NEW YORK — Blasts of color dotted the booths at Intermezzo Collections here this week. Even the denim vendors were flaunting rainbow-hued wares. Rich shades of green and bright prints took center stage, while sparkly, embellished tops remain on every retailer’s most-wanted list for spring and summer.
Intermezzo Collections, produced by ENK International, ran Sunday through Tuesday at Piers 90, 92, and 94 here. ENK worked with Kids in Distressed Situations, a charity established to provide relief to the youngest victims of last month’s tsunami in Southeast Asia. ENK asked for donations of $10 or more when participants received their complimentary Show Tote gift bag. More than $20,000 was collected from attendees. There were 7,500 attendees at Intermezzo, the same number of attendees as at last year’s show. The number of clothing lines exhibited increased from last year’s 529 to 609, according to an ENK official.
Sparkly tops were a must-have for vendors and retailers. Kimberly Livek, account executive of A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz, said its baby-doll halter with sequins has been a brisk seller, and flowy, jeweled tops are key items for spring and summer for the Los Angeles-based contemporary company. Colors such as green and turquoise also were getting a lot of attention.
“I’m seeing a lot of color combinations involving white,” said Livek.
Ascension, a contemporary company based here, created buzz with its sequin-trimmed tanks and T-shirts in soft colors such as peach, green and beige. Shirred sundresses with full, pleated skirts were offered in cream, black and green and were top items for the brand. The wholesale price range of the collection is between $28 and $130.
The color white was strong with denim companies, too. Streets Ahead, a denim brand based in L.A., had a winning combination: a white denim pant with embroidered roses stitched down the leg, which wholesales for $157. The wholesale price range of the Streets Ahead denim collection is between $94 and $250.
White wasn’t the only shade worked into denim collections, however. Kasil, the L.A.-based denim brand, had jeans in grass, rose, cotton candy and ocean strewn across the wall.
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