The worlds of fashion and technology merged at the launch of Melange Live, a conference that explored new developments in e-commerce, mobile/digital payments, brand building using social media and new innovations in wearable technology.
Performance characteristics such as moisture management, water repellency and odor control are familiar territory for consumers of activewear while enhanced performance features are relatively new for casual apparel and ready-to-wear.
Designer Carole Little passed away on Sept. 19 at her home in San Diego following a long illness. She was 79.
Fashion on Film
Fashion followers can take a peek into the world of Jeremy Scott in the documentary “Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer,” which bows in theaters today.
ASICS America, the Irvine, Calif.–based U.S. arm of Japanese footwear brand ASICS, hired Gene McCarthy to replace ASICS America Group President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Wulff, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Attendees at Gerber Technology's upcoming Ideation2015 technology conference will get a chance to hear from “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn, who will give the keynote address at the Oct. 29–30 software conference for the fashion, apparel, accessories and footwear industries in Las Vegas.
New York designer Rosie Assoulin has joined the Mentorship Program at Alvanon, the software and sizing solutions company.
Santa Monica, Calif.–based yoga studio and retailer YogaWorks recently added to its portfolio with the purchase of three studios in San Francisco; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Boston.
New York–based yoga lifestyle brand and retailer Yogasmoga is continuing its retail rollout with new stores opening in the Northern California cities of Corte Madera and Walnut Creek.
Victorinox, the maker of the iconic Swiss Army knife, today kicked off a student contest to redesign the Swiss Army knife handle with inspiration from New York or Los Angeles.
Retailers along Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue—on the stretch between Fairfax and Highland—will participate in a sidewalk sale on Sept. 26.
Designers looking for vintage sports inspiration would be wise to make a trip to Springfield, Mass., where they will find a huge collection of vintage (and contemporary) uniforms at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Baltimore-based athletic-apparel company Under Armour Inc.> has selected Los Gatos, Calif.–based Centric Software Inc.’s product lifecycle management (PLM) solution Centric 8 PLM.
Gerber Technologies, the Tolland, Conn.–based equipment and software solutions company, teamed up with the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) free-trade area to establish a new program for technical assistance and training in the African nation of Mauritius.
Waves of buyers traversed the Las Vegas Convention Center for the Aug. 17–19 run of WWDMAGIC in Las Vegas, where young contemporary, juniors and accessories brands showcased their current collections.
Tommy Hilfiger hosted tennis match between professional tennis player Rafael Nadal and models Chanel Iman, Constance Jablonski and Noah Mills.
Celeb Style Education
Actor Antonio Banderas is studying fashion design at Central Saint Martins in London.
Upscale lingerie and swimwear show CurveNV has been part of the Las Vegas landscape since 2007, but in a partnership with MAGIC parent UBM Advanstar, the show moved from its prior home at The Venetian to a new space in theLas Vegas Convention Center.
Trade Show Report
This season, the Pooltradeshow moved back upstairs to run alongside Project for the show’s Aug. 17–19 run at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Retailers visiting the trade shows at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center found the scene buzzing with activity—and new exhibitors—during the shows’ Aug. 17–19 run.
For exhibitors—and some buyers—there wasn’t much time between the close of the trade shows in Las Vegas and the opening of Fashion Market Northern California on Aug. 22 at the San Mateo Event Center.
Mimi Kim's skincare line Biodara is hand-blended from bioactive botanical materials in Huntington Beach, Calif.
According to the National Retail Federation’s Back-to-School Spending Survey, families are halfway through their shopping lists and may be waiting for prices to drop before buying more.
To show off its Fall collection, California plus-size retail chain Torrid turned to its customers.
LAS VEGAS—The landscape of the Las Vegas trade shows changed again as the giant UBM Advanstar, owner of the MAGIC Marketplace and Project, re-merchandised the layout of its shows.
FCI Fall ’15 collections
Known for its fast-track design program, FCI The Fashion School (previously called Fashion Careers International) showcased the Fall ’15 collections of 10 students on Aug. 13 at the Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood.
Software and hardware provider Gerber Technology named Jeff An director of professional services for product lifecycle management (PLM) in the company’s office in Shanghai.
Denim designer Jimmy Taverniti has joined Siwy as creative director. The first collection under Taverniti’s direction will be Spring/Summer 2016
New York–based technology solutions provider Infor announced it plans to acquire GT Nexus, the Oakland, Calif.–based global trade and logistics platform, for $675 million.
Print solution company Epson has the fashion industry in its sights, hoping to win designers over with the promise of creating their own graphic prints on demand.
Actress Emma Watson recently teamed up with Vogue to produce a video focusing on gender equality in the fashion industry.
New York–based fashion and retail solutions provider Simparel has launched Simparel SFC, a new shop floor–control product aimed at using wireless technology and mobile devices to help manufacturers gather real-time data about everything from order tracking to machine downtime.
NEW YORK—After celebrating its 10th anniversary in Milan, Italian textile trade show Milano Unica took a small group of mills on the road for its first edition in New York.
Last year, Cubukcu and Topcuoglu began developing Fabrium, an online sourcing site to connect textile mills with designers and manufacturers.
Location is only one of the changes planned for Kingpins; the show will also shift its dates from its traditional January/July schedule to a November/May schedule beginning with its Nov. 3–4 show at Pier 36 NYC (Basketball City) in Manhattan.
Two years ago at Texworld USA in New York, Los Angeles knitting mill SG Knits met with a potential customer. The two companies stayed in touch, and two years later the potential customer has become an actual one.
Première Vision New York reported an “all-time high” attendance during its July 21–22 run at Pier 92, where more than 300 exhibitors showcased their latest collections of fabric, trim and artwork.
After several years building a U.S. retail base, French contemporary collection Hôtel Particulier opened a West Coast showroom in June on the fourth floor of The New Mart.
Fashion TV in Development
Cindy Crawford is developing a TV show about the modeling world in the 1980s.
LA Fashion District
Australian Fashion Labels is holding a sample sale this week in L.A.
Actors, costume designers and fashion designers turned out on July 18 for the ninth annual “Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition presented by the FIDM Museum at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and the Television Academy.
Spanish Mill Hilaturas Ferre Sets Its Sights on the U.S. Market With Recycled Cotton
Spanish mill Hilaturas Ferre sets its sights on the U.S. market with recycled cotton
On the heels of its first standalone Active Collective trade show, Swim Collective will launch a new premium beachwear section during the upcoming Swim Collective—International Edition show Aug. 13–14 in Huntington Beach, Calif. The new section is part of a larger effort to build a week-long swimwear and activewear trade show series planned for 2016.
Wilhelmina Models is hosting is “Summer Goddess 2015 Model Search” open call on July 18 on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood.
Waterwear July 2015 Textile Trends
Guam-based Sandrine Stewart launched Chamorrita, a collection of itsy-bitsy bikinis in island-inspired colors and prints and trimmed with tropical details such as coconut and mother-of-pearl shells.
California’s economic outlook for the remainder of the year is good, but it’s not exactly time to pop the champagne cork because the forecast is served with a helping of caution.
Los Angeles e-tailer Revolve is setting up a weekly pop-up shop this summer in The Hamptons, the seaside Long Island getaway for many in the New York area.
Gerber Technology introduced the I-Table series, an automated spreading and cutting system designed to help increase consistency in a variety of manufacturing environments.
The Beginning Of...
Ecotex owner Raphael Javaheri is launching a new contemporary apparel brand beginning with a luxury knits collection that will officially bow in August in Las Vegas.