By and  on August 22, 2012

LAS VEGAS — The ongoing blossoming of color was the dominant trend story at the trade shows here this week, set against a darker backdrop of continued concerns about the retail climate and overall global economy. Independent specialty stores face stiff challenges as consumers remain cautious about spending and larger retailers drive sales via price promotion.

Vendors and buyers alike repeated the drumbeat mantra that compelling product, as ever, remains the key to capturing shopper interest and dollars. For spring, that meant chinos in eye-catching hues; a return to authentic destruction detail in denim; innovative technical construction like heat-sealed seams in outerwear; unexpected button treatments and prints on tailored sportcoats, and a steadfast march toward slimmer, more flattering silhouettes in all categories.

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