Color and fabric trends, the impact of duty-free trade, sustainability and performance textiles are some of the key topics that will be discussed at seminars and roundtables at this year's Texworld USA.For attendees on a tight schedule, there will be "floor sessions" on a variety of topics and themes, organized by StartUp Fashion and Lenzing Fibers Inc.There will also be educational programs at the launch of the digital-printing focused trade event, Avantprint USA, organizers noted.Jennifer Bacon, show director at Messe Frankfurt North America, said the Lenzing team "have organized a series of topics and speaker panels that will appeal to all levels of the industry — everyone from start-up designers to seasoned industry veterans [who] will be able to take advantage of our educational opportunities this summer."Bacon said the return this year of the floor sessions "will ensure that even those strapped for time will have the chance to pop into one or more of our more casual expert discussions right on the show floor."With the floor sessions, Lenzing Innovation will present "Textile Talks," which aims to tackle "timely topics of trend forecasting, sustainability in textiles and sourcing options through the Le Souk marketplace," show organizers said. StartUp Fashion will feature "Independent Designer Discussions" that have been "designed specifically for independent designers and start-up brands looking for more insight into growing their young fashion brands through branding, public relations and consumer research."Texworld USA will be hosting "Performance Pitches," which the organization said are a "series of five-minute quick-pitches on the show floor" that spotlight new and innovative products and manufacturing services "for all high performance apparel and active wear applications."Event organizers are also debuting a new series of textile industry roundtables. Jeff Wilson, director of business value strategy and development at the Textile Exchange, and Isaac Nichelson, from Recover Fabrics, will present, "Fiber and Materials: Post-Consumer Recycled Fibers: Where Are We Today? What's the Outlook for Tomorrow?"Other roundtables will focus on recycled textiles and post-consumer textile collections as well as production process from the perspective of an emerging brand.Other sessions and seminars include:• "Shifting Consumer Purchasing Patterns Spell Opportunity for the Nimble Retailer," which will be presented by Judith A. Russell, global marketing strategist at Nilit America, and Bob McGee, from Formula4 Media LLC & Sports Insight Extra.• "Fashion 101: How to Start a Fashion Line," with Mercedes Gonzales, founder of Global Purchasing Cos.• "Sustainability — Water Use, Conservation & Pollution" with: Tricia Carey, director of global business development, Denim at Lenzing Fibers; Jeff Wilson from the Textile Exchange; John Mowbray, founder and director, EcoTextile News/MCL News & Media, and Tara St. James, from Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.• "Where Are the Duty-Free Opportunities and What Can We Expect for Trade Under the Trump Administration?" with Gail Strickler, president of global trade at Brookfield Associates LLC.Also on tap is the "Ex-Aequo — A/W 2018 Fashion Global Trend Forecasting" seminar hosted by Louis Gerin and Gregory Lamaud, who serve as art directors at Texworld USA.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.