NEW YORK -- The second edition of New York Premier Collections received high marks from both retailers and manufacturers but a dose of bad luck from Mother Nature.
While retailers praised the show's caliber of vendors, the European atmosphere, design and amenities, the recent spate of cold weather and snow storms seemed to slow traffic considerably, according to many manufactures and the show's producers. Layered looks, mixed fabrics, sheers, soft dressing and novelty looks, such as the athletic striped pieces, were among the top attention-getters.
The show ends its three-day run today at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here.
Premier Collections, produced by The Blenheim Group, featured 300 designers -- doubling the exhibition's debut appearance last September. The show spotlighted a mix of both European and North American designers in a village atmosphere replete with piano bars and a bocci court.
"Obviously the weather hasn't helped us," said Marshall Lester, chief executive of Blenheim Fashion Shows, "but we can't really quantify that in numbers. We had great pre-registration, and nearly all of the vendors made it, as have a number of important stores."
Retailers said they were impressed with the level and variety of vendors showing their lines, noting in many cases they were looking for really unusual pieces to add to their merchandise mix and an overall direction for fall.
Several noted that with the Fashion Coterie and other shows running so close together, they were browsing Premier to see which one they would attend in the future. The Coterie runs next week, Feb. 20-22, at The Plaza.
"I'm impressed with the show," said Kim Boyer, owner of the Wardrobe in Wichita Falls, Tex. "There's more than last time, and it's well laid out."
Boyer said she was looking for lightweight transitional pieces in neutrals and some colors.
"Some lines I just use to get a sense of direction," she said, "and others I see as potential lines in the future. This is my chance to see the European lines."
Boyer noted that she would also be attending the Coterie next week in order to help her define which shows she would attend next season, since she can not afford to go to all of them.
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