Madonna & Lola debut MG + NYC with Kelly Osbourne

MG Icon, the joint venture between Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and Madonna, in partnership with Macy's announced it will continue its association with actress and television personality Kelly Osbourne for the fall 2011 Material Girl marketing campaign titled, "MG + NYC." The multi-media marketing campaign will debut in September issues of fashion and lifestyle magazines such as PEOPLE StyleWatch, Nylon, Seventeen, Teen Vogue and Cosmopolitan as well as online, outdoor, in-store and in Macy's marketing collateral.

"We have both enjoyed working with Kelly and are thrilled to have her on board for the launch of the Fall 2011 collection," commented Madonna and her daughter Lola.

"I'm really enjoying being the face of Material Girl. I love being part of a brand for girls and having the opportunity to work with Lola who has an amazing fashion instinct. Added to that is the fact that Madonna has been a big influence on my style over the years," stated Kelly Osbourne.

The campaign creative represents the quintessential New York City scene with Osbourne being photographed for a series of print ads in Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, Soho, the West Village, Little Italy and Chinatown. The background includes the world famous Empire State Building, as well as a more playful feel with Osbourne on top of a double-decker tourist bus riding down Fifth Avenue.

Dari Marder, chief marketing officer, Iconix Brand Group, commented, "Kelly has been an amazing partner for Material Girl; she has truly embraced the brand and our consumers have reciprocated." Marder added, "The essence of Material Girl is all about your own personal style and individuality. The new fall campaign, 'MG+NYC' reflects all the different sides of our Material Girl, from uptown to downtown."


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Panties Plus signs deal for kathy ireland Intimates & Sleepwear

kathy ireland Worldwide, recently listed by Global License Magazine as the 28th most powerful brand in the world, has awarded an exclusive license for a complete collection of kathy ireland Intimates & Sleepwear to Panties Plus, Inc. in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Launching in August market to the trade and positioned to hit stores in Spring 2012, the kathy ireland collection will include functional and sophisticated bras pantie sets, shapewear and sleepwear in cotton, comfort, and fine fabrics which include lace detailing, and exclusive prints. The sales projections for the first year in excess of $10 million at wholesale.

"This return to intimate apparel and sleepwear with the leaders of Panties Plus is the next step in our journey of Finding solutions for families, especially busy moms... and Finding solutions for people in love... Our designs will be romantic, body cooperative, and offer unequaled value at our price point. Panties Plus is an extraordinary company. This opportunity is unique and powerful for all of us. We look forward to a long and successful relationship," said Kathy Ireland, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland Worldwide.

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley breathtaking in barely there blue gown at London premiere of Transformers 3

She's had enough practice as her years as a model on the catwalk - and it seems that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is turning her movie red carpet outings into something of an art form.
The ravishing Victoria's Secret model, 24, had the crowds gasping at the London screening of her debut film Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon tonight when she turned up in a risqué midnight blue gown.

The backless satin dress, custom made for her by Burberry, was slashed almost to her navel with only modest drapes of material over her breasts to keep her decent.

Scroll down to see Rosie in the trailer for Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon...

 Feeling blue: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked stunning in a sapphire blue gown that just about kept her decent at the London screening of her new movie Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon at the IMAX cinema in Waterloo tonigh

Sapphire and steel: The model looked icily cool in her stunning frock on the blue carpet at the bash

Keeping it together: Rosie had some toupé tape to keep herself decent as she posed with the movie's 
director Michael Bay

Yet the star, who had her hair in a chic up-do, managed to look classy at the same time - quite a feat. 
It appears that some judiciously-placed toupé tape on her top half was most definitely keeping the star from revealing more of her curves than she intended.

Just last night, she looked equally incredible in a sparkling silver gown for the German premiere of her first ever movie in Berlin. 

 Back to the future: Rosie, who looked sensational in the sapphire gown, is hoping to do more acting as well as continue with her modelling

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Collections hit the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Show

The crowds were wowed at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, when The University of Northampton’s nationally acclaimed School of The Arts Graduate Fashion Show took to the catwalk.

The Show featured collections from graduating Year 3 students from the Division of Fashion and Textiles, as well as a Year 2 collection. Bright pinks, orange and purples were a strong trend and there were collections inspired by fairground rides, cosmetic surgery, biker chicks and dolls. Dalmatians even took to the catwalk, along with the professional models.

The evening Graduate Fashion Show presented awards to some of the talented students and graduates from all Years across the Fashion and Textiles Division. Congratulations to:

• Hensman - Creative Styling £150 - Vicky Fallon; named New Fashion Designers Designer of the Month for July 2011.
• Sazarac - Innovative use of Colour & Print £100 - Ellie Bevis
• Handels banken - for Creative use of Leather and Fabric £150 - Thom Neal
• Falcon International Bags Ltd - For Technical Excellence in Fashion Leather Accessories £300 - Jessica Kidby
• Joseph Cheaney & Sons - Footwear Design - £300 - Lois Addison
• Oriflame - Portfolio Excellence £100 - Gemma Darby
• Belamy Fragrances - Creative use of Materials - Kelly Bull
• Silver Viscount - Innovative use of fabric and stitch £100 - Simona Maccario
• Catherine Lichaot Frank and Co - Patent Award - Harriet Pearse
• Guy West - Enterprising and Visionary Footwear Design - Dorcas Phillips
• Leslie Church Memorial Fund £500 - Surbjit Singh
• Leslie Church Memorial Fund £500 - Louise Stratton
• The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers - £1000 - Rosalind Northern
• The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers - £750 - Charlotte Ledger
• The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers - £500 - Millie Dawson
• The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers - £250 - Sophie Everson
• The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers - £1000 - Jessica Rouse
• The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers - £1000 - Tine Raceman
• The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers - £1000 - Sophie Salem
• The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers - £1500 - Surbjit Singh
• The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers - £1500 - Jessica Kidby


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Art Institutes students shine at Student Studio: Bonnaroo

A combination of art and talent exploded as The Art Institutes students worked behind the scenes at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, June 9 – 12 in Student Studio: Bonnaroo. Student Studio: Bonnaroo is a first-of-its-kind partnership, through which students from Art Institutes schools contributed creative services to North America’s largest music festival. Art Institutes students embarked on a series of 15 festival projects ranging from creating merchandise design, to shade structure design concepts to a sustainable fashion line.

As festival attendees took in sights and sounds, Student Studio: Bonnaroo was in full effect as The Art Institutes students were busy putting final touches on dress for the first-ever Bonnaroo eco-friendly fashion show, setting up animations for the festival big screens, arranging artists’ dressing rooms, and ensuring the Bonnaroo merchandise was ready to be bought as souvenirs.

Other students saw their visions brought to life: Industrial Design students watched festival goers enjoy some shade under their shade structure design which was built on the Bonnaroo site, and Graphic Design students watched their designs walk by them on fans’ t-shirts.

Chris Issaq of Superfly Marketing Group, Bonnaroo’s marketing and partnerships division, remarked on The Art Institutes students’ presence at the festival, “The students became part of the Bonnaroo team. In truth, they were from the start. Cut from the same cloth with tremendous creativity and passion for building the ultimate experience for our community.”


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Nadir Tati’s ‘The Power of Africa’ to be on display at AFWNY

Angolan designer, Nadir Tati, will exhibit her newest collection at Africa Fashion Week (New York) (AFWNY) produced by Adirée. AFWNY will take place in New York City’s Financial District July 14th, 15th and 16th at the Broad Street Ballroom.

Nadir Tatis collection themed “The Power of Africa” creates an atmosphere where one can easily identify with the contemporary African woman in a modern world. Tati, whose collection draws inspiration from the traditions and culture of her people, reflects the wealth and power of Angola. Angola has recently had a spike in their economy. The government has announced their plans to open a Stock Exchange this year. Tati’s collection demonstrates this advancement.

AFWNY includes runway shows hosting 21+ designers from various countries in Africa and those of the African Diaspora, exhibitions, and industry networking events. Opening Fashion designers Korto Momolu and designers like Washington Roberts, Saint Wobil, AAMAA Couture, Bill Witherspoon and others will showcase.



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Hot Brazilian model Fluvia Lacerda to take top honour at FFFWeek

This year’s winner of the Full Figure Fashion Week Award for Best Plus Commercial Print Model of the Year is the HOT Brazilian model Fluvia Lacerda. Fluvia will be honored for her contribution in breaking down the barriers of a thin-obsessed culture on Saturday June 18th at Full Figured Fashion Week Awards when she receives her award.The awards show will be taking place at The Marriott Marquis Hotel New York City in Times Square at 7pm. The Red Carpet event starts at 6:00pm, expect to see Fluvia there in full glam.

“The fact that I won this award is a major deal and I’m very passionate about my work, mostly because I feel that I represent the body image of many women,” says Lacerda. “I'm not only a healthy woman, but one who wears a size 18 and am confident about it.”

As late as last year, mainstream fashion argued the legitimacy of plus-sized fashion in the industry. Full figured fashion has made significant strides over the past few years, and continues to earn much deserved credit and praise for positive body imagery for women. Overcoming society’s stigma, Full Figured Fashion Week celebrated those who have contributed to the plus size fashion industry.

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Scottish Fashion Awards winners announced!

The Scottish Fashion Awards greets guests from around the world at the 6th annual event in association with on Wednesday 15th June at the magnificent Glasgow Science Centre, hosted by Laura Whitmore. The winners have now been announced!

Jonathan Saunders – Scottish Designer of the Year – Sponsored by Vogue.

With this category featuring the hottest designers of the moment it was anyone's to win. The field of home grown talent that Scotland has produced is astounding. However, there was just no stopping Jonathan Saunders reign as he takes the title for the second year running. Back to his best and integrating print into his designs he has stormed the catwalks and once again reminded us why we have honoured him as our Designer of the Year 2011.

Henrietta Ludgate – Scottish Young Designer of the Year Sponsored by the Scottish Fashion Council

Having built up a strong reputation within the fashion world we are proud to honour Henrietta Ludgate as our Young Designer of the Year 2011. This talented woman's flair for structural design, the minimalistic form and her uncanny ability to design with a real sense of her Scottish Heritage makes her our winner.

Rox – Scottish Retailer of the Year – Sponsored by Braehead
For providing us with quality product, elegance, premium designer brands and unrivalled customer service, ROX is able to make all customers feel like a star. This makes them our Retailer of the Year 2011. 

House of Holland – International Designer of the Year Sponsored by Hotel Du Vin
A truly unique designer, who passionately embraces the materials that Scotland has to offer, we salute our International Designer of the Year 2011 - House of Holland. Congratulations to Henry Holland.

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Continuum creates world’s first 3D-printed N12 Bikini

Developed in partnership with Continuum Fashion, the N12 is the first fully 3D printed Bikini, ready to wear and available for purchase from the Conitnuum's Shapeways Shop.

Designed by Continuum Fashion, the N12 if the first completely 3D-printed, ready-to-wear, item of clothing. Previous experiments into the use of 3D printing in clothing have remained purely experimental, haute couture items not available to purchase. This represents the first affordable design that will lead the way for more items fabricated using 3D printing technologies.

“The bikini's design fundamentally reflects the beautiful intricacy possible with 3D printing, as well as the technical challenges of creating a flexible surface out of the solid nylon. Thousands of circular plates are connected by thin springs, creating a wholly new material that holds its form as well as being flexible. The layout of the circle pattern was achieved through custom written code that lays out the circles according to the curvature of the surface. In this way, the aesthetic design is completely derived from the structural design.” Mary Haung, Continuum Fashion

The N12 is named after Nylon 12 (WSF), the material in which the bikini is 3D printed. Nylon 12 makes an ideal swimsuit material as it is innately waterproof. As well as being the first printed bikini, it is also the first bikini that actually becomes more comfortable when it gets wet.


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Malindy Elene to debut Reem Acra bridal gowns

Malindy Elene Bridal celebrates 10 years of helping brides in St. Petersburg find their dream wedding gown. As a provider of couture bridal gowns – the store is constantly tracking the latest trends in bridal designs.

June 10th – 11th, Malindy Elene Bridal is pleased to debut a bridal designer by the name of Reem Acra. Reem Acra is an internationally known fashion designer whose wedding gowns have received much acclaim for the unique user of embroidery, beadwork and Swarovski crystals. Her designs blend a mix of classical tradition with modern couture.

“At Malindy Elene, we seek out the latest trends. When I fell in love with the Reem Acra collection at Bridal Market in New York this spring, I knew I had to begin carrying the designer in our store,” said Malindy Bengston, owner of Malindy Elene Bridal Couture.

The trunk show will showcase gowns from Acra’s latest collection, including special sale incentives that are available during the trunk show only. The show is by appointment and due to the limited number of openings, brides should book their appointments in advance.


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Jenny Yoo unveils bridesmaids dresses

Jenny Yoo, a creator and producer of bridal and bridesmaid fashion located in NYC, has launched her recent line of dresses. It is now available in stores across the country, featuring inspiring, diverse designs that have the potential to infuse new meaning into nuptial fashion for discerning contemporary brides and their wedding party. It can be purchased in Jenny Yoo boutiques and showrooms, as well as affiliated outlets, throughout the United States.

Yoo's newest release forms a diverse selection of bridal and bridesmaid dresses, as well as a range of stylish accessories that match her pieces. The spirit that permeates this dress line is that of an attempt to stay on top of current transformations in the area of wedding celebrations without losing the bond with tradition. The dresses in Jenny Yoo 2011 collection are generously designed, with quality textiles, exquisite craftsmanship and unique cut. Their tone is reserved and rather low-key. The designer's trademark characteristic, which is combining original style and simplicity, is visible throughout her 2011 collection of bridal and bridesmaids dresses.

“We design for the discriminating bride and bridesmaid who are looking for a dress that she can use not only for the bridal party, but again and again for any special occasion. Our goal is to give our client a beautiful quality dress that she can carry with her for years to come”, says Jenny Yoo. In her quest to redefine bridal and bridesmaid fashion, she strives to find a perfect balance between the traditional limitations of the nuptial dresses and the possibility of extending the life of these pieces beyond this single use.


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