This past week has been a girl’s dream come true. The Las Vegas Convention Center was filled from one side to the other in heels, stilettos, flats, boots, athletic shoes, wedges, platforms and pumps for the 2012 Magic/Platform Show. A sneak preview on what is soon to be the fashion statement for the spring. Fashion has taken a few twists and turns from the days in which it was a fashion faux pas to wear white shoes before Memorial Day. In fact, this spring fashion focus was anything goes. Below is a list of some of the amazing trends, treats and the 10 things I learned about this spring’s heels.
1- Glitter and gemstones were once an embellishments saved for after hours. This spring, having shimmer, is encouraged during the day. You will pretty much see these additions on all shoes from the very statureous stiletto to the fun-loving beach sandals. This Spring celebrates the femininity of women and lets her shine in all environments. On a side note, there were glitter pumps in almost every hue imaginable paired with jeans and matching tee shirts. I must say…it was really a fun look …defying that glitter must be saved for fancier occasions.
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2- Bright citrus colors are everywhere. There is no doubt that this spring will be bright and beautiful. Lime green, oranges, and yellows were featured on many of the shoes of the show. Now many of these colors may not be a part of your go to color palette but I was really inspired to see how beautiful many of these heels, flats and sandals looked when simply paired with a pair of white pants. The look was fresh and happy. A nice transition from the gray of the winter.
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3- I was a bit taken back to find some of the fabrics being used this spring were velvets and velveteens. I actually questioned one of the vendors and she explained that this fabric was one of three fabrics (the others being a spandex-like material and plastic) that was able to truly capture the bright colors of the spring. So don’t be surprised to see those textures. I have to say they really did reflect the colors beautifully.
4- The heel was definitely in grand play. From the very high to the kitten heel, there was much concentration on the heel having its own flair. While the stilettos still had their place amongst the styles, the heels definitely grew in girth. This is exciting for those who struggle to balance on a stiletto heel. The heel also took on many different forms from heart shapes, to cuts outs, to not even being there giving the front of the shoe all the bearing weight. It was really amazing to see how many ways they were able to create the back of the shoe. Gone are the days where only those who can wear high heels will be able to have heel variation. We purchased the heel below which is 2 inches and I can almost predict how fast they will move off the shelves at our Deborah Stiletto stores.
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5- Cheetah, zebra, snake are still hot, hot, hot!! It was nice to see that many of the designers incorporated the ostrich among the mix but breathe a sigh of relief ladies…the animal in all of us is still alive and well. These beloved prints were on everything and many were accented with gemstones giving them a nice edgy look.
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6-Bohemian prints did capture some of the wedges and flats. I will be the first to admit that many of these prints are not my favorites yet the colors offered in the upcoming season were very alluring. While the earth tones were still part of the selection base, there were also vibrant oranges, turquoises, and magentas. Making these very relaxed and low-key styles exciting and fun to wear.
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7- In conjunction with the Bohemian styles was the tribal flair. Just like their counterpart, these too were offered in an array of bright colors following the theme of bright colors. However, these prints just seem to do better in their brown, beige, and black combinations. The just seem to be more authentic and natural when paired with the muted earth tones.
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8- Flats and sandals have sometimes taken the back seat when it comes to pizzazz but not true in the spring of 2012. No stone was left unturned when designing the heel-less shoe. Instead, many were adorned in gemstones, glitter, and feathers. Buckles were intricate or sparkled. Straps were made with interesting materials to accent the rest of the shoe. No longer do flats have the matronly look but dazzle in every way as its sister, the stiletto. So those who can’t or chose not to strut their stuff in heels, fashion will follow you to your flat wears.
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9- Women’s footwear is breaking out of the gate with a force. No longer an after thought of an outfit, the heel, stiletto or flat is taking center stage. Many of the shoe offered this spring will be the center pieces of the outfit. With gemstones and glitter being so prominent, it is almost like jewelry for the feet. They are statement makers and heels worthy of building an outfit around. Who would have ever thought that clothes would become an accessory?
10- On a side note, if you ever happen to be in Las Vegas, for business or pleasure, consider wearing a wide based heel. I wore a stunning, red Mary Jane stiletto from my collection that added almost seven inches to my 5’1″ height. I couldn’t help myself….I was attending the event of shoe events and I wanted to make sure I was holding my own. The event came to a close and the taxi line was enormous so off I went. My hotel looked much closer than it was in reality. With each of the casinos trying to out do its neighbor, the cobblestones, brick, stamped concrete walkways made navigating the terrain a challenge…but what the heck…it’s all in the name of fashion!