After two days of introductory events, Fashion Week Las Vegas got off to a solid start on Monday, August 19 in the Addison Exhibit Hall of the Palms Casino. The Monday shows presented Women's Ready to Wear collections from five international designers. Additional shows, with different themes, will take place each of the following three days.
Over the years several organizations have attempted to hold fashion weeks in Las Vegas, and mismanagement has caused most of them to be somewhere between "terribly disappointing" and "disasters". The team at Fashion Week Las Vegas (not to be confused with other similar-sounding events), now in their third season, are doing a lot of things right. There were several buyers in the Monday show, with more promised later in the week, as well as coverage by press media. The venue is large, with a real runway, the models look like models, and the designers are presenting work that is of international standards. If it is not up to New York or Los Angeles standards, it is at least, finally, a good start.
The opening night did have one unusual but welcome feature: each of the models who will be appearing over the course of the week came down the runway before the fashion shows started, introduced by name to the crowd. They are also pictured and named in the official program given for free to all attendees. That enhances the value to models of appearing in fashion week shows.
Designers presenting collections on Monday included:
Simonetta Sabo, a Hungarian designer who moved to London after getting her degree. Her collection included several pieces with strong graphic elements created in fabric.
Fionne Nguyen, a young designer who grew up in Vietnam, took her degree in Singapore, and is now living in the United States. Hers is a very recent design house, opened only at the beginning of 2013, and is has already produced two seasonal collections.
Tatiana Bauer, a designer living in the industrial city of Perm, Russia who has been a working professional for 14 years,
Alexander Vinash, formerly a figure skating professional and champion, who brings some of the aesthetic of skating costume design to his ready-to-wear collections. Mr. Vinash, originally from Argentina, now operates his design house in Spain.
And finally, a true home-grown American designer, Adolfo Sanchez of exotic Los Angeles. Still in his twenties, Mr. Sanchez has had considerable commercial success with designs he describes as “edgy, fitted, sophisticated but really beautiful.”