The massive womenswear trade show Coterie returned to the Javits Center in New York last week and again included a robust mix of exhibitors and trends for next season, spring/summer 2017, on four levels of the convention complex.
In addition to its usual shows-within-the-show Sole Commerce (footwear), TMRW (up-and-coming brands) and Sourcing, Coterie also included the shows Edit (advanced contemporary and luxury RTW and accessories) and Stitch (luxury to lifestyle better womenswear), which are now under the umbrella of Coterie producer UBM since it acquired these shows’ founder, Business Journals Inc, earlier this year.
Here, in alphabetical order by brand, are just a few of the key sportswear- and denim-related highlights…
Scott Morrison’s New York-based premium denim line returned to the show and stressed unique hem treatments for spring, included lots of frayed, fringed and/or destroyed ones. Its cutout embroidery details on denim shorts and shirts will also give wearers a subtle yet sexy peekaboo flash of skin next season.
This very reasonable denim line (jeans are $118 on average) produced by Koos Manufacturing, which also makes the AG brand, showed its first full collection designed by new creative director David Lim, formerly of Kasil and Paige. Lim has added a small stars and comet logo to some pieces and his beautiful collection of sexy summer “Cloud Nine” shorts with frayed edges were inspired by the changing colors of the sky. A drop-crotch boyfriend pant in linen was another top seller for the brand, which seems to have gotten a very healthy and on-trend makeover from Lim thus far.
Ellsworth & Ivey
An exhibitor at Edit, this relatively young brand by designer Taylor Ivey has expanded significantly for spring/summer 2017 with new dresses and blazers. It now also has its own store on Nantucket Island. However, its signature piece, a clear vinyl rain cape, remains the must-have item from the label, which remains “classic, clean and simple.”
The Turkish denim label wowed with a large collection that hit all of the season’s big denim trends, including embroidery, patchwork and frayed hems. Its key models for spring include a high-low denim skirt, high-waisted jeans and a super-skinny boyfriend in a mid-rise.
Designer Marianne McDonald said her brand’s booth had “the busiest three days ever” at Coterie and for good reason: McGuire looked especially fresh and fun for spring. Key pieces included a corduroy “Shore Leave” lace-up short and a flared jean with an edged hem and unique maritime-inspired front pockets.
The Australian brand returned to Coterie with a wide assortment of its signature frayed-edge shorts and others with an adorable ruffled waistband. Its distressed denim tote bags (some with paint splatters) were also definite eye-catchers.
This three-year-old collection from Los Angeles showed its witty text-driven tees, sweatshirts and swimsuits in the TMRW section. Bold and colorful, the items had a definite ’80s feel, but updated for 21st century chicks.
Another exhibitor in TMRW, this Korean brand, whose name combines “romantic” and “chic,” showed its third-ever collection, which included some fantastic embellished denim items with rhinestones, faux jewels and pearls and cool leather slip-on shoes with ruffled edges.
Also notable in TMRW were Nicola Formichetti’s Nicopanda collection, which offered designs in rugby stripes, and the unisex line Telfar, which showed super sporty tops and shorts.
This New York-based women’s contemporary jeans brand with wholesale prices of just $29 to $42 exhibited at Stitch and showed numerous trendy looks including destroyed jeans, a pair with a contrasting black side panel and waist and jeans in a novelty coated suede. As always, it stressed soft fabrics for spring.
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