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Score: 8.9
This Quarter and V. Hot Top 5 Examples: 10,181 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 13 - Nov 16
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Youth Connect to Tradition Without Sacrificing Modern Sensibilities
Implications - Tradition provides comfort, but genuinely engaging in that sentimentality is often perceived as out of touch or downright weird. Young people looking to connect with past traditions subvert those negative connotations through irony. They thus infuse traditional products and styles with sarcasm and anachronisms (while still allowing for covert sentimentalism.) [More]
Score: 6.8
This Quarter and Mild Top 6 Examples: 17,287 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 15 - Nov 16
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Upscale fashion collaborations feature old school cartoon favorites
Implications - Nostalgic fashion collaborations that feature cult cartoon favorites highlight the pervasive interest in narrative apparel that showcases several layers of a consumer's interests through cultural iconography. This shift demonstrates the inherent reach of unexpected collaborative collections in uniting consumer tribes that may not have previously overlapped, while it's also a reminder that such progressions play upon elements that appeal to consumers outside of the Millennial demographic. [More]
Score: 6.4
This Quarter and Warm Top 6 Examples: 4,665 Total Clicks Date Range: Apr 15 - Oct 16
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Unexpected brands use merch lines to embed with consumers in a new way
Implications - As brands look for ways to channel the interest in narrative merchandise apparel, many unexpected players are launching merch lines as a means of promoting a new product or company initiative. In addition to highlighting the consumer desire to showcase one's interests and beliefs through clothing choices, this progression demonstrates that even brands unrelated to the fashion industry are able to leverage this inclination. [More]
Score: 7.4
This Year and Warm Top 5 Examples: 17,056 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 16 - Jun 16
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Hybridized footwear designs appeal to busy, multi-tasking Millennials
Implications - With consumers in search of practical footwear designs that apply the ergonomic function of modern athletic gear, brands are creating curious hybrids that combine style and comfortability. Proving that consumers are looking for versatile pieces that accommodate the unpredictability of their lifestyles, this progression also highlights the Millennial desire to invest in a single product of quality craftsmanship that is sure to last and that is well-suited to a variety of activities. [More]
Score: 7.5
This Year and Hot Top 6 Examples: 11,940 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 15 - May 16
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Consumers to take eco-friendly to the next level with ocean-saving fashion
Implications - Plastic waste, grill fishing nets and used tires are being utilized by companies to create trendy bathing suits, sunglasses and much more. Instead of just creating eco-friendly goods, brands on the bleeding edge have begun to create garments and accessories out of materials that could otherwise be harmful to the environment, creating initiatives to collect destructive materials and turn them into something desirable. [More]
Score: 5.5
This Year and Mild Top 5 Examples: 5,046 Total Clicks Date Range: Dec 15 - May 16
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Consumer obsession with concert merch drives demand for pop-up shops
Implications - As the Instagram era continues to emphasize personal style as a means of self-actualization, consumers are willing to go to great lengths in order to gain access to highly exclusive, limited edition tour merchandise. Specifically seen as a nostalgic reference to the psychedelic rock tees of the 1970's and 1980's, this progression demonstrates the need for traditional brands to reconsider alternate revenue streams considering the evolution of business models facing considerable disruption. [More]
Score: 7.7
This Year and Hot Top 6 Examples: 29,059 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 15 - May 16
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Youth culture takes a stand against conventional stereotypes
Implications - With access to an entire world of education at their fingertips, Millennials and Gen Z are becoming increasingly educated on causes that matter to them. Not afraid to show support for what they believe in, they respect brands that allow them to unabashedly express their opinions in a way that is tangible, such as through fashion. This speaks, not only to the individuality of the youth generation, but to their desire to act as advocates -- as opposed to simple supporters -- of a cause. [More]
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Score: 6
This Year and Warm Top 4 Examples: 2,738 Total Clicks Date Range: Feb 16 - Mar 16
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Female consumers gravitate toward peer-to-peer shopping networks
Implications - As women gain more purchasing power, brands have begun tapping into ways to make them feel heard and recognized. Even so, peer-to-peer networks remain an attractive option for women, who wish to feel empowered and autonomous in all of their shopping experiences. As a result, many emerging P2P shopping platforms have been specifically geared towards women, suggesting that, in order to compete, retailers must ensure positive, communal experiences not only for women, but amongst women. [More]
Score: 6.1
This Year and Warm Top 5 Examples: 10,840 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 15 - Mar 16
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Personal style evolves to take feelings into account
Implications - Growing up in an age of social media has encouraged Millennials to be more expressive, both through their online branding and their personal style. This tendency, combined with a desire for authenticity, has created a consumer who embraces imperfection and vulnerability. Emotional expression ultimately serves as the latest, most coveted form of authenticity, and one that can be capitalized by brands across industries. [More]
Score: 7.3
This Year and Hot Top 6 Examples: 30,116 Total Clicks Date Range: Jan 16 - Apr 16
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Millennial consumers buck convention with hyper-casual garments
Implications - Fashion designers and brands are going beyond "athleisure" for an even more relaxed look. Loose, drapey pieces and silky, elasticized garments are the new frontier of loungewear, especially among the Millennial demographic, who, although are willing to sacrifice comfort for style, are even more interested in pushing the boundaries of traditional fashion. Uninterested in the conventions and "rules" of style, Millennial consumers place greater emphasis on authenticity. [More]