What Next | Silicon Valley’s FIRST Fashion & Lifestyle Trend Forecasting Agency

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I’m super proud to announce the launch of Silicon Valley’s first fashion and lifestyle trend forecasting agency! This has been a dream project in the making since I completed a second Master’s degree in Fashion Trend Forecasting in Florence, Italy.

This blog has been an incredible first step in the process. I hope you’ll come join me and re-subscribe on the new site! http://www.what-nxt.com

Thanks for your support this last year, dear readers. It’s been an incredible journey thus far, and I can’t wait to see how this new chapter unfolds!

–Beth

 

Paris Couture | 2014 Trend Report

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There’s something about couture that sets my heart on fire. There’s inescapable drama here, craftsmanship at its finest. It’s regal, glamorous, and carries a kind of larger-than-life, only in your dreams, grandeur. It’s performative and archetypal. Illustrious and poignant. If it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill, I’ll wager Valentino’s 2500 hours on one dress is a mere drop in their bucket of sartorial brilliance. There’s no holding back in couture – this is the time and place to leave everything – every ounce of passion and vision – on the runway. There are no rules here, so to speak. Couture is a testament, IMHO, to life’s inherent and spectacular beauty. It offers a sweet release to my soul of souls – and a much needed reprieve from the data-centric world we inhabit these days.

Important Trend Notes:

Brilliant orange lips dominated the runway once again. This isn’t coincidence folks, this color is making a serious play for Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year.

Karl Lagerfeld made a play for activewear inspired couture…If there’s one man who could make this trend look good, it’s definitely Karl. But in my heart of hearts, his collection made me cringe just a little.

Ulyana Sergeenko is one to watch. Couture is her sweet spot, in my opinion. Beautiful tailoring, the epitome of lady-like glamour. Expect corset-inspired silhouettes to surface everywhere (but hopefully recent textile innovations will keep these shapes flexible and oxygen worthy.)

In other news, this is my LAST blog post on this WordPress account. What Next – my fashion and lifestyle consulting agency is set to launch NEXT WEEK!! I’ll post a link to the new website here, but I have no way of saving your email subscriptions and follows. I sincerely hope you’ll re-subscribe and keep the good times rolling. We’re just getting started, folks. And the future looks S-O good.

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Menswear | 2014 Trend Update

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I’m happy to report an overwhelming amount of evidence in support of the Menswear macro trend forecast, The King. Confirmation came from some of fashion’s biggest names including, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Canali and Vivienne Westwood. Dolce & Gabbana’s collection even included crowns! Blue shoes at Lanvin – be still my heart. What an awesome interpretation, I have to say. I’ve included snapshots from the runway as well as pictures from the original forecast to refresh your memory. The King is alive and well, and I look forward to seeing how this trend continues to take shape in 2014.

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Highlights from The King | 2014 Menswear Trend Forecast | See the original forecast HERE.

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