By  on August 6, 2007

NEW YORK — Hoping for the industry equivalent of a one-two punch, designers are following up strong fall and holiday seasons with increased offerings for spring 2008 that reference cold-weather styles. "Our fall 2007 bookings were amazing, with some categories doubling, or even tripling, 2006 quantities," says Catrinel Popa, vice president of merchandising and design at Hue. "We believe their spring counterparts will be as successful."

Designers are banking on retailers' continued interest in popular styles. Hannah Byun, founder and designer of Hansel from Basel, says, "People are still placing orders for my holiday pieces. With the response I've gotten, it looks possible to double my growth this spring." This season will see metallic sheers, animal prints on fishnets and more porous openwork, but will manufacturers be able to cash in on their bet? "I've modified several fall and holiday styles for the spring season," says Byun. "Hosiery is still going strong, and I think everyone's waiting for the next little addition to their wardrobe."

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