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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

100 Years of Wedding Fashion

100 Years of Wedding Gowns

Mode Studios is taking a walk down the aisle in their newest fashion-themed video! 

In 100 Years of Weddings, viewers get alook at the most popular wedding dress styles of the past century, starting in 1915 through the present day, using authentic gowns from each era.



If you enjoying learning about the history of fashion, you may want to also view the following videos.

100 Years of Changing Fashion

100 Years of Lingerie

100 Years of Men's Swimwear
100 Years of Wedding Fashion
Learn more about the history of fashion here on Apparel Search.

Fame Rocks Fashion Week

Fashion gives everyone the ability to express him or herself uniquely and personally; music can make people feel a wide range of emotions and provides inspiration, and The New York Fame Inc., is where the best of these two worlds meet. 
Fame Rocks Fashion Week

Co-founded in 2009 by sisters Melisa and Andrene Brown, and friend Nye Brown, The New York Fame was created as a fashion, art, and music exhibition that supports the originality of New York's art, fashion, and music scene through a creative, diverse, and urban platform.  Twice a year, The New York Fame hosts its signature event, Fame Rocks Fashion Week, to enhance the visibility and awareness for emerging and premier designers, artists, and musicians.
Butterfly Dress

On September 10, 2015 Fame Rocks Fashion Week featured Project Runway Season 6 winner Irina Shabayeva in its first Designer Reality Series.   This season Irina Shabeyeva showcased her spring/summer 2016 collection at SUSI ROXX restaurant in The Tuscany Hotel in midtown Manhattan, says co-founder and executive producer of The New York Fame, Melisa Brown. Inspired by Japan¹s rich heritage and traditional eighteenth century Geisha style, Irina¹s collection fused together highly colorful elements and bold textures with her classic, sleek, and clean tailoring.
Rose Dress


The showcase was held at SUSHI ROXX restaurant in the Tuscany Hotel at 120 East 39th Street in New York. The event also featured live entertainment from well-known violinist and America¹s Got Talent finalist Damien Escobar. Emerging recording artists were part of the music spotlight for the evening (in partnership with C.O.D.E, Connecting Our Dreams Entertainment, New York Fame¹s sister company that focuses solely on music).  Sponsors included: dedrabeauty.com, Dasani Water, Feriani Floral Decorators, SUSHI ROXX Restaurant, The Tuscany Hotel, and Yosha¹s Sweet Treats. 

For more information, please visit NYFame.com. 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Agion Antimicrobial Textile Solutions

Bacterial growth on textile products can cause unpleasant odors and decrease product life.  The proverbial “smelly sneaker” is actually caused by bacteria growing happily in their favorite environment which is a warm, dark, moist place.  Consumers value smart textiles and expect specialized technology that will provide added benefits and protection for everything from the clothes on their back to the shoes on their feet.

Sciessent is a leader in functional solutions. The Agion antimicrobial product line is used in critical applications in the drinking water, food contact, medical device and architectural surfaces markets.  In addition the Company is an innovator in odor management and water repellency solutions for apparel markets with its Agion Active, Sciessent Lava and Sciessent Curb textile finishes.  They continue to build on the guiding principles of protection and cleanliness with their branded technologies, and are dedicated to new ideas and continuous innovation to develop the next generation of sustainable solutions.

The Agion textile advantages include: Proven effectiveness by ISO testing.  The confidence of unpleasant odor elimination.  Oeko-Tex Standard 100 safety certification.  Reduced washing of garments.  Cost effective value proposition.

They work in close partnership with companies, helping them to deliver differentiated, customized solutions for a wide range of products in the textile & apparel market.

Sciessent's customized Agion antimicrobial solutions incorporate silver, copper and other elemental ions into a zeolite carrier. The ions exchange with other positive ions (often sodium) from the moisture in the environment, effecting a release of the antimicrobial elements “on demand”.  The patented multi-faceted zeolite crystal carrier provides a three dimensional release mechanism that provides efficient release of ions independent of particle orientation in the substrate.  Learn more about Agion Antimicrobial textiles.

Sciessent Lava is an essential element to incorporate into products that may harbor or be exposed to odors. Harnessing the power of zeolites - a mineral based substance born from volcanic ash - Sciessent Lava can literally be infused into a wide variety of materials, capturing odor on everything from sweat soaked apparel to pet products, home textiles and beyond.  Learn more about Sciessent Lava.

Agion Active represents the next generation of odor control for textiles and apparel. Agion Active is applied to textiles as a fabric finish creating gear and apparel that never smells! Designed to fit into the most demanding applications and environments – from performance and athletic apparel to sporting goods, home and commercial textiles and pet products, Agion Active stops odor and handles the toughest microbes to deliver unparalleled, long lasting freshness.  Find out more about Agion Active.

Learn more about antimicrobial fabrics in the fashion terminology section.

Thank you for taking the time to read our textile industry blog post. We hope that you have found this news to be informative. 

You may also have interest in learning about how silver is used to improve antimicrobial fabric.  Read the Silver Antimicrobial Fabric term here on Apparel Search.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Ashley Stewart Ready for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ashley Stewart is proud to support this with a limited edition #ASGives collection. The collection was designed in support of the American Cancer Society's efforts in the fight against breast cancer. True divas fight. True divas support. True divas help find a cure.

Shop the collection now: http://www.ashleystewart.com/plus-size-breast-cancer-awareness-pink-as-gives

Macy's Curated Collection & Pink Pony Pin

This October, Macy's will put the power of pink to work through an inspirational and fashionable campaign that draws attention, heightens awareness and raises funds in the fight against breast cancer. With in-store and online destinations, Macy's elevates the fundraising focus on a disease that affects not only women, but the family and friends that surround them. Pink prevails in-store with commemorative and exclusive product from fashion and cosmetics to home merchandise, and Pink Pony apparel and accessories, as well as a limited-edition Pink Pony Pin. With a plentitude of pink, Macy's celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with style, strength and steadfast support.
Polo Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Pin
For the third year, Macy's has joined forces with the Pink Pony Fund, The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation's initiative in the fight against cancer, by offering a special collection of items that transform Polo Ralph Lauren shops into Pink Pony destinations in 48 Macy's locations across the country and at macys.com/pink. The Shop will be comprised of tees, tanks, long-sleeve fleece, sweatpants, knits, leggings, polos, vests and windbreakers for him and her. Newly added items for this year include the Pink Pony limited-edition fragrances of Ralph Lauren Romance and Midnight Romance of which 15 percent of the retail sales price* will be donated to the Pink Pony Fund during October 2015, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000. Twenty-five percent** of the purchase price of all Pink Pony apparel and accessories sold by Macy's in the United States will benefit the Pink Pony Fund for causes devoted to cancer awareness, education and research. In addition, from Oct. 1-18, Macy's customers who show their support by purchasing the limited-edition, commemorative Pink Pony Pin for $5 ($4 of which benefits the Pink Pony Fund, with 25 percent of the donated amount to support breast cancer-related causes***) will receive a special discount up to 20 percent on a wide assortment of merchandise at all full-line Macy's stores nationwide (with applied exclusions). Since the launch of this exclusive partnership in 2013, sales of Pink Pony products at Macy's have raised more than $4 million for the cause. 

Explorium to Explore Omnichannel

A large-scale laboratory for rapid experimentation with omnichannel techniques and trends that are shaping the future of retail was unveiled today in Shanghai by the Fung Group, a Hong Kong-based multinational with international brands and retail operations across China.

Named “Explorium”, the laboratory is an omnichannel platform and exhibition operated by the Fung Group in partnership with data and analytics technology leader IBM, and brand activation company Pico.

IBM global retail industry leader Mr. Stephen Laughlin said IBM is gathering data in the Explorium and analysing it for insights. “With analytics, IBM can help retailers in the Explorium deliver personalised, relevant marketing interactions to consumers in real-time, delighting them and differentiating the retailer from the competition. Consumers will be able to opt-in to receive offers and rewards from their favorite brands via social media and their mobile device -- all tailored to their location and unique preferences."

The Fung Group is a privately-held multinational group of companies whose core businesses are sourcing, logistics, distribution and retail. The major shareholder is Fung Holdings (1937) Limited, a privately held business entity headquartered in Hong Kong. The Group’s listed entities are Li & Fung Limited (SEHK: 00494), Global Brands Group Holding Limited (SEHK: 00787), Convenience Retail Asia Limited (SEHK: 00831) and Trinity Limited (SEHK: 00891). The Fung Group employs 46,800 men and women across 40 economies worldwide, with total revenue of over US$24.65 billion as of December 2014.

Pico is a leading Total Brand Activation company with a worldwide presence and a proven track record nearly half a century long. Leveraging on an international network of more than 2,000 staff in nearly 40 major cities around the globe, we have built an impressive portfolio and a worldwide reputation for creating integrated and powerful brand experiences across multiple activation platforms — from world expos, exhibitions and events; to retail and branded environments, museums and themed environments, visual identity solutions, sports marketing and overlays, venue management and consultation.

Learn more about omnichannel retailing relevant to the fashion industry.

Fung Group’s Omnichannel Platform Experiments with the Future of Retail.  Learn more about Explorium at their site.

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1960's Fashion Report for School

1960's Fashion written by my daughter for school...
Learn more about 1960's fashion here on Apparel Search.  You may also find the history of 1960's fashion page helpful as well.

Western Glam Booties

Western Booties from Ugg.
Western Booties
For a limited time, you can find these cowboy inspired booties from Ugg Australia.
  • Bowen
  • Mini Bailey Braid
  • Renn
Below is another look at the Bowen style.
Women's Bowen Ugg
MODEL: 1011058

Swarovski® crystals sparkle from the Western-inspired topline of this Classic boot, giving it a glamorous finish. Crafted from luxurious Twinface sheepskin, the Bowen provides signature UGG® comfort with a plush insole and lightweight, flexible outsole.

Learn more about Ugg quality.

You may also want to visit Western region clothing stores to find fab outfits to go with your new Western style footwear.

Levi's Fall Fashion Colors 2015

What is this?
Levi's Fall Fashion Colors 2015
Some of Levi's fall colors for fall 2015.  Yes, Levi's go beyond blues.  They have seasonal textures as well.

Changing seasons.  Changing shades.  Fall means dark, rich colors. You can shop by color at Levi's website.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Low Cut Rainbow Jumpsuit

Miley Cyrus may be known for her wacky outfits that leave little to the imagination, but the low-cut jumpsuit she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards August 30, 2015, cloaked in rainbow Preciosa crystal components, shone even brighter than the rest.
Miley Cyrus Rainbow Jumpsuit

Miley is just one of many influential celebrities to turn to fashion designers The Blonds, and thus, the beautiful Preciosa crystal components. Her floral Flamenco style costume was created by Phillipe Blond and David Blond and styled by Simone Harouche.
The Blonds Miley Cyrus Jumpsuit

We love Miley Cyrus!” says David Trujillo of The Blonds, “she has no limits and her style is all about FUN, and for the opening of the VMAs we needed to take things to the next level. With Preciosa, the look came alive on stage - talk about flower power in crystal!”

Cyrus is not the first to shine in the Czech brand. Queen of Pop Madonna donned a Preciosa crystal-covered corset in her music video “Livin’ for Love” this past February, teen dream Ariana Grande performed at the 2014 MTV Music Awards in a Preciosa diamond-encrusted bodice, and singing sensation Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson captivated California in pretty Preciosa pieces while hosting the 2015 New Years’ Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

The crystal company entered into the American fashion world in 1950. It is best known for its fine, lead-free MAXIMA crystals, on top of its broad range of precision-cut crystals, beads, and nacre pearls.  Preciosa’s crystal components are a hit among many well-renowned U.S. fashion and jewelry designers due to their ease, grace and beauty.


For more information on the brand, please visit www.preciosa.com


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You may want to also read our recent post The Blonds Sparkle at New York Fashion Week.

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Fall’s Make-up Tips 2015

We thought you might be interested in ways to transform Fall colors into unique, festive Fall and Halloween looks. From everyday styles to glam ghost and ghouls, there’s something for everyone. Bright, Bold colors, Wine Stained Lips and Smokey Eyes are all in this Fall’s make-up forecast.

Here are some beauty buys you can add to your arsenal and use the whole year round - No need to buy one-time use Halloween make-up products. Here’s a link to Sephora product saving from Valpak.

Bold, Bright Colors

Sephora sells the Urban Decay Electric Palette
ITEM 1593268
Wine Stained Lips

90s Throwbacks 

ITEM 1412741 - A hydrating lipstick that creates full lips with intense color.



Berry Lips 
Dark Smokey Eyes 

Neutral Eyes & Dark Lips
You can shop at Sephora for the above products.

DESSANGE Paris Purifying Clay Collection

Brigitte Bardot
There is no one more representative of iconic, French beauty than Brigitte Bardot. That effortless, undone hair and glamorous yet natural beauty look, years later we are still coveting her and her classic Parisian style.

To celebrate Brigitte’s birthday, next Monday, September 28th, we wanted to remind you of legendary hair care brand, DESSANGE Paris.

A symbol of French luxury and arbiter of the covetable ‘French Girl’ style, hair care brand DESSANGE Paris is the creator of some of most recognizable hair styles in history including the iconic “Coiffé-Décoiffé” – Brigitte’s signature tousled undone look. With products such as the Solar Blonde Collection, custom for blondes like Brigitte herself, or indulgent European experiences like the new Purifying Clay Collection, you’re bound to feel like the ultimate French beauty.
DESSANGE Paris Purifying Collection
DESSANGE PARIS PURIFYING CLAY COLLECTION

DESSANGE Paris continues to lead at the forefront of emerging hair trends, including adapting skin care benefits for hair care. Now, DESSANGE Paris takes its distinct approach to scalp care beyond the salon, helping women across the U.S. break the vicious cycle of combination unbalanced hair. Born from the personalized scalp treatment at the flagship DESSANGE Paris salon on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the brand introduces DESSANGE Paris Purifying Clay Collection – the first oil-control, two-part hair care system that treats both the scalp and the lengths at-home.

DESSANGE PARIS Purifying Clay Balancing Pre-Shampoo Mask

This first clay-in-mask pre-shampoo regulating treatment specifically targets an oily scalp with a breakthrough skin purifying technology. The 30% mineral green clay concentration works to absorb sebum excess and regulate oil production over time while the professional application brush, allows for even, targeted coverage. The scalp is left deeply purified, helping to drastically reduce excess oil production.
Price: $11.99; available exclusively at Target nationwide beginning September 15th 
  
DESSANGE PARIS Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo

The second step to the Purifying Clay system, the pro-vitamin b5 enhanced shampoo helps to minimize oily roots and produce soft, perfectly balanced hair. The pro-vitamin b5 is known for its protective properties of the fiber capillary, helping repair and soften the hair from roots to ends. Your hair and scalp will become rebalanced and with the added benefit of a light cherry, violet, and vanilla scent. After using the pre-shampoo mask, rinse hair with the regulating shampoo to help balance hair.

Price: $9.99; available exclusively at Target nationwide beginning September 15, 2015.
Hair Care
Happy birthday, Brigitte Bardot.

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Curated Fashion Shopping with Lyst and Farfetch

Lyst partners with the world’s greatest designers and stores to bring you the world of fashion in one place.   They then add some clever technology to create a personal shopping experience for each and every Lyst user.  The technology is cool and the layout is clean and easy to navigate, so consumers can discover more of the fashion that they love.

Lyst

As a member of the Lyst shopping site, you can follow your favorite brands and people to be the first to see the latest looks and lyst items you love.  The system also allows you to receive sale and stock alerts so you are always in the know.

Apparel Search provides the world of fashion in one place, and Lyst provides “amazing fashion for purchase” all in one place.

You may want to also learn more about the clothes shopping site Farfetch.  Founded in 2008, with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, São Paulo and Porto, Farfetch showcases over 1000 labels and is dedicated to supporting independent fashion and to the cultural diversity that comes from uniting the perspectives of hundreds of different buyers, each with their own unique style and vision.  Farfetch delivers an interesting shopping experience. Discover the latest in designer fashion for men and women straight from boutiques around the world.  The independent boutiques within their community have been carefully selected for their forward-thinking attitude, unique approach to merchandising and diversity of brands.  They are located everywhere from Paris, New York and Milan to Bucharest, Riyadh and Seattle, but united in one e-commerce website.  When you order through Farfetch, your order is delivered directly from the boutique to your door. 
Farfetch
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Filene’s Basement is Back

Filene’s Basement is back.  At least back online.

Filene’s Basement was founded in Boston in 1909 on the crazy idea that quality fashion should be available to everyone.  Shopping there was the ultimate treasure hunt.  You never knew what you were going to find, but knew it would be fabulous, and at an awesome price.  When the doors of the last Filene’s Basement store closed in 2011, it left a big hole in the hearts of fashion-lovers around the country.  Fortunately for fashionistas, Filene’s Basement is back.  Not the same as in the past, but definitely back in the retail space.
Filene's Basement 2015
Now Filene’s Basement is back exclusively online, and they are still all about helping you find whatever it is that makes you, you.  This time around they don’t have retail stores, but they have more product, more fashion brands, and a personalized shopping experience that helps shoppers find exactly what they are looking for.  If you are looking to find something new at a reasonable price, give the new online version of Filene’s Basement a try.

You may want to read our Filene’s Basement Re-opening article from the end of August.

Fashion Tech

Technology is obviously important to all industries.  Let’s take a moment to learn about a few of the aspects relevant to our industry.  Below you will find a few fashion tech resources of possible interest.  
Fashion Tech
Learn more about fashion technology issues here on Apparel Search.

New York Fashion Tech Lab: The NY Fashion Tech Lab is a 12-week program during which early stage innovative companies targeting the fashion industry with their technologies work closely with New York’s leading fashion brands and retailers.   Through a competitive process, 8-10 companies will be selected by the Lab’s fashion/retail partners to participate in one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, industry specific workshops, and office hours with funders, resource partners and industry experts. This process provides each Lab company with access to relevant user groups within fashion/retailers for product feedback and potential deployment of proofs-of-concept.  At the conclusion of the program, each of the Lab companies will present at a Tech Runway Day, where fashion retail executives, investors, and press will be in attendance.

A global infrastructure for fashion technology entrepreneurs.  A professional-training system in Silicon Valley for the exploding market of fashion tech talents.  Learn more at their website.

Business of Fashion: the Business of Fashion website helps you explore the latest intelligence, insights and analysis on the global fashion-tech space. The Business of Fashion has gained a global following as an essential daily resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs in over 200 countries. It is frequently described as “indispensable,” “required reading” and “an addiction.”  Founded in 2007 by Imran Amed, a fashion business advisor, writer and digital entrepreneur, The Business of Fashion began as a project of passion, aiming to fill the void for an informed, analytical and opinionated point of view on the fashion business.  The website has grown to leverage a network of savvy writers and fashion insiders in style capitals around the world, delivering fashion business intelligence on emerging designers, disruptive technologies and global brands that are making their mark on the industry at a time of unprecedented change.  Portion of their site is dedicated to fashion-tech.

News Articles of interest:

You may want to also read more about fashion tech for retailers here on our blog.

If you know any other products or services that help members of the apparel industry you are welcome to add your recommendations in the comment section of this post.

You may also want to visit the fashion tag of Techcrunch.  Techcrunch is a technology website and has a nice section for fashion tech issues and products.

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Pepper Jacques Fashion Brand

Pepper Jacques is a young womenswear fashion brand that has experienced the many twist and turns of starting a business, yet they continue to persevere.  If you enjoy learning about emerging fashion brands, it would be a good idea for you to learn where they have been, where they are going and who they are.

Last week we heard Iman say at a 92Y event that there are no young black designers.  The designers behind Pepper Jacques would like to counter that point and say that, "we are here".  As designers who dare to enter into the fashion space they know that they have set a high hurdle to climb as the cost barrier to entry into general fashion is high already and luxury fashion is simply mind boggling. They are also a brand that looks to stray for the traditional fashion operations path by embracing sizes 0-22 as one brand.  We are not a misses brand. We are not a plus brand.  We are simply a modern inclusive fashion brand. We are also redefining shopping experiences using technology, breaking away from seasonality & pursuing pop ups as business model versus brick and mortar locations.  

They have an event coming up on 10/2/15 where they will showcases pieces from their collection while raising money for the American Cancer Society.  Even as a young brand, they have built giving back into the ethos of Pepper Jacques. Learn more about the event at http://www.pepperjacques.com/resort-escape/

Label Name: Pepper Jacques 

Founded: January 1, 2011

The Pepper Jacques team consist of complementing sisters, Rachel Fenderson, with degrees from Parsons The New School of Design and Hofstra University, and Marshea Fenderson, Operations Engineer with degrees from Tufts, George Washington, NC State, and Stanford, 14+ years corporate experience.

CEO & Designer: Rachel Fenderson

COO & Director of Technology: Marshea Fenderson

They are not a Misses Brand, they are not a Plus Brand, they are Fashion Brand. They create for all Women.

They produce a limited release each season with the intention of gradually completing a woman’s boudoir. Every single piece is crafted to fill a certain gap that the Pepper Jacques woman has in her wardrobe.

Pepper Jacques aims to combat body shaming at all sizes by becoming the new standard of a luxury fashion brand, inclusive.  Short, petite, tall, athletic, curvy or slender, Pepper Jacques enhances women in exclusively accessible luxury fashion so that they can reflect their best selves.

They believe that  their message is important and our presence in the marketplace will contribute to positive industry and social change.

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AKOWA Fragrance

Parfums M.Micallef, renowned for their authentic fragrances made in the French tradition of crafts and luxury. They are launching the new fragrance AKOWA.
AKOWA Fragrance
The M.Micallef Company gives priority to high quality and natural ingredients in its fragrances and magnifies each bottle in its art atelier. For 2015, Martine Micallef wished to honor a secret essence, original and enigmatic.

AKOWA is the name of an African tribe, keeping secrets and mysteries to themselves and for their heirs.

AKOWA is a fragrance based on roots from mysterious African plants, created for discerning men who decide their fates with determination...

An original and appealing marriage to which the Micallef team of perfumers, Geoffrey Nejman and Jean Claude Astier has added orange blossom, bergamot, cocoa and amber, vetiver and white musk.

The bottle’s decoration, modern and sober, symbolizes the graphism of the arid lands of Africa.

Martine Micallef designed a minimalist bottle to give mystery all the space.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ivory Silk Skull Tattoo Scarf

Silk Skull Tattoo Scarf

Silk twill ivory skull scarf which features a skull tattoo print and Alexander McQueen branding.

DIMENSIONS:Height19.5 Inches, Length19.5 Inches
MATERIAL:100% Silk

PRODUCT CODE:4149373001Q9260
Ivory Silk Skull Tattoo Scarf
Alexander Mcqueen

Inspired by traditional sailor tattoos and 1950's pinup imagery, the classic
Alexander McQueen skull is reworked into an interpretation of the 50's
girl and sits alongside the iconic sailor motifs such as the broken heart,
the arrow through the heart, stars, snakes and swallows.

Available in 2 sizes, 138cm x 138cm is the perfect shape to use as a shrug
while the smaller shape of 50cm x 50cm is a versatile accessory for
Summer, with the choice to wear as a bandana, a neckerchief, a cuff or to
accessorize on the handle of a favorite bag.

If you have any questions about the difference between a scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, you may be interested in reading the difference between a bandana and a handkerchief.  Sort of similar to scarves?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Beyond Words Digital Lifestyle Magazine

Sylvia Day, one of the most widely read authors in the world, is pleased to announce the launch of the highly anticipated digital lifestyle magazine Beyond Words.

Inspired by Sylvia's life and work, BeyondWords.life serves as a community for visitors to connect and explore a fresh take on everyday topics, including the latest in entertainment, wellness, travel, style, philanthropy, and more. The magazine covers a myriad of ideas through articles, videos and images that encourage everyday moments of creativity.

Formed on the belief that everyone deserves to feel beautiful, stylish, and confident, featured contributors for Beyond Words range from health and wellness experts to wardrobe stylists and travel aficionados. Together, these individuals help to cultivate a positive environment to explore new topics that can have an impact on daily lives.

"I am very excited about what we have to offer in Beyond Words,” said Samara Day, editor-in-chief. "The team has worked very hard to create a diverse and unique first issue, and my hope is that our readers will love the magazine as much as we do.”

The writers at BeyondWords.life believe in equality in all its forms and that social change begins with the individual, with an emphasis on the importance of day-to-day decisions. One of the magazine's recurring features is "Day It Forward,” where readers are encouraged to share stories about the important work of charities close to their heart. Each month, Sylvia Day will choose one recommended charity to highlight and support with a donation.

"It's exciting to broaden the connection I have with my readers and the world with a more in-depth exploration of the topics that have touched the lives of the Beyond Words community and me,” said Sylvia Day.

The inaugural issue of Beyond Words is live now at www.BeyondWords.Life.

About Beyond Words

Inspired by the work and life of bestselling author Sylvia Day, Beyond Words seeks to inspire everyday moments of creativity and connection. Learn more at BeyondWords.life, and connect with them on social media – Facebook: Beyond Words and Twitter: @beyondwordsmag.

About Sylvia Day

Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 28 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire Series, which includes global bestsellers Bared to You, Reflected in You, Entwined with You, and Captivated by You, has been optioned for television by Lionsgate.


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Mount Vernon FR Adding Jobs and Key Personnel

Mount Vernon FR continues to grow its presence in the flame resistant (FR) fabrics industry with the addition of Peggy Holcomb as director of protective fabric sales and support, and Cameron Hood as protective fabric sales representative. These additions will help fulfill the company’s strategy of increasing expertise and services in markets that represent significant growth for Mount Vernon FR.

Holcomb comes to Mount Vernon FR with an extensive 37-year background in the textile industry. Most recently, she held the position of senior sales manager of industrial fabrics at TenCate Protective Fabrics. Throughout her career, Holcomb has worked with FR fabrics for a variety of industries and applications including fire service, military, aircraft seating, lamination/coating, and industrial apparel. In her new position at Mount Vernon FR, Holcomb is tasked with providing increased support and expertise for the company’s national accounts. 

Hood’s background includes 12 years in the industrial laundry business, including more than three years as a service manager. In his new position, Hood is tasked with the responsibility of increasing protective fabric sales for Mount Vernon FR’s expanding FR collection. His new position with Mount Vernon FR will be based in Trion, Ga., where he will apply his considerable knowledge in the field to assist the company in its continued growth. 

“With Peggy’s and Cameron’s vast experience in the textile industry, we are thrilled to have them on board with our team,” said Mike Woods, vice president of flame resistant fabrics for Mount Vernon FR. “We believe they will create an immediate impact on the market, thanks to their knowledge and familiarity of the industry.”

Mount Vernon FR will also add an estimated 30 manufacturing jobs, as well as expand the roles of several current Mount Vernon FR employees, including Carolyn Black, FR technical specialist; Sheila Morrison, quality assurance lab manager; Adam Hankins, quality assurance specialist; and Nikki Rosser, quality assurance specialist; who will take on additional responsibilities.

“We are very encouraged by the continued growth of the flame resistant fabrics industry, and the opportunities it presents for our company,” Woods continued. “This investment in additional personnel affirms our commitment to the industry, and allows us to provide increased resources for the needs of our customers.”

About Mount Vernon Mills & Mount Vernon FR:

Mount Vernon Mills is a 170-year-old manufacturer of textile, chemical and related products for the apparel, industrial, institutional and commercial markets. Mount Vernon FR is part of Mount Vernon Mills’ Apparel Fabrics Group, which produces denim, flame resistant and piece-dyed fabric. It is the largest of all the Mount Vernon Mills groups, accounting for more than half of all company sales. More information can be found at www.mvmfr.com. 

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Libra Zodiac Charms

This week begins the birth month for Libras. The Chamilia charm for this sign features a representation of the traditional scales under delicate floral blossoms, and its packaging includes the message: "Your balance and stability help you shine as a master negotiator, diplomatic connector and good partner. Add in an understanding nature and a love of peace—that’s compassionate Libra."
Libra Charm

Zodiac Charms
This year, Chamilia by Swarovski Group announced the release of 12 new zodiac charms. The collection is separated into categories representing the four classic elements of water, earth, air and fire. The double-sided charms are highly crafted in sterling silver and feature a symbol of the zodiac sign represented on one side and the image of an artistic interpretation of that symbol along with a banner bearing the name of the sign on the reverse. Each charm comes with messaging that offers Chamilia’s version on the charm’s meaning and is available for $40 MSRP.

More info about Libra astrology:
Libra (♎) is the seventh astrological sign in the Zodiac. It spans the 180–210th degree of the zodiac, between 180 and 207.25 degree of celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, Sun transits this area on average between (northern autumnal equinox) September 23 and October 22, and under the sidereal zodiac, the sun currently transits the constellation of Libra from approximately October 16 to November 17.  The symbol of the scales is based on the Scales of Justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom.  She became the inspiration for modern depictions of Lady Justice. The ruling planet of Libra is Venus

Libra Can Lead a "Charmed" Life...

You may want to also view our previous Chamilia by Swarovski Charms 2015 post here on the Fashion Blog.

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The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration

The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration is a breathtaking look at 400 years of fashion history, told through 350 illustrations, all from the personal collection of author and designer Julian Robinson. It is a unique and stunning collection, curated with an eye toward the finest work, aesthetically and historically.

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The Fine Art of Fashion Illustration
Learn more about the publisher Quarto Publishing.

If you are interested in fashion design, you may want to also visit our fashion artist guide section.

For those of you that enjoy the history of fashion, you may want to view the fashion history section.

More Than A Promise

Question: What is better than a promise?  
Answer: A promise ring.

The Promise Ring has recently been brought back to people's attention. As a symbolic gift for love, promise rings are more diverse in designs and stone types. With the anticipation of the holiday season, Promise Ring will certainly be a romantic choice of many.
birthstone promise rings from Berricle

non-traditional promise rings from Berricle

figural promise rings from Berricle
Above are Berricle promise rings.

They are dedicated to classic designs at affordable prices and provide only the finest diamond simulants available on the market. 

Plus Life TV Series

Curvy Girl Lingerie in San Jose is excited to announce the store will be featured in a new reality TV show highlighting a day in the life at the popular boutique. “Plus Life™” is shooting 10 half-hour episodes for the first season that will air on a major cable channel and the sizzle reel will be available soon. 

The groundbreaking series by Executive Producer Adryenn Ashley and Curvy Girl Lingerie owner Chrystal Bougon does something rarely seen on TV: portray plus-size women in a positive light as beautiful, unapologetic, empowered, sexual beings who love themselves now – not 50 less pounds from now.

The show opens on a birthday celebration introducing the colorful cast of characters and weaves through their lives throughout the season, culminating in the annual Curvy Girl Lingerie Fashion Show. Episodes throughout the season include a Curvy Girl pole dance class, game nights, boudoir photo shoots, dinner parties with Fat Activists and more.

Plus Life is a sex- and body-positive TV show celebrating people who are a reflection of Americans across the country that are plump, sexy and proud of it. The program is excited to showcase customers who love all of themselves and want to express the pleasure their plus-size bodies and lives are capable of.

There is no place in Plus Life for depressed characters who hate their bodies or their lives, are dieting, cleansing or try to squeeze themselves into Spanx. Rather, Plus Life is an unapologetic salute to people of size who are body confident and happy in their own skin.

About Curvy Girl Lingerie

Curvy Girl, in San Jose, CA, is the first lingerie store in the U.S. for plus-size women. With a “Sexy Isn’t a Size” motto, the store carries items in sizes 14-6x. Owner Chrystal Bougon created Curvy Girl because she believes that all women deserve a safe place to shop, without judgment, where they can find sexy lingerie and panties that fit well and make them feel pretty and sexy. Learn more at curvygirlinc.com.

About Adryenn Ashley

With 30 years in the industry both in front of and behind the camera, Adryenn Ashley brings a unique perspective the art of entertainment. From shooting her first feature film in 8 days that went on to win awards around the globe for 2 years, to launching a TV development platform to give content creators greater control in the process, passion and an eye for what’s next have populated the projects that Ashley has championed.

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Backstage Vera Wang's Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Go backstage at Vera Wang's Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear show in this exclusive film by InDigital Media Group. This behind the scenes look at Vera's New York Fashion Week runway show is only available at Vera Unveiled.
Vera Wang Spring 2016 Collection

Vera Wang Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear

Bloomingdale's Outlet Stores in Philadelphia and San Diego

Good news for fashion shoppers in Philadelphia and San Diego.
Macy's, Inc. announced it will open new Bloomingdale's Outlet stores in November 2015 in The Shops at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St.) in Center City Philadelphia and in Westfield Mission Valley in San Diego. 

These two openings will bring the number of Bloomingdale's Outlet stores to 16. Currently, 13 Bloomingdale's Outlet stores operate in nine states. A previously announced new location also will open in November 2015 at 2085 Broadway (on the northwest corner of 72nd Street) in the heart of Manhattan's Upper West Side.

The new Philadelphia and San Diego outlets each will be approximately 20,000 square feet on one level and offer a range of off-price apparel and accessories, including women's ready-to-wear, men's, children's, women's shoes, fashion accessories, jewelry, handbags and intimate apparel - all delivering a compelling combination of fashion, quality and value.

Good strategy or poor decision by Macy's Inc.?  Is more "outlet" stores for a luxury retailer the answer.  Sure, outlet stores do very well for clothing stores and brands.  However, is it worth tarnishing the brand.

Would it make more sense to sell the excess inventory from Bloomingdale's at Macy's Off-Price Stores instead of opening more Bloomingdale's outlet stores.


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Learn more about outlet fashion stores here on Apparel Search.

The Bloomingdale's Outlet concept was first introduced in 2010 and has grown to include stores in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia and now Pennsylvania

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Most Important Fashion Industry Company 2015

What is the most important company effecting the world of fashion? 

Are you kidding?  I hope you were not really thinking that I could tell you which company is the best.  The unfortunate reality is that it is not possible nor logical to pick only one.  Between sourcing, retailing, financing, distribution etc., it would be impossible to determine an absolute “most important”.  Fashion is not simply about the clothes that a consumer may see on store shelves.  It is important to understand that there is an entire industry behind each product, designer, brand.

Let’s take into account that even the absolute best in class retailers wouldn’t be “the best” if they did not work with leading partners to achieve their overall business goals.  For example, think about your favorite clothing store.  Do you think that they became amazing on their own?  Odds are, they have fantastic resources that are working behind the scenes.  In order for a clothing retailer to be superb, they need assistance.  They need distribution partners, retail business software, legal advice, public relations advice, etc.  The companies that they use need to be the best at what they do.  In other words, behind every great fashion business is a group of fantastic companies providing support, services, and products.  This is what makes the business part of an “industry”.  The great companies, use great suppliers.

Here are just a few of the leaders that play a role in the apparel industry. Target, American Eagle, Brooks Brothers, Cotton Inc, Li + Fung, Kate Spade, Apparel Search Company, Kaltex North America, Alvanon, John Varvatos, Macy's, PVH, Target, Ann Inc., Synergies Worldwide, Sandler, Travis + Rosenberg, AAFA, Chainge Capital, NGC, Alix Partners, Sport Obermeyer, Luen Thai USA and Cowen + Company.  Let’s not forget about Hudson's Bay Company, Mast Global, Jockey, Lilly Pulitzer, Footlocker, H.H. Brown, Orvis, SGS, and Nine West.

You can learn about other important fashion companies in our fashion company guide section.


Do you think that one company in our industry stands above all others?  You can share your thoughts in the comment section of this post.

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Long Beach Green Port Gateway Rail Benefits Fashion

Good news for the environment and port congestion at the Port of Long Beach.

Officials on Wednesday September 16, 2015 celebrated completion of a $93 million rail project vital for improving the efficiency and sustainability of cargo movement as shipment volumes increase at the Port of Long Beach in California.

The “Green Port Gateway” project, which was funded in part with state and federal transportation dollars, was completed this year.  The project realigned a critical rail pathway to relieve a bottleneck, allowing Port terminals to increase their use of on-dock rail, decreasing truck traffic and air pollution.  The upgrades will serve the Port’s southeast terminals, including the new Middle Harbor terminal.

The fashion industry utilizes the Port of Long Beach to off-loading a great deal of containers filled with clothing, footwear, and fashion accessories each year.  The reduction in congestion will surely be beneficial to our industry.

Overall, almost 6 miles of new track was laid. The work included adding a third rail line under Ocean Boulevard, along with new retaining walls, utility line modifications and roadway improvements. Every on-dock rail train eliminates as many as 750 truck trips from regional roadways.

The Port plans $1 billion in rail projects over the next decade as part of a broader modernization program to strengthen the Port’s competitiveness and reduce port-related impacts to the environment.  Compared to trucks, trains emit one-third less greenhouse gases on a ton-mile basis.  Therefore, it is expected that the improved rail services will help the environment impact of transporting apparel and other items from the port.

“This project will enable us to reach our goal of moving 35 percent of containerized cargo via on-dock rail this decade,” Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup said.  He went on to say, “It will also support our long-range ambition to eventually move 50 percent of our goods directly from terminals by train.”

Learn more about the Green Port Gateway project at Long Beach from the Port of Long Beach website.

The new tracks help boost capacity as cargo shipments rebound.  We are looking forward to the fact that the new rail tracks will help the fashion industry and the environment.

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