Trend Report: A Trio of Las Vegas Retailers Tell Us What’s Hot This Season

beckley_boutique_rick_owens_drkshdw_denim_biker_jacket_WEBMelissa Akkaway, owner of Beckley Boutique in the Cosmopolitan, one of the city’s go-to spots for emerging designers—and for Akkaway’s personal label, Beckley by Melissa.

What trends are you focusing on?
I love the black-and-white trend, and this will continue through to spring. Also, I love the feminine and flirty dress this season.

What was your inspiration for your own brand this season? We focused on tailored pieces as well as strong leather silhouettes, which created an edgier yet feminine vibe for the collection.

Who are your best-selling designers? 10 Crosby by Derek Lam, 3.1 Philip Lim, Stuart Weitzman, Lover, Camilla and Marc, and Helmut Lang.

What’s the one item I should leave your store with today? The weather is finally changing, so I would buy a chunky Helmut Lang sweater.

What are your top-selling products this season? Citizens of Humanity Rocket denim, Beckley by Melissa Lily jacket, Helmut Lang leather leggings, Rick Owens denim jacket and a Lover faux-leather pleated skirt.

What plans do you have for the boutique on Black Friday? Starting on Black Friday [10 a.m.] we will be offering 40 percent off all merchandise for the entire weekend. 698-7600,


j_glenn_bryce_emerald_bag_WEBJonathan Glenn Nichols, owner of Boca Park’s J. Glenn, which specializes in gift and home décor, including fine jewelry, books and cards, and knickknacks for children.

What trends are you focusing on? Peacock feathers. You can choose individual feathers in the traditional browns and cobalt blue, which can be added to a tree, placed into a vase or simply laid on a table to give a little something extra. Smaller clip-on peacocks make any gift extra special. Our personal favorite is the large all-white peacock with crystal and silver accents, and a stunning 24-inch tail.
What are your best-selling items or designers? Michael Aram. We offer a wide variety of his collection, including frames, candles, tabletop and barware. We also carry his special-edition items and have brought in a large assortment of his Judaica and Christmas pieces. Another top-selling item would be our women’s jewelry and handbags. We offer genuine leather and vegan options in a variety of styles and price points.

What are your top-selling products this season? We carry a variety of books ranging from $9.95 fun books to $695 collectors’ editions. Papyrus Cards are always a favorite with customers. And our men’s gifts—we recently created an entire cabinet filled with great men’s items. We have humidors, flasks, cuff links, cigar cutters, cigar cases, lighters and poker sets.

What plans do you have for the boutique for the holidays? We will be having our second annual After-School All-Star Shopping Day on December 12 [9 a.m. to 4 p.m.]. We will have free gift-wrapping and donate 20 percent of all sales. And everything in the store will be 15 percent off on December 19. 425-7636,


john_varvatos_rock_in_fashion_book_cover_WEBLucas MacAdam, assistant general manager, John Varvatos in the Forum Shops at Caesars, home of rock-icon worthy menswear.

What trends are you focusing on? Three-piece suits for the office or night out and skinny jeans worn with biker jackets or shearlings for outdoor events. Accessories such as handkerchiefs, small mirrored sunglasses, fingerless gloves, felt hats and lace-up boots are musts.

Describe the Varvatos customer.
A mid-20s to late-40s kind of guy with a creative spirit who wants to dress sophisticated and young. He appreciates Old World quality and craftsmanship, but wants more contemporary and modern silhouettes.

What’s the best-selling item for you this season? Shearling jackets and boots.

What’s the one item I should leave your store with today? It should be the John Varvatos Rock In Fashion (Harper Design, $60) book. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 939-0922; and Hard Rock Hotel, 693-6370,



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