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September Sales Show Strength and Weakness


September looked good for retail sales, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Forecast Bright for Holiday, But Analysts and Consumers Uneasy


Economists for the NRF, the largest retail trade group in America, forecast good business for the crucial holiday season. NRF released a forecast on Oct. 7 that predicts sales in November and December will increase 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion.

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Department Stores and Chains Turn Out

LA Majors Market

Business for the juniors and department store–focused LA Majors Market, which ran Oct. 6-8 at the California Market Center, was brisk, according to the market’s vendors.

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Go Sports Luxe, T-shirt and Distressed

Spring 2015 Fashions

Predictions and observations on next year’s juniors fashions that came out of the Barbara Fields Spring-Summer 2015 Trend Presentation on October 6-8.

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Velvet Heart’s Tsabag

Returning to Juniors With Free Heart

Moshe Tsabag spent 12 years building the Hot Kiss juniors label before selling it in 2008 and turning his attention to the contemporary market with his Velvet Heart label.

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Showroom Profile: Shu Shu Showroom

New Lines

Darlier this year, Hsu decided to make her life more manageable by shutting down her New York showroom and transferring it to Los Angeles.

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Showroom Profile: Summer Somewhere

At LA Market

Virginia native, opened her showroom, Summer Somewhere, in the Cooper Design Space in June. With the help of Richard Ruiz, stylist for Mara Hoffman, Spigel transformed the lofty corner space into a beach oasis, complete with a hammock hanging over a sandbox and display tables made from vintage surfboards.

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Showroom Profile: Allen Allen

New Lines

Open. Fresh. Light. That’s how Kari Carpino describes the new showroom for Los Angeles–based casual contemporary line Allen Allen, which, Carpino said, is a good match with the Allen Allen personality.

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Showroom Profile: W5 Concepts

New Lines

For Karyn Kim, the questions all designers should ask themselves can be boiled down to a few Ws.

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Spring Forecast

Directives West

The trend presentation, held on Oct. 6, opening day of Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center in Los Angeles, covered three key trends of the season: “Simply California,” “Effortlessly Feminine” and “Global Bazaar.”

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LA Fashion Week Begins

Los Angeles Fashion Week begins today.

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Fashion’s Mentor Moment at the White House

Fashioning the Future

First Lady Michelle Obama and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour hosted the first White House Fashion Education Workshop on Oct. 8 in Washington D.C.

Gap’s Murphy Resigns

Executive Moves

Glenn Murphy, Gap Inc.’s chief executive officer and chairman, announced his resignation from the company on Oct. 8.

NRF Forecasts 4.1 Percent Increase in Christmas Sales

Holiday 2014

Expect a good Holiday season, according to a National Retail Federation forecast.

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Rachel Zoe at South Coast Plaza

Rachel Zoe styled looks for high profile women such as Nicole Richie, Britney Spears and Kate Beckinsale before launching her own media vehicles such as Bravo program The Rachel Zoe Project. On Oct. 9, Zoe will be at South Coast Plaza in Orange County to helm the Live the Look Fall trend presentation runway show.

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Alternative X Art of Elysium

Alternative gained notice for designing sustainable clothing at its Los Angeles studio. Recently, Alternative designed some soft tees to raise funds for Art of Elysium

Wet Seal’s Veteran CFO Resigns

Executive Moves

Steven H. Benrubi, the long-serving chief financial officer of The Wet Seal Inc., resigned from the struggling juniors retailer.

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Deep Pockets Required

Denim Design

The supersize of the iPhone 6 (and iPhone 5 Plus, not to mention the Galaxy Note) has created a fashion problem.

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Spring '15

Femme Sport

Sportswear takes a femme turn with floral prints, tennis skirts, matching sets and plenty of crop tops. Game on.—N. Jayne Seward

Los Angeles Fashion Week Calendar: Spring 2015 Collections


Los Angeles Fashion Week runway shows get underway on Oct. 8. Events and details are still being finalized. We will add events to the online calendar as they are announced.