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Our Fashion, Beauty and Education Predictions for the Next 40 Years

"We don’t yet know if people will want this in their lives. The technology will be available, but it will be up to consumers to decide whether they buy into it."

The worlds of fashion and tech are merging, so we asked some industry leaders for their predictions on how this intersection will change their fields in the next forty years. From shopping to health, see where you will be in 2057.

Beauty Predictions

Amy Chung, Beauty Analyst, NPD Group @npdgroup

In 40 years, everybody’s makeup bag will be focused on skincare, which may or may not be topical gels and creams; it could be a mask that emits different lights or lasers while you’re sleeping. And in 40 years, you could be applying Botox topically instead of having it injected, something that, today, is typically done at the dermatology clinic.

Shopping Predictions

Sarah Housley, Senior Lifestyle and Interiors Editor, WGSN @wgsn

In the future, we will likely never be in a situation where we cannot shop. As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more advanced, computers will be able to shop for us before we even know we need something. We don’t yet know if people will want this in their lives. The technology will be available, but it will be up to consumers to decide whether they buy into it or not.

Luxury Predictions

Nicole Fall, Founder, Five by Fifty @5by50Nicole

In the 17th century, people placed a high value on tulips. In 40 years’ time, we will look back at our obsession with things and realize that it was another case of “tulip mania.” The growth areas in luxury will be focused on the self and personal development, be it wellness, education or real-time or virtual experiences. Rising consciousness around responsible consumption will weed out many of the brands we see in stores today. The majority of brands in the car industry and the fashion and beauty worlds will no longer exist.

Work Predictions

Shannon Davenport, Head of Advisory, US, Stylus @Stylus_LIVE

Many of the jobs we know today will become irrelevant. AI and autonomous tech means more jobs will focus on human-centred abilities, like understanding and feeling emotions.

Education Predictions

Shannon Davenport, Head of Advisory, US, Stylus @Stylus_LIVE

More people will take their careers into their own hands. Technology will give them even greater access to intelligence and education, resulting in a shift away from outdated educational programs and toward schooling that is self-directed and more immediately valuable.

Performance Predictions

Theresa Yee, Senior Beauty Editor, WGSN @wgsn

Biohacking of the brain and body will gain momentum, and consumers will crave results-driven solutions backed by science and data. For example, body-care products that help you work out harder or prolong the effects of exercise and muscle recovery while also monitoring skin’s hydration levels to optimize performance will be a key area for new-product development.