My 2011 Predictions

Consumers will have more options to shop the "to the trade only" resources.  Let's foster inclusivity ~ not exclusivity.  In work and in life!  Designers will always be needed and valued for their talent!

Every one will jump on the app band wagon. After all Chanel now has an app.  Big designers plus big e commerce equals accessibility for all!  Time sensitive shopping and immediacy will be key selling tools. A new web site to be unveiled soon; Moda Operandi will allow fashionistas to buy hot off the runway looks immediately after shows.  It is similar to a trunk show, put a deposit down when ordering and the balance is due at the time of delivery months later.

Color and Neutrals, trendsetters are a fickle bunch. The colors are softer, ethereal but intriguing combinations can be achieved with the warm and cool hues.  The neutrals are more versatile, chameleon like taking on the hue of what it is mixed with.

Global Chic or  an Ethnic mix will continue to be strong.  There's a sense of play at hand and interesting color combinations abound..

Tassels and Trim will make a comeback.  Embellishment in general shows a return to the desire for luxury.  That makes those of us with a more is more mentality very happy.

Small is the new Big.  It seems McMansions are so yesterday.  The desire to nest and be cozy in one's surroundings will always be the goal but with the economic climate in flux being ostentatious in not PC.

OK, maybe not this small

Being Green is here to stay.  Thinking about ways to take care of the planet and  cut down on the carbon footprint. Repeat after me, recycle, reuse, reduce.  A back to basic attitude and farm to table call to action.

photos and credits: Chris Dow, Charlotte Moss, Fashionising, Martin Lawrence Bullard

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