Posted on February 23, 2009 by Ryan Willms
Last week speed by quickly with a 3 day trip to Las Vegas right in the middle. I keep saying it, that city is insane. It's really not my top city of choice, as I hope most readers could guess by the general taste of h(y)r collective - but how bad could it be? I have no problem with guys who like to gamble, get wasted and look at strippers, but since I wasn't doing any of those activities, my options felt a bit limited. I was there on business; covering Capsule, as well as checking out the GUILD show, Project and Magic. Without going deep into all of the negatives of the city, I will say, that more than ever, I have realized that we are the minority. In the world, in fashion, and especially in Las Vegas, USA. The handful of people I saw that appeared to have good taste were so scarce, I couldn't believe it. As I walked the city, the hotel lobbies and the trade shows, I was constantly surrounded by the most terrible clothing I've ever seen. Whether it was Ed Hardy itself, or it's 7th generation knock-off, there were enough sequins, daggers and tattoos on shirts to dress an army. And it turns out this army is spread all around us, spending a lot of money on ugly clothing and Yager bombs. I knew it was going on, but after being in what felt like the center of crapsville, my mind has been boggled. There were of course some bright spots; Capsule and GUILD were both quite calm, had nice crowds, reasonable music and nice clothing on the racks. There were also a couple of needles in the crapstack at Project and Magic too, but not many. It sounded like ENK might have been a decent show too, but unfortunately my time ran out, and I'm again safe back in Vancouver. Sometimes I think there should be standard issue uniforms for guys around the world; oxford shirt, white T, APC denim, white sneakers - would that make the simple items less special? Maybe it's good being the minority, even if it is mind boggling...