APLF Product Trends Spring-Summer 2023

by Olivier Guillemin [o,o] in collaboration with the Comité Français de la Couleur.

An optimistic season that leaves room for an enormous creative freedom. Vitality and energy stimulate and inspire us. 

Nature and the environment remain at the heart of our preoccupations and encourage us to be more responsible. 

The virtual world becomes more evident… The Metaverse revolution is on the way!


A luminous range to escape the everyday with your head in the clouds.


Diaphanous neutrals and celestial variations are shaken up by an insolent coral.

Lightweight, supple quality materials


Leather with classic grains / Plunged lamb / Leather with rubbery hands / Geometric perforations / Thick, matte, smooth cow leather / Patent leather / Lizard skin / Double-faced leather and neoprene/mesh / Padded, wadded metallics / Stainless steel chain mail / Two-tone mesh / Washed denim / Recycled nylon / Heat-formed fabrics / Organic sunburst pleating.


Celestial and bleached clouds motifs / Classic geometric prints / Holographic kinetic transfer prints / Printed logos in shiny silicone / Painted, tone-on-tone metal accessories / Waterproof zippers / Tubular foam lacings / Matte rubber finishes/ Sneaker charms / XXL plexiglas buckles.


Slip-ons in chunky knits

Minimal, chic Birkenstock-style sandals

High-heeled, multi-strapped sandals

Ultra-chic espadrilles with technical soles

Perforated leather loafers with kitten heels

Ultra-minimal mules with varying heel heights

High-heeled, square-toed pumps

Platform oxfords

Stretch knit sneakers resembling a sock with cushioned soles

Tone-on-tone sneakers with cut-outs

High-heeled rubber boots 

60’s ankle boots


Semi-rigid bucket bags with inside mesh pouches

Rigid, cube-shaped leather bags

Baguette bags

Bags with wadded, chunky quilting

“Puffy” leather handbags

Pouches like eyeglass cases worn around the neck

Mini bags to hook on to other accessories

“Cloud” clutch bags

Bouclette “curled” pouch bags

Belt bags in handbag shapes

Square canvas totes

Light-weight travel bag range in neoprene and mesh


Leather clutches with isotherm interiors

Belts with pockets and hooks

Straps with decorative letters

Minimal acetate sunglasses with colored lenses

Bobs and caps in recycled canvas

Transparent resin jewelry and minimal metal chains


A range that plays on earthy, natural colours.


Precious, timeless variations of browns and greenish tones lightened up by a subtle gold.

Textured, authentic, refined materials


Bubble-effect sheepskin / Eco leather / Vegetable-tanned leather with motifs / Cowhide leather / Leather made with metal-free tanning / Braided leather / Rough fish skin / Plant-based “leather” made from pineapple, grape pulp, mushrooms / Coated canvas / Recycled canvas & thick linen canvas / Cork, straw and natural raffia / Multi-material braiding / Patchwork of denim, canvas and nubuck / Folklore weavings.


Rattan motif or embossing / Abstract vegetation prints / Motifs made of brushed rivets / Accessories in wood and rattan / Buckles in leather / Accessories in recycled resins / Functional trekking accessories / Handles and braids in woven leathers and cords / Shamanic amulets and charms / Semi-precious stones


Sliders with wood soles

“Dad” sandals

Flat sandals in macramé

Leather huarache sandals

Strappy sandals with wide heels

Patchwork platform sandals

Suede clogs

Crocheted mocassin-inspired Wallabees

Sneakers in destructured canvas and suede

Supple suede summer boots with ties

Camel-toe shoes and socks

Soles and platform soles in crepe and cork


Classically-shaped bags in new plant-based leather-look materials: mushroom, pineapple, leaves etc.

Flapped bags in organic patchwork

Baguette bags in crocheted chenille

Macramé bucket bags

Smooth leather lunchbox bags

Patchwork saddle bags

Arts-and-crafts clutches

XXL hobo bags in netting

Totes in recycled canvas and leather

Braided leather shopping bags

Doctor-style knapsacks in cork

Crocheted weekender bags with embroidered patches


Leather holders for water bottle, lipstick, e-cig, gel, etc. 

Denim and macramé belts

Cork and wood sunglasses

Macramé visors

Jewelry in woven cotton cords, leather and wicker

70’s tortoiseshell or leather-covered sunglasses


A delicate, fresh range where floral and acidic novelties contrast with a dark, fruity red.

Sensual, fresh, delicate materials


Bright or pastel nubuck / Ultra-shiny leather / Pearlized, metallic, iridescent plunged lambskin / Fine, supple nappa calf / Lacy suede / Stretch leather and suede / Coloured water snake / Pleated fabric and leather / Linen with metallic accents / Pastel macramé / Brushed satin / Summer cashmere/ Satiny, fluid, lightweight parachute nylon / Satin tulle and pleated organza.


Floral motifs / Pastel tie-dye / Enameled metal buckles and chains / Leather-sheathed accessories / Pearlized metal findings / Silk fringes / Iridescent rivets / Flower clips in patent leather / Liberty-print ribbons, satin bows / Beads, rhinestones, studs, sequins / Embroidery patches and insignias / Feathers, powder puffs and swan’s down ruffles.


High-heeled sliders

High-heeled, thin-strapped sandals 

Square-toed sandals with high, thin heels and tied uppers

Sandals with rhinestones, shells, beads

Platform pumps and sandals with high, square heels

Rainbow-colored Mary-Janes

High-heeled braided mules

Colorful, minimal loafers

Patent leather pumps with square heels

Pastel Plimsolls

Lace sneakers

Sneakers embroidered with beads


Iridescent baguette bags

Camera bags in watersnake leather

Bags with bamboo handles

Rigid, tiny, ladylike bags

Floral-printed Gladstone bags

Feathered purse bags

Cardholders worn as necklaces

Round, sequinned, hand-held clutches 

Mini knapsacks with embroidered beads

Floral-printed hobos

Small, quilted shopping bags

Semi-transparent shopping bags with contrast pouches


Leather phone cases

Handles and straps in cultured pearls

Beaded sunglasses in flower, butterfly shapes

Printed silk squares

Pleated hairbands with embroidered beads

Organically-shaped jewelry in metal, enamel and cultured pearls


A contrasted, joyous range to play and relax for either exercising or partying.

New brights to associate with white, a flash of silver or black lacquer.

Innovative materials made using audacious technologies


Box calf / Leather with saffiano and caviar grains / Metallic rainbow-coloured skins / Leather with quilted motifs / Water-based PU / Colourful python and crocodile / Holographic materials / Rainbow-coloured spinnaker nylon / Puffy mesh and neoprene / Vinyl and patent leather / 3D grids and nettings / Sequins and rhinestones /Terrycloth / Patent raffia / Fabrics with inset LED lights.


Colourful checkerboard prints / Pixelized motifs / Allover logomania prints / Kinetic holographic transfer prints / Colourful metallic findings in shot electric paint / Coloured rhinestone fringes / Glittery cords and laces / Brightly-coloured cabochons / Fluorescent pipings / Neoprene or terrycloth labels.


Allover logos embossed sliders

Sandals with thick, mono-block soles

Gladiator sandals with rainbow-colored straps

Sandals with colored platforms

Sandals with colorful, elasticized uppers

“Unwearable” virtual shoes 

Mules with “puffy” bows

Square-toed, decorated mesh pumps

Sneakers with integrated LEDs

Sneakers with high, wide heels

Rubber boots with sneaker soles

Ankle boots with thin, high, colorful heels


“Iconic” virtual bags 

Bags in figurative shapes: Rubik’s cube, dog, heart, etc.

Bags with cut-out flaps

Sequinned saddle bags with motifs

Graffiti-painted tote bags

Colorful rhinestoned pouches

Recycled resin minaudieres with rhinestone or glitter insets

Quilted clutches with chain straps

Logomania duffel bags

Pool bags with integrated LEDs

Backpacks with integrated hoods

Miniature suitcases in multicolored crocodile


Giant XXL zippers with colored teeth

Transparent, multicolored cockade “rosette” fans

Eyeglass chains with letters or figurative shapes

Ultra-thin shield sunglasses in a Matrix mood

Connected visors, sunglasses and masks

Hats with integrated LEDs

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We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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