7 Designer Items I Know Will Be Hot This Fall

What's hot in fashion for fall? A handful of designer items instantly come to mind. If you're interested in investing in some of the viral and about-to-be-viral pieces of the season, this is my short list of the selects to add to your cart now before they are impossible to get your hands on. 

Some of the picks, including Alaïa's cult Mary Jane flats, are summer staples that recently came back in stock but are still in high demand. Other items, including Khaite's Lucca belt finished with an asymmetrical metal buckle, are newer to the scene but are already selling out at record speed and primed for cool looks this fall. Others, such as the Cartier Baignoire watch, are carving themselves out to be the cult items to know for this season and many beyond. Ahead, you'll find the best designer shopping items to invest in now for the season ahead—from shoes to bags to timepieces.

Alaïa Ballet Flats



Alaïa ballet flats are one of the hottest items of 2023. They were unquestionably the shoe of the summer, but continue to be one of the most in-demand pieces as we head into fall. Do yourself a favor and order the styles that have just been restocked because I guarantee they will sell out almost immediately. 

Hermès Picotin Bag

When I met with the team at Fashionphile last week, they told me that the Hermès Picotin is the buzziest bag across the site right now. Yes, even more popular than the iconic Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags. Word to the wise—snap it up before more people catch on.

Prada Floral Shoes



The shoes of the season were clear from the beginning. They are one of the most-Instagrammed pieces from the F/W 23 runways and have garnered just as much excitement now that they have arrived in stores. Prada's floral-embellished heels and flats can't be beat.

Chatter on watch TikTok makes it abundantly clear that the Cartier Baignoire timepiece is it. Though originally designed in 1912, the watch is having a moment. The timepiece is finished with an oval dial and leather straps or metal bracelets. The just-released bangle version is already all the talk amongst the fashion set.

Miu Miu Buckled Pumps



Earlier this spring, editors couldn't stop talking about these buckled Miu Miu slingbacks when they hit the runway, so it is no surprise that they are already one of the hottest shoes of the season. They've been a hit on the street style set at New York fashion week and I predict they will be a popular shoe as we head into fall.

Khaite Lucca Belt


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Cool belts are having a moment for fall. Designed with unexpected asymmetric buckles in oversize proportions, the pieces practically double as jewelry. If you can't decide which style to add to your closet, the Khaite Lucca is a surefire bet.

Bottega Veneta Andiamo Bag



While the Bottega Veneta Andiamo bag splashed onto the fashion scene last year, it still remains one of the major bags to own.