LAS VEGAS — With the economy in recovery mode, Wall Street hitting multiyear highs and men’s wear benefitting from continued trends in silhouette shift and color, retailers and vendors at the trade shows here were upbeat on the season.
Cold weather in parts of the country has put a slight damper on early spring selling, but buyers shopping Project, MRket and Capsule were looking forward to fall, with key trends including heritage fabrics in tailored clothing, technical outerwear, a return to classic indigo denim, layering pieces, mixed media, lots of leather, knit fabrics in unexpected designs like sport coats and a heightened accent on color not usually found in fall collections.
Wayne Drummond, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s for Hudson’s Bay Co. and Lord & Taylor, said men’s wear continues to perform well at both the U.S. and Canadian stores, driven by sportswear, footwear and better brands. “Color is extremely exciting and men are buying it,” he said. Liz Rodbell, senior vice president and gmm for the company, said “all the newness in silhouette” has boosted business.
Peter Kim's Los Angeles-based premium denim line has always had its finger on the pulse of youth. This season, novelty is back in a way reminiscent of early Aughts, with studs, lace-ups, racing waxed denim and more. For more highlights if some of the key brands at the Vegas trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: Patrick Gray; Styles by @thealexbadia; Story by @karihamanaka and @marcy_wwd)
"I was driving back on Saturday afternoon from the beach, and I just saw this sign saying 'Skydiving for $95.' And I was like, I can't not sky dive for $95," says Tom Bateman about a moment in Hawaii while shooting "Snatched." #wwdeye (📷: @vsteves; Interview by @ktauer; Styled by @thealexbadia)