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2013 China Trends Index White Paper from Trends Media Group

Unveiling the "Five Forces" Research Model and Key Findings in Chinese Fashion Industry


China's leading fashion and lifestyle publisher Trends Media Group hosted a press conference to release the 2013 China Trends Index (CTI) White Paper, presenting key findings of fashion and announcing 2013 CTI Rankings of The Most Attractive Brands, The Most Desirable Luxury Brands, The Most Desirable Chinese Designer Brands, Top Chinese Designers, Top Young Chinese Designers, and The Most Fashionable Cities in China.


The White Paper indicates that fashion media industry is now embracing a new era, in which the publications should provide not only content but also consumption channels. Brand cultures and values are highlighted. Traditional retailers still play a leading role while online shopping is catching up.

Over 200 guests were invited, including representatives from luxury, fashion and lifestyle brands, top Chinese designers, government officials, and media.

About China Trends Index

CTI aims to provide intelligence support and professional guidance for fashion enterprises and designers in China.

         In 2006, CTI outlined the features of China's fashion consumption market.

         In 2011, the ranking of China's most fashionable cities was released.

         2012 CTI listed the top luxury brands in China's 20 cities, the ranking of the most popular apparel, jewelry, watches, cars, and cosmetics in China and the top 10 most appealing Chinese designer brands.

         2013 CTI focused on the five driving forces of China's fashion industry: media, brand, retailing, designer and cities.

About Trends Media Group 

Trends Media Group publishes 17 magazine titles including "Cosmopolitan", "Esquire", "Harper's Bazaar", "Bazaar Men's Style", "Bazaar Jewelry", "National Geographic", "FHM", "Car", "Robb Report", "Trends Health", and other custom-made titles such as "Audi" with operations in editorial, advertising, printing, distribution, digital publishing, and new media. It has become a media conglomerate with cross-media capabilities, headquartered in Beijing, with offices in Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Following the principle of "Think Global, Act Local", Trends has partnered with world famous media groups through copyright cooperation and joint ventures, and continues to be the leader in the fashion and lifestyle category and the creator of high quality living. For years, the "Trends" brand has been ranked by global brand labs, as one of the 500 most valuable brands in China.

New Reports to Feature In-depth Cultural Analysis of Fashion, Luxury, Lifestyle, Color and Retail

Stylesight, the industry leading global content and technology solution for style, fashion and design professionals, announced the launch of "Spotlight Series," a new set of reports that will shed light on the cultural shifts and consumer behaviors of emerging markets.

Unique fashion website and iPhone/iPad app that makes style, size sharing and shopping easier than ever

SizeMob, the latest social fashion site and tool for smart shoppers and fashion-forward individuals, today announced it is now available at AND a mobile app in iTunes. SizeMob is a revolutionary advancement in the shopping and fashion industry—it is the first of its kind to uniquely provide users the means to share their clothing sizes and brand preferences with significant others, friends, family and other SizeMob users with similar style preferences. These capabilities build a community that simplifies the shopping experience, reduces unnecessary trips to the mall and brings fashion-conscious individuals together so they can stay on top of the latest trends.

Survey Uncovers Top Trends Translated Across Four Leading Fashionable Cities


Every city has its fashion stereotype. New York City is known for sleek style as much as Los Angeles is for effortless chic, and both cities are working the major fall 2012 trends like leather and bold colors, yet are translating the trends differently. Now that the season is well underway, T.J.Maxx and Marshalls, the nation's leading off-price retailers, surveyed women in four fashion capitals across the country – New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago – to see how they are actually wearing the season's most anticipated trends.

The Halloween season is a BOOming business for retailers with a significant portion of Halloween purchases spent on costumes. In 2011, Americans spent a total of $2.21 billion on Halloween costumes according to the National Retail Federation, and as more and more adults embrace the Halloween season, anticipating the newest costume trends is key for Halloween retailers. Each year America's largest Halloween retailer, Party City, analyzes pop culture, the latest fashion trends and Hollywood blockbusters to determine the year's biggest costume crazes. For the 2012 Halloween season, Party City unveils the top Halloween costume trends.

Aloha New Look: Hot tropical prints get fashion sizzling in neon brights for spring and summer

In a move away from the pretty pastels in bloom for spring, the season has thrown in some bold colours and prints to keep things interesting. With prints still leading the fashion pack, the latest trend for Tropicana showcases yet another way of showing the power of pattern.

Sixty years ago, Marimekko revolutionized the textile industry with its bold and brilliant, unconventional patterns.  At first, Marimekko was a phenomenon. Then it grew into an outlook on life: courageous, egalitarian and positive. Its strikingly inventive patterns and clever use of color translated into strong contemporary collections of interior decor, clothing and accessories. In the years that followed, it has flourished in the boundary between art and design.

Fashionable Contemporary Career Clothing at Affordable Prices

Sears is proud to announce the upcoming launch of Metaphor, their latest ready-to-wear fashion line targeted towards young, fashion conscious women with an emphasis on career. The apparel collection, which is scheduled to hit stores in August, will include jackets, trousers, shirts and dresses at price points reasonable to every fashionista. The line will be complemented by fashion footwear and jewelry. The launch is designed to appeal to a new generation of women who are aware of the latest fashion trends but remain budget conscious. 

It’s no secret that style trends are largely influenced by popular icons of the day, such as movie actresses, singers, and even political icons. Designers take advantage of these fashions and recreate pieces seen on celebrities. Many of today’s most prominent fashion trendsetters are turning to vintage-inspired fashion for formal occasions and everyday looks alike. These fashion icons set the tone for what will be popular for the next few seasons, and even years.

Q by Pasquale is pleased to announce that the glass shoe trend is rapidly emerging as a defined luxury fashion trend for 2012. Having created the very first glass shoe in 2010, designers are quick to follow Pasquale Fabrizio, commonly known in Tinseltown as the "Cobbler to the Stars." Christian Louboutin just announced his plans for a glass slipper, proving what fashion insiders have been talking about for decades, that Fabrizio knows shoes! Most recently, the Associated Press Television News (world's largest news service) shot a TV news report featuring Q by Pasquale on the latest shoe trends for 2012 and included the glass trend. The TV news report will be fed to networks globally in May 2012.

Floral-Grunge proves the New Cool at New Look for season ahead

In the middle of spring's pretty prints and floral patterns comes a look defined in 90s casual cool. Although grunge-chic is has been honing itself for some time, this season's spring fashion of flowers evolve with distressed denim, leather and battered boots to form Floral Grunge.

Last night on NBC’s “Fashion Star,” six hopeful designers’ cutting-edge creations were purchased by three of America’s top retailers: Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. Celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos helped guide designers Edmond Newton, Lizzie Parker, Nikki Poulos, Nzimiro Oputa, Orly Shani and Sarah Parrott in creating their winning creations, which are available online and in stores now. The series, hosted by Elle Macpherson, continues the search for the next big “Fashion Star” in next week's episode airing Tuesday, March 20 10-11pm ET when the designers receive valuable customer feedback.

Back to Mule School

Spring's newest and biggest footwear trend has bloomed early this year for wholesale ladies clothing manufacturers and is already brightening the icy high streets. It's time to slip back into the mule, the backless shoe that ruled the catwalks of New York Fashion Week this year, and a style that took pride of place in the collections of every continental fashion house, ladieswear wholesaler and wholesale ladies clothing manufacturer worth their salt this spring.

The specifics of the mule are simple - they can be heeled as the designer sees fit; high, low, kitten or otherwise. As long as the back is open and the toe is closed, then it's a mule. This simplicity to the concept has allowed ladieswear wholesalers to develop their own unique iterations of the piece with relative ease, and to some stunning results for both on and off the catwalks. Designers have let their shoe designs really hold their own this season, taking a step away from the the top heavy high octane glamour of the 40’s and 60's that made its long-prophesised return to the catwalk in an explosion of exquisite fur detailing and sophistication for winter 2011. Despite the playful floral patterns and Paisley prints that will surely be a hit among ladieswear wholesalers and ladies wholesale clothing manufacturers this spring, the season’s styles represent the more modern sartorial elegance that was only hinted on last year, when cutting-edge printing techniques gave massive trends jewel tones and metallics an overdue update for the 21st century.

At New York Fashion Week, journalists and fashion critics saw continental heavyweight Louis Vuitton pair his candyland pastel collection with striking pointed silver toes and bright metallic straps, offsetting his on-trend snakeskin dresses to perfection. Meanwhile, Prada's Mui Mui line hit the ground running with a collection of vivacious velvet reds and dazzling patent leathers, making more than a nod to the colour blocking of last year, and leaving wholesale ladies clothing manufacturers clamouring to follow in their sartorial lead.

Ladieswear wholesalers know the mule is the first major shoe trend of Spring, one diverse yet simple enough to last us long into the prospective future. Irrelevant of its colour, structure or pairing, this is the new ‘It’ shoes for 2011, and a first taste of what will surely be a exciting year in fashion and footwear.


Celebrities like Halle Berry, Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba, AnnaLynne McCord, Christina Applegate and others love their cheeky, "bling" flip-flops from Girl Two Doors Down (GTDD), as frequently seen in the pages of People, Us Weekly, In Style and other magazines tracking the stars. But the big news for would-be fashionistas is that GTDD's new Spring 2012 collection is now available on-line for the first time ever - exclusively on the company website.

Inside Fashion, a leading provider of proprietary industry intelligence and international trends, has confirmed loungewear (often called homewear) as a key growth category for intimate apparel in its Spring/Summer 2013 StyleBook Lingerie Forecast.

Inside Fashion, a leading provider of proprietary industry intelligence and international trends, has confirmed shapewear as the biggest growth category for intimate apparel in its Fall 12/13 StyleBook Lingerie Forecast.
If you are a fashion enthusiast, you know that Paris and London are two fashion design powerhouses.  Both cities are home to a number of top fashion houses.  Howevr, the U.S. is a major fashion player as well.  Each year, the Global Language Monitor, an organization that documents, analyzes and tracks trends in language, conducts a survey to find the top fashion cities.*  In 2008, four U.S. cities made the cut.  They are: 
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