SHOW TALK: Forget what was on the runways. The talk of the New York season was mainly about one thing: travel plans. Buyers and press nervously checked with each other to find out whether they had altered or canceled their trips to the European shows, which kick off Saturday in London. Their fear mainly is of being trapped in Europe if war breaks out against Iraq. So far, most plans remain in place, with Saks Fifth Avenue sending two fashion managers to London and Barneys New York sending a team of five people led by Julie Gilhart, its vice president of fashion merchandising.

And while there are tanks parked at Heathrow Airport, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted that the growing warnings over a potential terrorist attack shouldn’t spook residents. At a news conference Thursday, Bloomberg vowed that law enforcement agencies will do everything possible to keep New Yorkers safe and that people “should not be paralyzed by fear.”

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