PART TWO: Magic Plus 2015 - My Favorite Things and Must Haves from the Spring 2016 Fashion Trade Shows

Twice annually, fashion, accessory, footwear, swim and intimate apparel brands from across the globe assemble in Las Vegas, Nevada for the largest collection of trade shows in the fashion industry.  Divided into three central locations- the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and the Sands Expo, to say that there is a tremendous amount of ground to cover in a very short period of time is an understatement. In my three days of walking, thirteen of the seventeen available marketplaces, I clocked in a little over seventeen and a half miles, logged in by the Health app on my IPhone 6+MAGICONLINE- www.magiconline.com lists the large group of Las Vegas tradeshows under the their umbrella, there are the cool indie off shoot shows like Liberty Fairs, Agenda and Capsule, as well as Accessories the Show, MRket, etc.  Fo the sake of this article, I will refer to the tradeshows as a whole as Magic Plus 2015.

Here is #5 to #1 of my Top 10 list for this season’s Magic Plus 2015.

5.            BEST DENIM

BEST DENIM

Denim is one of the largest single categories at the shows, and there are countless denim brands, showing off their latest wash, dye, stitch or back pocket detail.  SUPERJEANS OF SWEDEN caught my eye as they presented their collectipon in a small and modest open air booth, without the bells and whistles of the Joe’s Jeans or Hudson style of booth build out.  What shined was, in fact, the denim which was clean, beautifully cut, and butter soft.  Plus, my family is from Sweden, so I am subconsciously drawn to anything baring the homeland's name.  www.superjeansofsweden.se

4.            SNEAKERS AND SLIP ONS

SKEAKERS AND SLIP ONS

This is a very important category for show survival as there is a tremendous amount of walking involved.  As mentioned in the beginning of this piece, I walked a total of seventeen and a half miles in two and a half days in Las Vegas.  I wore both my trusty and quite fashionable black patent leather and burnt orange Birkenstocks, as they are perfectly molded to my feet and comfort is absolutely key when you are running around for sixteen or more straight hours. 

  1. ZCD Montreal- Cool and comfy slip ons - www.instagram.com/zcdmontreal/
  2. KENNEL & SCHMENGER- Loved the copper metallic detail- www.kennel-schmenger.de
  3. CIRCUS BY SAM EDELMAN- I Can’t?  Why not?  www.circusbysamedelman.com
  4. BIRKENSTOCK- Snake printed and pearlized Birks?  Yes please!! www.birkenstockusa.com
  5. ABEO FOOTWEAR- The best biomechanical footwear in the marketplace, period.  www.abeofootwear.com            

3.            FIERCE FLATS

FIERCE FLATS

The days of wearing my 5” sky high stilettos on a 24/7 basis are unfortunately long gone.  Other than walking to my car to drive to valet and sit down for dinner, or possibly at the VIP table of some hot new ultra-lounge, my high heels stay tucked away in my closet.  Therefore, I am always looking for chic flats and below are a few of my faves from the FN Platform Show.

  1. RAMON TENZA- Loved the prints of this loafer line. www.amazon.com/b?node=2416737011
  2. SAM EDELMAN- The perfect flat. www.samedelman.com
  3. UNITED NUDE- Faceted jellies.  So cool!!  www.unitednude.com
  4. MICHAEL ANTONIO- A great choice for moderately priced, fast fashion footwear. www.iheartmashoes

2.           FAB BAGS

FAB BAGS

Every girl needs a great bag, and here are a few of my favorites.

  1. BRAVE- I loved the metallic gold and rose gold details of these bags. I NEED! www.braveleather.com
  2. SAM EDELMANFringe bags are a major trend for both Fall/Holiday 2015 as well as Spring/Summer 2016.  Shown are a few great pieces that you can buy right now on line. www.samedelman.com
  3. HAMMITT LOS ANGELES- I have been a huge fan of Hammitt since the brand’s inception; I still own and wear several pieces from their very first capsule collection.  This particular style is a bag within a bag, so you get both a medium sized shoulder bag as well as a small clutch that zips on and off.  FIERCE! www.hammitt.com
  4. IMOSHION- If you have an issue with wearing our animal friends as fashion, then this is the line for you as it is made exclusively of 100% vegan leather; the quality of their vegan leather is really phenomenal and I defy you to tell the difference between this and the real thing.  These featured tote bags are reversible and come with an attached coin purse.  www.imoshionstore.com 

1.            RUNNING INTO CLOSE FRIENDS

FINDING FRIENDS

My number one favorite part of attending Magic Plus 2015 is running into old friends that I may not have the opportunity to see as often as I would like.

  1. Editor and Chief  & Publisher of Flaunt MagazineLuis Barajas
  2. Jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino and me
  3. Fashion Director of MR Magazine William Buckley and me
  4. Fellow fashion PR maven Kimberly Goodnight with fashion stylist, editor and blogger extraordinaire Jayne Seward
  5. Founder and CEO of Hammitt Los AngelesTony Drockton

Tracie May-Wagner is a Los Angeles based fashion publicist and influencer.  

www.may-wagnerpr.com 

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