Postcard from Milan- New Shoe Trend Report

Heather Mills

Posted on February 28 2019

Postcard from Milan- New Shoe Trend Report


A couple of weeks ago the design team took a trip to the fashion capital of the world to attend the world’s largest footwear trade exhibition MICAM, and of course peruse the huge array of incredible designer and independent shops. Today we're giving you a little summary of our trip and an exclusive sneak peek of the forthcoming bridal shoe trends.

The Show

We watched an awe-inspiring presentation at the show from WGSN- the worlds leading trend forecasting site. Their predictions for the biggest trends for Autumn Winter 2019 are muted metallic colours, and suede is back- mixing soft suede with fine glitters in the same colours to create texture and elegance. This will transition perfectly to bridal shoes, as the subtle contrast is perfect to match with any variation of wedding dress. We’ve already got some contrast glitter shoes in Olivia and Zara for girls who want an on-trend mix of textures. 

Rachel Simpson Olivia and Zara velvet and glitter wedding shoes

Emerging trends for Spring Summer 2020 see styles split into 3 key features: ‘Light Magic’ featuring playful tones and iridescent materials. ‘Heritage’ using past archives collections to embrace brands culture. Lastly ‘freestyle’: promoting fun and flowing shapes and materials. ‘Freestyle’ is my favourite of the trends- we already have some really fun options in the collection like Candyfloss which has youthful elements of multi-coloured leather, perfect for the quirky bride.

Rachel SImpson Candyfloss baby blue shoes

We love these trend predictions, which align beautifully with our upcoming collection. We are working on our most exciting collection yet for SS20 and we can’t wait to show you how we interpret the catwalk trends to the wedding trends.

 The Shops

It’s a hard job spending the day swooning over the lux footwear in Italy. From Louboutin to Manolo Blahnik, here at Rachel Simpson we appreciate artisan design and ultimate creativity. Designer labels- especially specific shoe labels- manage to create shoes as a work of art and as designers this is so exciting to see. The designer brands boast shoes with different variations of bows- over sized bows, small bows, structured and unstructured. My personal favourite was the Mary-Jane shoes with a small structured bow giving a vintage 1940’s look. I also loved the Robert Vivier oversized structured bow on a pointy court shoe- so cute! You can find something similar in Pixie-Beau and Trixie-Belle, super cute vintage style wedding shoes with an element of fun.

 Rachel Simpson Trixie-Belle peep toe wedding shoes

It’s always inspiring to return to the design studio after such a refreshing inspo trip, I can’t wait to get pencil to paper for the next collection. In the meantime, I'm pretty excited about the new Spring Summer collection- click here to see all the pretties!


Katie x

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