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5 Top Trends in Footwear at MAGIC

Trend One: Wear It Like A Man
Trend One: Wear It Like A Man
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Fashion buyers around the world are currently preparing to make their Resort 2015 purchases to carry in store and online.

5 Top Trends in Footwear at MAGIC
5 Top Trends in Footwear at MAGIC
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Leslie Gallin, President of Footwear at Advanstar Communications Inc. shares five top footwear trends for Resort 2015 that retailers should be looking to carry for their female shoppers.

TREND ONE: WEAR IT LIKE A MAN

Function: Unisex style shoes

Elements of Design:

● A fresh take on the mixture of fabrications; rich toned leathers, durable canvas (military greens and khaki), twills and soft pastels.

● Selling this trend is solid craftsmanship and men’s classic styling. Details include leather tassels, double monk strap, fringed perforated-tongue (golf shoe inspired).

● The ease of combining classic style with the tailored lines of menswear

● Preserving an androgynous look with strong styles such as oxfords, saddle shoes, brogues, weejuns, penny loafers and wing tips.

This trend is a continuation of the movement we are seeing in the year of the woman. The styles we’ve seen in the “boy meets girl” trend are based on how women are looking to menswear for inspiration. Nostalgic styles are descendants of suede creepers that became popular in the 50’s with the Teddy Boys and drainpipe pants – except now they are fabricated with colorful patent leather. These latest incarnations of this trend can be found in the resort collections of Alice Olivia’s saddle shoe, Band of Outsider’s loafers, Diesel Black Gold and Antonio Marras’ creepers.

TREND TWO: FASHION WITHOUT BORDERS

Function: Mash-up of global styles transformed into one unique voice, the creation of a fashionable international Everywoman

Elements of Design:

● Variations of the classic huarache, always made from braided leather straps, which are a staple for a large segment of South and North America.

● Wide straps sandals (Hippy dress shoe)

● A jute-wrapped wedge and lifted soles

● Flat leather soled gladiator styles

Fashion Without Borders explores the global search for inspiration. Globally the concept was based on cultural experiences such as art and traditional items. There’s undoubtedly a need for creating an element of authenticity in product designs that highlights the idea of global traveling. Designers are just mad for cultural appropriation with their styling and design cues. This criss-crossing of multi-cultural inspiration has unleashed a veritable free-for-all of diversity.

TREND THREE: SPORTIFY

Function: Raising the bar on the average sneaker into a cohesive lifestyle product.

Elements of Design:

● The statement sneaker has been replaced. The aesthetic is calm, neat, clean and modern designed trainer (lacking the bells-and-whistles of heavy handed design and embellishments).

● Scuff-free is key with white being the first color of choice for this trend.

● Moderate lifted soles were added to give a platform.

● Uniform shoe transcending into a statement of intrinsic driven value by the necessity of style.

There is a changing of the playing field of traditional sneakers into a new category of “footwear of necessity.” This new category is about ease and versatility, not everyone who puts on a sneaker are athletic, but they are all looking for comfort and performance in range of motion. Fashion-driven sneaker brands have long put aside the idea of strictly designing for performance having moved to align with fashion clothing brand thinking. The luxury market understands this sneaker movement as a staple for all. The sporty side of this trend comes with revisiting classic sneaker styles from days past but now repurposed for a new market segment.

TREND FOUR: EXPOSURE

Function: Refreshing approach to the enclosed shoe designs

Elements of Design:

● The peep toe movement. Wallabee’s with exposed heels and toes as well as snake skin high boots with cord lace-up fronts that expose the sheen and toes.

● Wing tips with cutout sides that are completely exposed or shown with a tulle screen.

● Leather with perforated or extended leather straps that exposed the side profile of the foot.

● Designer focus on baring skin in small peeping amounts through the toe box and heels. Cages sandals adorned it with side exposure.

Exposed toes and strategically placed cutouts give a refreshing update to boots, loafers and dressier slingbacks in this trend. This type of shoe was popular in the 1940’s with intermediate success in the 60’s and 90’s. Footwear following the elements of design, look completely new and innovative in any of the newer materials, but the idea is the element of surprise. 3.1 Phillip Lim gave us some of the best in his 2015 resort collection; Viktor & Rolf and Acne Studios are also great examples of the peep-toe movement.

TREND FIVE: REFLECTED MATTER

Function: Reflection to shine: stand out, be outstanding, more brilliant color, a quest to see “me”.

Elements of Design:

● Polished with high gloss patent leather and lacquer techniques

● Metallic (silver, copper, rose gold)

● Anything that shines or reflects light

● Highly polished menswear loafers

● Liquid looking as if wet to the touch

A big part of Resort 2015 will be a season of reflection; not only for the health of spirit, but also for the wearer’s feet. No ensemble or dress will be complete without a shoe that uses reflective materials. Even the most typical menswear shoe was highly polished. For 2015, glossy liquefied patent leather wing tips and two-tone loafers take center stage, these surface treatments are inspiring, imaginative and give the impression of a fluid movement through reflection. Of note is Nike’s “Vapor Flash” fabric, used for shoes and clothing, which features a reflective, laminated face of tiny glass beads that provide 400-candlepower reflectivity even in low light.

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