Footwear News has managed to get some insight from a few retailers. They have closely watched all of the fashion shows during the four major fashion weeks. Since three of them are in Europe, European trends will be on the leading edge.
Analysts say the major high heels trend for Fall 2015 is retro. They think 60s and 70s styles will be all the rage. Amongs the designers they have said that Pierre Hardy, Edgorio Osorio, Pau Andrew and Francesco Russo made the biggest impressions.
But what are retailers saying? After all they don’t just analyze the styles but they know what their customers buy and look for the most. So what are their realistic exectations for the high heels trends for Fall 2015?
According to Scott Meden, EVP and GMM, Nordstrom Shoe Division, the key trends will be velvet, brocade, embellishments, stretch-leather chunky-heel boots, that are mid-calf and over-the-knee. Victorian-inspired lace-up boots will also be a trend, Meden says. He adds that the big hits were Gucci, Valentino, Givenchy and Chanel.
The founder of Jeffery boutiques Jeffrey Kalinsky is also saying boots are what you should be looking for. Mainly from Pierre Hardy and Balenciaga.
Rebecca Farrar-Hockley, buying and creative director, Kurt Geiger, joins the boots lovers club. “Boots, boots, boots. There is new vigor here after seasons of sneakers. There was so much variety and choice: over-the-knee, high leg, mid-calf and ankle boots. Top colors included black, brown, tan, camel and Bordeaux in materials like leather, velvet, patent snake and croco”, she says. There isn’t really much to add, is there? Actually there is. She says the top hits were Givenchy, Valentino and Saint Laurent on the runway, Aquazzura and Gianvito Rossi off the runway.
By now you get the picture. Tracy Margolies, Bergdorf’s SVP and GMM of beauty, contemporary 5F, footwear and handbags, also looks at boots. And chunky heels on all heights with over-the-knee-boots her top favorite.
Alberto Oliveros, head buyer at Level Shoe District says not to underestimate booties. They will also have a bright spotlight, Oliveros says. He joins Meden and says velvet will be the top fabric to look for. Also go for shoes and boots with round toes. If you want something more different, then go glitter, he adds. Add a platform too, because it will be on the top high heels trends for Fall 2015 list, too.
Laure Heriard Dubreuil, co-founder of The Webster Miami, says Dior, Pierre Hardy, Louis Vuitton nailed it for the high heels trends for Fall 2015. Plexi heels, psychedelic colors, boots, kitten heels. She says tight boots that look like socks on your feet, paired with chunky heels are top trend. Thigh high boots and ankle booties are leading the pack.
Brace yourselfs. Erin Cerrato, DVP of accessories at Holt Renfrew thinks that… you guessed it, boots will be a top trend. Mid-calf boots, colored heels, fur and trim. If you want boots go from mid-calf and above all the way to thigh high. Those are your main choices.
Suzzane Timmins, SVP and fashion director of Hidson’s Bay says sensible high heels with a retro look are in for this fall. She also says that it is time to give low and ankle boots a rest and go for tall boots. “For a little sex appeal, multi-strap and lace-up bondage-like details will continue to be a huge trend. Saint Laurent’s killer strappy boots and Giambattista Valli’s knee-high laceups are to die for”, she says.
Do you agree with those high heels trends for Fall 2015? We should also say that most designers chose classic thin high heels for their shows. It will definately be a interesting season.