While the rain poured down mid-summer on Manhattan, there was a sunny outlook indoors at The Collective. A rainbow of color and a garden of floral prints brightened up the July 18 - 20 run of ENK International's menswear trade show held at Pier 94. Over 7,600 visitors—up from last July’s 7,500--shopped the shows 400 exhibitors showing their spring’05 collections.

"The Section"--the shows newest aisle of buzz worthy brands—was definitely a hit. The aisle featured labels such as H Hilfiger, Robert Graham, John Bartlett, Rykiel Homme, Report and Vicri.

Bright feminine colors and an array of prints and patterns dominated the season. At H Hilfilger, preppy pull-over sweaters, woven shirts and seersucker slacks were aglow. At Robert Graham, woven shirts came in an assortment of great styles—from printed patched fabric numbers and washed out solids to silk psychedelic florals and colorful stripes. Shirts were merchandised with lightweight blazers offered in pale seersucker. Striped suits and woven shirts were all the rage at Vicri, where cool and colorful blazers and trousers were mixed with vibrant floral printed shirts, ties and sneakers. At John Bartlett, toned down tapered trousers were shown with chic military-esque woven shirts in colors like pink and candy apple green. The look was polished off with a variety funky patterned ties.

Across the way atop the USS Intrepid, Confirmed, formerly To Be Confirmed (TBC), enjoyed a more polished off look as well, thanks to its recent collaboration with ENK International. There, hip streetwear, sportswear, footwear and accessories brands from around the world showed their latest collections for spring ’05.

Confirmed's July 18 – 19 run was interrupted by heavy rains, which put a slight delay and, not to mention, a damper on its second day. But in true cool fashion, show organizers simply had the house DJ's turn up the music while they broke out the mops and mopped to the beat.



Joselle Yokogawa, Features Editor