By  on September 21, 2009

NEW YORK – A tricky path between safe and surprising.

That was the fine line designers had to walk during New York Fashion Week — and buyers generally gave them a thumbs-up for hitting the mark in a commercial way, even though some criticized the lack of creativity. “They were trying to push forward without being too challenging,” said Tiziana Cardini of Italy’s La Rinascente. “They have taken risks, but in a very smart way. It wasprices. Some store executives said creativity suffered as a result of the strong emphasis on the bottom line. “Instead of having free rein to design whatever you want, you’re [constrained,]” said Kelly Golden of Neapolitan in Chicago. “It showed in the clothes. Fabrics weren’t as elaborate or embellished. The season was very commercial.”

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