Liberty Fairs is prepping for some significant changes at its next show in Las Vegas.The five-year-old New York-based trade show operator will include women’s wear for the first time at the February edition and will introduce a new denim-skewed section called Indigo.The women’s brands will also be included at Liberty’s twice-yearly New York shows beginning next summer.At the February Vegas show, Liberty will offer more than 40 dual-gender brands for the first time.The addition of women’s wear is being spearheaded by Hudson Jeans, which will anchor the new denim-skewed section. The brand had previously shown at Project.“Hudson has a reputation for being ahead of their market segment and adapting to progression and innovation,” said Sharifa Murdock, co-owner and vice president of sales for Liberty Fairs.In addition to Indigo, the Las Vegas show will see the addition of Assembly, a series of educational and technological seminars. Assembly will be organized in conjunction with the Capsule and Agenda shows, which have had partnered with Liberty for several seasons.Assembly will be held in the same venue as the shows — the Sands Expo Center — on the same dates, Feb. 12 to 14.“The world is changing – it is time for the industry to catch up,” said Peter Kim, founder of Hudson Jeans. “Trade shows need to be more than just selling product in a convention center. With Hudson and Liberty combining forces we believe we can bring true lifestyle and culture to the traditional trade show sector while collaborating with like-minded brands to usher in a new norm for the industry.”Last month UBM Fashion, owner of Project, said it would introduce a pre-collections show in June, a dual-gender fashion trade show in July (and January 2019) and eliminate Intermezzo after the January 2018 show.The pre-collection show, which will run June 10 to 12 in New York, will include Coterie, Fame, Moda, AccessoriesTheShow and Pool Trade Show. In addition, UBM will launch a dual-gender fashion trade show in New York in July that will encompass the company’s Project Women’s, Fame, Moda, AccessoriesTheShow, Project, MRket and Children’s Club.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.