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SARAH ELLISON LEWIS, New York and Austin, Texas
Hottest shoe looks for fall: "[Everyone] will finally adopt menswear as a lifestyle, not just the fashion-forward. I am feeling a major circling back to classics [that are] even more refined for women — heritage that is less overtly altered, like what Coach started with, a heavy, flat, tassled loafer that wasn’t shiny, [or] a work boot for a woman that looks less like something she stole from her grandfather and more like it was made for her personally. Men’s pajamas as outfits, men’s two-piece suiting [and] Hanes T-shirts as dresses [will be in], and the shoes will follow. Women will finally wear the Frye boot as their own, not the women’s version of the brand, and the hardware will be even louder than it was for men."
Must-have colors: "For basics, I am loving what I call 'walnut,' which is a very reddish heritage color — sometimes I call it 'Girl Scout brown' — plus the highlight color yellow green, like a metallic moss. [Beyond basics], colors and patterns will have thought and order to them and be very mixed, blocky and bold."
Biggest influencers: "Anyone who is refining their collections to have scale and simplicity, [including] the new minimalists [such as] Reed Krakoff, Prabal Gurung, The Row and Rag & Bone, and the best minimalists: Celine, Margiela, Jil Sander. It’s their time, as well as the women who do minimal best, [such as] Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford. Art that is a blend of materials with clean lines [and] modern refurbishments. Our world is so inundated with noise and pain and angst, people are really learning how to minimalize their expression in their clothing and their spaces, and on their feet. Less is more, more than ever."
On the way out: Dainty, understated looks. "The details of the shoe will be big in scale. Thicker laces, thicker tassles, thicker straps, heavier weaves, thicker lasts and soles. Heavy, heavy, heavy, but less about tall and platform and more about detail, pattern and the piece as a whole ... It’s more about being more incorporated into our environments, not standing out."