By  on November 30, 2006

Women's apparel this fall has been all about knits, dresses and — to spice it up — knit dresses. Those trends continue into holiday, adding festive red and velour into the mix. Retailers weigh in on some of their hottest sellers so far for Christmas and the fall season in the contemporary, better and moderate markets.

1. J. Crew
Holiday hit: The dress business, particularly through the mini "little black dress shop" site on
Price: $98 to $325
Fall hit: Cashmere is the magic fabric, whether it comes in the form of a long-sleeved T-shirt or hoodie (shown).
Price: $168

2. Ann Taylor
Fall hit: Even suits morphed into dresses this season, as seen in this pebble crepe wool sheath and jacket combo (shown).
Price: Dress, $148; jacket, $218.

3. Talbots
Holiday hit
: Velour knit separates, particularly in red for the season, fit the Talbots' customer penchant for comfort.
Price: Jacket, $78; pants, $68.
Fall hit: Knits with embellishment around the neckline, like this V-neck version with rhinestones (shown).
Price: $38

4. Kenneth Cole New York
Holiday hit
: Combining both of this season's hottest trends, Kenneth Cole's newly upgraded New York line scored with its air-spun cashmere dress (shown).
Price: $398
Fall hit: That same calf-length turtleneck dress has been strong.

5. Holt Renfrew
Holiday hit
: Although featured in the move "The Break Up," Jennifer Meyer's small yellow gold leaf necklace is proving a good gift for couples who are still together.
Price: $675
Fall hit: This See by Chloé knit dress (shown) incorporated both of the season's key trends.
Price: $425

6. Tommy Hilfiger
Holiday hit
: Party dresses, including the limelight prom dress.
Price: $595
Fall hit: Outerwear has done well, including the Nicky biker jacket (shown).
Price: $495

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