NEW YORK — Career separates are a major focus for fall, as better vendors zoom in on key items such as knitwear, suit looks in year-round fabrics, long jackets and cardigans. While black is big, color is also strong, with shades of brown, blue, green and plum receiving the most attention.
“We’re back to a solid cycle,” said Ann Caruso, director of retail development at The Doneger Group, “We had been on a strong print cycle, so the interest is more in the fabric rather than the geometric. Tweeds and houndstooth are big for jackets, with pops of primary colors.”
At Sigrid Olsen, the emphasis is on sweaters with novelty twists.
“For fall, we’ve kept our bar focused on color and interesting and unusual color palettes,” said head designer and creative director Sigrid Olsen. “There’s a heavy sweater focus, from chunky hand knits and fine-gauge knit dressing to more structured suitings and long jackets and cardigans.”
Firms such as Company D, Bushwacker, August Silk and White & Warren are featuring an array of knitwear separates.
“The cowls are selling extremely well,” said Lou Breuning, president of August Silk. “As simple as it may seem, a new neckline can drive your business.”