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The DIVA (Designer Impact Vision Atlanta) awards are coming soon, and the nominations for the seventh-annual edition of the awards are already in. A special committee of retailers and industry experts make their nominations based on a random sampling...

The DIVA (Designer Impact Vision Atlanta) awards are coming soon, and the nominations for the seventh-annual edition of the awards are already in. A special committee of retailers and industry experts make their nominations based on a random sampling from telemarketing, current business news and annual sales results. Over 50,000 buyers will be asked to cast their votes, through mailings and ballots at the August Market, Aug. 22 to 26 at AmericasMart. The 13 design categories include women’s, children’s and men’s wear entries, as well as nominees for the hot item of the year — denim.

This year’s DIVA awards will be presented for the first time in the grand atrium of AmericasMart. The event, called “The Galaxy Gala: Out of this World’s Fashions,” will be held Oct.18.