DAY OF THE JACKET

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NEW YORK--Ellen Tracy was the surprise hit of the spring runway shows last fall--especially with retailers. On April 4th, the company will brave the tents again during fashion week, but stores like Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue are already talking about the fall line.
"Linda Allard is known for her boxy jackets that fit virtually every customer. And for fall, she's giving us a lot more choices in jacket silhouettes," says Kal Ruttenstein, Bloomingdale's senior vice president for fashion direction.
Allard's jackets come in lots of different guises, such as feminine hourglass shapes, cropped and collarless or high-collared with a military air.
"Fall is all about shape and polish," says Allard. "But it still exudes youth and energy."
Nicole Fischelis, vice president and fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue, agrees. "Ellen Tracy is right on every season, and fall is just sensational," she says. "It's really a designer collection at bridge prices."

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