Sight & Sounds at… ENK 2013 Accessorie Circuit and Intermezzo Collections Shows at the Javits Convention Center

ENK Accessorie Circuit & Intermezzo Collections Photos Courtesy of ENK by Adrian Cabrero

Summerized Jewelry Product Images Courtesy of www.summerized.com

Onna Erlich Product images Courtesy of www.onnaerlich.com  

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Anytime I got to a trade show at Javits Center in New York City, it has the potential to be an Alladin’s cave of potentially beautiful things, as well as an adventure in terror. You never quite know what you will be facing but hey, life’s an adventure, so why not play? ENK is the most prolific trade show producer in the United States, yearly producing a series of trade exhibitions that include nearly 10,00 design companies in New York City, Las Vegas and Shanghai. ENK shows–16+ annual exhibitions including Coterie, Accessorie Circuit, Intermezzo Collections, Children’s Club, ENKVegas, and ENK_largeENKChina in Shanghai–attract 250,000 domestic and international buyers and press, producing sales over $1 billion. Overall, more than 700 brands (big and small– including J Brand, Nicole Miller, Alex Bittar, Current/Elliott, Tracy Reese, Nonoo, Badgley Mischska, Erickson Beamon, Rebecca Minkoff, Vince, Cynthia Vincent, Andrew Marc, Dolce Vita, Equipment, Issa, Nanette Lepore, Tibi, Rebecca Taylor, Botkier) participated in this year’s Accessorie Circuit (featuring some of the world’s premier accessories and footwear designers) and Intermezzo Collections (contemporary ready-to-wear designers showcasing their Holiday 2013, Pre-Spring 2014 Resort and Spring 2014 Collections).

On the positive side of the fence, we saw and interacted with some very talented designers and craftspeople. Terracotta New York’s Alina Cheung and Yidi Xu (www.terracottanewyork.com) has a back story I found very fascinating. In 209 BC, 8,000 clay warriors defending the First Qin Emperor were sealed beneath China’s soil, as a once-powerful man sought lasting power for all eternity. Buried in an underground palace among rivers of mercury, these clay-fired, life-sized replica soldiers have come to be known as, “the Terracotta Warriors”. The Army is Art. Each soldier was crafted by hand and logotrial4colored with pigments from pink to blue to lilac. They vary in height and claimed individual facial features. And below each face sit carefully sculpted neck ties – the first of their kind.  The Terracotta Army is a harmonious whole, and yet no two are alike.

Over 2,000 years later, Terracotta New York was founded on principles reminiscent of this ancient wonder. Unique yet Uniform, Ambitious yet Artful. Created by two women who are no strangers to the corporate world and the ties that filled them, Terracotta New York seeks to encourage individuality and promote confidence by bringing the long-standing tradition of simplicity and pattern in menswear to luxury accessories for women. With a touch of feminine flare, women can have just as much fun with a bow tie and a penguin pattern!

Terracotta New York Scarves

Terracotta New York Scarves

San Francisco-based Summer Powell of Summerized (www.summerized.com) who creates jewelry that is at once Art Deco-edgy and seriously breathtaking. Influenced by her background in graphic design, Summer Powell’s 3d designs are fun, fresh, modern and lure. Summer lusted after massive diamond earrings, yet there was nothing on the market like the picture in her head. So she printed her own diamonds. After drawing them in CAD, she sent them to a 3d printer. Summerized jewelry designs are literally printed. They’re created in CAD 3d software, and realized using Selective Laser summerized_logo_whiteSintering, a 3d printing technology. With SLS, a laser fuses material and builds complex objects one layer at a time. Two weeks later, Summer had the biggest rocks in town! She’d created her first 3d printed jewelry design, and the Gemetrica Collection was born.

A lover of dichotomies, Summer is inspired by the intersection of body and technology, natural and artificial, high and low, Barneys and K-mart, New York street style and Northern California zen. Her work lives on the continuum of quirky to profound. Other influences include a lifelong interest in patterns, mythologies, ancient symbols, geometry, origami, world travel, flora and fauna, and op and pop art. Summer brings graphic energy into three-dimensional reality. She’s always merged 2 and 3-dimensional media, creating vacuum-formed speaker-inspired briefcases for VH1, a mesmerizing motion graphic-based animated clock, and temporary technological tattoos for partiers. Her background includes an MFA in graphic design from Cranbrook Academy of Art; creative direction at several design firms; co-founding Elevator, a NYC-based boutique design firm with clients like Viacom and the Oxygen Network; and creative direction for Silicon Valley startups.

Summerized Jewelry

Summerized Jewelry

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2013 CURVExpo New York Report: Mastering the Art of Caring for your Outer and Inner Garments

Product Images provided by The Forever Group

Other Images photographed by Phillip D. Johnson/www.fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com

Not quite under the radar at CurvExpo New York 2013 Lingerie and Swim Trade Show at the Javits Center (but still very much a presence just the same), the Forever Group, (a privately held, Canadian company, founded 25 years ago, that prides itself on its entrepreneurial spirit and its commitment to quality and whose products can be found in Department Stores, and Independent Stores across Canada, US Europe and Asia) was there to remind us all that we live in a world where not all fabrics are on equal footing and using Tide or Gain as a one-size-fits-all laundry detergent solution simply won’t cut it anymore. Garments are more complex nowadays, what with most being a mixture of two or more fabrics in, more often than not, a not-found-in-nature combination (neoprene and leather, leather with everything (seriously!), bonded fabrics, cashmere, cashmere and angora (as Michael Kors put it, Cashgora), cotton and silk, jacquard and chiffon, lycra and everything). Therefore, to extend the life of those yoga pants, your favorite swimsuit, sweater, silk top or expensive Wolford hosiery, specialization in fabric care is needed and necessary.

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The Forever Group®, with its extensive collection of washes, must-have accessories for the modern laundry room (and FashionFit Solutions), has a secret weapon in the fight to keep your garments looking their best: A pure citric base formula that breaks down dirt instead of fibers and rinses so clean that everything looks new longer, with its gentle wash that have attracted a cadre of devoted users around the world. With a commitment to gentle, effective cleaning, The Forever Group products are formulated with eco-friendly, plant-based, biodegradable cleansers and naturally derived essential oils; free of parabens, phthalates, SLES and dyes; and never tested on animals.

The company now offers a niche collection of specialty fashion washes and laundry accessories that have become a growth category in the retail fashion channel. Designed to gently protect your favorite fashion investments, these gentle washes complement everything in your store – from the little black dress to the latest lacey number.

The Mothership of the product line, so to speak, the Lasting Care Gentle Wash products makes washing your regular clothing a veritable dream. Available in powder or liquid, both are formulated for high efficiency machines with more active ingredients than in most other detergents. The 100% MERINO WOOL DRYER BALLS ($24.95 for 3 wool balls, www.FashionCareCo.com) are a safe and gentle alternative to traditional fabric softeners and chemical dryer sheets. Handmade in Canada from 100% Merino wool, these solid wool balls create a humid drying atmosphere to reduce wrinkles and soften clothes; save energy by reducing drying time; are safe for people with sensitive skin; and are more gentle on fabrics in the dryer than plastic dryer balls.

Fashion Care 100% Wool Dryer Balls

Fashion Care 100% Wool Dryer Balls

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