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Friday, June 05, 2009

The Fill In

Lori's off to New York to round out our Fall buy as certain trends gain steam. And what are they? A mix of playing it safe while looking good. A sartorial reaction to a falling economy that doesn't depress our vanity. We all may be averse to risk lately, but not the risque.

By far the demand is for pumps. Customers are asking daily for a basic, plain pointy-toed pump with a mid-to-high heel. The look is classic, tailored and conservative without eschewing sexiness. Gone will be the ornamentation of summer as we move back to a low-key elegance. Deep berry tones may rule the handbag world, but black is going to be the new black in footwear.

Pumps and booties are a perfect pairing for that trend that is bucking the conservatism: shorter hemlines. Contrary to that old chestnut about plummeting stocks and hems, we're seeing shorter skirts and shorts. This works back to heels and booties in a cinch. We think it will also be a good season for tights and leggings again.

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