Karen Alberg Grossman on some of her favorites from the Las Vegas shows.
Paul Shortino’s show, “Raiding the Rock Vault” (at the Las Vegas Hilton), has been ranked as the top entertainment in Vegas. And what do Vegas rock stars wear to perform on stage? Ross Graison of course! (Featured sportcoat: $695 suggested retail)
Cool, compelling and comfortable, the new fashion knit lounge/sport pieces from Arnold Zimberg are among the best we’ve seen. Hoodies in the $175 retail range, pull-on pants at $145, lots of great knit tees, all with terrific detailing. Interestingly, the collection is selling three-to-one pants-to-tops and is clearly designed to be worn out. As Zimberg puts it, “The knit pant is the new jean.”
The line is designed and sourced in Japan, produced in China. In addition to fabulous knits, we loved the brushed cotton flannel indigo wovens at $175 to $200 retails.
Some of the most innovative leather treatments around, this (mostly outerwear) collection by designer Daniel Won for Harbour International features gorgeous Italian skins, some interesting wool/leather combinations (we love the baseball jacket), luxury leather cardigans and the pièce de résistance —a perforated lambskin jacket that’s laser cut (not printed) in a camouflage design. (We also love the perforated leather tees and camo cargo pants!) Many jackets (most in the $295-$395 wholesale range) have removable/reversible components for a sleek modern sensibility.
Daniel Won is from Korea, went to university in Seoul, studied at FIT and designed for Robert Comstock, Macys (INC) and Ungaro outerwear.
Exceptional items at Dion Neckwear are patchwork scarves ($125 for $295 suggested retail), the smoking jackets (Christmas catalog for sure!) and a great new collection of fashion socks in 80 percent mercerized cotton/20 percent wool, made in Greece at $13 cost for a suggested retail of $30. The bowties are also fabulous, designed so that the center knot contrasts with the bow, $35 and $45 wholesales. (According to Peter Tsihlias, average tie widths are now three inches in Canada, 3.5 in the U.S.)
Simon Mendez of British Apparel Collection was showing numerous hot collections including Robert Graham ($11.50 for $28.50 retail), Penguin ($6 for a suggested $15), Punto ($12 for a suggested $28) and Per Pedes (novelty socks with the name of the design knit into the sock—e.g. Rock Royalty features crowns and guitars, $11 for $28). And don’t forget JM Dickens ($8 for $20 MSRP) featuring great argyles and a super soft alpaca/acrylic boot sock, $10 cost for a suggested $25. Among our favorites: the Robert Graham special collection of NYC-inspired socks including pretzels, taxis, hot dogs, subway signs, coffee cups, etc; $42.50 suggested retails (but what’s that to a New York fashionista?)
We love Cafe Bleu’s woven shirts out of Turkey, especially the ultra-cool skull design and another featuring vintage pin-up girls. Most shirts are in the $55 to $65 range for suggested retails of $138-$168. Also check out their new collection of knits: a quarter zip in super soft cotton/acrylic costs $45 for a $125 suggested retail; a beautiful mélange knit with houndstooth overprint is $125 for $299.
Known for his novelties and whimsical conversationals ($46-$68 cost, our favorite features healing symbols and has, some say, actual healing properties; we also love the various vineyards, the NYC skyline and the history of music), Bill Lavin has added an amazing collection of fine hand-finished Italian leathers. “I discovered a tiny factory two and a half hours north of Tuscany,” he told us. “They have only seven artisans who are all highly skilled craftsmen.” This collection is $78-$130 wholesale for suggested retails to $250. We love the rippled wave belt, the wider braid and the burnished sport-dress styles with cut edges.