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Last week’s marathon of fashion collections featured plenty of minis, furs and trends from the past, especially Mod Sixties and Courrèges influences. Despite the eclecticism, WWD pushed the usually loquacious store buyers to pick their one...

Last week’s marathon of fashion collections featured plenty of minis, furs and trends from the past, especially Mod Sixties and Courrèges influences. Despite the eclecticism, WWD pushed the usually loquacious store buyers to pick their one absolute must-have trend or item for fall:

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Kal Ruttenstein, senior vice president of fashion direction, Bloomingdale’s: “It’s very difficult to pick favorites from the established stars, but for a new designer, basically showing his third collection, the flair silhouette from Zac Posen was great. He did cute, flirty, well-crafted dresses and created a style all his own. It’s nice to see someone so young doing this.”

Joan Kaner, senior vice president and fashion director for Neiman Marcus: “The sexy curved dress, like we saw at Donna Karan and Narciso Rodriguez. That’s the way women want to dress.”

Robert Burke, Bergdorf Goodman vice president senior fashion director: “Narciso Rodriguez’ black and white dresses. The cuts were architectural and soft at the same time. He’s kind of the New York couture star.”

Barbara Atkins, Holt Renfrew: “The return of the miniskirt is the biggest story of the season. We saw it for spring, but I haven’t really seen it on the streets. We’re going to have to get our customers used to it. This is a radical change for fashion.

Sue Patneaude, vice president of designer apparel, Nordstrom: The elongated jacket with very skinny pants as seen at Narciso Rodriguez and Ralph Lauren. “They were winners.”

Jaqui Lividini, senior vice president of fashion merchandising, communication, Saks Fifth Avenue: Oscar de la Renta’s studded black leather belted biker jacket and his burgundy sweater cape were among her several top picks.

Ed Burstell, general manager, Henri Bendel: The short skirt or the short dress worn under a knee-skimming coat, as seen at Diane Von Furstenberg, Matthew Williamson and Michael Kors.

Evelyn Gorman, owner of Mix: “I really loved Michael Kors’ silk slouch trouser. It was a very good show — a real turn from what he normally did.”