The weak economy is taking a toll on retailers, but it seems that some shoppers do have spring fever. Contemporary sportswear fans are heading to the stores to pick up a sampling of the season’s best pieces, including dresses from Diane von Furstenberg and Mixie, scarves from Love Quotes and shorts from Alexander Wang. Here, a look at some of spring’s hottest items.
Store: Henri Bendel Where: New York and henribendel.com Spring bestseller: Smythe’s two-button jacket in turquoise. Retail price: $578 Why it’s selling: “This Smythe jacket is doing so well because it is flattering and is right on trend,” said Ann Watson, vice president, fashion director. “The bright, fun color and the feminine cut make it the perfect jacket for the season and in particular for right now, the transition from winter to spring. In an economy where people are considering their purchases very carefully, this is a versatile item that can go from day to evening.”
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