Buyers Find High-Low Appeal in Spring 2018 Accessories Matrix

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From $850 Balenciaga Crocs to designer debuts from accessory heavy-hitters Chloé and Givenchy — the spring shows offered a “mixed bag” of product, according to buyers. While established houses like Chanel and Valentino offered cheeky antidotes to luxury fatigue, using PVC and a plethora of glitter, fresher names like Attico and Jacquemus also stood out with punchy, provocative heels and mini bags with lower price points, buyers said. “I wouldn’t say that there was a clear trend, particularly with shoes this season,” said Cassie Smart, Matchesfashion.com’s shoes and handbags buying manager. “Each runway was representative of their respective brand.” Smart added, “What was interesting about this season is that designers were thinking about what women want to wear when spring delivers in January, February, March. What will excite that customer in the overall mood of that season.” Details at Chanel RTW Spring 2018& Aitor Rosás/WWD This manifested, she said, in a variety of seasonless boots. “It’s good for us. Previously in January, when the summer collections dropped, we would be talking about sandals in our content and point-of-view on the web site. It will be interesting to push our boot listings this year and see what the sales return is on that,” Smart said. Saks Fifth Avenue

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