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GDS – Global Destination for Shoes & Accessories 7 to 9 February 2017
ImageInternational Market Overview: 550 Brands at GDS
VIP Guest: French Actor Alain-Fabien Delon
New Concept kicks off in Summer 2017 at Areal Böhler in Düsseldorf
GDS Trend Programme whets Appetite for A/W 17/18
Social Media Consulting for Shoe Professionals
Event: Shoe Industry meets at “Mirrors & Lights”

GDS Press Walk

GDS offers all journalists a guided Press Walk providing targeted information on exhibitors’ highlights. Forming part of the GDS Press Walk are special product presentations and press events.
Tuesday, 7 February, 9.30 am Meeting Point: Press Center, trade fair tower, 1st floor
All journalists will receive the press releases related to the GDS Press Walk in a bag sponsored by Levi’s.

Celebs, VIPs and Influencers

Actor and Model Alain-Fabien Delon attends GDS.
GDS is the hotspot for footwear trends – not only for retailers. Fashion VIPs and top bloggers have also responded to the “call” of GDS to get into the right feeling for the coming season in Düsseldorf. For the first trade show day Alain-Fabien Delon (22) has already announced his attendance. The son of legendary actors Alain Delon and Rosalie Van Breemen celebrates successes as an internationally sought-after model and is considered one of France’s most promising young actors.
As part of the Press Walk Alain Fabien Delon will be available for interviews and photos at his own area in Hall 5. Following the session three STUDIO men’s exhibitors he has selected will be visited (VIP tour).
Tuesday, 7 February, 10.45 am, Hall 5

Well-known fashion bloggers and influencers have confirmed their attendance in order to report about the coming shoe trends for the 2017/18 Autumn/Winter season right from GDS.

Styleranking again presents two influencers, who will be scouting the latest trends at the shoe and accessories trade show in Düsseldorf. They will share the highlights and most lasting impressions from the trade show in a take-over of the GDS account on the currently hippest social medium: Instagram! And these are the GDS Trend Detectors in February 2017:

Jacqueline Isabelle blogs on her website about what she loves: fashion. Since finishing her Master studies she has operated her blog full time now and also covers lifestyle themes on a daily basis. Her sense of zeitgeist and aesthetics make her the perfect GDS Trend Detector!

The second GDS Trend Detector der GDS is Miriam Mache alias Goldencherry.

In her blog Miriam predominantly covers fashion themes. Her style: minimalist and clean.

On the first day of the trade show the two bloggers will be supported by eight other influencers. Four fashion bloggers will be on the look-out for innovations in the shoe and accessories world and will present these on their own channels. The make bloggers will be searching the latest trends in men’s fashion while two parent bloggers will be focusing on the biggest trade show highlights for the smallest of us.

Fashion Shows

Birkenstock invites visitors to the Birkenstock fashion show/presentation at their own stand.
Tuesday, 7 February, and Wednesday, 8 February, on the hour, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Hall 4, G28

Press Conferences

GDS press conference with HDS/L, BDSE and IGEDO Company (incl. Trend Shooting for the 2017/18 Autumn/Winter season): Facts and figures on the trade show, shoe manufacturers and shoe retail; information on the new concept developed by the IGEDO Company.
Tuesday, 7 February, 12.45 am, external venue: “Alte Schmiedehalle”, Areal Böhler, Hansaallee 321, Language: German/English.
From 11.30 am: shuttle service from Hall 2 (next to main entrance) / Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre

Highlight Route

Trend Spots
Information on seasonal trends for A/W 2017/18 is provided by the Trend Spots. Here trends are eye-catchingly illustrated and strikingly visualised within the context of objects, colours and mood boards.
Hall 4

Trend Codes
With the Trend Codes GDS showcases the fashion must-haves of the season and recommend the matching shoes with various styling versions.
Hall 4

Exhibitor Highlights

Talihu GmbH presents the interactive store window and how shoppers can shop despite store closing times and the benefits of a Shoe Configurator for offline retailers.
On all trade show days, 2.00 pm, Hall 3 / E77

Lemon Jelly introduces its new anti-microbial treatment as well as the new personalisation options for its bestseller.
On all trade show days, continuously upon request, Hall 4 / D32

VIKING Footwear presents its newly launched kids’ shoe label FOOTI.
On all trade show days, continuously on request, Hall 3 / A68

Tacco Footcare Int. introduces its propellant-free impregnation spray PURE CARE
On all trade show days, continuously upon request, Hall 5 / L14

Melvin & Hamilton offers a possibility to interview both CEOs Karim and Olivier Choukair.
On all trade show days, continuously upon request, Hall 5 / J35

Richter traditionally invites the press to a reception at its stand on the first day of GDS.
Tuesday, 7 February, 3.00 pm, Hall 3 / A41

7Hills Shoes invites to a Portuguese tea party and demonstrates its collection with a special focus on the iconic sole engravings.
Tuesday, 7 February, 3.00 pm, Hall 5 / D29

NINE WEST offers one-on-one press meetings to introduce itself and its collection to the trade press on the occasion of its German market entry.
Wednesday, 8 February, all day upon request, Hall 3 / E71

Blundstone Frühs(c)hoppen @Blundstone. The Boot Company: an icon brand breaks new ground.
Wednesday, 8 February 11.00 am, Hall 4 / B32

Events, Happy Hours and Get-Togethers (selection)

GDS Industry Event “Mirrors & Lights”

To wind down from the first day at the trade show the sector will meet at the big evening event “Mirrors & Lights”. From 7.00 pm industry and retail will party in the atmospherical setting of the “Altes Kesselhaus” at Areal Böhler (Düsseldorf-Heerdt). To ensure a pleasant “return trip” Messe Düsseldorf provides its guests with a shuttle service running between the exhibition centre and Areal Böhler.
Tuesday, 7 February, 7.00 pm, “Altes Kesselhaus”, Areal Böhler, Hansaallee 321, 40549 Düsseldorf. Shuttle service from the trade fair tower / Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre.

Lectures and Seminars

GDS Social Media Consulting

On the hour styleranking experts will provide advice on various topics such as Influencer Marketing, Blogger Relations and Social Media Management.
On all trade show days, from 9.00 a, to 5.00 pm, Hall 4 / J18

Trend Info presented by TextilWirtschaft magazine

Early on the first day of the trade show the Trendinfo seminar presented by TextilWirtschaft magazine traditionally kicks off the line-up side events accompanying GDS. Gudrun Allstädt and Simone Reiner will give trade show visitors an overview of the coming trends with their lecture.
Tuesday, 7 February, 10.00 am, International Lounge, trade fair tower, ground floor.

MODEUROP Forecast Trends S/S 2018

Trend expert Marga Indra-Heide of the Modeurop Institute is already in the know about the trends for next but one season. On the first day she will share an outlook on the shoe trends for the 2018 S/S season.
Tuesday, 7 February, 3.00 pm, International Lounge, trade fair tower, ground floor.

SLEMinar The international innovation and education institute SLEM headquartered in the Netherlands, will present Mini SLEMinars at GDS featuring Nicoline van Enter and Yassine Salihine with an outlook on tomorrow’s technologies and trends.
Tuesday, 7 February, and Wednesday, 8 February, at 1.00 pm, Hall 4 / B40

step* Trend View Autumn/ Winter 2017/2018 elaborated and presented by Karolina Landowski.

The key fashion directions plus matching shoes and bags for Autumn/Winter 2017/18 are introduced by Karolina Landowski, fashion editor at schuhkurier and step*, in her trend talk at GDS.
Tuesday, 8 February, 10.00 am, International Lounge, trade fair tower, ground floor.

DSI / SchuhMarkt Trendtable For the fifth time industry experts will be discussing the trends for Autumn/Winter 2017/18 at GDS. Hosted by Dr. Claudia Schulz.
Wednesday, 8 February, 12.30 am, International Lounge, trade fair tower, ground floor. 

With best regards from Düsseldorf



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