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Alison A. Nieder

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Soccer Style in Anticipation of the World Cup

Futbol + Fashion

With the games in Brazil just two weeks away, where are the World Cup fashions?

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Downton Designs Up Close

Costume Exhibition

The costumes from “Downton Abbey” are on display at the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate in Wilmington, Delaware

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Honoring Missoni Family at Graduation Fashion Event

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.

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Roar Wants You to Have a Lamborghini. Or a Ferrari.

Fashion Giveaway

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.

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Fashion With Function

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.

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Loudmouth Golf Gets Spongey

Licensing

Loudmouth Golf struck a deal with Nickelodeon for a line of men’s and women’s styles inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants.

Invista Launching Bio-Based Lycra

Textiles

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.

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Pop-Up Mall Concept Turns Permanent

XCVI

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.

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Hollister House Party in Santa Monica

Memorial Day Weekend

Surf-inspired retailer Hollister is hosting a beach party in Southern California on Memorial Day weekend

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Torrid’s Swimsuit Edition

Torrid, Hot Topic’s plus-size division, has released its 2014 Swimsuit Edition catalog featuring Australian model Georgina Burke on the cover.

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Celebrating Innovators, Visionaries and Legends at Annual Scholarship Benefit

Otis

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.

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Brand Building on Made in America Foundation

Single

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.

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Labels Don’t Just Grow on Trees

Sustainable Business

The Rainforest Alliance just got a $200,000 grant from Avery Dennison, the labeling giant based in Glendale, Calif.

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Dressing Three Heathers and a Veronica

Costume Design

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.

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Fashion Group Talks Fashion, Tech, Social Media and E-commerce

Technology

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.

Martex Expands Reclaimed Fiber Capacity, Names New Executives

Textiles

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.

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Introducing Forever Black Denim

Twin Dragon

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.

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Annual Fundraiser for the Children’s Institute

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).

Pool Heads to NY in July

Trade Show

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 Moves Back to Huntington Beach in August

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.

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World Cup Kickoff

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.

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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.