With a new year brings trends that we're ready to welcome into the fold
and others that can see themselves out. But which is which? Read on for
insider info from the pros at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, The
Shoebox, and other major retailers.
are the equivalent to what a white t-shirt used to be back in the day," says Roopal Patel, fashion director of Saks Fifth
Avenue. "They have nine lives. We've seen the trend now for two to three seasons and it will continue to carry forward."
will continue to be extremely popular in the upcoming year," advises Gennie Yi, Intermix's buyer of designer and ready-to-wear
of their versatility, you can never have too many. Glitter, leopard,
and satin updates to sneakers effortlessly dress up an outfit and give
you a reason to buy multiple
: "There was an artistically inspired
theme across the runways," says Kate Foley, contributing fashion director of Vestiaire Collective.
Roksanda and Céline to J.W.Anderson, Proenza Schouler, Marni,
Valentino, and many other brands, whether directly inspired by a
particular artist's work, painterly prints
, or patterns, strong art references will be here to stay in 2017."
: "One shoe trend we see really taking over in 2017 is the mule
," says Sean Kirschenbaum co-owner of The Shoebox. "
mules, low block-heel mules, heeled mules, sneaker mules, espadrille
mules—mules in all fabrications and colors including velvet, satin,
canvas, and embroidery. They were big for 2016 and they will be even
bigger for 2017."
had such a huge moment this year, but I'm not sure if I see designers
continuing this into 2017 after the trend was covered in such a major
way in the press," says Foley.
OUT: "A huge change is coming in the denim world," warns Jaffe. "Skinny jeans with stretch have reigned supreme for a long time but we anticipate a shift toward contrast denim styles in vintage silhouettes."
: "There's a fresher graphic interpretation of the sweet and romantic trends
of 2016," says Yi. "The tulip flare has moved onto a sharper asymmetric hemline, the soft lingerie-dressing look
has evolved into strong and powerful corsetry details, and the romantic
and luxe velvets of the past are now modernized with an easy-to-wear
: "Heels four to five inches or higher
have been a trend that we have seen rapidly decrease," notes Kirschenbaum. "W
nowadays are way more focused on comfort and practicality (and value
investing in a shoe that is both stylish and comfortable enough to walk
or commute in)
which is why there has been such an increase in demand for sneakers and low block-heels."
OUT: "I think we're starting to see that clean classic sneakers are
not as exciting anymore," says Patel. "It's now about sneakers that are
embellished or have something like emojis or logos on them."