SOURCE: LA Fashion Awards

August 29, 2006 13:43 ET

2006 Los Angeles Fashion Awards Slate Set: 16 California Fashion Leaders Recognized -- Celebrity Retailer Kitson Picks Up Two Nominations

7 to Receive Awards at LA Fashion Awards Event Presented by Los Angeles Magazine on October 20, 2006

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- Nominations and special honors for the 2006 LA Fashion Awards were announced last week at a wine and cocktail reception on the rooftop of The Standard Hotel in downtown LA hosted by FedEx®. Los Angeles magazine style director Laurie Pike read the names to a VIP audience of nominees, honorees, nominating committee members, 2005 winners and press while they sipped margaritas courtesy of Sauza Hornitos tequila and wines from Wente Vineyards.

Those selected for recognition this year include a diverse group of rising stars and industry leaders that embody and shape the energy, creativity, and vision that make Los Angeles a global fashion center. A nominating committee of 33 editors, stylists, designers and retailers selected those to be recognized at the second annual LA Fashion Awards event on October 20, 2006 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Winners in the categories of Fashion Innovation, Retail, and Marketing will be announced at the Awards gala, an event designed to reflect the glamour and diversity that defines Los Angeles style with a program including red carpet arrivals, wine-tasting and cocktail reception in the Orpheum grand lobby, the awards program with fashion presentation on the runway inside the theatre auditorium, and a VIP after-party with Los Angeles magazine.

Each winner will receive a handcrafted glass art piece specially designed by renowned artist Caleb Siemon, whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. Each winner will also receive a subscription to WGSN, the world's leading online research, trend analysis and news service for the fashion and style industries. The winner of the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) Award will also receive $5,000 worth of partner consulting services from Moss Adams, LLP, and complimentary membership in Fashion Business Incorporated. Honored guests at the Rooftop Reception yesterday also received a limited edition jewelry gift set from Tattooed Steel, featuring artwork created by Design Tonic.

The list of award nominees & honorees is as follows:

MAFI (Moss Adams Fashion Innovator) Award nominees:
Grey Ant
Juan Carlos Obando
Rozae Nichols
Society for Rational Dress

Marketing Excellence Award nominees:
Collection Bebe
Joe's Jeans
Kitson
l.a. Eyeworks
Quiksilver

Fashion Retailer Award nominees:
American Rag Cie
decades & decadestwo
Kitson
Satine

Wells Fargo Century Fashion Achievement Award:
Monique LHuillier

NASDAQ California Apparel Stock of the Year Award:
Charlotte Russe

Fashion Communications Award:
Stylist Arianne Phillips

Inspiration Award:
Gen Art
This recognition program and gala event would not be possible without extensive corporate and community support. Wells Fargo Century joins founding sponsor Moss Adams, LLP and NASDAQ at the Award level this year, naming the Wells Fargo Century Fashion Achievement Award.

In addition to giving an Award at the main event, California Apparel Stock of the Year Award sponsor NASDAQ will host a "Closing Bell Ceremony" at the NASDAQ Stock Market in New York City on September 15, 2006, in celebration of the global reach of California fashion and its top fashion talents. A reception will follow at the Hotel QT.

FedEx leads the slate of additional corporate sponsors, which includes Design Tonic, WGSN, Market Wire, FTC Commercial Corporation, Traction Press, Clear Image Printing, Kinetic Sculptures, Cloutier Agency, Much and House PR, Evolutionary Media Group, Santee Village Lofts, LA Fashion District BID, Directives West, Biotherm and Paul Mitchell. The Standard, Downtown LA and Hotel QT are the Official Hotel Partners of the LA Fashion Awards. The Scottish Fashion Awards are special friends of the event, with a creative cultural exchange program established earlier this year.

Several fashion and business not-for-profit membership organizations, including the California Fashion Association (CFA), Fashion Business Incorporated (FBI), Fashion Group International of Los Angeles (FGI-LA), LA Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and the World Trade Center Association endorse the event. Los Angeles magazine is the presenting media partner. Surface magazine, California Apparel News, LA.com and LA Weekly are among the media sponsors. Reception sponsors include Sauza Tequila, Cruzan Rum, Plymouth Gin, Courvoisier Cognac and Starbucks Liqueur. A California Wine Bar will feature Wente Vineyards, Tamas Estates and Murrieta's Well labels.

Select tickets to the event are available to the public beginning September 1 at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers including Robinson's-May, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music, Tu Musica, and Ritmo Latino Stores and online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call 213.480.3232. A portion of the ticket sales will support Chrysalis, changing lives through jobs, and also the Orpheum Historic Preservation Fund. Tickets to the LA Fashion Awards are priced from $35-$65 and include access to the Lobby Reception.

LOS ANGELES magazine

Los Angeles magazine is the leading authority and indispensable guide for the affluent and influential population of Southern California, illuminating and chronicling one of the most important regions in the world. The combination of award winning feature writing, investigative reporting, service journalism and design covers the people, lifestyle, culture, entertainment, fashion, art/architecture and news that defines Southern California. Since 1961 the magazine (now a division of Emmis Communications) has continually served as the definitive resource for a population that is intensely interested in a lifestyle that is uniquely Southern Californian.

MOSS ADAMS, LLP

The tenth largest accounting and consulting firm in the U.S., Moss Adams offers specialized accounting, tax, financial and business advisory services to clients in industry groups such as apparel, manufacturing and distribution, technology, hospitality, professional services and financial institutions.

WELLS FARGO CENTURY

Wells Fargo Century is one of the largest factors in the country, providing a creative, entrepreneurial approach to factoring and trade finance, with the financial strength and stability of one of the nation's most respected financial institutions. The company has financed growing apparel companies for more than 50 years.

NASDAQ

NASDAQ is the largest U.S. electronic stock market. With approximately 3,200 companies, it lists more companies and, on average, trades more shares per day than any other U.S. market. For more information about NASDAQ, visit the NASDAQ website at www.NASDAQ.com or the NASDAQ Newsroom at www.NASDAQnews.com.

FEDEX CORPORATION

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides access to a growing global marketplace through a network of supply chain, transportation, business and related information services. FedEx offers a broad portfolio of products that range from express package and freight services to ground and less-than-truckload options to the largest customs broker in North America.


DESIGN TONIC

Design Tonic is a boutique design and marketing agency specializing in branding, marketing, public relations, events, and environments for fashion and style-oriented companies. For more, visit www.designtonic.com or call 213.687.3100.

WGSN

WGSN (Worth Global Style Network) is the world leader in online fashion trend analysis. Owned by Emap plc, one of the UK's leading media companies, WGSN is based in London with offices across the globe including: New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Continuously tracking the market's mood is WGSN's strength, whether analysing catwalks, covering the major trade shows, following real-time information or forecasting major apparel trends. www.wgsn.com

MARKET WIRE

Market Wire is the industry leader in using the latest technologies to distribute real-time news, reaching all leading newspapers, broadcast outlets, financial newswires, disclosure points, analyst terminal systems, websites and online databases.

THE STANDARD & HOTEL QT

The Standard, Downtown LA and Hotel QT are the Official Hotel Partners of the LA Fashion Awards. The Standard, Downtown LA, sister hotel to André Balazs' The Standard Hollywood and the recently opened Standard Miami, sets the standard for young business and fashion-savvy travelers with a famed rooftop bar and pool with breathtaking views of Los Angeles. Hotel QT, Balazs' "newest affordable New York crash pad" in the heart of Times Square, boasts innovative design features such as a lobby swimming pool, bunk beds, and European-style Kiosk. www.standardhotel.com and www.hotelqt.com.

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