Unsurprisingly, the womenswear trade shows held in New York last week, including Coterie and Capsule, featured key spring 2013 trends such as printed and colored denim. Coterie also had a lot of maxi dresses in bright colors.

ENK’s enormous Coterie show spanned two levels of the Javits Center from Wednesday to Friday and featured hundreds of brands. It was the first show ENK has held since the abrupt departure of its chairman and founder, Elyse N. Kroll, earlier this month­

Aside from the Denim and Contemporary section, which housed such major jeansmakers as Hudson, Paige and J Brand, an interesting area of the show was TMRW, spotlighting about 40 up-and-coming brands and labels including the New York-based denim line Cote D’Armes and the Korean brand J Koo, which showed attractive indigo shorts and tops plus butterfly-print separates and dresses. Another new line at Coterie was Los Angeles-based A.N.D. Denim, which showed mostly clean and dark five-pocket jeans.

Held for the first time was the Style Lab at Coterie, an onsite project sponsored by Paige Denim that was a creative platform for bloggers Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat.com and Jace Lipstein of GrungyGentleman.com to style outfits created from product pulled from the show floor. (While technically a women’s show, Coterie did feature some men’s product.) Brands selected and shot on models for Style Lab included Paige Denim, Degen, WRK, General Idea, By Alona, Hoyden, Sons of Heroes, Drifter, Bed Stu, Cote D'Armes, Hearfest, Tamara Ackay and more.

At Capsule, which was held again at the large Basketball City complex on the Lower East Side, approximately 240 brands showed during its two-day run. While some exhibitors said that traffic has been slow, milliner Albertus Swanepoel said that he picked up eight new accounts and the show and was very happy with the result.

Denimwise, O-M showed two racks of colored jeans and reported that the persimmon ones were the top color while BLK DNM displayed its dark jeans models presented with complementary leather jackets.