Hot Trends in Fall Fashions

Ken Downing
Fashion director, Neiman Marcus

“Cone heels and sculptural heels look very new to us. And many of them have peep toes. Open-toe booties were strong this fall, and they’re going to continue.”

“Patents and metallics in warm tones, including bronzes and golds, even some coppers. And of course, snakeskin and python made such a major contribution to the spring runways, so we’re going to see them re-envisioned for fall.”

Ruth Caldwell
Buyer, Capitol (Charlotte, N.C.)

“The days of logos and blinged-out ostentatious luxury are gone. There’s a celebration of quality, a subtlety and discretion that looks right and feels good now. So I’m seeing rich, more serious colors. I was drawn to grays and blacks, and colors like wine, grape or a bit of forest green. I’m from a part of the country that enjoys color, and this will be the darkest shoe season I’ve ever written.”

“I saw aggressive styles that are chunkier, edgier and with more straps — definitely not delicate shoes. More like a motorcycle-ish, Doc Marten influence, with silver or nickel-type hardware and round, hard toes.”

Jeffrey Kalinsky
Founder, Jeffrey (New York & Atlanta); VP of designer merchandising, Nordstrom

“Boots are always important [heading into] winter. There has to be walkable shoes, boots and booties.”

“Everything last fall seemed to be either flat or high, and we missed a lot of selling on mid-heels. I know there has to be an alternative to the super-high and the flat.”

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