Once again led by ENK International’s Coterie and its footwear show-within-a-show Sole Commerce, the latest round of New York’s womenswear trade shows, which concluded Tuesday, featured hundreds of exhibitors and steady foot traffic. Coterie’s huge roster included enough brands to fill six halls of the enormous Jacob Javits Convention Center. Featuring everything from sequined red carpet–worthy gowns from Badgley Mischska to edgy rock-inspired washed selvedge jeans from 4Stroke, Coterie again proved it is the “queen bee” of New York’s womenswear fairs. A few of its many treasures included trend-right feather-trimmed black dresses from Radcliffe, a brand new 72-SKU collection of knit and woven tops (everything from embellished tees and plaid shirts to a gray terry Sgt. Pepper jacket) with affordable retail prices of $25 to $55 from Silver Jeans and a new collection of brightly colored knit tops from Agave. Another highlight was the splendid knit cashmere shrug by Adam featuring oversized horizontal cable stitches. Coterie ran Feb. 21-23.

At the boutique-friendly Designers & Agents show, held Feb. 20-22 in two venues in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, founders Ed Mandelbaum and Barbara Kramer were enthusiastic and upbeat. Kramer said the show’s attendance was up 25% from two years ago, to approximately 3,500 to 4,000. “Buyers have actually come up and thanked me,” Kramer said about the edition, which featured approximately 250 brands, including an entire floor at the Chelsea Art Museum devoted to sustainable ones. An agent from Findings Showroom, which showed the brands Ulla Johnson, Local, Brogden, Sophomore, Tucker, Ace Delivery and Laugh, Cry, Repeat at D&A said that business was steady across all three days.

Maverick show Capsule was added to the schedule this season as well. Producer BPMW launched the first Capsule Women’s edition at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on the Lower East Side. Running Feb. 21-22, the show spotlighted just over 60 apparel, footwear, accessories and jewelry brands, many of which had shown at Capsule Las Vegas the week before. First-timers at Capsule included Elisa Palomino, whose beautiful and sumptuously detailed debut collection of high-fashion dresses and coats seemed out of place (and therefore all the more stunning) amongst Capsule’s more casual brands, and Spring & Clifton, designer Michelle Zacks’ relaunched line of rustic and chunky knit tops and bottoms. Although foot traffic was light during the show’s final hours (on an admittedly rainy and miserable Tuesday afternoon), exhibitors said they were generally happy with the show’s results. “It’s been more about quality than quantity,” Zacks said.

—Christopher Blomquist