NEW YORK — As retailers are nearing completion on their holiday and resort buys, the sector is a good indicator for how yearend business will end up, as well as what trends are cooking for spring 2003. WWD asked several players what booked, and here’s what they said:

Diane Von Furstenberg:"Novelty tops and skirts sold well, and there’s been a lot of response on the tuxedo dress. For cruise, it’s all about lilac and pale gray."

Jeffry Aronsson, Oscar de la Renta Ltd.: "Embroidered items, everything from mosaic embroidered jackets for evening, which can be paired with a black velvet tuxedo pant."

Steven Salpeter, Raffinalla: "A lot of lace, lots of ruffles and asymmetrical cuts. The group we did for fall was mainly black, and those details make it less severe.

Steven Garfield, Trio New York: "Brocade pieces are doing really well. We’ve gone forward with strapless pieces and paired them with cashmere cardigans."

David Meister: "For resort, I’m doing a lot of sexy interesting sweaters to go with dresses. It’s a nontraditional look."

Greg Ventra, Liz Claiborne Dresses: "We just opened the holiday collection and tuxedo looks have been well received."

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