NEW YORK — Ethnics and florals are some of the leading enticements at Inprints NY, a three-day showcase of original artwork for prints for summer 1995.
The show opened Tuesday at Arno Restaurant, with a moderate turnout of early arrivals who were seriously shopping the offerings.
“We’ve already selected a few things,” said Anne Crimmins, designer of Anne Crimmins for UMI Collections, a better and bridge ready-to-wear manufacturer.
Crimmins was looking for engineered prints and bought some ethnics and “cocktail prints.” She said she also was there to see two new studios, Tanuki Studio and Palm Studios Limited from London. Crimmins said a lot of her spring 1995 patterns were put to bed and she was looking ahead to fall 1995. Since American studios show later, she explained, she was interested in seeing what the European studios at the show were doing, with an eye toward fall.
“Bernini Studio, Como, Italy, which is at Bette Goldstein Designs Inc., had beautifully rendered paisleys,” Crimmins noted.
John A. Jarvis, president of Alexander Campbell, women’s sportswear manufacturer, Dallas, said he was looking for spring-summer 1995 ideas but found much more for fall.
“Coming from the Southwest, even the [summer] colors and patterns here are dark for us,” he said. He bought conversationals at European Textiles, saw Bette Goldstein and took in The Color Box for color ideas.
The ethnics have been given fresh treatments by a number of studios. For example, a conversational collage at Groot Co. Designs portrayed a South of France seaside in indigo, taupes, celadon and khaki.
Ethnics also turned up as blue tie-dye batik-inspired geometrics, stripes and nauticals at Marilyn Kern Textile Design, underscoring blue as the important color for summer along with white and neutrals, many studios reporting various degrees of blue, from light to deep indigo to violet cast blue and navy.
“Customers are buying a lot of blues as in small patterned flowers, stripes and geometrics in a batik feeling,” noted Cathy Leese, sales representative of the firm.
For Judy Dickinson, an owner of Roger Dickinson Design Studio, ethnic bleached-out tile patterns, linen florals and spectator navy and white monotones were top sellers.
“The florals are selling because they are textured like a dry brush linen weave effect in very soft romantic flowers of denim blue, cranberry, ocher and jute, an important neutral,” she said.
Other ideas in the 11 exhibitor studios included: softly hued travel themes incorporating antique postcards and wallpaper florals at Hot Paper Zone; patchworks, stripes and geometrics with pottery glaze finishes at New York Textiles, and urban graphics for the junior and contemporary markets with cyrillic letters and collages at London Portfolio.
Neil Grabel, an owner of London Portfolio, added that white is another important element for the season.
“A lot of people coming back from Premiere Vision say they are about ready to do this [emphasis on white]. White-on-white looks are big in Europe and pretty much what everybody saw.”
Some of the designs he presented were embellished textural sheers, including a patchwork consisting of linen gauze, an openwork weave and a passementerie, topped with actual shell buttons.