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The Week in Fabric

From beading to brocade, capsule collections to collaborative debuts, The Week In Fabric highlights the past week’s must-know textiles and material inspiration. It’s your official guide to all news fabric – from men’s wear to couture, innovation to interiors.

UK fashion business incubator, Centre for Fashion Entreprise has revealed the names of the first nine businesses to receive support through its new fashion tech incubation program. The firms are: alt.; Chicmi; Eunoia; Finity Create; High Spirit Bags; Prim & Clover; Sleep Deep; The Lingerie Lab; and XOB. Running for three months, the tech hub is designed to support emerging fashion tech start-ups, enhanced by a series of workshops and bespoke 1-1 business support. There is a £5,000 cash prize up for grabs for the firm with the best tech pitch in July. [FASHION MAG]

British designer Karen Millen will open an art atelier to showcase the work of design newcomers participating in Graduate Fashion Week. Located at the Karen Millen Shoreditch headquarters, the atelier collections promote craftsmanship, technique, creativity and innovation. The emerging talents’ work will this season be a series of five prints. These have been painted and digitally generated in-house on one-off items like a leather biker jacket, pleated maxi skirt and a studded t-shirt. [KAREN MILLEN]

Spain’s Inditex has been accused of failing to improve working conditions for local factory workers producing fashion garments for fast-fashion brand Zara. The Brazilian Ministry of Labor published a report claiming 7,000 employees were subjected to abuse over the past three years. Inditex could receive fines of up to 7.3m euros, with local media, Reporter Brasil and Somo, referring to the treatment as ”modern slavery”. Inditex has denied the claims, citing past efforts undertaken to improve working conditions at subcontracted factories. Some 2,800 audits have been conducted since 2012 among its Brazilian suppliers. [FASHION MAG]

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Designer Peter Pilotto and brand partner Christopher de Vos, have been awarded the inaugural Swarovski Collection Prize for their namesake label, Peter Pilotto. The pair beat out fellow design newcomers Tim Coppens, Creatures of the Wind, Wes Gordon, Prabal Gurung, Mary Katrantzou, Masha Ma, Marques Almeida, Misha Nonoo, Rodarte, Iris Van Herpen, Christian Wijnants, Ashley Williams and Huishan Zhang. Swarovski Collective supports emerging fashion design talent, showcasing the best craftsmanship with crystal. [WWW]

Cannes will host the Islamic Fashion Festival (IFF) from the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel this Friday May 22. Dubbed “Lawrence of Arabia on the French Riviera” the event will boast 28 looks from seven different designers hailing from Kuala Lumpur, London, Paris and Jakarta. The event hopes to lift the profile of luxury fashion in the Islamic market. According to Thomson Reuters and the Dinard Standard, the global Islamic fashion and accessories market should reach $484bn dollars by 2019. [WWW]


German sports brand Adidas is redesigning its iconic Stan Smith sneaker with new patent leather uppers in beehive-print texture. Dubbed the Honeycomb Gloss, the leather change provides a subtle twist to the OG silhouette. Available in white/green and white/black colorways, this latest women’s release will be available for purchase starting June 1.[HYPEBEAST]


America’s Tommy Hilfiger has revealed the iconic house will return its seasonal men’s wear line to the official men’s fashion week schedule for the first time in 2013. The SS16 collections – Tommy Hilfiger, Tailored, and underwear – will show on June 14 in London, before presenting July 15 as part of the very first New York fashion week dedicated to men’s wear.[FASHION MAG]

Trend forecasting agency WGSN, revealed this week the winners of its 2015 WGSN Global Fashion Awards. Marques’Almeida was awarded the Avery Dennison RBIS Emerging Brand award, while Agi & Sam won the Breakthrough Menswear Designer award. Barbara Casaola was named Catrice Cosmetics Breakthrough Womenswear Designer, and Sophia Webster Breakthrough Footwear & Accessories Designer. The Lycra Future Designers Award went to Natália Vechiatto Feitoza e Silva, and the Design Collaboration winner was H&M x Alexander Wang. [WGSN]


Haitian President Michel Martelly announced this week his government would increase the minimum wage for the textile industry, despite the amount falling short of the demands from workers and unions. Martelly said the minimum wage will be increased to 240 gourdes ($5) per day, effective immediately. Up 6.7%, the former minimum salary received by workers for an 8-hour workday was 225 gourdes ($4.70). Some 70% of the population lives on less than $2 a day. [AFP]


—By Benjamin Fitzgerald


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