‘Designed for Dell’ products reflect your style

July 15, 2008 (USA)

Blending function and fashion, Dell has introduced Designed for Dell, a line of bags and accessories that adds style and flair to the personal computing experience. The inaugural selection of backpacks, computer sleeves, audio devices, mice and hard drives is distinguished by color, fit and finish that complement Dell PCs, like the new Studio laptops. The accessory portfolio incorporates subtle design elements from the PC to create an integrated style.

Launched in June, Dell Studio laptops come in standard Jet Black and six optional color choices: Plum Purple, Tangerine Orange, Flamingo Pink, Midnight Blue, Ruby Red and Spring Green. For a more subtly personalized laptop, a high gloss Graphite Grey version can be customized with contrasting black, blue, pink or red edge trim around the display back.

“We are collaborating with technology and fashion leaders to create complementary bags and accessories that offer Dell customers unique ways to express themselves,” said Andrea Kalmans, Dell Accessories Product Manager. “Whether you’re at home or in your favorite spot to see and be seen, Designed for Dell products reflect your style.”

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Gene Juarez Seattle Spa underscores its growth & industry leadership

July 15, 2008 (USA)

Gene Juarez Salons & Spas announced that its forthcoming full service salon and spa located in Seattle’s University Village shopping center will open July 21. Construction commenced in February on the 8,500-square-foot space that will be the company’s ninth salon and spa, situated in the north building next to Crate & Barrel and within close proximity to fashion retailer H&M.

The salon and spa at University Village is considered the company’s third flagship location, joining the ranks alongside the salons and spas in Downtown Seattle (14,500 square feet) and Bellevue (24,000 square feet). The new Gene Juarez will officially reside at 2684 NE 49th Street, Seattle, WA, 98105. The salon and spa phone number is (206) 522-4700. Hours of operation will be Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Designed by Judith Testani of Testani Design Troupe and structurally executed by Riccardo Cattapan of CMD Architects, the new location features a contemporary, sophisticated design that conveys warmth and a subtle nod to the company’s Pacific Northwest heritage. Deep red accent walls contrasted with finishes of light wood, a lobby fireplace, and a large backlit custom-designed, hand-cut onyx feature wall at the entry area creates a modern yet comfortable space to indulge, relax and rejuvenate.

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Cia.Maritima debuts spring collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

July 15, 2008 (USA)

Cia.Maritima, the hottest beachwear brand in Brazil, will debut its 2009 collection in the United States at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami Swim in Miami.

The runway show will be chocked-full of the hottest models from Brazil and will be held Sunday, July 20 at 9:30 pm, in the Cabana Grande tent at the historic Raleigh Hotel.

Over 40 glamorous looks will be presented by The Rosset Group of Sao Paulo, Brazil, designer and manufacturer of Cia.Maritima. Benny Rosset, founder and designer, will be there to present the collection and to meet with the press.

Fashion show veteran Lynne O'Neill will produce this year's show. O'Neill is one of the best known fashion show directors in the industry.

She is the go-to fashion show director for Sex and the City, having directed the Vivienne Westwood fashion show in the feature film, as well as the classic "fashion roadkill" fashion show in the series with comedian Margaret Cho playing a character inspired by O'Neill.

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New Era Cap & Warner Bros to launch DC Comics Collection

July 15, 2008 (USA)

The Bat-Signal is soaring high above Gotham City ... and New Era is there with new Batman gear! In June, New Era Cap Co, the leading headwear designer and manufacturer, signed a licensing agreement with Warner Bros Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Comics, to launch a collection of 59FIFTYs fitted caps featuring the vast array of DC Comics heroes and villains.

The DC Comics collection exhibits the classic logos of Superman, The Flash and Batman in an assortment of colors.

"New Era is proud to be joining forces with one of the most creative and legendary franchises in the comic book industry," said Gerry Matos, Senior VP of Marketing at New Era.

"Our innovative design team will help capture and bring to life America's favorite DC Comics Super Heroes like never seen before."

"The iconic status of DC's most recognized Super Heroes combined with the industry-leading products of New Era creates an ideal partnership to bring this mix of classic and current favorites to market for fans," said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros Consumer Products.

In anticipation of the new Warner Bros. Pictures' July 18th release of 'The Dark Knight', New Era will unveil 'The Dark Knight' Collection of caps.

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Ms Strandjord rejoins Charming Shoppes' Board

July 15, 2008 (USA)

Charming Shoppes Inc, a leading multi-brand, multi-channel specialty apparel retailer specializing in women's plus-size apparel, announced that, M. Jeannine Strandjord has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Ms. Strandjord previously served on Charming Shoppes' Board of Directors from April 2006 until June 2008. In furtherance of the resolution of a proxy contest which was settled on May 8, 2008, Ms. Strandjord elected not to stand for reelection at the Company's June 26, 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Charming Shoppes' Board of Directors has unanimously elected Ms. Strandjord to the Company's Board, in order to fill the vacancy left by the recent and sudden death of Mr. William O. Albertini.

Alan Rosskamm, Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO of Charming Shoppes Inc stated, "I am extremely pleased that Jeannine has agreed to rejoin Charming Shoppes' board, and look forward to her valued participation and contributions to our board."

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BASF offers inspiration to the leather industry

July 14, 2008 (Germany)

The motto “Edition San Remo” is being used for an assortment of modern textures, exquisite colors and outstanding design.

Nature provided the model for this collection, in which warm earth tones, ranging from dark brown to light beige, are dominant. Shining surfaces give them a high-quality, exclusive appearance.

Generally, unusual surface effects are becoming more and more important, and it is for this reason that there is also a focus on pull-up effects in the colors of the sea: starting with seashell apricot and continuing via the rich blue of the Caribbean through to the very dark green of the deep ocean. The complete procedure for manufacturing each type of leather appears in a separate booklet.

Gerhard Wolf, head of global technical service for leather at BASF, is relying on innovations and economy for Europe: “All the leathers can be manufactured with simple, economical processes and can be varied in numerous ways; after all, we always regard cost-effective production as especially important, and that also applies to new trends.”

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JA tailored clothing to travel from New Bedford to Shanghai

July 14, 2008 (USA)

JA Apparel Corp. announced that the first Joseph Abboud stores in China, set to open this fall, will feature fine “imported” men’s suits and tailored clothing made with pride at the Company’s factory in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Marty Staff, President and Chief Executive Officer of JA Apparel Corp., said the Company is now in the process of completing its first shipment of men’s tailored clothing for the fall of 2008 that will travel from New Bedford to Shanghai, China. The Company will ship its spring collection for 2009 to China in January.

Mr. Staff said: “We’ve all heard about how apparel manufacturing is one of so many industries to move in recent years from the U.S. to China. We’re pleased to be moving in an exciting new direction by bringing the fine craftsmanship of a Joseph Abboud suit ‘Made in America’ to Chinese customers. This is a huge opportunity to build new relationships and add to our extremely loyal customer base. I am certain that this new step in building a global Joseph Abboud lifestyle brand will be a resounding success.”

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Summer in full bloom at House of Graff

July 14, 2008 (UAE)

This summer season, Graff the world-renowned diamond jeweler reveals an array of opulent flower-themed necklaces highlighted by hand-picked diamonds in superlative cut, clarity, colour and caratage.

Graff offers garlands of bewitching diamond blossoms in its favourite combination of white and yellow fancy cushion cut diamonds, once again enthralling its A-list clientele.

In this bewitching spread, each jewel asserts the jeweler’s exclusive place in the world of luxury and its unique ability to access the finest diamonds in pursuit of design excellence.

Adopting a unique floral motif, the London-based jewellery house delights with single, double and multiple strand necklaces which generously feature choice diamonds in varying shapes and sizes.

For instance, its combination one- and two-strand piece dangle large blossoms made up of pear-shaped diamonds surrounding a large square cushion-cut fancy yellow diamond at the centre. The main chain is 'beaded' by round brilliants and pear-shaped diamonds of striking brilliance.

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Fashion sector demonstrates its social responsibility

July 12, 2008 (Germany)

Exactly five months to the day after German Federal Health Minister Ulla Schmidt attended the Igedo Fashion Fairs Düsseldorf the Igedo Company and the Minister presented the “National Charter of the German Textile and Fashion Sector” to the public in Berlin.

In concert with the GermanFashion Modeverband, the DMI – Deutsches Mode-Institut and the licensed model agencies association VELMA the Igedo Company put together the charter as part of the German federal government’s initiative “Life has Weight – Together against the Slimming Mania”.

With the charter the German fashion sector wishes to send out a clear signal. The aim here is to raise public awareness about a healthy body image and to trigger a change in mindset through joint commitment.

The German textile and fashion sector has a variety of very good examples here proving that fashion creativity can go hand in hand with a positive and healthy body image.

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Revlon introduces new ColorStay Mineral Lip glaze

July 12, 2008 (India)

Revlon announces NEW ColorStay Mineral Lip glaze – A long-lasting lip-gloss that's good for your lips.

Revlon's first longwearing lip gloss with a unique mineral complex that provides a glossy seal of conditioning color.

Just one application of this cushiony formula keeps lips coated with gorgeous color for up to 8 hours, with no need for touch-ups!

- Long-lasting lip gloss with patent-pending ColorStay technology for up to 8 hours of wear
- Unique mineral complex conditions lips
- Soft, luminous color in 8 beautiful shades
- One step application

SHADES: Lasting Shimmer, Infinite Rose, Eternal Blossom, Continuous Pink, Forever Fig, Stay Ablaze, Never Ending nude and Forever Raisin

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Stefan Hafner presents scintillating haute couture collection

July 11, 2008 (UAE)

Stefan Hafner, the Italian jeweller to the stars, presents its scintillating Haute Couture Collection. Inspired by glamour and high style, the visionary brand offers sensational colliers, necklaces, stud earrings, drop earrings and rings blending elements of drama, opulence, and outstanding craftsmanship.

Each jewel created in the Neo-Classic design tradition guarantees to put its wearer in the limelight. Dazzling diamonds and choice gems of various colours combine beautifully in white gold settings, paying grand tribute to the world of fashion.

"Stefan Hafner jewels are unique in many ways as they draw inspiration from several disciplines such as architecture, theatre, fashion, graphic design and photography, in addition to the rare talent of its goldsmiths. Highly contemporary yet classic in essence, the latest pieces exude joy while heightening beauty.

The Haute Couture collection once again displays the brand's expertise in creating something memorable from the choicest materials," said Tawhid Abdullah, Managing Director of Damas, the exclusive partner of Stefan Hafner in the Middle East.

The Haute Couture Collection offers the 'Palzer' collier - a tantalizing piece resembling a stunning collar of diamond mesh.

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Style Ambassadors to be a part of Clothes Show Live Style Team

July 11, 2008 (UK)

Is fashion your life? Do you have charisma, style and an eye for the next big statement? Have you ever wanted to be part of the biggest fashion and beauty event in the world? Well, here is your chance.

This year we are recruiting Style Ambassadors to be a part of our prestigious Clothes Show Live Style Team. This troop will be made up of 20 exclusively cherry picked fashion lovers. You have to be energetic, thrive on fashion and have a flair for life so you can interact with your community whether it be your college, university or even town.

The winners will be picked after careful consideration and notified on the 24th of October only 6 weeks before the big week! This means you have automatic VIP entrance to Clothes Show Live 2008!

In addition, it won’t be just yourself that gets to take part in the action it will also be your two carefully chosen fashion savvy friends! Choose a name (e.g. The Style Sisters) and paint the town red with your promotional ideas. These can be anything from your own fashion shows, a stand at your uni or even just chatting to fellow fashion lovers about the show. You can do anything you please to inform people about the show and have fun at the same time.

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BLUE SEDUCTION for WOMEN fragrance from Antonio Banderas

July 11, 2008 (USA)

PUIG USA announced the launch of BLUE SEDUCTION for WOMEN, a fragrance by Antonio Banderas, and the charitable partnership with Antonio Banderas Seductive Fragrances and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.

As part of the partnership, Antonio Banderas Seductive Fragrances will donate one dollar to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS for each gift set of BLUE SEDUCTION for WOMEN sold during the 2008 holiday season.

Didier Main de Biran, General Manager of PUIG USA joins noted actor Antonio Banderas on Thursday, July 10th at Cedar Lake Dance Theatre, to announce the partnership.

As part of the celebration, select members of the cast of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, In The Heights, performed with children benefiting from the House of the Roses, Ballet Hispanico School of Dance, R. Evolucion Latina, Steps and Broadway Dance Center.

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Have picture perfect lips get set to win cash & be recognised!

July 11, 2008 (USA)

If you've been told you have great lips, don't "kiss off" the compliment. Instead, put your lips to work and enter the Softlips Picture Perfect Lips national search, sponsored for the third year in a row by the popular Softlips lip conditioning products.

The 2008 winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500, the possibility to become a professional lip model and the prestige of having the prettiest pucker in America, which will be posted online for all to see.

"The Softlips lip model search is a widely popular and fun competition, as women everywhere vie for this feature title," says Jennifer Hamberger, the Softlips brand manager at The Mentholatum Company. "We believe that well-cared-for lips are a woman's best asset."

And the research agrees. According to a national survey of more than 1,000 U.S. men, they prefer females with beautifully-shaped and natural, healthy looking lips.

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Porter Novelli to support new generation of brands free of charge

July 11, 2008 (USA)

Porter Novelli introduces Jack + Bill, a pop-up agency dedicated to identifying, branding and publicizing emerging fashion talent.

Recognized globally for its eye-catching, multifaceted public relations programs for such clients as Gillette, Timberland, South by Southwest and Hewlett-Packard, Porter Novelli will lend its services to a new generation of brands free of charge for a limited time this summer.

Taking its moniker from the agency's entrepreneurial founders, Jack Porter and Bill Novelli, Jack + Bill is the brainchild of a team of young agency professionals, with an average age of 26.

From mid-July to early September, the pop-up agency will provide free buzz building, media relations and viral marketing services to one individual in each of the following categories; model, fashion stylist, women's apparel designer and jewelry designer.

Turning the traditional client pitch process on its head, Jack + Bill will host an open "casting call" to select its clients on Tuesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 16 from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Sandbox Studios (250 Hudson, Floor 11. New York, New York). A portfolio or look book will be required for casting.

"PN is filled with creative, energetic people whose lives in New York revolve around style, art, music and film- we're excited to help emerging talent get their brands off of the ground here," said Erin Crumpacker, spokesperson for Jack + Bill. We're constantly innovating to stay ahead in the evolving marketing environment."

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Premier KIDS event enters new era

July 10, 2008 (UK)
Premier KIDS saw buyers from department stores and independents writing orders with new and existing suppliers showing. Amongst them were; Harrods, Fenwick, Bentalls, Williams & Griffin, Trotters, Hopscotch, Kids Cavern, Just Kidding and Biff.

Premier KIDS talked positively amongst its buyers and exhibitors regarding the change of dateline for the Autumn/Winter edition. Premier KIDS will show alongside Spring Fair on 1.2.3. February 2009 and will retain its full identity in Hall 16.

Feedback from attending buyers was overall positive and some very encouraging comments were made. Marie Archer, Buyer from Fenwick concluded: -‘The show was a little bit smaller, but we certainly found what we were looking for. Teaming up with Spring Fair doesn’t change our buying much – we do both shows and will continue to do both shows. The dates are slightly later, but it’s not a cause for concern’.

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Sabrina Bryan teams up with Fisher-Price for Color Me Gemz

July 10, 2008 (USA)
Cheetah Girl and Dancing with the Stars alum Sabrina Bryan teamed up with Fisher-Price, Inc., the largest infant and preschool toy manufacturer and a subsidiary of Mattel Inc, to launch the new Color Me Gemz line of fashion forward jewelry at Toys“R”Us Times Square.

Ten lucky winners of a local New York radio station contest hosted by WPLJ each received VIP access and a first-hand lesson from Sabrina as she demonstrated how to create dazzling masterpieces and “bling up” any outfit. Immediately following, several dozen lucky girls who pre-purchased Color Me Gemz products attended a private autograph signing with the star.

“The Color Me Gemz line is so cool because it’s totally easy to create necklaces, bracelets and other accessories that look like real sparkling gems. I wish I had this jewelry when I was growing up,” said Ms. Bryan. “Girls are going to have so much fun together creating jewelry for every outfit for every day of the year.”

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Payless ShoeSource gets new Chief

July 10, 2008 (USA)
Collective Brands Inc announced that it has named LuAnn Via, most recently group divisional president of Charming Shoppes' Lane Bryant and Cacique retail chains, as president and chief executive officer of Payless ShoeSource Inc, reporting to Matthew Rubel, chairman and chief executive officer of Collective Brands Inc.

Via succeeds Rubel as the leader of the Payless business unit, who has served in the role since joining the company in June 2005.

Rubel has significantly expanded his role with last year's acquisition of Collective Licensing International and The Stride Rite Corporation, which together with Payless ShoeSource, formed Collective Brands, Inc.

Via will begin at Payless later this month and be responsible for leading all day-to-day operations of the retail unit, including merchandising, marketing and retail operations for the more than 4,500 store chain, which includes stores in the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.

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Super-star caddy Steve Williams to sport TAG Heuer golf watch

July 10, 2008 (USA)
Reinforcing its position as a true luxury sports watch brand, TAG Heuer announced it will sponsor New Zealand race car driver and Tiger Woods' super-star caddy, Steve Williams.

An emblem of sports and glamour, the TAG Heuer shield will now adorn the body of Williams' Mustang Saloon's and fellow Caddyshack Racing driver Mel Hills Mustang.

"For as long as I can remember, golf and speedway have been the two sports that I love most and that have helped define me personally and professionally," said Steve Williams.

"TAG Heuer's long history in both is a real advantage for my team; I couldn't ask for a more perfect partner."

Caddying since the age of 13, Williams has supported such golf legends as Peter Thomson, Mike Clayton, Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd among others. In 1999, he joined Tiger Woods whose side he remains by.

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Fashion software PLAYSTATION3 to preview PUMA by Mihara

July 10, 2008 (Germany)
PUMA by Mihara Yasuhiro introduces a worldwide preview of its collaboration with dress for PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) at Pitti Uomo.

PUMA by Mihara Yasuhiro also launches its new sport-fashion apparel collection that complements the PUMA by Mihara Yasuhiro footwear.

dress is a new interactive fashion software developed by, Sony Computer Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios, JAPAN Studio, that bridges the gap between the virtual world and real world of fashion.

The subject of fashion is one of the new fronts for Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) who wanted to link the capabilities and services of PS3 with the users to experience fashion in the virtual world.

dress offers a unique fashion service which fully utilizes the graphic capabilities of PS3 to create beautiful models, true to life fashion items, and clothing using cloth simulation.

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Young designers picking up speed on the SOULEXPRESS

July 10, 2008 (Germany)
All aboard! For young designers ‘design attack’ means full steam ahead. As part of GDS – the International Event for Shoes & Accessories from 12 to 14 September 2008 – 100 young design talents will be presenting their original collections in the unconventional Young Fashion Area ‘design attack’ alongside selected, more established labels.

Under the design and event motto SOULEXPRESS interested trade visitors will be introduced to independent fashion, urban and streetwear as well as accessories and other trendy lifestyle products in a true ‘soul-city’ setting complete with wafts of mist, funk ’n’ soul grooves and multi-coloured party lights.

For the 9th edition of ‘design attack’ exhibitors like Gumbies from the United Kingdom, HOKKA from Germany and the German brand Buygo have already registered.

After the re-organisation of GDS ‘design attack’ is now presented in the neighbourhood of the areas ‘urban fresh’ and ‘urban active’ in hall 3.

This means the trendy area will remain in the familiar surroundings of established young fashion brands.

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What comes next in ODM, Design & Trend?

July 09, 2008 (Hong Kong)
Knitwear, Innovation and Design Society (KIDS) will organize the Master Class “What comes next in ODM, Design & Trend” on July 18.br>
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Receives from the hands of SUZY MENKES the reward of CHEVALIER DE LA LEGION D’HONNEUR one of the highest rewards in France from the CULTURAL MINISTRY.

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