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Contemporary Keeps Its Holiday Cool

Some of the hottest contemporary boutiques are spreading holiday cheer as they dish out the newest trends.<BR><BR><BR><BR>

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Some of the hottest contemporary boutiques are spreading holiday cheer as they dish out the newest trends. With everything from jewelry to wide belts and lingerie, stores are eager to please all who have been naughty and nice.

Store:
Olive and Bette’s
Where: New York
Best-selling holiday items: Lindsey Berns lingerie set with hand-stitched Ultrasuede flowers and Amy Tangerine’s T-shirts.
Price: $125 for the lingerie and $95 for the T-shirts
Info: “Mothers are buying for daughters because they’re cute, homespun and girly,” said owner Stacey Pecor.

Store: Ron Herman
Where: Los Angeles
Best-selling holiday item: Vita bracelets.
Price: $45 to $58
Info: “There are no problems with sizing, and [they] are at a great price,” said John Eshaya, vice president of Ron Herman. “The bracelets can be worn with a tank and jeans or a cocktail dress for evening. It is by far one of the most versatile pieces of jewelry that we have had. These bracelets look superluxe but won’t break the bank. Wear a single piece or stack them high for an ultrachic look.”

Store: Shopbop.com
Where: The Web
Best-selling holiday item: Mara Hoffman’s corset-top bubble dress.
Price: $392
Info: “People are buying it because it’s on the cover of our catalogue and because it’s silk, it’s short with a bubble hem and is on trend for the season,” explained head buyer Erin Crandall. “We are also selling color very well for evening dresses, and we offer it in silver, emerald and red. It can be worn to holiday parties and New Year’s Eve. It is a gorgeous dress, a great piece to have in your wardrobe.”

Store: Scoop
Where: New York
Best-selling holiday items: Diane von Furstenberg’s black lace Elisabetta dress and Scoop’s quilted leather ballet flats.
Price: $320 for the dress, $165 for the flats
Info: “The dress is the perfect little black dress for holiday,” said Scoop co-owner Stefani Greenfield. “In a season of supershort silhouettes and covered legs, ballet flats are a chic and modern alternative to a heel.”

Store: Lounge
Where: New York
Best-selling holiday item: Madison Marcus (exclusively for Lounge) black sequined baby-doll tunic.
Price: $226
Info: “Every woman loves the perfect little black dress,’’ said owner Jack Menashe. “During the holiday, women want to add a little sparkle to their look. It’s taking a classic idea and dressing it up for a special occasion. This is a great dress because it is multifunctional. Wear it with boots for day at the office, or throw on some heels and you are ready for your New Year’s Eve party.”

Store: Sara Jane
Where: Chicago
Best-selling holiday item: Wide black leather belt by Sara Jane.
Price: $48
Info: “It’s flattering, you can wear it with everything and it’s a great gift since it fits everyone,” said sales associate Debbie Jacoby.

Store: Searle
Where: New York
Best-selling holiday item: Dresses from the Searle private label line.
Price: $238 to $498
Info: “The collection is so on target. We have cashmere knit tunic dresses, silk jersey dresses [that] can be worn from day into evening and Lurex-infused knit dresses that are great for evening and holiday parties,” said Rick Weinstein, director of sales and marketing at Searle. “There’s a dress for literally any occasion, lifestyle and body type.”

Store: Uniquities
Where: Chapel Hill, N.C., and Raleigh, N.C.Best-selling holiday item: Milly bikini and matching tunic.
Price: $200 for the bikini, $278 for the tunic
Info: “In the South, no matter what temperature it is, our customers are looking forward to spring and warm weather,” said Julie Jennings, owner of Uniquities. “Therefore, if there is a signature piece that is bright and lively, our customers will snap it up no matter what the temperature. Bright pinks, teals and greens are great colors for us, because they can appeal to the girly side as well as the outrageous. Milly is also nice for our customer because the bodies can span the age groups. If you are a Milly girl, you will be no matter how old or young. We have been getting a great response to these bright colors and prints after the neutrals of fall.”

Store: Bluefly.com
Where: The Web
Best-selling holiday item: Cashmere throws.
Price: $149
Info: Camel and red are the best-performing colors.

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