Curious Trends - General

16/08/2013

Visuology


In 2000, Susan Muncey invented the term 'visuology' to describe her unique approach to looking at the future. Visuology is a combination of vision, intuition and sociology. 

Visuology (see www.visuology.com) is now being relaunched as a bi-annual trends magazine aimed at everyone interested in fashion, textiles, art, craft, design accessories, furniture, interiors and lifestyle trends. The first issue, for Autumn/Winter 2014-15 and beyond, available at ShopCurious.com, looks at long term trends and offers a selection of fashion, furniture, art, accessories and lifestyle product picks, with a focus upon sustainability and timeless design. 

Visuology also offers a private trend forecasting service. To book a presentation including inspiration and ideas for Spring/Summer 2015, please email visuologymag@gmail.com for further details. 





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25/09/2010

The New Dark Ages - Primeval style


We’re currently experiencing something of a New Renaissance. The renewed and growing interest in art, culture, design, invention, anatomy, scientific discovery, natural history, travel, philosophy and collecting seems to be inspired by trends that began in and around the 15th Century. Another similarity is that we’re again in a time of philanthropy, where many in the creative sector rely on the patronage of wealthy individuals for funding.

Of course, this is also a digital Renaissance. We now have the Internet and modern forms of communication, which makes the type of travel, invention and art somewhat different from the past. Our view of what constitutes ‘knowledge’ and our consideration of what’s worthy of collecting have also changed significantly.

But what does the future have in store?

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03/06/2010

Trends track record


Before I launch into the first Curious Trends post, I'd just like to  briefly mention my track record as a trend spotter, by way of a few examples:

It’s rather an understatement to say I’m an early adopter. I’ve always favoured the edgy and unusual over the conventional – and not just because it’s different. There’s always a reason for my lifestyle, clothing, cultural and creative preferences... Whether it’s a new product at the supermarket, a place to live, a piece of music, a course to study, or a vintage dress, the most important thing is that my gut instinct is attracted to, or interested in the thing at the time, for whatever reason.

In the mid-1990s, many of my friends were totally appalled when I had a Nicky Haslam moment and suddenly changed my dress style virtually overnight. Out were the structured power suits, tight fitting evening gowns and formal hats...in were the boho-chic, bias cut, layered petticoat dresses, along with recycled, marabou trimmed cardies and wedged shoes. No more Yves St Laurent, Claude Montana and Isabell Kristensen: now it was Voyage,Christa Davis and Marni. I had spotted a major new trend – and one that’s still lingering on to this day, especially in the eco-friendly/ethical sector.

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02/06/2010

Welcome to Curious Trends

Welcome to our new Curious Trends in-house blog, compiled by ShopCurious curator and trend forecaster, Susan Muncey. I expect you’re curious to know how our trends editorial will differ from any other.

Trend is a curious word - it’s defined as both a ‘general tendency’, an ‘inclination’, but also as the ‘current fashion’ or ‘style’. There’s nothing unusual about mainstream trends in fashion, design or any other aspect of our lives – they’re simply ideas, products or services that have been latched on to by a number of people – otherwise known as trend followers.

Some trends turn out to be short-lived fads, whereas a few may acquire long term popularity, or the status of ‘timeless trends’, that never really go out of fashion.

We’ll be looking at all types of trends, but we’re especially curious to locate trend originators, to source trends in their infancy and to determine the potential direction and longevity of new and existing tendencies in areas such as fashion and lifestyle choices.

Trends are usually cyclical, so what’s been done before will often pop up again several years or decades later. When a trend is recycled it often comes back with a fresh, new twist, which is sometimes as interesting as the trend itself (and can even be followed in its own right).

All the trends featured here are curious, but everything is relative, and some trends are more curious than others.

Let us know what you think, join in the discussion, add your comments, ideas and suggestions for curious trends too. Susan will be on hand to answer any questions you may have relating to trends, or anything discussed in this blog.

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