I recently read Just Kids, Patti Smith’s memoir of her relationship with the late artist/photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and of their life together in the New York of the 1960s and 70s. It was wonderfully evocative of the music and art landscape of that particular time, dominated by the doyennes of Andy Warhol’s Factory, Max’s Kansas City and the Chelsea Hotel. I thought it was an absolute knock-out and wasn’t surprised to learn that it won the National Book Award for nonfiction in November 2010.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011 · Categories: Trend AnalysisFashion


Maybe it’s the combination of strength and fitness combined with fragile femininity that seems so alluring but ballerinas-as-models and dance themes have been cropping up all over the place recently.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 · Categories: Trend AnalysisFashion



Just how many men and women are coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with missing limbs is not certain but the numbers are significant enough to raise awareness of a potential new consumer group, people with disabilities. 
UK department store Debenhams has become the first major retailer to show a disabled model in an advertising campaign

Thursday, December 30, 2010 · Categories: Anthropology and SociologyConsumer IntelligenceTrend AnalysisFashionMarketing and AdvertisingRetail and E-tail


Two-thirds of the people to ever reach the age of 65 are alive today…
It has at long last dawned on the consumer industries that the 65+ demographic might just well be as interested in fashion and beauty as anyone else. duh.

Thursday, December 16, 2010 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceTrend AnalysisFashionMarketing and Advertising

It’s not that Barbra Streisand had actually gone away anywhere but she had been kind of quiet in recent years. All that changed in 2010.

Monday, December 13, 2010 · Categories: Books and Magazines Music and EntertainmentTrend AnalysisBeauty and HealthFashion


We all look so samey now in our jeans and jeggings, we might as well be wearing Mao suits. Not that I am against the idea of having a fashion uniform, certain individuals have made a name for themselves with a signature style that screams their name, and I applaud them for it.

Monday, December 13, 2010 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceTrend AnalysisFashionFashion Blogs

There’s no doubt about it, The Rolling Stones plus their wives, ex-wives, girlfriends and children, are having a moment. Recently released, a fascinating documentary called Stones In Exile, about the making of the the band’s much-lauded 1972 album, ‘Exile On Main Street’.

Thursday, December 02, 2010 · Categories: Books and Magazines Music and EntertainmentFashion

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