The international event for shoes and accessories, known as GDS, just took place last week in Düsseldorf and I had the honour to visit this amazing place. Thousands of brands, whether all-known or newcomers, presented the shoetrends for fall/winter 2011.
Trends I mostly spotted are definitely loads and loads of ugg-versions (decorated with lovely swarovski-details (such as the ones by Philipp Plein) and amazing copies of the furheels by Louboutin of last season's fall/winter. Fur-details, no matter if fake or real, will definitely show up as an important detail. But also knitted elements and wedge-heels appear to be decisive for the next fall/winter season, which I personally welcome. I love the way Rocket Dog, who presented their newest designs absolutely great, brought (fake)fur, knit and a robust, thick sole together in one shoe. I don't know exactly why but I love this thick sole although it appears a little clunky at first. But think about the strong, cold winter most of us had (especially us Europeans) and then how much some of us might have thought how absolutely freezing it was wearing some thin shoes. These ones will probably keep you warm and meanwhile look cool .. like a mixture of the cuff-shoes by Repeat and the original uggs. Love it!
Furthermore, I came across BeLLE, which had breathtaking versions of the original Louboutin-shoe and the studded, leopard-printed flats!!!
And then we have these materials, that we can't ignore any longer: vulcanised rubber, caoutchouc and plastic. Rainboots and sandals as well as ballerinas in plastic (look at those by mel) like the ones from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa are absolutely asked and will establish themselves fully over this year. There are so many ways to wear these kind of shoes in an elegant way no matter if it's summer (perfect reason to buy some shoes of Vivienne Westwood's collaboration with Melissa or the much cheaper alternative by mel!) or if it's winter (for some real gumboots).
In contrast to all those "outside"-shoes, there is also a label, which really caught me and it's PantoffelDIVA by Jeannette Hamleh. Her lady-slippers are simply amazing and come in so many variances that you just got to love at least one of the pairs.
But above all, there is one newcomer-brand, which I (obviously) appreciate to see the most: LuLu Vibes by Luisa Lange. Thanks to her talent and know-how she made it to this huge event. Staying faithful to her nature-orientated way to produce her clogs, the stand was decorated with the wooden boxes the clogs come in and a lovely cow-carpet. With a permanent presence during GDS, she certainly attracted not only me and I'm once again impressed by her new collection for this fall/winter. Lined with lambskin and/or decorated with Swarovski-stones - i love it! My favourites are the studded black clogs with beaten gold and the camouflage-decorated ones. I can't decide between the black ones with the huge Swarvoski-stones or those lined with the aforementioned lambskin and the french lily but both of them are definitely additional first-loves-at-first-sight.
A very special thanks goes to her for letting me join this event!! :) :*
LuLu Vibes by Luisa Lange
PantoffelDIVA by Jeannette Hamleh