NEW YEAR, NEW TRENDS ; from Food to Fashion to Toys, What's Expected to Sell Big in 2017

By Halzack, Sarah | Charleston Gazette Mail, December 29, 2016 | Go to article overview

NEW YEAR, NEW TRENDS ; from Food to Fashion to Toys, What's Expected to Sell Big in 2017


Halzack, Sarah, Charleston Gazette Mail


In a matter of days, we'll say farewell to 2016, a year when clothing stores were suddenly teeming with off-the-shoulder tops; when restaurant menus were filled with dishes featuring ghost pepper and other sriracha successors; and when gaming geeks went mad for an old-school-style Nintendo NES console that reminded them of their childhoods. So what will be the big consumer crazes of 2017? Here, we've collected some predictions.

Food: Look for this to be the year that breakfast goes global. Technomic, a foodservice industry research firm, forecasts that restaurants will reach beyond breakfast burritos and start incorporating more Asian, African and Middle Eastern ingredients and spices into morning menus. The group said diners can expect to see more dishes like shakshuka, which, in a version offered at a small chain called Snap Kitchen, features eggs, chickpeas, kale, feta and spiced tomato sauce. Also, in an era when fat is not thought to be the dieting enemy it once was, Technomic expects restaurateurs will go big this year not only with butter, but with fats such as lard and tallow.

Meanwhile, the National Restaurant Association predicts that unconventional cuts of meat, such as oyster steaks or Merlot cut steaks, will be a key menu trend in 2017. The trade group also expects poke, a Hawaiian raw fish dish, to take center stage.

Fashion: Brace yourselves for an '80s resurgence, but don't start having nightmares about outfits that look straight out of "Designing Women. Sidney Morgan-Petro, retail editor at trend forecasting firm WGSN, said we're not going to see the aesthetic re-emerge quite so literally.

"It's less about the actual look of the '80s, and more about some of the ideas, Morgan-Petro said.

So, for example, we can expect to see a lot of voluminous clothing with bigger proportions. Instead of skinny jeans, think slouchy trousers. Instead of ultra-tailored outerwear, think cocoon- like, floor-grazing overcoats. But perhaps the most prominent example of the volume trend will be a cavalcade of tops and dresses with billowing, dramatic sleeves. Bell sleeves, flute sleeves, ruffled sleeves, bishop sleeves - these silhouettes are already catching fashionistas' eyes and are likely to explode in popularity in 2017.

"I think designers have seen that that kind of frivolous trim, that decadence in silhouette, is really resonating, said Katie Smith, senior analyst at fashion forecasting firm Edited.

Beauty: The business of getting gorgeous roughly breaks down into four areas: makeup, skincare, hair care and fragrance. And Karen Grant, beauty industry analyst at NPD Group, a market research firm, said makeup is where she expects we'll see "seismic momentum in 2017. Eyebrow grooming products such as tinting gel and sculpting pencils should be especially popular, Grant said, continuing a recent hot streak. …

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