The revamped Project show, under the direction of new president Tommy Fazio, segmented the market by category, including Mvmnt for young men’s as well as the show’s hallmark contemporary sportswear offerings. The Tents @ Project, an innovative collection of elevated brands showcased in a hangar-style white tent outside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, generated a lot of buzz by bringing together some of the market’s trendsetting labels in a trade show setting for the first time. MRket, at The Venetian, offered a wide variety of more traditional labels in an intimate, retailer-friendly location. Here are a few of the standouts.
Robert Graham The label is expanding into a true lifestyle collection as it branches out beyond its roots as a woven shirt brand. Quilted outerwear, one of the primary trends of the season, is a key look for fall, as is the brand’s X collection of slimmer silhouettes that help it capture a younger, more relaxed attitude while still remaining true to its roots.
Ben Sherman The British brand, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, brought its elevated Plectrum collection to Project. The playful mix of prints and bright colors in everything from sport shirts and pants to knitwear and outerwear elevated the collection without letting go of its classic British style. Randa Neckwear is making a comeback with paisleys, a men’s wear staple that feels very of the moment, among the most popular prints. Here, Randa offers the pattern under its Geoffrey Beene label, accessorized with embellished tie bars. RELATED STORY: Fall 2013 Trend Setters >>
Howes & Baum Inspired by a family of loggers in upstate New York, the second collection from Howes & Baum blends American heritage pieces such as long johns, with one of the season’s strongest trends, graphic prints, shown here in a cashmere cardigan.
Tandy Brands Sperry Top-Sider accessories at Tandy Brands featured two-tone coated canvas bags and other leather accessories. The offering’s nautical theme with its embossed anchor prints and water-resistant properties ensured the selection remained true to the brand’s heritage.
Rogue Building on its key business in biker-inspired leather jackets, Rogue added a dedicated program in denim for fall, with details such as darts, leather trim and zippered pockets that reference its jackets. Dockers Dockers expanded its Alpha fit program, which offers a jeans sensibility in chinos, into two new fits — one skinnier and one roomier than the original — and also into denim-friendly shirts, knits and jackets. Beyond chinos, Alpha styles are now available in corduroys, cargos and even herringbone fabrics. Dr. Martens British brogue styles in a coated Millerain fabric with leather accents spoke to the brand’s English heritage but in an updated manner, with innovative contemporary patterns such as plaids and camos.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast