Once again Pier 94 served as the home for Capsule Women’s RTW & Accessories show but this season the space also welcomed the arrival of two new show concepts: Liberty’s first-ever Women’s edition and the second NY edition of Cabana, a showcase of swimwear, apparel and other items inspired by the best beach resorts around the world. (Cabana was created by Janet Wong and Liberty founder Sam Ben-Avraham in 2013 as a Miami-based show and made its NYC debut on adjacent Pier 92 last September.)
While all three are standalone, independent shows, they cooperated with a single registration/admittance and shared an open floor plan that was so “borderless” it sometimes made it unclear which of the three shows one was actually walking at any given moment. One truly had to pay attention to the color of the rugs and the subtle signage at times….
Here are key highlights from all three:

Eleven by Venus at Liberty Women's
Photo: Christopher Blomquist
Eleven by Venus at Liberty Women's


Liberty Women’s
The premiere show was a tiny affair: merely two aisles and just under 50 exhibitors with an eclectic and extremely varied mix of contemporary fashion, denim, accessories and activewear for such a limited assortment. That said, some of the best brands on display were under the umbrella of The Park Showroom, which occupied six of the show’s 37 booths. These included Swedish brand Aéryne whose signature “Paris vintage” looks for the season are coats and jackets in on-trendy plush fabrics, the colorful and printed 1980s inspired activewear from Venus Williams’ label EleVen by Venus, Gudrun and Gudrun’s gorgeous knitwear and Synergy Clothing, a line of organic, sustainable cotton basics that is responsibly created in Nepal.
Two denim lines–one old, the other brand new–were also worth seeing. PRPS showed an (always) impressive women’s collection while Outland Denim, the new responsible jeanswear line that debuted Liberty NY Men’s in January, returned to Liberty Women’s to hawk its female offerings.
Some exhibitors said that traffic had been slow but expressed hope that the show would grow in the future.

PRPS at Liberty's Women
Photo: Christopher Blomquist
PRPS at Liberty's Women


Capsule
With a large accessories area that was nearly the size of its RTW one, Capsule was the largest show on the pier this season. By far, the favorite discovery this edition was Alice Lee, a London-based design duo who upcycles garments and fabrics and adds embroidery to make one-of-a-kind creations, including a beautiful coat made from old burlap shipping sacks. (The range wholesales for £132 to £460). Two longtime favorites–Levi’s Made and Crafted and Stutterheim Raincoats–again wowed with great seasonal offerings, especially a bold graphic coat by the latter in white, yellow, pink and black. Finally, the black leather bum/crossbody bags by Oak NYC were flawless examples of that newly reborn accessories trend.

Oak NYC at Capsule
Photo: Christopher Blomquist
Oak NYC at Capsule


Cabana
While swimwear, sunglasses and straw hats, bags and the like dominated this showcase of just under 100 brands, there were also summery/nautical-like denim options from London-based favorite MiH. In addition, the show featured the debut of Boyish, a sustainable denim line in its first season that is produced in Thailand and uses ethical washes, etc. and employs vintage-look rigid denims. It’s already carried at storied LA store Ron Herman.

Boyish at Cabana
Photo: Christopher Blomquist
Boyish at Cabana


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