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Alison A. Nieder

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Footwear Show Lazr Bows at The New Mart

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.

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Support Denim Day

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.

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Iggy Azalea and Revolve Kick Off a Clueless Summer

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.”

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New Choo in the City

Redesign on Rodeo

Luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo unveiled its newly remodeled and expanded store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

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Professional Stretch

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.

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Edwardian Evolution

Sue Wong

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.

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Lazr Trade Show Opens Pop-Up Shop and HQ in Downtown L.A.

Trade Show

Footwear trade show Lazr has a new home and a permanent pop-up shop in the Los Angeles Fashion District.

Eton Introduces Android-Based Production Solution With Quick Implementation

Technology

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.

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Avery Dennison Expands RFID Offerings

Technology

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.

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J. Crew’s Love of LA is in Their Jeans

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.

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Under the Gunn: We Have a Winner

Fashion Competition

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.

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Lectra Panel Explores Intersection of Technology and Fashion

Technology

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.

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Style in Space

Galactic Fashion

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.

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Local-Focused LA Apparel Show Returns for Second Season

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.

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Ath-Leisure, Folk-Inspiration and Grunge on Horizon for Fall’14

Directives West

Prepare for the athletic-leisure trend to continue, the international-inspired bohemian look to evolve and for grunge to make a comeback this fall.

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Koral's New Line

Denim Trends

LA denim brand Koral has a new style with a strategic dart at the side-seam to give the wearer a slimmer fit.

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California Cool Meets NY Edge and Scandinavian Roots

Mor & Dotter

In Hanna Cousins’ new collection, Mor & Dotter, the designer mixes inspiration as much as she mixes fabrics.

LA Market Continues With Split Start Dates in June, August

Trade Show

The California Market Center is moving the start dates of its Select contemporary trade show and its Transit footwear show.

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P.J. Salvage

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.

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Isabel Toledo x Lane Bryant

Fashion Collab

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.

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Lucky's Man in Black

Fashion + Music

Lucky Brand—and Johnny Cash fans—caught a lucky break with the discovery and release of a “lost” Cash album, “Out Among the Stars,” recently released on Columbia/Legacy.

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CFDA Incubator Comes to LA

Designer Spotlight

The CFDA {Fashion Incubator} program is a business mentorship that gives designers access to workshops, seminars, networking and travel opportunities—“all with the objective of helping them grow their business.”

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The Indie Side of LA Market

Henry Duarte hosts a group of independent designers during LA Market at his atelier on Los Angeles Street.

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CFDA Incubator Showcase Comes to LA

Events

For the first time, the Council of Fashion Designers of America brought its latest group of designers in the CFDA Fashion Incubator program to Los Angeles, where they showcased their lines at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

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Capital Tailors Relaunches

Manufacturing

Capital Tailors, the premium collection originally started in 2003 by Glenn Williams and Lucky Brand founders Gene Montesano and Barry Perlman, relaunched for Fall 2014 during Los Angeles Fashion Market.

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Key Retailers Turn Out at Los Angeles Fashion Market

Trade Show

Buyers from Nordstrom, Nasty Gal, Piperlime, Amazon.com, ShopBop, Elyse Walker, Madison, Ron Herman, Tilly’s, Revolve and American Rag turned out for the Fall 2014 Los Angeles Fashion Market.

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BJ Hearts LA

Betsey Johnson at LA Fashion Week

Betsey Johnson showed her Fall 14 collection on March 12 at Style Fashion Week at LA Live.

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Los Angeles International Textile Show

Emerging Designers and Established Brands

A slow start on opening day of the March 10–12 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show gave way to a flurry of activity as a mix of established brands and emerging designers turned out to source fabric, trim, trend and technology resources.

Kellwood and Meister Split

David Meister had operated under the Kellwood umbrella for 15 years under a licensing agreement that will not be renewed.

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Wren Wins the Internet With First Kiss

Viral Marketing

Los Angeles contemporary line Wren's YouTube video titled “First Kiss” features 10 strangers meeting—and kissing—for the first time.

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Cooper Celebrates 'Vices'

Photography Exhibition

The Cooper Design Space will host an exhibition of photographer Jamie Johnson’s new series, titled “Vices, or I will Not…”

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Have It Your Way, Jeremy Scott!

Fashion As Social Commentary?

Jeremy Scott’s Fall collection for Moschino appears to be inspired by a certain fast-food behemoth.

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Le Frenchlab

Showroom Profile

Le Frenchlab launched in August and is distributing and marketing the “new generation” of French designers, said founder Emmanuelle Rienda.

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Real-Life Paper Doll

Cute Couture

Four-year-old “Mayhem” Keiser designs paper copies of some very high-profile dresses.

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Hollywood Toile

Textile Trends

Los Angeles–based Robert Kaufman Fabrics has a new design called Urban Toile, which features sights of LA.

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Nick Verreos and David Paul's Nikolaki Collection at FIDM

Red Carpet Runway

In anticipation of the March 2 Academy Awards red carpet, designers Nick Verreos and David Paul hosted a red-carpet runway presentation of their Nikolaki collection

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Amy Adams Among Honorees at Event in Beverly Hills

Costume Designer Gala

The Costume Designers Guild celebrated its 16th awards ceremony with a Beverly Hills gala Feb. 22 featuring plenty of celebrities and costume designers—and plenty of shared jokes between the two.

Positive Mood at Las Vegas Trade Shows

Trade Show

The outlook is encouraging after the recent run of apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas, where many exhibitors reported upbeat buyers ready to place orders for Immediate through Fall deliveries.

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Established lingerie brands and start-up lines at CurveNV

Trade Show

Amid the more than 130 lingerie, sleepwear and loungewear brands exhibiting at theCurveNV Las Vegas show Feb. 17–18 at The Venetian were 30 new companies.

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Upscale Merchandise at MRket, Accessories the Show at Stitch

Trade Show

Buyers looking for upscale menswear, womenswear and accessories turned out for the Feb. 17–19 run of MRket, Stitch and Accessories The Show at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.

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WWDMAGIC draws returning, new and international retailers

Trade Show

Exhibitors at the Feb. 18–20 run of WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center reported upbeat retailers from across the country and the world turning out to place orders for Immediate, Summer and Fall deliveries.

James Campbell Brands Acquired by Hampshire Group

Finance

Los Angeles–area menswear maker James Campbell Brands has been acquired by New York–based Hampshire Group Ltd. from Maverick J LLC, a Rick Solomon Co.

Infor Introduces New PLM Solution for Brands, Manufacturers and Retailers

Technology

New York–based business application software provider Infor has launched Infor Fashion Product Lifecycle Management to help apparel makers connect all product development functions along the supply chain.

Italian Brand Imperial Expands With Lectra PLM

Technology

Bologna, Italy–based men’s and women’s collection Imperial has been on a growth track since its launch in 1978 by Adriano Aere and Emilia Giberti.

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Gerber Launches New Leather Cutting System

Cutting Technology

When field testing its newly introduced Taurus II leather-cutting system, Gerber Technology found the system improved yield results by as much as 10 percent over manual or die cutting.

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Busy Start to Las Vegas Shows

Show Coverage in Las Vegas

Domestic and international retailers navigated the more than 20 events held across the city at this week's Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing shows.

Première Vision Acquires Leather and Fur Show Cuir à Paris

Textile Trade Show

Première Vision S.A. is growing its portfolio of upscale textile and trim trade shows, which includes Première Vision, Indigo, Expofil, Modamont, Tissu Premier and Fatex, with the addition of leather and fur trade show the Cuir à Paris.

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T-Shirt Comedy Hour

Spotted on the Showfloor

Los Angeles brand Sub_Urban Riot recently got a nice shout out for one of its new T-shirt styles when Beyonce posted a Twitter selfie wearing Sub_Urban Riot’s “Kale” shirt.

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Cone Serves Up Denim With Ketchup and Mustard

Recycled Textiles

Cone Denim is in Las Vegas this week with the latest in its lineup of denim made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Put on Your Pantone

Colorful Launch

Color forecaster Pantone unveiled a new line of menwear called Pantone Colorwear during the recent New York Fashion Week.