Byline: Subira Shaw

Designers & Agents, a show of contemporary women’s apparel and accessories, will return to the International Apparel Mart April 5-7 for the fall market.
The group tested Dallas for the first time at spring market last October, and organizers felt interest was high enough to warrant their coming back for the big fall market. To make their presence more visible and concentrated, the Mart reconstructed the four West Atrium rooms that housed D&A last October into a single space in showroom 2221 for all 25 companies and 45 collections.
The D&A show has steadily been growing since 1997, when producers Barbara Kramer and Ed Mandelbaum opted to create a venue in the Los Angeles Apparel Center for New York-based contemporary and young designer collections.
Exhibitors returning to Dallas include Diane Von Furstenberg, Shoshanna, The Aubrey Co. and Jean-Michel Cazabat.
Among first-time Dallas exhibitors are several lines from the Basix Showroom in Los Angeles. They include: Jacqueline Lamont, offering wide-brim hats and cloches; Honey Child, a body-conscious lifestyle collection specializing in outerwear, denim and corduroy; Diane Medak, known for “loungerie” tops and intimate apparel in silk jersey; Christopher Kon, a collection of handbags with eclectic linings, and Prey, a top-driven line of lightweight stretch knitwear currently emphasizing stripes and logos.
Other independent vendors on the roster include Herve Chapelier, a French purveyor of signature two-tone nylon bags; Christopher Fischer, a cashmere company featuring ruched sweaters and a debut accessories group, and Rebecca Norman, emphasizing chunky necklaces in aquamarine, topaz and turquoise stones strung on leather cords.
Audley/Blay will offer two shoe lines imported from Europe: a sporty couture series with the latest rounded-toe styles and a contemporary group of mostly boots.
D&A, which will also exhibit this spring in Los Angeles and Tokyo, expects to continue its seasonal presence at the Dallas Mart.
“The Dallas Market Center is committed to growing with us, and we’re committed to growing with them,” Mandelbaum said.