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DESIGNER SUMMIT SEMINAR SERIES AT THE INTERNATIONAL FASHION FABRIC EXHIBITION OFFERS TREND FORECASTS AND HOT TOPICS OF INTEREST

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The International Fashion Fabric Exhibition, North America’s leading textile and trim show, once again brings together industry luminaries to shed light on future trends and other relevant topics at the Designer Summit Seminar Series, which takes place during the three-day show held October 14-16 at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The series kicks off with a show tradition, the renowned American Trend & Color Committee will present their top picks for the season in “Risk: The Fall/Winter 2004/05 Forecast,” on Tuesday, October 14th at 10:00am. A must-attend presentation for industry participants, AT&CC will cover colors, textures, fabrics, silhouettes and general lifestyle trends expected to dominate the upcoming season. AT&CC color cards are exclusively available for purchase to show attendees for $50.00. Speakers include: AT&CC members: Lisa Mainardi; Director, American Trend & Color Committee; Robert di Mauro; Sharon Graubard, ESP Trendlab; Roseann Forde, DuPont; Roseanne Morrison, The Tobé Report; Pat Tunsky, The Doneger Group; and Paul Pelssers, Paul Pelssers Ltd.

Immediately following the panel presentation, AT&CC members will make individual presentations, which amplify different aspects of the Fall/Winter 2004-05 forecast. Pat Tunsky, The Doneger Group, will give “Fall/Winter 2004/05 Essentials,” at 11:00am, which includes color, fabric and trend forecasts. At 12:00pm, Roseanne Morrison, Fashion Editor, The Tobe Report, offers “Four 2004 Trends, Key Items & Colors,” which include trends titled: Bloomsbury, Dream Weaver, Color Forms and Medieval.

Several speakers offering different perspectives on trends will converge on the Javits Center during the course of the three-day show. After the lunch break on Tuesday, October 14th, Emmanuelle Linard, Director, Edelkoort Inc. Trend Union U.S. will provide an inspiring discussion of color, fabric, pattern and shape trends in “General Apparel Trends Fall/Winter 2004/05.”

Wednesday’s seminars open with a show favorite, as “America’s Foremost Fashion Forecaster,” David Wolfe, Creative Director, The Doneger Group, gives his run down of the “Top 10 Trends for Fall 2004,” which starts at 10:00am. Following Wolfe at 11am, Britt Bivens, Director of Business Development, Promostyl, New York provides “A Global View: Lifestyle Trends, Style and Design for Fall and Winter 2004/05,” which will also explore product applications for women, men, children, teens and the home area. At noon on Wednesday, October 15th, Sharon Graubard, VP/Creative Director, ESP Trendlab will present womenswear trends for Fall 2004, illustrated with Fall 2003 runway looks and includes key items, colors, accessories and cultural/historical context. After the lunch break, Linda DeFranco, Creative Trends Forecaster from Cotton Incorporated, offers “Fall/Winter 2004/05 Color Fabric and Silhouette Overview,” which starts at 2pm.

The trend talk continues on the third day, which opens with “Trend Right Issues for Fall/Winter 2004/05,” Thursday, October 16th, at 10:00am, presented by Carol Meek, President/Owner, Color Portfolio, and features up-to-date information from Europe relevant to the womenswear and menswear markets. At 11:00am is “The Psychology of Color,” conducted by Meg Miele, FIT Board of Directors and Education Director, who will explore how color impacts our lives and discuss ways in which to help clients move ahead into the “Modern Day Renaissance of Color.” The last seminar on trends ends on a pragmatic note. Neville Bean, owner of Neville Bean Design, a comprehensive trends-based design studio, returns with her popular talk, “Demystifying Fashion Forecasting: Conversation and Reflection,” taking place Thursday, October 16th at 1pm, in which she breaks down the process of interpreting trend information.

The new business-focused sessions for the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition’s October show touch on a wide variety of issues key to the development of a successful operation. Mike Andrews, Vice President, Marketing and Greg Paquin, Vice President, Licensing, Scent-Lok Technologies will discuss how companies can communicate the benefits of fabric advances in consumer-friendly language. Their presentation, “Plain Talk: How to Effectively Communicate & Market Fabric Advances to Your Consumers,” takes place at 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 14th. Following at 4:30pm, Jennifer Phillips, President of Stylesmart returns to the show with the always-insightful “Fashion Sales, Marketing and Merchandising in the Digital Age.”

Dov Charney, Founder & Senior Partner of American Apparel, will speak on “Turning the Tides: How to Find & Evaluate Ethical Manufacturers In the 21st Century,” on Thursday, October 16th at 12pm. Consumers, recognizing that their voices carry weight, are increasingly choosing to spend their money with companies that adopt socially responsible practices. American Apparel, which has the tagline: “Sweatshop FreeT-Shirts,” is leading the way, creating an ethical business model that can be applied to other companies and industries worldwide. The hour promises to be enlightening and thought provoking.

Other exciting seminars include: “How a Fashion Fabric Leads to a Trend Revolution”; “Breaking the Language Barrier: Developing & Cultivating Foreign Supplier Relationships”; and two panel discussions: “Top 10 Hottest Fabric Advancements”; and “Concept to Creation: Generating a Buzz Around Your Designs & Creations.”

Tickets are required to attend the seminars and can be purchased in advance by calling 877-554-4834 or 218-723-9792 or online at www.fabricshow.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the show at Registration. A one-day ticket is $80; two-day ticket is $150; and a three-day is $200.

The International Fashion Fabric Exhibition is produced by Advanstar Communications, Inc., a worldwide business information company serving specialized markets with high quality information resources and integrated marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.fabricshow.com. In addition to the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition, Advanstar produces Industry (212) and I-TexStyle on the East Coast and [email protected] as part of the MAGIC Marketplace. For more information on Advanstar Communications, Inc., visit www.advanstar.com.

The International Fashion Fabric Exhibition is also an affiliate of MAGIC International, which is a subsidiary of Advanstar Communications. MAGIC International is the world’s largest and most widely recognized organizer of trade shows for the apparel industry. For more information, visit www.magiconline.com.

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