Kal Ruttenstein, senior vice president of fashion direction, Bloomingdale’s
WHAT HE'LL BE WEARING: “Although I usually wear Sean John from head to toe with Nike sneakers, since I’ve lost 60 pounds I’ll be wearing a suit and probably a raincoat or a puffer coat to protect me from the elements.”
FASHION SHOW STAPLE: “It’ll be me and my trusty striped cane designed by Chuck Price.”
LOOKING FOR: “Spring has been about color — it’s certainly selling — so we’re going to continue our quest for color.”
TOP SHOWS: “There are many we’re excited about, like Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Derek Lamb and Proenza Schouler.”
NIGHTTIME INDULGENCE: Ten o’clock dinners at Schiller’s Liquor Bar.


Jaqui Lividini, senior vice president of fashion merchandising, Saks Fifth Avenue
WHAT SHE'LL BE CARRYING: “A tan Prada chain-handle bag because, [even though it’s from spring], you can still wear it with a fur.”
FASHION SHOW STAPLE: Hermès zippered organizer.
LOOKING FOR: “We’re always looking for newness, anything directional, certainly new designers and inspiration from established designers.”
MOST ANTICIPATED SHOWS: “I’m excited to see everything.”
NIGHTTIME INDULGENCE: “Sleep. I’m seven months pregnant, after that last show I’ll be going home.”


Julie Gilhart, vice president and fashion director, Barneys New York
WHAT SHE’LL BE WEARING: “Barbara TFank floral blazer, Rochas tangerine sweater, Lanvin black pleated skirt and Kazuko crystals for protection.”
FASHION SHOW STAPLES: “My trail mix so I can have energy to continue hiking to all the shows and appointments. Second, my Goyard tote bag that seems to be able to carry absolutely everything.”
LOOKING FOR: “We need great coats because our customers have worn to death the coats they have now. Other than that I expect the designers to give us something we could not have thought of.”
NIGHTTIME INDULGENCE: “My Friday the 13th massage with Sam Cagning.”
Ed Burstell, vice president and general manager, Henri Bendel
WHAT THE BENDEL’S GIRL WILL WEAR: “Perry Ellis’ pink trench, Constança Basto python sandals [without hosiery], Jonathan Saunders print dresses.”
LOOKING FOR: “Everyone that’s new. Just in general, beautiful coats and outerwear with the feeling from spring of color and print….We’re in the mood for buy now-wear now, i.e. lighter fabrications for earlier delivery.”
SHOWS THAT TOP HIS LIST: “A combination of the established and the young: Michael Kors, Matthew Williamson, Jeffrey Chow, Peter Som, Esteban Cortazar, Daryl K.”
BIG NIGHT OUT: “Of course, it’s our party for Alice Temperley, hosted by Helena Christensen.”
FASHION SHOW STAPLE: New Miguel Adrover custom-made black cashmere coat.


Robert Burke, vice president and senior fashion director, Bergdorf Goodman
LOOKING FOR: “Tailoring. We’ve had a strong season with jackets. I’m also curious to see fabrics with more interesting textures, but still tailored and very feminine. We expect to see a significant amount of fur accessories, too. ”
NIGHTTIME INDULGENCE: “Having a drink at home.”
FASHION SHOW STAPLES: John Lobb shoes and Altoids.


Roopal Patel, fashion director, Bergdorf Goodman
WHAT SHE'LL BE WEARING: Black lace Chanel coat with grosgrain trim, Tuleh zebra coat, little floral-print blouses from Peter Som, and anything from Tracy Reese; Matthew Williamson’s pale mint green python bag, and Lambertson Truex’s orange shopper.
FASHION SHOW STAPLE: iPod.
TOP SHOWS: “We’re looking forward to seeing everyone. It’s a great lineup.”
BIG NIGHT OUT: The Young Fellows’ Winter Fête at The Frick.


Sue Patneaude, executive vice president of designer apparel, Nordstrom
WHAT SHE'LL BE WEARING: “My cashmere black-and-white tweed Donna Karan suit and, for color, my lavender Celine coat.”
FASHION SHOW STAPLE: “My Chanel tote that works both as a handbag and a tote.”
LOOKING FOR: “We look for a continuation of femininity and color. I hope the print story continues; I don’t think it has been tapped out yet.”
MOST ANTICIPATED SHOWS: Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, Donna Karan, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Jeffrey Chow and Jennifer Nicholson.
NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES: “We have shows each night so those are at the top of my list.”
Meital Grantz, owner, Talulah G.
WHAT SHE'LL BE WEARING: “Chloé’s white bell-bottom pants, Blinde 88 special sunglasses in dark brown, Chloé black leather kodak bag, Pegah cashmere poncho and a pink Chanel caviar classic bag with gold hardware.”
FASHION SHOW STAPLES: White Montblanc pen, Louis Vuitton yellow epi leather, YSL mohair and gold cuff.
LOOKING FOR: Cashmere sweaters that sit on the hips, fabulous wool coats, bouclé jackets and great earrings.
TOP SHOW: Proenza Schouler.
NIGHTTIME INDULGENCE: Late dinners at Da Silvano.


Stefani Greenfield, co-owner of the Scoop boutiques
WHAT SHE'LL BE WEARING: Her Marc Jacobs Stella bag, a Stone Island ski cap, a Polo Sport black down coat and a Manolo boot.
LOOKING FOR: Jackets with a Savile Row feel, fitted blazers, pants with slim legs and fall colors —navy and grays, bordeaux, eggplant, camel.
MOST ANTICIPATED SHOWS: Both Marc Jacobs shows, Matthew Williamson, Tuleh, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg.
BIG NIGHT OUT: “Saturday night at Raoul’s with my husband for Valentine’s.”
FASHION SHOW STAPLE: “My Blackberry. I can’t leave home without it.”


Sarah Easley, co-owner, Kirna Zabête
WHAT SHE'LL BE WEARING:: “A new ivory, thin Rick Owens wrap sweater, Maloles ballerina flats in bright green with orange trim and a Matthew Williamson neon animal-print silk caftan. Most likely not all together.”
FASHION SHOW STAPLE: Chloé’s green bag for spring.
LOOKING FOR: “We are more interested in adding new New York designers than in importing new resources for fall ’04.?There is more than enough talent here and the value is much better for our clients.”
MOST ANTICIPATED SHOWS: Sebastian Pons, Peter Som, Behnaz Sarafpour, Tuleh and Matthew Williamson.


Beth Buccini, co-owner of Kirna Zabete
WHAT SHE’LL BE CARRYING: “A coral Jimmy Choo purse in protest of winter.”
SPRING STAPLES: “I wish I could break them out now ....Derek Lam carnation-print coat with teal satin ribbon, Maloles green ballet flats, Tuleh gown, Sebastian Pons printed jacket.”
TOP SHOWS: “Really excited to see Derek Lam and Tuleh.”
NIGHTTIME INDULGENCE: “Going home and playing with my daughter at night! Plus the Frick party on Thursday.”
Carl Dias, buyer for three Traffic boutiques in Los Angeles
FAVORITE SPRING PIECES: “I’m into pants. I’m done with jeans.”
LOOKING FOR: “I’m really into jackets at the moment that can be worn on both coasts. They can be luxe, but I don’t want them to do too many tricks. Classic but very modern.”
MOST ANTICIPATED SHOW: “Daryl K. She’s always slightly ahead.”
NIGHTTIME INDULGENCE: “A Broadway show, probably ‘Wicked.’


Tracey Ross, owner, Tracey Ross in Los Angeles
WHAT SHE'LL BE WEARING: “I’ll be wearing earmuffs, a Jil Sander fur hat, my Ann Demeulemeester boots and one of my fur coats. Or I’ll be wearing my really superwarm Northface jacket.”
LOOKING FOR: “I am looking forward to seeing all the coats.”
MOST ANTICIPATED SHOWS: Matthew Williamson, Peter Som, Anna Sui and Marc Jacobs.
BIG NIGHTS OUT: “The MAC event on Wednesday night and the Louis Vuitton opening on Tuesday night. And on Monday night, my girlie dinner with Elizabeth Saltzman, Amy Sacco, Anne McNally and Loree Rodkin, after the Marc Jacobs show.”


Sarah Lerfel, buyer, Colette in Paris
WHAT SHE'LL BE WEARING: A Tess Giberson skirt, Marc Jacobs “denim tweed” jacket and a Proenza Schouler tweed short.
LOOKING FOR: Independent, quality and energetic brands like Lutz & Patmos, Generra, VPL and Tom Binns for accessories.
MOST ANTICIPATED SHOWS: Marc by Marc Jacobs and Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, As Four, Libertine.
BIG NIGHTS OUT: Jeremy Scott party, V and Adidas party, Raf Simons event.


Natalie Massenet, founder and owner of Net-a-Porter, the on-line designer Web site
WHAT SHE'LL BE WEARING: “In my dreams, I am wearing a Fifties skirt with kitten heels and a tweedy jacket with a rosette. In reality, I’ll be bringing lots of vintage furs, jeans by Seven, flat boots by Le Flesh.”
FASHION SHOW STAPLE: “My new Trio 600 phone, which is amazing, my digital camera and my laptop.”
LOOKING FOR: “I’m looking for anything that stands out from the crowd, and I will also be looking on the streets, too, in addition to the runways. I think the Ugg boot struck everyone, and while I won’t be looking for replicas of the boot, I will be looking for new directions.”
TOP SHOWS: Roland Mouret, Sass and Bide, Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez and Marc Jacobs.
NIGHTTIME INDULGENCE: Sleeping.
Cédric Charbit: merchandise manager for women’s wear at Printemps, Paris
WHAT HE'LL BE WEARING: Balenciaga Shetland turtleneck, James Perse Ts and a Dior Homme gray denim and coat.
LOOKING FOR: “Strong and simple pieces...We are looking for sexy, luxurious basics, like what we find in Los Angeles [new jeans and new T-shirts], but also very chic items with a big return of the vest and coat.”
TOP SHOWS: Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez.
BIG NIGHT OUT: Victoria’s Secret party on Wednesday and V magazine’s on Thursday.


Anna Garner, head of fashion, men’s and women’s, Selfridges
WHAT SHE'LL BE WEARING: Chloé high-waisted Seventies faded jeans, Alaïa stilettos, and a Zoe Knight leather shell clasp bag that doubles as a belt and bag in one.
FASHION SHOW STAPLE: Smythson of Bond Street notebook, a stockpile of pens from Muji.
LOOKING FOR: “Originality, anything abstract, more independent designers than megabrands, men’s wear-influenced pieces for women, Marlene Dietrich rather than Marilyn Monroe.”
MOST ANTICIPATED SHOWS: “Peter Som, he just gets better from season to season, Derek Lam and Doo Ri — love the energy of the new guard.”
BIG NIGHT OUT: Cheap Date party on Wednesday night.


Bridget Cosgrave, women’s wear fashion director at Matches, the London-based specialty store
WHAT SHE'LL BE WEARING: “I know it’s going to be too cold to wear what I want to wear, which is a Prada silk tweed jacket with a brooch and Prada’s beaten cotton dress with the corsage. What I will be wearing is Balenciaga’s wrap jersey dress with Bottega Veneta’s hand-painted snake shoes and a vintage Diane von Furstenberg shirtwaister.”
LOOKING FOR: “I love the new cleaned-up, updated classic look that the Americans do so well. I’m talking about box-pleat skirts and cashmere sweaters.”
TOP SHOWS: Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg.
NIGHTTIME INDULGENCE: Hot chocolate.
— With contributions from Emilie March, Paris; Samantha Conti, London, and Kristin Young, Los Angeles

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