This season, they got it right. In a space beautifully designed by Michael Gabellini next to the press room, 31 accessories designers gathered to display their spring collections — everything from fine jewelry to shoes to hats to hair accessories. Pieces were shown on shelves suspended from the ceiling by wire, as if floating in midair.
Carlos Falchi, who, along with Gary Wolkowitz of Hot Sox, organized the exhibition, said the response has been remarkable. “The press loved the fact that they could sample a little of each company and talk to the designers.” Robert Lee Morris, who showed some Forties-inspired jewelry, agreed. “The show was an equalizing experience for the designers. No one had a better location or lighting. Everything looked good.”
Retro, of course, was a major trend. Kenneth Cole and Sam & Libby both showed pastel patent-leather shoes with chunky heels. Carlos Falchi took patent to the limit with his oversized bright yellow clutch bag and handbags with matching top handles. From Colette Malouf, there were “wet-look” metal hairclips. And topping it off, Eric Javits’s cotton-candy pink straw hats. The show, called The New Essentials, will continue at 50 West 40th St. through Friday.