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NEW YORK — What better place than Bryant Park during fashion week to determine what serious shoppers have been snapping up?
A few like Patricia Herrera Lansing and Amanda Brooks have been buying a personal favorite item in another color.
Before the start of her mother Carolina Herrera’s runway show Monday, Lansing said her most recent find was a yellow baby-doll Tracy Feith dress with bell sleeves and embroidery near the top. “It’s almost like a short caftan,” she said. “I have it in every color but I didn’t have it in yellow.”
Lauren du Pont also said she picked up a Tracy Feith dress, a white one to the knee, about three weeks ago. Feith is the designer of her newest coat, as well. “It’s really cute in corduroy with a crazy psychedelic print and a little ruffle.” Despite those two purchases, she said she is not really in a shopping mood just yet.
Her friend Tory Burch’s last splurge was pretty low-key. “J. Crew tanks in three colors,” Burch said.
Last week, Brooks picked up a Phillip Lim cashmere and silk double-breasted cardigan with matching sweatpants. “I had already bought it in gray,” she said. “I was so obsessed with it I had to order another one in black.”
Nicole Fischelis, vice president and fashion director for Macy’s East, might have been the busiest shopper at Herrera’s show. She recently bought an antique cameo pin from Melody Rogers’ antique store to add to her collection. In Las Vegas for the MAGIC trade show, she buzzed into Jean Paul Gaultier’s shop for a pinstripe suit. She was wearing one of her other purchases — a fur-trimmed green cardigan from Angelo Tarlazzi. In addition, Fischelis said she has picked up several fur-trimmed leather jackets from her brother Gerard’s label in Paris. “It’s real luxury — you need that,” she said. “And I wear them every day for certain.”
Constance White, style director at eBay, also has been known to ring up the cash registers. Before Marc Bouwer’s show Friday, she said, “I shop in waves. I just went on a fashion binge and won’t shop for six months.”
A Dries Van Noten “mousy brown” coat with a black belt was her latest purchase. “I found it on eBay, of course,” she said.
Although White does not consider herself an impulse shopper, she recently took the bait. “I was going to lunch at Pastis and I was early, which is also very unprecedented, so I went into Christian Louboutin. And darn it — they had a sale.”
White walked out with a new pair of black leather wedges with leopard insets. “I haven’t worn them yet, but I’m happy with them already,” she said.
Bergdorf Goodman’s senior vice president and fashion director, Linda Fargo, initially thought her last buy was a pair of narrow black pants to add to her collection of black pants. She then corrected herself: “It was Sisily eye cream. Every time before fashion week I try to buy something that will make me feel good.”