Fashion Trends: What’s Ahead?

This week I’ve written several posts on the subject of hair and headwear. First I spotted a sudden surge in the number of fashion accessories made using hair. Then I noticed that old hairdressers’ dummies are rapidly becoming collectors’ items… In case you don’t know, these are the mannequin heads that trainee hairdressers experiment on.

Finally, I wrote a piece about headdresses. Forget fascinators, vintage inspired headdresses are the latest must have fashion accessory.  In the course of my trend research, I found these images from designer-maker website, Etsy. Thankfully, there’s no obligation to follow trends – or anyone else’s dress sense – but perhaps these images will provide you with a few ideas for Christmas party outfits?


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About Author Profile: Susan Muncey

Trend consultant Susan Muncey, is Editor of Visuology Magazine. In 2008, she founded online curiosity shop, She writes on style and trends for several blogs, including, and The Dabbler. She previously owned cult West London boutique, Fashion Gallery, one of the first concept stores in the world. Susan graduated in geography from Cambridge University and is also an Associate Member of the CFA Institute. She lives in London with her husband.

11 thoughts on “Fashion Trends: What’s Ahead?

    November 3, 2012 at 13:42

    Perfect time for the Village People to make a comeback!

  2. Gaw
    November 4, 2012 at 10:30

    I haven’t got much hair left on top and was thinking how a non-woolen skull cap would be handy. It wouldn’t be as hot as a beany so you could wear it pretty much the whole time. Perhaps in the style of the Pope’s but with some nice Islam-inspired geometric patterns.

    • Worm
      November 5, 2012 at 10:16 of those little wooly hats like Denzel in Only Fools and Horses? You’d look a bit like a socialist liverpudlian docker a la alexei sayle

      • Brit
        November 5, 2012 at 13:27

        I wear a black dockers’ beanie all the time. By far the snuggest hat that isn’t absurd.

        • Worm
          November 5, 2012 at 14:08

          my fellow dabblers are closet communists! 😀

      • Gaw
        November 5, 2012 at 17:03

        No, a wool beany would be too hot. If warmth is required a tweed cap is fine for me. This is more for indoors and warm weather. Perhaps a fez, a bit like the shopkeeper in Mr Ben?

        • Worm
          November 5, 2012 at 20:33

          As an editor, you could consider one of those green visor things

    November 5, 2012 at 01:55

    Susan, how about next week you do a post on fashion tips for those of us who like to wear our trousers rolled.

      November 5, 2012 at 09:13

      You mean something like this, Peter? I hear the tam o’ shanter is making a comeback.

    November 5, 2012 at 20:07

    The top right pic, heap big beanie, I used to have one, part of the set. My schoolfriend had a Tom Mix outfit, we were the classroom fantasists, Sitting Bull and Tom Mix, todays education authorities, speaking with forked tongues, would never allow that, it would transgress some minority interest and smoking the pipe of peace would be banned outright.
    Today, white mans papoose not a happy bunny.

    November 7, 2012 at 23:31

    My grandfather, from Vienna, met another enterprising Austrian when he was interned on the Isle of Man during the First World War. They kept in touch and, once back in Vienna, this chap suggested they go into the mannequin business. And they made a lot of hairdresser heads – well,the factory they took over did – and their business acumen did the rest. The business did so well that it had a London branch and my grandfather came over to London to deal with the London end. Unfortunately, the Austrian bloke running it had embezzled all the profits – my grandfather took him to court (in England) but the judge awarded a measly 1p. Anyway, that’s how he came to bring over my grandmother and at the time 2 daughters (one of whom was my mother). They started off staying with this chap in Wallington – when it all went wrong, they moved (by chance- but maybe as far away as possible?) to Muswell Hill.
    After that, my grandfather had various businesses – including crystal chandeliers (but that all went a bit wrong with the importation of Bohemian crystal when Hitler started on his thing). Grandpapa was interned during the Second World War (on a technicality of citizenship) for a year, also on the Isle of Man (heavy sigh). Just thought I’d add something. Can’t remember the name of the firm, though.

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