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The Biggest Trends Of 2013

The Biggest Trends Of 2013

This week in Los Angeles (And the world, really.) is the week when everyone does all of their 2013 reflections, cramming in all of their backwards-looking posts to recap and reshare a few of their favorite things in the year: this is one of our many posts of that ilk.

We kind of slumped on the Trend Rising section of LAIY. In fact, we haven’t touched it since 2012! Shame on us. That said, there were a lot of trends that happened in 2013 that we easily saw and that you easily saw: here is our effort to pin them down and call them out for being trendy.

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Biggest Trends Of 2012

Biggest Trends Of 2012

The trends of 2012 (and any modern city) are moving far too fast that we cannot keep up with. There have been a few in Los Angeles that have popped up and nearly slapped us in the face before we could recoil with a celever analysis of it. Some trends have been more overt than others (and we have shared them as best we could) while others were happening around us all and became so common that “its being a thing” became normal.

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Trend Rising: Indigo & Dye

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In the Roy G. Biv color spectrum, indigo is often overlooked. It’s confused for purple or simply a bluer blue, a hybrid dark soft color that is the least memorable of the color gang. It hasn’t really gotten any attention until now as we in Los Angeles are in an indigo fever. There are classes where people are dying anything they can indigo. There are retailers who are making entire lines in the hue. There are even people using indigo dying practices to do even more dye process and the like! We’re knee deep in the new “Indie” obsession: Indigo.

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Trend Rising: Oysters (And Seafood)

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When we visited Seattle a little over a year ago, there were oysters and seafood establishments all over. This seaside city is immersed in the culture of fish food/food fish as it is a city defined by being on the water. New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. have a similar feeling, shellfish and other sealife almost defining large portions of cuisine because, like Seattle, they are all near-coastal cities. Los Angeles is a coastal city. Does it have a huge seafood culture? Not really. Unless you are in Santa Monica or other beach ‘hoods, you aren’t faced with seafood options. Moreover, even those neighborhoods don’t really embrace it all that much either. Within the past year, likely since the opening of Son of a Gun, seafood and oysters have infiltrated Los Angeles and popped onto various menus. Perhaps it is simply a competitive response to chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of SoaG or perhaps it is Los Angeles food getting even more localized by way of the ocean–we don’t know. What is know is that oysters and seafood have definitely become trendy.

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Trend Rising: Fried Chicken

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When news broke this week that Cool Haus now has a Chicken and Waffle ice cream, something clicked that had been a long time coming: fried chicken in Los Angeles is officially a “thing.” With the past few years in food being devoted to various home and picnic foods, it as about time fried chicken was given its due. Hamburgers and deviled eggs and hot dogs are fine–but fried chicken? I die. Let us submit ourselves to fried chicken.

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Paul Gillis Indisible By Light Edward Cella

Paul Gillis is the subject of an upcoming Edward Cella show. It’s called Indivisible by Light and features new mixed media paintings from the artist. The show is on view from May 3 through July 5.

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Open Mike Eagle Show The Mint Dark Comedy

Local musician Open Mike Eagle is going to be having a listening party for his latest work Dark Comedy on May 1 at The Mint. It will include performances from others like James Adomian (Who is GREAT.) and Elos.

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Wayfounder Contest

Have a great idea and thing you can and should get it made? Local business WayFounder is accepting submissions for a contest where your idea—an invention or project or whatever—could be made into a reality. Enter by June 8!

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Jackson Pollock Ed Harris The Getty

In conjunction with their Mural exhibition, The Getty will be screening the film Pollock on May 3 and will feature a conversation with Ed Harris, who played the artist in the film.

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