NEW YORK — Indian-inspired fashions will carry over into the fall and winter seasons, said vendors at the second Integrated Indian Apparel Sourcing Show.

Autumn fashions will be heavy on brown and mocha, as well as violets, said Charulata Moorjani of Akaash Impex, a company based in Mumbai.

“Full skirts are in fashion,” Moorjani said. “Women are moving more toward embroidered skirts, too.”

Moorjani said sequins and tie-died items will continue to be strong sellers heading into fall.

The Penn Plaza Pavilion was the site of the event here on June 8 and 9. Trade law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg and the Apparel Export Promotion Council, an Indian agency responsible for promoting the export of Indian apparel, sponsored the event.

Gerri Ryan, president of Merchandise, Textiles & CADS Inc., said styles are varying widely. MTC is a division of India-based P.S. Apparels, which employs more than 6,000 people and produces some 500,000 woven and 150,000 knit garments a month.

“Nothing is ordinary; everything is embellished,” Ryan said. “Between madras, patchwork and seersucker, it’s going to be a big year for India.”

Munish Hinduja, president of Gokaldas Images Inc., said consumers will be looking to take Indian fashions to a higher level.

“The trend has been oversaturated by everybody from Old Navy on up,” said Hinduja, referring to Old Navy’s flood of tiered skirts and embellished tunics this spring. “People will want the next improved version.”

Hinduja said African-inspired fashions will be strong next spring.

Gokaldas has 18 factories that produce more than two million knits, wovens and tailored garments a month. The company employs more than 12,000 people.

Vendors expressed frustration with the lack of foot traffic at the show, a problem that was exacerbated by weak air conditioning at the Pavilion as temperatures soared.

“This was a good opportunity to see India under one roof and the buyers missed it,” said Moorjani of Akaash Impex.

MTC’s Ryan said buyers were being cautious after the removal of quotas, with rival China under fresh safeguard quota restraints.

This story first appeared in the June 21, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

A spokesman for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg said more than 400 people attended the show, which had more than 40 exhibitors in booths.

“Our hope is, it becomes an annual thing,” the spokesman said. “It’s a pretty good turnout for a single-country show.”

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