Fall 2015 Fashion Week Trend Recap
Although 70s styling, statement skirts and Victorian-tinged ready-to-wear swept the runways this season, furry footwear - as seen at Fendi, Ferragamo and Gucci - is all anyone seemed to be discussing after the fall '15 shows. Though consistently controversial, fur proved especially divisive not only ethically but also aesthetically this round of shows. Gucci's slides were so buzzy that by the time we reached Ferragamo's heeled sandals, fur footwear had officially become a trend.
Where else did designers look for statements for fall? The decade that keeps on giving: 70s references were evident in patchwork boots at Burberry and Alberta Ferretti and later at Etro worn with silky printed pants. Stella McCartney offered fur and leather-free quilted options.
Boots will be a major fashion focus for fall, unsurprisingly, but there's no effortless way to do it this season as the size - and style - grow larger. Over-the-knee caught on early in New York at Altuzarra and Rebecca Minkoff (where the spin was decidedly southwestern), and hopped the pond to London, making appearances at Sophia Webster and Jonathan Saunders, where the look was lingerie-inspired and laced up like a corset. Giambattista Valli followed suit in Paris, showing super-sized stilettos with laces winding all the way up the front of the calf. At Dior, designer Raf Simons spiced up his shiny boots with rainbow-colored resin heels.
Bringing the focus back down the leg, Prada and DKNY both made sure the emphasis was squarely on the sole of their shoes. But no one owned the look quite like Alexander Wang, whose jagged, tread-heavy boots stomped all over the catwalk - and Manhattan (Rihanna and Madonna already got their hands on them).
Double straps added a sophisticated element to shoes at the shows this season. Prada got in on the movement here too, as did Mary Katrantzou and Dries Van Noten, where the style was crisscrossed, embroidered straps that played to feminine effect.