The recent 2022 summer edition of Melee the Show featured 75 exhibitors in the event’s new space at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York. Designers I’ve known for many years and those I just met recently gathered in the natural lit space with an opening onto the pier. All the trends from Vegas continued and were a welcome sight for retailers who couldn’t attend Couture. I was taken by the fact that some designers bravely and adeptly experimented in areas that were new to them, while others stayed true to their aesthetics and expanded upon what they do best. Here we show some of the best of Melee with each designer representing one of the trends while also expressing their unique approach.
Susan Highsmith’s yellow gold and diamond jewelry.
BY BETH BERNSTEIN