By  on August 10, 2007

NEW YORK — It was all about holiday sparkle at Intermezzo.

The ENK International trade show ended its three-day run on Tuesday, where vendors showed plenty of shine and bright colors for holiday and resort. Retailers shopping the show, which was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center because of the ongoing construction at the Show Piers, had mixed feelings about the season's offerings.

"The new Seventies direction seems to stand out the most, with tie-dye, ombré effects and more soft, muted brights looking great," said Abbey Samet, contemporary market analyst at the Doneger Group, a merchandising and fashion consulting organization based here. "One-shoulder and one-piece rompers and jumpers also looked new, and customers should respond to these fashion items. Clear crystals and beads were still prevalent, which shows the market is not ready to move beyond embellishments. Many stores are looking for newness in brands and trends to differentiate assortments. Spring will debut for most in a month or so, this is also a time to look and see to get some ideas on where the trend direction is going."

Randi Evans, owner of Palm Beach, Fla.-based Rapunzel's Closet, said she liked some of what she saw, but certainly not everything.

"There are too many horizontal stripes and many brands are incorporating horizontal stripe groups on clingy fabrics. That just isn't flattering on a lady's body. There are also not enough white jeans. Seven and Joe's had white, but many didn't produce them," Evans said. "I liked the patent Botkier Bianca bag, which came in an electric blue color. Rachel Pally had some new silhouettes and had a color blocking group. I really liked her updated styles."

Evans said she also purchased Botkier's footwear line, which doesn't launch until February 2008.

"The shoes are very sleek and simple," she said. "We also picked up the Love Story J Brand jean, which has a wider leg opening but still slim fit to the knee. I think it's the next big J brand style."

Stacey Pecor, owner of the four Olive & Bette's stores in Manhattan, said she cherry-picked the collections at Intermezzo, choosing only a couple of items from the vendors she liked.

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