The Reaction

Julie Gilhart, VP of Fashion Direction, Barneys New York Strongest Trends:
“The whole season seems much more ‘realistic’ than last season’s ‘shoes as objects’ trend. We are finding lots to choose from and more easy-to-wear styles. In essence, more ‘timeless’ shoes.”
“Must-Carry” Styles from Paris:
• Thigh-high boots
• Lace-up shoe booties
• Suede wedge pumps
Ones to Watch:
“We love Tabitha Simmons’ new collection.”
Shift in Buying Strategy:
“We are buying very carefully. We want quality and value over ‘brand,’ which is always Barneys’ way to buy anyway. We are watching ‘price for what you get.’ We were out to edit only the very special shoes, particularly ones that you can keep in your closet for a long time.”

Erin Mullaney, Buying Director, Browns, London Strongest Trends:
“Footwear trends in Paris have been similar to what we’ve seen in New York and Milan: lots of over-the-knee boots in really nice, tight leathers.”
Most Directional Styles:
Balenciaga’s girly platforms with ribbons
Rick Owens’ wedge boots with parachutes in the back
• Laurence Dacade’s platform shoes for Nina Ricci
Shift in Buying Strategy:
“Shoes are playing a big part in our budget; they are one of our fastest growing categories, even with the recession. While other retailers may be cutting their buying by 20 percent to 30 percent, we will stay flat with our shoe buy.”

Susanne Botschen, Head of Buying, Theresa,, Munich
Strongest Trends:
“Very high heels, platforms, studded details, suede boots, over-the-knee looks.”
“Must-Carry” Styles from Paris:
• Roger Vivier boots
• YSL wedge booties
• Balmain studded pumps with bows
Ones to Watch:
“Nicholas Kirkwood.”

Bridget Cosgraves, Fashion & Buying Director, Matches, London
“Must-Carry” Styles from Paris:
• Over-the-knee boots from Stella McCartney
• Sneakers from Lanvin
• The Maniac concealed platform at Brian Atwood
Ones to Watch:
“Brian Atwood, in general.”
Shift in Buying Strategy:
“More high boots and buying special.”

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