Fashion is a hungry animal that digests the “now” in the blink of an eye and then continues to roam on, looking for the next best thing. Fortunately, because data is now more readily available to analyst groups and brands, trend forecasters are able to predict further into fashion’s future than ever before. In this thought-provoking visual story, Savoir Flair reveals some of the fashion, beauty, art, and commerce trends that are emerging for 2019 and beyond.
The ‘Global Citizen’ trend addresses modern concerns about the future, especially since political attempts at de-globalization – even as the world is more connected than ever – have caused widespread social unrest. As global citizens, we take ownership of ourselves and our decisions back into our own hands, recognizing that the powers that be serve other interests (the almighty dollar), while simultaneously recognizing that purchasing power can be used for good. Fear and tendencies toward protectionism will likely turn consumers towards more domestic interests that value traditional techniques and locally sourced materials over mass production.
Indie commerce – whose independent nature defies shareholder edicts – is key here, as is comfort. Fashion will see a boom when it comes to young and emerging designers who explore native textiles, construction, and embellishment techniques while employing local populations. Even as protectionism grows, younger generations are still invested in experience over traditional acquisitions, which means they value travel, food, and clothes that connect them to those experiences over things like buying houses and “settling down”. Many will see themselves as “multi-localists”, identifying as citizens of more than one community, township, or city.
“Wegoism” will also be central to the ‘Global Citizen’ trend, which prefers a stronger sense of community that takes into account how our daily actions and consumer behaviors impact the greater good. For that reason, “green” goods, locally made products, vegan materials, and ethical fashion will reach new heights. Clothes and accessories will revolve around a central humane thesis, comprising of bold hues, raised textures, and a blend of native patterns.