Buyers From Browns, MatchesFashion and Net-a-Porter Share Their Take on Paris Trends

Whereas the runways of New York, London and Milan were dominated by the flat, Paris made a strong case for the resurgence of the heel, say Europe’s top buyers.

The flat isn’t going down without a fight, though. After all, a spot of healthy competition makes for a buoyant market.

Buyers from top luxury retailers sound off below on Paris Fashion Week.

• Lisa Aiken, retail fashion director, Net-a-Porter

Top Trend: “We’re back to stilettos and classic shapes; there’s a sense of it being slick, sharp and feminine. YSL, Lanvin and Off-White were all key brands for this trend. However, we’re also standing behind the elevated slide; Lanvin’s over-embellished style was incredible.”

Lanvin Spring 2017
Lanvin spring ’17 collection.
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Favorite Shows: “Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Haider Ackermann, Isabel Marant and Lanvin.”

Overall Outlook: “We’re seeing a return to the sexy shoe. White and silver colour palettes were the heroes of the season and stole the show in Paris – not least Isabel Marant’s silver ruffle heels.”

• Cassie Smart, buying manager of footwear and bags, Matchesfashion.com

Top Trend: “Heels. Stiletto heels were strong at Balenciaga with their printed spandex florals, feminine mid heights at Chloe, ruffles at Isabel Marant and that YSL logo heel at Saint Laurent.”

balenciaga spring 2017
Balenciaga’s spring 2017 presentation at Paris Fashion Week.
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Favorite Shows: “Loewe, Balenciaga and Miu Miu — especially those scallop sole slides.”

Miu Miu Spring 2017 Collection
Miu Miu spring ’17 collection.
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Overall Outlook: “Although heels are strong, slides and flats still remain key with the embellished versions at Lanvin, crystal appliqué at Acne and pretty velvet sandals at Valentino.”

• Ida Petersson, non-apparel buying manager, Browns Fashion

Top Trend: “The return of the pointed toe at Saint Laurent, Stella and Celine.”

Saint Laurent spring '17 collection
Saint Laurent spring ’17 collection.
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Favorite Shows: “Saint Laurent … I also loved the pointed mule and the kitten heel at Celine and those low-cut pumps at Stella — especially the checkered one.”

Overall Outlook: “I’m excited about the return of the mule and stiletto silhouette but also pleased that the slide and the flatform sandal are now officially big news.”

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