LAS VEGAS — Satellite shows were on the rise during MAGIC International.
At the WomenWear in Nevada event at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, where show directories ran out by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, co-organizer Jeff Yunis said attendance increased about 10 percent to 5,500 visitors and exhibition space sold out at 700 booths.
Acid-wash sweater knits in lace-up and zip-up looks were a top seller at PBJ Sport knitwear line. The year-old division of the line has been driving sales, president Jeff Zimmer said. “This has been our best show yet,” he added, with sales up by about one-third.
Fur-trimmed everything from scarves to sweaters was on the mind of Fiddlesticks boutique owner Michele Sink. “Fashions are looking a little more glamorous,” she said. Indeed, embroidered coats and bejeweled sweaters were selling at David Brooks, a division of Kellwood Co., said vice president of sales Elizabeth Geibel. “It’s all about novelty,” she said.
The gamble of a new venture paid off for the first Brighte show in Las Vegas produced by ENK International at the Venetian hotel. It featured contemporary exhibitors, including Da-Nang, Fray, Jotto and Nine Lives. “A very significant amount of money was written over three days,” said Elyse Kroll, president of ENK, who said the event attracted almost 1,500 buyers. Italian line Nine Lives made its U.S. debut at the show with rocker looks such as hoodies with metallic foil designs, denim jeans with leather-patched back pockets and moto-looking vests.
A new venue at the Venetian hotel proved to be a boon for the ASAP show, which showcased 150 booths and drew about 3,000 people. Even with the elimination of global textile and apparel quotas giving China a pricing edge, overseas exhibitors said they hoped to lure U.S. manufacturers with their free-trade agreements. Sobha Cashmere from Nepal had amassed 30 leads at the show, said Anil Juladhar, director of U.S. operations for the company. “We can work with small to medium firms and offer the advantage of no quotas on cashmere,” he said.
The first day of the Off-Price Show at the Venetian hotel had more than 5,000 buyers on the floor, which amounted to about five buyers for every seller, said Bill Jage, president of the show, which offers discounted merchandise to retailers. “Business has opened up and our buyers came ready to buy,” he said. “We’re up 12 percent from last February.”Jage attributed the higher attendance to a healthier economy and to stores increasing their open-to-buys and even the demand for denim.
“Denim is just off the hook now,” said Jet Apparel’s Danielle Sheehy, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based off-price vendor. “We’re selling everything from Mudd to Lucky Brand and Miss Sixty.”
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)