When I think of trunk shows, my first initial thought would be bridal. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it is always the case. Trunk shows are smaller presentations where people can buy items and/or place orders on items that can be purchased; where as runway shows are larger in scale. I have attended many different trunk shows. My first trunk show was Mochachino wh0 is a women and men’s designer. He held a trunk show out of a hotel room. We were given line sheets and look books of each item that was for sale. Our measurements were taken and then we placed an order. Another trunk show I attended was for an independent jewelry company who got together many different designers in one room to showcase their accessories. Trunk shows hosted by companies may travel from state to state, country to country with their goods. It really all boils down to brand awareness in my opinion. I really believe strongly in brands having trunk shows because sometimes you can learn about all kinds of different companies that aren’t necessarily big or well known, but make great products.
The video below is of Stewart Weitzman’s trunk show for F/W 2014. What I liked about this video is that it did not portray the typical trunk show with items for sale; however, the company gave you a glimpse about how their shoes are made and who they are as a company. It leaves you with a feeling of trust and knowing that you are getting quality items.
Look, I just have way toooo many summer shoes and nowhere to wear them. I know some of you may relate. If you follow any of the trends out, pairing socks with your sandals and open toe shoes are all the rage among some fashionistas. I like to call it winterizing your summer wear. Much like how you would pair thick opaque stockings with your skirts or wear collar shirts underneath your sleeveless dresses, pairing socks with your sandals is a great way to add some miles to your summer shoes in the winter. You may get a little cold, LOL, you may not. Depends on how far you would go for fashion. Below is a pic of my GX/Gwen Stefani for Shoedazzle sandal lace up bootie (yes its exactly how I described it) that I paired with TOP SHOP ruffled socks. Personally, I get stopped all the time when I wear these heels, even more so paired with cool girly frilly socks. You can wear this with pencil skirts, pants, joggers, skirts in any form from tulip to midi, really just about any way you like. Give it a try and let me know how trying this styling works for you.
One trend that doesn’t seem to be dying is our obsession with sportswear. Men and women alike are really dressing down their serious attire and dressing up their off duty style. For S/S 15 we saw designers send down the runway athletic inspired shoes and apparel for women who wanted to be sporty yet feminine. For Spring ’16 forecasts call for the sportswear/activewear trend to take it up a notch with open toe sneakers. I think this item will be a key item because as the trends continue to lean towards off duty styles and athletic wear, this item provides women with an alternative to either dress up their off duty styles without sacrificing that just thrown together look or even dressing down their work attire for a more eclectic take.
Below are some indications of what’s to come for Spring ’16:
As you can see, pretty much the body of the sneaker has been eliminated, making it almost like a Birkenstock but not. KTZ also sent down the runway open toe sneakers:
There have been many attempts to make this trend happen. We saw similar version in 2009 and 2014 on the runways. Rita Ora is wearing this Jeremy Scott design for Adidas below in 2014.
I think the trend is still in the culmination stage but will catch on soon enough as we continue to see active wear becoming more and more popular.