Net-A-Porter’s Sarah Rutson Unveils Spring 2016 Trends

Sarah Rutson
Net-a-Porter's Sarah Rutson.
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Sarah Rutson, VP of global buying at Net-a-Porter, held an intimate gathering Thursday to share the site’s top trends and secrets for the spring 2016 season.

Here’s a peek at the top trends will focus on and the shoes to match.

Trend #1: Fashion Eccentric

“It’s about this abundance of prints and color and graphics.”

“It’s the idea of maximalism — that more is more. It’s about the statement shoe, like embroidery from Tabitha Simmons.”

Tabitha Simmons spring 2016 shoes A style from Tabitha Simmons’ spring ’16 collection. Courtesy of Barneys New York.

Trend #2: The Romantic Heroine

“Alexander McQueen owns this space. It works well to ground the looks with a sneaker or something flat.”

“When Aquazzura brought in that laceup flat, everyone followed suit.”

Aquazzura Christy flat in velvet Aquazzura’s Christy flat in velvet. Courtesy of brand.

Trend #3: Shoulder Focus

“I started seeing this architectural quality — very clean and architectural.”

Trend #4: Lingerie Dressing

“It’s about the return to the ’90s slip dress. Tempering with flats made it more relevant to now than the ’90s.”

Trend #5: Ruffles

“Ruffles are basically the embellishment of the season.”

Trend #6: The New Fluidity

“Brands are going head-to-toe tonal, and grounded with a flat makes the fluidity more emphasized.”

“The slip-on flat is going to be huge. Gucci spearheaded the fact that this is totally going to be your chic and understated shoe of the season.”

Trend #7: Visual Optimism

“It’s about dynamic and kinetic movement. To me, that is the new dialogue of color. I call out Chloe’s rainbow [strap] shoes here.”

Trend #8: Shine On

“There is a return to silver in accessories. We’ve really gone for silver and pewter in shoes.”

Giuseppe Zanotti Spring '16 Shoe Collection Giuseppe Zanotti Betty platform sandals for spring ’16.. Courtesy of brand.

Trend #9: ’90s Attitude

“This is grown-up grunge.”

Trend #10: The Shirt Reworked

Trend #11: Return to Natural

“Block heels were selling already and will continue to do so for spring.”

“You can’t deny platforms, ever.”

“It’s about this haute bohemia hybrid festival-and-gladiator mixed in one shoe, with details like pom-poms and fringe.”

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