Bond & Syndicated Loan Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 8:10 a.m. EDT.

Web Site Access: Live audio-only webcasting will be provided in RealPlayer and Windows Media formats. Beginning at 8:10 a.m. EDT on the day of the event, the webcast can be accessed. The replay webcast will be available on March 13, 2008. The replay will be available until June 13, 2008.

Presentation: The slides will be available at the time of the presentation and afterwards.

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EQUATE & Kuwait University sign MoC

Monday, March 10, 2008 (Kuwait)

EQUATE Petrochemical Company and Kuwait University’s College of Engineering and Petroleum signed on Thursday March 6, 2008, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to strengthen and boost ties in academic and industrial fields.

The MoC was signed by EQUATE’s Vice-President of Technical Services Mahmoud Al-Qattan and the college’s Dean Dr. Taher Al-Sahhaf with the purpose of facilitating current and future collaboration between the two sides.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Al-Qattan outlined EQUATE’s history since its establishment 10 years ago, noting that it has become one of Kuwait’s most successful private industry companies.

He explained EQUATE’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (CSR) program which stresses the “Value of being a Valued Neighbor” through direct involvement in the society, such as launching targeted programs for the community and establishing an internship program for Kuwaiti university students.

He added that EQUATE was the “Winner of the Kuwait CSR Award for the Industry and Energy Sector for the year 2007,” and was also previously recognized as the Gulf’s best private company in terms of hiring nationals who comprise 59 percent of the company’s manpower.

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Market pressures are driving forces for FeiYue

Monday, March 10, 2008 (China)

At 8:00 pm at the opening of the 1st Session of the 11th NPC, an interview on Zhejiang delegation was held at the 1st-floor speech hall of the conference centre of Beijing Xindadu Hotel.

One hundred and seventeen media from home and abroad, such as People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, the United States Bloomberg news agency, and AFP, etc, with more than 200 reporters poured into the speech hall, even crowding the corridor.

Seven delegates of the Zhejiang delegation, including Qiu Jibao (president of Feiyue Group), Cai Qi (mayor of Hangzhou ), Mao Guanglie ( mayor of Ningbo), Yang Wei (president of Zhejiang University), Chen Xiao'en (director of the Office of Labour and Social Security ), Zhang Xinjian (general manager of China Telecom Zhejiang company), Li Dapeng (chairman of Kanglaite Group), answered reporters' questions on the theme of "Pioneering to enrich the people, innovating to strengthen the province". Secretary-General of Zhejiang Provincial People's Congress Standing Committee Yao Minsheng hosted the meeting.

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Burlington Coat Factory reports Q3 sales

Saturday, March 08, 2008 (USA)

Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation announced that net sales from continuing operations for the third quarter ended March 1, 2008 were $987.1 million compared with $987.3 million for the comparative period ended March 3, 2007.

These results reflect a 6.0% comparative store sales decrease for the quarter. The decrease in comparative store sales during the quarter was due to weaker consumer demand.

Net sales from continuing operations for the nine months ended March 1, 2008 were $2.612 billion compared with $2.629 billion for the comparative period ended March 3, 2007, a 0.6% decrease. These results reflect a 5.8% comparative store sales decrease for the nine-month period.

During the nine months ended March 1, 2008, the Company opened nineteen Burlington Coat Factory stores. An additional three Burlington Coat Factory stores were relocated during the nine month period to locations within the same trading market.

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Texas-based JCPenney opens 10 new stores

Saturday, March 08, 2008 (USA)

J. C. Penney Company Inc, one of the nation's largest department store retailers, announced the opening of 10 new stores nationwide as it continues to grow and enhance its store base throughout the country.

In addition to being fully stocked with fresh, trend-right merchandise, the new stores showcase JCPenney's major brand concepts, American Living and Sephora Inside JCPenney. American Living, introduced in February as the largest brand launch in Company history, is an updated classic lifestyle brand for women, men, children and home developed exclusively for JCPenney by Global Brand Concepts, a division of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.

Nine of the 10 stores also include a Sephora Inside JCPenney boutique, a 1,500-square-foot beauty concept filled with some of the most desired brands in makeup, skincare, fragrance, and accessory products.

"We remain committed to our goal of expanding our business and ensuring that we have stores positioned to meet customer demand," said Michael Dastugue, senior vice president and director of property development.

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Mr Peter Gabbe to continue as AAFA Chairman

Saturday, March 08, 2008 (USA)

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) announced AAFA chairman Peter J. Gabbe, chief operating officer of Carole Hochman Design Group, has agreed to serve another year as chairman of the Board of Directors for the association.

“Peter has provided outstanding leadership and guidance for the association this year, and addressed challenges head-on,” said Kevin M. Burke, president and CEO, AAFA.

“With this experience, he is best prepared to continue to lead the industry through this uncertain economy with the help of a supportive Board of Directors.”

Burke also announced that Carol J. Hochman, president & CEO of Triumph Apparel Corporation, and Killick S. Datta, chairman and CEO of Global Feet Inc, would remain AAFA vice chairperson and AAFA Board treasurer, respectively, for another year.

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Splash presents glitz & glamour to Dubai fashion

Friday, March 07, 2008 (UAE)

Splash, the leading Dubai based regional fashion retailer put on a glitzy fashion night at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City recently.

Top fashion industry experts, stylists, publishing houses, fashionistas and Dubai’s social elite, rubbed shoulders with each other as they witnessed a dazzling fashion show featuring Splash’s Spring/Summer 2008.

High on glamour, the show had international models strutting down the runway sporting the latest collections inspired by international catwalk themes which will all be available at Splash throughout the spring and summer months.

The rebirth of classics with a modern renewal was the main highlight of the show. The collections featured a motley of themes for the women’s line such as Humid Couture, Romantic Innovation, Classic Contrasts, Shangri-La and Neutral Nature. The men’s line included themes titled Safari, Simple Presence and Urban Life.

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Mosshoes Exhibition coming soon...

Friday, March 07, 2008 (Russia)

Mosshoes exhibition is scheduled to be held on 28 - 30, April 2008 at Siberia.

International Specialised Exhibition for Footwear MosShoes was first organized in 1997.

In November, 2004 MosShoes has started regional fair program. The 1st International Specialized Exhibition of footwear MOSSHOES-SIBIR was successfully held in Novosibirsk,at the exhibition complex Siberian Fair.

The preliminary floor space is 2,5 thousand square meters. The topics of MOSSHOES exhibition cover shoes, components, shoe care products, leather and leather accessories.

Among the participants are the largest Russian and foreign companies. Organizer of the exhibition: MOSSHOES Organizing Committee


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DailyCandy Dossier debuts LA Fashion Week

Friday, March 07, 2008 (USA)

Need your Fashion Week fix? DailyCandy to the rescue! Starting March 7, DailyCandy readers will get all the L.A. Fashion Week news, previews, reviews, happenings, tips, and trivia (yes, with prizes) that's fit to print via the DailyCandy Dossier an online style and event log written by the DailyCandy editors.

Launching at the start of Los Angeles Fashion Week, the Dossier will be updated continually throughout the day, keeping DailyCandy readers current on all things fashion for fall.

The Dossier, written by DailyCandy's national and in-market editors attending the shows, tested successfully during this winter's New York City Fashion Week.

It is now making its official debut in Los Angeles this Friday, March 7, 2008. Moving forward, the DailyCandy Dossier will be active and available during all U.S. (New York, Los Angeles, Miami) and London-based Fashion Weeks, as well as during other notable events in DailyCandy's markets.

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