The Las Vegas trade week for Spring & Summer 2013 was surely a busy one. With the beautiful and talented Rosa Kaftan at my side we dressed in our best ensembles, and within three days time covered Project, Capsule, ENK, and Pool. Marking only four of seven shows off the list, it’s needless to say there was plenty to be seen.
Positioned at Mandalay Bay, running from August 20th- 22nd Project showcased over three hundred Men’s and Women’s brands. Cockpit USA premiered light ammo pocket outerwear, alongside tinted black and indigo chambray shirting. While Ivy Prepster teased us with printed dickey bows, the charming Steven DeLong at Ernest Alexander showed hand printed neckties personally painted by Alexander himself. Serving up quite the dish was the handsome Kortney Hastin as he debuted Norman Russell, a beautiful domestically produced denim collection. We then secretly indulged in the sequined blazer and printed shirting found at Emperor 1688. Colorful short shorts turned heads at Pantone, while United Blue’s hand crafted accessories brought us back down to earth, removing one pound of trash from the ocean with every item sold.
Capsule introduced over 170 brands at the Venetian. One of my personal favorites, Barque showed his new take on Benton stripes and dapper prints. Favorites Penny Stock, Billy Kirk, and Billy Reid debuted their classic Americana threads. Eastland offered the traditional boat shoe in pop colors of orange, blue, and yellow.
ENK located at the Wynn hotel, added an additional floor of women’s section. Though it was difficult to get into the show, we were very pleased with over 200 brands to view. Sandast, a lovely Los Angles based brand had me drooling over the well made nostalgic accessories. While the handsome NY Based collection introduced traditional knits in bright green, fuchsia, and blue.
Always a must see, I paid a quick visit to Rojas who sparkled with his coined sneaker collection at Pool Trade Show. Then picked up my new favorite ring at Lok’d jewelry for only $10 located at the cash and carry section adjacent the Project Trade Show.
Please check out the Sportswear International coverage by Christopher Blonquist and myself!!! Also sneak a peek at the handsome faces who prove to be quite the distraction below.
From left to right: Image 1: Christopher Blomquit, myself, and Rosa Kaftan. Marc Gamerio and friend in Vince. MR Magazine’s John Jones and Elise Diamartini. Image 2: The forever handsome Alex Badia of WWD, Cute floral gal and myself. Kortney Hastin in Norman Russell booth. Image 3: Ivy Prepster, Rojas, Altru, Ernest Alexander. Image 4: Elise and I, the beautiful Pamela of J.Fold, William Buckley, and Maxim of Project Trade Show. Image 5: Acoustic Denim, United Blue, Park & Ronen, and Number LAb. Image 6: The Emperor 1688, AdamThomas Eisenhut, Steven DeLong, Frederick Marfil. Image 7: Rosa Kaftan Image 8: Myself, Jacky Clyman, and Rosa Kaftan.