two seasons of
"anything goes", important fashion trends are back with a vengeance
for Spring 2001. With a salute to past decades and a nod to the technology
of the future, shoe designers are embracing the new millennium with
the feminization of footwear. Shoes will be streamlined and pared
down with a lower profile and a flatter heel. Embellishments will have
restraint (think thin band of rhinestones strapped across a manicured
foot). And virtually everything is backless, opened toed or sandalized.
returns. The power blue that was teasingly introduced last spring now
appears in every footwear category. Inspired by the massive return of
denim in ready-to-wear, shoes are aquatic, turquoise or baby blue. Even
grayed blue becomes a stylish neutral. Other seasonal colors include
citrus shades (lemon, lime and the continuation of orange) and such
jelly bean colors as muted pink and lilac. Black is strong alone and
even stronger accented with white or tan for a spectator look.
is the newest metallic, both in jewelry and leathers. It is burnished
or patented, used alone (as in a gold mesh sneaker) or combined with
futuristic clear vinyl and the importance of shine for Spring 2001.
And for the Gucci, Coach or Vuitton couture customer, logos are back,
done tone on tone or contrasting with black printed naturals.