The semianual apparel trade shows in Las Vegas are trying to beat the odds. In the midst of an historically severe recession, retail spending continues to slump as unemployment is on the rise. Retailers, who are welcoming sales representatives and samples sent directly to their stores from manufacturers, have cut back budgets and relied increasingly on orders for immediate deliveries. Despite the challenges, some dozen trade shows are readying to highlight the spring 2010 collections at their next renditions in August and September. MAGIC Marketplace and Pool Trade Show will be held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, while Sourcing at Magic opens a day earlier at the Hilton Hotel. Project has moved back to the Sands Expo & Convention Center from the Mandalay Bay Events Center for its three-day run kicking off Sept. 1. After making its debut at the Hard Rock Hotel in February, Capsule opted for a more central location for its sophomore show, to be held Sept. 1 and 2 at The Venetian Hotel and Casino, which also will house CurveNV, AccessoriesTheShow and Moda Las Vegas. All shows will run Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. ASAP Global Sourcing Show will take place at The Venetian from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. Off-Price Specialist Show returns to The Sands for its Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 event. WomensWear in Nevada claims its usual spot from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at the Rio Hotel and ENK Vegas remains at the Wynn Hotel for its show running Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Furthermore, the city may get a little more crowded with the planned addition of a new trade show called Higher Ground. Details are still in the works, but the newcomer will target high-end streetwear, with a focus on fashion-driven brands.
The onslaught of shows has spurred a shuffle of brands. Premium denim lines J Brand and Genetic Denim are expected to move to Project from ENK Vegas, while women’s contemporary line BB Dakota will move to ENK Vegas from WWDMAGIC’s junior section. Ed Hardy — along with SMET, Crystal Rock and the other rock ’n’ roll lifestyle brands helmed by Christian Audigier — will migrate from Caesars Palace, where Audigier had run a competing show dubbed When I Move You Move, to take over 30,000 square feet of space devoted to the premium market within MAGIC’s Central Hall. Under the direction of Jon Kapelson, the new vice president of men’s wear at MAGIC International, MAGIC will give a modern makeover to the men’s wear section, which will feature exhibitors such as Liberty of London, Nicole Farhi, Sand, Porter, Globe Trotter, DKNY Men’s, Martin Gordon and Nautica. Then there are the lone wolves who prefer to leave the confines of the trade show floor and display their offerings in hotel suites. Based on the positive reaction to its first-ever suite event in February, New York-based streetwear line Akademiks will eschew MAGIC once again in August to show at suites at the Wynn. “We’ve been able to offer buyers and press a look into our new direction in an informal environment,” said Divya Jadeja, Akademiks’ marketing director. “In February, we even had an in-suite performance by Rye Rye, an artist who really reflects the attitude of our ladies’ collection.” Trade show organizers are capitalizing on their strengths and making concessions to appease cash-strapped exhibitors. ENK Vegas tries to make it as easy as possible for attendees and exhibitors to conduct business with catered lunches and complimentary champagne served in an all-white decor.
“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
"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