In spite of a subdued autumn season, Project Las Vegas held its own attracting key buyers and brands to the Sands Expo in Las Vegas last week.

Indeed, the show went on, with brands such as Erik Hart, Obakki, Denim & Thread adding freshness to the overall offering of cleaned-up menswear, trapeze shapes in womenswear, luxe accessories and denim sporting fresh hardware and backpocket detailing. Other brands maintaining buzz at the show included William Rast, Monarchy, Laguna Beach and Ed Hardy.

Some highlights:

Tarrant Apparel Group unveiled its newest license, Kitson apparel, which featured pastel denim with brass button detailing to Swarovski-accented military jackets, bustier tops, waffle knits and sporty five-pocket chinos.

Designer Alexander Caugant added a new dimension to the show: techno glam fabrications and detailing ranging from waxed and sateen/marbled finishes to oiled corduroy to patent faux snakeskin, silver studs, rubber detail and hangtags and crystals. Caugant also used two-way stretch denim on highwaisted and flared bodies and Italian wool fabrications for more contemporary-looking women’s separates.

New at 1921 was a harder, more aggressive aesthetic as in a skinny leg jean with oversized zipper details or an action-back black denim-corduroy jacket and a destroyed “unique” wash.

Level 99, which expanded its dressier, non-denim offerings to include an oversized herringbone vest and skirt for girls, debuted six new fits for guys in some of the season’s best shades ranging from earthy to medium blue.

Seven For All Mankind’s denim ranged from very distressed denim and even a stonewash for guys to washed out pastels for girls along with new boldly embroidered back pockets and even plaid denim. Elsewhere the emphasis was on smaller luxe details ranging from monograms on shirts to blue enamel hardware and coated fabrications on outerwear.

Buffalo’s directional pieces ranged from a red-black cross-hatched graphic knit vest-cardigan, graffiti-inspired prints and glen check puffy vests to a plum varsity blazer, dark blue denim jacket with black shearling and blue-black “waxed” denim.

Polo Ralph Lauren offered two themes: ‘1930s Wall Street preppy’ with luxurious blazers featuring narrower lapels and ‘field & stream’ with snappy leather jackets and trousers.

Finally, AG Adriano Goldschmied showed shimmering and aged corduroy in colors such as faded beige and superfine twill in rust and black armor. Key for the season was a higher rise and 24” opening in its angel fit as well as a new “ag” monogram logo.