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The Week in Fabric

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From beading to brocade, capsule collections to collaborative debuts, ‘The Week In Fabric’ gives back the must-know textiles and fashion information for the week just gone. It’s your official guide to womenswear, menswear, sportswear and interiors news.

The CFDA revealed the winners of its annual awards in New York. Womenswear Designer of the Year was won by Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row; Menswear Designer of the Year was given to Tom Ford; and the Accessory Designer of the Year award was won by Tabitha Simmons. Meanwhile, the Swarovski Award for Womenswear was taken out by Rosie Assoulin; the Swarovski Award for Menswear was given to Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air; and the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design was won by Rachel Mansur & Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel. [CFDA]

Bespoke, the co-working, event and tech demo space has launched at Westfield San Francisco Centre on Level 4. Aimed at fostering a retail-tech community and supporting retail innovation, the mall service provides opportunities for entrepreneurs, brands and retailers to research, create, collaborate, refine, showcase and debut work within Westfield. [BESPOKE]

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Frederic Court, one of Europe’s standout early-stage investors in recent years, has formed a venture capital firm to invest in digital fashion brands and enabling technologies, such as wearable tech fabrics. The partnership has raised its first fund of $120 million, as demand from institutional investors outstripped the firm’s initial plans to raise $80 million. [REUTERS]

According to the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMCA), there were 40 major factory strikes in the months from January to March, an increase of 74% for the same period last year. Motivation for striking includes wages, working conditions and union pressures. [PHNOM PENH POST]

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The 2015 edition of the ANDAM Fashion Awards has revealed its five finalists: Japan’s Anrealage, Turkey’s Umit Benam, France’s Pallas Paris, Stéphane Ashpool from France’s Pigalle Paris ,and Demna Gvasalia from the Paris Vêtements. The awards are aimed at supporting young French fashion designers or those living in France. The winner will receive a €250,000 ($275,000) cash prize, along with a year of mentoring from Bruno Pavlovsky, president of global fashion at Chanel. [VMAGAZINE]

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has opened its latest art exhibition, ‘Global Fashion Capitals’, which explores the rise of the world’s current and future fashion cities. The major cities examined include: New York, Paris, Milan, London, China, Nigeria, Tokyo, Antwerp, Stockholm, Berlin, St.Petersburg/Moscow, Madrid, Sydney/Melbourne, Mexico City, Sao Paolo, Istanbul and Mumbai. The exhibit will remain open from June 2nd to November 14th 2015. [FITNYC]

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—By Benjamin Fitzgerald

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