avatarI always wondered how some people make their season predictions. Sure I expect people from Vogue to be at the catwalks, but The Wall Street Journal? How about writers of the millions of blogs around today? They can’t all have been at the tents.  Anyway, enjoy everyone’s Spring 08 predictions below! (I’ll re-post this in the summer so we can see who got it right).  And, I’ll add more sources to the list as I read through them. Please feel free to add your finds to the list by commenting.

    The Wall Street Journal (Dec 27) said: keep dressy suits and polished looks, ballerina flats, bold colors and eco-friendly clothing. WSJ’s lose ’em items are:  giant handbags, trapeze dresses, puffy sleeves and flashy daytime pieces (sequins, metallics, etc).

    Marie Claire (Feb) is going for: natural fibers, patent, colorful exotic skins, gladiator flats, architectural heels, tribal detail and neon colors.

    Vogue (Feb) showed: mostly pictures of pointy or open-toe pumps with very sculptural heels and lots of toe decorations. Below are some of the same shoes from the magazine (but in different colors! Thanks style.com).  And they highlighted “technicolor exotics” for bags and shoes (all the shoes were open-toe sandals – special note to Manolo Blahnik’s bright yellow python gladiator boot heels).

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Left to right (all styles featured in Voguebut these are different colors): Louis Vuitton, Prada, Prada (imagine without the checkered tights and it’ll seem much more wearable), Marc Jacobs (look closely at the heel, it’s a kitten heel and a wedge!).

     People, Style Watch edition (Feb 2008 – page 54) chose tall gladiator sandals (wedges or heels) and extreme fantasy style with fancy heels. Other clothing trends they mentioned (which could make their way to shoes too, sure) were: bright colors, 70s Ikat prints, ombre prints, large flower patterns and warm white to beige handbags. Going one step further, People also advised the fashion savvy to keep: yellow, sequins, snake skin and prints, ballet flats and platform heels. They did not tell of any shoes to lose for the spring transition.

     Elle (Feb 08 – page 95) started with sheer shoes in transparent tulle and mesh (especially those by Christian Louboutin, see below). They also talked about the increasing use of feathers, bright to pale petal pinks, lingerie or plain old pajama inspired designs (corset lacing, lace or satin heels, velvet slippers) and platform mary-janes for a bit of a Lolita edge.

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Left to right: Christian Louboutin pink chiffon peep-toes, Key Te brown mary-jane wedges, Nina bright pink satin heels.

      She She Me (Sassy Fashionista online newsletter sent 1/25) predicts platforms, earthy wedges, gladiator flats (we have a slight difference of option here with People magazine) and basic thong flats, but she does mention that height and color will also be key elements.

     Lucky (March 08 – page 189) listed wooden heels, t-strap heels, sophisticated woven wedges, satin platform heels, mary jane flats, peep-toe slingback heels, and bohemian-inspired metallic sandals (the strappier the better) in their Spring Shoe Guide.

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Left to Right: C Label‘s Lady Licorice champagne and gold sequin mary janes, BCBG Max Azria‘s Naola brown satin platform heels, Unisa‘s Kohana tan woven wedges, and Mia‘s Greenwich wooden heels.