Tuesday, August 5
Is it really 100 years already? Last night the Accessories Council held an event to commemorate “100 years of Accessories Magazine”. I took their word for it that the concept of accessories even existed way back then. But it was a fantastic affair, with a great crowd. There are so many amazing places to have a party in New York City, this event was at a great new place called espace. The place is all the way down 42nd street, almost to the Hudson River, and it was packed with people from all over.
This is market week in New York, a time when the city fills with buyers and people who follow what the buyers are buying. It's time to order merchandise that will define what will be the 2008 “holiday” items you’ll see in stores in a couple of months.
This upcoming holiday season will feature some beautiful dark colors, there will be lots of rich dark browns, grays and deep topaz. Designs will be more intricate and complicated for the holiday season, and we’ve got some great Swarovski crystals in the hot holiday colors on display.
Hosted by the Accessories Council, (a national advocacy organization) there were representatives from the world's biggest brand names, retailers and associated providers for the eyewear and footwear industries. Heidi Bentsen from Swarovski was there, and we were both in black (as usual !!). I like to go to meet people, check out the trends, see what everyone is wearing and what they think the buyers will be buying this week. Hopefully everyone will like the chandelier earrings in the soon-to-be-hot rich dark brown and deep topaz. I included a pic of one below. It’s amazing that what is on display now will be in a store window as a ‘must-have’ Christmas gift in about 3 months.