with contributions from Kira Cole and Christina Silvestri
 on June 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES — At the Los Angeles contemporary fashion market, buyers displayed a bit of nervousness as they decreased their open-to-buy budgets and weighed prices carefully amid economic uncertainty.

Encompassing the trade shows Designers & Agents, Focus, Select and the showrooms housed in the California Market Center, Cooper Design Space, New Mart, Gerry Building and Lady Liberty Building, the four-day show that ended June 14 differed from previous markets in which the mood was largely buoyant. Perhaps sensing retailers’ cautious approaches to ordering, some vendors were willing to adjust minimum amounts for orders. Moreover, in reflection of buyers’ last-minute shopping tendencies and designers’ urgency to place orders with factories in advance, the collections shown ranged from cozy fall cover-ups to glitzy items for holiday.

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