Fall Bestsellers: The Customers Have Spoken

As you probably know, the fashion cycle has a rhythm all its own. New style trends emerge each season, and retailers have to predict months in advance what they think will sell in their own stores. As buyers, we do our best to guess which items are going to be big winners for the season.  Which looks and outfits will our customers desire the most?

Right about now, mid-October, retailers are finally seeing what trends customers are responding to with the most enthusiasm. It’s interesting — bestsellers at Tres Mariposas invariably reflect the bestsellers emerging with other retailers across the country. Our tastes on the Border are in line with national trends.

Here are a few early winners for this fall:

Jacquard Pattern Jeans


Why it works? Texture!

Fashion is all about texture – and everyone needs jeans in her wardrobe.  These are basically textured jeans! The term jacquard refers to fabric with a pattern woven into it.  Your interesting fact of the day: French inventor Joseph Marie Jacquard invented the first loom for these intricate patterns in 1801.

Fit and Flare Dresses and Skirts

DSC03775-2Why it works?  Figure flattering!

Not all of us look fantastic in straight pencil skirts.  The fit and flare style is fitted at the waist and then flares out into flirty fullness at the hem.  It’s been a classic since the 1950s.  Every skirt and dress in this style that we’ve received at Tres Mariposas seems to fly out the door.  Women must be hungry for something feminine and flattering.



Motorcycle Jackets


Why it works?  Instantly ups your cool factor.

Every girl needs a bit of racy biker machismo now and then. The motorcycle jacket in black leather and other fabrications has been cool since James Dean. Wear it over everything in your wardrobe.  Add boots and you are set for the season.

Fur Vests


Why it works?  Makes the outfit.

New design techniques and technology have morphed furs into garments almost as lightweight as sweaters. These are not your grandmother’s mink coats. Friendly to El Paso’s climate, fur vests are great for casual lifestyles.

We may very well see other bestsellers emerge as the season goes on, but these four trends have already taken El Paso by storm. The customer has spoken!


Sneak Peek at Spring: New Trends Ahead


View of the big apple from the Michael Kors showroom.

View of the big apple from the Michael Kors showroom.


I was in New York recently for the major spring market that follows Fashion Week.  Fashion Week is a chaotic scene of runway shows attended by celebrities and socialites.  The purpose of Fashion Week runway shows is to present the creative vibe and essence of a designer’s new line for a season and to whip the fashion press into a frenzy.  Many of the looks are more extreme to make a point.  After the runway shows, fashion executives get to work modifying looks for real women, pricing the collection, and making the line ready for fashion buyers to shop in New York showrooms.

New York was glorious – as it can be when just a hint of fall is in the air.  Just being in the city when the air is crisp and people are in a cosmopolitan bustle is exhilarating.

Designers work to have their showroom in a “cool” part of town.  Some are in the Meatpacking District, some Soho, some in tony uptown showrooms with expansive views of the park.  Additionally the Coterie International Fashion Exhibition aka trade show was at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Our tongues were hanging out from dashing from one side of the city to the other.

Some new trend directions for next spring and on:

  • Easiest Trend to Wear Trend:  Back interest details such as envelope back openings, back cut-outs, and racer backs.  It is a look that is business in the front and party in the back.  Only a little cut-out or peek-a-boo is needed.
  • Worst New Trend:  overalls.  It’s cute on a freckle-faced ten year-old, and a super model can pull it off.  For the rest of us, forget it!
  • Best Trend for tall, beautiful, fit fashionistas:  Crop top with pencil skirt.  Tummy baring days are making an effort at a comeback.  And it really looks great on the right person.
  • Trend that makes the most sense:  Athletic details.  The practicality of athletic wear is translated into beautiful silk sweatshirts, mesh and perforated detailing, crepe de chine running shorts, and playful skorts.
  • Biggest Fashion Week Runway Hit:  Narcisco Rodriguez, the Cuban-American designer. Buyers were drooling over his creations in the showroom.  He is a master of draping.  I love the quote from Narciso in the October issue of InStyle magazine.  “When you wear something exceptional, it actually changes the way you feel about yourself.  That’s the value of quality pieces.”  Well said.