Buyers at designer retailers share the brands and trends that are keeping tills ringing this season.
Whether online or in store, shoppers’ appetite for designer brands has seen labels such as Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens and Valentino emerge as bestsellers across luxury menswear and womenswear stores for autumn 13.
Hero pieces and statement items, such as Givenchy’s Bambi-collage jumper, have proved particularly popular, while emerging labels such as Martine Rose have given stockists like Browns a competitive point of difference.
Helen David Fashion director - womenswear, Harrods
Our French designer brands have continued to dominate with Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Valentino, Alaïa, Céline (pictured) and Saint Laurent Paris our most desirable brands right now. We continue to see a great demand for exclusives, while leather remains one of our biggest trends.
Adam Kelly Buying director, Fenwick of Bond Street, London
For womenswear we’ve had an amazing reaction to sweatshirts, sweats and separates, with Preen, Richard Nicoll and Mother of Pearl all performing well. The tailored trouser worn with a key outerwear piece is becoming stronger again, and statement colour and print is still on the up. On our third floor, leather bikers and boyfriend jeans from Iro, Each x Other (pictured) and Duffy have been hugely popular.
Judd Crane Director of womenswear, Selfridges
A great calendar of installations and temporary concepts in our Designer Galleries has not only ensured a constant sense of freshness in store but proved very commercially successful for us, with expanded buys across labels including Peter Pilotto (pictured), Erdem, Sacai and Rick Owens all achieving great sell-through performances.
Laura Larbalestier Buying director, Browns, London
Dries Van Noten (pictured) has been our bestseller for womenswear, especially brogue shoes. Customers have really responded to the masculine/feminine trend, which this range perfectly encapsulated.
Jason Broderick Fashion director - menswear, Harrods
Since the opening of our men’s International Gallery earlier this year Balmain, Valentino (pictured) and Givenchy have seen a very positive result in the new environment. The expansion of the Louis Vuitton offer on the men’s floor with the new ready-to-wear and shoe boutique has also been very positive. In our tailoring department, brands like Brioni, Stefano Ricci and Ermenegildo Zegna have performed fantastically, with the major growth coming from premium casualwear within these brands.
Justin O’Shea Buying director, Mytheresa.com
Autumn 13 is all about the ‘It’ piece. With trends in the luxury sector becoming less important, the most influential brands of the moment are experiencing an even greater desirability for the products which best represent their identity: Saint Laurent check shirts and army boots, the Givenchy Bambi sweater (pictured), Dries Van Noten’s feathers and everything by Valentino.
Mei Chung Menswear buyer, Browns, London
Martine Rose’s exclusive capsule collection for Browns (pictured) sold out instantly. The customer really bought into the British designer as the sweatshirts appeal to all age groups. We had to demand a reorder as they were so popular.
Tim Sturmheit Buyer, Oki-ni
Rick Owens (pictured) and most of the darker-palette brands have been hugely successful for us this season.
I think the celebrity endorsement this type of product has received recently, from the likes of rapper A$AP Rocky, has had a very big impact on sales.
The streetwear element within these collections has had the most success.