NEW YORK — Glitter and glam were in abundance at the Designers & Agents Annex show, which wrapped up its three-day run May 3 here at the Starrett-Lehigh Center on West 26th Street.
Many vendors showed looks for fall and holiday that were infused with metallic threads or embellished with beads and crystals. Other popular styles were slouchy men’s wear-style pants, as well as military-type jackets and fabrics such as velvet and wool for their warmth.
Rachel Roy, the eponymous line designed by Damon Dash’s wife, is being expanded for fall and holiday to include a wider collection of silhouettes and styles. Among the best-booking items at the show were a cropped jacket with beads and crystals, a pencil skirt and a top that is sold with a multistrand necklace, said Kimberly Hartman, Rachel Roy’s sales director.
“Many of our new looks are vintage-inspired,” Hartman said. “People want embellishments.”
At Alvin Valley, the four-year-old designer label that has become a favorite of socialites, many new styles have metallic and sparkle as well as men’s wear influences.
“We are feeling positive about business for the fall,” said Jim Villa, the company’s sales director, who noted that Alvin Valley is now sold in about 500 stores. “We opened a lot of new stores at this show and people are buying.”
Among the newcomers at D&A was Co-Exist, a T-shirt line featuring a crescent, a cross and a Jewish star in its logo. The products will begin shipping for the first time later this month. The line includes styles for men and women, and shirts wholesale for about $27.
“Our goal is to promote harmony,” said Christopher Tierney, one of four young men from Indiana who started the line together. “The idea is that we can all coexist together.”
D&A, which holds shows in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, draws a range of emerging and contemporary designers, including a wide selection of accessories and jewelry firms. Ed Mandelbaum, D’s co-founder, said the number of exhibitors at the show this week had just about doubled from the previous year’s edition. This year, there were about 100 lines represented.
Shy Iland, an owner of Big Drop, which has four stores in Manhattan, was checking out the wares with store buyer Emily Chen.
“We are on the lookout for tops,” said Chen. “And not just tank tops, but more flowing and dressed-up looks and styles that go well with denim.”
Iland said his stores continue to see robust sales of denim from brands such as True Religion and Rock & Republic.