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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A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"