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  • Shari-Lee Whyte for POLYCHROME

Coterie NYC 2019

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Coterie show in New York. Compared to last year, there were many more vendors from abroad hoping to break into the international market by being here. All types of apparel and accessories ranging from dresses and intimates to a wide variety of footwear were on display this year. I was glad to see some Polychrome predicted trends were represented in this year’s showing!

Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum


Abstracts, 1970s retro prints, and artful florals swept across most of what was there. Broken shapes, modernized polka dots, and pen & ink florals reminded me of our French Connection trend and border prints hinted at our Mumbai Modern trend. Cheetah and Leopard prints from last year still lingered in plenty of this year’s footwear displays. Color-blocking and patchwork reigned across all aesthetics, many of which were reminiscent of our Feininger and Navel Gazer trends. There were also hints of our Pacific Northwest trend in some of the blanket patterns and graphic motifs.

Embellishments & Textures!

This year it was all about the roaring 20s with plenty of filigree and contrast embroidery that were representative of our Egyptian Deco trend. Particularly in womenswear and intimates, geometric lace was favored over the soft femininity of traditional floral laces, and there were several intimates vendors that showed collections aligned with our Cloistered trend. Popular textures this year were boucle wools, novelty knits, and faux fur. Hair-like textures were also present in footwear. There were many looks that would mix-and-match surface textures such as knits with leathers.


A multitude of silhouettes were present in dresses this year, but the contemporary tunic and prairie dresses seemed to be the most prevalent. Booths Nu Parcc, FRNCH, Alessio Bardelle and Knitss looked like pages out of our Malibu Dreamin’ and Feininger trends with linear silhouettes and an overall 70s feel. High necklines and peasant blouses were trending for bodices, especially at the BL-NK booth with patchworks of prints as predicted in our Picnic At Hanging Rock trend. When it came to prints, there was such a wide variety that it spread across various trends, but what seemed to be consistent were abstracts with a dreamy 70s vibe, ditsies and nontraditional florals (mostly palms or organic prints composed of mostly greenery/foliage).

Coterie fashion trade show 2019 on Instagram
images from Coterie's Instagram feed highlighting select looks from the show

This year was all about prints and some brands came to impress. Here are a few of my favorites!

Alice & Olivia They never fail to stun us with their overwhelmingly beautiful displays. A darker take on the butterfly is a compelling hybrid of our sweet Picnic At Hanging Rock and bad-girl Wild At Heart trends; embodying the softness of one with the hard 80s edge of the other.
the Alice & Olivia booth at Coterie 2019

Mes Demoiselles Paris had a strong Picnic at Hanging Rock vibe with delicate feminine details and soft romantic prints and silhouettes.

images via Mes Demoiselles Paris

Nu Parcc channeling our Mood Indigo and Feininger trends with clean, abstract shapes accompanied by fine line work on a white ground.

images via Nu Parcc

Bl-nk using spice colors and prints in line with our Mumbai Modern trend in their S/S 19 look book.

images via BL_NK-London

FRNCH appropriately looking very much like our French Connection trend, their line was infused with sweet florals mixed with stripes and plaid pieces.

images via FRNCH


There were so many wonderful prints that were aligned with our trends! Check out our PRINT COLLECTION to find the beautiful pieces you need to round out your assortment and keep your product line on-trend!

Did you get to Coterie this time?

I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions on what you saw!


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