As retailers aim to set themselves apart with in-house private brands, Bloomingdale’s has taken that concept to a whole new level with 100% Bloomingdale’s–an ambitious, year-old program whereby hundreds of designer exclusives are presented each season. At today’s Fall 2017 preview press event, Bloomingdale’s underscored how closely it works with accessories and ready-to-wear designers to develop unique pieces that stay within the brands’ DNA but give Bloomingdale’s something unique for its customers. Sunset + Spring–a nod to the LA and NY girl–is a new private label brand within the mix.
Below, a walk through of the major trends and numerous exclusives Bloomingdale’s will be presenting next season (hint: lots and lots of velvet, red, embellishments, shine and denim).
High-shine metallics was another key trend, from silver, rose, pewter and yellow gold metallics to colored stripes. Exclusives range from textured metallic clutches from Deux Lux (front left) to Loeffler Randall’s striped bags at back and Nasty Gal’s striped bag at right. Booties have a glam rock feel, shown with both a block or kitten heels.
Red, from fire engine red to richer oxbloods and even burgundies, has emerged as a hot power color for Fall. Patent leathers offer slick shine with a retro touch. Brand new to the mix is the Issey Miyake “origami fold” bag at back left.
“We rolled out velvet in Fall 2016 and it did so well we wanted to develop it further for Fall 17,” said Erica Russo, Fashion Director, Bloomingale’s. “We’ve added embroidery, pearls and other embellishments that create a lush look.” In rich navies, black and burgundy, the velvet also merchandises well with the season’s suedes and faux fur.
Look for lots of tactile fur, ripped denim, fall florals and edgy chain jewelry. Quay Eyewear’s rose mirrored lens eyewear are the perfect complement.
Embellishment is key, from Sergio Rossi’s shiny stud pumps and bootie heels to silver star embroidery.
Denim, of course, makes a huge appearance for FW17, artfully frayed, ripped and torn. Hems are irregular, stopping above the ankle for interest. “We’re all about the white bootie this Fall, from a black-and-white “glove sock” bootie that hits two trends, to a pointy toe with kitten heel style,” says Russo. “The shorter pants are perfect to show off booties, too.”
White and black patent leather boots with contrast lacing from Kendall + Kylie.
Jeans get embellished with crystals and pearls, the perfect ornate foil to simple black-and-white tops.