Tell us about your latest collection?
Unisa is showcasing its SS19 stock collection at Harrogate Fashion week. We will have a wide range of styles from courts, sandals and occasion styles to sneakers and sports sandals. We have noticed customers want to buy closer to the season and be more reactive to the market. This is the first show which will focus on in season sales so we are very excited to see the reaction.
What trends do you see for next season?
The continued strength of athleisure is felt throughout the Unisa collection. Styles such as Eire were so strong with our forward orders. Also the sports hybrid sandals such as Bilbao look really fresh. Fresh colours for next season will be yellow, white and cobalt blue. We are also seeing the continuation of animal prints with leopard and snake being very strong.
Our formal styles now cater to a customer who is busy and who expects her footwear to perform. This season all of our shoes have memory foam insoles. Key styles are block heeled courts in a wide range of neutral nappa leathers. We also have a beautiful selection of styles in poppy, bright kid suedes.
Which item would you pick out of your collection as a staple wardrobe item?
For me it’s the Franci trainer in Ivory and leopard. I’m a busy working mum so to be able to run around all day in comfort is so important. I can wear them with a trouser suit for work or dress in the evening. There is also a hidden mini wedge inside which adds a little (much needed) length to my little legs!
Are there any trends you want to see make a comeback?
The western boot looks strong for next season. I’m working with Unisa on AW19/20 as the moment and its looking like it’s making a return. It’s a great transitional trend for the UK and its fickle weather. They look great with mini skirts and dresses or great with the new cropped denim silhouettes.
What are looking forward to about Harrogate Fashion Week?
I love the buzz of the shows. Meeting new and existing customers is always a joy. I’m also looking forward to being showing for the first time in my home county of Yorkshire. There is such a thirst for fashion in the north and it’s a shame so many of the shows are in London. I think its going to feel really fresh and invigorating and I can’t wait!