SOURCE: LA Fashion Awards

August 27, 2007 11:17 ET

Nominees for Supima Denim Designer of the Year

Winner to Be Announced at the LA Fashion Awards Presented by Saturn on October 26

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 27, 2007) - The nominees were announced today for the inaugural Supima Denim Designer of the Year Award at the 2007 Los Angeles Fashion Awards presented by Saturn. The LA Fashion Awards nominating committee of more than 40 fashion editors, retailers, designers and industry organizers expert in the west coast marketplace made their recommendations to the ballot and then voted on their top picks. Those selected represent the most impressive and consistent pursuit of excellence in design and production by a denim brand. All five nominees will be showcased with both video and fashion presentations at the third annual LA Fashion Awards presented by Saturn on October 26 at the Orpheum Theatre. The winning designer or team will be announced live at the Awards event.

The nominees for the LA Fashion Awards 2007 Supima Denim Designer of the Year:

      7 FOR ALL MANKIND, Tim Kaeding, creative director
      GOLDSIGN, Adriano Goldschmied, founder & designer
      J BRAND, Jeff Rudes and Susie Crippen, co-founders
      OLIGO TISSEW, Kristopher Enuke & Amy Enuke, co-owners
      PAIGE PREMIUM DENIM, Paige Adams-Geller, owner & designer

These nominees join an impressive roster of leading brands already announced for recognition at the 2007 LA Fashion Awards presented by Saturn. These are:

      Jasmin Shokrian - Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award Nominee
      Juan Carlos Obando - Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award Nominee
      Rami Kashou - Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award Nominee
      Thomas Wylde (Paula Thomas, designer) - Moss Adams Fashion Innovator
                                              Award Nominee
      BCBGMAXAZRIA - Marketing Excellence Award Nominee
      GUESS by Marciano - Marketing Excellence Award Nominee
      Kitson - Marketing Excellence Award Nominee
      L.A. Eyeworks - Marketing Excellence Award Nominee
      American Rag Cie - Fashion Retailer of the Year Nominee
      Fred Segal - Fashion Retailer of the Year Nominee
      Lisa Kline - Fashion Retailer of the Year Nominee
      The Way We Wore - Fashion Retailer of the Year Nominee
      DailyCandy, LA - Fashion Communication Award
      Project Runway - Inspiration Award
      Max Azria, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP - Wells Fargo Century Fashion
                                     Achievement Award

Saturn is the presenting title sponsor of the LA Fashion Awards. Los Angeles Times IMAGE leads the slate of Official Media Sponsors, as the co-host of several VIP receptions leading up to the Awards. They join Los Angeles magazine, California Apparel News, NASDAQ and LA.com among others. The accounting firm Moss Adams LLP is the founding sponsor of the LA Fashion Awards and an Award Level sponsor rewarding Fashion Innovation. Wells Fargo Century and Supima also participate with Award Level recognition for Fashion Achievement and Denim Design, respectively. Platinum Level providers include Design Tonic, WGSN and Marketwire. The Standard Hollywood is the Official Hotel of the LA Fashion Awards.

Visionary contributors in several fields provide select services to make this program possible. Music design by Daisy O'Dell, DJ in Residence for the LA Fashion Awards. Floral design by Krislyn. Letterpress by Traction Press, and commercial printing by Clear Image. PR courtesy of Much and House Public Relations and Evolutionary Media Group. Smashbox Cosmetics, Los Angeles Fashion District BID, and the Orpheum Theatre provide special services and support. 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. The Scottish Fashion Awards are special friends of the LA Fashion Awards, with a creative cultural exchange program established in 2006. For ticketing and additional event information, please visit www.LAFashionAwards.com.

SATURN

Saturn, a division of General Motors Corp., markets vehicles in the U.S. and Canada through a network of about 500 retailers, with a focus on providing innovative products with solid value and excellent customer service. In 2006, the brand began a major revitalization of its portfolio with four new vehicles: the Sky roadster, the Aura midsize sedan, the Vue Green Line hybrid and the larger Outlook crossover. In 2007, Saturn continues its aggressive growth plans, with the all-new 2008 Vue compact crossover (now available) and the new 2008 Astra small car (Fall 2007).

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. www.mossadams.com

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. www.wfcentury.com

SUPIMA

Supima is the world's finest cotton. Each year over 115 million bales of cotton are produced around the world. Of this total harvest, less than 1% or approximately 700,000 bales qualify to carry the Supima name. Supima, short for Superior Pima, is renowned for its superior fiber length, strength and natural luster. As the promotional organization of the U.S. Pima Cotton Industry, Supima's objective is to raise awareness of the benefits of Supima® cotton. www.supima.com

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

MARKETWIRE

Marketwire 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. www.marketwire.com

THE STANDARD HOLLYWOOD

The Standard Hollywood is the Official Hotel Partner of the LA Fashion Awards. The Standard Hollywood, sister hotel to André Balazs' The Standard Downtown LA and The Standard Miami, sets the standard for young business and fashion-savvy travelers. The innovative design and irreverent, sexy appeal has become the vanguard for the modern boutique hotel with features such as vibrating outdoor platform beds, the poolside desert café and blue astro-turf sundeck. www.standardhotel.com

LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 2.2 million and 3.3 million on Sunday. The Los Angeles Times and its media businesses and affiliates -- including latimes.com, The Envelope/theenvelope.com, Times Community Newspapers, Recycler Classifieds, Hoy, and California Community News -- reach approximately 8.1 million or 62% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times, has been covering Southern California for over 125 years and is part of Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB), one of the country's leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and broadcasting. Additional information about the Los Angeles Times is available at www.latimes.com/mediacenter.

LA FASHION AWARDS

Now in its third year, the Los Angeles Fashion Awards has become LA's signature annual fashion industry event. By illuminating the best in California fashion, the world is put on notice that LA is not just an entertainment capital, but also a true fashion capital. Indeed, Los Angeles is home to the largest Fashion District in the nation, with an apparel manufacturing industry that employs more people than New York's. This annual awards and honors program, multimedia portfolio, and runway stage production spotlights individual talents for public recognition and provides a benchmark of achievement for others. For more information, please visit www.LAFashionAwards.com.

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