Trends '06 | from A to Z
05-03-06 suggested by: Zé Vance
by Punch Hutton
Here's What's Happening Right Now—or Just over the Horizon
Argentina. For all the beautiful people: fly-fishing, great asados (barbecues), Malbec wine, Patagonia and the Andes, perfectly tanned leather, empanadas, tango, and dulce de leche.
Bikinis with matching cover-ups that look like robe versions of dresses, from designers like DVF, Carolina Herrera, and Tibi.
Country music. It may be most associated with Nashville, but it's everywhere now. The repetitive refrains still revolve around the tried-and-true topics: getting drunk, falling in love, lovin' your mama, your cheatin' heart, being thrown into jail, your dog, and, as David Allan Coe sings, getting "runned over by a damned old train."
Dahlia. The fascination of the unsolved 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short continues. Brian De Palma's film The Black Dahlia—based on the James Elroy novel—comes out this spring.
Enterprising socialites. They've increased their inherited wealth with true business acumen and fab products such as Tory Burch's clothing line, Cornelia Guest's travel candles, Marjorie Gubelmann Raein's Vie Luxe bath and body aids, and Fernanda Niven's evening bags.
Factory Girl. The hugely anticipated movie based on Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, played by Sienna Miller, has already inspired a whole 60s-fashion revival replete with tights, flats, minidresses, and heavily lined and mascaraed eyes and lashes.
Guinness. Not just the 125-calorie dark beer but also the supercool British artist Hugo, who just happens to be part of the brewery dynasty.
Hair accessories. Every designer is dabbling in them. From J. Crew to Frédéric Fekkai and H. Stern, who have teamed up on a line of combs, clips, and ribbons, it seems that shells, jewels, and textured hair baubles are totally en vogue.
Interior design. Domino magazine, architectural Web sites, HGTV, Williams-Sonoma Home catalogue, and Real Simple TV. We just can't get enough.
Jewelry by Temple St. Clair. Her moonstone necklaces, earrings, and rings are among the coveted pieces from her Couture Collection.
Knitting circles, shops, and clubs. Celebrities such as Uma Thurman, Julia Roberts, and Rose McGowan are well-known knitters. Women are forgoing book clubs for the opportunity to sit, chat, and click their sticks.
Luxury hybrid cars. Ford, Lexus, and Toyota are producing some of the first eco-friendly automobiles with V6 engines that offer fuel economy, low emissions, and high-end style—they actually look like cars you'd wanna drive.
Macaroons. Ladurée in Paris still makes the best, but I have to say the almond ones at New York City's Bumble and Bumble, made by their on-site pastry chef, are a close runner-up. Internationally, flavors range from caramel and coconut to pesto and pecan!
Nutritionists. Who doesn't have one?
Omega-3 pills. They'll change your life.
Peacock plumes. The rich colors and exotic textures make them perfect for putting clusters in vases. You'll also see them woven into wall coverings, handbags, and tapestries.
Quick trips. Three-day weekends in Palm Springs, Jamaica, and Cabo.
Russia. By far, the coolest place to be right now.
Samberg. As in Andy, the hilarious dude who raps his way through the "Lazy Sunday" skit on S.N.L. He and his partners also wrote for the MTV Movie Awards in 2004 and 2005.
Taxidermy and tortoiseshell. I'm not sure why stuffed dead animals are occupying center position on the mantel or what the appeal is of hanging them on restaurant walls, but they're everywhere … looking down at you. And tortoiseshell, thank God, has made a big comeback—from eyeglass frames to lacquered boxes. Love the classics.
Uruguay's Punta del Este, South America's answer (good and bad) to the French Riviera.
Vetiver. The scent du jour. It's clean and peppery, sexy and spicy. Guerlain's version is the best. Even though they say it's a men's fragrance, both men and women can wear it. Elle Macpherson does.
Wallpaper. Sure there's Scalamandré and Maya Romanoff, but dressing up those bare surfaces is the creative outlet for top-name designers from Roland Mouret to Matthew Williamson.
X-rated. Porn generated about $4.3 billion in video sales and rentals last year. That's not including revenues from Internet offerings. Enough said.
Young. The last name of the University of Texas's Rose Bowl–winning quarterback. Vince proved he should have snagged the Heisman Trophy.
Z, as in Jay-Z and Beyoncé … the coolest couple in music since Johnny Cash and June Carter.
Punch Hutton, the editor of Vanity Fair's Fanfair section, is considered V.F.'s resident trend forecaster.
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