Twice a year I attend the fashion trade shows in New York City, where international designers present their ready to wear collections, jewelry, and accessories for the next season... in this case, the Resort and Spring, 2012 wholesale buyers.

The Fashion Coterie is the larger of the two shows I attend, with over 1300 designers. The Atelier has around 100 designers, and has a more creative, artistic flavor. After many years of attending shows and perusing the work of a few thousand designers, I have come to appreciate the work of a handful of what I consider great designers of ready to wear clothing and accessories... artists who create beautifully designed and constructed pieces that are fun, sophisticated, wearable, grown up, artistic, timeless, and flatter any body. What more could you ask for?

Here are some snapshots from the shows that I hope give you a taste of show activity and upcoming collections (
click on a picture to see a slide show):