Children’s Fall Trend Report

Stride Rite
“One important trend for girls is glitz and shine, with lots of colored animal prints and metallic finishes. Perfect for the boho-chic girl, [the hippie look] has craft-inspired touches such as suede embellishments and detailed stitching. For boys, fall is about being daring and rugged. A focus on bright color pops and 1980s-inspired colorblocking will help boys stand out. The theme [incorporates] rich suedes and rugged detailing. We love the way plaids and hints of military-inspired details are translated into kid-right styles.” — Jenn Kretchmar, SVP of product

See Kai Run
“Ruffles and scallops continue to be adult trends that translate well for girls. Going forward, we see more non-pink colors for girls, including purple, gray and copper. We also see a wider acceptance of bright colors for boys. We used a bright green-yellow, as well as an electric blue for accents on our boys’ styles.” — Cause Haun, founder and designer

Nina Kids
“Military, Tyrolean, Western and biker influences dominate the season, with boots being a key silhouette. You’ll see a lot of knits, sherpa, distressed materials and faceted hardware. The preppy look is moving forward with feminine metallic oxfords and over-the-knee riding boots detailed with back lacing treatments. Embellishments, such as sequins, rhinestones and glitter, also remain [important].” — Ken Masiello, design director

Primigi
“For girls, major trends are lace and rivet accents, which [are showing up on] sleek ballet flats and high boots, and ruffled suede as boot cuffs and vamp accents. Classic equestrian boots, in both patents and leathers, are making a comeback. You’ll also see a lot of luxe suedes and leathers in jewel tones. Other important colors include burgundy, gray, black, brown, green and blue.” — Gina LaRossa, director of marketing

BBC International
“Metallics will be a key part of the color palette. Hardware details, including studs, buckles and chains, will be seen throughout. A lot of boots and versatile flats will be embellished with embroidery and embossed details. For winter, [we will emphasize] cozy styles in genuine shearling, soft suedes and full-grain leather combinations [such as in these Polo Ralph Lauren shoes].” — Phoebe Goodman, director of design

Umi
“For fall, we’re focusing on a classically ‘girl’ palette of pinks, purples and reds on silhouettes embellished with three-dimensional floral elements, studs and contrast stitching. Our favorite twists to the typical girl hues are neutrals such as soft pewter, cocoa and cinnamon. We’ve also utilized specialty materials to provide dimension and a playful elegance. For boys, simple vintage looks continue to influence footwear, [led by] the classic suede chukka boot, [which we’re doing] in timeless shades of chocolate, olive, taupe and black.” — Elissa Shuck, manager of design and development

Timberland
“An emerging trend for boys is the classic chukka boot. We’re introducing the Earthkeepers Ridgefield chukka boot in traditional suede uppers that are water- and stain-resistant. We also see the duck boot trend crossing over from adults into kids.’ We’ve used the duck boot toe detail on our girls’ Mallard boot, which is warm-lined through the shaft and forefoot and is completely waterproof. We also see the use of faux-fur and quilting treatments trending for girls and have incorporated both into our Hollyberry tall pull-on boot.” — Vanessa McElroy, kids’ global category manager

Stuart Weitzman Kids
“Boots are a big trend, with styles ranging from hiking boots to chukka boots to over-the-knee cuffed boots. There’s a very feminine, 1950s-inspired trend, [where you’ll see] lots of ballet flats embellished with lace, satin, bows, ribbons, pearls. Pointy toe shapes and kitten heels are making a comeback. Faux fur, from short and cropped to full-on shaggy, is everywhere this fall. Another fresh trend puts the spotlight on bold embellishments and details, such as chunky glitter. The freshest silhouette here is the glitter oxford.” — Amy Chercass, designer

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