The year in style

Thurs­day, Au­gust 31, 2017 SPE­CIAL RE­PORT: BACK TO SCHOOL

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mer­chan­dis­ing, footwear, ac­ces­sories and jew­elry. “There’s lots of glit­ter, glitz, metallics and lights.”

For high school back­packs, look for lap­top and tablet sleeves in the packs. “And we’re also see­ing a throw­back to an old-fash­ioned ruck­sack — so a dou­ble strap and a buckle,” says Fer­nan­des. “It’s a real shift, par­tic­u­larly at the high-school level to a nos­tal­gic back­pack.”

“Other great up­dates on back­packs in­clude a de­tach­able hood to up the fun fac­tor,” says Colleen Un­cao, spokesper­son for Mar­shalls Canada. Pen­cil cases come down to per­sonal choice still it seems — from soft cases to hard shell. Nov­elty is also key when it comes to de­sign. “We’re see­ing tribal trends, so­cial me­dia such as emo­jis and tex­ting, and an ob­ses­sion with ev­ery­thing uni­corn or mer­maid-re­lated,” says Fer­nan­des. Mix­ing it up is the way to go with shoes this fall. “We’re see­ing multi-me­dia in shoes, so mix­ing fab­rics like se­quins and glit­ter with flo­ral pat­terns and stud­ding for more per­son­al­iza­tion,” says Fer­nan­des. “We’re also see­ing laser cut de­tails and metal­lic fin­ishes.” Lights are also be­ing fea­tured more and more as ac­ces­sories on footwear. “With footwear that lights up, it’s iri­des­cent/holo­graphic and colour chang­ing ma­te­ri­als that change in wa­ter or light,” she adds. “Tex­ture on note­books is huge trend,” says Un­cao. “Along with the se­quins, we’re see­ing fuzzy an­i­mal faces with cut out ears or lashes. It has a play­ful and in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ment for kids.”

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