Children’s Trend Report

Nine West Kids
“The most significant trend for girls [is what we’re calling] ‘global expedition.’ [It] takes inspiration from cultures around the world and is paired with a military influence. Tribal prints, beading, fringe, snakeskin, decorative stitching, cork and rattan are juxtaposed with camouflage prints, distressed finishes and antiqued-metal hardware. Gladiators continue to be important, as well as ankle-wrap sandals on both flat bottoms and wedges. For boys, the most compelling trend is what we’ve named ‘universal forces,’ which emphasizes military-inspired detailing such as camouflage prints and rugged, washed canvas in a neutral color palette. Gutsy canvas combat boots and all-terrain sandals let boys be boys.”
— Paula Hyde, VP of design

Vincent Shoes
“We [focused on] designs that are clean and simple, stylish yet practical, with a healthy pinch of color thrown in. We’ve mixed different materials more than before. For example, combining leather with canvas makes a fun, new look. We spent some time around the Mediterranean this past year, and this inspired us to add turquoise to the color palette for spring.”
— Patrick Österman, designer

“Canvas is on-trend for spring, with both basic and printed versions. We wanted our whole spring line to reflect clean, simple lines with a purposeful absence of bling. Fresh colors replace the predictable, safe colors of last spring. Gladiators continue, and metallic leathers are important [because they can be] both dressy and casual. Multifunction footwear is also key.”
— Ken Proctor, founder

Nina Kids
“One of the most important trends is embellishments — pearls, crystals, jewels, rhinestones — on dress looks, and tribal beading on casuals. Another is high-riding hooded sandals. [We’re also seeing a lot of interest in] flexible flat constructions and lightweight simulated wood bottoms and footbeds.”
— Ken Masiello, design director

Kors Michael Kors
“The Kors kids’ collection [features] jewels, chains, studs and metallic [finishes]. Sequins are the rage, so we’re offering them in several variations. Lucite and vinyl are also key [materials]. The color palette is full and varied. We’ve played with everything from light, ethereal colors to neon brights.”
— Layla-Joy Williams, VP of branded design, Synclaire Brands (licensee)

“The key trends we see for spring are bright colors, floral detailing and rugged styles. We interpreted the bright story by bringing multiple pops of color to a single shoe. Boys have their own version [of the trend] in fun-colored fisherman sandals. The floral trend [is seen in] vibrant, multicolored appliqués and punch-out details.”
— Olivia Billingsley, designer

“Spring offers an eclectic mix of trends, such as bohemian sandals and vintage-inspired sneakers. The vulcanized sneaker will be important as an everyday item. Umi is interpreting it with classic constructions in bold-colored printed canvas, as well as soft, neutral corduroy fabrics. In sandals, [we see] shimmery leathers and candy colors.”
— Elissa Shuck, product development manager

Jumping Jacks
“The hottest color trend for girls is metallics, such as soft gold, silver, pewter and bronze. They’re neutral colors and can go with any outfit. Versatility is key in today’s economy. Dazzle is huge: Beads, sequins and jewels continue to be a major trend.”
— George Steele, designer

Stride Rite Children’s Group
“One key trend, [what we call] ‘country enchantment,’ features floral prints, calm pinks and browns, and pops of yellow and lilac. The ‘modern primitive’ [looks] have deep browns, metallics and bursts of vibrant colors. Our ‘great escape’ [trend moves] away from the norm of dark blues and greens for boys and pastel pinks for girls, using bursts of neons and bold colors such as turquoise and orange. Lighted shoes are [important], ranging from racecar-inspired shoes for boys to sparkly, more fashion-focused shoes for girls. Sleek athletic silhouettes are in for older boys.”
— Rachel Panetta, director of brand communications

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