Legwear Spring Trend Report

“Trends I see are the continued growth of lifestyle socks in ‘performance’ stores. … There also is a trend toward less-expensive, blended yarn products. And the development and investigation into alternative natural fibers is necessary and interesting for the category to continue to grow. At Teko, we wave the sustainability flag pretty high, so when we look to use a new fiber, it has to be completely vetted. Our retailers have come to believe in us and trust that we know all the details of our sources, our materials and our partners.”
— Rich Weight, CEO

Steve Madden
“Following the legwear trends from fall, spring ’11 will showcase brighter, more feminine prints, florals, sheers and lace. For a more sophisticated look, [we suggest] layering ankle socks with peep-toes or wedges, or wearing fun, floral bike shorts as an update to leggings.”
— Zina Zegans, licensing and fashion director

“We see a strong and continuing trend for women toward more footies and quarters for spring ’11. In addition to the shorter heights, the fashion trend is toward fun colors and designs. On the design front, there is much more attention to visual details that show just above the shoe. From a color perspective, we are seeing significant use of bright, strong spring colors, often blended together.”
— Jim Markley, co-founder

“Socks are an accessory, and accessories define who we are. For spring ’11, Stance will continue to explore the creative possibilities of our Mix Match sock collection [of coordinated prints] and the ‘Three of a Kind’ concept [with three pairs per package]. We will also introduce new collaborations with artists Steven Harrington, Randy Noborikawa and Tyler Warren. As vulcanized shoe silhouettes continue to look increasingly similar and denim stays clean and dark, we see the color, pattern and art on socks becoming another way to make a statement. Also, we’re preparing for the ‘no socks with shoes’ trend during spring and summer months by extending our invisible sock-like line with a revised fit, new designs and additional colors.”
— Aaron Hennings, VP of creative

Betsey Johnson
“[We see the trends as ] lacy, luminous, leopard-y and layered.”
— Betsey Johnson, designer

“We are thrilled to see so many socks on the runway, shown with spring collections with both high-heel shoes and flats. The short socks complement so many different looks. We think this versatility will appeal to everyone.”
— Karen Bell, designer

“The big trend for spring is lightweight socks or anklets that can be worn with heels, or high-heeled sandals that we are seeing in a lot of editorials, magazines and catalogs. We are seeing that catch on in a more mainstream way. It is feminine; colors are lighter and softer, mostly sheer with some matte, in a couple of different lengths. The socks are meant to be worn with the shoes that are happening for spring ’11, which are more open, chunkier sandals. For legwear, there are lots of nets, laces, tattoo effects and sheer opaque. People are really asking for sheer fashion tights that continue on into spring.”
— Mimi Merkin, director of legwear design

Happy Socks
“There is a 1970s tube-sock trend that’s happening. It has a playground aspect to it. It’s very Californian, where high socks are worn with shorts. It is also a big trend in New York, where we see people riding their bikes wearing tube socks. The idea behind tube socks is a sporty, ’70s look. The designer of Happy Socks, Viktor Tell, wanted to pay tribute
to that.”
— Julien Jonchere, partner and brand manager

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