The week including June 27-29, 2013 included no major events like MAGIC that focused attention on fashion. And yet in the space of those three days, RAW Artists held their event, including two fashion shows; DeAnna Padilla held the second of her Fashion Clash events, including fashion shows by four designers; designer Mz Mina Khan was featured in a fashion show at Pinup Rendezvous, and IndieKrush held a fashion show at the Beauty Bar for Buffalo Exchange. Fashion Week Las Vegas held a model call for their upcoming show. And there were, of course, the daily shows at the Fashion Show Mall, not to mention trunk shows in the high end retail stores.
That makes the week typical. Las Vegas, which isn’t known as a “fashion city”, still has a large number of fashion shows, broadly defined to include designers with national reputations, emerging designers and models, and artists who use fashion as a form of artistic statement. There is some limited overlap among the participants in these kinds of events, but no organization which attempts to bridge these kinds of artists, models and events into any kind of cohesive community. Fashion in Las Vegas is, in the old phrase, something like herding cats.
Into the middle of this welter of disparate activity, and, not all that fortuitously, in the middle of those three days, a new Las Vegas organization held the first of its planned monthly events: Fashion Mob. Their show, held in the theater of the LVH hotel, showcased the talents of people involved in the local fashion industry, many of whom are typically behind the scenes. Live demonstrations of fashion makeup, hair styling and a live photo shoot were held for the audience, giving participants an opportunity to network not only among themselves, but with other fashion professionals who attended the event.
This first event was successful in its goal of raising money for charity (the GoTo foundation this month) and providing what amounted to a pathfinder and “shakeout cruise” for the events to follow. As you can tell from the first paragraph of this article, members of the fashion scene were experiencing some whiplash from all the various events competing for attention in those three days, which limited participation to some degree. The organizers tell us that next month (one when neither RAW nor Fashion Clash will be having events) should be bigger, better and begin to meet the Fashion Mob promise of providing a unifying organization for the fashion industry in Las Vegas.