Saturday, March 14, 2009

Fall 2009 has spoken

A couple weeks ago I visited Coterie, one of the fashion trade shows that take place each year in New York where brands can showcase their products to retailers. This year the economy slowed the traffic but the booths still managed to wow the crowds.

What did I see? Lots of Bohemian. Gypsy. Global. Flowing tunics. Colorblocking items with detail. Maxi dresses. Peace love and the 70s. Sparkle and shine. Upscale tie-dye. Peasant tops. Geometric prints with 60's inspirations.

What brands really stood out? Ella Moss and Sky had packed booths with hundreds of people milling through their racks. The Michael Stars booth looked like a modern bar scene with simple tees in a rainbow of colors all being scooped up by the line of retailers seated in chrome stools belly up to a long working table. And the Milly booth didn't disappoint. It was upscale with a video running from their latest fashion show.

I was happy to see Custo Barcelona, a hip line of scarves, accessories and clothing with a real global influence in prints. I'm wondering if any stores in West Virginia have begun to carry this brand. I recently became acquainted with it while attending the NFL Wives fundraiser in Tampa. I was excited to see a bold scarf in their goody bags and have loved it since I got it!

As for shoes? Ballet flats still dominate. Gladiator sandals were also still commanding attention through the end of the year.

What was surprising? Ripped to shreds leggings, jeans and skirts. I'll leave that look for the younger generation.

I did notice that the smaller, lesser known brands were being swallowed up by the big brands and wondered if it was possible for them to complete with the brand giants.

All in all, it was a wonderful day of fashion and I'm looking forward to seeing the trends emerge in the stores.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree with your view as economy is slow but are designers had proved that they can still attract the crowd even if they follow the 60s or 80s.


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