Business: Salable Fall Styles

To New York apparel makers it was the best fall fashion preview in years. Not only did a record number of out-of-town buyers show up, but their orders were 10% to 20% ahead of last year. What won over the buyers, said Felix Lilienthal Jr. of Felix Lilienthal & Co., Inc., big independent resident buying house (150 accounts, $800 million a year in purchases), was the eminent "wearability, salability and promotability" of this year's fashions. Whatever her age or shape, the customer this year will find clothes that fit and become her. Said Lilienthal: "The new fashions will not make headlines,...

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