Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Michael Rayden Retirment from Ascena Retail Group

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. announced that Michael Rayden, President and CEO of Ascena’s Justice & Brothers subsidiary and a member of the Ascena Board of Directors, has announced his retirement and will step down at the end of January 2015. Ascena has started a global search for a President and CEO of Justice and Brothers which will be conducted by Herbert Mines Associates.

Learn more about Ascena Retail Group here on Apparel Search.

Ian Harding Wearing Members Only

Ian Harding posted a photo wearing Members Only on his instagram yesterday.  The Pretty Little Liars actor looked ready for fall in a Members Only faux leather Two Tone Baseball jacket ($128;
Ian Harding Wearing Members Only
 Here is a better photograph of the Members Only faux leather Two Tone Baseball jacket.

Members Only faux leather Two Tone Baseball jacket
Guess who else we have spotted wearing this brand of jacket?Zac Efron Wearing Members Only
Cash Warren Wearing Members Only Jacket
Kellan Lutz in Members Only Jacket

These guys are just a small selection of the celebrities that have been wearing this fashion brand.

Hi-res NASA Imagery on Scarves

Fashion-Tech Week...  An apparel manufacturer, Slow Factory, is using hi-res NASA imagery in its lines of scarves, with proceeds benefiting the DIGNITY Fund.
Paris by Night Scarf
Paris by Night
1. Proceeds from the sales of all scarves in the collection help to support the DIGNITY Fund, in aid of refugees throughout the Middle East.

2. Imagery for all scarves is taken from open-source, hi-res NASA photography.

NYC and Gaza scarves from Slow Factory's 'Cities byNight' collection.  

Using imagery from the International Space Station, Hubble telescope, and Mars orbiter as featured art in its lines of scarves, Slow Factory is transforming high tech into wearable art.  Proceeds from sales help to support the DIGNITY Fund, a humanitarian effort aiding women and children affected by conflict in the Middle East.

The DIGNITY Fund was inspired by the experiences of Slow Factory Founder, Celine Semaan, who was forced to flee Lebanon’s civil war in the 1980s.  Semaan explains, “My family fled Lebanon during the war in the 1980s.  I understand the struggle that many women and children are enduring there on a daily basis.  With the DIGNITY Fund, we’re acknowledging their plight while helping them to meet the needs of daily life.”

Working alongside ANERA, a leading humanitarian organization, the DIGNITY Fund is using proceeds from the sales of Slow Factory's fall line to distribute Dignity Kits that provide hygienic items, clothing, and medicine to women and children in Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, and the West Bank. 

Gaza by Night, the latest scarf in Slow Factory’s ‘Cities by Night’ collection, commemorates the launch of the DIGNITY Fund. It features an image of Gaza taken by International Space Station astronaut Alexander Gerst, who remarked: "We do not see any borders from space.  We just see a unique planet with a thin, fragile atmosphere, suspended in a vast and hostile darkness. From up here it is crystal clear that on Earth we are one humanity, we eventually all share the same fate."

For more information on the DIGNITY Fund, visit: 

Slow Factory, a fair trade scarf manufacturer with operations in the U.S. and Italy, has found a way to incorporate hi-res NASA photography into its wearables while simultaneously providing humanitarian relief. 

Image Source: Paris at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 04/07/13)  One of the crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this night image of the bright city of Paris, France on April 7, 2013. Credits: NASA

FashionLabel for USA Manufacturers

Do you manufacture clothing or fashion accessories in the United States?  If yes, we have found for you a company that you may wish to learn more about. This company offers everyone manufacturing apparel, jewelry, handbags, shoes etc. in the USA an opportunity to further their success by opening a free store for selling product online. was created to give a platform for independent designers and fashion industry entrepreneurs to sell their products, build their brand and give shoppers a place to buy a wide variety of US made goods.

FashionLabel will launch soon., is potentially a new and exciting shopping web site; a retail community focused on selling apparel and accessories Made in America.  

The concept is good.  Let's wait and see what the site looks like after the launch.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kerry Washington carried Thalé Blanc at ELLE Celebration

Kerry Washington carried Thalé Blanc at ELLE's 21st Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills yesterday evening! 
Kerry Washington carried Thalé Blanc
The Scandal star completed her polished look with Thalé Blanc's Morning Dew Rose clutch in White Resin/Gunmetal ($1,650; 
Thalé Blanc's Morning Dew Rose clutch in White Resin/Gunmeta

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Kerry is scandalous with her Thalé Blanc clutch.

Alberta Ferretti at Shanghai Fashion Week

On October 20, 2014 Alberta Ferretti opened Shanghai Fashion Week as international guest of honor.

The event was held on the main stage of Taipinghu park in Shanghai Xintiandi. The Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2015 and Forever Bridal 2015 collections were shown, as well as a capsule collection created specifically for this occasion.
Alberta Ferretti Shanghai Fashion Week
Alberta Ferretti states: “I happily accepted the opportunity of opening this kermesse as I believe Shanghai is an exceedingly innovative and globally connected city. For this reason, I chose to showcase my Spring/Summer 2015 collection and, for the first time, the bridal collection and a special evening gowns capsule collection designed with this event in mind. I wanted to convey the emotional character of the world of Alberta Ferretti as this feeling will resonate with the Chinese women who represent the essence of femininity, elegance and modernity, elements which have always distinguished my designs.”

700 guests including celebrities, socialites, international editors, bloggers and top clients from all over Asia attended the event. Most notably, Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan, known for her internationally and critically acclaimed films “City of Life and Death” and “Don’t go breaking my heart”, the latter garnering her a best actress award at the 31st Annual Film Festival of Hong Kong.

Special thanks to Nanà Firenze for the conception and execution of the special feathered headpieces.

Stella & Jamie Transitional Coats

Stella & Jamie has perfect transitional coats to keep you warm this coming season! Get your coat fix with moto-jackets, mixed leather styles, fur coats and color blocked stand out pieces to hit all of this season’s trends.

Stella & Jamie transition coats

See more Stella & Jamie fashion here on the Apparel Search fashion blog.

You may also want to view our recent post about women's outwear to see additional jacket options.

Refinery29 Style Stalking

Two of Refinery29’s founding partners, Editor-in-Chief, Christene Barberich, and Executive Creative Director, Piera Gelardi bring their award-winning sartorial expertise to the pages of their debut book, Style Stalking, officially on sale today, October 21st (Potter Style, Penguin Random House, $19.99).  

Capturing killer street style in a way that’s as aspirational as it is attainable, Style Stalking reminds women everywhere to take risks and make brave, more personal fashion choices from head to toe. Featuring 100+ of the world's coolest style muses— from songstress Solange Knowles to fashionista Olivia Palermo to media maven Leandra Medine, and countless others— this ultimate closet companion shows women how to take a personal page from the global street style phenomenon and make it work for them. With hundreds of outfit ideas for every season and occasion, Style Stalking offers tips, tricks, and relatable advice on finally mastering your closet and making it your own.

“To us, street style and people watching (aka Style Stalking!), isn't just a Fashion Week phenomenon,” says Christene and Piera. “It’s a full-blown movement to wear what you love—and look amazing doing it. So, if your inclination is to pair a full-length evening gown with platform creepers and a silk bomber, we say GO FOR IT... you're speaking our language.”

Here, the duo breaks down the art of street style into ten signature themes that can help any woman get more mileage out of her closet: 
  • HOW TO MASTER modern metallics, mixed prints, everyday ladylike, tomboy chic, lots of layers, and everything in between
  • INSIDER TIPS including wearing one piece in three totally fresh ways, building blocks for discovering your own personal style, and how to keep your closet current
  • AND A ZOOM LENS on all the details and accessories that finish any major look
Showcasing some of fashion’s most influential iconoclasts, Style Stalking celebrates women who dress for themselves while encouraging readers to unleash their own inner style stars. Find Style Stalking on bookshelves now!

About the Authors:
Nine years ago, Christene and Piera joined Philippe von Borries and Justin Stefano as part of the founding team to bring Refinery29 to life. They continue to lead the editorial and creative vision of what has become the largest award-winning independent style site in the U.S.

About Refinery29:

Refinery29, is one of the largest independent fashion and style website in the United States, delivers nonstop inspiration for leading a stylish and creative life. In addition to its global and local newsletter editions and 24/7 original editorial content, Refinery29 connects over 16 million unique visitors every month and over 6 million subscribers with content, commerce, and community. Refinery29’s many accolades include three Webby Awards, the Inc. 500 list, and a fashion honor from Forbes.

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Purchase Clothing with Apple Pay

It's official.  You can use the iPhone 6 to purchase clothing.  Macy's stores nationwide are now accepting mobile payments for purchases via Apple Pay. Available on Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, shoppers are now able to pay for purchases in an easy, secure and private manner using Touch ID. With more than 800 locations nationwide, Macy's is among the first national retailers to support the new mobile payment service. 

Apple Pay at Macy's

Penelope Cruz 2014's Sexiest Woman Alive

Penelope Cruz Sexy 2014

Esquire named Hollywood star Penelope Cruz 2014's Sexiest Woman Alive, and dressed her in Vera Wang's black cotton embroidered eyelet baseball jacket from Vera’s Resort 2015 Collection in their cover shoot. See all the photos at and view the Resort 2015 Lookbook here.

See more of Vera Wang 2015 Collections here on the Fashion Blog.

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