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MAGIC Report #3: A Few of our Favorite Things at FN Platform

In What's New, Industry News by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

See our other MAGIC show reports:
WWDMAGIC
Project Womens and POOLTRADESHOW.

MAGIC is immense, spanning two convention centers and miles of aisles (just ask our step counters) showing the latest brands, new collections and ideas for Holiday and Spring 2019. We prevailed with lots of coffee, stylish walking shoes, camera phone and trusty notepads.  And while there’s always more to reflect upon that can ever fit into a post, today’s accessories report focuses on just some of the things we loved at WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For more show pictures from this and future shows, please follow Accessories Magazine’s Instagram @accessoriesmag. From a heightened focus on experiences, both inside the booths and in the aisles, the various shows at MAGIC were more fun and educational than ever, with product presented in more immersive situations to drive home the brand message.

Here, just a few of the many shoes and bags that caught our eye at FN Platform.

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NOT ALL SELFIES AT A SHOE SHOW ARE LOOKING DOWN

We’re not above the shoe selfie #shoesoftheday post, but we like to see the full picture, if you will. FN Platform’s Pop Art selfie installation was just what we needed to get into the fashion spirit.

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DAD GOT IN TOUCH WITH HIS FEMININE SIDE

The “Dad” sneaker, that retro white-hot chunky/ugly sneaker trend du jour, continues to evolve. Above, Mark Nason dresssed it up with white bows and a pale pink sole. Other brands offered options by including two sets of laces (one plain, one zebra, for example, as seen at Shoecolate). Still others mixed in Asian satins or leopard hair calf. Who knew Dad was so hip?

WHITE SNEAKER SOLES ARE EVERYWHERE

If full-on Dad sneakers are too sporty, know that the white fitness sole has merged with tons of dress footwear options as well. From the ubiquitous espadrille (shown above from Gioseppo) to sneaker soles on heels, it’s all about sporty comfort.

A CLEVER PHRASE NEVER GROWS OLD

Kenneth Cole has been doling out quippy one-liners for decades, and they always sound fresh and fun. Here, the brand practically guilts people into buying more shoes, like its pointy-toe mules.

POINTS GO ON POINT

Just when you thought comfort footwear was the end-all-be all, the pendulum is swinging the other way with pointy shoes making a huge comeback. While Kenneth Cole featured them as super high heels, many of the pointy styles are kitten heels or even flats, like these from Marc Fisher.

SHOES GET ART SMART

Personalization remains a key component in all accessories, and footwear is no exception. Goby shoes, which hail from Turkey, featured a show display filled with paint cans and markers to get those creative juices flowing.

THE 90S ARE BACK

Rocket Dog, which made a name for itself in the 90s with thick foam soles, is riding the wave of   ’90s nostalgia. From graphic black-and-white Op Art to rainbow stripes, these platforms elevate the ’90s look…literally.

FOOTWEAR IS THE ULTIMATE MASHUP

While dressier shoes got sporty with sneaker bottoms, sporty neoprene shoes got dressy with woven wedge accents. And retro stripes. And trendy polka dots. And textured bottoms. There was no trend so far-out that it couldn’t be mixed with another one for a unique look. Above, Gioseppo.

GINGHAM GEARS US UP FOR SPRING PICNICS

Botkier, which showed both footwear and handbags at FN Platform, took us on a chic picnic with sweet gingham prints in oversized checks. These lavender ones were the most on point, capturing one of the hottest hues of 2019.

BRAZILIANS SEE THINGS CLEARLY

Clear footwear and clear accents are a growing trend, and the Brazilians got this down in spades. From left: Schutz mixed clear with a mirror metallic silver cap toe; Vicenza mixed yellow and pale blue suede with knot-tie fronts with a clear toe strap; and Carrano went for pure white leather mixed with a clear heel and strap.

COMFORT DOES AS GOOD AS IT FEELS

Comfort footwear company Nalho “yoga mat” sandals and espadrilles donates $1 from each sale to the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) to help end sexual trafficking, violence and exploitation. Launched at Miami Swim Week last year, the brand has elevated its line with denim in various washes.

SCARF DRESSING MOVES INTO FOOTWEAR…

Silk and silky scarves are turning up all over fashion and accessories, and footwear is no exception. JP Originals (above) and Botkier both jumped onto this trend, with long wrap laces.

…AND HANDBAGS

Botkier also extended the look to scarf-wrapped handbags and scarf whip-stitching. Ditsy floral prints captured the popular “prairie” trend sweeping Spring 2019.

PRETTY IN PVC

Brazilian brand Petite Jolie used both injected PVC and stitched/manufactured pieces in structured handbags both with shiny and increasingly trendy matte finishes. They also caught the scarf bug.

Zaxy, the “little sister” of brand Melissa recently launched handbags this year for its all-vanilla scented line. Targeting a younger generation, the line included shoes from $25 to $34 and cute handbags. The bucket (shown) even has a quote inside “Be the Best Version of You. Who can argue with that?

Floafers, a brand of floating loafers (get it?), claims to be one of the 23 footwear products to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter. The concept is “from boat to beach to boardroom,” putting a more elevated spin on a market built by the clunkier Crocs. A fun display at the show caught attention from everyone passing by.

HOLIDAY GETS LIT

Don’t think that footwear is escaping the Ugly Sweater/Ugly Xmas trend that has swept every corner of fashion. These Ugly Holiday Slippers from RG Barry are just kitschy enough to be the hit of the party, even if that just means your family on Christmas morning!

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