The 90th GDS show, which closed yesterday in Düsseldorf, attracted 1,911 exhibitors from 50 countries to the 90,724 sq m exhibition area, a slight increase on last Autumn's show.

Italy took up more space than usual, with 613 exhibitors attending GDS, while Turkish attendees almost doubled this year. Ecuador, Vietnam, Cyprus and United Arab Emirates representatives also took part in the show.

Exclusive designers exhibited alongside less stylish companies, with Patrick Cox and Armando Pollini being among the big names.

High-fashion segments have become more popular at GDS over the years, Ute Windhausen, GDS' project director, said in his opening speech last week, and luxury lifestyle-oriented collections such as Strenesse, Joop, Toni Gard, and Samsonite, are among the fastest growing sectors.

About GDS
The carousel of shoes first turned in Düsseldorf on April 15 1956. 124 exhibitors at the "Große Deutsche Schuhmusterschau" or "Giant German Shoe Sample Show" - GDS - presented their wares on 5,100 square metres of exhibition area. More information about the shoe fair can be found at www.gds-shoe-fair.com