Buyer’s Guide Fall 2016: Bergdorf Goodman’s Nayla Touma

Nayla Touma, VP and DMM of footwear, talks about her favorite collections on the catwalk and the new name she’s watching for fall 2016.

Top collections in Europe on and off the runway:
“We were awed by the creativity and newness at Gucci, Dries Van Noten and Aquazzura. Gianvito Rossi was also a favorite out of Milan.”

Gianvito Rossi Fall 2016 Shoes
Gianvito Rossi fall ’16 collection.
CREDIT: Giulio Di Mauro.

Must-Have Trend: “We loved everything velvet, especially in booties. The contrast between minimalist, clean looks and over-the-top embellished collections also caught our attention. Our favorite new shapes are the new combat/hiker booties and thigh-high boots.”

Aquazzura Fall 2016 Shoe Collection
Aquazzura fall ’16 shoe collection.
CREDIT: Xavier Granet.

New names to watch:
“We are extremely excited about the launch of the Row.”

The Row Shoes
A mule with Lucite heel treatment by The Row.
CREDIT: Courtesy Image

Overall buying strategy in times of global uncertainty:
“We continue to look for opportunities to drive key fashion items that our customer doesn’t have in her closet.”

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