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 shoprapunzels.com
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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Store: Searle, New York
Hot right now: A gold dress from the Searle Collection.
Will it continue for fall? “I think the silhouette will sell into next fall, yes,” said Rick Weinstein, director of sales and marketing. “It’;s classic with a twist. We are testing it for spring as a sleeveless halter dress and it’;s selling well.”
Seeking at Fashion Coterie: “[We hope] to find visionary designers who can provide our demanding customers with the next big thing they so desperately seek,” he said.
Store: Girlshop, New York and girlshop.com
Hot right now: “The Mike & Chris Barton hoodie with balloon sleeves and wide lapel is performing extremely well on Girlshop.com, and a subtly deconstructed Mel en Stel trenchcoat with skirted bottom is selling fast at the Girlshop boutique in the Meatpacking District in New York,” said Laura Eisman, founder and chief executive officer.
Will it continue for fall? “Yes, but I think the focus will shift down a bit to volume in bottoms,” she said.
Seeking at Fashion Coterie: “Wide leg denim and high-waist palazzo trousers; smartly tailored pieces with a touch of oversize detail,” she said.
Store: Olive & Bette’;s, New York and oliveandbettes.com
Hot right now: Dresses and denim are the two best-selling categories.
Will it continue for fall? Yes.
Seeking at Fashion Coterie: “[We] are always looking for new vendors. Other categories include sweaters because novelty knits are a key category. A little bit of outerwear, because last year there were some early sales and novelty T-shirts,” said Stacy Pecor, owner. “Because so many vendors are doing dresses, it seems to have left a void in the skirt and trouser categories. We will be on the hunt for both.”
Store: Zoe, Princeton, N.J., Brooklyn, N.Y., and shopzoeonline.com
Hot right now: A 3.1 Phillip Lim dress.
Will it continue for fall? “Dresses have been bestsellers for the past couple of seasons, and I believe that the trend will continue,” said owner Lisa Brock. “However, for fall, we are seeing movement away from so much volume and toward more feminine and structured shapes.”
Seeking at Fashion Coterie: “Denim has become a fashion staple. Over the years, denim has followed so many trends and each season there is a new denim company that offers the newest, hottest jeans on the market,” she said. “This season, I would love to find more designers that offer the new pant [style].”
Store: Teen Angel, four locations in Florida and shopteenangel.com
Hot right now: “Anything by T-Bags,” said Kerry Kovler, buyer. “They’;re new, fresh, with plenty of different body styles that can accommodate any age or body type. The prints are extremely strong and change every month. Our customers love it because of its cutting-edge feel and trendy look.”
Will it continue for fall? “Right now, T-Bags seems like an insiders’; brand — celebs and only fashionistas in the know — but sales are steadily climbing in our stores. We can’;t keep this brand in stock,” she said.
Seeking at Fashion Coterie: “As always, we’;re looking for special occasion dresses and separates, especially skirts,” she stressed.
Store: Ron Herman, Los Angeles, and ronherman.com
Hot right now: Shift dresses.
Will it continue for fall? “Yes, layered with turtlenecks, tights and chunky, fat heels,” said John Eshaya, vice president.
Seeking at Fashion Coterie: “Always new lines and young, fresh new designers,” he said. “I’;m also looking for people doing early summer deliveries.”
Store: Lounge, New York
Hot right now: “Our bestseller right now is mini/shift dresses, like the black sequin dress by designer Madison Marcus,” said Tina Setia, women’;s buyer.
Will it continue for fall? “The shift dress will definitely still be the ‘It’; piece for fall, but [we’;ll add] heavy tights and longer sleeves to accommodate the brisk weather,” she said. “I also expect to see sequins, stripes and plaids going forward as well as a lot of military-inspired designs.”
Seeking at Fashion Coterie: “I hope to see some new, original design concepts,” she said. “A fresh take on a classic idea, or a truly revolutionary and imaginative concept that has yet to be discovered.”
Store: Arrive, Miami
Hot right now: Anything from Mike and Chris and also Gryson bags.
Will it continue for fall?: Yes.
Seeking at Fashion Coterie: “Right now, we have a very strong assortment going,” said Jana Adler, women’s buyer. “I usually shop Coterie with an open mind and the hopes of finding something great.”