DALLAS — Buyers shopped for multiple seasons at Fashion Industry Gallery's four-day market last month, with many looking ahead to fall while others focused on immediates and summer styles.
Fall trends getting the most action at the event that ended March 20 included tailored sportswear in dark colors, such as green and brown, with plaid and pinstripe details; slim dresses, with gray being a favorite; chunky knits; pants from stovepipes to gauchos, and jersey dresses in a range of hemlines and colors. For spring, Sixties prints with a big emphasis on geometrics and paisleys and various dress silhouettes were important.
"FIG continues to grow with lines that are new to Dallas, as well as vendors and multiple-line sales representatives that expanded their showrooms or moved to bigger spaces," said FIG director Shelli Mers.
Retailers balanced dual shopping lists and scouted for colorful and lightweight dresses and for spring and summer deliveries, while ordering more sophisticated sportswear in darker colors and textured fabrics for fall.
Jenni Skaggs, buyer and advertising director at Richelle's, a specialty store in Salt Lake City, liked FIG guest designer Rachel Pally's Mod dresses and denim items in violet, gray and bright yellow; Trina Turk's red and violet dresses and sportswear, and Carilyn Vaile's tops in novelty prints and high-waisted trousers in lightweight fabrics.
"We were looking for and found lots of gray and navy for fall to go with the mélange of sweaters and tailored trousers that are so important," said Skaggs, whose budget was up less than 10 percent. "The 'Factory Girl' influence of Edie Sedgwick is still popular for fall, as well. The Mod look gives women a chance to show off a great body."
Calli Saitowitz, owner of two-unit BB1 Classic in Houston, bought novelty fashion items and tailored sportswear for fall from Save the Queen, Isabel de Pedro, Fortuna and Shirt Passion, along with necklaces from One of a Kind that featured tags and inspirational sayings.
"Business has been great and both stores are up," Saitowitz said.
Nicole Thibaut, co-owner of The Villa in Mandeville, La., ordered men's wear-inspired green, brown and yellow plaid sportswear from Womyn, including lots of tailored jackets; novelty T-shirts and jersey dresses from Michael Stars; bishop-sleeve tops, Empire-waist dresses and cropped jackets from Ted Baker, including some with wheel prints, and organic-inspired silver and gold jewelry with faceted stones from various vendors."We loved all the unusual prints, men's wear references, subtly tailored jackets and all the sophisticated fall colors, especially fawn, that we saw in many of the showrooms," said Thibaut, whose budget was even with last year.
Lewis Hoffer, owner of Butch Hoffer's, a specialty store in Lumberton, Tex., booked deliveries through November for brown coordinated sportswear from Isda, dresses from Trina Turk in a range of styles and colors, jersey dresses from Michael Stars and delicate metallic jewelry from a variety of lines.
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