Net-A-Porter’s Sarah Rutson Unveils Spring 2016 Trends

Sarah Rutson, VP of global buying at Net-a-Porter, held an intimate gathering Thursday to share the site’s top trends and secrets for the spring 2016 season.

Here’s a peek at the top trends Net-a-Porter.com will focus on and the shoes to match.

Trend #1: Fashion Eccentric

“It’s about this abundance of prints and color and graphics.”

“It’s the idea of maximalism — that more is more. It’s about the statement shoe, like embroidery from Tabitha Simmons.”

Tabitha Simmons spring 2016 shoes
A style from Tabitha Simmons’ spring ’16 collection.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Barneys New York.

Trend #2: The Romantic Heroine

“Alexander McQueen owns this space. It works well to ground the looks with a sneaker or something flat.”

“When Aquazzura brought in that laceup flat, everyone followed suit.”

Aquazzura Christy flat in velvet
Aquazzura’s Christy flat in velvet.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

Trend #3: Shoulder Focus

“I started seeing this architectural quality — very clean and architectural.”

Trend #4: Lingerie Dressing

“It’s about the return to the ’90s slip dress. Tempering with flats made it more relevant to now than the ’90s.”

Trend #5: Ruffles

“Ruffles are basically the embellishment of the season.”

Trend #6: The New Fluidity

“Brands are going head-to-toe tonal, and grounded with a flat makes the fluidity more emphasized.”

“The slip-on flat is going to be huge. Gucci spearheaded the fact that this is totally going to be your chic and understated shoe of the season.”

Trend #7: Visual Optimism

“It’s about dynamic and kinetic movement. To me, that is the new dialogue of color. I call out Chloe’s rainbow [strap] shoes here.”

Trend #8: Shine On

“There is a return to silver in accessories. We’ve really gone for silver and pewter in shoes.”

Giuseppe Zanotti Spring '16 Shoe Collection
Giuseppe Zanotti Betty platform sandals for spring ’16..
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

Trend #9: ’90s Attitude

“This is grown-up grunge.”

Trend #10: The Shirt Reworked

Trend #11: Return to Natural

“Block heels were selling already and will continue to do so for spring.”

“You can’t deny platforms, ever.”

“It’s about this haute bohemia hybrid festival-and-gladiator mixed in one shoe, with details like pom-poms and fringe.”

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