By  on May 10, 2007

NEW YORK — It was all about shimmer and shine at ENK International's Intermezzo trade show here this week.

The three-day event that ended Wednesday at the Show Piers attracted retailers looking to fill their stores with cheer for the holiday season. And exhibitors didn't disappoint — with plenty of new items to entice buyers.

Randi Evans, owner of the Palm Beach, Fla.-based Rapunzel's Closet, couldn't have been happier with the holiday offerings.

"There are a lot of dresses that are short, but not so short that you need leggings," she said. "[There are] lots of gold button detailing and high-waist and wide-leg jeans and trousers. There were a lot of patent handbags from Lauren Merkin and Botkier. I loved the patent Sasha Botkier bag so much that I ended up ordering one for myself. And I bought the jeans from Seven [For All Mankind] that had the foil on pockets."

Wendy Ricchi, owner of the Orlando, Fla.-based Zou Zou, said a lot of the clothes were pretty, but she was looking for more flattering, fitted dresses. Many of the dresses she saw were still baby-doll styles.

"You have to be so skinny to wear those kinds of dresses and the skinnier girls want dresses that are more flattering," she said.

Ricchi said walking the show was overwhelming, with too many brands to choose from, but she loved Eva Franco's line of dresses, skirts and tops.

On the exhibitor end, Nieves Lavi, known for its printed silk jersey dresses, viewed Intermezzo as an opportunity to introduce a dressier line of dresses in an array of new fabrics. While the jersey dresses are clearly for daytime, the brand's holiday line moves into evening with solid silk charmeuse dresses in rich colors like red, brown and beige. There are also silk chiffon cocktail dresses, woven strapless dresses and printed silk jersey evening gowns.

"Mostly people seem to be coming to see the line here, they take notes and then place their orders later," said Sam Nieves Velez, creative director and co-founder of the three-year-old Nieves Lavi label. "We really wanted to elevate the product for holiday and bring in new silhouettes and fabrics."

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