From pastels to neon brights, color is sweeping the fashion nation from left to right…
Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada WWDMAGIC stretches approximately a million square feet— that’s obviously a lot of ground to cover. And within that is the FN (Footwear News) Platform, where I spent the majority of my time swooning over the seemingly endless array of just about every classic and statement shoe currently hitting the market. During my stay, I couldn’t help but notice a re-occurring trend that I’m sure all of you fashion heads have seen and may be sick of hearing about…
Color. From every end of the spectrum.
Now like I said before, color has been trending for quite some time, reaching far beyond the realm of just accessories and Spring (2012) collections. In fact, if you’ve been following recent NYFW coverage we’ve seen esteemed brands including BCBG re-enforce this trend (more specifically color blocking), and tailoring it to fit the most recent A/W collections and the more anticipated autumnal palettes and tones.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s important to recognize the significant role that color in it’s entirety (rather than just focusing solely on pastels or neon) plays for Spring 2012.
FN Platform showcased a variety of talented established and emerging footwear designers as you can clearly see pictured above. I found Pour La Victoire’s emphasis on color to be extremely varied, as it ranged from pretty pastel pumps and chunky platforms, to cork wedges with neon quirks. Matt Bernson and Julian Hakes seemed to have also caught wind of the neon fever as evidenced in Bernson’s colored Gitanes flats and Hakes’ futuristic play on neon with his signature Mojito shoe—all appropriate staples a summer-getaway ensemble. Gee WaWa’s “flatform” soft yellow mid-wedge seemed to serve as a middle ground in the color spectrum and playing on the softer side of things Matiko’s soft candy-colored loafers re-enforced the feminine beauty associated with soft palettes.
But if you look at how both color tones together, this really seems to visually prove why color is so predominant in fashion this season. While they easily and obviously mesh well, they also compliment one another and at the end of the day fashion is about flattery and making an individual look great and confident from head to toe—literally.
So with that in mind, my fellow fashionistas if during this season you’re ever feeling blue, just remember to always look on the bright(er) side…
Shoe Credits by Row: Top Row (Left to Right): Pour La Victoire, Matiko, Julian Hakes Middle Row (Left to Right): Julian Hakes, Matt Bernson, Pour la Victoire Bottom Row (Left to Right): Pour La Victoire, Gee WaWa (Mid-Wedges), Pour la Victoire - Thank you to all participating brands!