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A dark and esoteric mood was in evidence this year, marked by the use of violent processes and optical effects that challenged our perceptions of space and time.
The sector is re-envisaging and redefining what luxury will mean in the 21st century. An ability to play with paradox and deploy disruption will be key for ambitious brands looking to 2020 and beyond.
Third-stage globalisation and hyper-connectivity are changing the way consumers construct their identities. For this consumer, privacy, time and open borders are becoming new signifiers of luxury.
Big brands are mixing altruism and innovation by throwing open their doors to enable anyone to become a collaborator.
A turn on cloakroom convention, instead of checking in a jacket, visitors to Faye Toogood's installation received a piece of art in return – one of 150 hand-made coats designed to serve as treasure maps.


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A comprehensive, coherent and global breakdown of the key consumer trends for the coming year

Curls are fast becoming a big focus for the beauty industry as brands increase their range of products for curly hair across the market and show curls on the catwalk.
Retail districts with a strong sense of place, culture and history are emerging in a luxury bricks-and-mortar fightback.
As we pin, post and preen our way to an ideal identity online, these personality fragments are forming the new components of a Sharded Self.
As the boundaries between modern society and nature begin to blur, consumerism is becoming more integrated with our living world.
Something exciting is in the air. Forget everything you thought about being old, or age, even. In the society of the future, age isn’t just a number – it’s flat.

In-depth and visually driven case studies of the brands, products and services making waves around the world

Land’s End

Land’s End

British app developer ustwo’s first virtual reality game Land’s End offers a glimpse into the future of VR.

Analysis and opinion on the issues that matter and ideas that are kickstarting new market opportunities in the global lifestyle industries

Nick Knight: Digital creativity

Nick Knight: Digital creativity

SHOWstudio founder Nick Knight discusses the innovations and interactivity explored via his experimental platform. 

A visually rich look at the design directions and creators that are shaping the lifestyle industries in the coming decade

Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Week: Part 1

Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Week: Part 1

 LS:N Global examines the design directions that defined the season.

‘Global insight that inspires thinking, drives ideas and kick-starts innovation.’

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