During a trip to South Florida this March, Colleen Sherin, vice president, fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue, presented a fall fashion preview to verse shoppers on what they can expect to see in stores this coming season. Here, she talks Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris, the looks she can’t wait to see this fall and how Florida fashionistas can embrace wardrobe changes without seasons.
You travel often to explore upcoming trends. Tell me about the first trip you took for Saks Fifth Avenue.
My first trip for the European collections was in 1998. It was exhilarating and exhausting all at once. It was a memorable year—March of 1998 was Marc Jacobs’ first collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris, which was exciting to witness. My first trip to London was in September of 1998, following a major British promotion that we hosted in our New York flagship entitled “The British Invasion: Part II.” I will never forget that Alexander McQueen show (when he still showed in London). It was the one where Shalom Harlow’s dress was spray-painted by robots. Incredible.
During your most recent trips to New York, London, Milan and Paris, what trend did you enjoy seeing the most on the runway for Fall 2015?
One of the key trends to emerge for Fall 2015 is that of extreme texture, with long-haired furs, including fabulous faux options, lofty knitwear, and nubby boucles and tweeds, creating a tactile “touch and feel” mood for the season.
What era influences did you see?
The 1970s influence continues from Spring 2015, and the 1960s have emerged as the newest decade of choice for design inspiration.
In South Florida, we don’t really have seasons. How do you suggest adding diversity to a wardrobe where it’s always hot?
Accessorizing with a new shoe or handbag is a great way to update your look and can work well in any climate. While it is easy to wear a dress in a warm weather market such as Florida (the newest is the 1960s baby doll style), try diversifying with separates—a crisp white shirt, a light-weight knit or a tunic top and a flared 1970s trouser, for one of the key looks of the season.