Despite a few ups and downs over the past couple of years,
the US children's clothing market is significantly stronger
than the rest of the apparel sector. According to new
research it should continue to grow in the five years to
2008, boosted by increasing numbers of 0-2 year olds and
the expanding Hispanic population.
Uniforms To Include Banana, Pineapple Fibres
Uniforms worn by 1.3 million Philippine officials and government employees will soon be required to use locally-produced fabrics made from ‘tropical’ fibres derived from banana and pineapple plants.
The mandatory use of these materials is included in Senate Bill 2673 which has been drawn up to stimulate demand for local textiles, encourage investments in the industry, generate employment and provide a stable domestic market for these products.
According to Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr, chairman of the Senate Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization, the production of abaca, piña or banana fibre and cloth will eventually replace a quarter of the textiles currently imported and translate into foreign exchange savings of about P8 billion.
"By promoting the wide use of tropical fabrics, we are not proposing a ban on the use of imported textiles. We are merely trying to give the tropical fabric industry a nudge in the right direction," Pimentel said.
A model poses in a cave during Jeremy Scott's Sexybition 2003
fashion show in New York September 12, 2003.
Season of quiet elegance
LIGHTER FABRICS, SHORTER LENGTHS, CLEAN LINES SEEN IN GOWNS FOR FALL
Summer dress-up attire, if there is such a thing, is frivolous and lighthearted. But with autumn comes a more serious and sophisticated attitude, as well as pressure to make just the right statement. It becomes especially apparent in special-occasion dressing.
This fall, retailers and designers are predicting that quiet elegance will win over women looking for dresses to wear to galas and holiday outings. Gone are busy details and entrance-making ball gowns. Instead, the silhouette of the season is spare, with clean lines that skim the body in fabrics such as silk, satin and matte jersey. Elements of flash are seen in small bow trimmings, irregular hemlines and filmy lingerie looks.
``The corseted dress with lingerie detailing is very big this fall,'' says Stephanie Solomon, fashion director of ready-to-wear for Bloomingdale's in New York. ``Get it in a jewel tone and you're set for the season.''
``There's a very strong trend toward glamour,'' adds June Rau, Nordstrom's fashion director for the western region. ``There's drape and movement and a body-consciousness that comes from wearing fabrics that aren't as heavy as in the past.''
Shorter lengths, too, are what distinguish this fall's gala gowns from past seasons. It's especially true of dresses with beading -- the most up-to-date beaded number is reminiscent of the dropped-waist flapper dress from the 1920s.
Black this season is considered safe but a tad boring. Women who want to make a memorable entrance should choose dresses in reds and purples, fashion experts say.
``From a style standpoint, we're seeing cleaner styling with some open backs, ribbon detailing and interesting necklines,'' says Richard Samuelson, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.
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