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Retailers React to New York Shows

Todd Hanshaw, Fashion Director, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas
Strongest Trends:
• Ankle booties • Fur • Ladylike, refined styles
“Must-Carry” Styles from New York:
• High-heel ankle booties
• Flat-sole sandals
Shifts in Buying Strategy:
“We are absolutely growing our budget and getting behind the point of view that we represent in the stores.”

Liz Rodbell, EVP & GMM of apparel, accessories, shoes & cosmetics, Lord & Taylor
Strongest Trends:
• Military- and utility-inspired boots • Laceups and ankle booties on a wedge or platform • Oxfords and suede platforms
“Must-Carry” Styles from New York:
• Lace-up boots
• Booties
• Clogs
Ones to Watch:
“Key designers to watch are Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Max Azria.”
Shifts in Buying Strategy:
“Our buying strategy remains consistent. The market looks very strong for fall, and the trends are well represented.”

Tracy Margolies, VP & DMM of shoes, Saks Fifth Avenue

Strongest Trends:
• Boots in so many options: mid-shaft, tall-shaft, over-the-knee, thigh-high • Detailing, with exposed zippers and laces
• Leopard print
Ones to Watch:
Camilla Skovgaard and Alexandre Birman

Davinia Wang, Owner, Edon Manor, New York
Strongest Trends:
• Basics • Chunky, wooden stacked heels • Heavy detailing and fabrics, moving away from plain and patent blacks • Deep beige, cognac, burnt oranges and yellows for the winter
“Must-Carry” Styles from New York:
• Alexander Wang’s amber/brown, chunky, stretch ankle boot
• Joseph Altuzarra’s black, lace-up, over-the-knee boot
• Proenza Schouler’s moccasin-inspired wooden platform
Ones to Watch:
Joseph Altuzarra, Céline and Ohne Titel
Shifts in Buying Strategy:
“With the shift in the economy and people’s expectations, it’s important to add variety in my designer mix. As a boutique, I have to offer more without sacrificing my high-end vision. I have also been harder on my best-selling designers, like Givenchy, in terms of quality for the price. Many high-end designers are making [lower-quality] shoes and for [the same] high prices. So customers will tend to go for the contemporary designers for a cheaper price point but to still get a dramatic, runway-style shoe.”

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