At any given moment, somewhere in New York, someone is making a fashion presentation. If that is an exaggeration, it is only a minor one. This constant output of clothes and accessories is a relatively new occurrence. It used to be that there were distinct seasons. Design houses showed their wares, retailers made their choices and everyone held tight until the next season rolled around several months later. It was a slow tempo that gave everyone time to think about what to design and what to buy.

But pressure from companies such as Club Monaco, the Gap and Zara, which has a strong international presence, forced the high-end stores to speed up the pace. These low-priced chains always seemed to have something new -- if only the same old thing in a fresh color -- and they could knock off an exclusive designer trend in a few weeks. Soon everyone was restocking the shelves more often.

One of the results of that demand is a three-day fashion exhibition called Intermezzo Collections, which runs alongside the Accessorie Circuit. Both closed this week in New York. The accessories show featured jewelry, shawls, handbags and such for fall 2003. But Intermezzo showcased women's ready-to-wear for this spring. What a buyer ordered from a booth in January will arrive by March.

Intermezzo and Accessorie Circuit are two of at least 11 fashion exhibitions run by ENK Productions, headed by Elyse Kroll. In the beginning, Kroll says, Intermezzo -- predominantly a showcase for American brands -- provided retailers with a way to restock shelves in between seasons. Mostly it was a rehash of familiar designs. But as its popularity grew, design houses began to create merchandise specifically for the show.

While other exhibitions attempt to showcase emerging talent, Intermezzo, which features names such as A.B.S., Juicy Couture, Tracy Reese, Laundry by Shelli Segal and Hard Tail, is pure business. For that matter, so is Accessorie Circuit. This is fashion stripped down to credit lines and delivery dates.

The two exhibitions are housed across three piers that sit along the Hudson River. It is a comfortable space, with cafes and coffee bars, and row after row of stalls where companies -- about 800 of them -- show and hawk their wares. For anyone who has ever walked through a mall and stopped to wonder at the provenance of the amber and quartz jewelry that fills the kiosks, the rhinestone-covered clutches stuffed into gift shops, and the decorative leather belts and embroidered shawls that crowd tiny boutiques, this is the hatchery.

Seeing the magnitude of the selection can make the eyes go numb. But eventually "your eye adjusts," says Kroll. "Once you walk through, you begin to notice the differences. You walk through and see the different shapes and the variation in quality." Indeed, after the visual onslaught has made even jade and coral look the same, some things can still charm tired eyes. For instance, the jeweler Alex Woo -- Booth 3039 -- specializes in matte sterling silver necklaces and earrings subtly adorned with semiprecious stones such as smoky topaz or peridot.

These exhibitions are free of the studied coyness found among the runway designers. Here, vendors and publicists will wave folks inside their stands with the urgency of a merchant at a souk. A publicist for Jennifer Kellogg -- Booth 2524 -- reels in a passerby and offers up bunny jewelry, slot machine bracelets and tongue-in-cheek faux emerald necklaces for inspection.

Exhibitions will continue this month and on into February and March, with stalls filled with more women's ready-to-wear, more accessories, shoes, menswear and children's clothes. There will be limitless discourse on the fundamentals of skirts and flocked silk scarves, neckties and novelty pajamas. Boutique cupboards will never be bare, but individuality will remain a rare commodity.

Jennifer Kellogg goes tongue-in-cheek with faux emerald jewelry.An overview of the Accessorie Circuit exhibition in New York, above. It joined with Intermezzo Collections to offer goods from 800 companies, including jewelry from Supplements, right, and an endless array of other wares.A sight for tired eyes: Alex Woo's matte sterling silver earrings.