Heading to Vegas next week for FN PLATFORM? Follow our footsteps as we look at the hottest trends and a new emerging designer section at the show.
“Many of the most coveted styles are embracing comfort and functionality,” says Leslie Gallin, President of Footwear at UBM Fashion. “This can be seen in the feminine yet practical silhouette of the kitten heel. Booties have remained a staple as have sneakers however, designers are using bold colors and embellishments to elevate the look.”
Below, a look at Gallin’s 5 Key Trends for FN PLATFORM:
Embellished Sneakers: Embellishments are making their way onto the casual-cool sneaker! The added flare dresses up this comfy style for a modern, fashion-forward look.
Kitten Heels: The low heel trend is staying put! This traditional silhouette has become the season’s winning style allowing for both comfort and sophistication.
Booties: One of the biggest and best shoe trends, The Bootie. This look has proven itself throughout all of the seasons and continues to be a closet staple! Look out for new styles with embroidery, pearl details or metallic colors!
Loafers: This sleek style has been elevated to cult status. Offering the perfect balance of feminine-appeal and menswear inspired, the loafer trend can be found in a variety of styles – think bold colors, block heels and pointed toes, just to name a few.
Men’s Casual: From work to weekend casual, this style is the epitome of versatility!
A new exhibit at FN PLATFORM is also generating buzz. The “Emerging Designers” showcase will feature six promising designers hand-selected for their design and innovation. Be the first to scope out these up-and-comers, profiled below.
Chelsea Paris is an exciting contradiction; a young luxury footwear label launched in 2011. The brand strikes an elegant balance of feminine modernity and tradition. Heritage and quality are trademarks of the Chelsea Paris brand; the collections are designed by founder/owner Theresa Ebagua and expertly handcrafted using traditional methods in Italy. The Chelsea Paris story is inspired by African culture and the Deco era of the 1920s. The result is beautiful shoes that tread an effortless line between on trend desirability and timeless style.
Becki Coakley is a shoe brand that was born from two desires: to create finely detailed and striking shoes and to be a vessel for women to display their sensuality and elegance. Coakley sees the woman that wears her eponymous shoe brand as “one who is confident and isn’t afraid to be different by adding some flair.” She is a go-getter that may have power meetings all day but leaves to enjoy happy hour or a night out on the town. Becki Coakley combines simplistic, elegant, timeless and eye-catching details to make exquisite shoe designs for the sophisticated and chic woman.
An Italian brand with a history for craftsmanship, Anniel originally started with ballet shoes. Very new to the U.S. market, the brand is excited for its FN PLATFORM debut.
The Tiannia Barnes collection features finely curated, Italian-made and lovingly crafted, contemporary-chic women’s shoes. Each pair is uniquely crafted from fine Italian leather and suede to inspire fearlessness, timelessness and boldness.
Fringe by Ella + Rubi
Fringe by Ella + Rubi. ELLA carries the essence of modern Europe, a clean contemporary style while adding a bit of downtown edge. RUBI layers exquisitely bespoke, deliciously artisanal items for a livable sense of luxury and a distinct feminine vibe. ELLA+RUBI play off each other, inspire one another and together they are in delightful balance.
A Parisian brand known for its beautiful shoe accessories, FrouFrouz gives women infinite possibilities to revive a pair of shoes! Who has never dreamt of going directly from the office to an important party or date but without lugging about a change of shoes? Here is the solution! Shoe accessories are the latest up and coming fashion trend. Shoe clips glam up any high heels or flat shoes instantly!