Fall 22 Fashion Week Shoe Trends, Brands for Harrods, Selfridges – Footwear News
“Shoes are the hot category right now. They seem to be grabbing everyone’s attention and having their moment in the spotlight.
Fresh out of Paris Fashion Week, Helen David, Chief Luxury Merchandiser at Kurt Geiger, is feeling very optimistic about the Fall 22 season.
“Designers are pouring a tremendous amount of time and effort into the footwear category, and it’s clearly seen in what’s driving sales right now, fun, colorful and shiny heels, thigh-high boots – and when the flats call – moccasins,” she said.
Here the executive, who oversees the luxury assortment for Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty and more, rings in on the big trends from fashion weeks in Milan and Paris, new names to watch and the best comeback story in the shoes.
thigh high boots: “It’s not just the super sexy versions that we are used to seeing at Saint Laurent or Amina Muaddi. [Look at] the extreme, wide and exaggerated versions of Balenciaga. If conceptual is more your thing, head over to Givenchy. For boho chic, there’s Isabel Marant — and for the chicest of the bunch, Bottega Veneta. My personal favorites were Gedebe’s embellished thigh high boots in every color I could get my hands on. There truly is an over the knee boot for every woman.
Platforms: “We started to see this trend emerge for Spring 22, but it has firmly returned to center stage and is on every catwalk. see developments for next season in new patents and rhinestones.Versace, who could be said to be responsible for sparking the platform, have moved the trend forward with their satin Mary Janes in a more edgy silhouette, as well as with leather and patent leather straps and buckles – extending even to more winter-focused boots and loafers. [Versace platforms] are hugely popular for us and with long waiting lists we sell out as soon as we get a delivery – and the more aggressive styles coming next season will be no different. We’ve now seen platforms in every brand, from Lanvin and Bottega to Amina Muaddi and Mach & Mach. Girly, aggressive, sparkly, black, colorful, there are all the variants you want.
Loafers: “Our beloved ’90s loafers are back in style. Prada really owned the moment last season with their chocolate loafers. It’s a refreshing change from the chunky-soled sneakers and boots that dominate the market for several seasons and are starting to look dated Loafers provide a more chic day [and office] look like a pair of sneakers. Prada and Celine remain must-have buys for every wardrobe, but Santoni and The Row had some super chic versions, with a solid offering at Chloe too.
Mauve“Purple is the new pink – unless you’re Valentino and we all want to wear the Tan-Go platform in Pink PP! But purple fever is everywhere – seen on the runway at Givenchy, Bottega and Stella and even off piste at Amina, Gedebe, Gia Couture and Paris Texas.
All embellished“Thigh high boots, sandals, loafers, ballet flats, slides, platforms—everything.
Patent: “It’s everywhere.”
Top Brands — Off-Road
“Amina Mouaddi reigns and truly matures as a designer and expands his shoe line into daytime styles, flats, platforms and a much larger boot offering. The Begum and Rosie styles continue to fly for us, but her new Dalida and Yigit rigs are just as popular.
“ParisTexas is on point in a major way – their notorious boot has evolved into new silhouettes with a seriously gendered attitude as well as slimmer versions in satin and crushed velvet over the knee, which look fabulous and must have additions to the guards. -day and evening dresses.”
“Rene Caovilla is my favorite comeback brand – what an amazing job they did. The rainbow of crystals and colors – still based on the Cleo – provides fierce competition to our other best-selling brands.
“Brother and Sister Designers Mach & Mach have really pushed with this new collection to evolve what has now become the iconic double bow sandal, experimenting with platform styles and more square toe mules. They’ve also made a foray into more daytime-centric boots and heels, so it looks like the must-have party heel will start to seep into daytime wardrobes next season as well.
Best Brands – On the Trail
Saint Laurent: “It was definitely the show of the season, with Anthony Vaccarello’s best work to date – hands down. It was a calmer, higher sex appeal than we’re used to seeing from him, one that exuded old-school glamour. It would have been predictable for Vaccarello to follow the platform trend, but instead the focus was on the most leg-flattering sandals and the best patent thigh-high boots I’ve seen.
Valentine: The most amazing set and a total color lesson. Rigs reigned supreme here with no studs in sight. It was fresh, different and moving.
Prada: Miuccia and Raf still manage to walk at their own pace, but cause obsessive tendencies. My current favorite for being chic, retro, feminine and exactly what we all want right now.
New names to watch
Gedebe and Benedetta Bruzziches