Despite the years I’ve been doing this, it’s always somewhat astonishing to me that after so many weeks previewing the upcoming fall/winter seasons, first in London, then Florence, Milan, Paris, New York (Fashion Week and the trade shows), there is always something new to discover in Las Vegas. Even brands that exhibited in New York can be discovered for the first time all the way out in Nevada, and with so many of the industry’s key people attending, the Vegas shows are reaffirmed again and again as a vital and indispensable keystone in the menswear machine. With so much discussion about the future of menswear, and in particular the high profile acknowledgements by both Tom Ford and Christopher Bailey that the current fashion calendar model is outdated, it seems possible that trade shows will become more important than ever. While it is clear that fashion shows, now so accessible to the public, no longer serve the same purpose they did years ago, buyers will still benefit from seeing collections on models, put together as the designer intended, with an immediate and visual understanding of how items fit and fabrics move. Now in it’s second season of curated brand presentations, MRket is seemingly ahead of that curve: presentations included Barbour, exhibitors with the Italian Trade Commission, and Macko’s Picks a curation of pieces from the brands of Vaguard’s Gallery by menswear veteran Michael Macko.
Check out my highlights from MRket Las Vegas below.
PAISLEY & GREY