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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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Announces Preliminary Schedule for the new York Spring/Summer 2014 Collections

Summer may be almost over, but the fashion industry is kicking into high gear as the 2014 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Shows are just a few weeks away from their debut. Mercedes-Benz Fashion (New York) Week draws hundreds of thousands of fashion fans to New York City, and today IMG Fashion, owners and producers ofMercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week_06 the Event, announced the preliminary line up of designers who will take center-stage at Lincoln Center, September 5-12, 2013.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week truly embodies the global scale of the fashion industry and highlights the limitless boundaries of design. A leader in the global fashion event circuit; Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York has the highest number of international designers who choose to make this Event the home for their Collection debuts,” says Christina Neault, Executive Producer, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. “As well, with three fashion schools and numerous emerging designers presenting alongside their established colleagues, Lincoln Center is the place to discover the next rising star.”

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world’s stage to premier the latest744px-mercedes-benz_logo_svg developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry,” said Stephanie Zimmer, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season.”

Over 100,000 guests, journalists, buyers and members of the industry make Lincoln Center become the heartbeat of the city for the 8 days of shows and events. Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express®, Maybelline New York, TRESemmé, Samsung, Reel Code, Style Network, WGSN, Beck’s Sapphire, The New York Times, as well as Women’s Wear Daily and Getty Images.

September 5th

  • 9AM NICHOLAS K at STUDIO
  • 10AM BCBGMAXAZRIA at THEATRE
  • 11AMR ICHARD CHAI at STAGE
  • 1PM SUPIMA at STUDIO
  • 2PM TADASHI SHOJI at STAGE
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  • 3PM DESIGUAL at THEATRE
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CURVExpo 2013 Designer Lingerie and Swim Show Comes to New York

The summer will be hot at CURVExpo. CURVENY New York will take place on August 4, 5, and 6 at the Javits Center North while CURVENV Las Vegas will stick to its highly-efficient, cost-saving two-day format on August 19 & 20 at the Venetian, a fashion hub that keeps expanding with new shows this season. For the first time this year, both shows coincide respectively with the New York Lingerie and Swimwear Market and the Las Vegas Fashion Weeks. The New York Market Week is a magnet for major retailers from all over the US and Canada; Las Vegas in turn attracts fashion buyers not only logoTaglinefrom the West Coast and Canada, but also from South America and overseas. The Spring/Summer 2014 collections will celebrate the season with a strong swimwear presence, exciting emerging designers and lastly, a sizeable men’s segment.

The season’s focus, designer swimwear, will stand out with leading brands as well as new collections presented by talented young designers. Specialty stores will discover or revisit designer brands such as: Luli Fama, L*Space, Agua Bendita, Vitamin A, Sauipe, Pain de Sucre, Sorella Swim, Eberjey, DKNY, Juicy Couture, Nanette Lepore, Trina Turk, La Blanca, 2Bamboo, Coco Countours, Coco Rave, Coco Reef, Vince Camuto, Carmen Marc, Valvo, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, TYR Huntington Beach… all known for their perfect fit, fabrics and foremost, their strong fashion appeal.

Men’s collections represent an asset for specialty retailers seeking to expand their current selection and meet consumer’s needs. Pull-In, Saxx Underwear, Wood Underwear, Bia Boro, Jor Underwear, Sex Underwear and Aubade are a few of the brands present both at CURVENY New York and CURVENV Las Vegas.

Young designers get especially pampered at CURVExpo with a brand new, open space called the “Gallery” where their collections will occupy center stage: Kisskill, Anais B., Body Hush, Donna Reis, Mirame Swim, Sokoloff, among others, will make their grand entrance this season. The creativity and comfort level make these brands perfect for retailers in search of novelty and fashion-forward lines. Continue reading

Mara Hoffman Receives 2014 “Mercedes-Benz Presents” Title at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014

Mara Hoffman, the designer known for her originality of designs and fearless approach to print and color, receives the

New 2011 3D Mercedes-Benz USA logo. (PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz USA)

New 2011 3D Mercedes-Benz USA logo. (PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz USA)

distinguished title of “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designer this season. The “Mercedes-Benz Presents” program recognizes one designer each season showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim that demonstrates dedication to the use of quality materials, unique style and innovative design.  Mara Hoffman joins a prestigious list of past “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designers including: Vitamin A, Red Carter, Trina Turk, and LUXE by Lisa Vogel and will showcase her collection alongside over thirty of the industry’s most influential swimwear designers during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach.

New York-based fashion designer Mara Hoffman began designing her namesake label in 2000. Having graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City and studied at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, Hoffman has developed a recognizable aesthetic heavily focused on prints. Recurrently drawing from nature and fantasy, Hoffman often finds inspiration from her own travels around the world.

Mara Hoffman Receives "Mercedes-Benz Presents" Title.  (PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz USA)

Mara Hoffman Receives “Mercedes-Benz Presents” Title. (PRNewsFoto/Mercedes-Benz USA)

The Mara Hoffman line encompasses both Ready-to-Wear and Swimwear. Swim collections consist of playful bikinis, one-pieces, dashiki cover-ups and casual, multi-functional dresses, all in Hoffman’s signature prints and often featuring unique detailing such as beading or embroidery. The Ready-to-Wear collections include everything from flowing dresses to cashmere coats, often incorporating intricate details such as beading and embroidery.

Mara Hoffman’s Ready-to-Wear collection is shown at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week and her swim collections headline during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami.

Mara Hoffman is one of the most prestigious swimwear designers in the industry and we are honored to welcome her into the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ program, which continues to support the swimwear industry globally,” said Stephanie Zimmer, manager of brand experience marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA.  “Mara’s unique prints are unmistakable and evoke a very spirited, playful attitude much like our 2014 E-Class Cabriolet debuting this season.”

For the first time, Mara Hoffman will debut a print design from her runway collection as the paint finish on the 2014 E-Class Cabriolet during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.  The wrapped E-Class Cabriolet will be stopping by South Beach hot spots to give out invitations to runway shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.  The one-of-a-kind print will also debut on a unique fashion item designed exclusively by Hoffman and will be on sale at Alchemist fashion boutique in Miami.

2013 Mara Hoffman Swimwear Collection (Credit - Sheldon Baldie)

2013 Mara Hoffman Swimwear Collection (Credit – Sheldon Baldie)

2013 Mara Hoffman Swimwear Collection (Credit - Sheldon Baldie)

2013 Mara Hoffman Swimwear Collection (Credit – Sheldon Baldie)

2013 Mara Hoffman Swimwear Collection (Credit - Sheldon Baldie)

2013 Mara Hoffman Swimwear Collection (Credit – Sheldon Baldie)

It was a dream come true to see one of my designed prints as the paint finish on a Mercedes-Benz convertible,” said Mara Hoffman.  “I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ designer and I cannot wait to kick off all of the festivities this season has in store.”

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 will take place in Miami Beach, Florida at The Raleigh from July 18th – 23rd, 2013.  Designers presenting their 2014 collections include: AGUA BENDITA, POKO PANO, DOLORES CORTES, SUBOO, BEACH BUNNY, NICOLITA, AQUA DI LARA, MARA HOFFMAN SWIM, VIX PAULA HERMANNY, CM CIA.MARITIMA, NANETTE LEPORE, OAKLEY, BCBGENERATION, GOTTEX, L*SPACE BY MONICA WISE, A.Z ARAUJO, LULI FAMA, CAFFE SWIMWEAR, MAAJI SWIMWEAR, SAUVAGE, ZINGARA SWIMWEAR, NAILA, 6 SHORE ROAD, A.CHE SWIM, AGUACLARA, AQUARELLA SWIMWEAR, CAITLIN KELLY SWIMWEAR and MINIMALE ANIMALE.

 

Official schedule can be seen here: www.miami.mbfashionweek.com/schedule

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 Announces Exciting Events Taking over South Beach in July

DSC_0070 DSC_0083In just a couple of weeks, Miami Beach will come alive with the spirit of fashion, as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim once again hosts over 30 designer runway shows, presentations and special events. This season, in an effort to engage more fashionable consumers and to extend the momentum across South Beach, IMG Fashion has planned a series of events to compliment the jam packed schedule of shows at The Raleigh Hotel.

atmosphere during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 on July 19, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

atmosphere during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 on July 19, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 will begin with the Official Kick-Off Party celebrating 25 years of Roxy with Roxy Pop Surf, followed by the 2014 Swim Collections of: AGUA BENDITA, POKO PANO, DOLORES CORTÉS, SUBOO, BEACH BUNNY, NICOLITA, AQUA DI LARA, MARA HOFFMAN SWIM, VIX PAULA HERMANNY, CM CIA.MARĺTIMA, NANETTE LEPORE, OAKLEY, BCBGENERATION, GOTTEX, L*SPACE BY MONICA WISE, A.Z ARAUJO, LULI FAMA, CAFFÉ SWIMWEAR, MAAJI SWIMWEAR, SAUVAGE, ZINGARA SWIMWEAR, NAÏLA, 6 SHORE ROAD, A.CHÉ SWIM, AGUACLARA, AQUARELLA SWIMWEAR, CAITLIN KELLY SWIMWEAR and MINIMALE ANIMALE.

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The week will host special movie screenings and industry Q&A’s to give fashion fans an inside look at the inner workings of the industry. On Tuesday, July 16th, a screening of The Tents will give guests an all-access look into the making of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Featuring exclusive interviews with some of the industry’s biggest names, the 2012 documentary chronicles the history and significance of fashion’s most influential event. Special guest hosts, The Tents Director James Belzer and Mercedes-DSC_0094 DSC_0096 DSC_0131Benz Fashion Week Executive Producer Christina Neault, will be in attendance for a Q & A with audience members. And on July 20th, Bergdorf Goodman Senior Vice President Linda Fargo and Naeem Khan, fashion designer to the world’s most stylish women, will host a special screening of Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, the first movie to take you behind the scenes of the department store that defined luxury.

The SLS Hotel will host an exciting afternoon of presentations on Sunday, July 21st. Nanette Lepore, Oakley, BCBGeneration, and Gottex will give editors and buyers an up close look at their Collections, in a series of by-invitation only showings.

On Monday, July 22nd, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim will start the day with an exclusive Thought Leadership Panel entitled “Design and Inspiration.” Art, music and film have inspired artists for decades, but fashion designers look to these and many art forms to stimulate their designs and ultimately inspire consumers on the retail floor; turning inspiration into viable businesses. Led by Ocean Drive Fashion Editor-at-Large Laurie Brookins, an industry panel of experts, including Nanette Lepore and Mara Hoffman, will describe the process of turning inspiration into a sellable collection.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is on July 18th-22nd, 2013, with over 10,000 international members of the press and industry expected to descend on South Beach for the 2014 Collections.

Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express®, TRESemmé, Smashbox Cosmetics, Ipanema, The Raleigh, Ocean Drive Magazine, California Apparel News Waterwear, and Getty Images

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is an IMG Event.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 Line-Up:

 

Thursday, July 18th

8-10 p.m. The Raleigh – Official Kick Off Party, Celebrating 25 years of Roxy with Roxy Pop Surf

 

Friday, July 19th

6 p.m.   Cabaña Grande – Agua Bendita

7 p.m.   Oasis – Poko Pano

8 p.m.   Cabaña  Grande – Dolores CoRTés

9 p.m.   Oasis – Suboo

10 p.m. Cabaña Gande – Beach Bunny

 

Saturday, July 20th 

6 p.m.   Cabaña Grande – Nicolita

7 p.m.   Oasis – Aqua Di Lara

8 p.m.   Cabaña Grande – Mara Hoffman Swim

9 p.m.   Oasis – Vix Paula and Hermanny

10 p.m. Cabaña Grande  –  Cm Cia.Maritima

 

Sunday, July 21th

2:30 p.m. Tba –  Gottex

3 p.m.      Tba – Oakley

6 p.m.      Cabaña Grande – L*Space by Monica Wise

7 p.m.      Oasis – A.Z Araujo

8 p.m.      Cabaña Grande – Luli Fama

9 p.m.      Oasis – Caffé Swimwear

10 p.m.    Cabaña Grande- Maaji Swimwear

 

Monday, July 22nd

6 p.m.    Cabaña Grande – Sauvage and Zingara Swimwear

7 p.m.   Oasis – 6 Shore Road

8 p.m.   Cabaña Grande – A.Ché Swim, Aguaclara, AquaRella, and Caitlin Kelly Swimwear

9 p.m.   Oasis – Minimale Animale