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the spring buy

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Jilsander

The buyer: Jeffrey Kalinsky, president and CEO, Jeffrey New York

What did you invest in heavily for spring? For designers, Jil Sander, Marni, and Christian Louboutin. For trends, floral prints. And for individual items, day dresses.

What’s been your biggest seller so far? Lanvin, both ready-to-wear and shoes.

What had the longest waiting list? Dries Van Noten jewelry, Givenchy runway shoes, and Balenciaga print and leather handbags.

What are your customers asking for when they come in? Alaïa.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

the spring buy

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Lanvinshoe

The buyer: Jeannie Lee, owner, Satine, L.A.

What did you invest in heavily for spring? For spring we invested heavily in Tsumori Chisato, Lanvin runway shoes (above) and bags, Balenciaga runway shoes (which sold out before they even hit the floor), and all things Isabel Marant. Lanvin’s Kentucky canvas tote with yellow leather trim has been our best-selling bag.

What’s been your biggest seller so far? Alaïa gladiators—I was out of the store the day they arrived and never even got to see a single pair.

What had the longest waiting list? Alexander Wang‘s baggy denim shorts are selling by the dozens (literally), and we have a wait list of over 100 people who want a pair for fall. It’s rare to see such an identifiable item have such long-term demand.

What are your customers asking for when they come in? Jewelry in bold, geometric shapes; gladiator sandals; ostrich-skin bags; tailored dresses; and slouchy pants.

Photo: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

here comes the bride

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Wedding2

“Look at all the pretty princesses,” I overheard one editor say at Monique Lhuillier’s bridal presentation this weekend, one of first bridal shows of the week. Indeed, Lhuillier had created 29 looks that were the stuff of fairy tales, from column dresses crafted from whisper-thin lace to bejeweled gowns. But as a first-time bride-to-be who was scanning the shows for some less traditional ideas for her own upcoming nuptials, there were other designers that had me saying “I do.” Reem Acra had me thinking about color after she and stylist David Yaski layered her elegant ivory bridal confections with vividly hued clothing and bright costume jewels culled from her own vintage and ready-to-wear collections. “When I was putting together the show, I was reviving my past,” explained Acra of the personal touches. “I was mixing in things that made me famous and brought me good luck.” Carolina Herrera paired separates with floor-length skirts to create some of my favorite looks from her exquisite presentation, like a Victorian-inspired lace blouse and boxy wool-felt jacket that was finished with fur cuffs. It was Oscar de la Renta (above), however, that gave me the most inspiration. He presented several knee-length numbers that would perfectly suit my 5′ 2″ frame, and maybe even allow me to change to flats as the wedding festivities carry on.

Photo: Dan Lecca/Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

the spring buy

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Chrisbenz

The buyer: Jim Wetzel, co-owner/fashion director, Jake, Chicago

What did you invest in heavily for spring? We really went big into color for spring. I felt that the time was good, the clients were yearning for it, and with what is going on in the world, it brings a bit of pleasure to light. Chris Benz was a huge part of this, and his collection of neon and jewel-tone colors is doing amazingly well.

What’s been your biggest seller so far? This season we sold out almost immediately of a Guiseppe Zanotti platform pump in white with a blue and silver cap toe, and to throw it over the edge, there is a huge rhinestone cluster on the toe. Magical! Our clientele is not afraid of the statement and really sign up for the fashion items. They expect this from us and we do not disappoint!

What are your customers asking for when they come in? Color. Flash. They’re coming in and wanting something that makes them feel great, sexy, and gets them noticed. The more over-the-top, with beading, feathers, or fringe, the more emotional they get for the piece. I think with everything that is going on in the world, our clients are using fashion as an escapism tactic. What could be more fun?

Photo: Courtesy of Chris Benz

the spring buy

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Dvf

The buyer: Tarini Jindal, creative director, Muse, Mumbai, India

What did you invest in heavily for spring? This season, I loved Diane von Furstenberg‘s collection (above). We bought a lot of the maxi dresses, and her signature wraps. Paul & Joe works very well for us, and the spring collection was beautiful; pastel colors and chiffons work very well for the Indian market.

What’s been your biggest seller so far? Our biggest sellers have been the DVF wrap dresses and tops.

What had the longest waiting list? The concept of a waiting list has not started in India yet. The market is too young.

What are your customers asking for when they come in? The Muse customer is asking for colors, cotton, and chiffon fabrics, maxi dresses, and lots of accessories.

Photo: Marcio Madeira