Barneys’ Tomoko Ogura on Standout Spring ’16 Collections, Why She’s ‘In Awe’ Of Gianvito Rossi

Barneys NY Celebrates Gianvito Rossi
Barneys toasted Gianvito Rossi recently in its San Francisco store.
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Tomoko Ogura, senior fashion director at Barneys New York, gives us the scoop on her must-have picks from Europe.

Three Standout Labels:

Valentino —”Maria and Pierpaolo create inspired collections with a thoughtful story in mind. This season the tribal influences seamlessly and beautifully translate into all categories including shoes where the Italian craftsmanship and artisanal quality of the collection truly stands out.”

Valentino Spring 2016 Paris Fashion Week Valentino spring ’16 runway collection. Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild.

Celine – “Each season, Phoebe Philo delivers something new that can be so easily integrated into one’s wardrobe. It’s no wonder that her devoted fans come back for more each season. We particularly loved the new red leather and black rubber sole pull-on ankle boot and her latest rendition of the espadrille, a closed-toe sling-back style.”

Celine Spring 2016 Paris Fashion Week Celine spring ’16 runway collection. Giovanni Giannoni / Fairchild.

Gianvito Rossi – “I’m in awe of his ability to constantly evolve as a designer. He has a nonstop drive to add newness to his collections while preserving and refreshing just enough the core styles. From this season the frayed denim styles and the round-toe pumps will be a big hit.”

New Names to Watch:

Olgana — “We like her approach to evening and cocktail shoe-dressing which is very romantic.”

Olgana Paris Spring '16 Shoes Olgana Paris La Tentatrice mule in black. Courtesy of brand.

Trend I Loved:

“Natural textures (raffia, jute, linen, denim) and the mixing of the textures with suede and leather feels rich.”

Overall Forecast for the Season Ahead:

“The round-toe is starting reemerge after years of the dominant pointed-toe single sole style.”