(1) RUNWAY HIGHLIGHTS Sometimes viewing clothing on hangers in a booth is insufficient — and WWDMAGIC is well aware of that.
Organizers will stage fashion shows in the North Hall each day of the trade show. James Campbell, who produces contemporary fashion shows for Directives West, is spearheading the WWDMAGIC fashion shows. Every day he will focus on a trend, which could range from the season’s must-have pieces to key colors.
The shows will feature 60 to 100 looks from brands exhibiting in the North Hall, among them Andrew Marc, Eileen Fisher, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Johnny Was, Gorski Group and Jane Post. — Rachel Brown
(2) BUYERS GET A HAL PASS While all buyers hope that the items they order at the shows will translate into hits of the sort featured in fashion magazines, the whims of fashion and its customers are often hard to predict.
InStyle’s fashion director Hal Rubenstein hopes to take away some of the guesswork for buyers by presenting a seminar of his top picks across all categories of WWDMAGIC on Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Buyer’s Suite in the North Hall. Rubenstein’s next stop will be Hollywood for Oscar Week festivities, where some new red-carpet trends will soon be born. — Marcy Medina RELATED STORY: The Las Vegas Scene >>
(3) IN THE BLOGOSPHERE Fifteen international bloggers are expected at the WWDMAGIC show this year, and the various MAGIC shows at Las Vegas Convention Center will feature blogger lounges throughout, including the launch of Social House on the Concourse, site of daily discovery sessions where bloggers will present their latest showroom finds, trends and social media panels. At a special Tokyo Pop panel, Misha Janette, Plumb designer and blogger at TokyoFashionDiaries.com, and Mai Ann Nguyen-Miyoshi, aka maisassygirl from “Just another Typical Night in Tokyo” (maisassygirl.blogspot.com), will speak about the influence of Japanese street style (Harajuku).
There will also be a DJ party Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
At Project at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Blogger Project, curated by lifestyle blogger Marcus Troy, will provide live news from the show floor with key bloggers such as Slamxhype, Freshness, Nitrolicious, Lavish Livez, WRGMAG, William Yan, Por Homme, The Crosby Press, The Denim Guy and Highsnobette. Check magiconline.com for the latest times. — M.M. RELATED STORY: Las Vegas Preview, Hot Tickets >>
(4) CHANGES AT ENK When Magic and Project owner Advanstar Global LLC acquired ENK International LLC last November, there was never any doubt that ENK Vegas was in for some changes.
Now those changes are being implemented. ENK Vegas, which runs from Feb. 19 to 21, is relocating from Wynn Las Vegas to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, where it will reside near Project. ENK Vegas is taking over the high-end contemporary women’s portion of Project, while Project will focus on men’s and dual-gender brands. Advanstar believes the moves will create a more efficient trade show experience. — R.B.
(5) STITCH IN TIME Stitch is weaving its way into the Las Vegas apparel trade show lineup.
That’s the name for the upgraded Moda Las Vegas, which trade show operator Business Journals Inc. decided to rebrand because it has expanded from its initial focus on women’s special-occasion dressing to encompass sportswear, better contemporary and lifestyle brands as well. Moda Las Vegas has also received a makeover in its transformation into Stitch, with fresh taupe carpeting, revamped lighting and white metal booths meant to give it a luxury feel.
New brands exhibiting at Stitch include Pologeorgis, Christie Brothers, Musi Furs and Komarov Black Label.
(6) HEART OF THE MATTER Save a trip to Paris and say bonjour in Las Vegas yet again to Heart of Prêt, an area dedicated to French brands at WWDMAGIC. In its fourth edition, Heart of Prêt will showcase 35 brands — more than in any previous season.
Among the brands are Lauren Vidal, Save The Queen, Rizal and Matti Mamane.
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Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews