Barbara Atkin, vice president, fashion direction at Holt Renfrew: “Resort used to be such an insignificant season that spoke to a small group of customers who were going away. Today, it’s the largest part of our spring business — almost 80 percent of our budgets go into that delivery. Alexander Wang’s athletic influences and T-shirts worked so well; we liked the photo and postcard prints at Stella McCartney, the new soft trench from Diane von Furstenberg and Chanel, and the new spring cape at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Zero + Maria Cornejo. We also loved Celine’s button-front shirts and pencil skirts, Givenchy’s activewear references and Donna Karan’s scuba-look pieces, and Phillip Lim brought out a new silhouette for new, loose pants.”

Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus senior vice president and fashion director: “Coming out of a challenged economy, designers have given great thought to what women want to wear. The clothes are ladylike, closer to the body and designers are really embracing color. Colored pants are everywhere in the market and everyone is doing a trench with trim. Feminine blouses with ruffles and lace are a continuation of dressed-up looks, and I liked the gymnasium sensibility.”

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