With the 81st edition of MICAM coming up next month, the footwear tradeshow gives you a glimpse of some of the trends to watch out for.
The leit-motif of next year’s winter season will be complementarity: a new era that has as its raison d’etre in the merging of extremes, traversing the fashion world and leaving its mark by cross-contaminating stylistic influences from Baroque and futurism. We will see combinations of high-tech and natural materials and mixtures of different styles in contrast with each other, but whose symbiotic potential now becomes apparent. These, then, are the fashion trends for the 81st edition of the MICAM, to be held at Fiera Milano Rho from 14 to 17 February 2016.
A return to craftsmanship, to a simple straightforward approach capable of celebrating passion and authenticity. A concept of footwear that takes the form of warm tones, a ‘rustic’ look, outsize silhouettes and craft materials, as outmoded as they are unexpected.
Materials: Smooth or textured leather, vintage look, classic shoe laces, thin soles, sometimes in wood.
Colours: Autumnal shades, brown and beige, grey and brown-green, khaki; some occasional mustard yellow, dark burgundy and grey-blue.
Intimacy and an “epic” feel converge perfectly in this refined, sophisticated style: one that conjures up a solitary spirit, an explorer of natural phenomena, calm and austere at the same time. Resulting in a soft, elegant product thanks to its palette of neutral colours.
Materials: Smooth leather, shiny vinyl, minimalist cut, cover materials, rubber soles.
Colours: Soft pastels, neutral colours and earthy autumnal shades, from brown which fades to eggshell beige, to contrasting greys and blacks.
Somewhere between the two extremes of past and future, a new unique style is born, redolent of the feeling of survival embodied in the drama and romanticism of period costumes. A fierce luxury, which makes this trend undoubtedly the most sumptuous and futuristic.
Materials: Metallic details, open-toes, flat studs, matt leather, leather soles, pointed toes, straps and laces.
Colours: Strong tones, rich dark reds, blues and greys, shades of browns, burgundy, with here and there a flash of blue and mustard yellow.
An irresistible blend of art and fashion, creating a style that is both timeless and seasonless; where colour, elevated to its highest expression, conveys an intense sense of energy. This trend takes the form of fascinating, interactive creativity which intrigues and delights, awakening the senses with its stimulating designs.
Materials: Patterned mesh, soft surfaces, thick soles, bi-coloured shoelaces, reversible materials, rough surfaces, patchwork effect.
Colours: Vibrant Pantone colours in shades of bright green, yellow and red balanced by elegant neutral colours, nostalgic pinks and acid yellow.