NEW YORK — Soft and pretty sleepwear and at-homewear looks that have a luxurious, classic quality, particularly in silks, are expected to share the limelight at the Intimate Apparel Salon next month.

This showcase of innerwear vendors — many of whom are smaller, entrepreneurial firms and up-and-coming designers — will be held May 9-12 at the Doral Tuscany Hotel at 120 East 39th St. here. So far, 90 innerwear lines have been signed up, 18 of them new to the show.

The main thrust at the show will be goods for holiday, although many will still be showing fall, targeting the specialty retailers who are looking for fall items to spice up assortments.

The classic approach is expected to be interpreted in a number of ways. Here are some main ideas:

  • Long, sexy-looking silk gowns embellished with French lace.
  • Baby dolls and little chemises that can be worn as a dress.
  • Young, updated bridal looks, like lace-trimmed silk chemises and sheer kimonos.
  • A continuation of poet shirts and romantic-looking tops.
  • Lots of velvets, especially in two-piece at-homewear looks.
  • Pajamas with a strong ready-to-wear flavor.

Departing a bit from the soft, feminine looks, bodysuits and bras and panties with a dressed-up look in rtw prints and colors are expected to be important. Primarily, though, solids are dominant, in the traditional hues of black, white and navy and in natural shades, from ecru to cocoa.

There will continue to be an emphasis on natural fiber fabrics, especially in textured woven cotton and cotton knits, such as honeycomb patterns and piques.

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