I don't have the answers when it comes to what I'm going to wear tomorrow, let alone what the trends will be 365 days from now. I know, however, that I can count on the fashion industry to constantly change, innovate, and shift into the future. Many consumers enthusiastically shop, examine, and select their wardrobe as quickly as new patterns, silhouettes, and hemlines come into view; it can be a challenge to keep up! So, even though nobody truly knows what's next, everyone is ready to make a prediction.
Maybe the future of fashion is full of “bold moves and upheavals.” Or, maybe clothes become passé and body modification is the new hip trend. Some think that technology and innovation will create futuristic algorithms that will choose the next generation of trends in the fashion industry. Maybe social media influencers will cut through the deluge to dictate the next years' trends. Regardless of who takes the lead, it seems clear that fashion is starting to reflect the aspirations of young designers and what they want to see in the world.
For many of these up-and-coming designers, that ideal world includes a more sustainable fashion industry. The responsibility to incorporate sustainability runs from corporations to designers to consumers. And, to be clear, sustainable does not mean wearing potato sacks with whole wheat trim; sustainable fashion means a better world (think: clean water and living wages) in which you can flaunt your new threads.
Hopefully, the future of fashion will focus on sustainability. Maybe that will happen through education programs or through clarification of definitions. Ideally, there will be metrics and measurements by which companies can compare and contrast their sustainable successes which will help you, as a consumer, to make the best choices for yourself and the world. However it happens, the future of fashion will look great on you.