LAS VEGAS — The Pool show, held off the strip at the nondescript Alexis Park Hotel, is the cool new kid on the block.
From the rolling racks (no fancy megabooths here) to the post-Modern furniture and shag rug seating areas and the ambient music-spinning DJ, the show evoked a downtown clubby vibe.
The curated show, the brainchild of Los Angeles independent rep Ronda Walker and friends, featured 75 vendors selling directional T-shirts for men and women, accessories and contemporary women’s clothing.
Women’s lines such as Elena La Bua, Buddhist Punk, Leroy’s Girl, Vitamin T and even established brand Adidas got plenty of attention from buyers.
"There were all these cool vendors showing out of hotel rooms during MAGIC, and I thought, ‘Why not pool our efforts and create a place where we can all show together?’" said Walker, explaining the show's title. She noted that Pool’s debut in February featured 25 vendors. The waiting list for the next show has already grown to 100 vendors.
The show attracted about 100 buyers from trend-setting stores such as Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Rolo in San Francisco, Canal Jean Co. in New York, as well as Bloomingdale’s. About 150 Japanese buyers also turned out.
"There’s no comparison between this show and the others," said Tonya Borisov, a buyer for Edin, an edgy urban boutique in Houston. "You find funkier stuff and new ideas, but it’s very young. It’s not for everybody,"
Pool will reconvene at the Downtown Standard Hotel in Los Angeles next February. It will return to Las Vegas the following August to coincide with WWDMAGIC. Walker said she plans to cap the exhibitor list at 100. "It’s all about being small and exclusive."
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)