Trend Tracking: IBT Storm hits the Atlanta Apparel Market

By BeBe Benjamin of Nappy Model Inc.

BeBe BenjaminStorms generally move from west to east and it’s no different in this season’s fashion arena.  The IBT (Itty Bitty Tank) storm that flooded Nappy Model Inc. earlier this summer reigned at the Atlanta Apparel market in August with accessory clouds blowing sprays of color while drenching the runway.  The fashion radar had indicated that IBT’s would burst on the ATL scene and models proved the forecast to be accurate.  They were showered with tanks of intense colors designed by Judy P Apparel combined with jewelry, hats, and purses showcased by Emerging Designers.

Lightning struck more than once in the same place with a jewelry line by Amy Carlino of My Amy Lou.  Angela Kang of Queen Kang kept raindrops falling on their heads with her stylish veiled headwear.  Under the umbrella of eco-friendly materials stood elegant designs by Vella Mode and models managed to weather the IBT storm by strapping on custom leather handbags by Naomi Lingle of Zee Designs.

My Amy Lou Queen Kang Vella Mode Zee Designs

For up to the minute, reliable fashion outlooks, stay tuned to Nappy Model trend trackers:  BeBe and Loris at

Apricot’s Jewels: Bold and Beautiful Looks for Fall 2013

By Laura Scholer, Owner/Designer Apricot’s Jewels

ed-laura-scholerFall 2013 fashion trends will be incorporating all of our bold and beautiful favorites this upcoming season. Clothing designers like Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs are utilizing fabulous color blocking techniques while still bringing us our beloved animal prints. But, no matter what the fabric or clothing style, it seems like bold and beautiful embellishments will dominate accessories this fall season. Embellishments can be seen on clothing, handbags, and shoes; the more bling the better. Retailers would be wise to pick up on this trend in fashion and accessories. Sequins are not just for formal wear anymore!

apricot's jewelsBold and beautiful looks can be found in contemporary and vintage jewelry. Statement pieces can make any outfit stand out, and retailers can create a truly one-of-a-kind feel in their shops by choosing more unique, stand out pieces of jewelry. Beautiful vintage lockets and cameos will be right at home over an oversize coat this upcoming Fall season, and they look just as great with a classic waffle T-shirt and jeans. The bib style necklace that we saw a lot of this past season is still a hot item, and really the more unique and fabulous it is the better! Beautiful smoky grays, basic blacks, rich emeralds, popping purples, and anything silver are some personal favorites to utilize in my designs this fall.

apricot's jewels 2Retailers can also reach out to designers who hand-make their own jewelry designs for their bold and beautiful accessories this fall season. For example, as owner and designer of Apricot’s Jewels, I am able to consult one-on-one with retail clients to create one-of-a-kind bold and beautiful looks for their customers. Customized orders are especially useful for shops specializing in formal apparel such as wedding and prom fashions. This will create a unique niche for the retail shop owner and the customer as well. Customers gravitate to an item that has a personalized feel to it which is a definite benefit that comes with the hand-made, bold and beautiful jewelry pieces we will see this Fall 2013!

apricot's jewels 3Laura Scholer is an Emerging Designer at the June 2013 Atlanta Apparel Market, June 6-9, 2013. Visit to learn more about Laura and the other Emerging Designers.

AmericasMart Recognizes Visual Excellence and Grand Opening, Expansion and Relocation of Showrooms this July

Cross Roads Originals

This past week at the July 2010 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market, AmericasMart celebrated the opening, expansion and relocation of 84 permanent showrooms with ribbon cutting ceremonies. Additionally, 33 individual showrooms and 18 temporary booths—including one spectacular Best of Show Booth—were honored with AmericasMart’s coveted Visual Display Award for outstanding visual creativity, use of space, product placement, signage, flooring and lighting.

Congratulations to all of our winners and new showrooms!

San Diego Hat Company

To find out more about the Visual Display Award Winners and showrooms that were acknowledged for their grand opening, expansion or relocation of space please click here.

June Market: Cocktails, Fashion and Fun!

June1If you thought the April Market was a knockout wait until you see what the June Market has to offer! June is packed with cocktails, fashion and fun! A few of the spectacular Atlanta Apparel offerings include a must-see fashion show, complimentary cocktails, chic-swag giveaways and opportunities to attend retail seminars presented by successful business practitioners from all over the Southeast. Showcasing new trends for the fall and early holiday season, the Market is offering buying opportunities throughout its permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits in contemporary, young contemporary, women’s, men’s, children’s and accessory categories. We hope to see you all there June 10-13, 2010!

More information on the June Market can be found here.

Parasuco Jeans Headlining Style Runway Fashion Show

FashionShow1June is quickly approaching which means Atlanta Apparel’s Style Runway fashion show is just around the corner! There are so many events going on at the June Market you won’t want to miss. Here is your chance to sort through an amazing selection of apparel. The fashion show will be presented by Canada’s Parasuco Jeans as the headlining sponsor.

Trends showcased during the Style Runway fashion show by Parasuco Jeans include chic new styles for fall and early holiday season. Parasuco will open the fashion show by presenting lines from the women’s, men’s, children’s anFashionShow2d accessory categories. Plus, after Parasuco’s collection you can see a showcase of the trends and featured lines premiering at Market.

Come to the daily fashion shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Floor 2 Atrium, take part in fabulous giveaways and try to catch the beer and wine cart throughout Market! Don’t forget to stop by THE LOUNGE in the Floor 2 Atrium at 6 p.m. preceding the Style Runway fashion show at 6:30 on Friday, June 11 for a cocktail reception!

More information on the Style Runway fashion show can be found here.

Events and Seminars Offered Throughout June Market

Events_Seminars1Not only is June Market filled with fashion and fun, but Atlanta Apparel is offering educational advancement through retail seminars presented by business practitioners for apparel buyers who want to enhance their business and increase sales. The seminars offered during June Market are the following:
Retailer’s Survival Kit Breakfast Seminar: Managing Budgets, Cash Flow and Inventory
A group of Retailers from Southeast,will share their personal tips and experience to the seminar to enhance buyers. This will be a panel discussion and open-topic Q /A seminar discussing what you really need-to-know about maintaining budget, watching cash flow and controlling inventory. June 11, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Building 3, Floor 8, Buyer’s Lounge Room 8-E-316.

The Rights of Retailing
Presented by T.J. Reid, editor of Fashion Advantage, will help you define the five rights for running a successful business. The five “P” words Place, Product, People, Price and Presentation, will each be defined. Attendees will each receive a free copy of T.J.’s book, “What Mother Never Told Ya About Retail.” Coffee, Doughnuts and Door prizes will be offered. June 12, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Building 3, Floor 8, Buyer’s Lounge Room 8-E-316.

Other events you won’t want to miss out on throughout Market include The Daily Strut fashion shows in Floor 2 in THE LOUNGE, TOTEally Fabulous tote giveaway for buyers on Floor 3, a wine & beer cart—only if you can catch it! And, don’t forget about the complimentary cocktail reception at 6 p.m. preceding the Style Runway fashion show on June 11 at 6:30 p.m.!

More information on events and seminars during the June Market can be found here.

Spring/Summer 2010 Trend Report

trend report blogLooking for what to wear for Spring & Summer 2010? We have you covered!

Trends include:

Make Mine a Mini

In the Mood for Nude

Feminine Mystique

All that Glitters is Not Gold

Make it Mix and Match

Join the Tribe

All in one Piece

Your Boyfriend’s Blazer

Zip it Up

Military Mix

Check out our newly posted TREND REPORT here for details on all these trends!