By  on September 20, 2007

NEW YORK — Spring was in the air at ENK International's Fashion Coterie.

The three-day show, which ends today, was packed on Tuesday as registration lines stretched out the front doors of both the Show Piers and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here, where the show was staged. Elyse Kroll, founder and chief executive officer of ENK, was front-and-center at the Javits center, personally helping buyers to quickly get their badges. Merchants were eager to see what was new to stock their shelves for spring.

"Retailers may be relieved to see that the tunic-plus-legging look of last season is not present in future deliveries," said Abbey Samet, contemporary market analyst for The Doneger Group, the fashion merchandising consulting firm here. "Instead, a ladylike and classic sportswear appeal has emerged. Rag & Bone, Canterbury of New Zealand and Carpe take the preppy look to a literal level. Denim gets a facelift with updated high-rise styles in bleached-out baby blue denim, which looks just right with tucked-in blouses or sexy fitted Ts."

Randi Evans, owner of the Palm Beach, Fla.-based Rapunzel's Closet, was among those scouring Coterie for new items.

"We loved the trotter shawl from Minnie Rose,'' she said. "It's 100 percent cashmere, one size fits all and has a beautiful ruffle texture. We think it's a great accessory. It comes in fun colors like hot pinks and lavenders, but still it can be bought in basics like black and soft white. Puella had lots of prints in soft colors, pale pinks, yellows. It's colorful, but not bright. The bodies were great little dresses that aren't too pricy, and can be washed at home instead of dry-cleaned."

Evans said she also picked up some loose-fitting tank tops from C&C California in bold, bright colors.

"Pretty much, spring is pretty girly," she said.

Kroll, who dined at Indochine with a group of select exhibitors, said she was pleased overall with how the show was going.

"People seem really happy and I know that everyone has been writing orders, which makes me happy," she said at the dinner, as Valentino Vettori of the Scatola Showroom here stopped to show Kroll his bag full of orders. "Oh my God, that is amazing," she said.

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