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A Pair of Absentees in Retail's Front Row

Sarah Andelman, purchasing manager and creative director of Colette in Paris, is sitting out many of the shows as she is expecting her first child.

SARAH’S KEY: There may be a little more elbow room in the retail section’s front row at the upcoming round of international fashion weeks that a couple of Sarahs are apt to miss. Word has it Sarah Andelman, purchasing manager and creative director of Colette in Paris, is sitting out many of the shows as she is expecting her first child.

And Sarah Rutson, the leggy fashion director of Lane Crawford, said she’ll be viewing the shows from a distance as she delves into expansion plans for the Hong Kong-based retailer. “Our priority is to work on merchandise strategy particularly for the growing e-commerce business and the China flagship in Shanghai, which will open in the second half of 2013,” Rutson said.