By  on August 26, 2013

LAS VEGAS — Uncertainty about retail prospects for the rest of the year hung over the apparel trade shows here as questions about consumer spending mounted, but retail buyers and apparel vendors aimed to entice shoppers with strong color statements and new silhouettes.

Avoiding making risky investments, the majority of retailers scouting brands at WWDMAGIC, ENK Vegas, Capsule, Stitch, Pool, Liberty and the other expos weren’t thinking beyond holiday. Tess Labeth, owner of the boutique Savoir-Faire in Fayetteville, Ark., concentrated on September, October and November deliveries. “We are in fall mode,” she said, adding that her customers “buy for now.”

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