The GDS international footwear and accessories trade fair kicks off March 14, with unisex styles among the key trends detected for Fall/Winter 2012.
Taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany, the event will welcome over 800 exhibitors from more than 40 countries, including newcomers to the fair Roberto Cavalli, Kenzo and PLDM by Palladium.
Organizers of the event have defined the mood of the 2012/13 season as falling into three themes: genuine, updated and magnetic.
"Genuine" styles offer "tradition with a twist," with sources of inspiration including folklore elements and warm colors such as deep red tones, mid-brown tones, green and gold.
The "updated" styles come in neutral tones and feature minimal decoration and clean forms. Meanwhile, the "magnetic" variety blends dark colors with rich tones and features luxe fabrics such as velvet, silk and opulent fur.
Unisex footwear also looks set to shine, with traditionally more bulky Chelsea boots and Chukka boots both being slimmed down for a more elegant aesthetic. Menswear classics including brogues, Derbies and Oxfords will also continue to influence footwear trends.
Running until March 16 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Germany, highlights at GDS will include the third season of the Brit Edition showcase for rising UK labels featuring the likes of London-based brand Red by Wolves, and a circus-themed Design Attack area dedicated to young creators.