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Big Ideas 2016
When it comes to looking to the future the most successful stars, TV personalities, and journalists all have some big ideas.
Here’s what some of the world’s most creative professionals think is coming in 2016.
”There is a big shift away from a glossy corporate vibe towards eccentricity. Even big corporations like Gucci and Chanel are presenting themselves in a less slick corporate manner. Whether it’s a fashion show, a party or an ad campaign, it’s all about adding a dollop of idiosyncrasy and a little bohemian edge.” Simon Doonan Creative Ambassador-at-Large, Barneys NY
“In 2016, tasting-menu-only restaurants will continue to trend but will become less signiﬁcant, and more casual restaurants with multi-option menu experiences will eventually take over.” Mario Batali Chef, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur
“Today everything is rapidly disposable, which is unfortunate because there’s something beautiful about honest authenticity. By moving everything so fast, we’re pushing to the next before we’ve had a chance to digest the ﬁrst thing. Too many choices is confusing and overwhelming. Instead, I think it’s better to stay consistent and authentic — take what you do best, commit to it, and make it the best it can be. Genuine, honest loyalty has been lost in a world of too fast, over assorted, too big and over the top.“ Marissa Webb Fashion Designer and EVP / Creative Director at Banana Republic / Gap Inc.
”When we feel great about what we’re wearing, we step out into the world with conﬁdence. That conﬁdence creates positive connections in our lives both personally and professionally. I believe there is a trend brewing to reshape fashion to use clothing as a tool to attain this level of empowerment.” Leesa Evans Costume Designer, Celebrity Stylist, & Co-Founder of Stylefund
“I’m excited to see how technology continues to evolve and impact our everyday lives. The advancement of video and mobile technology has been fascinating, especially in the 360/ Virtual Reality vertical.“ Justine Ezarik aka iJustine American YouTube personality and author
”The trend toward greater aspiration is worldwide, yet at the same time in many societies, including the U.S., the number of people who describe themselves as ’thriving’ — Gallup’s highest category of wellbeing — is either shockingly low or harder than ever to achieve. Therefore, wellbeing is going to become a hotter and hotter issue, especially in the workplace, and ﬁnding the means to quantify it is going to be a critical part of the picture.” READ MORE Deepak Chopra Founder of the Chopra Foundation
“2016 will be the year in which the forces of entrepreneurialism and feminism converge. Together, they will drive a long-wave, golden age of female entrepreneurship, which will be a positive for all of us: good for the women who make the leap, good for the economy and good for consumers.“ Sallie Krawcheck CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest READ MORE
“In the next year, chefs will be challenged to think creatively about how to use all parts of the plant or animal and make serious considerations for sourcing responsibly. It is critical that as we learn, we teach others what we have learned... 2016 will challenge us as chefs, to utilize our platform in order to educate each other and reinforce the important messages of sustainable practices in the restaurant and beyond.” READ MORE Marcus Samuelsson Chef and Author at Marcus Samuelsson Group
“So here’s the big idea I think will shape 2016: sleep. That’s right, sleep! How much and how well we sleep in the coming year — and the years to follow — will determine, in no small measure, our ability to address and solve the problems we’re facing as individuals and as a society. While our need for sleep has been a constant throughout human history, our relationship to sleep has changed throughout the centuries. And right now we’re in the middle of a sleep deprivation crisis, with devastating effects on our health, our job performance, our relationships, and our happiness.“ Arianna Hufﬁngton READ President and MORE Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group
“We live in an anything-goes world where it’s OK to mix high with low, mid-century with minimalist modern, colors, patterns, and everything in between. The best trend I’m seeing — and one that I hope continues through 2016 — is people forgetting the ‘rules’ and loving what they love unapologetically. I wouldn’t have it any other way.“ Jonathan Adler Potter Designer and Author
“I feel conﬁdent that in 2016 we will start to see a major shift in Hollywood with regards to women. With the topics of equal pay and opportunities for women being so heavily discussed right now, my hope is that we will start to see the multitude of creative and intelligent women out there taking on signiﬁcant roles both behind the camera and in the boardrooms” Issa Rae Actress and Writer
“Technology will continue to be the deﬁning factor in what we do next year. It will be integrated into fashion, fabrics, and all aspects of our lives with new apps to communicate and streamline our lives and make things (theoretically) easier and more productive. I believe there will be more transactions executed at etail than retail. I believe the concept of fashion shows will begin to transform and be reinvented to take advantage of this technology and address the changing whims and fancies of the fashion industry.” Fern Mallis President at Fern Mallis LLC and creator of New York City Fashion Week Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders