We may draw connections between runways at the end of fashion month to place bets on what the Next Big Thing will be, but the trends of the season only become clear when we know what we’ll actually be able to buy from the new collections. That’s why buyers are so crucial in determining the broader themes of where fashion is going, whether that’s in terms of the color we’ll all be wearing in six months (red, probably) or the type of coats we’ll suddenly find ourselves reaching for next winter (tailored, with a cinched waist).
Now that the Fall 2023 debuts have mostly wrapped, buyers and fashion directors at the world’s most prominent and influential retailers are placing their orders — and their bets on what we’ll want to shop this year. There are a handful of specific looks they seem to agree on (like Dries van Noten’s gold foil coats, Loewe’s tromp l’oeil dresses and Proenza Schouler’s belted blazers (as seen on Chloë Sevigny). For Linda Fargo, SVP fashion office and store presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, the main takeaway from the Fall 2023 shows across New York, London, Milan and Paris was “an elevated sense of dressing,” with the most memorable looks proving to be “both incredibly wearable and simultaneously exciting editorially.
We asked these retail experts for the trends and pieces they have their eyes on from the Fall 2023 season. Read their answers in the galleries below.