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A handful of WWDMAGIC-bound editors offer up their trade show do’s and don’ts and other handy information for those attending the fashion fair.<br><br><br><br>GLORIA BAUME,<br><br>FASHION MARKET DIRECTOR, <br><br>TEEN VOGUE...

A handful of WWDMAGIC-bound editors offer up their trade show do’s and don’ts and other handy information for those attending the fashion fair.

GLORIA BAUME,

FASHION MARKET DIRECTOR,

TEEN VOGUE

What do you wear to WWDMAGIC?

I definitely try to avoid heels. There’s a science to dressing for the shows because you have to find an outfit that is chic and pulled together, but at the same time comfortable and easy to wear. I usually go for the retro athletic look.

What’s your ideal preshow breakfast?

Definitely room service — it’s my quiet moment of the day.

What do you use to carry the look books, brochures and other giveaways you receive?

I usually bring the biggest tote I have that’s really comfortable. I’ll arrive at the show with just pens, a notebook, stapler and a digital camera. By the end of the day it’s just full of everything I’ve collected.

What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?

Picasso, at Bellagio. It’s filled with Picasso paintings and overlooks the Bellagio lake, and the food is exceptional.

What is your favorite, must-have tacky Las Vegas souvenir?

Definitely, large, orange, fuzzy dice.

Do you gamble?

I always try gambling, even though I always lose. I get such a kick out of it.

What is your advice to first-time WWDMAGIC attendees?

Be prepared not to sleep that much. I try to rest as much as I can before I get there. Also, give yourself a budget, because it’s so easy to lose a lot of money in Vegas. Be disciplined with your time so you can cover as much ground as possible. And always bring a notebook for jotting down notes and a stapler, so you can staple all those cards you collect into your book.

ELIZABETH KIESTER, FASHION DIRECTOR, YM

How do you unwind after spending a day at WWDMAGIC?

What’s so cool now about Vegas is that there are so many awesome spas at all the big hotels. My favorite is the Canyon Ranch at the Venetian but the Bellagio and the Hard Rock have great ones, as well. I always plan ahead and make a spa treatment for myself — usually a massage. A more economical way of feeling pampered is to pay the hotel’s day rate to use the spa facilities without necessarily getting a treatment. There are always whirlpools, saunas and a steam room that you can use.

What do you wear to WWDMAGIC?

I absolutely avoid heels, which I gave up years ago. I try to work an outfit from the feet up, so I usually do a clean, sneaker look. Sneakers with a little pantsuit always looks good. Save the heels for the party at night, because there’s always tons of parties to go to.

What’s your ideal preshow breakfast?

It’s all about survival. If we don’t have a proper sit-down breakfast scheduled, I always try to get to the Paris Hotel, that has a pretend Champs-Elysées filled with yummy French bakeries. So if I have a moment I’ll run over there and get a croissant to go.

What do you use to carry the look books, brochures and other giveaways you receive?

I used to go for fashion and carry a pretty tote bag, but it was never big enough, so now I wear a two-strap backpack — a chic one, of course. It’s khaki-colored, from Banana Republic. You’re often schlepping from 8 in the morning until 8 at night, and what you’re picking up you’re carrying, so you kind of have to give up the chic black leather tote and go for something a little more utilitarian — for survival.

What is your favorite Las Vegas shop?

I love to go to the Shaun Stein store in the Caesar’s Forum mall, which is a high-end designer boutique.

What is your favorite, must-have tacky Las Vegas souvenir?

My favorite thing I ever bought is a framed magnet that has “I’m on my way to another buffet” printed on it. I’ve bought a couple of these over the years to bring back as gifts.

What is your favorite bar or nightclub in Las Vegas?

There’s always something new opening, but I’d have to say that the outdoor pool-bar area of the new Palms hotel is amazing. They have cocktail tables around the pools, and it has a cool, young, chic crowd.

Do you gamble?

Absolutely. The most I’ve ever won is $2,500. I always like to visit a casino, usually wherever I’m staying, for a couple of hands of blackjack. It’s a fun diversion. I always set aside $50 dollars to spend, so if I lose that the first day it’s over.

What is your advice to first-time WWDMAGIC attendees?

Forget the stilettos and wear sneakers. Try to go to all the parties you’re invited to — it’s a great way to see Vegas. And leave you mini-tote bag at home.

VICTORIA SANCHEZ, FASHION DIRECTOR, LATINA

How do you unwind after spending a day at WWDMAGIC?

A really hot bath with plenty of bath salts and something out of the hotel mini-bar.

What’s your ideal preshow breakfast?

Sometimes it’s hard to eat between shows, so I always make sure to stock up with a good breakfast: a big omelette chock full of cheese, peppers, ham, tomatoes, onion and mushrooms.

What do you use to carry the look books, brochures and other giveaways you receive?

My Longchamp tote bag. I don’t know how I’d survive the shows without it.

What is your favorite, must-have tacky Las Vegas souvenir?

Fuzzy dice. Followed closely by the most important piece of clothing you can ever pick up in Vegas: The “My best friend went to Vegas and all I got was this lousy T-shirt” T-shirt.

What is your favorite restaurant in Vegas?

Aureole — I love pasta.

Have you ever seen an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas?

Yes! A friend of mine got married at the Graceland chapel, complete with an Elvis that looked like he’d had one too many peanut butter and banana sandwiches. He was busting out of his jeweled jump suit. It was definitely the most unusual wedding I’ve ever attended.

What is your advice to first-time visitors to WWDMAGIC?

You must have the following items: foot petals for walking around in those high heels, a jacket (the shows are all air conditioned to death) and, most importantly, fancy jeans, which transition well from day to night.

SUSANNAH CAHN,

FASHION DIRECTOR, SEVENTEEN

How do you unwind after spending a day at WWDMAGIC?

There’s not a lot of time to unwind. I usually go straight from the show to my room to a client dinner. But I do like to stop at video poker on the way back to my room, which is a way of unwinding both myself and my wallet.

What do you wear to WWDMAGIC?

I used to wear heels, but that just doesn’t work. Now I wear sneakers and usually pants with a blazer or light jacket. I’ve also tried flip-flops, but walking miles in those can give you a really bad charley horse.

What’s your ideal preshow breakfast?

I never have time for a sit-down breakfast so I always order room service. I always order oatmeal with berries and tea.

What about lunch?

There’s rarely any time to stop and eat, so lunch for me is usually going booth to booth and eating the candy. I end up eating a lot of twizzlers.

What do you use to carry the look books, brochures and other giveaways you receive?

I usually bring a tote that’s too small, and then when I arrive I acquire more and more bags. There’s always a tote bag for press as well as other gift bags so by the end of the day I’ll have five bags filled with look books, pamphlets and catalogs.

What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?

I love Nobu. I used to have a policy of not eating fish in the desert, but since Nobu has arrived I’ve abandoned it.

What is your favorite, must-have tacky Las Vegas souvenir?

Last year I bought a gold Las Vegas fanny pack with “Vegas” embroidered in gold. It’s so gold, it would put Siegfried and Roy to shame.

What is your favorite bar or nightclub in Las Vegas?

The mini bar in my hotel. There are always lots of M&Ms. If I do venture out to a bar, it’s usually the Hard Rock, which has a young crowd where I can always find a lot of my West Coast friends.

Do you gamble?

I’ll play video poker, which I like because I feel that it gives me more control than spinning a wheel does.

What is your advice to first-time visitors to WWDMAGIC?

Wear sneakers, drink a ton of water and bring extra-strength moisturizer to combat that dry Vegas air.

SALLY MELANIE LOURENÇO, SENIOR FASHION EDITOR, ELLE GIRL

What do you plan to wear to WWDMAGIC?

Since it is my first time, I’d probably have to say I’ll alternate between my kitten heels and my collection of Y-3 Adidas. The days of stilettos and suffering for fashion are long gone. It’s all about chic comfort. As for clothes, I am currently attached to a white corduroy Charlotte Ronson blazer, pink Club Monaco perforated suede hat, jeans and relaxed minis.

Which section will you pay most attention to?

I’m like an obsessive-compulsive and will leave no stone unturned. I’m always looking for the Zeitgeist in new designers, labels and interesting collections for our readers. Of course our priorities will be with the Junior/Young Contemporary and The Edge.

What’s your ideal preshow breakfast?

Earl Grey with milk and a yogurt — that’s all I’ll have time for.

What will you use to carry the look books, brochures and other giveaways you receive?

I have had my light blue canvas Louis Vuitton tote for four years now and it hasn’t failed me yet. It looks small but fits a ton — literally. And makes everything I wear look amazing.

What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?

Olives. Definitely my style of comfort food after a long day.

What is your favorite Las Vegas shop?

If I could shop there, Fred Leighton. Just to sit in awe of all the beautiful jewelry.

But I love the shops in the Desert Passage of the Aladdin hotel — everything is reasonable and very eclectic.

What is your favorite, must-have tacky Las Vegas souvenir?

I don’t know about must-have, but I collect postcards, and love picking up cards with photos taken in the Eighties and Seventies, and from a place like Vegas they should be very kitschy.

Have you ever seen an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas?

I was in Vegas last year for the first time on holiday and stayed at the Bellagio. There must have been an Elvis convention — they were everywhere!

Do you gamble?

I love the slot machines and always win.