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Contemporary’s Holiday Hits

From Alice + Olivia dresses and Autumn Cashmere sweaters to Phillip Lim coats and Primp hoodies, contemporary sportswear shoppers have plenty of choices...

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From Alice + Olivia dresses and Autumn Cashmere sweaters to Phillip Lim coats and Primp hoodies, contemporary sportswear shoppers have plenty of choices this season.

This story first appeared in the December 20, 2007 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Store: Saks Fifth Avenue
Where: 54 stores nationwide and saks.com.
Best-selling holiday items: Vince’s smocked neck cardigan and Alice + Olivia’s tutu dress.
Retail Prices: $265 for the cardigan, $440 for the dress.
Why they’ve done well: “[The cardigan] is 100 percent cashmere and a great light weight,” said Joseph Boitano, senior vice president and general merchandise manager. “[The dress] is on trend, novel and a great party dress for the holidays. It is also very iconic Alice + Olivia.”

Store: Henri Bendel
Where: New York and henribendel.com.
Best-selling holiday items: E.VIL’s horoscope T-shirt and Thread Social’s strapless dress in gold and gray silk satin.
Retail Prices: $78 for the T-shirt, $618 for the dress.
Why they’ve done well: “These Ts are a great gift-giving item,” said fashion director Ann Watson. “Not only are they a personalized gift, but they are at a great price point. [The dress] is a chic, sexy and festive dress, perfect for holiday parties.”

Store: Net-a-porter.com
Where: The Internet
Best-selling holiday items: Tibi’s sequined T-shirt dress and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s double-breasted trenchcoat.
Retail Prices: $990 for the dress, $685 for the coat.
Why they’ve done well: “[The dress is] perfectly festive and fun for the party season,” said Alison Loehnis, vice president of sales and marketing. “It is versatile, too, and it can be teamed with heels at night or dressed down with black opaque tights and ankle boots or flats during the day. This classic winter white coat looks chic with any outfit, and the three-quarter sleeves and lightweight fabric mean it will see you through until spring — just add extra layers throughout the winter. Ultimately, it’s a real investment piece that can be worn for seasons to come and at a great price, too.”

Store: Shopbop.com
Where: The Internet
Best-selling holiday item: Grey Ant’s fold-over minidress.
Retail price: $440
Why it’s done well: “This Grey Ant dress is perfect for the holidays,” said Erin Crandall, head buyer. “It’s classic, chic and sexy all at the same time. We love finding great items from edgy designers like Grey Ant that people know for denim and surprising them.”

Store: Atrium
Where: New York, Miami and Livingston, N.J.
Best-selling holiday items: Alice + Olivia’s mirror shift dress and Kritik’s hoodie and shorts.
Retail Prices: $695 for the dress, $145 for the hoodie, $77 for the shorts.
Why they’ve done well: “The mirror shift dress is the perfect holiday piece — elegant, versatile, and sexy,” said Shira Dolinger, assistant buyer. “The Kritik terry suit is the perfect piece for holiday shoppers who will be vacationing in warmer climates. It’s bright and clean.”

Store: Searle
Where: New York (eight locations) and searlenyc.com.
Best-selling holiday items: Searle’s jewel-encrusted silk satin A-line dress with pockets and Searle’s cashmere-lined leather gloves.
Retail Prices: $698 for the dress, $148 for the gloves.
Why they’ve done well: “[The dress is] selling well because the fabric is gorgeous, the jewels are great quality, the fit is superb, there are pockets, plus it’s a bit A-line so you don’t have to be a stick to wear it,” said Rick Weinstein, director of sales and marketing at Searle. “[The gloves are] selling because it’s cold outside, extra long gloves are hot and they are cashmere throughout. Plus, gloves make a great gift.”

Store: Olive & Bette’s
Where: New York (four locations) and oliveandbettes.com.
Best-selling holiday items: Autumn Cashmere’s striped wrap cardigan and Shaneen Huxham’s cashmere gloves with hand-stitched animal appliqués.
Retail Prices: $362 for the cardigan, $125 for the gloves.
Why they’ve done well: “This wrap cardigan’s fitted waist in a sea of baby dolls has made it one of holiday’s bestsellers,” said owner Stacy Pecor. “What’s more, stripes have been popular, and this combination of heather gray with neon yellow is not something our customers already have in their closets. These cashmere gloves are whimsical and girly. Their homespun vibe feels like a true gift from the heart. They make you smile every time you put them on.”

Store: Rapunzel’s Closet
Where: Palm Beach, Fla. (three locations) and shoprapunzels.com.
Best-selling holiday items: Lauren Merkin card case and Primp’s hoodies and thermals.
Retail Prices: $48 for the case, $92 to $165 for the hoodies and thermals.
Why they’ve done well: “The card cases are stylish with a scallop trim, they come in both bold and metallic colors and are for a great price,” said owner Randi Siegal. “The Primp items come in fun colors and designs and they are easy to wash.”

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