Newness in Accessories Coming From Young Designers, Buyers Say

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Accessories for fall continue many of the same trends as the past few seasons, while displaying the category’s pricing evolution, buyers said. Shoes exhibited similar commercial trends to those introduced for spring, including boots and party shoes, while handbags displayed the most innovation within the strengthening midtier market — where new brands offer high-quality, fashion-forward designs at retail prices averaging $300 to $900. “We definitely saw that the trends weren’t as call-out has they have been in previous seasons,” said Cassie Smart, Matchesfashion.com’s buying manager for shoes and handbags, of the fall season. “They’ve become quite diluted and transitional from spring 2018. So we are still seeing the return to the boot and emotional glamour shoes.” Boots, according to Moda Operandi’s vice president for nonapparel, Jodi Kaplan, “remain a year-round staple for us and are really driving our footwear business.” Marine Serre RTW Fall 2018& Giovanni Giannoni/WWD Saks Fifth Avenue’s senior vice president and fashion director Roopal Patel, among others, felt that the season’s trend for western boots could prove a big hit. “The big western influence in shoes is great — we saw it at Calvin Klein, at Fendi, at Isabel Marant. It’s a great statement accessory,” she said. Kaplan noted that sneakers continue to be

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