NEW YORK — The showers that drenched the East Coast this week are slightly reminiscent of spring, but the brighter side of the season was clearly evident at two trade shows that wrapped up this week: The Fashion Coterie, a fixture of the fashion business, celebrated its 18th year, while a newbie, The Train New York, marked its debut.
The colors, floral prints and bright beads throughout Fashion Coterie made it easy to forget about the dreary weather.
This year, the Fashion Coterie, produced by ENK International, welcomed 12,000 retailers and about 1,000 exhibitors over the three-day period, wrapping up today. “We were very pleased with the traffic turnout despite the rain,” said Elyse Kroll, executive director of ENK. “The criteria for exhibitors has been quite similar through the years,” she continued. “We look for quality, design point-of-view and craftsmanship. We try to avoid redundancy.”
While the show occupies Piers 90, 92 and 94, the competition to get into Coterie is “out of control,” commented one spokesman.
Labels such as Tori Richard brightened the space with its Honolulu-inspired floral prints and bright colors such as kiwi, strawberry and hot pink. The line wholesales in the range of $12 to $70 and retails at specialty stores across the country.
The Brazilian label, Coven, marked its return to Coterie with knitwear inspired by the rain forest and birds. Peacock blues and greens were among the notable hues, as well as styles such as balloon skirts and shorts. “We have big expectations for this show,” said the designer, Liliane Rebehy Queiroz.
Beyond the floral and bright prints, embroidery, tunics and bohemian-chic looks ruled the piers. John Eshaya, a buyer from the California boutique Ron Herman, said he was seeking “Malibu hippie-girl” looks. Vanessa Witke, designer of the Toronto-based label Ibisco, adorned her sheer tanks with tiny, glittering beads, or “sprinkles,” as she called them. Her line wholesales in the range of $69 to $159. “We’re always coming up with new ways to reinvent timeless pieces,” she said, holding up a cotton and nylon slim-fitting pencil skirt in classic white.
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