Paris Fashion Week’s runway trends have yielded a mixed bag of influences. For a more focused spring forecast on the accessories front, we looked to the hit-making designers at Premiere Classe, who unanimously turned to classic features: untreated tan and navy leathers, canvas, leather two-tone mixes and basketweave accents for direction.
Robert Clergerie’s dominant statement came in a tan firewood tote and camel and stark white two-tone wingtips (another key spring trend). At Satore, their handmade aesthetic is firmly on trend in brown and raw canvas boots complemented by distressed trainers in washed out red, white and blue leather. Even the quirkiness of Maloles is anchored this season with the use of earthy leathers. One of the bestsellers for spring is gladiator sandals in thick braided leather.
The premise of this variety is that consumers are shopping for what they know. Brands are latching onto long history and keeping enduring features in mind—with a re-interpreted twist.
Chausser, the Tokyo based footwear line, is reaping the rewards from their Americana meets Savile Row sensibility. Impeccably handstitch loafers and short boots for men and women simultaneously evoked Harvard Yard and Kensington Gardens. By contrast, classic wasn’t the first thing to come to mind upon viewing Nathalie Elharrar’s fetishistic footwear. For her best season yet, she commented on the success of her raw leather program with ’70s-esque stacked heels, that managed to be sound and secure. “It’s easy to understand,” Ellharrar explained, as we scanned the other more aggressive groupings.
At Laurence Dacade, the Chanel designer took some inspiration from the legendary house for her own line, crafting light tan booties with quilting and peekaboo cutouts at the side. Meanwhile, Elle Magazine editor-cum-designer Tamara Tishaman’s line Tila March was entirely designed around this classic modern theme with workwear stripes, various two-tone combination and heavy on matte navy blue leather suggestions for spring.
Whether referencing LL Bean, Oxford or classic Italian luxury, consumers are still seeking features they know and are finding it in many of these niche brands.