With a variety of men’s apparel shows as well as separate footwear and golf-themed events, retailers ran themselves ragged in Las Vegas this week searching out the latest items to freshen their floors for spring. MAGIC Market Week, which encompasses MAGIC Men’s, Project, MVMNT and Pool as well as the elevated — and well-received — Tents@Project, was joined this time by a consortium of competing shows under the umbrella name of Modern Assembly. This included the Vegas debut of Liberty and Agenda, as well as MRket and Capsule. The PGA Show jumped on the bandwagon by holding its spring market alongside the Modern Assembly grouping. Although merchants felt overwhelmed by the number of shows, the size and scope of what was available provided a comprehensive overview of the men’s market and plenty of opportunity to find unique brands to differentiate their floors next year. Here, some of the highlights from the shows. RELATED STORY: Updated Product Drives Buying in Vegas >>
Public School The Swarovski Award for Menswear winners offered a preview of their spring collection, showcasing an elevated line that morphed sportswear and tailored clothing and “met in the middle,” according to codesigner Dao-Yi Chow. Silhouettes were more sleek and minimalistic than in the past and fabrics were more technical, such as viscose blended with nylon. “They’re something you can wear to work, then to the gym, and then to an event at night without sacrificing comfort or style,” he said.
Timo Weiland Inspired by the U.S. in the Fifties, Weiland’s spring offering was his most sophisticated to date but still managed to reflect his signature playful and quirky personality. A closer look at a striped shirt, for example, found inconsistencies, indicating that it was painted and not printed; linen shirts offered two distinct yet complementary stripes, and a crewneck sweater showcased a unique broken-stripe design. Bottoms included slim-fit jeans with a Fifties sensibility and chambray shorts.
Mattison The designer and retailer took a sportier turn for spring with his innovative version of classic tailored clothing. “This is my next evolution,” designer Derek Mattison said of the line, which is now produced at his own Los Angeles atelier studio. A motorcycle jacket silhouette with full canvas construction was offered in a cotton and metal blended fabric. A lightweight tunic with raglan sleeves and an inverted peak lapel blazer shown over skinny black denim jeans was also indicative of the company’s new direction.
Sundek The historic California swimwear brand has jumped headlong into the print wave for spring. Top-selling patterns at the show included Hawaiian florals and Navajo-inspired prints. In terms of color, strong florescent shades dominated the fashion offering in everything from neon green to cotton-candy pink. Even the more conservative colors are being refreshed with pops of these bright hues. The brand continues to offer the swimwear in three separate fits: a short, European model; a midthigh, and a board short. Color-coordinated T-shirts and shirts were also offered to complement the swimwear on retail selling floors. Sundek also offered classic solids for the more conservative guy. Retail prices for the classic styles are $119 and $129 for the Hawaiian and Navajo prints.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“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