NEW YORK -- Because of fabric problems, shipments of Donna Karan's spring collection are running several weeks late, causing plenty of retailers aggravation.

"We're halfway through the shipping period and we've received nothing," said one retailer. "It was supposed to start shipping Feb. 1, and the completion date is for April 30."

"It's going to be a problem for everyone to get spring merchandise in this late," said another retailer.

A spot check of stores Monday showed that several retailers, such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Barneys New York, Dayton's, Tootsie's and The Gazebo, have received only a small percentage of Karan's spring collection so far and are still awaiting the bulk of the spring shipments.

According to one key retailer, about two-thirds of Karan's Collection ordinarily would be in the store now, but this season "there's hardly a piece."

A few retailers contacted said the reason given for the delay was a problem with mismatched dye lots, which put Karan's company behind schedule and production.

A Karan spokeswoman said, "It seems 30 percent of the goods have been shipped. There was a fabric problem. In the next 10 days, the stores will have 70 percent completion."

"Anywhere that they've had the merchandise, it's blown out of the stores," she added.

Barneys New York has received between 20 and 30 percent of the merchandise, said Gene Pressman, co-president, and he said he expects the major percentage of the merchandise should be coming in at the end of this week. "She always runs late; that's her thing," said Pressman.

Ellin Saltzman, senior vice president, fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman, said she had "no comment" when asked if Karan's spring shipments were running late.

A spokeswoman for Saks Fifth Avenue here said the store received some of the merchandise. "What we've had has sold," she said. "We expect completion in 10 days."

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