WHAT'S BOOKING FOR HOLIDAY?

Byline: Anne D'Innocenzio

NEW YORK--Moderate sportswear firms are counting on shine and bouclA to drive holiday sales.
"There is a lot of newness out there for holiday," said Alan S. Cohen, vice president of Maren, a division of Synari Ltd. "That will help the business. Consumers just don't want the same old tired-looking clothes."
"It's a very item-driven business for holiday," said Ellen Becker, vice president in charge of merchandising and design at Requirements, a division of Item-Eyes, which expects increases of 20 percent over the year- ago period.
At the same time, she pointed out that buyers continue to reduce their budgets for holiday because of its short life span.
"Buyers are wary of seasonal holiday dressy looks; they don't want to be stuck with so many goods," said Becker, who's been selling early spring styles during the holiday market week to pump up sales.
Here is what is booking well, by vendor:
Rafaella: Embroidered vests, including some with silk or denim backs; 23-momme silk shirts; western wear shirts; silk embroidered shirts, and silk charmeuse shirts.
Ordinary Mary: Hammered satin-back crepe shirts, cropped satin shirts; georgette printed skirts; crocheted sweaters in pastels, and retro-Forties dresses, including rayon print dresses with fluted sleeves
Ellen Figg: Crepe suits with piping, braiding and contrast buttons; satin-back crepe suits in a range of colors such as black, white, blue and sage, and day-into-evening suits in crepe with novelty buttons.
American Eagle Apparel Group: Basic sweatshirts and T-shirts with winter-theme graphics such as angels and snow scenes.
Karnold Inc.: Shiny silk jacquard blouses; silk shantung blouses, and printed silk shirts.
Kenneth Mitchell: Fluid, romantic skirts in printed and solid satins; skirts in georgette; boucle jackets and skirts, and 34-to-36-inch printed skirts in rayon and georgette.
Clementine Inc.: Lace embroidered shirts and dresses in denims and chambrays; colorful plaid flannel shirts in brights, pastels and neutral tones, and brushed twill shirts.
Requirements, a division of Item-Eyes: Separate crepe bottoms; novelty skirts with gold buckle details; fully lined crepe novelty jackets, with gold trims, sold with pants; georgette pants in black and cream; georgette A-line skirts; double-layer skirts with sheer, and high-gloss satin in pants, tunics and tank tops.
Maren Sportswear: Stretch twill pants in khakis, navies and tartan patterns; vests, pants and jumpers in velveteen; short red crepe jackets with velvet trim; wool or rayon acetate jackets trimmed with satin or velvet; crepe shantung jackets with gold trim; crepe suits with novelty button treatments; embroidered jackets, vests and bottoms, and crepe satin embroidered jackets and skirts.
Robert Stock: A collection of tops and pants, mixing georgette with satin and jacquard silk tops in jewel colors and pale tones, such as hazel and coral.
Pamela B.: Jacquard jackets with satin trim; suits in satin, and jackets and skirts in brightly patterned boucles.
Fundamental Things, a division of Casablanca: Satin-back crepe jackets and pants in pale colors; soft separates, including jackets and pants in crepes and shine, and vests in shine and various textures.
SK by Jessica Tierney, a division of Bonaventure Textile USA: A black and red group featuring animal print patterns on satin; sheath dresses with long jackets in polyester blends with satin buttons; plaid bouclA suits; satin skirts and tunics with long jacquard jackets, and angora sweater twinsets with rayon trims, in pastel colors.

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