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

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - CONTENTS - The In­staSit Aug­mented re­al­ity New di­rec­tions Ken­dall and Kylie take the krown Speak­ing of slow­ing down…

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.

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