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Lacoste Previews Presidents Cup Uniforms

Lacoste is going tee-to-green for its upcoming Presidents Cup partnership.
The French brand famous for its crocodile logo on Monday teamed with the PGA at the site of the tournament at Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, N.J., to officially preview the uniforms it created for both the U.S. and International teams. This marks the first time in the tournament’s history that one brand has provided apparel for both teams.
The U.S. team’s outfits draw their inspiration from the American flag and feature a red, white and navy blue color palette. The International team will sport blue and gold, colors that are found on the Presidents Day team flag.
Lacoste created uniforms for all days of the competition as well as for the opening and closing ceremonies. Each piece is embroidered with the Presidents Cup trophy and team flag.
Joëlle Grünberg, president and chief executive officer of Lacoste North America, said that in addition to the official outfits that the teams, captains, caddies and staff will wear, the company has created a capsule for the public that “mirrors” the official collection.
The polos, T-shirts, trousers, outerwear and hats will be sold at the Lacoste stores, on its web site and at other select wholesale

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L’Oréal Paris and Balmain Paris Unveil Lipstick Ad Campaign

GIVING LIP: L’Oréal Paris and Balmain Paris today unveiled the advertising campaign for their soon-to-launch capsule collection of lipsticks.
Embodying the ‘Balmain army’ attitude, in the campaign, lensed by Nico Bustos, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing is captured storming across a Paris rooftop at dawn – the Eiffel Tower on the horizon – flanked by 12 models of different origins and backgrounds including Lara Stone, Neelam Gill, and Alexina Graham. They each sport a different Balmain look offset by lipsticks from the line.
According to a joint statement released by the brands on Monday, the casting is meant to reflect “three tribes of L’Oréal Paris and Balmain Paris femininity,” much like the line’s Rock, Couture and Glamazone themes, each housing four shades designed to suit a range of complexions and send “a message of beauty in diversity and female empowerment.”
Ysaunny Brito, Soo Joo Park, Doutzen Kroes model what is termed as the star shades from each of the groups. The 12 lipsticks stand in line at the bottom of the image, topped with the tagline, ‘United, We are Invincible.’
As reported the line, due launch in early September in select points of sale where L’Oréal Paris is already carried, marks the first foray into beauty

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What to Watch: Blurring Fashion, Art and Commerce at Made Los Angeles

The fusion of fashion, art and commerce continues to be a winning formula. Made Los Angeles has seized on that.
The two-day event went for a second go in Los Angeles this past June with a decidedly strong focus on the intersection of hip-hop streetwear collaborations with collections flanked by performances from Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Yung Jake and A$AP Ferg in conjunction with labels Rochambeau, 424, Joyrich and Pleasures.
The result was a sold out show two years in a row and a spokesperson for IMG, the event’s parent, confirmed Made LA will be back in 2018.
“We wanted to do something different….Technology, music, clothes and putting it all together in one, cohesive project is pretty dope,” Pleasures’ Alex Taylor said during a panel at Made LA this year. “I think people are taking notice of that.”
Made started off in New York as a way to offer free runway space and was acquired in 2015 by WME-IMG with a bid to expand the event’s reach beyond the fashion show.
The rise of L.A. food and fashion with an existing base of music seemed like the right formula for the Los Angeles iteration, according to IMG senior vice president and managing director Catherine Bennett.

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Bridget Foley’s Diary: When Should Ivanka Cry Uncle Over Dad?

Before the presidential campaign and election, Ivanka Trump self-identified and was perceived as a businesswoman passionate about women’s empowerment. You’d have been hard-pressed to hear someone speak negatively about her, with words such as lovely, hard-working, self-directed and genuine typical descriptives.

And then, Dad ran for president and won.

Throughout and after the election, and especially since her role in the Trump administration shifted from merely “daughter,” as she said she initially intended, to G-20 Summit-attending formal adviser, Ivanka has taken her hits, critics questioning not only her qualifications but also her motives and her silence in light of various presidential outbursts. Following President Trump’s shocking equal assignation last weekend of “blame on both sides” when white supremacists, many brandishing swastikas, stormed Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the criticism escalated exponentially many wondering, how could Ivanka not speak out?

Whether she knew just what she was getting into in accepting her White House role, surely Ivanka knows her father, and she is accustomed to life in shared spotlights, his and her own. Though thrust into the former as a child when her parents’ public marital woes made for tabloid grist, she chose the latter early on. An adolescent flirtation with modeling crossed over to television; at 15, she co-hosted the Trump-owned

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Millennials Drive Up Luxury Accessory Sell-Outs

Millennials hate commitment — to a degree.
Edited, a retail analysis organization reviewed Millennial consumer behavior within the luxury sector. The research uncovered that despite the falling of overall full-price sell-outs in the segment, accessories, particularly bags benefited a rise in sales.
“With its low prices and swiftly developing trends, fast fashion has facilitated this demographic’s endless switching-up of garments. But that’s not to say the Millennial shopper isn’t attuned to the finer things in life, which is where luxury accessories play a key role,” said Katie Smith, senior retail analyst at Edited.
The research reviewed data collected from 30 U.S. luxury women’s wear retailers that included over 5,000 brands in the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of this year. On the upside, the study found that luxury retail discounts decreased five percent year-over-year, suggesting that retailers are turning to updated alternatives for improved revenue gains.
According to the analysis, the top-performing brands in this year, in descending order, were Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana. The handbag category posted the highest boost. The research found that full-price sell-outs of the item were up 22 percent with an average price of $1,465.07.
Gucci was the big winner

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Vegas Serves as Reminder of an Industry in Transition

LAS VEGAS — Yes, orders were filled and buyers discovered new lines across the nearly 20 recently ended trade shows in town this week. But there remains an overarching air of uncertainty as the industry and trade show model evolves to address a strong focus on going direct at both the trade show and vendor level.
UBM Fashion, which oversees 13 different shows in Vegas ranging from WWDMagic to FN Platform, is exploring ways of adjusting the traditional trade show model in a bid to reach the end consumer. Kelly Helfman, vice president of the WWDMagic, Project Womens and Fame shows, pointed to Intermezzo Collections’ New York vintage marketplace for consumers that proved successful in testing said types of programming and added they’re looking to do more of that as it continues to gain importance.
“Consumers now more than ever want to have a story,” Helfman said. “They want to have a story behind the brands that they’re actually wearing and they want to know more. So as these leaders within the fashion industry, it’s important for us to not only now connect buyers and brands but now consumers directly to those brands and, really, that’s the consumer telling us this. Millennials

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HanesBrands Markets New Maidenform and Playtex Items With Curvy Customers in Mind

CURVES AHEAD: Body confidence is very much de rigueur on social media, in advertising and on the runway. Just ask Jennifer Aniston, Chloë Grace Moretz, Khloé Kardashian and Karrueche Tran who have recently spoken out about fat-shaming.
Trying to be proactive, HanesBrands has introduced more full-figure and plus-size pieces under its Maidenform and Playtex labels. In an effort to appeal to Millennials who are said to prefer the term “curvy,” the company is pitching these new products as Maidenform Curvy and Playtex Love My Curves. After a year of research, the company said women who fit that description want intimate apparel that does not compromise fit, selection, color or style. Playing to that concept, Maidenform Curvy shapewear is designed for women whose dress sizes range between 16 and 30. It is sold in department stores and online, with retail prices starting at $44. Playtex Love My Curves, meanwhile, is available in sizes up to a G cup with retail bra prices starting at $42.
With these line extensions, both brands are trying to gain more sales in a burgeoning sector. For the 12 months ended June 2017, 30 percent of the combined dollar volume of bras, panties and shapewear stemmed from plus-size purchases,

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Vocational Training Institute Opens for Cambodian Garment Workers

BANGKOK — A new vocational training institute for Cambodia’s garment workers — the first in the country — aims to augment the industry’s flagging competitiveness in the region, a move that international buyers like H&M and Marks & Spencer welcomed.
Last year, Cambodia produced $7.3 billion in apparel and footwear exports, making the sector the country’s most valuable. But manufacturers often warn that its neighboring countries, Vietnam and Myanmar, are looming regional threats, given Cambodia’s monthly minimum wage of $153, its low productivity, and its lack of skilled labor.
With a $3 million loan to construct its facilities in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone from Agence Française de Développement, the development body of the French government, the Cambodian Garment Training Institute started offering its first classes in July, attracting more than 80 students from four factories. August classes, which have about 50 students signed up, will focus on quality assurance in the factory and streamlining workplace and decision-making processes.
These classes are for workers in the middle management track of member factories of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, all of which pooled together $700,000 to cover the operation costs of the first three years. This amount will be used to sponsor

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Mixing It Up With Bellator’s MMA Fighters

MMA, or mixed martial arts, is among the fastest-growing sports in the world. It’s a full-contact practice that mixes everything from boxing and karate to wrestling and judo. Fighters are pitted against one another in a cage and, like traditional boxing, there are weight classes, rounds and rules that govern the sport.
With their expertise in a variety of martial arts, striking and grappling, MMA fighters are viewed as among the best-conditioned and skilled athletes in the sports world and they’re making wheelbarrows of money for the promotional companies for which they fight.
The biggest player in the MMA business is the UFC, but there are many other organizations that are also at the forefront of the business.
Hollywood-based Bellator MMA was founded in 2008 and has grown into one of the world’s largest MMA promotions companies. Bellator, which is the Latin word for “warrior,” is owned by Viacom, and its events air in more than 140 countries. In 2013, Bellator debuted on Spike and now reaches more than 100 million homes on a weekly basis.
On Oct. 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Bellator will pit newly signed fighter Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) against Alexander Shlemenko (56-9). But before that, there

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Copenhagen Fashion Week Highlights a Changing Danish Design Identity

COPENHAGEN — Bigger, better and stronger-than-ever was the take-away from Copenhagen Fashion Week, which concluded Aug. 12.
An air of optimism floated on the city, thanks to clement weather but also to the positive figures published by the Dansk Fashion & Textile trade association. Despite a continued post-Brexit slump and lackluster performance of the Scandinavian region, the domestic market experienced 12.3 percent growth in the first quarter of the year, while exports, notably to Germany, Italy and Belgium, were flirting with double digits.
“The indicators in the Danish industry are on an upward swing. One example is that buyers are ordering more styles in larger quantities,” said Copenhagen Fashion Week chief executive officer Camilla Frank for whom this positive outlook was the perfect mind-set to kick off profound change for the organization.
To strengthen the Danish capital’s signature, a meatier five-day schedule was streamlined and enriched to include graduate shows, showrooms and the fashion prize organized by heavyweight department store Magasin du Nord; the notion of off-schedule was made redundant, with presentations and other fashion events scheduled in equal footing with runway shows through a new vetting process; talks and round-tables opened to the public, and also host brands hailing from other Scandinavian

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Black Daisy Junior Line to Launch With Maddie & Tae as Face

Jack Gross knows how to pick ’em.
When the chief executive officer of One Jeanswear Group was looking for a face for its L.E.I. brand in 2008, he first sought a “high-powered spokeswoman, but they were too expensive.” So on the recommendation of a friend, he met an up-and-coming country music singer who won him over with her high moral standards, work ethic and ambitions, and “we just clicked.”
That up-and-comer was Taylor Swift, who served as the face of the jeans label from 2008 to 2009.
Although Gross said he has no crystal ball and just “got lucky” with Swift, he sees the same characteristics in Maddie & Tae, a country music duo whose first single, “Girl in a Country Song,” became a platinum-seller and positioned the duo as an alternative to bro-country. And so he has signed the pair to be the face of a new juniors denim brand, Black Daisy, that will make its debut for back-to-school. “I had the same feeling when I met Maddie and Tae. They have similar ideals, they’re hard-working, ambitious and passionate.”
And they’re relatable to the Black Daisy target customer. The line is intended to fill what Gross sees as “a void in the market

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Intimate Apparel Brands Focus on Innerwear as Outerwear

NEW YORK — As innerwear begins to function as apparel — click through any music festival gallery for proof — brands showing at the Curve New York trade show, which took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this week in New York, continue to think about functionality, duality and Instagram appeal when developing their collections.
“We are seeing a shift with lingerie. It’s becoming the main focal point,” said Jessica Pfister, vice president of Le Mystère. “Girls are wearing bodysuits with pants; bra tops with jackets. The expectation is comfort and quality.”
Le Mystère previewed its Infinite sheer T-shirt bra with an elastic-free, engineered edge that can be worn seven ways. It retails for around $65. They also showed a bodysuit anointed “smoothwear,” which retails for $89, and a sheer illusion demi scoop bra, which retails for around $60. According to Pfister, navy and peach are trending and retailers are looking for larger cup sizes.
“When I started out, everyone was a 34B. Now at minimum everyone is a D. Women are becoming more educated about the fit of bras,” said Pfister.
Evora Russell, the vice president of Curvy Couture, which targets plus-size women with fuller busts, agreed and said retailers and

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Veronica Beard Comes to Highland Park

DALLAS — Veronica Beard is on a roll.
The seven-year-old sportswear maker unveils a 1,200-square-foot boutique today in Highland Park Village, the tony shopping center that sits squarely amid the mansions of Dallas’ wealthiest neighborhood. It’s the third store the company has opened since last August and more are to come.
“Retail is working for us, and we’re so fortunate to be bucking the trend,” said co-founder Veronica Swanson Beard. “We found the openings in New York really helped our business [at other stores that carry the brand.]”
Dallas runs neck and neck with Los Angeles as Veronica Beard’s second largest market after New York, she noted. It’s sold here by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Stanley Korshak and Canary.
Opening two doors a year is a comfortable pace, said Beard, noting the company has no intention of operating dozens of stores. Los Angeles is likely the next target.
Highland Park Village, which also hosts Hermès, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Tory Burch and other marquee brands, was the obvious choice for Beard in Dallas.
“Our customer is here,” Beard affirmed. “We’ve really built a lifestyle brand.”
The core customer is a mom and career woman in her 30s and 40s, though the brand sells to a broader age range,

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DSTLD Looks to Second Crowdfunding Round, Plans Pop-Up

Hollywood contemporary denim brand DSTLD is going back to the masses in hopes of raising more capital.
DSTLD (pronounced “distilled”), armed with confidence following the close of $1.7 million through equity crowdfunding, is now looking to raise more money to fuel its growing apparel range for men and women and interest in opening showroom concepts.
That initial funding round, which closed in February, came from more than 1,700 people and has seen the company notch growth in sales. By June 2016 the business had lifetime revenue of $3.3 million and that was up to $9.1 million as of June of this year.
“We were kind of guinea pigs with Regulation A+ at the time when we decided to move forward with it. We’re happy that we made that move and we will continue to use that strategy to grow the brand,” said DSTLD cochief executive and creative director Corey Epstein. “This will be our second round so it should be easier than the first time.”
Regulation A+, which some have called a mini-IPO, allows companies under Title IV of the JOBS Act to give the public a chance to invest in a company. Businesses are thus able to bypass what’s more commonly seen as

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Ralph & Russo to Show Debut Ready-to-Wear Collection in London

LONDON — The London-based couture house Ralph & Russo is breaking into the ready-to-wear market, and plans to hold its first show during London Fashion Week on Sept. 15.
The house, founded and run Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, will show at 8.30 p.m. at Old Billingsgate market, the British Fashion Council said Wednesday.
“With London being a cosmopolitan hub, we couldn’t think of a better place to launch our first ready-to-wear offering,” said Russo, whose title is chief executive officer and president. “We continue to listen to the demand of our customer and the market, which will continue to fuel the expansion of the Ralph & Russo product and universe.”
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The brand, whose top clients include Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and a host of Middle Eastern sheikhas and princesses, will continue to show its couture collection during the Paris Haute Couture Weeks in January and July.
Ralph & Russo was founded in 2007 and is known for designs ranging from the lavishly embellished to the spare and demure. In 2014, it became the first British couture house in more than a century to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show in Paris.
Ralph, who

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Tommy Bahama Creating Collegiate Series Line

Just in time for back-to-school, Tommy Bahama is introducing the Collegiate Series, a collection that features some of the brand’s signature styles in the colors and logos from 40 of the top universities across the country. Styles include polos, camp shirts and half-zip pullovers in two fits: standard and trim.
Doug Wood, chief executive officer of Tommy Bahama, said the Collegiate Series expands the company’s portfolio of sport products that include Major League Baseball and the National Football League.
It was developed in conjunction with licensing partners, IMG College Licensing LLC, Fermata Partners and 289c Apparel Ltd., and will be sold on the Tommy Bahama web site, select Tommy Bahama stores, Follett Higher Education bookstores, Alumni Hall fan shops, Fanatics.com and select college books stores across the country.
Retail prices for the series range from $110 to $165. Other schools will be added to the roster later in the year.
To introduce the collection, the brand will host a sweepstakes to win a trip to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational college basketball tournament in Hawaii Nov. 20-22. The sweepstakes will run from Aug. 14 to Sept. 12 and the winner will receive airfare and lodging for two, all-access VIP tickets to the tournament, dinner

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Dress for Chess: Audra Noyes Wins Design Contest

Designer Audra Danielle Noyes of the fashion firm Audra has won the “Pinned! Designer Chess Challenge” for creating a classic pin-striped blazer and a silk taffeta Swarovski crystal gown — specifically for a grand master.
Noyes was one of six emerging designers from the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator participating in the contest. They were paired with six chess grand masters to create two chess-inspired garments — a practical and comfortable “uniform” piece for tournament play, and a whimsical style that celebrated the sport.
Noyes said her blazer was designed for both men and women. “The sample produced was female, but my sketches in my presentation highlighted the easy adaptations for the male version,” she said.
Her gown was inspired by the diagonal movements of the bishop, the straight moves of the rook and “the elegance and fantasticalness” of the queen, Noyes explained.
Her winning chess “uniform” was chosen by a panel of judges including New York-based designer Timo Weiland, research chair of fashion at Parsons School of Design Dr. Hazel Clark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch fashion editor Debra Bass, chess grand master Eric Hansen, and Macy’s director of global forecasting Abbey Samet.
It was revealed last week at the Windows on Washington event space in St. Louis’

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They Are Wearing: Lollapalooza

CHICAGO — Mother Nature posed quite the daily fashion challenge for the hundreds of thousands of Lollapalooza festivalgoers at Chicago’s Grant Park last weekend. From severe thunderstorms on Day One — forcing an emergency evacuation of the park — to cool fall-like temps on Day Two to 80-degree sunny summer weather by Day Three, the festival street style was as diverse as the music lineup. “I had to run out and buy a sweater,” noted one gal, who flew in from San Francisco for Lollapalooza, which kicked off its four-day run on Thursday and concluded Sunday.
Depending on the day and weather forecast, festival wardrobe mainstays — halter tops, shorts, rompers, breezy dresses and combat boots — were paired with denim jackets, long-sleeve Ts, faux-fur coats, leggings and puffy coats. Otherwise, they were worn alone, weather permitting. Even Lollapalooza creator Perry Farrell was spotted looking chic and warm in a tailored denim studded blazer, skinny jeans and rainbow-accented Gucci loafers. New looks seen throughout the grounds this season included oversize kimonos, baggy and skinny overalls, car suits, cropped wide-cut pants, in printed fabric and denim, and sports team apparel jackets and jerseys. This year marked the 26th anniversary of Lollapalooza and the

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Prints Hot at Moda; Denim & Faux-Fur Trends Seen at Fame

Prints were the star attraction at Moda, while denim was still the go-to item at Fame, although possible early trends include non-stretch denim fabrications and faux-fur body-lined outerwear.
Both shows were held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, which began on Sunday and runs through today. The vendor base for Moda seemed smaller than usual, but that’s likely due to August being when buyers are eyeing mostly immediate deliveries. Typically the much larger Moda show is held next month at Javits. The opposite was true for Fame this year, as the vendor base for the younger contemporary marketplace seems to have grown from May’s show. It too has a follow-up show in September, also at Javits.
One Moda vendor that was catching some attention from buyers was Moonlight Exclusive, which featured a number of black jackets with Japanese-inspired prints along one side. The jackets were mostly rayon and acetate, although polyester was incorporated in some of the fabrications. Also popular were jackets in the black-white-red combinations, as well as black jackets with red trim, according to owner Connie Pae. Wholesale price points ranged from $59 up to $129. Buyers at the show who stopped by were mostly boutique owners

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Vintage Creates Buzz at Intermezzo

The August edition of Intermezzo Collections, that opened Sunday and runs through Tuesday at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, featured Vintage @ Intermezzo, a special area of 21 one-of-a kind apparel and accessories collections that were open to the public for the first time and created a lot of buzz at the show.
Among the vintage vendors featured were Norma Kamali, Lady V Second Time Around, Cabana Vintage, Leah’s Closet, Bui’s and Whistles, Morphew Concepts, Brent Edward Vintage, Mia Vesper, Kitschtopia and James Veloria.
Peter Berta, show director of Intermezzo, said, “It’s going really well. Everybody’s very excited about the new vintage section. Traffic has been very good.” He said the community always knew vintage existed, “but didn’t know how to obtain it.” He anticipates it will get bigger at the succeeding Intermezzo shows, which take place in January, May and August.
The exhibit’s selections ranged from luxury vintage designers including Missoni and Versace, gowns and furs, to rare Victorian and Asian pieces by the likes of Issey Miyake, alongside personal pieces from Norma Kamali’s archives.
Karen Tweedie, vice president, trend, design, sourcing and technical design at Boston Proper, the women’s clothing catalogue and Web site based in Boca Raton, Fla., was

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