Los Angeles Fashion Market was busier than expected for many showing at the California Market Center, The New Mart, the Cooper Design Space, the Gerry Building and the Lady Liberty Building, as well as exhibitors showing at Designers and Agents, Brand Assembly and Select.
For many apparel companies, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software is seen as a tool to aid in production. But when Evy of California added NGC’s NGC PLM about two years ago, the company found the software changed the way the design department operates.
National Jewish Health Fundraiser Ball
The apparel community turned out to honor CIT Trade Finance’s Debbie Steinberg and Roth Capital Partners’ Paul Zaffaroni and raise funds for National Jewish Health at the Black and White Ball, held at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Step into the Frank & Eileen showroom on the top floor of the Lady Liberty Building and you may think you’ve stumbled on a quaint country house in 1940s-era Ireland.
The Vonderheide Showroom has relocated to a new space on the top floor of The New Mart with a wrap-around view of the changing landscape of downtown Los Angeles.
Model, financial adviser, engineer and now apparel maker, Dustin Moss recently opened a new showroom at the California Market Center to showcase his newly launched young contemporary women’s line, Moss/Jang
The second edition of Los Angeles Fashion Council’s Open Runway competition will begin on June 28.
After 30 years making patterns manually, New York–based eveningwear and dress maker Adrianna Papell is computerizing the product-development process with Los Angeles–based technology-solutions provider Tukatech.
The art of fashion illustration and Hollywood's Golden Age will meet at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising's Museum & Galleries in an exhibition titled "Designing Hollywood: Sketches from the Christian Esquevin Collection.
Futbol + Fashion
With the games in Brazil just two weeks away, where are the World Cup fashions?
The costumes from “Downton Abbey” are on display at the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate in Wilmington, Delaware
Academy of Art
Members of the Missoni family—including Rosita Missoni, Angela Missoni and Margherita Maccapani Missoni—were the guests of honor at the Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony, held May 8 in San Francisco.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Los Angeles clothing line Roar is giving away Lamborghini Aventador or a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. But first, you must vote.
Art With Style
Hong Kong–based artist Kathleen McDermott uses robotics to create problem-solving fashions like The Personal Space Dress, the Auto Filter scarf and the Miss-My-Face hat.
Loudmouth Golf struck a deal with Nickelodeon for a line of men’s and women’s styles inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants.
This fall, Invista will begin shipping a new version of Lycra made with a biologically based ingredient that will replace the petroleum-based chemical traditionally used to make Lycra.
What started as a month-long pop-up shop for Los Angeles–based contemporary brand XCVI has become a chain of seven stores across California with plans to expand.
Memorial Day Weekend
Surf-inspired retailer Hollister is hosting a beach party in Southern California on Memorial Day weekend
Torrid, Hot Topic’s plus-size division, has released its 2014 Swimsuit Edition catalog featuring Australian model Georgina Burke on the cover.
Leon Max, the founder of Los Angeles–based MaxStudio and action-sports executive Michael Egeck were honored on May 3 at the Otis College of Art and Design’s 32nd Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, where attendees helped raise nearly $1 million to support the design school’s scholarship program.
When Gala Inc. founders Galina and Michael Sobolev began shifting their production for their contemporary line, Single, back to the United States about six years ago, there were several compelling reasons to bring manufacturing home.
The Rainforest Alliance just got a $200,000 grant from Avery Dennison, the labeling giant based in Glendale, Calif.
A musical adaptation of “Heathers” recently opened on Broadway and costume designer Amy Clark has updated the 1988 film's classic looks for the stage.
Fashion, design and commerce in the digital age were discussed at an April 29 panel hosted by Fashion Group International–Los Angeles and held at Maker City LA, a new creative workspace at The Reef (formerly known as the LA Mart) in downtown Los Angeles.
With the addition of a fiber reclamation line at its facility in Spartanburg, S.C., Martex Fiber Southern Corp. will see an increase in its plant capacity for fibers made from cotton and cotton/polyester textile waste.
Gardena, Calif.–based denim maker Twin Dragon Marketing is using Lenzing’s Modal to make a black denim that is colorfast and requires less water to produce than a traditional black denim made with sulfur dye.
Colleagues Honors Monaco’s Princess Charlene
A full house of well-dressed women—and a handful of equally well-dressed men—turned out at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills at The Colleagues’ 26th annual spring luncheon and fashion fundraiser for the Children’s Institute Inc. (CII).
Pooltradeshow, the Advanstar Fashion Group–owned trade show held biannually in Las Vegas, is heading to New York, where it will host its first East Coast edition July 20–22.
Swim Collective, the 5-year-old West Coast swimwear show, will return to the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, Calif., for its Aug. 12–13 run, then move to the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif., in January.
The World Cup is a little more than six weeks away, which means it’s time to gear up your quadrennial dose of soccer terminology and fashion.
Trade Show Report
The Lazr footwear show kicked off in its new home on the third floor of The New Mart in Los Angeles for its April 23–25 run with a small group of higher-end shoe brands and an eye on the next edition of the show in August.
Guess and Garcetti
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, musicians Aloe Blacc and Maya Jupiter, and Guess? Inc. founders Maurice and Paul Marciano April 23 in kicking off Denim Day 2014 in Los Angeles.
Music + Fashion
E-tailer Revolve signed Iggy Azalea as the face of its Summer campaign, releasing a series of shots featuring the Australian singer channeling Cher Horowitz from Amy Heckerling’s 1995 film “Clueless.”
Redesign on Rodeo
Luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo unveiled its newly remodeled and expanded store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
Going to work should be an exercise in comfort. That’s the idea behind cheeky San Francisco e-tailer Betabrand latest innovation: Dress Pant Yoga Pants.
Los Angeles designer Sue Wong found inspiration in the Edwardian era and the Jazz Age for her Fall ‘14 collection, which she showed in her Mid-City studio.
Footwear trade show Lazr has a new home and a permanent pop-up shop in the Los Angeles Fashion District.
Alpharetta, Ga.–based Eton Systems will release a new mobile application designed to help apparel manufacturers collect real-time production information to help them manage the factory floor.
Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions has unveiled a new line of RFID (radio frequency identification) products to help retailers maintain inventory accuracy for products such as jewelry, cosmetics, healthcare, housewares and footwear, as well as a new solution for apparel.
Point Sur Denim
New York–based J. Crew has written a love letter to Los Angeles in the form of its website announcing its new Point Sur Denim collection.
Project Runway: Under the Gunn, the fashion reality competition that pairs designer/contestants with mentors, wrapped last night with a winning designer and mentor named. Don’t click if you don’t want to know who won.
Technology’s role in the development of fashion was on the agenda at a panel discussion hosted by French technology solutions provider Lectra and held April 3 in the Buyers Club at the California Market Center.
NASA is working on its next-generation space suit to replace the Z-1—and you can help the space agency decide what it looks like.
Made in Los Angeles
A tightly curated collection of Los Angeles–designed and Los Angeles–made collections exhibited in the second edition of the LA Apparel Show, held April 7–9 on the 13th floor of the California Market Center.
Prepare for the athletic-leisure trend to continue, the international-inspired bohemian look to evolve and for grunge to make a comeback this fall.
LA denim brand Koral has a new style with a strategic dart at the side-seam to give the wearer a slimmer fit.
Mor & Dotter
In Hanna Cousins’ new collection, Mor & Dotter, the designer mixes inspiration as much as she mixes fabrics.
The California Market Center is moving the start dates of its Select contemporary trade show and its Transit footwear show.
Building a Comfortable Lifestyle
The intimates and lifestyle brand P.J. Salvage has been expanding, opening new markets and new divisions. But one thing remains consistent: a focus on comfort.
Plus-size retailer has partnered with designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo for a new collection, which debuted on March 23 at Seagram Building in New York.