By  on December 7, 2007

More mergers, fewer acquisitions? New faces, different places? To discover what 2008 holds in store for society at large (and beauty in particular), we asked some forward thinkers to speculate on what lies ahead in their respective fields.

Faith Popcorn
Our lives are out of the delicate balance that Chinese philosophy calls yin and yang. Yin embodies what is dark, negative and passive. It is this mind-set that has made our world aware of the catastrophic affects of harsh treatment toward Mother Nature. Yang stands for light, positivity and action. Our world has been in an overwhelming state of yin, but 2008 will continue to usher in an accent of yang. Though not in balance yet, the tiny ray of light in the darkness we are calling “yin(g).” As the trend AtmosFEAR explains, polluted air, contaminated water and tainted food stir up a storm of consumer doubt. This feeling of fear has been propelling consumers toward the trend of S.O.S., where individuals are discovering a sense of responsibility, ethics and compassion for our planet. In 2008, responsibility will equal sophistication. Items that are rare, with a story or a conscience, will become more valuable. Streamlined, efficient design will continue to infiltrate the mainstream. The handmade works of global artisans will be given more value than ever before. Our culture is digging for depth in how we live and what we have. Hence, ying is the new bling; responsibility is what’s “flash,” not mere trappings.

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