DALLAS — Dresses enjoyed a rebound during the fall and holiday market that ended here June 2. Fur-trimmed sportswear, novelty skirts and tops, and chandelier earrings were also high on buyers’ shopping lists.

“All the social dressing is really booming right now,” said Nan Napier, owner of Tres Mariposas in El Paso, Tex. “I’ve never shopped for so many dresses in my life.”

She picked up a charmeuse halter gown from Tahari and a black cocktail dress with a feathered hem by Carmen Marc Valvo.

Dresses and social-occasion separates were also the main mission for Mary Ann Corte, owner of Uptown in Fairhope, Ala. She found soft silk and lace gowns with movement from Carol Peretz, and sophisticated cocktail dresses and separates at Elizabeth Steeve.

“My business is up, so I’m planning a little increase,” she said. “We’ve had a great year in special-occasion dressing and I’m ready for holiday.”

Patty Hoffpauir, owner of The Garden Room in Austin, Tex., also was hunting for occasion dressing, especially for wedding guests.

“We’re being very, very specific,” she noted. “But we think prices are lower and we’re finding great value.”

She invested in WWW’s halter tops and cocktail separates, Renfrew’s cranberry satin safari jacket and skirt, ruched jersey tops from the new Canadian line, Zokai, and Yansi Fugel’s aluminum stretch satin pants.

Traffic seemed unusually light to sales representatives and buyers, with conservative ordering for close-to-the-season needs because of economic uncertainty.

“It’s been very slow,” said Virginia Utt, who runs an eponymous showroom of bridge dresses and suits. “Most of the people are hunting for new resources or need fill-ins.”

Cindy Morris, chief operating officer of the Dallas Market Center Co., said, “Overall, traffic was consistent with our expectations given the present economic conditions. Retailers who come to June market represent higher-quality stores and are serious shoppers. The message we have received from these retailers is that they are more hopeful about third-quarter sales in their stores.”

Marilyn Wohlstadter, owner of East 61st accessories and shoe store at Highland Park Village in Dallas, had a positive outlook for a slight increase this fall.As she ordered mini structured leather handbags from Isabella Fiori and sterling and semiprecious earrings by Chan Luu, Wohlstadter said, “I think we’ll have a good fall. Customers are out browsing who were not coming out of their houses before and they’re ready for something new.”

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