DALLAS — Holiday, resort and early spring styles were high on buyers' shopping lists at the four-day market that ended Aug. 21 at Fashion Industry Galleries, the boutique-style mart in downtown Dallas that spotlights accessories, contemporary and bridge collections.
Gavin Smith, executive director at FIG, said market traffic was ahead compared with a year ago, and that the venue continues to expand with new showrooms.
Retailers had mostly elevated budgets and said early fall and back-to-school traffic was strong.
On stores' must-have lists were romantic mesh and lace dresses, tops and skirts, embroidered and embellished bohemian shirts and skirts, rich and earthy colors, sexy denim jeans and glamorous social-occasion suits and dresses.
Manne Hollingsworth and Nickie Riley, owners of Penelope T., a contemporary store in Tampa, Fla., that's set to open in November, left orders for Sanctuary's cotton canvas pants, Velvet's metallic gold and red jersey T-shirts, Sweet Pea's casual jersey dresses and retro-inspired items from Pretty Punk.
"We're targeting women in their 20s to those 45 and beyond at our new store with contemporary fashions that will appeal to the Florida lifestyle," said Riley. "The spring merchandise we're buying is fun, versatile and sophisticated."
Jane Webb, owner of C and K Co., a specialty store in Oklahoma City, bought dressy holiday styles with novelty and metallic embellishment from Lorelei, earth-tone corduroy sportswear from G1 and Michael Stars, tulle and embellished silk shirts from Chan Luu and denim silhouettes from Tag Jeans.
"Fashion is moving away from so much bling in favor of more subtle embellishment. I think women will find the lighter novelty touches more wearable than so much sparkle," said Webb, who recently has tripled the size of her store and expanded several categories of merchandise, including contemporary.
Ruth Roper, owner of The Wardrobe, a Fort Worth, Tex.-based specialty store, shopped FIG for classic styles with a subtle nod to the trends.
"We love all the rich colors and textures that are going forward for spring, and all the feminine shapes," Roper said. "We're looking at Cousin Johnny's colorful sweaters and Renfrew's easy sportswear with denim accents."Patty Hoffpauir, owner of The Garden Room in Austin, Tex., looked for dressy holiday styles and resort fashion items. "We really liked Darjoni's colorful knits that are cut a bit larger, Renfrew's sophisticated but young sportswear, Drama's trendy pants and skirts, Penelope's silk skirts with beaded and tulle apron-style overskirts and Jon's ivory, gold and black Edwardian- and Victorian-inspired holiday collection, especially the feminine and romantic lace skirts," said Hoffpauir, whose budget was down slightly from last year.
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