Category: NEWZ – Apparel and Fashion Updates

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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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


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


  • 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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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.”



Karl Lagerfeld kept the designs themed after volcanic landscapes for this season featuring apocalyptic look.

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Drawbridges were raised at either end of the vast, 120-metre catwalk and the 65 models appeared in opposing waves, in a volcanic interpretation of 21st century ready-to-wear.

The look was tough and strong and as black as coal. The Chanel “cardigan” jacket was layered over loose black shirts, hanging out, over baggy man’s style trousers tucked into tweedy gaiters and sturdy workboots.

Hooded, floor-length, “magician’s” capes glistened with fiery-red or onyx-like crystals. A cream tweed cardigan-suit was worn over faded, skinny black jeans.

Mechanics’ boiler-suits came in industrial silver, and knitted maxi-dresses, with a hint of colour, had criss-cross braces at the back.

The evening wear, although occasionally offering a softer mood, with organza, tulle and metallic blue in evidence, generally followed the rebellious, tough-school theme.

Yves Saint Laurent presented a very strictly French, artfully poised, balancing a mix of sexual allure and top of all a very beautiful collection at Paris fashion week on March 8.

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Starting off with the Prince of Wales suits, he moved on to fur and feathers ideas with capes and wool jackets and concluded with the parade of white silk, crepe, ostrich and satin – in halter gowns and pleated palazzo pants with white chiffon shirts. The last bit updated Saint Laurent’s eclectic exoticism for a new generation.

His Black and white tweed tailoring evoked a mood of elegance mixed with laid-back chic, especially in cocoon coats and swing-back jackets detailed with gold chains to match the handbags.

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John Galliano’s work is proof that he is anything but a racist, his fellow couturier Jean Paul Gaultier said Saturday in defence of the disgraced former chief designer at Christian Dior.

“It’s sad, because he was an enormous talent,” Gaultier told a small group of journalists after he presented his fall-winter pret-a-porter collection as part of the ongoing Paris fashion week.

“Everything he has done has not revealed someone who is racist — quite to the contrary,” he said, alluding to the many Galliano collections that drew inspiration from the four corners of the world.

Dior fired Galliano, 50, its chief designer for 15 years, on Tuesday amid allegations that he made racist and anti-Semitic remarks while apparently drunk at a chic cafe in a historically Jewish corner of Paris.

With the catwalk show cancelled, John Galliano's latest collection was shown via a presentation format during Paris Fashion Week.

Galliano, whose theatrical flair informed both his designs and his life, apologised through his lawyers for his conduct, but denied being anti-Semitic, as he reportedly sought help at a substance abuse clinic in the United States.

Prosecutors have meanwhile charged Galliano with making racist insults. He is to appear in court in Paris by the end of June.

Referring to a mobile phone video in which Galliano is heard saying “I love Hitler,” Gaultier, 57, said: “With recordings, people can be made to say things that they did not say.”

“They pronounce some words, but what is the context?” he asked. “The person (speaking to Galliano) seems very assured, knowing very well what she is doing.”

“It is very sad” for the Gibralter-born and London-bred Galliano in that he was the one who had hurt himself, added Gaultier. He expressed hope that his counterpart would return to fashion and “find an inner peace”.

On the huge pressure that top-name designers can be subject to, Gaultier — famous for his youthful energy — said it was important not to spend time only with people in fashion circles.

“I am a workaholic,” he said. “It protects me. I started with nothing and my preoccupation is only to make, to put out collections.”

Its pity for Christian Dior as John Galliano gets arrested in Paris this Thursday, February 24th.

The fashion icon was taken into arrest when he got involved in an argument with a couple at a bar in the Marais district, Paris. A strict action was taken after he took racial aside against the couple.

According to few sources, he was later released but as an outcome, the incident have permanently cost him his position at legendary fashion house Dior.

Christian Dior’s autumn/winter 2011 fashion show as planned for March 4 now hangs in dilemma with this occurrence.


With testing for resistance to dust mites, compression testing for performance, and comfort tests that simulate what actually occurs during sleep – the peaceful, easy going times are surely well and truly over for the bedding sector. Well-thought-out systems for mattresses create both a pleasant, comfortable climate under the covers and allow a healthy posture when lying down, to enable the body to recover completely over a period of at least eight hours. Leading textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer has some solutions..

Warp-knit spacer fabric by Karl Mayer

According to the German warp knitting machine manufacturer, what might sound like a daydreamer’s wish list, can be met easily but effectively by warp-knitted spacer fabrics. The voluminous fabrics are specifically designed to be compression-resistant, breathable and effective in dealing with moisture. In addition, perspiration and water vapour can be consistently wicked away through the 3D construction and the structure of the fabrics’ cover faces.

Karl Mayer says the potential offered by the production process to incorporate zones of different hardness also make spacer textiles the preferred choice for combining with other materials – a development which it as a manufacturer of machines for producing spacer textiles, has taken into account.

The company’s efficient, double-bar HighDistance HD 6 EL 20-65 and HD 6/20-35 machines are now available to the mattress industry for producing high-quality, functional, three-dimensional cushioning and padding materials. On the other hand, Karl Mayer says, the RD 6/1-12 and RDPJ 7/1 are both perfect for producing entire mattress covers or sections of mattress covers. They are also equipped with two needle bars and can therefore make 3D constructions. In addition, the company’s TM 2 tricot machine, which operates at a high productivity rate, is available for producing two-dimensional cover fabrics.

Breathable Cushioning Elements

Conventional mattresses are as diverse as the body shapes of their users. Some are made from spring interiors, latexes or foams, and then there are the unconventional types, such as waterbeds, air core mattresses, futons and, of course, mattresses that are a combination of these. Combining different materials is said to be becoming more and more important.

Mattress manufacturers are said to be increasingly using warp-knitted spacer fabrics combined with other materials to ensure that their products meet ergonomic requirements. However, Karl Mayer says, they are usually only used as the cushioning/padding element, which does not fully utilise their ability to optimise the sleeping climate. The functional 3D fabrics are usually located in a foam frame or used as a continuous layer between layers of foam, and are only rarely used as the surface against which the person lies, according to Karl Mayer. Nevertheless, Karl Mayer says, 3D warp-knitted fabrics are making inroads into the actual mattresses themselves. Some manufacturers are already making their mattresses entirely out of spacer textiles and the Southern European and Asian manufacturers are leading the way in this.

Karl Mayer launched a new double-bar raschel machine designated the HD 6/20-35, aimed at this segment of the market specialising in thicker, warp-knitted spacer textiles to coincide with the opening of this year’s ITMA ASIA+CITME trade fair. The company says it can now react quicker to growing demands by supplying efficient machines. The HD 6/20-35 is the basic version of the HD 6 EL 20-65, which is already said to be well established in the market, and completes the range of HighDistance machines. Whereas the full-size HD machine, which has a distance between the knock-over comb bars of 20-65 mm, can produce fabrics with a final thickness of 50-55 mm, the new machine produces spacer fabrics with a thickness of 18-30 mm and has a distance between the knock-over comb bars of 20-35 mm.

According to Karl Mayer, regardless of their format, all 3D warp-knitted textiles produced on the HighDistance machines have extremely reliable performance characteristics. As far as mattresses are concerned, this means that they must have stable compression values, specific spot elasticity and exceptional ventilation characteristics – functional characteristics that can be produced economically by using efficient production machines.

At a working width of 110 inches and a gauge of E 12, the HD 6/20-35 can achieve a maximum production speed of 300 rpm or 600 courses/min. The thicker spacer fabrics can be produced at a maximum speed of 200 rpm, which is 400 courses/min.

Side borders And Entire Mattress Covers

“The mattress cover has a pronounced influence on the initial perception of comfort when the person first lies down, and should therefore be very soft – a requirement that is usually met by conventional mattresses having multilayer constructions,” Karl Mayer explains.

“In this case, the conventional combinations usually consist of a smooth surface combined with nonwoven waddings or foams. The main disadvantage of joining them together by laminating or quilting processes is that the removable covers are difficult to clean and their elasticity is poor. Furthermore, the exchange of air with the surrounding environment is hampered by the high density of the material. The only breathable areas in the mattresses are usually those with side borders made from thin, warp-knitted spacer textiles having mesh constructions.”

“Modern designs are becoming increasingly popular for patterning the outer sides of the textile. In this case, the RD 6/1-12 and the RDPJ 7/1 double-bar raschel machines offer numerous possibilities. The RD 6/1-12 produces thin, 3D warp-knitted textiles with a distance between the knock-over comb bars of 1-12 mm; it can therefore work a wide range of different lappings, and is also extremely productive. This high-speed machine can reach a maximum operating speed of 475 rpm or 950 courses/min,” Karl Mayer says.

Even Wider Pattern Range

According to Karl Mayer, the RDPJ 7/1 can produce an even wider range of patterns. The creative, double-bar raschel machine is said to combine maximum efficiency and flexibility, and the distance between the knock-over comb bars can be varied from 2 to 8 mm. It can also process a wide range of different materials and produces jacquard patterns.

The machine’s EL control facility enables an even wider variety of spacer textiles to be produced. The machine’s electronic facilities permit alternating 2D and 3D zones as well as different lappings to be worked, which influences the characteristics of the fabric. The modifications mainly relate to the pile strength and the elongation values in the lengthwise and crosswise directions. The RDPJ 7/1 can be used to produce attractive, all over patterns, mattress borders whose contours match those of the end product in the appropriate widths, lettering, different lappings, and functional elements, such as buttonholes and pockets.

As well as being used in the side borders, the soft, low-dimensioned, attractive, warp-knitted spacer fabrics produced on Karl Mayer’s double-bar raschel machines can also be made into entire mattress covers. These functional cover fabrics, with their airy construction, are said to optimise the sleeping climate and they can be washed and dried easily, and then put back onto the mattress again with no problems. Karl Mayer says, the thin, 3D warp-knitted fabrics can also be quilted easily in the designs typically used for padding or cushioning materials.

According to Karl Mayer, in addition to voluminous mattress covers, flat covering materials with printed designs are also an up-and-coming trend. Karl Mayer’s TM 2 machine is said to be ideal for producing these stable, dense fabrics; the TM 2 is a two-bar tricot machine which is fast and flexible and produces top-quality products. Depending on the lapping and yarn used, the TM 2 can operate at speeds of up to 2500 rpm.

“ With their exceptional breathability and cushioning that corresponds to the shape of the body, warp-knitted spacer textiles provide a high level of comfort and enable the sleeper to rest and recover by guaranteeing deep, sound and healthy sleep – the perfect solution for getting a good night’s sleep!” says Karl Mayer.

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