Mark your calendars for the Fashion Group International of Dallas (FGI) luncheon and WGSN trend presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.! At the luncheon, I’ll feature 2013/2014 macro trends including Hack-tivate, 21st Century Romance and Living Design.

We’ll analyze and break down color, materials, apparel, footwear and accessories as well as print and graphics for women’s, men’s and youth/junior sections. The presentation will be at the Dallas Market Center (Expo on World Trade Center 1st floor) and is open to the public. To RSVP, visit before Oct. 21.

Hack-tivate focuses on a new community of makers. The term "hacker" was once just used as a word for those who both customize and circumvent computer systems and hardware. Now, we're seeing anything that can be hacked. From politics (think about Wiki-Leaks!) to food (genetically modified vegetables) and now even objects and apparel with designers using mixes of materials, colors and shapes in an open-style, open-source way.

21st Century Romance is about the return of beauty. The world has a feeling of frugal fatigue, and we want products that don't just function but perform beautifully. As a creative concept, this trend is a source of inventive, awe-inspiring and emotionally-charged design. In a conversation with WGSN, leading design critic Alice Rawsthorn described the times we live in as “an unprecedented golden age of science” and here we see artisanal craft given a scientific twist.

Living Design is about objects that communicate ideas through the way they look, feel and interact with each other. It’s about products that have come to life and a design space populated with fascinating new hybrids, as human, animal and technological elements are merged.

We hope to see you there!

-Andrea Bell
Associate Editor, WGSN West Coast