ENK International bucked conventional wisdom for its first contemporary-oriented trade show here.
In contrast to Project, which featured about 1,300 vendors occupying 550,000 square feet at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, ENK Vegas highlighted only 67 exhibitors that its screening committee chose to set up in mini showrooms and booths at the Venetian Hotel’s Bassano Ballrooms. Transformed to resemble ENK’s Coterie trade show in New York with white curtains and matching plush carpets, the venue sought to offer intimacy and exclusivity to appeal to labels such as Clu, which exhibited in Las Vegas for the first time since launching four years ago.
“I don’t think Clu would fit into that other market [at Project],” said Aya Morimoto, a sales representative for Los Angeles-based Clu, which presented $95 T-shirt minidresses trimmed with silk ruffles on the sleeves, among other looks from its resort collection. “We get lost in that massive environment.”
While ENK Vegas’ signs diverted some buyers walking toward the Sands through the Venetian’s hallways, the show primarily attracted retailers and vendors who have frequented Coterie. As in other trade shows, retailers carefully stuck to budgets while picking what they thought would be new and different for their customers.
Jackie Brander amassed a pile of burnout sweats wholesaling from $48 to $52 from JET by John Eshaya for Fred Segal Fun in Santa Monica, Calif. Diane Merrick in Los Angeles ordered easy jersey pieces from Riller & Fount. Capitalizing on the nascent trend for baggy boyfriend jeans, Kitson’s Fraser Ross bought baggy versions from J Brand and Genetic Denim.
Black denim sold well for Serfontaine and Hudson. Rick Spielberg, Hudson vice president of sales, said black is becoming a staple color in the denim market because “the idea is to be the base for the brightly colored handbag or shoe.”
The troubled economy spurred efforts among buyers to attract shoppers with bright hues and novel treatments in sportswear and ready-to-wear. France’s Cacharel integrated its signature bird print with the trademark stripes from the label’s new creative directors, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, who also design London-based Eley Kishimoto. Orange was a key color for a high-collared nylon jacket from Nicholas K and a silk jumpsuit from Paul & Joe Sister. At Alpinestars, buyers liked cut-off shorts, jeans, cardigans and denim jackets that have been airbrushed with ink by hand but cost less than $50 at wholesale.
“They’re being cautious with money but not with colors,” said Alpinestars designer Denise Focil.
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“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye