Wednesday, January 6, 2010

ENK At The Piers

So it's January of a new year and the ever popular Accessorie Circuit/ Intermezzo trade show is here once again. It is the trade show that takes place at Piers 92 and 94 on the westside of New York City. It highlights upcoming fashions in apparel and accessories and allows store owners to parouse the aisles and buy merchandise for their stores and businesses. It's also the perfect place to find great inspiration for new designs. My co-workers and I toured the Accessorie Circuit today looking for some great jewelry. All the popular names we love were there: Lee Angel, Fragments, Alexis Bittar, Erickson Beamon, Gerard Yosca, Elizabeth Cole, et al.

This was the second day of the trade shows and the aisles were not as crowded as they were in the past. Maybe business owners are still chasing the recession like a dog with 2 tails, nonetheless the buyers that were present were indeed buying.

Without giving away too much newness (its good to keep something for surprise) some thoughts for future trends are that there is still alot of charmy, delicate, iconic, spiritual inspired pendants and bracelets, though it was juxtaposed by very large statement jewelry with not much in between. The statement looks were most interesting and they ranged from bold metals with a sort of melted appearances or uneven surface accompanied by paved components, to organic and natural materials like wood, raffia, bone and semi-precious looking beads. Metal plating was mixed across the board- brassy, antiqued and burnished gold, rhodium, hematite and even rose gold. Look for metal baubles accompanied by dark wood beads. Look for multicolored styles with dyecut wood shapes, leather woven through metal like basket weaves. and also woven links made of raffia. also keep your eye out for fringy, charmy and bib like styles. Bone and bone colored beads in multistrands looked great on burnished nickel chains. Leather elements that are embellished with studs and pyramids or chain were still important. Key colors that were present throughout were pale aqua blues ranging to geens, light peach-y corals and pinks, and touches of yellow. Also represented were multiple brights.

Pictured above: One of many jewelry aisles (top), Metal link cropped blazer from Erickson Beamon (bottom).