Buyer’s Guide Fall ’16: Browns’ Laura Larabalestier

Dries Van Noten Fall 2016 Shoes
Dries Van Noten RTW fall '16 runway collection.
Delphine Achard/Fairchild.

Browns’ buying director Laura Larabalestier makes her picks for top styles for fall ’16.

Top collections: “Everyone at the JW Anderson show was staring at the shoes; they were like jewelry for your feet. The ankle boot is the shoe of the season, and the Dries Van Noten boot is my favorite. The pearl detailing is just so beautiful. At Gucci, the collection this season is so cool;the runway shoes are amazing. There were so many hero styles.”

JW Anderson Fall 2016 Shoes On The Runway JW Anderson RTW fall ’16 runway collection. Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild.

Trend you loved: “The sculptural heel”

Name to watch:  “We were the first to carry Dorateymur, and we’re particularly excited about the autumn collection. The brand is developing a cult following.”

Dorateymur Shoes Fall 2016 collection Dorateymur fall ’16 shoe collection. Courtesy of brand.

Strategy for buys: “To always be ahead of the curve, having a sense of what the customer wants before they do. Our customer is always looking for new and directional pieces from emerging, niche brands as well as our super brands.”