As the fashion shows in Bryant Park start winding down today, preparations for this season's Fashion Coterie shift into high gear.
The biannual trade show, produced by ENK International, will be in full swing from Sept. 18 to 20. This time around, the company is switching things up, showing contemporary collections and Clear (ENK's small accessories show, showcasing brands from Europe) at Show Piers 90, 92 and 94. ENK plans to show the rest of the lines in the better, bridge and eveningwear categories at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Sole Commerce show, which houses shoe lines, will also be held at the Javits Center. The split venues will continue until the ongoing construction at the Piers is concluded. (For more information, go to enkshows.com.)
In the meantime, designers are getting ready to offer buyers both spring trends and resort pieces ready for immediate deliveries. For many companies, the Coterie is their most important show of the season.
"This is the big one, the show that gets everyone's attention," said Los Angeles-based A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz designer Allen Schwartz. "For me, this is the most important show, and I make it my business to be there."
Schwartz said he will have an array of styles on offer from his A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz line and the Allen B. collection. There will be a lot of fashion denim jeans, printed silk blouses and white cotton tops, as well as metallic linen high-rise pants; long, military-inspired jackets, and clean-front trousers.
"Everyone already has their T-shirts, and I think people are getting tired of them," Schwartz said. "The season is a bit dressier and I think we are going to see a reemergence of the trouser."
Schwartz also noted the importance of day-to-evening dresses, of which he'll have a large selection.
"These are dresses that you can wear to work and change your shoes to go out at night," he said. "It's all about short party dresses." The A.B.S. collection wholesales from $89 to $190.
Contemporary designer Miguelina Gambaccini said her spring Miguelina collection is "inspired by the movie 'El Cantante' with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. The collection includes lots of party dresses and halter jumpsuits, high-waist pants with sexy tops that are a bit romantic Seventies."
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