Colored bottoms: Get ‘em while they’re hot!

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Elise Diamantini: There’s no doubt about it, colored bottoms are at the top of retailers’ fall ’12 hit lists.

Great expectations

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Elise Diamantini: We asked Joey Gonzalez of Fred Segal Man, Eric Jennings of Saks and Ryan Eccles of Union what’s new, next and what they hope to find for fall 2012.

Contemporary: Denim direction

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Elise Diamantini: Bootcut styles and color are triggering new interest in denim.

Ones to watch: Stepping out

Spring 2012 looks from Marlon Gobel

These three emerging designers, Marlon Gobel, Ian Velardi and Todd Snyder, started their careers working for big names. Now they’re now showing their own visions.

Blazing new trails

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Elise Diamantini: The Nanshan Group, a huge Chinese manufacturing conglomerate known best to the American market as the maker of Paul Betenly suits, recently celebrated 30 years in business.

Movin’ on up: By Robert James

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Editors, bloggers and fashion-insiders found shelter from the torrential rain storm in NYC Wednesday night at the By Robert James store opening party.

Banking on bow ties

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Elise Diamantini talks to a group of guys who started wearing bow ties as a way to thumb their noses at a new dress code, and then found themselves office trendsetters.

Custom kicks

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Elise Diamantini: Last night, New Balance previewed their made in the USA collection at New York’s Mulberry Project.

Francie Nguyen: Direct to consumer

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Retailer of the Year coverage: Francie Nguyen, SVP of CMRG direct business: “There will always be a need for the catalog—it’s our number one marketing tool—but we’re a multi-channel business and everything we do from print to e-mail to in-store helps drive the total business.”

Retail rewind

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Elise Diamantini: A few factors are driving the high single-digit increases that contemporary merchants have achieved year to date: 1) a surge in non-denim bottoms; 2) more affordable pricepoints; 3) slimmer styling; and 4) a new focus on shorts and swimwear.