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New on the market are fabrics where the Protex® fibre is blended with the Outlast® fibre providing flame retardant fabrics with a higher level of comfort, temperature regulation and moisture management not normally associated with protective clothing.

Outlast Technologies Inc., market leader in temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), and Waxman Fibres Ltd of West Yorkshire, UK, have developed a range of innovative flame retardant (FR) circular knitted fabrics where FR Protex modacrylic fibre is blended with Outlast viscose fibre, to bring new levels of comfort to FR workwear.

The new FR fabrics, which will be exhibited at the forthcoming Techtextil in Frankfurt in June, have been produced by the well known innovative Portuguese circular knitter A. Sampaio & Filhos – Texteis S.A., of Santa Tirso, and are made from 60% MAC Protex and 40% CV Outlast. The fabrics are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 compliant and certified by the European norm EN ISO 14116 Index 3, which specifies the performance requirements for the limited flame spread properties of materials, material assemblies and protective clothing in order to reduce the possibility of the clothing burning and thereby itself constituting a hazard.

 

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LYCRA® Style fiber, specifically designed to meet consumers’ need for personalized style without compromising comfort or fit, is kicking off its global launch in the U.S. in late March. LYCRA® Style fiber was developed for the unique branding, performance and pricing needs of the ready-to-wear market. The brand helps to create clothes that consumers love to wear, all day, every day, from day to night and casual to dressy occasions.

“INVISTA’s new ready-to-wear brand, LYCRA® Style, is extremely important to the growth of our overall INVISTA apparel business,” says Libby Neuner, INVISTA’s global marketing director for outerwear. “The sheer size of the ready-to-wear business and the opportunity to further penetrate the market makes this a critical area of focus for INVISTA.”

Historically, the LYCRA® brand has always had a strong emotional connection with consumers. The LYCRA® Style brand signals stylish, modern, fashionable and contemporary associations with consumers—all key attributes in ready-to-wear. The new brand is targeted to reach a new, younger customer and will redefine the role LYCRA® Style fiber will play in providing individual style without compromise. To better understand how to emotionally engage this new target consumer, INVISTA went beyond traditional market studies and worked with Innerscope Research, a leader in the biometric market research field. The goal was to uncover deeper consumer insights that would not be limited by conscious responses.

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Giorgio Armani

Born on 11th July 1934 in the northern Italian town of Piacenza, Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion designer particularly noted for his men’s wear. His father Ugo – a transport executive and mother Maria – a homemaker, raised Giorgio along with his two siblings – older brother Sergio and younger sister Rosanna.

As he grew up, Giorgio took his career forward in medicine and joined University of Bolonga in 1951. Soon after two years of medical study, in 1953, he was called to work in a military hospital. The experience convinced him that he was not cut out to be a doctor.

After serving the military Giorgio got the job of a window dresser at La Rinascente, a department store in Milan, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Later he also managed to gather know-how on the marketing aspect of the fashion industry. In 1961- 1970, he joined Nino Cerruti as designer and designed his first line of menswear. Soon his sense of designing earned him fame. While continuing to work for Cerutti, Armani also freelanced, contributing designs to as many as ten manufacturers at a time.

During late 1960’s Giorgio grew his personal and professional alliance with Sergio Galeotti, which persuaded him to open a design office in Milan, at 37 corso Venezia in 1973. Following this in the year 1974-75, he founded his own label – Giorgio Armani Spa in Milan. And in the same year, October, he presented his first line of men’s ready-to-wear for Spring and Summer 1976 under his own label. For the same season he also presented his line of women’s wear.

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Christian Eschler, manufacturer of highly functional knits has recently gained promising reputation to emerge as a supplier of hi-tech knits to the hospitals.The company says it profits from its know-how in the active sports sector, gained over decades spent developing fabrics, and this valuable experience now benefits personnel in hospital operating theatres and in the nursing sector.

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Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. has signed a ten-year CRAiLAR fiber supply agreement with Hanesbrands Inc. This will commercialize NAT’s proprietary fibers and establishes the foundation for continued adoption of its flax-based fiber.

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June 6 will be the date when Lady Gaga and other winners chosen from the list of nominees – announced by Diane von Furstenberg, president CFDA, and Steven Kolb, executive director, on Wednesday at DVF studio – would be awarded.

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Rarely one to descend into hysterics where shoes are concerned (handbags – different ball game), nevertheless, there’s a caveat which is bringing on the must-have-it sweats: Prada’s “flatform” brogues.

Rarely one to descend into hysterics where shoes are concerned (handbags – different ball game), nevertheless, there’s a caveat which is bringing on the must-have-it sweats: Prada’s “flatform” brogues.

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Sigvaris, a global leader in medical compression therapy, has announced that its popular EverSheer line is now available in 15-20mmHg compression to meet the demands of women that want a sheer look year-round.

EverSheer is said to deliver consistent sheerness from ankle to thigh and is available in several easy-to-wear styles including knee-highs, thigh-highs and pantyhose.  Select shades are also available in open-toe styles for fashionable wear with spring and summer shoes.

“The EverSheer product has been one of the most popular premium products Sigvaris has ever launched,” says Jonas Thelin, marketing director for Sigvaris North America. “Now, women who need a lighter strength of compression will be able to experience all the benefits of wearing a medically measured garment.”

“Sigvaris EverSheer offers a stylish hosiery option for women’s every day wear and may be used as a maintenance therapy option after recovery from a vein procedure. EverSheer combines all-day softness with comfort leaving women with a soft fabric against their skin,” the company said.

Where Efficacy Meets Fashion

  • Relieves tired and aching legs

     

  • Excellent breathability and moisture management for your comfort
  • Double-covered yarns make it soft to the skin yet easy to don
  • No binding behind the knee

Superior Thigh Band

Benefits of patented Sensinnov thigh band with silicone Grip-top:

  • Stays in place with less skin irritation
  • Excellent moisture management
  • Comfortable for everyday wear

Durable

Double-covered yarns ensure durability and a long product life.

Fiber content

Calf: 69% nylon / 31% spandex
Thigh and Pantyhose: 64% nylon / 36% spandex  

Latex Free

Recommendations

  • Mild varicosites
  • Swelling
  • Post sclerotherapy
  • During pregnancy to help prevent varicose veins
  • Long distance travel
  • Standing and sitting for long hours

EverSheer is also said to provide excellent breathability and moisture management, making it the suitable to wear year-round for work, dress-up or travel.

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For this spring/summer Stripes have emerged as one of the major design elements drawn by the fashion giants into designer pieces. Check out few of them.

From Prada, Dress Worth = £1,100. Prada's bright and bold combinations. Trimmed with clashing Rio carnival frills

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Dress Worth = £220. This ladder stripe has more of a slimming effect then you might think. It's a great holiday dress, sightseeing with a sunhat and dressed up with an armful of gold bangles or oversized cocktail earrings for the evening

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Dress Worth = £180. The perfect summer dress, the shorter length gives a cooler look to the prom style silhouette and we love the bold stripe, wear with pumps or a bright pink wedge and bold sunglasses for an ultra chic look

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Worth = £494. The Parisienne Queen of Stripe, is a must have for this trend. This cotton jersey clutch is just enough stripe to brighten any look.

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The designer collection by Louis Vuitton presented the theme of fetishism where the models in suggestive uniforms walked down the glassy black catwalk.

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Their faces covered up with tiny plastic masks, S&M corseted waistlines, mini handcuffs and bits of bondage gave them more of  a ladylike appearance, revealing something but no flesh on display.

Marc Jacob, the designer, served up lots of great products, from nipped waists yet voluminous coats, often worn with knee boots in sex-shop latex, snazzy pencil skirts and high-waisted jodhpurs that all looked great. And there was plenty of firepower in the accessories – suggestive rubber riding boots with high heels or lacy fetish booties, LV-stamped totes or commercial and cool fur shoulder bags.

A perfect show for the finale to the Paris Fashion Week. Last to appear was Kate Moss, who strode the catwalk in tight jacket, black knickers and boots, smoking a cigarette.

Backstage, Jacobs said the idea for this season’s show came from Claridge’s hotel in London. “Whenever I stay there, I see all these incredible women, coming and going in the morning and the afternoon and at night. I love looking at what they are wearing trying to guess who they’re with – husbands, lovers, clients.”

 

 

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