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Friday, October 30

CIT Secures Additional Financing, Restructuring Deadline Looms

CIT Group Inc. expanded its senior secured credit facility by $4.5 billion, according to a release issued by the New York–based commercial lender.Provided by “a diverse group of lenders, including many of the company’s bondholders,

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Green and Gorgeous Halloween Alternatives From Tavin (Racked LA)Fashion's Night Out Will Return in September 2010 (Coutorture)Daily Candy's New Swirl...

MAGIC Confirms Move

Woodland Hills–based Advanstar Fashion Week, owners of the MAGIC Marketplace and the Project Global Trade Show, have confirmed rumors that Project and part of MAGIC will move to the Mandalay Bay Convention Ce...

Iconix in Deal With Ecko

New York–based Iconix Brand Group announced an agreement with Ecko Brands New York that will give it a 51 percent controlling interest in the clothing maker. The deal—which ...

People's Lib Sues Charlotte Russe for $60 Million

People’s Liberation Inc.—the Los Angeles–based company that designs and produces the William Rast, J. Lindeberg and People’s Liberation brands—filed suit in Los Angeles County ...

Reed Named to Avery Board

Debra L. Reed joined the board of directors of Pasadena-based Avery Dennison Corp. Reed is president and chief executive officer of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co., which are the ...

Beverly Boulevard Hopes for Higher Foot Traffic

Big new crowds were anticipated to drive to the 7500 block of Los Angeles’ Beverly Boulevard when denim label Earnest Sewn announced it would open a flagship store there. But plans changed....

Wellen: Surfboards to Clothing

Matt Jung taught himself how to shape his own surfboards by reading blogs and watching videos on YouTube while he was a high school student in Glendale, Calif. Now Jung leaves the sh...

Focusing on Chargeback Strategies

Minimizing chargebacks and markdowns is at the top of the agenda at an upcoming two-day workshop that will offer strategies for companies large and small. ...

Opening Gambit

Tough economic times don’t deter some retailers from opening new stores....

Designer Launches Eco-Friendly Totes Made From Recycled Grocery Bags

Chris Dennler, designer and founder of Rxmance, a Los Angeles–based contemporary brand of fashion basics, has a brand-new bag....

Sensormatic--Without the Pin

Boca Raton, Fla.–based ADT Security Services introduced Sensormatic UltraLite PT, an anti-shoplifting tag that can be attached to the garment or accessory without a pin through the material. Made from ...

Miner49er Opens in Hong Kong

Miner49er store in San Clemente, Calif.Miner49er is a retail concept on the move. The San Clemente, Calif.-based boutique will open a 2,500-square-foot store in HongKong’s Tsim Sha Shui district on Nov. 18, this just one year after it...

Black Friday on Saturday

From now until Christmas, every Saturday is Black Friday at Sears. The Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based retailer is offering wee...

Gen Art's Newest Fresh Faces

In the final stretch of this L.A. Fashion Week Month filled with new fashion week players, Gen Art’s 12th annual “Fresh Faces in Fashion” at the Petersen Automotive Museum last night had a cool, familiar vibe. The hip and young crowd dressed in their best party outfits and...

Retail Openings

Despite the challenging economy, many

Vicarious by Nature and Viridian

It’s all in the understated fine details that differentiate Vicarious by Nature’s organic-cotton knits from the run-of-the-mill basics. ...

RVCA x TheCobraSnake: Just What You'd Expect

If you follow Mark Hunter, aka The Cobra Snake, then his off-the-wall 15-piece collaboration with RVCA makes total sense...

Even a Slow Economy Can't Keep Fashion Entrepreneurs Down

Try announcing you’re starting a new apparel line during this deep economic downturn and friends are likely to haul you off for a psychological examination....

Of Two Minds: A Singular Vision

Launching for Spring 2010, Of Two Minds hopes to fill every need in a certain girl’s closet. Designed by Desanka Fasiska, whose eponymous contemporary line earned her a reputation as one of Los Angel...

Thursday, October 29

Hotel [Surf] California

Confession: I'm a decor addict. There. I said it. I love a little mid-century modern furniture with my coffee. I enjoy a nice lucite chair from time to time. I've purchased more vintage rugs from Pakistan on Ebay than...

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Street Fashion: Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade (Los Angeles Times Image)Costume Dept. "A Pretty Woman" Spring/Summer 2010 Look Book...

Wednesday, October 28

Kmart Puts It on Layaway With Verreos

Last year, designer Nick Verreos talked about his most-memorable Christmas gift (a sewing machine from mom, natch) in a holiday commercial for Sears. This year, the “Project Runway” alum is going to Sears’ sister store Kmart to talk about the stores' layaway program. The en español version of...

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Designer Portraits—Oligo Tissew’s Christopher Enuke Explores Maori Culture for Naked Blue (Blackburn and Sweetzer)Now Open: Edgy, Elegant Tobi...

Tuesday, October 27

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A Vogue Halloween: Eddie Borgo on How to Make His Jeweled Pumpkin (Vogue)Now Open: Freak City's Eclectic Boogaloo (Racked LA)Trawling the Web for the...

Lightning Bolt Hangs Ten in Manhattan

Surfs up for Lightning Bolt, the relaunched surf and swimwear line that is finding that surf lovers don’t necessarily live by the ocean. They reside in Manhattan too.Lightning Bolt USA, now based on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Venice, Calif., plans to open a pop-up...

CIT Expands Credit Facility by $4.5 Billion

CIT Group Inc. expanded its senior secured credit facility by $4.5 billion, according to a release issued by the New York–based commercial lender. ...

Monday, October 26

L.A. Fashion Week Schedule

Los Angeles Fashion Week is underway and events are filling up the calendar. ApparelNews.net will continue to update the calendar as more details emerge...

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Whitley Kros Makes Spring Clothes You Can Wear to Your Holiday...

BOXeight Fashion Week—Day Three

Jerell Scott, shot by Peter GurnzLast night, the fashion flock headed back downtown for day three of BOXeight Fashion Week's photo installations. (Actually, for those who turned out for the opening-night party last Thursday, it was day four at...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Lauren Elaine

Lauren Elaine’s Black Label looked light and summery when it

Cutdrop.com Sets Up Shop for Charity

Online pop-up shop Cutdrop.com is hosting weekly sales featuring contemporary designers and will donate a portion of the profits to a charity of the brands' choice. The sales kicked off Oct. 19 with...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Bohemian Society

Surreal fashion took a stylish bow at the runway show of Bohemian Society. The Los Angeles–based label showed 27 looks for its...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Mike Vensel

Los Angeles–based designer Mike Vensel took a riff off of the word “classic” with his Wild Horses col...

Saturday, October 24

'Fashion: Refocus' Kicks Off at BOXeight

FACTORY by Erik HartBOXeight, Flaunt Magazine and L.A. Models kicked off “Fashion: Refocus,” last night at the BOXeight Warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. It was a merging of art and fashion as designers presented Spring 2010 looks with live photo installations....

BOXeight Continues

Gitte Meldgaard shooting SkingraftBOXeight's collaboration with Flaunt magazine and L.A. Models continued on Oct. 24 with photo shoots featuring Skingraft shot by Gitte Meldgaard, Orthodox shot by Lionel Deluy, Secta Shot by Peter Gurnz and...

Friday, October 23

Pally Test-Drives Retail With Pop-Up Shop

When Rachel Pally sewed some costumes for

Iconix Settles Online Child-Privacy Suit

New York–based Iconix Brand Group will pay $250,000 in civil penalties to settle charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Federal Trade Commission’s COPPA ru...

L.A. Fashion Market Dates to Shift in 2010

Fall II, Holiday/Resort markets shifts to earlier dates, Tuesday–Friday schedule....

Anniversary Time

Founded as a blank-tee provider for other manufacturers, Los Angeles–based American Apparel opened its first store, in Montreal, on Oct. 13, 2003. The next store debuted in Los Angeles on Oct. 19 in Echo Park. A few weeks later, another empo...

Odd Molly Announces Robertson Store

Swedish contemporary label Odd Molly has been sold in American stores such as Anthropologie. In late February, the Stockholm-based label will open its first American store. Odd Mol...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: MartinMartin

Avant garde fashion took a step on the runway with the

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Yotam Solomon

For Yotam Solomon, beautiful fabrics and a keen eye for silhouette are not enough. A dress must be properly accessorized. In his...

Technology Resource Guide

Looking for increased efficiency, control, and integration in your company’s operations? The right apparel-specific technology system can help facilitate high function and save time and money. These te...

OptiTex to Host Webinar Series

Israel-based CAD software maker OptiTex will host a series of apparel- and textile-specific “webinars” designed to help companies leverage efficiencies in the pre- and post-prod...

What Would Happen to Those Animals if It Were Junker's Arc

A raccoon skull as a hair accessory at the Junker show. The presence of skins, furs, feathers and bones of dead creatures is a given with Jünker, but this season the designs shown by Giuliana Mayo and Tod Waters on Oct. 22 had a higher quotient of animal carcasses than usual. While Mayo rattled off a...

The Sartorialist Greets Fashion Faithful at Beverly Center

The Sartorialist Scott SchumanThe crowd of 350 wore their fashionable best when they gathered Oct. 22 at luxury spot Beverly Center for an autograph and a brief audience with Scott Schuman, the creator of The Sartorialist blog. He signed copies of...

Cuteness Overload at Hello Kitty's 35th-Anniversary Party

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Sanrio’s cultural icon Hello Kitty, Culver City-based Royal/T gallery and café hosted a kick-off party for the Three Apples exhibition—transforming the space into a Sanrio wonderland…or my own Hello...

Loan Deal

CIT Group Inc. is being thrown a lifeline by billionaire financier Carl Icahn, who is the group’s largest creditor. Icahn, in a letter to the board, said he would extend the struggling financial group,...

Stalking Horse

The S&K Menswear chain may be out of business, but its name is worth something to The Buxbaum Group of Agoura Hills. The group, headed by Paul Buxbaum, has been chosen as the stalking-horse bidder for S&K’s intellectual-prope...

Nilit Revamps Online

Israel-based fiber maker Nilit Ltd. launched a new Web site, created to showcase the company’s products, including its latest nylon 6.6 innovations....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Kami Shade' and Supastar Clothing by Rachel Broussard

Dresses were the main event at the Rebecca Molayem Gallery in West Hollywood, Calif. where Kami Shade’ and Supastar Clothes by Rachel Broussard...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Eduardo Lucero

Most messages these days are sent on e-mail, but veteran Los Angeles–designer Eduardo Lucero sent some powerful messages through his...

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Project Runway Alum Kit Scarbo to Launch Line With Etnies (The Cut)Review of the decade in fashion: 10 years, 10 looks (Guardian UK)Friday...

BlueCherry Launches Infinity

New York–based Computer Generated Solutions introduced a new version of its BlueCherry PLM (product lifecycle management) solution that combines several applications and runs...

SLVDR: Skate Roots, Fashion Details

Few want to grow old; however, fashion designer Rob Myers believes there are a few men who want to grow up. For this growing niche of guys, Myers, a veteran of the snowboard clothing business, starte...

CSC Brings 'Stealth' to U.S. ERP Market

Information-services provider CSC, based in Falls Church, Va., is introducing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) solution to the U.S. market....

Fleur’t: New, Sophisticated Direction

Fleur’t lingerie is turning over a new leaf. Nancy Yoo’s 8-year-old label gained a following for its soft rayon/spandex boyshorts and camis trimmed with lace. ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Mode Israel

Israeli fashion made its

L.A. Market Sees Retailers Thawing Out for Spring Season

You could feel the economic chill lifting inside the various showrooms scattered around downtown Los Angeles during the Oct. 16–20 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market Spring 2010....

NRF: Consumers Cutting Back, Bargain Hunting for Holiday

Holiday shoppers will have their antennae up this season for discounts, bargains and anything that shaves a few dollars off their gift-giving budget....

Technology Helps Komar Distribution Expand

Komar Distribution Services, a division of New York–based Charles Komar and Sons, is on a mission to grow its business on the West Coast....

Fleur#039;t: New, Sophisticated Direction

Fleur’t lingerie is turning over a new leaf. Nancy Yoo’s 8-year-old label gained a following for its soft rayon/spandex boyshorts and camis trimmed with lace. ...

California's Proposed Cyber-Crime Legislation Could Resurface in 2010

A recently vetoed California bill aimed at protecting consumers’ credit card information online may resurface in 2010, according to the state senator who drafted the measure....

Stylesight Partners With Itochu

New York–based trend-forecasting service Stylesight has struck an exclusive sales and marketing deal with Itochu Fashion System Co. Ltd., the strategic design arm of Japanese...

Thursday, October 22

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LA Fashion Week—Runway to Register, Petro Zillia, Smoke Mirrors, Karen Zambos, Noir Jewelry and Sigerson Show and Sell (Blackburn and Sweetzer)Madewell paints the town...

'This Machine Kills Fashists'

Designer Christopher Nemeth has lived in Japan for 23 years and his take on fashion is so neat—because it isn't all about fashion. Image via The SelbyThe Selby, the fantastic site that is like Cobrasnake-meets-The Sartorialist, recently photographed the...

Scatola Owner, Project Founder Partner for 'Improvd' Collection

Ben-Avraham and Vettori join forces to launch an “affordable couture” women’s brand...

Wednesday, October 21

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Alice Ritter Gets Inspired by Urban Safari (and Refinery29!) For Spring '10 (Refinery 29)Tom Ford to Return to Womenswear (FabSugar)Runway Trends That May...

Tuesday, October 20

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Skingraft

It was a pared-down look on the

Looking to Marie Antoinette for Inspiration

Los Angeles Fashion Week is always filled with a few quirky displays of creativity to accent a look or make an artistic statement.Case in point were the wild wigs and their artistic toppings...

FIDM Celebrates Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture

Gianfranco Ferré for Dior, 1989-90, red silk crepe evening gown, photo: Brian Sanderson/FIDM photographyThe Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising is celebrating the style of Betsy Bloomingdale and the fine art of French Fashion. A black tie soiree feted the socialite and exhibition...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Jerell Scott

For Jerell Scott, glitz and comfort do not have to be opposites. In his 26-look

L.A Fashion Week Spring 2010: Elmer Ave.

The invitation to the

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Truly Terrifying Fashion Accessories: Reid Peppard's Rodent Taxidermy Jewelry (LA Weekly Style Council) Gaultier to Targét (Fashionista)One...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Le Chapeau by Alakazia

Like other hat lines, Le Chapeau by Alakazia offers fedoras, baseball caps and peaked caps. But Los Angeles–based designer Alakazia put his own stamp on them with looks that ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Louver by Louis Verdad

Classic Louis Verdad. That was the look the designer sent down the runway for his Louver by Louis Verdad ...

Monday, October 19

Port of Long Beach Dropped From Clean Trucks Suit

The American Trucking Associations plan to drop the Port of Long Beach from a federal lawsuit filed after the port agreed to make it easier for trucking companies to register for bus...

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Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals Spring...

popomomo and L.A. Vintage Exchange Unveil New Studio Space

Designer Liz Wasserman's lines: popomomo and CuratorialThe creative minds behind eco-friendly line popomomo and discerningly curated vintage line L.A. Vintage Exchange have joined together to open a shared studio space on....

Sunday, October 18

Kevan's Grand Statement

Kevan HallDesigner Kevan Hall went grand for his Spring 2010 runway show, held on the backlot of Universal Studios. Sponsored by the Rusnak Auto Group and Universal Studios, the event allowed guests to get an up-close look at Rusnak's latest luxury cars...

Friday, October 16

CFA, Wells Fargo Panel Forecasts Recovery, Looks Ahead to 2010

Expect a stable economic recovery. Also expect that business will never be the same....

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Just Opened: Them Atelier Front St Bring Some Fresh Shop Opps to L.A. (Refinery 29)Anna Wintour Fetes CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists (Coutorture)Shopping: Leopard...

Taking Diamonds on a World Tour

Jewelry designer AzatureCall it the Azature World Tour. The single-named Los Angeles–based jewelry designer is kicking off a six-city tour this month starting with several events in Saudi Arabia, including a party to celebrate the collection’s launch at Harvey....

I'm With the Band

No, seriously. They're so close I can unlace their sneakers.Guests at Downtown L.A. Fashion Week got plenty of entertainment last night during the evening's final show "The Paper Bag Princess's Celebration of...

Her Super Sweet 17

A look from the Queenie4Ever fashion showTatiana McLane puts a new dimension to the term young designer. The 17-year-old’s line, Queenie4Ever, was featured at the boutique EMCo’s “Up Next: Emerging L.A. Designers” fashion show on Wednesday. And this was McLane’s second fashion show. “I did one when I was...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Jen Awad

Most designers don’t materialize on the runway surface until the fashion show finale. Multi-hyphenate designer/singer/songwriter/guitarist Jen Awad, on the other hand, played a live c...

Fashion Portfolio Resource Guide

Los Angeles–based American Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer and retailer of clothing for men, women, kids, and pets, offering an expansive year-round line to which new ...

Puma#039;s Preservation Efforts

Footwear and athletic apparel maker Puma is supporting a Kenya nonprofit group that helps preserve biodiversity on Maasai tribal l...

Colorado Lowers State Wage

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment lowered the state’s minimum wage from $7.28 to $7.24 to reflect a decr...

Education Resource Guide

Los Angeles’ wide array of educational opportunities for the apparel industry parallels the job opportunities available in this fashion hub—from design to manufacturing to merchandising. Here we highlight some of the foremost fashion schools

Digging for Gold: Levi's Buries $100,000, Sends Would-Be Treasure Seekers on Hunt

Levi Strauss’ latest marketing campaign is complex and cool. ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Sue Wong

Sue Wong’s opulent home was the perfect setting to

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Sjobeck

As the first signs of winter chill hit perennially sunny Los Angeles,

Lee's Denim Day Raises Millions for Breast Cancer

Approximately 800,000 people donned a pair of jeans and donated a minimum of $5 to the fight against breast cancer on Oct. 2 for Lee Jeans’ National Denim Day event. ...

Henry Duarte Relaunches Denim

Henry Duarte made his name whipping up rock ’n’ roll–inspired fashions—think lots of leather patchwork and low-slung bell bottoms—for rockers and rockers-at-heart. Last year, the designer...

GlobalTex Returns With More Europeans, More Traffic

GlobalTex, the new textile trade show organized by the owners of the Dallas Market Center, returned for its second season at the Los Angeles Convention Center with an expand...

European Textile Show Draws Contemporary Crowd

The fifth edition of European Textile Rendezvous featured an abridged lineup but drew a mix of better, contemporary and denim designers to the show, held Oct. 7–8 at The Standard hote...

New Eatery Opens in Cooper Building

Market, the new breakfast and lunch spot by restaurateur and Patina alum Bret Thompson, opened Oct. 15 on the Cooper Design Space’s ground floor. Thompson, who made ...

Spillane in at Converse

Michael Spillane will take over as chief executive officer of Converse, replacing Jack Boys, who is retiring from the company at t...

One Suit for Forever 21 Settled, Another on the Way

The 2-year-old lawsuit between retail giant Forever 21 and award-winning fashion label Trovata was settled last week, but Forever 21’s legal woes continue....

GAP's Growth Plan for 2010

Gap Inc.’s e-commerce business and its international retail are due for a growth spurt, said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive of the San Francisco–based retail giant, during an Oct. 1...

Copyright Case Ends in a Trial-Court Win for LA Printex

Over the past several years, LA Printex Industries Inc. has carved out a small claim to fame. ...

Tommy Pinch Hits for MLB

Seattle-based Tommy Bahama inked a deal with Major League Baseball Properties to create a limited-edition collection of Tommy Bahama shirts for Major League Baseball. The multi-year partnership kicks off with a shirt...

New E-Commerce Site Targets Action-Sports Brands

Like other private online-sale sites,

Puma’s Preservation Efforts

Footwear and athletic apparel maker Puma is supporting a Kenya nonprofit group that helps preserve biodiversity on Maasai tribal l...

Thursday, October 15

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Six Ways to Dress Like Lady Gaga This Halloween (The Cut)Designers Mine American Heritage for Rags and Riches (Wall Street...

Guest Blogger: Nick's Take on L.A. Fashion Week: Jerell Scott

It's L.A. Fashion Week and in case you had not realized this, there are TONS of events and fashion shows going on. First of all: What happened? IMG pulls out of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios and every fashionista worth their Naked and Famous skinny jeans, Rachel Pally jersey top and Louboutin pumps declared that it was "OVER" for L.A. fashion. Not so much, kiddies! Los Angeles Fashion Week kicked off on Monday evening with a fabulous rooftop reception hosted by Fashion Group International and titled The Designer and the Muse, where more than 30 designers showed up to fete Southern California style and glamour. Downtown L.A. Fashion Week is happening at the Geffen Contemporary/MOCA. Maybe I'm being a bit selfish, but I love the location. (I live two minutes away so I'm just happy I don't have to drive to Culver City!) I was invited to Project Runway Season 5 designer Jerell Scott's show at DLAFW and, of course, a boy like me could not turn that down! I brought my NIKOLAKI co-designer, David Paul, to check it all out. The pouring rain couldn't keep me away from supporting a Project Runway alum.As soon as I arrived, I was whisked backstage to take a "peek" at the models (who were ready for their catwalk close-up). The models looked dangerously gorgeous in their smeared smoky-eye make-up and teased-and-tousled hair. Back in our seats, David and I were excited as we spotted one of our favorite stylists, Kit "Pistol" Scarbo (Project Runway Season 4) and the very pretty Emily Brandle (Season 5 designer). I’m sure it wasn’t a coincidence that we were all seated together! It was like a Project Runway reunion. The show began with singer Countre Black providing the fierce RB-meets-House soundtrack (singing live!). For Spring 2010, Jerell Scott showed 1920’s–inspired flapper shift dresses, as well as very feminine printed blouson silk mini-dresses perfect for a young Hollywood starlet. If the Jerell Scott girl wants day, she can look no further than the lovely group of printed cotton “short-to-long” dresses he offered up. The stunners, however, were definitely the mini-dresses in contrasting sequined fabric and tulle with shoulder padded accents. Trust me, these were FIERCE! Jerell definitely has a point of view and I admire his eye for mixing fabric. There’s a hint of a young Christian Lacroix in his dresses—but with an urban edge. It was very 1920s speakeasy DIVA. After the show, Jerell explained that it was “an exploration of the world’s obsession with Hollywood decadence and glamour.” Well then, get me a ticket to ride on the Jerell Scott Decadence Train! Kit "Pistol" Scarbo, Emily Brandle and Nick

'Wonderland' - Behind-the-Scenes

Costume Dept. sequin top, Rik Villa's leggings and Jared gold's beaver felt hat as featured on this week's cover, photo by Richard KnappIt’s LA Fashion Week. The event always inspires the need to showcase the design talent based here. You have probably noticed the stunning...

Wednesday, October 14

Rock Fashion Week Moves to Petersen

Rock Fashion Week and the Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion show are moving from Paramount Studios to the Petersen Automotive Museum....

Michel Berandi: Fashion Meets Technology

Michel Berandi installation at Downtown LA Fashion Week, photos courtesy of Michel Berandi and his high-tech designs.

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Le Chic: The Very Best Street Style from Paris Fashion Week (Refinery29)L.A. design talent emerges on the runway (Los Angeles...

Queens in the Desert

Equality California—the 11-year-old organization that works with legislation, policy makers and coalitions to achieve equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community—will host its annual Equality Awards gala presented by ATT...

Emerging Designer Show at DLAFW

Phong Hong's rosette mini dress, photo by Felix SalzmanDowntown LA Fashion Week kicked off at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with a fashion show honoring the talents of emerging designers. The Fashion Angel Award for...

Louver at Downtown L.A. Fashion Week

Just back from the Louver show at Downtown L.A. Fashion Week. Designer Louis Verdad showed a lovely collection that blended his signature tailored silhouettes with ’70s disco details—think plunging backs, Bianca Jagger-style white suits and lots of...

Tuesday, October 13

New Lines: The Lady Liberty Building

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The Lady Liberty Building, 843 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each market week issue...

New Lines: The New Mart

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The New Mart, 127 E. Ninth St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each market week issue. Compi...

GlobalTex Launches Three-Day Show

The fabric trend trees at GlobalTex add a soft light and valuable information to the showRound two of GlobalTex, the international textile and sourcing fair, opened today at the Los Angeles Convention Center.This...

New Lines: California Market Center

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the California Market Center, 110 E. Ninth St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each market w...

DeanZign's Oprah Moment

Los Angeles-based label DeanZign is featured on the cover of the November issue of O magazine, worn by the myth, the legend, the lady herself. On the cover, talk show host, publisher, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey is wearing a red jersey wrap dress...

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Style Wins at Hollywood Life's 6th Annual Style Awards (FabSugar) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Launch Eyewear Collection Under The Row (Coutorture)There will not be, we repeat...

Laguna Beach Swimwear

Gerry Building Suite 404 (213) 624-1300...

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each market ...

New Lines: The 824 Building

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The 824 Building, 824 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each market week issue. Compiled by Rhea Cortado.

CIT's Peek to Step Down at Year-End

Jeffrey M. Peek, chief executive officer of the CIT Group Inc., will retire from the New York–based commercial finance company at the end of the year. The company’s board is forming a search committee ...

L'Koral

L’KoralCooper Design SpaceSuite 415(213) 412-0181Filling more than 3,000-square-feet, L’Koral’s first-ever West Coast showroom brings all the manufacturer’s contemporary br...

It's All About the Girls

It’s All About the Girls New Mart, Suite 1009 (213) 624-9715

New Lines: Gerry Building

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the Gerry Building, 910 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each market week issue. Co...

Raw Honey

California Market Center,Suite B890 (323) 796-0442...

Monday, October 12

MAGIC Launches New Footwear Section

The MAGIC Marketplace has announced the addition of FN Platform, a footwear-focused section that will debut during the trade show giant’s February 2010 edition. A joint venture bet...

Eduardo Lucero to Present Collection in Mexico

A look from Eduardo Lucero's Fall 2009 collection presented at the Museum of Latin American Art in April.It will be a homecoming celebration for L.A. designer Eduardo Lucero, who will showcase his Spring 2010...

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Paris perfumer Francis Kurkdjian bubbles up in Beverly Hills (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Liz Goldwyn opens her vintage vault--for a Web auction...

Friday, October 9

Dona Daneshi: Luxury Looks Mixed With Mysticism

Dona Daneshi fused mysticism and travels through time to create her debut eponymous collection. Titled “I Am Mystic,” the collection is inspired by romantics, mystics and poetesses of lo...

Everything's Coming Up Roses in Barbara Fields' Spring 2010 Forecast

Roses and floral looks will be among the most dominant prints. Chambray is coming back. Studs will be a trim of choice....

Liz to Penney's

The venerable Liz Claiborne brand, a decades-old label originally designed to sell to well-heeled working women, will be sold only at J.C. Penney Co. department stores in a 10-year deal starting August 2010. ...

Is the Price Right at Retail?

As the first anniversary of the worst holiday retail season in more than a generation approaches, few analysts expect that retailers will produce the sometimes jaw-dropping discounts of the 2008 Chris...

NRF Forecasts Holiday Sales to Decrease 1 Percent

Sales for the upcoming holiday season will decrease 1 percent compared with the 2008 holiday season, according to a forecast released Oct. 6 by the National Retail Federation, an organization...

E-Tailers, Insiders Leverage Social-Media Tools to Brand-Build

The influence of fashion bloggers is no longer limited to computer screens, as evident during the most recent New York Fashion Week. Fashion bloggers were invited to sit in the rows at runway...

Competition Fierce in Discount-Sales Business

Inside the spacious Los Angeles Convention Center, thousands of premium-denim jeans hang as far as the eye can see—enough jeans to fill several retail stores end to end....

September Numbers Lift Retailers' Spirits

Many retailers reported better-than-expected sales in September, and economist Michael Niemira said it was proof a long-awaited recovery had started....

Hints of Recovery at L.A. Majors Market Exhibitors

“Better than April”—that was the recurring refrain among exhibitors at the Oct. 5–7 run of the Los Angeles Majors Market, which features juniors and volume merchandise geared towa...

Retail Focus Resource Guide

Alina Jeans launched during the Sept. 1–3 run of the Project Global Trade show in Las Vegas with its “Dirty Summer 2010” collection. The denim line is inspired by Venice Beach, the home of creat...

Stitz in at Nike

Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc. promoted Michaela (Michi) Stitz to vice president of Central and Eastern Europe, replacing Marc van Pappelendam, who was named vice president of the United Kingdom/Irela...

RFID Hits the Sales Floor

An upcoming industry event in Fayetteville, Ark., will examine the commercial viability of RFID tagging items on the retail sales floor. The Oct. 27–28 event at the University of Arkansas is organized by the Council of Supply Chain Management Profes...

GlobalTex Panel to Tackle Copyright Issues

Textile copyright and design piracy are on the agenda at an Oct. 14 seminar at the GlobalTex trade show at the Los Angeles Convention Center....

FMNC Sold Out

The Fashion Market Northern California trade show, set for Oct. 24–27 at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, Calif., has reportedly reached capacity...

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Shopping: Lace Detailing (Coutorture)Designers' Domain: Size Zero. Mark Badgley and James Mischka embrace a tiny New York studio (Wall Street Journal) Man Shops Globe Inspires...

Wasteland Expands into Downtown Burbank, Calif

Cheryl Cohen considered the building one of the dullest examples of 1970s architecture. But she and husband Joe Swinney decided to build their fourth Wasteland boutique at 325 N. San...

Big Bird Joins Up With American Apparel

Bert and Ernie and the crew are finding a new home: on T-shirts made by American Apparel....

Finance Resource Guide

These established financial firms offer experience and expertise in the apparel industry. Their full range of factoring, finance, and receivables-management services can help support and protect your business...

Trends for Spring 2010 on View

Directives West and The Doneger Group presented its “Spring 2010 Contemporary, Juniors and Girls F...

Denimatrix Partners With Label Maker

Denimatrix—the Guatemalan maker of premium jeans for brands such as Rock & Republic, Gap and Banana Republic—announced a partnership with Accesorios Textiles (Ac...

2010 Will See a Slow Liftoff That Will Gain Speed

If the storm is over, where’s the sunshine?...

Diving Right In

Andy Blab, center, with Otis studentsThe Otis College of Art and Design, whose fashion department is located in downtown Los Angeles at the California Market Center, churns out a consistent supply of talented swimwear designers for the...

Torrid's Glamour for a Cause

Gown from Torrid's House of Dreams event. Gown by Jessica Cho.Photo by Times are good for Torrid, a division of pop-culture retailer Hot Topic. Torrid’s same store sales for September increased 4 percent. On Sept. 24, Torrid produced House of...

William Rast Embraces Retail

William Rast, the Los Angeles–based maker of premium denim and sportswear founded by singer Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala, will make the leap into retail next month. Sla...

Thursday, October 8

Burglars Steal Thousands in Merchandise in Robertson Crime Spree

Los Angeles’ high-profile fashion retail street Robertson Boulevard has not suffered from a major burglary in recent memory, according to the district’s shopkeepers, but that sense of peace was shattere...

An Award Ceremony Kanye Wouldn't Dare to Crash

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association's annual Image Awards are known to get rowdy. There are bottles of tequila on every table and winners and presenters alike pound shots and roast their peers with equal gusto. This year's awards, held Oct. 2 during SIMA's Surf Summit in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, is no exception.Breakthrough Boys: Scott and Dean of AtwaterTwo-timers:...

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Irving Penn, One of Fashion's Most Influential Photographers, Dead at 92 (Fashionologie)Paris Fashion Week: Sexuality lurks beneath the surface at...

Wednesday, October 7

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Street Fashion: Santee Alley, downtown L.A. (Los Angeles Times Image)Syria's Fashion Debut (Wall Street Journal)Sweetest Goodbye: Ed Hardy Outlet...

Mayor Kicks Off L.A. Fashion Week

Mayor Antonio Villarigosa was on hand today at the California Market Center to officially kick off Los Angeles Fashion Week—or, as many of us have taken to calling it, Los Angeles Fashion Month. Events begin on Oct. 8 and run through the end of the month. “The positive impact of the fashion industry is evident,” the...

Little Shop of Operas

Halloween, here we come. LA Opera will sell costumes from past productions such as “La Traviata” shown here. Photo by Robert Millard, courtesy of...

Tuesday, October 6

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Paris Fashion Week: Junya Watanabe takes the men's suit from business trip to acid trip (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Paris Fashion...

Fashion Week Face-Off

While many have wondered how L.A. Fashion Week would shape up this season, it appears multiple fashion weeks will be facing off over what has now been dubbed “LA Fashion Month.” LA Fashion on Broadway is the latest event to join...

Business and Trend Seminars Planned for GlobalTex

Textile trade show GlobalTex kicks off its sophomore run Oct. 13-15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the trade show’s seminar schedule includes a mix of business and trend sem...

American Rag to Open 7 World Denim Bar Boutiques

World Denim Bar in Los AngelesRejoice, denim lovers. American Rag Cie founder Mark Werts said Oct. 5 that he plans to open seven World Denim Bar boutiques. The next one is scheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2010. He planned to build...

Monday, October 5

Sales and Events—Around Town and on the Web

With the parade of Los Angeles Fashion Month’s shows and events just right around the corner, a number of events and sales are kicking off the first full week of October in fashionable style.More information on all of October’s stylish happenings...

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Designer Spotlight: PH8 (FabSugar) Paris Fashion Week: Lindsay Lohan's first Emanuel Ungaro collection is a walk of shame (Los Angeles Times'...

Sneak Peek at L.A. Fashion Weekend

The recently debuted Logan Riese boutique had not been open for more than a couple of weeks when owner/designer Logan Riese started rearranging chairs and tables for a bunch of new guests at the Robertson Boulevard store for his...

Tesla Sportscars, Agave Denim—and Guacamole—at Mario's Seattle

Agave's Jeff Shafer at Mario's Seattle storeRIDGEFIELD, Wash.—I’m just back from the latest Agave Denim/Tesla Roadster Test Drive event, held at Mario’s Seattle store. Ever since Agave teamed up with the luxury electric sportscar maker last year, I’ve been traveling the country attending similar events, which give people a chance to test drive a...

Friday, October 2

Swedish Designers for William Rast Return to N.Y.

After a brief stint in the land of sun, designers Johan Lindeberg and his wife, Marcella, have moved back to New York....

GlobalTex Resource Guide

GlobalTex: L.A. International Textile & Sourcing Fair bows its second installation Oct. 13–15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will feature the latest designs, developments, techniques, and trends ...

California Mart's Adele Morse Platt, 87

Adele Morse Platt, philanthropist and former apparel-industry executive, died on Sept. 30 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 87....

Juniors Brands Make a Move Into Contemporary Territory

Juniors brands have grown adept at turning upscale inspiration into sharply priced goods for the price-conscious shopper and the younger set. Now, the specialty stores and boutiques that once provided...

New Era for Spike Lee

Buffalo, N.Y.–based New Era Cap. Co. Inc., maker of the on-field caps for Major League Baseball, has teamed up with director Spike Lee to create the newest addition to Lee’s Spike Lee Joint cap collecti...

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Rick Owens Sticks to Black, White, Gray, and Nude, But Brings Back Models of Color for Spring 2010 (Fashionologie) It's October, a.k.a Los Angeles...

Material World West Bows at CMC Alongside L.A. Textile Show

Material World & Technology Solutions debuted its West Coast show during a Sept. 30–Oct. 2 run co-located with the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the Californi...

Spotted at the L.A. Textile Show

Santino Rice at John Marshall’s booth in the Los Angeles Textile Show Santino’s black denim “mud flap”THREE GENERATIONS OF FABULOUS: Petro Zillia's Nony Tochterman with her mother and daughter MORE THAN SWIMWEAR : Designer Anna...

One Doctor's Fashion Prescription

Roderick Tung and Lisa Kline any stylists might think of themselves as curing fashion ills, but only one man might seriously claim the title of fashion doctor. He’s Roderick Tung. He is a 33-year-old practicing cardiologist in Los Angeles and the designer of men’s...

Princess for an Evening

Almost every little girl has dreamed of becoming a princess. For many little girls, the princess fantasies of happily ever-afters still continue even when the reality of growing up...

Kellogg Named President of VF's Contemporary Brands

Greensboro, N.C.–based VF Corp. named Susan Kellogg president of VF’s Contemporary Brands coalition, which includes the 7 For All Mankind, John Varvatos, Ell...

Williams Promoted at HMX

Chicago-based HMX Group, the company formerly known as Hartmarx Corp., promoted Doug Williams from president and chief operating officer to chief executive officer. He will also serve as a company director. Williams ...

Ever Opens Fashion Island Boutique

With the Christmas holiday season just around the corner, Los Angeles-based premium brand Ever debuted a boutique Oct. 1 at A-list retail center Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif. The 1...

Adele Morse Platt

Adele Morse Platt died Sept. 30, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her death came just one day before her 88th birthday....

Apparel Employment Dips in N.Y.

Apparel and textile employment in New York dropped 6.7 percent, according to a recent survey published by Evanston, Ill.–based Manufacturers’ News Inc. The annual report and industrial directory covers...

Galadriel Mattei Accessories

Galadriel Mattei’s self-named accessories line started with a slouchy beanie that she made for herself using a vintage cashmere sweater as fabric. The “Civil Watch Cap” was inspired by Ci...

Christopher Collins

San Francisco–based designer Christopher Collins has taken a community-oriented approach to growing his clothing business. The designer counts several local society women as his clients—such as San Francisco ...

Forward Global Trade Show Aims to Be the First Online

Entrepreneurs have produced online fashion markets and fashion shows. Consumers shop online. So the next reasonable step seems to be online trade shows. ...

Ports Celebrate First Anniversary of Clean Trucks Program

After only one year in operation, the ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach expect their Clean Trucks Program to eliminate 80 percent of diesel truck pollution two years earlier than expected....

Thursday, October 1

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Wren Recruits Swedish Blogger Filippa Berg for Spring '10 Lookbook (Teen Vogue)Sitting Down With Gareth Pugh (Style File)From the Runway to Your Laptop. In Milan,...

Ever Opens Fashion Island Boutique

Ever's Jason BleickWith the Christmas holiday season just around the corner, Los Angeles-based premium brand Ever debuted a boutique Oct. 1 at A-list retail center Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif. The 1,000 square-foot Ever is the third in the premium fashion...

India Calling

India Tourism celebrated the incredible culture of its homeland by bringing a taste of India to Los Angeles. On Sept. 17, the California Plaza was transformed into a version of India with everything from fashion to photography, crafts and cuisine. The event was created to offer a unique experience of India’s rich culture.