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FuturistU > Tactics > The 18 Megatrends > Module 7 / 7

The Divergence Megatrends

Instructor: Armida Ascano
Innovations in Fashion
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The final module in the 18 Megatrends course is on Divergence, which focuses on anti-mainstream trends. Divergence is a Pattern of Opportunity that is all about going against the grain. In order to provide something truly unique, brands must lean toward the unconventional.

Divergence Megatrends include Authenticity, Many-to-Many, and Personalization. Ultimately, these Megatrends all represent major shifts in collective consciousness, such as rethinking reality, shifting to a peer-to-peer economy, and redefining luxury to focus more on products made specific to one's needs. Take the first step to revolutionizing your industry with this module.
Related Trend Report: Innovations in Fashion
Workshop Questions:
1. What opportunities for personalization could be integrated into your offering?
2. What about your brand or product could come off as disingenuous?
3. What steps can you take to bring consumers together?
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Insights by Trend Hunter AI

Web3 Cannabis
Cannabis brands create metaverse-based experiences and events
Trend - Cannabis brands are expanding their digital footprint by creating experiences or hosting events in the metaverse. Brands in this space are offering everything from metaverse-based cannabis testing labs to virtual dispensaries.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize experience for its customers?
7.7
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AR Package
Brands incorporate augmented reality-based gaming into product packaging
Trend - Augmented reality functions in product packaging typically educate consumers on the product or business, but brands are now becoming more creative with packaging that incorporates AR-based games for customers to enjoy.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create more interactive digital experiences for its customers?
7.2
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In-Store Recycling
Brands in the cosmetic industry are increasingly prioritizing in-store recyling
Trend - In-store recycling is relatively common among tech retailers, and now even in the fashion industry. The next industry to take on in-store recycling is cosmetics--with the industry's high waste production becoming a concern among consumers and businesses alike.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize sustainability?
7.4
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Gen Z Hair
Hair care brands target the needs of Gen Z consumers
Trend - The hair care industry is increasingly catering to young consumers, with teenage Gen Z consumers being particular interest. Now, brands in this space are featuring playful branding, campaigns and claims that target teenagers.
Workshop Question - How is your brand shifting gears to prioritize Gen Z's needs and preferences?
6.2
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Compostable Beauty
Beauty brands are reducing their impact with compostable packaging
Trend - Compostable packaging solutions in the beauty space are becoming more popular as brands in the cosmetic industry look to reduce their environmental impact. Everything from brands selling luxury goods to ones selling inexpensive beauty items are now adopting such packaging.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing environmental protection?
7.1
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In-Store Refill
In-store refill stations for personal care brands are becoming more popular
Trend - With more personal care businesses marketing their brands' "refillable product" business models, some brands are making the process of refilling products much easier with in-store refill stations that cut out the need to mail back empty packaging before receiving refills.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing sustainability?
6.5
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Minimalist Hair
Hair care brands prioritize minimalism in the same way some skincare brands are
Trend - With minimalism in skincare being popular in reaction to the several-step routines that were overwhelming or inacessible to many consumers, brands in the hair care industry are following suit. Minimal ingredients and products in lines are on the rise as brands look to prioritize simple yet effective routines.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make purchase decisions less overwhelming for customers?
5.6
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Repurposed Grape
Brands are creating products made from grapes that would otherwise be disposed of
Trend - Brands in various industries, spanning footwear and cosmetics, have begun launching products made from repurposed grapes. These products include sneakers, foods, moisturizers, and alcohol.
Workshop Question - How can your brand help consumers reduce their environmental impact?
4.4
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Virtual Lab
Virtual innovation labs let consumers test and design products remotely
Trend - Pre-pandemic, brands in a range of industries experimented with innovation labs where they could display and test their most innovative products and ideas with consumers. Now, they're doing the same but virtually--as retailers remain restricted with how they curate in-store experiences.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create distinct virtual experiences for customers?
6.3
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Subversive Skincare
Skincare collections for men upturn rigid representations of masculinity
Trend - In order to appeal to men, skincare brands often opt for stereotypically "masculine" branding, which often includes bold and simple labeling and dark colors. This is slowly changing with brands releasing products and collections targeted to men, but with a focus on "soft" branding that's more about product than presentation.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better prioritize inclusion?
5.7
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