By  on February 7, 2007

Buyers are on the hunt for new and noteworthy fall items at Fashion Coterie as well as fill-ins for summer. Here, a look at what some stores are seeking.

Store: Henri Bendel, New York

Hot right now: The dress, particularly the minidress in black and white and in bright colors.

Will it continue into fall? "Yes," said Ann Watson, vice president and fashion director. "The dress is an easy item to wardrobe for various lifestyle needs — on its own, as a layering piece, and it can easily be dressed up or down."

Seeking at Fashion Coterie: "We are looking for new designers, a continuation of shine, embellishment and saturated colors, the blouse and tailored jackets," she stressed. "We would love to see designers really move forward with a vision of the future versus looking in the rear-view mirror."

Store: Rapunzel';s Closet, Palm Beach, Fla., and

Hot right now: J Brand';s 14-inch leg-opening jeans and T-bag';s tunics and dresses.

Will it continue into fall? "J Brand will continue to be hot — they are very basic, a great price, easy fit. Both my mom and I wear them," said Randi Evans, owner and buyer. "T-bags, too — their patterns are so different and original, we have waiting lists for them every month."

Seeking at Fashion Coterie: "I hope to find new color palettes; something different from all the blues, plums and dark greens," she said. "We';d like to see some great dresses in soft fabrics like Supima and cashmere."

Store: Next, Cleveland

Hot right now: Cheap Monday jeans

Will it continue for fall? "Skinny jeans are just starting to take off in the middle of the country," said Deirdre Maloney, women';s buyer. "At $65, these are affordable for everyone."

Seeking at Fashion Coterie: "Fun accessories that don';t break the bank," she said. "Handbags, belts and jewelry that straddle the line between funky and different and salable and wearable."

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