Archive for October, 2010


This year, green is more than a color for pants; it’s a concept that’s quickly catching on with men who are looking for eco-friendly options for their khakis and dress slacks.  Haggar Clothing Co., one of the most recognized brands in men’s apparel, and Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI), a global leader in sustainable textile solutions, have partnered to create a line of sustainable men’s pants featuring REPREVE recycled fiber.

Khakis and slacks are a staple in the male wardrobe, found on all of the must-have lists for men’s fashion.  Haggar’s new eco-friendly collection containing REPREVE recycled fiber consists of four styles from casual to dressy, each featuring a straighter, more contemporary fit.

•    REPREVE Renew Chino
•    REPREVE Eco Cargo
•    REPREVE Premium Twill
•    REPREVE Smart Fiber Dress Pant.

“While Haggar has been producing men’s apparel for nearly 85 years, Unifi’s REPREVE enables Haggar to do good and look good,” said Haggar’s senior vice president of marketing and merchandising, Jon Ragsdale.  “Our goal was to provide eco-conscious consumers with a sustainable pant that’s focused on style, comfort, and value; while supporting environmental conservation.”

Unifi’s REPREVE is a family of recycled fibers made from 100% recycled materials, reducing the need to use crude oil and conserving the earth’s natural resources.   On average, a pair of Haggar® pants from the product line containing REPREVE saves ten – 16oz plastic bottles from the landfill.

“Haggar has long been a trusted brand that successfully merges fashion with performance and functionality, and now offers sustainability with the help of REPREVE,” said Roger Berrier, executive vice president for Unifi. “Unifi is committed to bringing trusted, sustainable textile solutions to the industry, and REPREVE provides Haggar a certified, eco-friendly option with the same quality and versatility of conventional yarn.”

The collection also offers care-free attributes such as a comfort waistband and wrinkle resistance, as well as a soft, smooth hand.

Haggar’s line of pants using REPREVE recycled fiber is available at retailers including Macy’s, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Belk and Boscov’s.

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Manish Arora’s spring/summer 2011 collection.

The Indian designer does not simply hold a catwalk show – he creates an entire fantasy world.

The show featured extraordinary beading, multicoloured patterns in Krishna blue and temple gold, shoes encrusted with flowers and gilded straps which wound round the legs like a python, and a series of crystal dresses and separates inspired by the 1960s Miami art of Hiroshi Nagai, with beaded hats shaped like the gas-guzzling cars of the era.

Balenciaga’s spring/summer 2011 collection.

The look was layered and futuristic, as we have come to expect at Balenciaga, with nothing turning out to be quite what it seemed: shirts with no back, tunics in what resembled crumpled up sweetie wrappings.

Short coats with rounded collars and a “shirt-tail” hem came in exploded checks, from the Balenciaga archive, in blue/black or red/black shiny patent, or mixed with a speckled tweed. When they morphed into jackets, they were paired with tiny black skirts with silver-studded and curvy, black leather belts slung around the hips.

Issey Miyake spring/summer 2011 collection.

Fujiwara, designer for Issey Miyake, however, was thinking more of a fashionable ‘ghost’, an effect he created on the body with transparent layers, and softly wafting silhouettes that represented phantoms. The ghostly effect was heightened with the appearance of strong-colored kaftans, robes and batwing-dresses, in a new techno-mesh so light and fine, it almost appeared to float.

The models emerged from a cloud of dry ice, firstly in functional pieces in shades of white and black – anoraks over papery trousers, dresses shot with silver discs, or fan-pleated, and a spectral, full-length gown in open-work knit.

Nina Ricci spring/summer 2011 collection.

Christian Dior spring/summer 2011 collection.

John Galliano set sail for a South Sea island paradise with a rollicking romp of a show for Christian Dior, at the Paris prêt-à-porter season on 1st Oct.

Palm tree prints, sailors’ hats, nautical jackets, matelot trousers, and sarong-gowns accessorized with leis, created a colourful, upbeat and highly-wearable collection infused with tropical colour and witty accessories.

The collection, for spring/summer 2011, mixed a variety of marine themes, from Polynesia and the docks of Marlon Brando’s “On the Waterfront” to the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific”, and Rainer Fassbinder’s 1982 film, “Querelle”.

The clothes blended tough-guy T-shirts, sailors’ trousers, life-vests and nautical cagouls, with flimsy, chiffon mini’s, bubble-hem dresses, and fringed, ‘hula’-gowns.

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