Sequins, sparkle and lots of embellishment--there was no shortage of fanciful feminine looks at Fashion Coterie. The three-day women's apparel, accessories and footwear trade show, ending on Sept. 30, was held at Manhattan's Show Piers and showcased over 1200 designer, contemporary and jeanswear companies from around the world.

Despite stormy weather, the show went off without a hitch, with retailer attendance reaching approximately14,000. That number is up significantly compared to last season's show in February when retailer attendance was 12,000, according to show organizers. "Typically, you experience slower traffic due to inclement weather but Coterie experienced superior traffic in spite of the weather," said Elyse Kroll, president of ENK International. "The show was jammed from the moment it opened until the moment it closed - on all three piers."

The show aisles were aglow as this season's biggest trend, embellishment, found itself on everything from circle skirts and chiffon tops to fancy flip-flops and handbags. Short-sleeve sequined and beaded boleros are one of spring's must-have items. Versions came dainty and delicate on sheer fabrics (many tied at the neck). Others were more substantial with all over sequins in gold, silver or bronze. Embellished caftans and tunics are another season essential and were offered in a rainbow of different colors and styles--from lightweight see-through silks to funkier tie-dyed renditions.

The sparkle didn't end there though. Sequins, Swarovski crystal and beading were sprinkled all over layers of chiffon on loose-fitting tops, pretty dresses and mid-length circle skirts.

Denim was abundant. Hot sellers included beat up, destroyed looks and and vintage washes. At Grass, an LA-based denim label, worn looks were selling well, as were the lines paint splashed jeans. The same went for men’s denim label Japan Rags and women’s label Le Temps Des Cerises, both based out of France.

Paige, a new women’s premium denim label based in Los Angeles, was packed full of retailers who were picking up the lines basic five-pocket styles, high and low-waisted trousers and knee-length pencil skirts.

At Jean Paul Da’ mage, where one fit came in numerous washes, hot sellers included the "Armendale"—a dark enzyme wash and the "Dory La Rue"—another dark wash with a resin coating.

Black Jack, a new women’s denim label owned by Z Cavaricci, was doing well with its selection of denim trousers, antiqued and destroyed jeans and vintage washes. The label also offered colored denim bottoms in pink, lavender, lime and aqua.

Karl Kani’s new women’s denim label Live, which debuted in LA three months ago, was doing well with basic five-pocket styles with distressed details and novelty bottoms like its "Reflecton" capri—a five pocket style with a metallic floral design at the side and inside the cuff, and its "Meditation" style—an ink splattered jean with destroyed details.

A few new noteworthy labels worth looking into were Compton, CA-based Drifter, which specializes in layered knit tops with cool graphics (a green colored boat-neck and three quarter-sleeve style had a gold foil print of Luke Wilson's character Richie from the movie The Royal Tenenbaums), and Robert Graham's new women's line, which is the female equivalent of the men's collection, popular for its woven shirts and contrasting mix and match fabrics.

The next edition of Fashion Coterie will be in February 2005.