Today we introduce to you one of the themes for next winter season. Dark Wonder is an opulent trend with an escapist and non-conformist focus. It explores the intersection of reality and virtual reality, resulting in materials and embellishments that feel hyperreal, and designs that have a technological and fantastical quality, playing into the Winter and Holiday & Partywear retail drops.
Get to know Dark Wonder and all of it’s shoe trends right here.
A fantastical theme runs through the Dark Wonder trend, drawing on surreal fairytale narratives with a dark and distorted edge. This opulent direction takes the form of dark embellishments, symbolic motifs and exaggerated proportions, as seen in the return of the platform sandal and new flared heels.
An edgier interpretation of classic winter baroque themes emerges with opulent accessories and footwear collections. This decorative look is underpinned by night- to-day dressing and a fusion of antiquated luxury and new technologies, and is applied through reworked items, plush materials and embellishments.
An otherworldly mood for partywear designs is created through the fluid opulence of silk and beaded fringe, glitter mesh and chains. Shifting, layered embellishments and exaggerated hair trims create a new, evolved disco mood. A sense of movement is key for this direction, which taps into 1980s influences.
Fetish aesthetics uptrend for A/W 18/19, inspired by feminism and sexual liberation, and resulting in wearable products with subversive undertones. S & M details inspire new hardware alongside street-savvy synthetic and leather materials, which are styled in contemporary ways.