ATLANTA — And here they are! Three companies in each of 10 categories were nominated by a board of specialty retailers and industry experts chosen by AmericasMart. Categories include: better/bridge; contemporary; juniors/young contemporary; better classics; prom/pageant; bridal; fashion accessories, and special occasion. Winners will be chosen by buyers in on-site polling during the July-August men’s and women’s markets. DIVA winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held Oct. 18 in the grand atrium of the apparel mart. Here, a look at the nominees.



CATEGORY: Juniors/Young Contemporary; NOMINEES: Rocawear Juniors, Earl Jean, Nally & Millie

CATEGORY: Bridal; NOMINEES: P.C. Mary’s Bridal, Casablanca Bridal, Victoria Bridal

CATEGORY: Better/Bridge; NOMINEES: Lafayette 148, Elie Tahari, Peter Nygard Signature

CATEGORY: Contemporary
NOMINEES: Rebecca Taylor, Nanette Lepore, Urchin


CATEGORY: Accessories
NOMINEES: Mary Jane Handbags, Adrienne Vittadini Handbag, Suzi Roher Accessories


CATEGORY: Prom/Pageant
NOMINEES: Tiffany Prom, Alyce Design, Jovani


CATEGORY: Better Classics
NOMINEES: Kello, Bushwacker, Geiger of Austria


CATEGORY: Special Occasion; NOMINEES: Daymor, Kay Unger, Tadashi



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