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The Look: Natural Selection

When it’s deliver-or-die, supply chains become the lifeblood of a company. To that end, the fashion industry has embraced technology to navigate today’s hyper-complicated supply chain, with myriad solutions shaping the first, middle and last mile. Call it Sourcing 2.0.

Having been painted, foiled and dip-dyed in recent seasons, the market is seeing earthy materials like jute, cork, linen and canvas shed these embellishments and return to their natural state.

What beige lacks in “wow” factor on its own, a new crop of fashion-forward silhouettes more than make up for. Sandals are grounded by chunky stacked or wooden block heels; cork peeks from the toes of crocheted sandals; linen turns ankle boots into summer staples; twisted jute rope gives even the sturdiest oxfords and wedges an air of summer.

Textures smack of natural elements. Raw-edged woven raffia roughens uppers. Thin slices of cork are cut into cookie cutter-inspired shapes of birds and flowers. Some are paired with fine mesh to create uppers. Tan and off-white canvas lends a light and airy touch to sneaker silhouettes.

In men’s, look for espadrille-style outsoles paired with deconstructed woven uppers. Or, plain cream-colored sneakers that act as a blank canvas for fancy socks.

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