IN THE AISLES: TRENDSPOTTING

Byline: Jessica Kerwin

Wanderlust: The urge to roam struck many designers this season, as prints and trimmings reflected influences from India, Morocco, China and New Zealand. Ravia showed Indian hand-beaded skirts; Step in Style had white on white Indian embroidered tunic tops; Nnamdi Ibenagu exhibited African tie-dye tops; Kisura showed soft Indian printed cotton caftans, and Fashion Fuse had camisoles in Indian prints. Chinese medallions spiced up mesh tops at Desoi, while Z. Cavaricci nodded East with Buddha print tops; Tripp NYC showed Buddha printed dresses; Undergirl had a tribal tattoo mesh camisole and underwear set; Bisou Bisou Jeans’s denim was shown with Moroccan trimmings; Bonnie Brown had Indonesian hand-dyed sarongs; Fang showed Maori tattoo printed mesh tops, and Barganza showed backpacks depicting Krishna. Bindi forehead dots and Moroccan body art kits were other hot items, with at-home henna tattoos by Mehndi and Allah’s Sacred Earth.
What a stud: Rhinestones and tiny metal studs picked up where beading left off at Boom Boom with rhinestone studded denim; at Free Follies with rhinestone studded camisole top; Nina Austin’s rhinestone studded dresses, and rhinestone butterfly pins at A Piece of the Rainbow. Trina showed rhinestone studded barrettes, and J2 had metal studded kitten tops.
In the hood: Hoods cropped up, both sporty and classic, at San Francisco City Lights on the olive waffle knit jacket; at Blanc Noir on iridescent zip ups, and at Country Clothing on plaid coats with horn buttons. Rainbow West showed hooded parkas, and Moda Martani added a hood to leather shearling jackets. Blue Willi Sport gave its nautical striped top a hood, while Sand Pebbles showed a white hooded terry cloth jacket; Fitigues, a brown hooded parka vest; As Is Ny, a red hooded windbreaker, and Columbia Sportswear, a classic hooded pullover in a variety of colors.
Stargazer: Spacey patterns reflecting the stars shone at Dollhouse, with the astronomical patterned glitter dress; EDMC’s clouds and stars prints; Andrea Jovine’s red glitter twin set; Gardy’s copper knits, and glitter body gels at Daisy.
Heavy Hitters: Weighty accessories were everywhere, with heavy link bracelets and necklaces at Jordache; chunky metal box bags at Ciak; Christopher’s chunky turquoise bracelets; Boutique Scandinavia’s chunky amber and sterling bracelets and necklaces; Monsoon’s chunky agate rings, and Dr. Scholls’ new chunky wooden wedge-heeled shoe.
Hemp Attempt: Designers placed a bet on hemp, with Hemp of the Earth using the fiber in pantsuits and slip dresses; Mendo Hemp’s jeans jackets and overalls; Ecolution’s hemp knits; Hemp Supply Inc., with hemp accessories, and Hemispheres, with hemp woven anklets.
World Wide Web: Designers netted new mesh looks, at Deviations with grid tulle inset dresses; Sigrid Olsen’s embroidered organza tops, and Poleci’s velvet dotted net camisoles and dresses. Ron Dotson showed black net over brights; Joe Michele had black netting over white; Lights Out showed mesh nightgowns in pastels, and Hourglass had shimmer mesh looks.
You Dip: Dip dying gave knits a fresh look, at So Blue by Sigrid Olsen; dip dye sweaters at Island Pride; Carducci’s angora dip dyes, and Morgan de Toi’s dipped turtleneck.
Open Up: Dropping a stitch or two, designers opted for delicate openwork knits at Peri Basel, at Cyrus with openwork shell tops, and at Karen Kane and The Great American Sweater.
Fancy Fuzz: Fuzzies fly with marabou trimming and mongolian lamb replacing faux fur looks, with the marabou trimmed dress at JSD; mongolian lamb at Penelope, and XOXO’s marabou trimmed cardigan.
Burnt Out: Voyage jump-started the velvet burnout craze with designers like Collage showing such delicate looks as bias-cut lavender dresses; Marcello Soltan with a velvet burnout button-down in teal; Sentimental NY’s flocked tops; flocked shirts at Derek Andrew, and dresses at Ci Sono and Basement Clothing Co.

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