Novelty Socks Are One of Resort 2018’s Biggest Trends

Just when you thought the socks and sandals trend was finally winding down, resort season has thrust it back into the spotlight. Luxury designers embraced novelty hosiery for the resort ’18 season, adding rhinestones and graphic prints onto socks then pairing them with stiletto heels. (For more resort highlights, click here).

Nowhere was the statement sock message more true than at Gucci. Creative director Alessandro Michele — the king of maximalism — played up the fashion house’s signature “GG” print, adding it as a print onto colorful socks. (To take it one further, he also embellished some of the socks with rhinestones).

Gucci Resort 2018 Gucci resort ’18 collection. Courtesy of brand/Dan Lecca

Gucci Resort 2018 Gucci resort ’18 collection. Courtesy of brand/Dan Lecca

At Prada, Miuccia Prada went for a sportier message. (This was the first season Prada has shown a resort collection). Prada paired strappy Velcro heels — a style she has been exploring for a few seasons now — with athletic-inspired socks, which were fit with graphic racing stripes.

Prada Resort 2018 Prada resort ’18 collection. REX Shutterstock
Prada Resort 2018 Prada resort ’18 collection. REX Shutterstock

At Bottegea Veneta, the sock message was more sophisticated. Simple leather pumps with block heels were matched with thin, striped ankle socks. Chic.

Bottega Veneta Resort 2018 Bottega Veneta resort ’18 collection. Courtesy of brand

At Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli continued the label’s Rockstud message, showing ankle-strap heels with the signature studs. He paired them with thin ribbed ankle socks, which had colored stripes that matched the shoes.

Valentino Resort 2018 Valentino resort ’18 collection. REX Shutterstock
Valentino Resort 2018 Valentino resort ’18 collection. REX Shutterstock

For shoe highlights from resort ’18, click through the gallery.

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