New York – Wheres’s Clarence when you need him? In the most extraordianary holiday season the country has seen in years – servicemen overseas, bioterrorism at home and a flailing economy – no one expects a lastminute Bedford Falls-type miracle at the retail register. In fact, some stores are projecting negative comp sales. Still, people are hitting the stores, often in search of markdowns and other deals, and stores are reporting pockets of strength. This week WWD takes a look at bestsellers across numerous categories at department stores, luxury houses and smaller boutiques. Certainly classics lead the way, especially in accessories, but happily, there is still room for a touch of whimsy.

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