What Lies Ahead: A Visual Story of Fashion’s Future

Hypopompic by Rocio Montoya
Hypnopompic by Rocio Montoya | Photo: Courtesy of WGSN

Fashion is a hungry animal that digests the “now” in the blink of an eye and then continues to roam on, looking for the next best thing. Fortunately, because data is now more readily available to analyst groups and brands, trend forecasters are able to predict further into fashion’s future than ever before. In this thought-provoking visual story, Savoir Flair reveals some of the fashion, beauty, art, and commerce trends that are emerging for 2017 and 2018.


“Psychotropical” is an emerging trend for 2017-2018 that is a subset of the psychedelic movement. Psychotropical fashions are defined by vibrant palettes, vivid tropical patterns and prints rendered by digital engineering, and warped visual cues borrowed from nature (like sunsets and tropical undergrowth). Psychotropical apparel, beauty, and accessories are denoted by a “hyper-real perception of nature”, underscored by bright synthetic colorways.


Futuristic fashion for 2017 and 2018 is being described by trend analysts as “post-human”, which is inspired by artificial intelligence and illustrated by tech-driven design and a new generation of technical materials that are made from robust threads and metallic filaments. Properties of post-human apparel are: ultra light, highly breathable, protective, and thermo regulating (capable of regulating your body’s temperature), while futuristic fashion is defined by otherworldly aspects like embossed textures, bespoke fabrics, liquid or metallic finishes, and glowing LED lights inside of mesh materials. Futurism is further supported by the rise of 3D-printed clothing, footwear, and accessories, led by brands like The Unseen, Nike and Intel.

Surf Gypsy

The “surf gypsy” trend, a subset of bohemianism, is inspired by global travels to beach destinations. Resort and sportswear brands find themselves intertwined in this trend, with Emilio Pucci, Marques Almeida, and Missoni beginning to define the surf gypsy aesthetic with rainbow-hued collections that feature a relaxed, surf-inspired vibe. The surf gypsy embraces an extremely vivid palette that features all the colors of the rainbow in a single outfit, as well as typical beach fare like swimwear, sarongs, and cover-ups. The future trend, however, relies on more technically crafted fabrics that promote long-term use.