Urban Fashion – South Pole Ladies Spring/Summer Collection 2009

A behind the scenes look at a photo shoot for urban fashion label South Pole Ladies Spring/Summer Collection 2009. Directed By Chris Belgrave Production Manager : Sebrina Pitt Post Production pro…

ColorForward 2010 – premier color forecasting tool

ColorForward TM is a major initiative of Clariant’s global ColorWorksTM design centers.

• The premier color forecasting tool in the plastics industry.
• An annual endeavor by an international team of color experts.
• Helping designers and brand managers make successful color choices for tomorrow’s product.

ColorForward is an essential guide for marketers seeking a competitive advantage.
• Identifies cultural and lifestyle trends with true global relevance.
• Analyzes societal and mass-market influences.
• Forecast colors are springboards for inspiration, interpretation and adaptation to specific product and market requirements.

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UK Young Fashion Entrepreneur 2009 award

Are you the UK’s young fashion entrepreneur 2009?

Are you passionate about fashion, an innovator looking for entrepreneurial ways to move the UK fashion industry forward? Are you looking to broaden your international business opportunities and to build your network? Want to know more about the business of fashion in India?

If this sounds like you then you could be the next winner of this prestigious new award from the British Council, with support from NESTA.

To be eligible for the award, you must be aged between 25 and 35, have at least three years industry experience and be resident in the UK.

You can download an application form and the guidance notes here.
Applications close at noon on Thursday 17 October 2008.
UKYFE is one of nine awards for young creative entrepreneurs that are being developed by the British Council with support from NESTA, the Cultural Leadership Programme, trade associations and professional bodies within the creative sector.




Dutch Fashion Foundation and Mercedes-Benz – Autumn 2008 fashion show – Prelude

On Tuesday January 22nd 2008 the Dutch Fashion Foundation and Mercedes-Benz proudly presented the fourth edition of the exclusive fashion salon ‘Prelude’ with the presentations of the new Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 collections of Sjaak Hullekes, Sebastic, Mada van Gaans, Corné Gabriëls and Conny Groenewegen, hosted under the hospitality of NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.



Mercedes-Benz supports the Dutch Fashion Foundation in her mission to create awareness and international appreciation for the Dutch fashion industry. With their collaboration the allure, quality and pioneering values of both brands meet. Both are very excited about the Prelude platform and proud of the success it has gained for the participating designers. For emerging talents Sjaak Hullekes and Sebastic it was the first time to show during this fashion platform event. Mada van Gaans presented for the fourth time, Corné Gabriëls for the third time and Conny Groenewegen for the second time after her debut during the last edition of the Prelude salon in July. With the continuation of the Prelude salons Mercedes-Benz supports the Dutch fashion world by accentuating the clear values of avantgarde fashion within the Netherlands.


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Two to Pull Artistic Reins of Marimekko

Samu-Jussi Koski and Minna Kemell-Kutvonen will become artistic directors of Marimekko.




Marimekko has closed and re-organized its design team after the owner change. Samu-Jussi Koski, the beloved Marimekko fashion designer, and Minna Kemell-Kutvonen, who has worked for Marimekko for a long time, have chosen to become artistic directors of the design team.

Koski, 32, and Kemell-Kutvonen, 39, will be in charge of artistic and design strategy of Marimekko. Their tasks include coordinating design of product lines and supporting designers. Koski will hold the reins of fashion and clothing, Kemell-Kutvonen of interior products.

Samu-Jussi Koski has worked as a fashion designer for Marimekko since 2004. He graduated a fashion designer from the Design Institute of the Lahti University of Applied Sciences in 2001. He is currently taking a post-graduate degree at Polimoda Institute in Florence, Italy.

Minna Kemell-Kutvonen has worked for Marimekko in various positions since 1992. She has worked as a store manager and as a manager of collection team of Marimekko’s interior products. She graduated MA at the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2005. She has previously also studied design at Kuopio Academy of Design at Savonia University of Applied Sciences. She graduated in 1992. 

By HL / Photos by Marimekko

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Garment Labeling – Take responsibility

When you enter a supermarket you can select a product and see the fats, salts carbs etc. and see the country of origin to get your food miles.. This information allows consumers to make informed choices.

Every action has a consequence, but with this information, neither businesses nor consumers have any excuses about responsibility.

But why is this not the same in retail clothing? This is a campaign for the freedom of information and ultimately complete transparency in the retail clothing sector.

We want our model – open candid information on every aspect of the clothing manufacture Product Life Cycle – to take a fresh approach to combat greenwash in a market saturated with unjustified marketing catchphrases.

The Prime Minister agrees and our petition is online as of today…


Signing this petition will be one tiny step towards forcing an entire industry to be open and honest about their products. One big change is just lots of little changes… Be part of it!

Fashion king Yves Saint Laurent dies

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent, considered by many as the greatest fashion designer of the 20th Century, has died in Paris at the age of 71.

Saint Laurent changed the face of the fashion industry when he became chief designer of the House of Dior at 21.

He designed clothes that reflected women’s changing role in society: more confident personally, sexually and in the work-place.

He retired from haute couture in 2002 and had been ill for some time. Saint Laurent died on Sunday evening in the French capital, the Pierre-Berge-Saint Laurent Foundation announced.

Pierre Berge, the designer’s former business and personal partner, said he had died at his home after a long illness. He did not give details. French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to Saint Laurent’s “creative genius”.

‘I draw on woman’

“I found my style through women,” Saint Laurent once said.

“That’s where its strength and vitality comes from because I draw on the body of a woman.”

He changed forever what women wear, introducing trouser suits, safari jackets and sweaters, BBC arts correspondent Razia Iqbal notes.

Saint Laurent was a great innovator, helping to revitalise haute couture while making ready-to-wear design popular.

The editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, said he had helped democratise fashion:

“Before that people had small salons for rich people.

“Saint Laurent brought it to the people.

“He was young and groovy. Pop stars were hanging out with him and younger generations related to him.”

‘Devastating’ news

President Sarkozy said the designer had been “the first to elevate haute couture to the rank of art and that gave him global influence”.

YSL ‘understood what women really wanted’

“Yves Saint Laurent infused his label with his creative genius, elegant and refined personality… because he was convinced that beauty was a necessary luxury for all men and all women,” he added.

Speaking on French radio, Pierre Berge said his former partner had empowered women.

“In this sense he was a libertarian, an anarchist and he threw bombs at the legs of society,” he said.

“That’s how he transformed society and that’s how he transformed women.”

Famous French embroiderer Francois Lesage, who worked 40 years with the designer, said he was “devastated” by news of his death.

“I have never known a designer who would give so much thought to something when it was proposed to him,” he told French TV.

“It is a great grief for me.”

Life of ill-health

Born in the Algerian city of Oran at a time when the North African country was a French colony, he had a precocious talent.

His first collection caused a sensation with its gently flared dresses and jackets that set the mould for 1950s fashion.

Within three years, Dior had died and Yves St Laurent had taken his place. He took the world by storm with his trouser suits, highly coloured ethnic prints and designs inspired by the art world.

Taunted as a schoolboy because of his homosexuality, Yves St Laurent suffered mental and physical ill health for much of his life and he appeared in public only rarely.

Did you know the designs of Yves Saint Laurent? Are you a designer who was inspired by him or did you work with him? Have you ever worn one of his creations?

What contribution do you think he made to the fashion industry?

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