After previewing hundreds of collections, Hudson Bay’s designer-footwear buyer Thalia Tserevegou reports that Gucci topped her list for fall 2016.
What else did she rank high? Read on.
Gucci: “Living up to the hype of the last couple of seasons, this brand continues to be a cult classic across all categories.”
Dries Van Noten: “Dominated by rich texture, this collection was breathtaking and perfectly embodied the decadent mood of the season. The velvet-and-pearl block-heel boot was one of this season’s favorites!”
Aquazzura: “Edgardo Osorio took us on a journey to Russia this season, shifting his focus from his signature cashmere suede to also embrace velvet and fur in a range of new and reimagined signature styles.”
Gianvito Rossi: “A standout footwear collection for yet another season, the designer has us obsessing over his superior craftsmanship and military-regiment details that give his always elegant designs a new edge!”
Velvet: “Fall proved to be the season of decadence, embracing the concept of more is more. Velvet dominated almost every collection, evoking emotion while reimagining how we interpret day-to-evening. Paired with jeweled embellishments and touches of metallic, rarely has a trend been so strongly represented on and off the runway.”
Loafers: “The fierce return of Gucci has created a movement, making this man-tailored classic the new must-have.”
Block Heels: “They were prevalent in almost every collection, effortlessly lending to every silhouette a refreshing, comfortable alternative to the sneakers and flats of the last few seasons.”
Round Toes and Mary Janes
Combat Boots: “They made a resurgence on the catwalks when paired with romantic silhouettes.
Trend to Skip: Extreme Platforms: “They are highly editorial but commercially challenging.”
New Names To Watch: Alchimia di Ballin; Marco de Vincenzo
Overall Buying Strategy:
“In times of global uncertainty, designers dared us to dream this season and excite customers with unexpected offerings, giving them a reason to buy.”