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TRENDS: Fringe & Flare

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In times of uncertainty, it’s only natural to seek comfort in the past. So, at a time when we are all in need of as much joy as possible, we’ve turned to the most vibrant era of them all. 

 

What slowly crept in as the odd houseplant and the resurgence of rattan (which Habitat reported a 3000% search increase in), in 2021, the year that has bought us the regrouping of Abba, we’re now looking at a full-blown love affair—without the Artex… 

An era that was shaped around socialising, as restrictions have continued to lift globally, we’re seeing this same desire for connection with family and friends. Spaces are being designed for parties as well as leisure, and Yelp noted that ‘70s favourite, fondue, was amongst one of the most searched for dining styles following lockdown. 

Earthy colours that ground us combined with bold shades to signify better times ahead are creating an evocative, meaningful colour palette even in the depths of winter—with pastel being identified as a 2021 Christmas trend and Valspar Paint research highlighting the importance of shades like yellow and peach in combatting SAD. 

Much like how the youth of a post-Vietnam War America sought self-expression and freedom, In fashion, we’re seeing a sense of ‘anything goes’ with the return of slick fabrics like vinyl, bohemian silhouettes, and the resurgence of kitsch acrylic jewellery. Silk and satin continue to reign supreme, with twillys returning to handbag handles and bandanas becoming a must-have accessory once again. 

‘60s and ‘70s design is uniquely captured by a carefully balanced combination of not just colour and pattern, but also shape and texture. Rounded edges and psychedelic forms are being applied to everything from clothing to candlesticks. Fabrics that have been spotted on catwalks in recent seasons are making their way into interior furnishing—with bouclé, quilting and even corduroy expected to dominate in 2022. 

Another reason the era is proving to be so popular, especially in home accessories and furniture, is that it’s perfectly aligned with consumers’ desire to purchase more sustainably. Solid wood pieces from this era are the most readily available second-hand styles for younger purchasers who are waste-conscious, resulting in them shaping current tastes and trends. Similarly, in fashion, we’re seeing consumers rummaging through their family’s old pieces before turning to the high street for similar styles. 

Of course, no single interiors piece defines the style much like Panthella’s Mushroom Lamp and in this, its 50th year, the iconic piece has had a 2021 makeover, and newfound fanbase, thanks to Louis Poulsen. According to Etsy, the term ‘mushroom lamp’ has seen a surge of 371%, showing that both refreshed and original takes are proving popular amongst consumers. 

In cosmetics, GLAMOUR magazine has named 60s-inspired glam their must-try trend of the season, with Ariana Grande also telling Allure magazine that her brand new makeup company, R.E.M Beauty, was largely inspired by looks from the ‘60s and ‘70s. 

Bringing some escapism and much-needed mood-boosting to everything from our outfits to our surroundings, the stylings of the ‘60s and ’70s are certainly the only inspiration you need as we move into 2022. 

 

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Written by Jordan Evans
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Written by Jordan Evans

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