Here we go. Vacation season is upon us. Hot or cold climate destinations…you need something to wear right? For those heading to a sunny destination, swimwear boutiques are selling sexy one-pieces with cutouts and bikinis in bold colors and graphic prints. For cover-ups, women are choosing dresses that may be worn both by the pool and out to dinner. For ski, women are bundling up in winter white ski pants and fur.
SOME LIKE IT HOT:
Store: Heidi Klein
Where: New York City
Hottest sellers: Grenada one-piece, Provence zebra-print bikini, Monaco nautical-striped bikini, Sophie cover-up dress
Price: $230, $255, $235, $245
Holiday trends: "With bikinis, you want quite graphic prints that stand out from a distance," said co-owner Penny Klein. "For cover-ups, you want something you can wear to breakfast and then into town and then out for the evening — caftans and summer dresses more than shorts."
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Store: Everything But Water
Hottest sellers: VIX’s Jen bikini in green stripes, Bia bikini in green, Vitamin A’s deep sea shimmer baby-doll minidress
Price: $69 each piece, $64 each piece, $140
trends: "Bright kelly green is big, after the sportswear market being really dark for fall," said Bridget Quinn Stickline, vice president of merchandising. "The trend in cover-ups is definitely dresses, particularly minidresses, which come directly from the sportswear world."
Store: Rosa Chá
Hottest sellers: White, belt-inspired bikini tops and bottoms
Price: top, $150; bottom, $200
Holiday trends: "We’ve noticed that women are drawn to suits with embellishments, macramé and metal hardware — something that makes the suit feel special and sets the woman apart when she wears it," said Amir Slama, designer of Rosa Chá.
Where: New York City
Hottest sellers: Cassiope and Corfou one-pieces, Olanie bikini top and Anelie bikini bottom
Price: $417, $300, $160, $174
Holiday trends: "The trend is to one-pieces, somehow. That might evolve during the summer, but during the winter, for trips, people are wanting to be more covered," said an Eres spokeswoman. "Very vibrant, saturated colors, like our reef — a royal blue — and mango — a bright, orangy red — are selling more than the black and white, which we always carry."
Line: Elizabeth Hurley Beach
Where available: Elizabethhurley.com and retailers worldwide
Hottest sellers: Allegra bikini in leopard and Raj Kaftan in orchid green
Price: $172, $615
Holiday trends: "It’s a huge leopard moment — kaftans, swimwear, bags and towels," Hurley said. "Everyone wants leopard."
SOME LIKE IT COLD:
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Store: Performance Ski
Where: Aspen, Colo.
Hottest sellers: Prada’s short puffy coat and baggy pants
Price: $785 each
Holiday trends: "There’s a lot of earthy green this year and off-white," said a Performance Ski spokesman. "All white is the new black."
Store: St. Bernard Sports
Hottest sellers: Bogner’s Ramina pant and Nyree coat
Price: $469, $899
Holiday trends: "Our ladies here are very feminine and like to accessorize with fur pieces," a St. Bernard Sports spokeswoman said. "On our Bogner pieces, you buy fur trim at an extra cost, so people who don’t want it have the option."
Line: Erin Snow
Where available: Erinsnow.com and retailers nationwide
Hottest sellers: Erin Snow’s Alex pant and Zoe shearling vest
Price: $398, $1,698
Holiday trends: "We’ve been selling more of our transitional pieces than our straight-up performance pieces," designer Erin Isakov said. "A lot of people are just buying the bottoms without whole outfits because they want that sexier fit that they can even wear around town when they are not skiing, and our biggest seller is our least technical ski pant. I just did trunk shows in Florida, and our biggest seller was our Zoe shearling vest. It’s pricier — the second most expensive piece in the line. You can really envision luxury and seeing yourself in a resort town."
Store: Teton Village Sports
Where: Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Hottest sellers: Bogner Fire + Ice’s Suvretta jacket
Holiday trends: "Eye-catching patterns and feminine colors are also popular, because when you are on the hill, it’s hard to distinguish your femininity, and women are looking to stand out," a store spokeswoman said. "There is also definitely a trend toward white; not necessarily the white coat, but definitely white underlayers."
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Line: Adidas by Stella McCartney
Where available: Shopadidas.com and Adidas Sport Performance Stores
Hottest sellers: Cover-Up jacket, Tahses and Seshat Boot, wintersport glove
Price: $450, $240, $60
Holiday trends: "The intricate details and colors are key," said a spokeswoman for the collection, which introduced winter sports apparel for fall 2006. "And the technologies provide a new take on traditional winterwear. Stella has provided women with a reason to be excited for the winter season."