Last week I rolled into Las Vegas, Nevada with a swift shake of the dice and the task of co-covering the 2015 NHL Awards with fellow The Pink Puck contributor, Allison Gallagher.  This stop was just the first in my week of hockey related travels that also would include the 2015 NHL Draft, so in this case, packing to coordinate ensembles was imperative for cross country travels.

I was unable to attend the nominee media availability, however I was able to get into town with enough time to meet up with Allison (who did cover it) and attend the post General Managers meeting where various topics were discussed, such as 3-on-3 overtime and the “Coaches Challenge” for video review.  I was also able to take in the NHL trophy display.  The trophies were on display in the main lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino where fans could get a closer look at the inspiring display of hockey’s most prized trophies.  Straight off the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup win, the most recognizable and revered trophy in all of professional sports – the Stanley Cup – also made it’s appearance.

Media Day fashion

Media Day fashion

With temperatures reaching near 110 degrees farenheit on the Las Vegas strip, I kept it simple, yet professional, with a silk sheath dress from Anthropologie (in-house brand Maeve) which incidentally, has also been seen on an episode last season of The Real Housewives of Orange County.  Since the pattern on the dress was the primary focus, I kept the rest of my look simple.  For footwear I chose tan, leather sandals from Talbots and in my work bag I carried my wicker clutch purse from Kate Spade.  For jewelry I went with my gold Nixon watch, a vintage gold bangle and a woven gold link and orange silk bracelet from BCBG Max Azria.  My gold chain necklace was also from Anthropologie and I finished the look with a staple – simple diamond stud earrings from a local jewelry store.

Red Carpet fashion

Red Carpet fashion (photo credit: A. Gallagher)

The following afternoon was the actual Awards show, were we were granted Red Carpet arrival access coverage.  HECHO en Vegas Restaurant in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, was transformed into a step and repeat for the NHL Awards nominees, NHL legends and celebrity presenters to walk the red carpet and greet their fans and the media.

In yet another example of fashion meets sport – nominees Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars), Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) and Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers), showcased tailored suits, shirts, belts and shoes from American menswear designer John Varvatos’ latest collections.

Following the red carpet, we went right into the media room to greet the winners during the 2015 NHL Awards Show.  The two-hour primetime awards show, broadcasted live at 7pm ET, paid a special salute to the best regular-season players and performances.  It was hosted by comedian Rob Riggle and included a full concert from the rock band Daughtry, post show.  “Superlative achievements deserve to be recognized in a world-class setting,” NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman said.  “Las Vegas certainly knows how to shine a spotlight on outstanding performances.”

Award Show fashion

Award Show fashion

My NHL Awards Show Red Carpet look again showcased a light gray, sheer accordion, style midi-dress from Anthropologie (in-house brand Bordeaux).  I kept with the neutral color theme and added a statement necklace of pearls, crystals and gold chains that was a gift and a vintage crystal wrap bracelet.  For earrings I kept it simple with stacked pearl stud earrings.  I completed the look with black and light gray silk sandals from Anthropologie and a white vintage beaded clutch.

 

 

 

 

 

Kristen is currently an Account Executive with the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club (AHL). She just completed her M.S. in the "Sport Venue and Event Management" program at Syracuse University. Previous to this venture, Kristen completed her undergraduate degree at the State University of Oswego in Public Relations, with a brief stint in Broadcasting, both with a sports emphasis. Another passion that Kristen has is fashion. She spent several years working in the retail management industry, most recently with Anthropologie.

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