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Overview: More consumers are downsizing goods and services, moving to smaller homes, and finding happiness not in indiscriminate buying, but in experiencing life in other fulfilling ways. Free-cycling unwanted purchases brings joy to the giver and to someone else in the world. Add to this a more eco-conscious mind-set, and a DIY ability to exploit latent talents, people are fixing their own cars and cooking their own food. Buying for the sake of buying is transforming into thoughtful purchases that last. A rise in public transportation and bicycle program rentals in major cities signify shifting awareness and new alternatives.
Women: Norm-core is an anti-fashion and anti-trend attitude, in which women and men attempt not to look “fashionable.” They wear casual jeans and T-shirts paired with Birkenstocks, which en masse looks like a trend. Retro inspiration is still strong, but with modern additions like geometric shapes in bright colors mixed with jewel tones and earthy, dark colors. There is a “luxe” sensibility in fabrications resembling alligator skin (but soft), printed panne velvet for suits (men and women), and sumptuous details like oversized collars and large proportions. On the opposite end of the spectrum, neo-bondage details have bounded into the mainstream with fetish details like straitjackets or corseted enclosures found in vinyl, latex, and leather.
Men: High, protective collars and hooded oversized jackets worn over skinny or cropped pants form a blocky construction aesthetic in shapes resembling concrete blocks. Quilted and embossed effects, layered and shiny, like metallic denim and knits with an oily effect make us think of gasoline. In another realm, fairytale effects bring a new whimsy to basics like down jackets, sweaters and T-shirts, with 3-D effects, candy cane colors, and unusual proportions. More quilting, wrappings, and layers form an inside-as-outside aesthetic in soft khaki and beige tones. Riffing on the neo-gothic sphere, serpents, dragons, and fantasy images form a mood of bird-like dreams.
Interiors: As people become more in tune with their creative sides, some interior designers have carved out atelier space at home for people to work on their crafts. Obsolete appliances such as dial telephones have been resurrected with updated colors and repurposed graphics. Accessories trick the eye with faux-book cover device cases or flash drives disguised as shamanistic talismans. Earth tones such as mineral gold and terra cotta are in the mix. Matted patinas embossed with metallic brush strokes add glamour when combined with industrial hardware. Reflective surfaces, and foiled and jeweled colors create exotic appeal adding life to window panes and embellishing everyday objects.