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TAS Weekly: A Quick Peek into the World of Fashion, Home Interiors and Cuisine

Trends, fleeting yet impactful, possess the ability to shape our preferences and influence our choices, whether it is fashion and style or new food fads. This cover story is a roundup of 2024 trends in the arenas of fashion, home décor and food.

Suzy Fontes

Friday, February 2, 2024

Fashion Elegance of 2024

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, 2024 promises to be a year where nostalgia intertwines with futuristic flair, creating a vibrant tapestry of style that caters to diverse tastes. Embracing the resurgence of ’90s and early 2000s trends, the fashion landscape features a flow of iconic looks that defined an era.

Nostalgic Revival -The return of ’90s and early 2000s fashion, is bringing back low-rise jeans, flowing maxi skirts, and the utility-chic appeal of cargo pants. A big thumbs up for silver jewellery enthusiasts, as the trend that illuminated the ’90s is making a dazzling comeback. The revival extends beyond mere aesthetics; it’s a celebration of an era that left an indelible mark on the fashion world.

Bows – Once reserved as hair adornments, bows are now seemingly omnipresent in fashion. From jackets to shoes, brands are tying bows to everything imaginable, injecting a whimsical touch into everyday wear.

Wardrobe Essentials – Fashion buffs can find solace in timeless wardrobe basics. Button-downs and solid colours take centre stage, with the tucked-in button-down emerging as a recurring favourite. Picture an office-ready ensemble featuring wide-leg denim paired with a tie-waist trench coat — a sophisticated nod to the classics.

White Dresses – From sheer to intricately embroidered ones, white dresses are taking the getting the attention this year. Designers expect a departure from vibrant spring colours, with most opting for swan-white dresses that exude ethereal simplicity.

High-Rise Trousers – Step into the future with a new super-high-waist trouser, offering an instant leg-lengthening effect that defines sophistication.

Skirts over Pants –The trendy skirts-over-pants is adding a more sophisticated and aesthetic twist to the 2024 style chart.

Polo Shirt – There is a resurgence of the humble collared cotton polo shirt, styled with versatility. From men’s board shorts to ruffled micro-mini skirts, gold brocade shift dresses to sequin-embellished blouses, the polo shirt emerges as a fashion chameleon.

Quiet Luxury – Quiet luxury embraces high-quality materials and perfect tailoring, offering an opulent look without the hefty price tag. On the flip side, expect a surge in very feminine styles, with an abundance of pinks, bows, and floral prints that exude grace and charm.

Colour Schemes – As colour becomes a powerful statement, pops of lavender, canary yellow, and millennial pink promise to be the palette of choice, ensuring you stand out in any crowd.

The fashion horizon of 2024 beckons with a kaleidoscope of styles, colours, and eco-friendly choices…

Home Décor Trends  

Whether it is embracing curvaceous furniture or creating spa-like bathrooms, this year is all about bold moves and a return to nature’s embrace.

Curvy Lines – Whether it is sectional sofas, dining tables, or coffee tables, curvy designs are making a powerful comeback. The gentle, flowing lines promote a soft and calming energy, creating spaces that feel inviting and warm.

Touch of Art – Home could transform into a living art gallery by incorporating bold colours against clean backdrops, funky cocktail tables, and neon light fixtures that burst with intense hues. These unexpected accents are set to dominate home interiors in 2024, creating spaces that are as vibrant as they are stylish.

Metal Magic – In the world of decor, metals are set to fuse, creating a harmonious blend of brass, black, bronze, and nickel. From bathrooms to beyond, mixed metal fixtures will redefine the concept of metallic elegance, adding a touch of sophistication to every space.

Purple Touch – Purple is poised to reign supreme in 2024, making a bold statement in home décor. Expect a surge of this regal hue with rich violet accents and deep plum furnishings.

Colour Quotient – Earth tones will dominate the design scene; it will bring the warmth of the outdoors inside. Expect homes to be adorned with nature-inspired hues, creating a soothing and grounding atmosphere.

Plush Bathrooms – Elevating the bathroom to an oasis of tranquillity is a top priority for designers this year. Whether in new constructions or renovations, expect bathrooms to be transformed into luxurious spaces that provide a retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Layered Notes – Tone-on-tone decor is in, allowing texture, silhouette, and material to shine. Vintage lighting adds a touch of nostalgia, bringing a special touch to living spaces.

Buttery Yellow – This shade is set to grace millwork in kitchens, pantries, and upholstery. In spaces drenched in natural light, yellow will add a touch of warmth and vibrancy.

Marble Accessories and Wood-panelled Walls – Marble transcends its traditional role and becomes a defining feature in accessories and furniture. Dark wood-panelled walls make a comeback, transforming spaces with a cozy and modern allure.

Mixed Textures – Texture becomes a playground for creativity as interior decorators experiment with plaster walls against wood floors or ceilings.

2024 promises to be a year of innovation, sustainability, and a celebration of the unique fusion of tradition and modernity in home decor.


Food Fads and Flavours

The culinary landscape is undergoing a fascinating transformation in 2024, with diverse trends shaping the way people experience and enjoy food. From revamped breakfasts to the rise of secret menu items, here are some fads that promise to make this year an exciting one for food enthusiasts.

Rich Breakfast – Say goodbye to mundane breakfasts as the ‘bougie’ breakfast trend is here to stay. Characterized by indulgence and extravagance, this trend is redefining the morning meal experience. Despite traditionally having a lower average check, there’s a growing preference for more elaborate and satisfying breakfasts, both on weekdays and weekends.

Solo Dining – As dining habits continue to evolve, the trend of solo dining is experiencing a notable surge. According to AF & Co. + Carbonate’s annual trend report, there is a 7 percent year-over-year increase in online conversations about individuals dining out alone. This shift has prompted sit-down restaurants to adapt and create inviting spaces for solo patrons. Many are introducing special menus featuring a selection of signature entrees paired with beverages at exclusive prices. 

Grab-n-Go – With lifestyles regaining pre-pandemic speeds, the grab-n-go trend is back in full force. Consumers are seeking convenient, on-the-go meal options that are easy to handle while multitasking or travelling. This trend extends beyond traditional fast-food spots, reflecting a broader change in consumer habits prioritizing efficiency and mobility in meal consumption.

Global Flavours – The culinary world continues to embrace diverse global flavours, with Peruvian and Caribbean cuisines leading the way. The growth of these cuisines on menus and increased consumer awareness signals a shift towards more globally inspired eating habits. Additionally, culinary trends emphasize bold colours and flavours, creating visually stunning dishes that resonate with the digital-savvy generation. Ingredients like grape, ube, Calabrian chili peppers, black sesame, lychee, and Chinese shacha are making waves, reflecting a desire for flavourful, visually impactful, and socially shareable culinary experiences.

Plant-Based Foods – The movement towards plant-based foods made with real plants is gaining momentum. Consumers and chefs are opting for rich and diverse ingredients beyond mock meats, emphasizing the importance of natural, whole-food, plant-based options for healthier and more sustainable dietary choices.

While not all trends are realistic or applicable, some can act as a trigger to inspire personal styles and expressions, transform living spaces, and tantalize taste buds.