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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Anya Engel Adams Emerging

With another addition to the “Spike Lee Joints”, a new star has been named to emerge in Hollywood as a contender for the throne belonging to Halle Berry & Angelina Jolie. Spike Lee’s recent most movie, “Chiraq”, is due to be released this Christmas. The movie is starred by popular Hollywood heavyweights including John Cusack, Samuel Adams and Angela Bassett along with the new face, Engel Adams A.K.A Anya, who has managed to create quite the buzz in Hollywood as the new it girl. 

She can be a movie star or fashion model in our opinion.

Anya has been anticipated to be the next big female leading movie star with her role in the movie of popular American director, producer, writer and actor, Spike Lee. There is much buzz around the performance of Anya or Anya Engel Adams in the movie and there is much anticipation for the movie itself. Spike Lee is known to make movies based on controversial social and political issues and accepting a new talent in a drama such as that has always been looked upon as quite an impossible task by Hollywood in general.
Anya Engel Adams
Having Spike Lee handpick her has certainly added to the buzz surrounding her debut but there has also never been as much anticipation for a debutante’s performance in a movie as hers for a long time now, in Tinseltown. 
Anya Engel Adams
About Anya Engel Adams: Anya is starring in the movie “Chiraq” her break out leading role in a highly anticipated film to open on Christmas Day by  renowned filmmaker Spike Lee. 
Anya Engel Adams Black & White

Learn more about Anya Engel Adams at her website.
Sexy Anya Engel Adams
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Anya Engel Adams Wearing Mesh

Anya Engel Adams Underwear

Anya Engel Adams Smoking Hot
She is smoking hot.  Don't you agree?

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Halloween Costume Suggestions with Tights

We're excited that Halloween is just around the corner, and to help you get ready, we've come up with a list of some of our favorite celebrity costume suggestions and how to recreate them with the new L'eggs Energy tights collection... which can be found for $7.99 or less at your local food, drug and mass merchandiser like CVS!
*All pictures are courtesy of this Harper's Bazaar costumes article. No celebrities are formally associated with the L'eggs brand or products.
  1. Recreate Kim Kardashian's skeleton look with the L'eggs Energy Tights in black, a black shirt and some white chalk.
  2. Sport a modern day Sandy from Grease outfit, like top model Lindsay Ellingson, with black L'eggs Energy Footless Tights and a signature leather jacket.
  3. Channel your inner Queen Bey during the cold October night by adding on the black L'eggs Energy Footless Tights and some yellow stripes.
  4. For an alternative queen costume, try Alessandra Ambrosio's take on the classic Queen of Hearts with L'eggs knee-high trouser socks!
  5. Princess of hosiery Kate Middleton makes a perfect witch wearing fishnets! Instantly make your witch costume more weather-appropriate with black L'eggs Energy Tights.
Learn more about L'eggs from the Hanes website.

See more of the celebrities mentioned above:

Have fun on Halloween.  Don't forget to wear your L'eggs.

The Only Blazer

Here is a "Made in America" story about a design team known for casual wear (they are the creators of Black & Denim) who have re-invented the blazer by creating The Only Blazer.
The Only Blazer Jacket

As the name suggests, it’s versatile (reversible) & made for everything: travel (wrinkle resistant/repels liquid), work (formal), night out/casual (from office to the bar, reverse and change the look).

As you’ll see in the video, you can jam the blazer in a backpack or overhead bin on a plane, pull it out, and you're good to go.

There are more details about The Only Blazer story with color options that include traditional solids (navy/black/khaki) but also include reversible color combinations.

MATERIAL: The Only Blazer is made from micro-sanded fiber that's lightweight (3.75 oz.) and comfortable. It even keeps you dry in the heat.

STAIN RESISTANT: Liquids bead off The Only Blazer so you don't have to worry about stains.  The creators of The Only Blazer tested coffee, wine, beer and soda on the blazer and liquids bead off the fabric and it doesn't stain - with the exception of ketchup.

WRINKLE RESISTANT: You don't have to keep The Only Blazer on a hanger to keep it from wrinkling, pull it out of your back pack, throw it on and you're good to go.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Reversible buttons, functional side pockets to hold keys, phone or wallet, left chest pocket.

About Black & Denim: 

Made and sourced with 100% American Raw Materials, Black & Denim is a Lifestyle brand with a spirit as resilient as the American Dream. It conserves the essence of the History of made of casual articles of clothes and accessories for men that are inspired by Americana, Music and the American lifestyle. The premise of being in tune with the fashion trends without becoming a victim of fashion is materialized through contemporary basics -with classic touches- that make the perfect balance between comfort and elegance.

Badgley Mischka Bridal Gowns Fall 2016

Get an up-close look at the newest bridal gowns! 
Mark Badgley and James Mischka invite you to view their Fall 2016 bridal collection: 

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The Financial Mood of the Apparel Industry 2015

If you are looking to predict the emotional mood of members of the fashion industry it is fair to say that it our emotions are partially tied to the financial well-being of the company we are employed by or own.  Below can possibly be a financial attributed mood predictor of our industry from Moody’s Investor Service.  Using the financial forecast may even be more accurate than using a mood ring.

October 05, 2015 - The outlook for the US apparel and footwear industry has changed to stable from positive as sales and earnings take a hit from the stronger dollar, says Moody's Investors Service.

"While the hedges taken this year will partially protect margins, the strong US dollar will continue to have negative foreign currency translation effects on the industry's gross profits for the rest of this year," said Scott Tuhy, a Moody's Vice President - Senior Credit Officer. "The strong dollar has discouraged spending by tourists to the United States, impacting sales at brands such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, dragging on apparel sales."

The industry's performance in the first half of 2015 was slightly weaker than expected due to high negative foreign exchange translation, weak tourist sales in the US, delays in shipment from West Coast port disputes and bad weather, according to the report, "US Apparel and Footwear Industry: Cutting Outlook to Stable As Stronger Dollar Takes a Toll on Earnings."

Moody's expects constant currency operating income growth to weaken to 3%-5% in 2016 from 5%-7% in 2015 as hedges at favorable rates roll off. The rating agency thinks the industry will be challenged to fully raise prices to offset higher costs at current exchange rates, which will result in overall industry margins falling around 40 basis points in the next year.

However, the industry's overall revenue growth will remain at a moderate 4%-6% through 2016 as companies see returns on their investments in direct-to-consumer and international markets.

"Apparel companies will also continue to benefit from low cotton and oil prices this year, which could help the industry's operating margins," added Tuhy. "However, these benefits have so far been offset by the negative foreign exchange effects."

Moody's subscribers can access this report at

Below is a previous report from earlier in the year.  Back in April, Moody’s reported that the financial outlook was positive.  Unfortunately, as you have read above, their forecast has changed over the past few months.

April 30, 2015 - The outlook for the US apparel and footwear industry remains positive, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report. Over the next 12 to 18 months, apparel makers will continue to benefit from lower input costs and the expansion of their direct-to-consumer businesses. And for the most part the stronger US dollar won't affect constant-currency income growth this year, though if foreign-exchange rates remain near current levels, it will significantly pressure earnings in 2016.

"We are maintaining our positive outlook for the US apparel and footwear industry, as we believe companies have hedged a meaningful portion of their 2015 inventory purchases against foreign-currency translation risk, alleviating margin pressure in the near term," says Vice President -- Senior Credit Officer, Scott Tuhy. "Pressures are likely to emerge next year, however, as the currency hedges companies took out at more favorable foreign-exchange rates expire."

Moody's is maintaining its forecast for industry operating income growth of 7% to 9% in 2015 on a constant-currency basis, but now expects that it will to drop to 4% to 6% in 2016, Tuhy says. If the dollar maintains its current strength, Moody's could lower its outlook for the US apparel and footwear industry to stable in the second half of this year, but if it continues to strengthen rapidly, the outlook could be revised downward sooner. Conversely, if the dollar weakens, the outlook likely would remain positive for some time yet.

Mergers and acquisition are likely to remain part of the US apparel and footwear industry landscape over the next 12 to 18 months as large, global clothing manufacturers continue their push into lifestyle brands, Moody's says in "Earnings Growth in Constant Currency Will Remain Strong in 2015, But FX Pressures Loom." Aside from the lucrative active wear category, expansion into footwear and accessories presents a good growth opportunity.

"Apparel firms' expansion into footwear and accessories is strategically positive, since it allows companies to present consumers with a more compelling offering," Tuhy says. "And at the same time they're able to leverage their core competencies and global platforms to accelerate growth."

So far this year, Adidas has announced the sale of its Rockport brand, while Coach, Inc. has agreed to purchase luxury footwear retailer Stuart Weitzman.

Moody's research subscribers can access this report at

Moody's Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody's commitment and expertise contributes to transparent and integrated financial markets, protecting the integrity of credit. You can learn more about Moody’s Investors Service at their website.  Credit ratings and research help investors analyze the credit risks associated with fixed-income securities. Such independent credit ratings and research also contribute to efficiencies in fixed-income markets and other obligations, such as insurance policies and derivative transactions, by providing credible and independent assessments of credit risk.

Learn more about apparel industry financial issues here on Apparel Search.

You may also want to read the following news here on our blog that illustrates some of the downward trends in the garment industry this year.

Thank you for taking your time to read this news on the state of the financial well-being of our industry.

Carrie Keagan wore bebe at Dancing with the Stars

Carrie Keagan wore bebe this week while attending Dancing with the Stars! The TV personality sparkled in her Dramatic Sequin Top and Skirt while posing on set!

Carrie Keagan wore bebe

View more of bebe fashion here on the fashion blog.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Thermoregulation Technology in Nike Apparel

Nike has new apparel technology that supports the body’s existing thermoregulation capabilities by sensing moisture vapor and opening its structure to maximize breathability.

Yes, that is as amazing as it sounds.

For most people, unless you’re sick, a thermometer will register an internal body temperature of approximately 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s your core temperature; thermoregulation keeps it constant.  If you go too low or too high, your body may be getting sick or having some other issue that needs monitoring.  Body temperature can serve as a baseline health metric.  Equally as important for athletes the body temperature during training or competition is one of the most critical performance indicators.

For those of you that are like me and not scientists, here is a brief summary.   “Thermo” is anything temperature related; “regulation,” is the act of regulating.  If we combine the two words to create thermoregulation it now describes what happens when the temperature around an organism changes and the organism responds to that change, with the goal of maintaining the same core temperature.

According to Barry Spiering the director of applied apparel research from the Explore Team Sport Research Lab at Nike, “Essentially, thermoregulation is the body’s version of a house’s central heating and cooling system”.   He explains that when the thermostat is set to a certain temperature, let’s say 72 degrees, the heating and cooling system will continuously work to keep that tempature in the house.  If it is cold outside, the system may need to add some extra heat.  If it is hot outside, it may need to work to cool the inside house temperature.  Regardless of what’s going on outside, the system aims to keep the house at a cool, comfortable 72 degrees.

Similar to the houses system, our body does everything it can to keep us at an optimal temperature.  If we get too hot, our body will supply sweat to help cool us down.  The sweat is our body’s coolant system.   As sweat evaporates, it removes body heat.  Conversely, when it’s cold your body generates heat through involuntary movement such as shivering.  Without our instruction, our body typically knows what needs to be done and acts accordingly.

Athletes experience thermoregulation typically as they train.  This has it’s pluses and minus (pros & cons).  On the negative side, as your body is reacting to regulate your temperature it can potentially divert energy (or resources) from one area of your body to another.  The harder the body strives to stay cool, the more difficult it becomes to perform at the most optimal levels.

Nike is helping athletes focus on performance by evolving something that can support the body’s natural thermoregulation process: whatever it’s wearing.

The Nike Explore Team Sport Research Lab — comprised of top physiologists, biomechanists, and perception scientists — is dedicated to this goal. It employs cutting-edge technology, such as environmental chambers that simulate the temperature and humidity of competition locations worldwide, and works with athletes of all levels to test materials and corresponding body temperature in different climates at various levels of exertion.

Believe it or not, they even have a walking and sweating thermal manikin named Hal.  This super manikin Hal helps measure everything from thermal resistance (apparel’s ability to insulate against heat loss) to evaporative resistance (apparel’s ability to allow sweat to evaporate).  In addition to using Hal, Nike also uses real athletes to help test new clothing.
Recent achievements include Nike AeroReact.  AeroReact isn’t just a fabric; it’s a wearable technology that can sense (and respond to) performance in real time. When you’re warming up and beginning to sweat, AeroReact fabric senses that moisture vapor and opens its structure to maximize breathability.

Nike Therma-Sphere Max is a three-layer composite material specifically designed for cool weather.  It helps keep wearers warm and dry, without weighing them down, while also trapping heat close to the body with Nike Sphere raised-node technology.

Meanwhile, Nike Aeroloft technology addresses the challenge of helping keep athletes warm, but not too warm, in cooler conditions.  An ultra-light insulating layer of down traps heat for warmth while laser-cut holes provide breathability by allowing it to escape.
There’s also Nike Pro Hyperwarm. A fabric specifically designed for athletes combating cold weather outdoor workouts, it combines multiple textures into one form-fitting core garment that can be layered or worn on its own.

The team doesn’t just explore cold weather; heat is also a major factor in material design and selection. Nike Dri-FIT technology embodies innovation that helps keep athletes cool by wicking sweat off the body and allowing it to dry, and Nike Pro Hypercool’s ultra-lightweight material has a unique open-hole pattern in the back to help improve ventilation during movement.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, these innovations support your body’s own impressive thermoregulation process, taking the potential of performance from a sound workout to a masterpiece of mind, science and body.

If you are looking to purchase apparel with thermoregulation technology we suggest you visit the Nike website to learn more about their product offerings.

Thank you for taking the time to read our apparel industry blog post. We hope that you have found this news to be informative. If you have comments or questions, please add your thoughts in the discussion area below.

bebe Cuts Several Design, Merchandising, and Production Jobs

Another clothing retailer making employment moves.

On October 1, 2015 bebe stores, inc. announced that, as a result of the Company’s focus on more streamlined lifestyle assortments and increased efficiencies across business functions, it has implemented a workforce reorganization.  In other words, they are reducing the number of employees.

This reorganization will include the reduction of over 50 positions primarily in the design, merchandising, and production areas.

The Company expects pre-tax costs associated with this initiative to be approximately $1.5 million, and anticipates annual cost savings of approximately $4.8 million.   In addition, according to their press release, Manny Mashouf, Chairman of the Board of bebe, will be re-engaged with the Company, working closely with the design and merchandise teams to help guide this initiative.   We wonder if Manny believes that his assistance in the design and production process will help alleviate the disruption potentially caused by the 50 plus people being downsized.  Let’s assume the board had limited options and had to reduce the work force.  But let’s not assume or be convinced that one person’s assistance (no matter how qualified they may be) can replace the work being done each day by 50 plus people.

bebe also announced on October 1st that the Company's Board of Directors has authorized a $5 million share repurchase program.  Share repurchases may be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions, subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements and trading restrictions under the Company's insider trading policy.  The program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

Jim Wiggett, Chief Executive Officer, said, “While the decision to reduce our workforce did not come easily, it was believed to be in the best long term interest of the Company. We appreciate the dedication of the affected employees and thank them for their efforts.”

Mr. Mashouf commented, “I am excited to be working closely with a very talented group of designers and merchants. I look forward to collaborating with the teams to create great, innovative, branded product that speaks to the needs of the bebe woman. ”

bebe stores, inc. is a global specialty retailer, which designs, develops and produces a distinctive line of contemporary women’s apparel and accessories under the bebe and BEBE SPORT brand names. bebe currently operates 163 bebe retail stores, the on-line store,, and 37 bebe outlet stores. These stores are located in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. bebe also distributes and sells bebe branded product in approximately 100 doors through its licensees in 20 plus countries.

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Samantha Luxe UGG Boot

Samantha Ugg Australia Boot
The signature comfort of UGG boots hits new heights this season.  If you are going for a power walk or a casual stroll, you may as well do it in style, quality, and comfort.
Samantha Ugg Boot
Go knee deep in luxury with this spectacular UGG Australia boots for women.

The boots pictured above are the Women's Samantha model # 1008706.  Beautiful scallop seaming modernizes this luxe over-the-knee boot and elongates the leg. Crafted from sumptuous Twinface sheepskin and suede, the Samantha sits on a modern crepe outsole, cushioning insole, and slight stacked heel for comfort and contemporary style.

The Samantha comes in either chestnut or black color (learn more about Ugg Colors for this Fall).

Minnie Rose Goes Pink in Support

Each October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings women from all over the world together in support of a good cause.

Minnie Rose, the cashmere brand synonymous with comfort and effortless style, is excited to continue the fight by offering fashions from their "Think Pink" knitwear collection for purchase with 50% of proceeds going to Breast Cancer Research Foundation on  The Breast Cancer Foundation's mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, research and support services.
"These days it’s hard to meet someone who hasn’t been affected by breast cancer – whether it’s someone in your family, a colleague, a friend –and I’m proud that we can help further promote awareness to Minnie Rose fans and help give back to finding a cure for a disease that affects so many people”- Lisa Shaller Goldberg, founder and designer of Minnie Rose cashmere.
Comfort in Pink Fashion
Minnie Rose is a luxurious contemporary collection with a strong focus on wearable, effortlessly chic essentials for a woman’s versatile lifestyle. Designed by Lisa Shaller-Goldberg, the collection offers a head to toe look of beautifully designed classic silhouettes that are trend driven, yet timeless. Coveted by fashion insiders, celebrities and women with an appreciation for style, comfort and craftsmanship, the collection has quickly become one of the best-selling brands at top specialty stores across the country.

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