FOLLOWING, A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE HOTTEST LINES TO LAND AT THE MART IN DALLAS.
Carol Ferrell has introduced a new line of novelty T-shirts called Dritti. Designed by a free-spirited model-turned-artist named Fawn Rogers, Dritti features graphics inspired by Roger’s worldwide travels and passion for diversity.
Thus, images of crosses, crowns, stars, scarabs, Chinese and Arabic calligraphy are splashed across her ribbed cotton one-size T-shirts and tank tops. Wholesale prices are $23 for a tank top to $37 for a basic long-sleeved style.
KATHY & JO
Arev is only 18 months old, but already is headed for $2.5 million in sales this year. Youthful glittery styles are Arev’s calling card, like green cotton and spandex jeans accented by tiny gloss appliques and paired with a matching sequined top. The line is styled by Vera Devletian, who is best known for the glitzy Vera Christina sportswear line. Arev is Vera spelled backward, and Devletian says the new label is more representative of her personal style, which she describes as novelty. “This is me,” said Devletian, who lives in China in order to supervise production of her lines.
Arev wholesales from $59 to $99 and offers sequined and printed tops, hand-painted fabrics and a variety of novelty jeans, including a style sewn from cut-out embroidered lace. Its major account is Cache.
Shelley Kyle Lisa Salazar
Accessories representative Shannon Melton has introduced two intriguing lines: metal, glass and paper jewelry by Lisa Salazar of Oakdale, Calif., and a fragrance and bath line by Shelley Kyle of Atlanta.
Salazar places postage-stamp-size color Xerox images under glass, frames them with metal, and strings them onto bracelets or suspends them from pendants. The designs get their appeal from their whimsical themes, like a series of Frida Kahlo paintings, old photos of the Eiffel Tower and Venice and pictures of cowgirls, among others. They wholesale from $11.50 for a purse mirror to $37 for a bracelet with six images.
Shelley Kyle, who caters to spas and specialty stores and has been in business nine years, offers bath salts and soaps, candles, lotion, shampoo and perfumes in two clean, bright scents.
Her signature scent, Shelley Kyle, is a citrus floral with oils of lemon, beramot, jasmine, lily of the valley, lilac, rose, musk and cedarwood. McClendon, named for her son, has oils of grapefruit, key lime, black currant, Italian bergamot, oriental lily and oak moss.
The line wholesales from $5 for a soap to $30 for a gift set of lotion, soap and powder, while perfumes wholesale for $26. Kyle’s products are attractively presented, wrapped in gold paper and colored silk, tied with a ribbon and finished with a matte gold button or a single dried rosebud.
“My theory is about pampering and surrounding yourself with beautiful things. That plays a big part in my life, and I think it is a really nice way to be good to yourself,” said Kyle, who sells to Henri Bendel and Jeffrey in New York, among others.
The line is also represented in Naperies showroom at the World Trade Center in Dallas, and both Lisa Salazar and Shelley Kyle are also shown by Carol Norris at the California Mart.
Mandalay, a dressy sportswear line from Los Angeles, is designed by Joyce Kay.
A native of Myanmar, formerly Burma, Kay is inspired by the intricate clothing worn during the T’ang Dynasty, a period of progress for women in politics and culture in China. In addition, some of her embroidery and handpainted designs are reminiscent of ancient Chinese couture for royalty.
Kay has earned a following for her sexy, slightly embellished fitted sportswear in fine fabrics with hand painting and embroidery. The line offers a turquoise silk satin bustier embroidered with flowers, scattered with sequins and paired with a matching skirt; a black silk satin strapless dress hand-painted with flowers and a bone stretch microfiber bustier camisole top embellished with ruffles of silk gazar ribbon and paired with a matching skirt, among other looks. Wholesale prices span from $90 to $388, and the line has been ordered by Stanley Korshak and Lilly Dodson.
KATHY FLAHAVIN & ASSOCIATES
Courtney Taylor’s colorful handbags will debut in March at Kathy Flahavin & Associates. Based in Allentown, Pa., Taylor creates one-of-a-kind and limited-production bags, many of which are made of woven silk or grosgrain ribbon in contrasting colors and embellished with beads, rhinestones, velvet ribbon and other findings.
Current styles include a coral silk charmeuse and pink silk ribbon woven mini shoulder bag with green bugle-bead trim and a green silk cord handle and a black and white woven grosgrain ribbon tote dotted with translucent plastic floral appliques.
The line also offers crusher hats, scarves, pillows and table runners.
Wholesale prices are $35 to $65 for handbags, while home accessories range higher.
Sales representative Catherine Etheridge has separated from CC & Co. and will debut her own contemporary showroom at March market called Catrinka, her childhood nickname, in room 4C47 next door to Ellen Tracy.
Etheridge plans to introduce Mediterranean sportswear by Helena Sorel from Marseilles, France. Sorel works with intricate fabrics to create edgy styles that wholesale from about $80 to $200.
She also will unveil printed stretch polyamide, rayon and spandex jersey tops and silk pajama-style pants by 6 Degrees in Studio City, Calif., which wholesales from $15 to $80. One of the hottest lines that she also represented with CC & Co. is Donna Degnan, a line that has a trendy look, but a misses’ fit.
Degnan is known for her snugly tailored pants, including hip-huggers, and among her fall looks will be Eighties glitz, lambskin bottoms and men’s wear looks. The line wholesales from $60 to $180.
Spooner Prague, a chic line that features printed silk tops, cotton knee-length coats with fake fur trim, hipsterish “skinny” pants and coated-cotton trench coats with variable linings.
The line was started in Prague by the four Spooner sisters, jet-setters who were born in the U.S.
Spooner Prague is now produced in New York, using European fabrics scouted by the Spooners. It wholesales from $60 to $300 and averages $100 a piece. Catrinka also will show David Albow.