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NEW YORK — Retailers are headed into spring with an eye on brightly hued accessories.

Bright citrus shades and an array of primary colors were bountiful at the AccessoriesTheShow and Accessorie Circuit trade shows that ended three-day runs here Jan. 9 and Jan. 11, respectively.

“Bright colors and bangles looked so new and fresh after we had seen so many neutrals,” said Stacey Pecor, owner of Olive & Bette’s, a Manhattan-based contemporary clothing and accessories chain. “You have companies like Fendi and Prada doing color, and I was excited to see contemporary designers doing brights.”

Pecor bought clutches in orange, yellow and copper from Beth Springer and lots of headbands from Stacy Lapidus, as she plans to rev up Olive & Bette’s accessories business. On March 15, the firm will unveil an expansion of its Madison Avenue store, with a significant amount of floor space devoted to handbags, belts, shoes and jewelry.

“It’s about primary colors: red, yellow and blue,” said Rick Weinstein, director of sales and marketing at Searle, which operates eight stores and has a thriving Web business for clothes, outerwear and accessories.

Searle will still have basic black and brown handbags in stock, but will pepper its assortment with colored styles from Rebecca Minkoff and Lauren Merkin.

“We’ll experiment with color, but with caution,” Weinstein said. “Black is always a fallback.”

In showroom appointments, Nine West showed nylon satchels, totes and pochettes in tangerine, lemon and kiwi, all trimmed in tan leather.

“It was a fashion trend that we wanted to get onto quickly,” said Lisa Geardino, president of Nine West accessories, who, like most vendors, offered the bulk of spring late last year.

Another prevalent trend was Sixties Mod. Austere clutches and satchels were done in silver, black, white or red patent leather from companies like Catherine Rapetti, Lodis and Sondra Roberts, while the black-and-white combination was shown in jet beads and white leather jewelry at Erickson Beamon.

The belt trend has carried through from last spring, with wide-waist, stretch and skinny styles in patent leather from Streets Ahead and B-Low the Belt, which also showed ruffled leather belts that were a hit, according to Dale Lindholm, president of Pure Accessories, which represents the firm.

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“Belts are at two extremes, either extra wide or really skinny,” said Henri Bendel fashion director Ann Watson.

Designers are continuing to layer jewelry. Delicate, detailed long-chain necklaces were prevalent at Pade Vavra and Giles and Brother.

AccessoriesTheShow, produced by Business Journals Inc., grew in space by 35 percent compared with January 2005, featuring 1,600 lines and attended by some 15,000 visitors. Accessorie Circuit producer ENK International did not confirm the number of exhibitors or retailers who attended.

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