Last week fashion ruled in Las Vegas with Project, MAGIC, and the Modern Assembly shows, which include Liberty Fairs, Capsule and Agenda. For those who didn't made it to the shows this is our rundown of the latest trends and best brands that occurred in Vegas.
Best Creative Concept:
How do you mix Western style and the ‘80s? Have Raf Simons design your denim line. The newly appointed Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein has turned the iconic brand on its ear by creating a brand new aesthetic. The Americana-inspired Calvin Klein Jeans collection, which showed at Project, includes an original mix of classic workwear, bright ‘80s colors, paint splatters, Western styling and yes, patent leather cowboy boots.
Best Denim Collection:
Just when you think you’ve seen every denim treatment possible, a simple ink pen will make you think again. Leave it Tokyo-based designer From Muu to turn denim decorated with hand drawn penwork into some of the most exclusive denim on the market. The designer draws intricate patterns and checkerboards on bleached and distressed denim to create one-of-a-kind pieces. At wholesale price points from $300 to $800, the line is premium denim at its best.
Best Sportswear Brand:
From high tech skiwear to stylish golf apparel and an ultra-functional lifestyle collection, Bogner wins best sportswear collection. Made with high-tech, luxe fabrications, the Spring ‘18 collection includes bright neon colors, high tech finishes, unique fabric combinations and on point denim. The Munich, Germany-based brand has it all.
Best Denim Washes:
Marna Ro has re-launched with new Designer Reagan Whitaker and the brand’s new denim collection features some of the best denim washes we saw on the trade show floor. From stone washing to enzyme washes, grinding and hand sanding, the look is of the moment ‘80s, yet totally today. The rest of the collection is also on point. Silk bombers, luxe denim jackets and jackets and joggers hand stamped with palm frawns make this brand one to watch.
Must Have Look/PRINT of the Season:
There were so many brands that made amazing Hawaiian prints, it’s hard to name just one. But Hawaiian print shirts ruled the trade floor. Everyone from Avanti to Gitman Vintage, Barneys Cool, Slate Denim and Go Barefoot, the original Hawaiian shirt brand, are offering the retro cool look for Spring.
Most Interesting Sneaker Brand:
Created by SoCal-based footwear design duo, Josh and Brandon Brubaker, Clearweather Brand is a standout. It’s not surprising since the two brothers have a combined resume that includes the who’s who of footwear brands. Brandon was the Co-Founder/Designer of Creative Recreation and Global Design Director at Converse and Josh previously was the Global Design Director for Supra and Footwear Designer at Sole Technology and Quiksilver. Clearly, this footwear brand is one to watch. Think high quality design with original styling. We can’t wait to see what they bring to the future of footwear.
Best Beach/Streetwear Collection:
They know how to create a lifestyle brand Down Under and Barney Cools is no exception. The Sydney-based collection created by Lapse and Zanerobe designer, Nat Taubman, is everything that’s ‘cools’ in the surf meets street category. The Spring ’18 collection offers a range of cool swim trunks, Hawaiian print shirts, graphic tees and bleached and color blocked ‘80s-inspired denim.
Best of Streetwear:
Always making a statement, Dope is pushing the envelope with motocross inspiration this season. From checkerboard windbreakers to full track suit sets, denim, sporty snapbacks and an expanded focus on athleisure, the Spring ’18 collection has a lot to offer. The brand is continuing its Dope Sport collection and has added a sneaker collection to the mix. And as expected, it is dope.
Best Hat Collection:
Known for its handmade huaraches, Chamula is taking hats to the next level. The brand’s handwoven panama hats feature small brims and leather string hatbands. Available in tan, cream and rust, the hats are beautifully crafted and the perfect palette for Spring ’18. We’re ready to hit the beach.
Best Accessory Collection:
Known for its ultra-functional accessories, Hex keeps upping the anty with high-tech device ready camera bags, totes, backpacks, skatepacks, iPhone cases and more. You can go from surfing to the office with a Wet/Dry backpack that has insulated pockets for food and drinks, and waterproof pouches and compartments to safely store a wetsuit, tech device or laptop. From iPhone cases to overnight bags, Hex has thought of it all.
For more information on trade shows check out DFV Group’s expocheck.com.