NEW YORK — Curve was the word among exhibitors at twin print shows that took place here Aug. 12 to 14.
With the exception of a few borders and some hard-edged geometrics, there was hardly a straight line in sight this season. The mood was romantic and the look was warped.
At Printsource, more than 2,100 visitors and 100 exhibitors took over the Hotel Pennsylvania penthouse, while at the street-level Penn Plaza Pavilion, Direction’s 150 vendors presented to an estimated crowd of 2,250.
At Pattern Textiles, one of Direction’s exhibitors, a wavy variety of lace was printed on colored and ombré backgrounds.
“We’ve had tremendous success with paisley lace prints,” said Karen Stewart, sales manager at Pattern. “We call it ‘plaisley’ around the office.”
Also at Direction, The Collection showed emb-ellished lace and gauze with metallic floral prints.
“We aren’t specifically trend-driven,” said owner Christopher Matthews. “This season happens to be about richness and eclectic details, which we do well.”
Upstairs at Printsource, a similar story was playing out. Catherine Bastide, owner of Catherine B. Designs, showed apointillist print from Boggia that mimicked the interior of a geode. At Daniel Sager Designs, a Seventies-inspired swirl print was amped with striking primary colors.
“The season is all about textures. Not roughness, but intricacy,” Sager said. And along those lines, his collection prominently featured feather prints and colored skins.
While most designers weren’t breaking any new ground with their collections, the individual prints were still engaging.
“The best pieces are very romantic, but not in a traditional way,” said Bastide. “It’s all very contemporary.”
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