A MUSEUM OF COLOR

Byline: Wendy Hessen

NEW YORK — Spring’s focus on color and silhouette came through loud and clear at the accessories designers exhibition, housed in its new museum-like space, during the 7th on Sixth shows.
Bright shades of orange, purple, lime, red and gold turned up in collections ranging from ladylike bags by Carolina Herrera and Lana Marks, paisley and floral printed hats from Eric Javits, Far Eastern scarves by Adrienne Landau and just-for-fun Kate Spade canvas bags and Lilly Pulitzer-printed sneakers by Keds.
More muted colors reigned with lines including Judith Leiber’s exotic-skin pink day bags, and Mark Cross’s aqua and lilac suede totes. Also taking the softer route were scarf makers Georgina von Etzdorf and Meg Cohen and hat maker Patricia Underwood.
Silhouettes ranged from classic — Henry Dunay’s shiny gold cross pendants — to retro — tortoise-trimmed, structured bags by Glen Miller for Ann Turk — to modern — Robert Lee Morris’s and Patricia Von Musulin’s bold jewelry or Cynthia Rowley’s lawn chair webbing tote with aluminum handle.
Accessories from 34 designers were presented in a white space created by architect Ali Hocek, of Hocek Sweeny Walter, a firm which has also created exhibition spaces for the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image here.
The presentation was moved to 60 West 40th Street because its former space at 50 West 40th was being used for runway shows.

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