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GDS Examines Fashion and Technology Trends

The footwear industry will get its first look at Fall ’16 fashion and technology trends at GDS in Düsseldorf, Germany, February 10-12. The event will showcase the new collections of more than 800 international footwear and accessories brands ranging from urban and street to modern classics.

“Information and inspiration are the perfect way for retailers to kick off the new season and order period. This is exactly what retailers get at GDS: impulses for putting together an ideal range… I hope even more retailers will use our comprehensive line-up at the upcoming GDS,” said Kirstin Deutelmoser, GDS and Tag It! director, in a statement.

Here’s a look at what’s new and buzz-worthy at GDS.

New Exhibitors

Newcomer Timberland will join the show’s Highstreet segment as the boot brand continues to gain traction in international markets. Lyle&Scott, Rockland, Franzini and Via Scarpa are new additions to the area as well.

Brands Oliver Sweeney, La Bottega di Lisa, Miista, Esseutesse and Roy Robson will join the high-end area, Studio, for the first time. New brands in the Pop Up area will be Ten Points and NEWFS.

Emu Australia Kids will get its own stand in the children’s area of the show. The cold weather boot brand will join kids’ collections by Showsme, Shoo Pom, Shwik and Move by Melton.

Blog Spot

In cooperation with the fashion website, Styleranking, GDS will again feature the FashionBloggerCafe and have guest bloggers review the latest shoe and accessories trends. Along with hosting and attending seminars about the business of blogging, select bloggers will present a Blogger Runway Show, offering their unique take the season’s must-have looks.

Fall Trends

GDS will offer a comprehensive look at Fall ’16 trends along the Highlight Route. The GDS Fashion Shows and shows of individual brands featured in Hall 10 will provide live information on seasonal looks, complemented by the Trend Spots in Hall 5. Meanwhile, Forum Touch will serve as a hub for information about textures and materials.

The Digital Craft area, which at the last GDS centered on developments in 3-D printing, will delve deeper into technology that fuses real life shopping experiences with digital advancements. This time, Digital Craft will also address sustainable materials and the future of wearables.