Buyer’s Guide Fall ’16: Hudson Bay’s Thalia Tserevegou

Gianvito Rossi Fall 2016 Shoes
Gianvito Rossi fall '16 collection.
Giulio Di Mauro.

After previewing hundreds of collections, Hudson Bay’s designer-footwear buyer Thalia Tserevegou reports that Gucci topped her list for fall 2016.

What else did she rank high? Read on.

Top Collections:

Gucci: “Living up to the hype of the last couple of seasons, this brand continues to be a cult classic across all categories.”
Dries Van Noten: “Dominated by rich texture, this collection was breathtaking and perfectly embodied the decadent mood of the season. The velvet-and-pearl block-heel boot was one of this season’s favorites!”

Dries Van Noten Fall 2016 Shoes On The Runway Dries Van Noten ready-to-wear fall ’16 runway collection. Swan Gallet/Fairchild.

Aquazzura: “Edgardo Osorio took us on a journey to Russia this season, shifting his focus from his signature cashmere suede to also embrace velvet and fur in a range of new and reimagined signature styles.”
Gianvito Rossi: “A standout footwear collection for yet another season, the designer has us obsessing over his superior craftsmanship and military-regiment details that give his always elegant designs a new edge!”

Must-Have Trends:

Velvet: “Fall proved to be the season of decadence, embracing the concept of more is more. Velvet dominated almost every collection, evoking emotion while reimagining how we interpret day-to-evening. Paired with jeweled embellishments and touches of metallic, rarely has a trend been so strongly represented on and off the runway.”
Loafers: “The fierce return of Gucci has created a movement, making this man-tailored classic the new must-have.”

Gucci Fur Loafers Milan Men's Fashion Week Gucci fur mules seen on the streets of Milan Men’s Fashion Week. Kuba Dabrowski.

Block Heels: “They were prevalent in almost every collection, effortlessly lending to every silhouette a refreshing, comfortable alternative to the sneakers and flats of the last few seasons.”
Round Toes and Mary Janes
Combat Boots: “They made a resurgence on the catwalks when paired with romantic silhouettes.

Trend to Skip: Extreme Platforms: “They are highly editorial but commercially challenging.”

New Names To Watch: Alchimia di Ballin; Marco de Vincenzo

Overall Buying Strategy:
“In times of global uncertainty, designers dared us to dream this season and excite customers with unexpected offerings, giving them a reason to buy.”

Alchimia di Ballin Shoes Fall 2016 Alchimia di Ballin. Courtesy of brand.