Aisles chock full of color and cheery designs for Spring/Summer 2004 at the Industry (212) show, January 11-13, 2004, are sure to chase away the winter blues. If that’s not enough to do the trick, the sheer number of new lines and styles at New York’s largest and most comprehensive apparel and accessories trade show, held at the Jacob Javits Center-will. More than 3,000 lines will be shown by 600 exhibitors from the highest volume segments of the fashion market place: Accessories, Casual Lifestyle/Better, Junior, Streetwear and Contemporary/Young Contemporary. In every category, there are the well-known companies that are launching exciting new brands alongside the newcomers with fresh, saleable concepts exhibiting for the first time. Following is just some of the many inspired fashions for buyers to integrate into their collections for immediate and spring/summer seasons: Accessories Ruffles and bows in pinks, greens and blues find expression in the spring handbag collections of The Indolink Corporation’s four brands-Inge Christopher, special occasion handbags; Inge Sport, a casual collection; the company’s newest label, Inge, a more trendy line; and Whiting & Davis, metal mesh bags for both day and evening. Evolution Eyes/Max Studio Sunglasses offers a range of hot frames, but it’s their gift sets, like the sunglass rhinestone reader with a fix-it kit that are the season’s must-have items. Digits Group will offer a broader selection of the wildly popular jelly bag styles in pastels and neon colors. Show newcomer, Paqui Deben, who represents accessory designers from Spain, introduces a line of elegant leather handbags in pistachio, orange, lime, yellow and light brown that coordinate with a sleek collection of silver jewelry with semi-precious stones, such as peridot and coral. The Houston-based Larkspur Collection will show needlepoint shoes in several styles and 100 patterns, well as coordinating needlepoint belts and handbags. Leather shows its softer, more feminine side as chokers and cuffs accented with antique brass and semi-precious stones at Rebel Designs.
Artworks Gallery Introduced at the September 2003 show, Artworks Gallery, located in the center of the Accessories section, showcases handcrafted wearable accessories, gifts and home decorative accessories created by small independent design studios. Fancy Flops, a new venture of gift guru Eleanor Leinen, has created the ultimate gift item for gal pals-one-of-a-kind, flip flop sandals; each pair of wearable art is given a catchy name, such as Diamond Jester and Dreamin' in Color. A favorite jewelry designer of Erika Badu, Aya Zakura will show her latest creations with semi-precious beads and crystal wrapped in sterling silver wire. Teresa Goodall, a Minneapolis-based company, best known for its necklaces with new and vintage beads strung on ribbons and linen chording, introduces several new color palettes, including Lucy (hot pinks and oranges); Gloria (cantaloupe and violet); Wendy (ocean blue and greens); and Dottie (white and black).
Junior Last season, the Sesame Street fitted T-shirts from Junk Food, were not only a Best Bet in New York magazine, but continue to be best-sellers everywhere, now Junk Food introduces new licenses, such as Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones and The Jetsons, which add nostalgic fun to everything from Ts, underwear, loungewear and a new line of accessories. A girl can’t have enough Ts, especially from Girl Play, which creates garment-dyed, 100-percent cotton T-shirts and printed with vintage themes borrowed from American, European and Eastern cultures. Karl Kani launches his exciting new women’s line Live by Karl Kani in the Junior section at Industry (212). Also look for cutting-edge styles from Baby Phat Apparel; Blue Marlin; David & Goliath; Fashion Spy; Hollywood Jeans; Miss Me; Seychelles; Sketchers; Soda Blue; and Steve Madden.
Young Contemporary/Contemporary Blue Plate specials include irresistible Hawaiian-inspired prints and prints embroidered with cherries in fresh colors for flirty camis, shirts and skirts. They’re also serving up an assortment of accessories such as sari belts with crystal fringe and embroidered flip flops. Atlanta-based fashion designer Melissa Coffey makes her New York debut with a collection of related separates that are smart, edgy and feminine. Jeffrey Campbell, shoe designer and Profile Award Winner for Innovation at Industry (212)’s fall 2003 show, continues with ′60s and ′80s-inspired styles in bright colors and an expanded assortment of printed novelty rain boots. Industry (212) first-timer, Palladium, an international footwear company with a rich heritage that began in 1947, when it became the official manufacturer of boots for the French Foreign Legion, now offers some of the most innovative casual boots and sport shoes for men and women. This season, several styles from Palladium feature bright accents. High and low boots in neon colors, as well black and white will be stepping out in style at Penny Kenny, a New Jersey-based women’s footwear company and show newcomer. Also in the spotlight is Shine, an all knit line, showing a variety of tops, mini skirts, dresses and sweaters with color blocking and stripes in bright colors and softer pastels.
Streetwear Making its Industry (212) debut is CBGB, a line of clothing created by Hilly Kristal, founder and owner of the legendary rock club on New York’s Bowery. The famous CBGB logo is emblazoned on everything from underwear to tank tops, jackets and hats. Cosmic Debris has three collections that each tell a different Emily the Strange story: Scary Tales is the “sweet and creepy” side of Emily featuring pinstripe details, eyelet lace trims, puff sleeves, bows, ruffles, skull buttons and spiders on pants, skirts and dresses; In All You Need is Strange, Emily takes a trip into the psychedelic world with new colors such as purple, yellow, light blue, mixed with her signature red and black in this collection of custom tops; and Bad Sports, where Emily takes on two teams-“The Cheaters” and “The Strangers” in this line of tops, pants, skirts and dresses in red and black with lots of stripes. Cosmic Debris will also show a full line of accessories including socks, wallets, makeup bags and coin purses. The glamour-puss will be charmed by French Kitty’s feline antics on a stylish array of knit tops, lingerie, skirts and accessories in signature black and pink and created by Mighty Fine. Plain Jane, a new company hailing from Montreal, Canada, makes its debut launch at Industry (212), with “elegant punk” urban clothing lines for men and women, featuring strong graphics and a streamlined palette of pink, black and red. Rock stars and the starry-eyed alike can’t resist the fashion-forward styles of Incognito Eyewear for men and women, which this season include ′60s and ′70s Jackie O’ styles and aviators. Also look for fab finds for men in this section from Blue Iguana; Couture, The Clothing Company; DaDa; D-Coy; Dragonfly: Chingaso Elee; Kamro; Kenpo; Lip Service; Positano; Serious Clothing; Steady; Touch and Wor Industries.
Casual Lifestyle/Better By the Sea (d/b/a Totem by the Sea) gets the whole family in the swim of things with its 100- percent cotton classic designs for men, women, plus size, juniors and children. Each collection features ′60s-inspired prints in muted colors and coordinating solids. The offerings from Kiko include quilted silk jackets in a choice of twenty colors. Provence D’Amour will show lightweight leather and suede jackets with embroidery. A Balinese wash, similar to tie-dye, is applied in soft colors to linen tops and bottoms at Spirit. Moe/Momentum Clothing introduces trendy skirts in eye-catching gingham and plaid. Tango dresses and skirts in bright tropical prints from Rainbow Jo are sure to be smash hits.
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