NEW YORK — It might have been fall at the Fashion Coterie, but there was spring in the air.
Never mind the weather, which was unseasonably warm for the ENK International show that ended its three-day run here Tuesday at The Show Piers on the Hudson River, but the booths were full of bright colors normally found in the post-winter season. From the fine-knit cashmere sweaters in bright shades of yellow, pink and blue at T-21 to the kitschy tanks and Ts at Priorities, companies were leaving the bottoms to the jeansmakers and preparing a bevy of creative tops to dress them up or down for fall.
“This show was much better than the last one,” said Zoya Gritsay of specialty shop De Zeor Collections, based in the Forest Hills section of Queens, N.Y. “All the Piers look great. They have so much to offer and the colors are all fun and bright.”
That seemed to be the mood among many buyers shopping the show, as they lined up to get a look at James Jeans’ newest styles for the season or Alice & Trixie’s latest printed party dresses. But it still gets cool in the fall, so retailers checked out Resurrected, a new line for fall that introduced vintage-inspired distressed leather jackets in feminine shades of purple and pink, as well as a white rabbit fur bomber, which wholesaled for $169.
Cama Sol, a contemporary knit line based here, had plenty of cashmere hoodies, crewnecks and cardigans to offer in an array of colors, such as soft pink mixed with gray, baby blue with dark brown, yellow and mint green. The line wholesales for $48 to $109.
“Our large, smocked cashmere sweaters have been doing really well,” said Gaby Roth, a sales representative for the line, “also anything with a collegiate look, like the argyle crew neck sweaters.”
T21, the contemporary leisure sportswear collection from Rory Tahari, was ready for fall with light blue cashmere hooded dresses, a mesh-lined gray wool coat with matching scarf, reversible jersey hoodie with matching skirt or pants and gray trench lined in bright yellow fleece. Tahari created the line after seeing a demand in the market for comfortable, high-end sportswear. Her line wholesales from $27 to $228.Michelle K, which is known for its collection of contemporary women’s footwear, launched the company’s first apparel line at the Coterie. Produced by Koral Industries under license from brand owner Skechers, the makers of Seven For All Mankind, the Michelle K line offers trouser-cut sweatpants, cropped cardigan sweaters and a parka with removable rabbit lining for its first season. The line wholesales from $46 to $154.
“Style-conscious consumers are even more savvy and smart in their shopping and dressing. They are seeking wearable fashions that they can relate to rather than aspire to,” said designer Michelle K. “A reflection of this, the Michelle K collection is ideal for modern women who are attuned to trends.”
For those looking to accent their stores with trendy T-shirts and tank tops, the West New York, N.J.-based Priorities offered tops in many colors, with prints carrying sayings such as “Stand by Your Manolos,” “Marry Rich” and a sure favorite among teens: “Mrs. Timberlake,” and “I Love Ashton.” The Priorities line wholesales for $16 to $18.
“I try to keep thinking of new things to print,” said Stefani Toonkel-Greenspan, the creative force behind the shirts. “My mind is always going and so far the tops have been very well received.”
NEW YORK — Some key items for fall at this season’s Fashion Coterie:
Wine-stained jeans from Chip & Pepper.
Fur-trimmed leather bomber jacket from Andrew Marc.
Brown washed jeans from James.
Cable-knit cashmere sweaters in bright shades of pink, green and yellow.
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