Trend Analysis: Year of Man 2017

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2017 Year of the Man

Update! (23 Sept 16) :  I’ve completed my photography of my 2017 Year of the Man trend analysis.  It’s been a rough ride but very rewarding.  I’ve learned that my process is sound and more importantly is showing up in the world as truth and something folks can count on…..we’re already into the early ‘season’ of the Year of the Man and it’s what I will call ‘a staging period’ and a sort of transition into these new trends that are coming forward.  What I’ve come to so far is listed here.  My trend analysis will be annual and I’ve already started working my research for 2018 which is Year of Color.  The first year’s analysis I”m publishing here on my site for free so folks can see the work and afterwards the next year’s analysis will be available for $150.00 per analysis.  You’ll get a digital copy of the entire book for your use.  Licensing will likely come later if larger organizations and institutions become interested in the work either for their libraries or for use by multiple departments.  The aim is to have the 2018 Year of Color analysis available by next April 2017.  The 2017 Year of the Man analysis is primarily completed.  There will be additional works added.  It should be completed by mid-November.  Updates will be added to the analysis page when new work is completed.  Then Year of the Man analysis will be closed out and it will be up to those who use the work to incorporate it into their own efforts.  The work can be used for the fashion industry, the interior design industry, music industry, theater industry, and other areas such as food industries.  This is because it is oracular in nature.  If you have any questions, please email LaDonna Davis at

I’m wrapping up work on my first fashion trend analysis using my own intuition and observations of themes that seem to show up in the world that might be indicators for where fashion might go.  I’ve done quite a bit of research and gone out to find those items that I think best capture where the trends might go for 2017.  I call it ‘The Year of the Man’.  This is where I think we’ll find an emphasis on clothing for women that is masculine inspired like the suit (think Yves Saint Laurent) and also a turn for men to go a bit more androgynous in their dress and if not overtly in their dress then definitely in their attitude with regards to how they will select garments.  There will be less of a care for ‘strictly clear men’s wear and design lines’ and an opportunity for more unisex designs to come forward.  I think you will see more strong masculine themes in women’s designs and some of these themes will be inclusive of Spanish influences and inspirations such as the bull-fighter and even the American cowboy.  You’ll also see a return to the 50’s for women in denim, but with references to James Dean and ‘greasers’ as opposed to the circle skirts and tulles or the fitted pencil skirts often worn in the 50’s.

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These are some of my pages and my approach to developing these vision map pages is through the use of mixed media.  I felt an artistic approach in the presentation would make it more interesting and also lend itself towards a ‘zine format in the final product.  Not all of the pages will be shown here; only a few are shown to give a hint of how the final ‘zine will appear.  The final report will be made available to the industry only.  It will be provided free of charge in an effort to get the product out to as many customers and also to build interest for the next reports that will involve a fee.  This fee is TBD, but will be nominal in comparison to traditional trend analysis reports.  It is believed that these reports will augment and fill needs that are not necessarily addressed by other trend forecasters.  These reports will not get into stats (at least it is not foreseen that this will be the case), but will primarily focus on projected themes and how these themes will affect fashion and other trends such as design in general or that might show up in home decor.  Feedback will be welcome from customers who obtain a copy.  #trendanalysis #trendforecast #trends #fashion #mensfashion #women #womensfashion #men #art #forecast #stylists #buyers #photographers #showrooms #fidm #runway #fashionweek #newyork #losangeles  #analysis

The pages will detail why the identified trends are expected to come forward and also include stockists where you can locate products that carry the vibe of the forecasted trends.  #shopping #latestbuys #finds #Oprah

If you are interested in getting the ‘zine which should be completed in the next few weeks, please send an email to or complete the form below.