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The Shoe ABC for Spring / Summer 2007
Defined by GDS/GLS – International Event for Shoes, Leather Goods & More
In a Nutshell - from A to Z the Key Trends for the 2007 Summer Season :
A - Audrey Hepburn
Dainty and delicate she had her very own style: that beautiful Brit with
her big brown eyes. Now back in fashion and very Audrey: slender silhouettes,
Capri shorts and delicate little ballerinas.
B - Block Heels
They're back! Straight as a die and often also teeteringly high, those good
old block heels are now back with a new feel. A really nice touch: stacked leather
heels. Though there are also some 'as good as' variations, too...
C - Clean Chic
A cool look without fussy detail. Clean chic with that well-groomed understated
feel is now finally taking hold in the forthcoming summer season. With the finest
fabrics and sophisticated styles it looks really great. On the colour front the
focus is on plains or purist combinations. Always en vogue: Black & White.
D - Deauville
This chic seaside resort in Normandy is symbolic of that well-groomed maritime
style. Stripes and polka dots, fresh, starched cotton and loose neck scarves
flapping in the wind are the elements of this look.
E - Espadrilles
Never be without them in summer! Espadrilles, those simple and yet imaginative
canvas shoes from Spain are perfect companions for summer. And the forthcoming
season will bring us some more new slants on these shoes: embroidery, beading
plus the odd paste gem are all musts here.
F - Fetching Braiding
Elaborate interlaced leather straps give shoes both a handcrafted feel and a very
authentic, natural look. Now straps are becoming wider and patterns more imaginative.
G - Gloss
Elegance needs gloss! Which is why patent leather will also be making a major
entrance next season. Materials shimmer and shine, each trying to outdo the
other. Get polishing!
H - Heavenly Sky Blue
This is just one of the many blue variations set to conquer the fashion scene
next summer. The spectrum ranges from denim to navy blue. Fresh looks are achieved
thanks to combinations with white; tone-on-tone looks elegant.
I - Indian
This slant features in many designs on espadrilles, sandals and ballerinas.
Overly lavish decoration and patterns are avoided though. Less is more.
J - Jute
This robust natural material will be making a grand entrance again next summer.
Jute is a must alongside canvas and cotton. And it's amazing how elegant
this grainy fabric can look!
K - Kork
This lightweight sole and heel material can probably be described as an evergreen.
Cork wedges promise new looks for summer in the city. We can't wait!
L - Lasts
Last are becoming more rounded again. Though square lasts are also
playing a key role, especially those with built-up sides. Pointed lasts,
on the other hand, are now past their peak.
M - Metallisés
Gold, silver, bronze and platinum will be making a very grand entrance
next summer. Key here is their delicate shine which emphasises the quality
of the look all the more. Especially pretty on delicate ballerinas.
N - Neat Studs
These are great when used sparingly. In line with the natural, slightly ethnic
style studs are a key trend accessory, especially on sandals and slip-ons.
O - Object of Desire
The new femininity in womenswear is bringing us a wealth of shoe styles that
can only be described as 'sexy'. After several fashion seasons marked by a
focus on sportswear this is really refreshing!
P - Peep-Toes
Love them or leave them! Peep-toes are as much part of the new summer fashion
as fresh blouses and wide skirts. By the way, it looks best when all three are together.
Q - Quality
In the wake of the new elegance in fashion fabric quality is gaining a whole new
importance. Less quantity but better quality is the motto here. For leather
natural finishes are preferred.
R - Red
This bright primary colour plays a key role in that summer beach look, even if
it is preferably featured in clothing. Red shoes are possible though - not only
for sporty styles but also for high-heeled sandals.
S - Sneakers
Sneakers - as long as they don't look like sneakers! Sporty footwear fashion next
summer needs a smart look that smacks less of the sports hall and more of the
catwalk. Wide stripes and too much mesh are out; high quality materials - i.e.
leather -, slim lasts and well concealed functional features will ensure
sneakers keep their high ranking on the popularity stakes.
T - Textiles
For several seasons now an interplay of different materials having been playing
a key role in shoe fashion. Leather combined with canvas provides natural,
authentic looks especially in the summer season. And because it's so lovely
canvas can also come on its own too.
U - Understatement
After the seasons of lavish, over-extravagant decoration more reticence is now
on the cards. We no longer need five strings of beads in all colour combinations:
just one plain string of polished wooden beads will do. This understatement finds
expression in all areas of fashion - from more discreet make-up and clothing
to shoes also with less decorative detail.
V - Vichy Checks
Remember those dainty little sleeveless blouses sported by 60s Hollywood beauties
along with Capri shorts and straw hats? Light and airy and knotted at the waist?
Back in those days Vichy or gingham checks were very 'up to date' in the States
and 'très chic' in Paris with many a fan in Germany, too. And those of us not
around on the fashion scene back then are in for a treat as these little checks
will be back next summer!
W - White
Temperatures of 28 degrees and over, sunkissed skin and light, white clothing.
The taste of summer! White is just as much an accent colour when teamed with
navy and red as it is in combination with black.
X - Xenon Blue
Did you know xenon is a chemical element in the inert gas family? Lamps and
fluorescent tubes filled with xenon produce light very similar to daylight,
i.e. with a slight blue tinge. Bringing us back to heavenly sky blue under H -
and this is most definitely one of the trend colours in the coming season!
Y - Yesterday
The legendary Beatles wrote music history with this song. Many fashion elements
from this mod era will be back next summer - but with a modern and contemporary
slant to them in new materials and slightly adapted styles.
Z - TopZtitching
Now more important than ever, ornate topstitching is great for adding pretty
accents to uppers on court shoes, ballerinas and moccasins. Decorative
topstitching looks particularly attractive with a hand-sewn feel to it.
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To the general Fashion Fairs Calendar 2007
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