Kanye Wes tw ould take a break. The 39-year-old was admitted to hospital for psychiatric evaluation last month, and showed up at Trump Tower for a photo opp a few weeks later. He is clearly dealing with deeper issues than flawed politics — here’s hoping t
Remember ‘normcore’? The movement of bland anti-style that brought back Birkenstocks and mom jeans in 2014 was predicted by trend forecasters K-Hole, who are betting on ‘chaos magic’ in 2017. That doesn’t mean Hocus Pocus; it’s more about spirit and will — an antidote to our current predilection for overthinking. As magic moves into the mainstream, crystals and energy healing will be big news. Sam Smith reportedly spent close to €500 on crystals, while Madonna, Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham are also alleged devotees.
If 2016 was dominated by the fish-gape selfie, next year is all about body. Exhibit A: the ‘InstaSit’, perhaps the easiest (read: laziest) social-media trend yet.
Favoured by Instagram hotties and bikini models, it’s more relaxed than the standard over-the-shoulder smoulder or hand-on-hips hun pose and allows you to really werk your angles. It’s also supposed to lengthen the limbs — the rule is: if it bends, bend it. See Instagram star Pia Muehlenbeck and model Bella Hadid for reference.
Along with Pokemon Go, Snapchat selfie lenses really brought augmented reality (AR) to our attention this year, as everyone from Rihanna to our own James Kavanagh obsessed over the puppy filter. Mark Zuckerberg has said he plans to introduce more AR tools on Facebook (notably focusing on smartphones
Kylie Jenner’s plumped-up pout was easily the most influential beauty trend of the year, leading to a huge spike in Irish women seeking lip fillers. Promising to sculpt, lift and firm the face without surgery, the popularity of dermal fillers is only going to grow from here, with cheek and chin fillers likely to take off in 2017.
Zayn Malik really made 2016 his own: his Versace robot arms ruled the Met Gala, while he landed a number one all on his own with ‘Pillowtalk’. In 2017, his former One Direction bandmates will release their solo projects. Louis Tomlinson is heading down the EDM route, while Harry Styles seems to be taking inspiration from Mick Jagger — promising.
Liam Payne may have his hands full with his first child (allegedly) on the way and despite Niall Horan’s single ‘This Town’ being all sorts of bland, I’m willing to give him another chance. Music aside, it will be exciting to watch the guys carve out their own identities, considering Zayn’s already got ‘moody, broody and far too open about his sex life’ down pat.
With Kim on sabbatical since the “Oh god,” I hear you say, “another Irish model...” Unlike the handful of faces you’re used to seeing on the Irish showbiz circuit, this Kildare native is making her name in the high-fashion world. With flowing red hair and a tall, willowy figure, the 25-year-old (now based in London) has charmed the industry’s most buzzy brands with her pre-Raphaelite beauty. This year alone she walked for Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier and Maison Margiela, jetsetting across the globe and landing high-profile editorial work and campaigns for Vivienne Westwood and Orla Kiely to boot.
armed robbery in Paris, and Khloé and Kourtney focusing on alternative projects, Kendall and Kylie have emerged as the faces of the Kardashian-Jenner brand.
Kendall became omnipresent in 2016, landing high-profile modelling campaigns and editorial work that made it impossible to pass a newsagents without seeing her face, while Kylie (19) practically live streams her life via Instagram, Snapchat and her for-profit app, not to mention her phenomenally successful cosmetics line. After a breakthrough year, the youngest members of the family show no signs of slowing down.
On the other side of the fast-paced, Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon came into her own in 2016 as NY Fashion Week’s It girl and one of the faces of Stella McCartney’s first perfume. But 2017 will be the year of Rocco Ritchie. After being embroiled in an ugly custody battle, the 16-year-old was busted for marijuana possession (instant bad-boy cred) and has been embraced by London’s skater scene. Now working as a cycle courier for Deliveroo and modelling for Alexander Wang’s Adidas collab, he has emerged as a left-of-centre style icon, smashing the health-goth look and bringing athleisure to the dark side.
hyper-social trends likely to emerge in 2017, we have the exact opposite: what trend forecasters WSGN have termed “slow futures”. In an age of overwhelming choice and overconsumption, people are now looking to strip away the excess and go back to basics.
It’s already manifesting in the move away from over-sharing towards “dark social” channels like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and the immediate embrace of “hygge”, the Danish lifestyle trend that champions the art of cosy and slow.
The Olsen twins have long embodied the slow life, and Kim Kardashian looks to be taking a similar route (though who knows how long her hiatus will last). You’d be forgiven for assuming sleep was the one thing that couldn’t be juiced, filtered or posted on Instagram. You are, however, sadly wrong. Gwyneth Paltrow is pushing “clean sleeping” as the biggest health “trend” of 2017, while Arianna Huffington is heralding a “sleep revolution”.
Forget about ‘you can sleep when you’re dead’, next year we’ll be turning in at 9pm to get the recommended 10 hours’ kip. It is, in a way, the ultimate status symbol: being able to #sleepclean without having to worry about an early-morning commute, blissfully nodding off rather than staring at the ceiling for hours panicking about work and rent. Good luck trying to implement in your own life.