Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fashion Sites on Flavors.me

Here are a few new fashion sites that have been created today on Flavors.me

Fashion Industry
Fashion Week

If you are interested in creating fashion sites, you may want to learn more about HTML5.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fashion+ on Google+

Today a few more fashion pages have been added at Google+

The pages are listed below for your easy reference:
  • Fashion Industry
  • Beauty
  • Fashion+
More new Google+ fashion pages will follow soon.  We will keep you advised as soon as we learn of the new page addresses.
If you are interested, you can check out the three new Google+ fashion pages from the links below.
If you find any more interesting pages, please let us know.
Also, just in case you missed it the other day, don't forget to check out the fashion page.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Creative Trend Company Mudpie Publishes SS13 Trend Books for Designers of Womenswear, Menswear and Kidswear

Mudpie trend books are proven trend resources used by the world’s largest retailers and brands, designers of apparel, graphics, consumer goods, paper products and packaging. The latest editions of Mudpie’s trend books contain a wealth of inspiration and creatively themed collections ready for designers to edit or customise.

This season Mudpie’s creative team has changed the layout of the trend books so that they have a cleaner, fresher appearance. More figure illustrations can be seen throughout the books as part of a "key look" page at the start of each collection, featuring essential shapes shown in monochrome to put focus on the silhouette. The inspirational imagery, fabric information and reference imagery is now interspersed with their creative team’s editable prints, graphics and garments, so that readers can easily see how Mudpie’s trend information will transcend into commercial collections. Variations are provided of graphics to show the versatility of the designs and different uses of colour.

Other features in this seasons books include fully editable DVD files which are now provided in ai, eps, jpg and psd where necessary for bitmap artwork.

The new books are now available internationally through the Mudpie network of distributors, as well as online through the Trend Bookshop www.trendbookshop.co.uk.


About MPD Trend books

Trend information: In depth trend information and analysis accompanies each book registered online in the form of an online magazine MPD Vision. Each trend is comprehensively presented through text, moodboards, colour, inspirational photography directed at the fashion, youth and sports sectors. For SS13 we have summarised the trend directions through our online magazine MPD Vision.

Colour Palettes: All the colours in our trend books are referenced to the Pantone Fashion & Home/Cotton Swatch files.

All books are presented in a minimally styled binder serving to emphasise the quality of the interior pages.

The editable files which accompany each book on DVD mean they are highly functional tools as well as bringing trend driven design and inspiration to hard pressed designers. Depending on the artwork the editable files are provided in vector formats, plus individual editable prints and graphics are supplied in ai, eps, jpg and psd. A low resolution pdf on each DVD assists users with file location.

About Mudpie
Mudpie is the UK's largest active apparel and street wear trend forecasting service, with an international network spanning 50 countries and branded offices in 17 locations, including Asia, Africa, Australia, the Americas and Europe.

Established in 1992 by CEO, Fiona Jenvey, a much sought after speaker on trend forecasting, Mudpie is a leading authority on the supply of trend intelligence to the creative industries.

Mudpie has the largest range of trend-lead products available, comprising trendbooks - which are the leader in global market share, online trend services (Mpdclick) and is the only forecasting service with its own commercial graphic and textile design studio. Mudpie publishes forecasted colour information six months in advance of any other trend service and two years ahead of season.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A|X VIDEOMIX Armani Exchange

A|X Armani Exchange launches A|X VIDEOMIX, the first interactive video style application that allows users to create their own music video fashion show, share it with friends, and shop the looks. Building on the success and innovation of the A|X STYLEPAD applications, the A|X VIDEOMIX will give iPhone and iPad users creative control to customize their own A|X music video fashion show with their choice of runway models, music, backgrounds and looks, for an engaging experience that is also shoppable and shareable.

For the A|X VIDEOMIX, Armani Exchange worked with digital boutique, SODAMEDIA, to develop this ground-breaking application which utilizes advanced technology via a combination of automatic customizations drawn from Facebook Connect, that will allow users to create a "mash-up" of their selected "run of show," choosing from a style arsenal of eight music tracks, ten animated graphics backgrounds, thirty complete A|X looks and six models, to create eight runway looks per video for a unique video experience. Once complete, iPhone and iPad users will then be able to shop and share their VIDEOMIX with friends via email and social networks, including Facebook and Twitter.
The A|X VIDEOMIX will also provide users with the opportunity to receive exclusive content, including access to the Giorgio Armani "SuperShow" created using the A|X VIDEOMIX App, as well as opportunities to participate in special promotions and giveaways.

The A|X VIDEOMIX offers users an interactive way to experience the A|X lifestyle with well-crafted visual integration of sophisticated style, social networking, and click-through commerce. The looks featured in the A|X VIDEOMIX are built from the A|X 20th Anniversary Collection and the cast includes "the best of" past A|X models featuring Alessandra Ambrosio, Marlon Teixeira, Francisco Lachowski, Milou Sluis, and more.

Armani Exchange continues to enhance their extremely powerful global digital platform to target consumers' lifestyle, taking advantage of the influential amplifier of online and mobile entertainment. Operated by an in-house cross-functional team, these initiatives are an evolution of our marketing message, linked to strategic goals and integrated with global marketing strategies.
To view the Giorgio Armani "SuperShow" online, please go to:
Learn more about VIDEOMIX.

A|X Armani Exchange was launched in 1991, aimed at a new generation of fast- fashion consumers - an accessible collection offering urban, individual style. A|X Armani Exchange defines a new dress code with a collection that takes its cue from urban lifestyle and music culture. With Armani Exchange, Mr. Armani interprets his sensual and unique style to create a casual, yet sophisticated collection for the young, urban and sexy. Today A|X Armani Exchange has an exclusive direct controlled retail network that currently comprises 208 freestanding stores in 24 countries.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Comments from Vera Wang October 25th 2011

Here are some comments from Vera Wang from October 25, 2011:

Traditionally, brides carried chaffs of wheat to invoke fertility and celebrate the joy of marriage. Today, the bridal bouquet still symbolizes beauty and the ritual of wedding. A traditional bouquet will always complement the gown – avoid excessive ribbons, ties, doilies or the like which will undermine (or overwhelm) your carefully chosen wedding dress.

The bouquet can serve as a noteworthy accessory; make it extraordinary through choice of flowers and unusual color, not unnecessary frills. I love deep orange, black-red or purple against a traditional white wedding gown. Finally, remember to taper the stems and keep the tips visible otherwise the bouquet looks unnatural and too heavy for the delicate look of the bride. - XO, Vera

Learn more about Vera Wang at her website.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fashion on Wall Street

Fashion and Wall Street have relevance to one another.  Now their is a new website regarding fashion on Wall Street.  The site is called Wall Street Fashion.

Learn more about fashion on Wall Street from this new site.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Levi Caution for Holidays

According to a recent article by Bloomberg, "Levi Strauss & Co. is bracing for tepid consumer spending this holiday season after back-to-school shoppers in the U.S. balked at higher prices on its namesake jeans and Dockers pants.

“It is hard to imagine a very robust holiday season compared to last year,” Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen said in a telephone interview yesterday from San Francisco, where closely held Levi is based. “We remain cautious around where the future is going over the next couple of quarters.”

Some shoppers at J.C. Penney Co., Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) and Kohl’s Corp. (KSS) stores bought fewer pairs of Levi jeans in the quarter that ended Aug. 28, which included the start of the back-to-school season, Jorgensen said. To clear out excess merchandise, Levi cut prices it had raised in the past year to cover soaring cotton costs, hurting profitability."

Read the Bloomberg.com fashion news article titled, Levi Says Shoppers Balk at Prices, Spurring Caution for Holidays.
If you are interested in reading additional fashion news reports, you may want to read more fashion news on the Apparel Search website.
Learn more about Levis.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Knit Fabric Guide

This week a new website has been launched specifically for knit fabric.  The new site is actually called Knit Fabric and can be viewed at KnitFabric.org

If you are interested in textiles or knitting, you are welcome to check out the new guide to knitted textiles.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Migdalia Upcycled Fashion Bags

Migdalia's fashion forward upcycled bags are hand crafted from vintage clothing and surplus materials and features one of her remarkable signature dolls. The dolls are printed by garment printers on various recycled textiles and sewn to the tote and messenger bags.

Learn more about these Upcycled Fashion Bags at the Migdalia website.

Learn more about handbag stores at Apparel Search.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

MyReviewsNow - Marissa Collection

MyReviewsNow announces its affiliation with the Marissa Collection, a lovely women's fashion and clothes boutique.

Some women dream of places like this, an elegant online clothes boutique bursting with jewelry, handbags, dresses, shoes and accessories, all by top designers like Oscar de La Renta, Malene Birger, Lanvin, Brunello Cucinelli, Michael Kors, Chloe, Donna Karen, Alexander Wang and Alexander McQueen.

Customer savor the Marissa Collections with a voluptuous slowness, imagining what this or that fashion item would look, or feel, like if it was theirs. Yes, some of the women's apparel in the Marissa Collections clothes boutique is eye-poppingly expensive, but relative bargains can be found.

The shoes sold at the clothes boutique are amazing in their beauty, even to a woman who does not fancy high heels. From Lanvin, there is a raw silk pump with a bow at the toe and a four-inch heel, and a metallic ballet flat with a great floppy bow at the toe. Other remarkable Lanvin shoes are a high-heeled satin pump with a ribbon at the back, another metallic pump with a chunky heel and a suede ballet flat with the toe decorated in jewels.

Oscar de la Renta is represented with a very high-heeled pump of embroidered satin with a decoration of ribbons and crystals at the toe, as well as a fun bootie decorated with marabou feathers and embroidery and another low-heeled pump in orange suede, with colored beads and bugles at the toe. Mystique offers quite delicious looking simple thong sandals, one with knotted straps picked out in crystal, others with straps decorated with turquoise beads or beige jewels.

If the customer is in the mood for Manolo Blahnik shoes, Marissa has them as well, including a high-heeled, open-toed sandal decorated with a jeweled buckle and another pointed-toed slingback.

Dresses and Tops
More items of women’s apparel include dresses, also by high-end designers. The oatmeal colored Oscar de la Renta Cashgora Crop Jacket, beautifully sculptured in a way that recalls Chanel, has square shoulders, a Peter Pan collar edged with discreet ruffles, ruffles down the closing and three large, colored buttons. This masterpiece is made in Italy and is 45 percent orylag, 45 percent wool and 10 percent cashmere. A draped, classical, one-shouldered Michael Kors gown harkens back to the simple, but stunning, gowns worn by Jackie Kennedy in the White House.

After being dazzled with this quality of women's apparel just at he clothes boutique, the customer may be almost afraid to look at the jewelry. It is best to begin with the bangles and bracelets by designers like Alexis Bittar, Asha and Bounkit. Many of them are competitively priced. One rather reasonable bracelet is a hinged cuff, studded with gold bits, by Alexis Bittar. Another hinged bracelet looks like it has the paws of some wild cat, studded in jewels, while another one of this designer’s hinged bracelets has two jeweled snakeheads at the ends. An Arunashi cuff is simplicity itself, as it is a simple item of real, brushed gold. Oscar de la Renta appears with a quirky, pretty charm bracelet.

Before the customer reluctantly leaves the women's apparel offered at Marissa’s Collections clothes boutique, they must have a peek at the handbags, especially the evening bags. There are clutch bags by Asha made of python and crocodile, and a couple of must-have minaudieres from Marchesa, one with an organza rose in its center and another embroidered with glittering crystal. Another one of Marchesa's handbags is in the shape of a black fan made out of satin, with what looks like a jeweled clasp.

Now, the customer can at last relax, take a deep breath after all this, and choose which item of astounding women's apparel they will purchase. Marissa's Collections is the one online clothes boutique that no woman should pass up. The clothes, jewels and accessories it sells gives a whole new meaning to the word "irresistible."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Halloween Costumes 2011

Is it too early to think about Halloween costumes for 2011?  I don't think so.  That is why I think you may like to see the new Halloween costume retailer website.  It is designed not to sell costumes, but to help you find Halloween costume stores.  If you are interested, you can check out the new Halloween Costume Retailers website.
EZ-On Romper Costume, Monkey See Monkey Do, 6 to 12 Months

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hat Websites Launched - MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL baseball hats

Six new hat websites have been launched this week.  Actually, maybe more then six.  I guess I should be more clear and state that Apparel Search has launched six new hat websites this week.

Five of them are specific to sports team hats.  They focus on collegiate sports and professional sports.

In addition to the above sports team hat websites, Apparel Search has also created the My Baseball Hats website as a central location for people to easily find these five other sites.

If you want to research pro sport team hats or college and university hats, you can check out the sites mentioned above.

Note: These sites are NOT affiliate with the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL or MLB.  These sites simply educate consumers regarding headwear created with those brands.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Color Trends

Tonight a new trends website was launched.  It is regarding color trends from various industries.  Normally, we write about only apparel companies.  However, this site contains color trends about cars, fashion, cosmetics, hair, paint, interior design and more.  The fact that the site was created by Apparel Search, means it qualifies for being added to our Apparel Magazine blog.
Check out the new Color Trends website at ColorTrends.org

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

GET IT. DESIGN IT. PARADE IT. Macy's Great American Elf Adventure Begins

Macy's magical elves are appearing by the thousands in cities across the country in celebration of the upcoming 85th anniversary of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R). However, due to a whimsical twist of fate, in their jubilation and rush to spread the word on this wondrous milestone of America's Parade, the elves left Santa's workshop without a speck of color. Once they realized their error, the elves took refuge at various locations across the country and now wait for some holiday help to arrive from parade fans in all 50 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico. To rectify this magical mishap, Macy'sGreat American Elf Adventure kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Find one of Macy's parade's missing elves, give it a makeover and you could see your winning elf design transformed into a Macy's parade balloon, as it soars high on Thanksgiving Day in front of over 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide.

"Macy's Great American Elf Adventure is a fantastic way to kick-off our 85th anniversary celebrations," said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "Since 1947, the iconic Macy's elf balloons have been fan favorites and for generations have served as an emblem of the Macy's parade. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create a key element of America's favorite parade is one that aspiring artists should not miss. We can't wait to see all the inspired creations and look forward to the winning design joining the rest of the Macy's elf family in the parade this year."

To become a Macy's parade balloonatic (a.k.a. Macy's parade balloon designers) and help the stranded little ones make it to the parade, first you must find an elf and let your imagination take over as you paint and transform it from a colorless gnome into a multicolor creation of wonder.


Over 10,000 of Macy's parade's ever-rambunctious elves have magically taken residence at Macy's stores nationwide and at other locations in select cities. To find one, look for clues on Macy's Facebook page (Facebook.com/Macys) and via Twitter @macysevents or #macyself. Each day from Aug. 9 - Aug. 24, Macy's will post a clue and password that will help reveal the location of elves at 669 Macy's stores across the country or at other special locales. For the clever adventurer, these clues will point to various in-store departments where elves have found shelter. Once elf hunters have deduced the location, they must tell a department sales associate the daily password to receive their coveted sprite. The daily clue and password can also be received by texting* ELF to MACYS (62297). A helpful hint for elf hunters is to check Macy's Facebook page often to see if there are any elves left to be rescued at their nearest Macy's store.

In addition to the mass elf invasion at stores nationwide, 10 cities will get in on the elfin' fun when they host Macy's Elf-Apolooza, a fun-filled event for the whole family. A few of the more high-spirited gnomes decided that a road trip across the country to visit fans would be a good way to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving Day milestone. Starting on Aug. 9 in New York City and Jackson, MS, the elves and some helpers will hit the road and visit Los Angeles (Aug. 11); Omaha, NE (Aug. 12); Detroit, MI (Aug. 13); Little Rock, AR (Aug. 14); Greenville, SC (Aug. 17); Des Moines, IA (Aug. 18); El Paso, TX (Aug. 19), and Anchorage, AK (Aug. 20). At Macy's Elf-Apolooza, elves will be distributed to fans from a custom-designed mobile unit, along with Macy's parade items and other giveaways.


After the hunt is over, and a budding Macy's parade artist has one of the coveted elves, it's time for the magic to begin. With splashes of color, fans are asked to let their imagination take flight and design what could be the newest member of the parade elf family that will join C.J., Kit and Charlie Elf in the holiday spectacular. Once the masterpiece is complete, the artist should submit a detailed front and back photo of their creation. To enter the design, participants will need to "Like" Macy's on Facebook and then proceed to download the "Elf" application. Entries must include the identification serial number found on the packaging containing the elf (all real Macy's elves will have one) and upload their photo/complete application by Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 11:59:59 PM ET.


From the received entries, a judging panel from Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group will narrow down the entries to the Top 85. These entries will be posted on Macy's Facebook page on Tuesday, Aug. 30 for fans/friends to begin casting votes on their favorite. The elf design with the most votes as of Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 11:59:59 PM ET, will be announced in mid-September. From here, the design will be transformed into a helium wonder by the magicians of Macy's Parade Studio. Besides designing the next elf balloon, the winning artist and three guests will receive a trip to New York City to see the parade live and enjoy their elf's maiden flight in the holiday spectacular.

The 85th anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 from 9 a.m. - Noon, in all time zones on NBC-TV.

For the complete entry rules/regulations for Macy's Great American Elf Adventure, are available in-store or by visiting Facebook.com/Macys.

*Standard messaging and data rates may apply.

About the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For more than 80 years, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the parade proudly marches down a more than two-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy's employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The parade also features America's best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy's signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy's parade please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the parade hotline at (212) 494-4495

Learn more about Macy's on Apparel Search.

Read more news about Macy's if you have interest.

You may also want to learn more about having a fashion Christmas.

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize at Kids Foot Locker

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize! – Accessories can play a very important role in pulling your whole look together and demonstrating your style.  What better way to show your playful side than with bold socks in fun prints and shocking colors. Mix and match to create the look that's perfect for your child.  For those who want to be fashionable and stay on track throughout the day, try Kids Foot Locker's digital watches in an assortment of bright shades to infuse color and flair into any outfit this BTS season.

Learn more about the Kids Foot Locker.

Monday, August 1, 2011



WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011 AT 8:00 P.M.

Early Bird Special Ends 

                                               contact The Offices: 410-244-7220

Tickets Are $50 - After July 31st Tickets Will Be $60

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Yoga Clothing Success

With the success of retailers such as Lululemon, yoga clothing success has been doing better then most would have suspected.  Today I was e-mailed by a yoga clothing company that has reminded me of the importance of this segment of the industry.  Yoga fashion appears to be here to stay.

Haute Body : Haute Body offers hot yoga clothing, high quality yoga pants, unique workout wear and more for the fitness savvy woman, all at an affordable price.

You may also want to check out Lucy.com for yoga clothing.

Find more yoga clothing stores at the Apparel Search retailer directory.

Yoga Basics with Billy PotocnikThe 18 Most Important Yoga Clothing For Women TipsYoga AnatomyA Series of Lessons in Raja YogaLight on Yoga: Yoga DipikaHatha Yoga IllustratedYoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and HealingThe Yoga BibleYoga For Dummies

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wool Yarn China - Shijiazhuang Sanxing Feather Processing Co.

Are you looking for wool yarn for your next project? If so, you may wish to check out the company below.  To be honest, I have not personally used them in the past and do not know anything about them other then what is listed below.  They have e-mailed me their info, and I thought I would share it with you in case you were currently looking for wool yarn.

Shijiazhuang Sanxing Feather Processing Co.,
Ltd. They are specialized in supplying the following items in China.

Combing sheep wool (sheep cashmere)
20.5-21mic, 35-50mm
21-22mic, 35-50mm

Scoured wool
28-30mic, 3-5inch
30-32mic, 3-5inch

Carded sheep wool
32mic, 1.5inch
28-30mic, 1-1.5inch

Wool noils (Chinese one and Australian)

Wool tops
20.5mic, 75mm
21mic, 75mm
22mic, 75mm

Goat hair
40-45mic, 6-10cm

All kinds of wool yarn.


If you are interested, you can also learn more about wool at the wool prices website located at WoolPrices.net

Monday, July 25, 2011

We Love New York Fashion

Their is a new website about New York fashion.  It is called the NY Fashion website and it can be found at www.NYFashion.org  Basically, the site is to tell the world that "we love New York fashion".  That is really the entire purpose of the site...

In the future, actual information about the NY Fashion Industry and information to help consumers of fashion will be added to the site.  For now, it is just a pretty small site with a specific focus.  Again, the focus is tell the world that the city and state of New York is the center of the fashion world.

Dancewear From Missouri Without Living in Missouri

Did you know that you can purchase dancewear from a Missouri dancewear company without actually living in Missouri?  Unfortunately, we can not all live or shop in Missouri.  Fortunately, we can can now find Distinctive Dancewear online. Missouri-based e-commerce retailer of dancewear, BJP Solutions LLC, has announced a new Web site: www.DistinctiveDancewear.com.  

Founder and President of BJP Solutions LLC, Barbara Post, said, "We're a family of dancers; we understand the needs of the dance community and are dedicated to serving dancers of all levels!"

DistinctiveDancewear.com operates as an e-commerce retail business. The Web site offers a wide range of brand name dancewear at affordable pricesProducts found on the Web site are for dancers of all ages, male and female, and include bodywear, tights, shoes, shirts, skirts, pants, undergarments, unitards, accessories and more. Size charts are available for consumer reference.

Learn more about Fashion in Missouri at the Apparel Search clothing directory.

Learn more about Distinctive Dancewear at their website.

Apparel Top 50 Rankings by Social Media Popularity

Last month Apparel released its annual Apparel Top 50, tracking the apparel industry’s most profitable U.S. public firms with sales of at least $100 million, and for the second year in a row, they have ranked this year’s Top 50 companies by social media standing. Find out who the movers and shakers are on the twin social media titans of Facebook and Twitter.
Apparel Top 50 Rankings by Social Media Popularity - July 2011
Apparel Top 50 Rankings by Social Media Popularity - July 2010

Learn more about the company that has written the above two rankings at ApparelMag.com

If you utilize social media websites such as Facebook and twitter, please follow the Fashion Industry Network on Facebook.

Learn more about social media for fashion and the fashion industry.

CRM Deliver Better ROI

According to ApparelMag.com, "Today's CRM systems can dramatically improve your bottom line through better customer marketing, engagement and retention -- but only if your program is properly designed.  Read how one specialty retailer increased campaign results 300% through creative segmentation, as one of five proven strategies for CRM success. You'll learn why and how top retailers leverage personalized marketing, real-time communications, tailored CRM methodologies, engaging loyalty programs, and unified customer data, and how you can too."
Learn more at apparelmag.com

Fashion Modeling World Record by Express

Express broke a world record for the most people modeling on a catwalk.  Isn't that cool?  I wish I would have thought of this idea.

After successful fashion shows in Miami, Las Vegas and New Orleans, EXPRESS took over Times Square in New York City on Saturday, July 23, 2011, by opening the catwalk to the public prior to a live runway show featuring the new Holiday 2011 Collection.  EXPRESS invited fashion aficionados and brand fans to walk the runway in an attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the most people modeling on a catwalk.  An Adjudicator from Guinness World Records was on-site to officiate the event.  

EXPRESS broke the previous record of 521 participants with an astounding 1,243 people walking the runway.

Despite the 95 degree heat, the 18 hour EXPRESS catwalk build, and over 1,000 bottles of Fiji water to hydrate the "models," the new record was effortlessly set at 11:35 AM.

Learn more about Express, Inc. at their official website.

Maybe the Fashion Industry Network, can break this record in the future.

5th Annual Apparel Sourcing Summit at MAGIC 2011

Executives from Macy’s, Chico’s, SPANX, Mark Ecko, Moving Comfort, Woolrich, Blair Corporation and many more have registered for the 5th Annual Apparel Sourcing Summit at MAGIC, to take place Aug. 22, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Learn more at apparelmag.com

Friday, July 22, 2011

American Designer Holly Caldwell Announces Her Eponymous Collection

American designer Holly Caldwell is pleased to announce the debut of her eponymous collection, featuring luxurious handbags designed in her Boston-based studio and made by the world's finest craftsmen from Europe and New York City. The collection gives a gentle nod to the past, combining old world technique and detail, with a fresh, modern joie de vivre. With a focus on purity of line, color, form and proportion, the pieces are designed to be both functional and beautiful.  The result is a collection that is timeless, while simultaneously in the moment.

HOLLY CALDWELL™'s Fall/Winter 2011 collection includes both occasional styles and what Caldwell calls the "work horse bags," well suited to every day. Several feature structured framing, while others take their shape and form from the sharp cuts of leather and construction techniques applied. The color palette — gray, silver, ivory, and soft blush with pops of red — is unexpected; the line features very little black yet remains classically neutral. The leathers — goat, calf, Italian patent, alligator, and more — were hand-selected with care to complement winter's cool, icy tones.

The collection was made available at private preview events over the past several months, and has been very well received by industry insiders and a growing list of private clients from cities across the country. Caldwell describes her customer as "a woman who has her own sense of style and is looking for something uniquely beautiful that speaks to her, instinctively. She wears what she loves, with a certain confidence and ease."
As President and Creative Director of the company, Holly brings a combination of design sensibility, executive level business experience and infectious enthusiasm to the company. Her goal is to build a brand with longevity and integrity, and to ensure that from the start, every product and customer interaction reflects those values. Joining Holly is her brother, Robert E. Victoria, former Chief Marketing Officer of Foxwoods Resort Casino/MGM Grand. Appointed Chief Executive Officer of HOLLY CALDWELL™ on June 1, 2011, Mr. Victoria built a successful career as a master marketer, turn around specialist and innovator, and was the architect behind several newsworthy and groundbreaking methods and business deals that produced strong results. "I am thrilled to be part of this exciting and innovative company. My sister is both an artist and an incredible businesswoman with a tremendous vision."  This dynamic brother-sister duo are joined by a strong team of advisors and industry experts, among them founding partner of Donovan/Green and former Chief Executive Officer of Waterworks, Ms. Nancye Green and Ms. Susan Posen, former Chief Executive Officer and current Chair of Zac Posen.

Caldwell is humbled and delighted by the enthusiastic response she's received to the collection in previews, and is excited to introduce it to a broader audience this Fall/Holiday season. Items will be available for purchase on the web and through select retail partners, to be announced later this summer.
For more information, visit www.hollycaldwell.com .

508 Main Street LLC, doing business as HOLLY CALDWELL™ was founded in 2010.  The company offers exquisite luxury handbags and accessories made in the United States, Turkey and Italy.   Holly Caldwell, the President and Creative Director of the company, has had a tremendously successful and diverse career, beginning as an Air Academy graduate.   After Captain Holly Caldwell left the Air Force, she held positions with Jones Digital Media, a partner at USWeb and a Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments.  Holly holds a degree from the USAF in Aeronautical Engineering and a degree from the School of Fashion Design (SFD).   Robert E. Victoria, the Chief Executive Officer, joins the company after a twenty year career as a master marketer and Chief Marketing Officer for several high-end entertainment brands.  Victoria is also a military veteran, having spent six years with the US Army Intelligence Corps.  Robert has a BA from the University of Rhode Island.  The collection can be found on-line at www.Hollycaldwell.com

Monday, July 18, 2011

+1 Circles, Stream, Sparks and More

Apparel Search has developed a website called Join My Circles to help members of the fashion industry learn about some of the new features provided by the Google + project.  The new site will help explain Circles, Stream, Sparks, and a few more of the Google +1 features.

Learn more at the new Join My Circles website.

You may also want to visit the Grow Circles and Join My Circle sites.  All of which are still in the early stages of development.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vera Wang Longon Store

British brides no longer have to hop across the pond to shop for a Vera Wang wedding gown. Vera Wang at Browns just opened its doors and offers brides-to-be the latest bridal collection, classic designs from past collections and a made-to-order service. The shop is the first Vera Wang store in Europe.

Learn more about Vera Wang on Apparel Search.
Learn more about Vera Wang from her website.
Learn about the Vera Wang London Store.

If you enjoy Vera Wang you are welcome to join in the discussions at the Vera Wang discussion group section on the Fashion Industry Network.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fashion N Fun

Are you interested in having Fashion N Fun?  Well, if you are, I must ask what does "Fashion N" mean.  Possibly this means fashion and fun.  OK, using abreviations is getting out of control due to texting and tweeting, etc.
If you understand all of the new age abbreviations, you are several steps ahead of me.  Omg.
Anyway, if you are advanced and want to learn how to have Fashion N Fun, maybe you can do so by using fashion games and fashion apps.  Certainly, playing fashion games and playing around with fashion apps must be fun. LOL
Next time you are ready for fashion n fun, give a designer fashion game a chance.
By the way, you may also find the fashion world live website to be of interest.
Also, if you find fashion to be enjoyable, try this fashion n fun suprise link (let's see where it takes you).

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fashion Research Tips 2011

  • Look for the Fashion trends all over the World, not just in your home country.
  • Learn to place the staple colors at their right place and not everywhere on the silhouette.
  • Attend minimum "2" Textile Trade Shows globally.
  • Neatly pile up all your Research to refer to in a timely manner in future.
  • Read fashion blogs.  
So, those are a few fashion research tips presented for 2011.  By the way, these tips are good for any year...

By the way, the general concept for the above tips was from a suggestion from our friends at SoWhatIfWhy.  You can learn more at their site.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Apparel Pages Website

Their is a new Apparel Pages website available online.  We figured it would be a good idea to give you the 411 on the situation.  Here are a few of the Apparel Pages categories:

More impressive is the search engine.  You can find the engine on the main page of the site. The site is still in it's earlier stages.  More features will be added soon.

Friday, June 3, 2011

FBI Co-Op Booth at Focus Trade Show June 2011

DATES: Monday - Wednesday, June 13th-15th, 2011
SEASONS: Fall II / Holiday 11

FOCUS presents a curated selection of contemporary, young contemporary & junior lines from a well-rounded mix of emerging designers and established brands. FOCUS is a discovery lab for press & retailers not found elsewhere in the LA Market, and a window into the LA fashion, art and consumer culture inspiring it.

FBI and FOCUS Trade Show collaboration is offering an Exhibitor Promotional FBI Booth deal for only:    
$300 (FBI Members)
$500 (Non- Members, price includes membership with FBI)
- You will have to share space with other members.
-  The space you will be assigned will accommodate one rolling rack
- Limited space, we must keep the booth looking professional 
 For consideration, please submit line sheets, look book, website or other materials to: livia@fashionbizinc.org

More Information About FOCUS:  

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sourcing Online Journal Introduction

Have you heard of the Sourcing Online Journal?  Maybe this would be a good resource for you to utilize if you work in the apparel or textile industry.  Here are some comments from the Sourcing Online Journal.
Fall in Cotton Price Unlikely to Impact Garment Prices

BANGALORE | AHMEDABAD | KOLKATA: Though cotton prices are down 30% in two months, large clothing companies have no plans to reduce prices and pass on the benefit to consumers for propping up falling demand.

“When commodity prices change, the difference is only as good as the amount passed on through the last leg of production,” said Arun Sirdeshmukh, chief executive of the 47-store value apparel chain Reliance Trends, to explain why mill owners and garment units are not lowering prices.”Unless prices remain steady for a while, there may not be a change in pricing,” Sirdeshmukh said.
Raw material costs have been the biggest concern for apparel makers since August as cotton prices increased over 50% due to a global production shortfall. Raw materials account for around 80% of the garment production cost.
Learn more about cotton prices.
Brazil’s Apparel Industry Is Open for Business, but Challenges Abound
Manufacturers who set their sights on Brazil’s booming fashion market may find the costs daunting.
“It’s one of the most difficult countries to export to. There are more duties, fees and regulations than in most other countries, said Tom Gould, president of Tom Gould Customs Consulting and a senior compliance specialist at Zisser, a San Diego–based law firm that specializes in customs law.
Marc Willingham has first-hand experience with the challenges of cross-country business as president of U.S. operations for the Brazilian footwear collection Carmen Steffens.
“There’s a huge opportunity going into Brazil,” he said. “The currency is so strong, and the people are buying and they love big [international] brands [such as] Victoria’s Secret and MAC. The big challenge is the taxes and duties. It’s a protected market.”

Read More:
Cotton Farmers Burdened by Early Rains, Govt PolicyNAGPUR: The early onset of monsoons has proved to be a dampener for the cotton trade as prices came down further on expectations of a better supply in the forthcoming season. Timely rains may bring good news for farmers who may get to start their activities early and hope to reap sooner. But, on the other hand, traders are left bleeding as the prices crashed when they were sitting on a huge stock purchased at a higher rate as cotton prices had touched a peak this year.

Commodity analysts say that there is a bearish outlook for cotton in the next year which means the farmers may not get a very high rate. The April 2012 contract at National Commodity and Derivative Exchange (NCDEX) is quoted at Rs 792 per 20 kg, which comes to Rs 3960 a quintal. If futures are taken as an indication, the rates may open at lower note at the start of the harvest season in the next year.

Read More:
Above is just a small sampling of what you can learn from the Sourcing Online Journal.
Learn more about the Sourcing Online Journal at www.sourcingjournalonline.com
Discuss the Sourcing Journal or any other topic relevant to apparel or textiles at the Fashion Industry Network.  If you are interested in reading more news about apparel, please also check out the Apparel Magazine website at your convenience.
Read more textile fiber news in the textile news section on Apparel Search.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Fashion Reviews : Women's Fashion Review

The Apparel Search Company has today launched a new fashion reviews website for women's fashion.  The site is not yet completed with full functionality.  Actually, the best stuff is yet to come.  Check back in a month or two to check out the developments.

View the Women's Fashion Review website at your convenience.

Fashion Brands For Women Spotlight May 2011

Here are a few  fashion brands for women that we wanted to spotlight this month.  Some times we get caught up with our favorite brands and we do not take the time to check out what other fashion brands are doing.  Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to randomly spotlight a few fashion brands for women this month.

It is always good to study the market.  Hopefully, learning about these brands will be of help to you.

Hermant Exports Launches Viscose - Wool Collection 2011-2012

Hemant Woollens has introduced its yet another new collection for Viscose/Wool 2011-12 which is elegant and feminine. This new range of wool/viscose shawls, which are accessible in special colors  and design and are of natural fiber with awareness to all aspects. The scarf made of viscose is a perfect blend of smoothness, tenderness and fashion. An ultimate mark technique trend in the period of winter, viscose scarf is attractive  for the trend conscious people by storm owing to its excellent way and perfect  value.

Please Click on the following links for an overview of our catalogs for Viscose/Wool Collection 2011-12:-

Learn more about Hermant Exports.

Learn more about wool and viscose.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Shoe Networking Site

There is a new shoe networking website called the Shoe Network.  The shoe network site can be found at www.ShoeNetwork.org  If you are interested in networking regarding footwear brands, shoe designers, etc., you are welcome to join the shoe networking website.

You can try the forum section to discuss issues regarding shopping for shoes or the shoe industry.  You can also join various groups.  Below are a few examples of the groups.

If you enjoy footwear, please join the shoe networking site.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sneakerpedia Global Launch Unites Sneaker Enthusiasts Worldwide : Online Shoe Community News

Hundreds of sneaker collectors, enthusiasts and influencers from around the world will join together in New York City tonight to celebrate the launch of Sneakerpedia.com, a social platform, designed to venerate the unmatched passion of the sneaker community.  Powered by Foot Locker, the event will take place at Hudson Hotel's subterranean nightspot, Good Units.  Expected to attend will be some of the most prominent names within the sneaker culture, to celebrate the site launch and take part in a real-life experience of the platform.

Behind the scenes is global footwear giant, Foot Locker, building the foundation of a user-generated conglomerate of sneaker knowledge.  Foot Locker designed the platform as a gift to the community it has served for over 35 years, allowing collectors from around the world to meet virtually and share their knowledge, insight and experience.

Sneaker collectors and enthusiasts worldwide are encouraged to share their personal collections within their individual profiles by providing product photos, detailed information such as brand, color, stitching, release date, etc., as well as, a personal story relating to the shoe.  Users will be met with a bottomless virtual wall of sneakers... each one clickable, opening to the product's profile.  A map of collectors who own the shoe or have contributed to the sneaker's fodder will populate the right-hand side of the page, creating a social experience in which users can view and interact with other enthusiasts' pages and collections.
The sneaker community can upload their collections or just check out the crates of others.
Learn more about Sneakerpedia at their website and read the press release about Sneakerpedia on the Fashion Newspaper.
If you are interested, you can also check out the Shoe Network footwear community website which can be found at ShoeNetwork.org. 

If you would like to further educating yourself in regard to footwear, you may find the following links of assistance to you:
We hope that you found this shoe community news article to be of assistance to you.  It is always a good time to learn more about apparel and footwear.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Upset Hindus ask Australian Government to revoke partnership with Rosemount fashion event

Upset Hindus want Australian Government, New South Wales Government, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel to withdraw “partnership” from the annual Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) events in the future.

A model displayed an image of Goddess Lakshmi on swimwear at an RAFW event held in Sydney (Australia) from May 2-6, which upset the Hindus worldwide.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, pointed out that Australian Government, New South Wales Government, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, etc., who were said to be some of the partners this year of RAFW where a model with Goddess Lakshmi image on swimwear appeared, should dissolve the partnership in the future in view of its inability to halt the trivialization of highly revered Goddess Lakshmi.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that despite various appeals, RAFW organizers still had not come out with public apology about the episode.

Rajan Zed further said that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees. Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled.

Zed suggested that businesses should be careful when handling various religious traditions as faith was something very sacred to the devout.

RAFW, held this year against the spectacular backdrop of Circular Quay, is claimed to be Australia’s premier fashion industry event providing a platform for designers to showcase their wholesale collections to the world’s most influential buyers and media.

Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. Lakshmi is the goddess of good fortune and beauty in Hinduism and is also known as ‘world-mother’.

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