LAS VEGAS — Economic challenges compelled retail buyers and exhibitors at WWDMAGIC to hone strategies — from opting for safe merchandise to jumping on rising trends — to help ensure they lessen the impact of a downturn.
Concerns about sales were evident Tuesday when the four-day trade expo kicked off at the Las Vegas Convention Center. But anxiety was mixed with hope among retail buyers and vendors that conditions would improve partly because of the economic stimulus package approved by Congress, which President Bush has said he will sign.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)