Trendcasting 2017

by Patty Templeton

Mary Shelley (famous “Frankenstein” writer) is reported to have said, “The beginning is always today.” Amen to that. 2017 is a fresh start full of ambition, promise, and cool shit to discover. We talked to authorities around town to ferret out what’ll be fashionable from January onward.

Art“There’s going to be a lot of pushing the next few years for funding and emphasis on promoting equity, equality and diversity. All the things we’ve been working on for years … An emphasis on arts that are interested in social consciousness and social well-being … I think supporting diverse ideas in the arts authentically, be that Hispanic, indigenous – I think that would be nice to see. Authentic representations … [Also,]I think we may see more use of digital tools like laser cutters and 3-D printers. I’m hoping we can get access to more of that in Durango. I am hoping for an increased use in technology and an embracing of tools that are all around us for art making: Cellphone cameras, video editing software that is open source. I would love to see that. The other thing I would love to see is more community engaged activities – further reaching to join nonprofits, schools, and other organizations to engage more people within the community.”

Peter Hay, Durango Arts Center exhibits directorBeer“We will continue to see more experimental and sour beers where brewers are able to get creative with different types of fruits, herbs, and some different brewhouse souring techniques. We are working on a few new beers – a “Berliner Weisse,” a “Ginger Gose,” and a new sour ale called “Pink Vapor Stew.” These are part of our Mod Project, a secondary brewhouse which creates a series of small batch beers made at Ska. Fun new flavors – some of which are only available at Ska World Headquarters. They tend to be lower-ABV, tart-flavored beers that focus on using Colorado ingredients and some blending. There is a good chance you will see us putting some of these beers in cans soon … You will see a lot of breweries in 2017 who will mix up their lineups, breweries who have been around for a while, like New Belgium and Avery, that are making some big changes. You’ll see some flagships going away and more specialty beers coming out.”

Kristen Muraro, marketing director, Ska Brewing Co.Books“You’re going to see a lot more covers with really great fonts and primary colors like the covers of “Mister Monkey” by Francine Prose or Antonia Hayes’ “Relativity.” They’ll really pop out at you. The larger the font the better. When it comes to actual content, more diversity. It’s going to be people of color writing about people of color, rather than white people writing those stories It’s going to be LGBTQ people writing about LGBTQ people … We’ve noticed that there are a lot of books where the settings are in different locations but still Western writers. I think that will change and we’ll get more stories about people in other locations that are translated … You’ll also see a lot more rebels as protagonists in 2017. I think that that means rebels from all walks of life.”

Colleen Galvin, assistant director, Durango Public LibraryDurango life“For 2017, Wilson Gulch Road will attract new businesses to Durango. The infrastructure is in place. Jobs and improving the economy are vital to Durango, in my opinion as a City Councilor and longtime resident. Sales tax drifting to Farmington hurts our economy. The internet sales hurts the stores in Durango. Shopping locally will provide the dollars to fund the library, senior center, pave streets, hire policemen, and keep Durango healthy. Local dollars recirculate in town as we all know but often ignore. The store owner hires locals, who pay rent, buy groceries, go to a movie, shop in local stores. It just makes good sense to shop local as much as we can.”

Sweetie Marbury, city councilor Fashion“People are, generationally, breaking away from fashion rules … You can wear brown and black together. There are no rules anymore … I think the biggest thing I see is more comfort: Super soft; super comfy. Everything is a little less form-fitting. It doesn’t necessarily mean less sturdy. I think people are taking more into their comfort than what a piece necessarily looks like. People come in and they go along and feel the racks of clothes. Women are taking more effort in buying lingerie that goes under clothes for the pure comfort of themselves … The biggest thing I see happening in fashion is a huge surge of the ’90s, which is hilarious for me because that was me growing up and being in high school. One of my favorites is velvet. Velvet is coming back. It is so huge and I love it. I love it because it is timeless, and if you buy the right pieces of it, you can have it forever. It’s some deep jewel tones and some pastels. Very different. Really fun … I see a lot of wide-leg pants and flats … We cannot keep dainty necklaces in stock. That and Southwestern jewelry. The rest of the world is going crazy for it, and Durango is starting to see it as a thing, too … To see it as meaningful and the heritage behind it. People are starting to search for those neat Southwestern pieces.”

Sarah Rousseau, owner of Silk SparrowFood“I think there’s an explosion of craft cocktails. There are restaurants that we love and frequent, like El Moro, and they frequent us – boots on the ground cocktail knowledge has exploded … We use local product to create cocktails as well as local product to make our food. We love being able to do that. That farm-to-table trend will continue.”

Andrew Brandes, manager and sommelier, Seasons Rotisserie and GrillLGBTQ“I’m a generally hopeful person, but I’m not feeling that hopeful right now. The trend that I’m seeing is a tremendous amount of pushback to gains that have been made – especially along the lines of race, sexuality, and class. What will be the outcome of the new [Trump] administration, we don’t know. But this new administration that is being built already has a clear hostility to the rights of transgender individuals, the rights of gay and lesbian folks, the reproductive rights and healthcare of women, and hostility toward an honest dialogue about continued racial and wealth inequality … Something I do have hope for is that citizens will become more vocal about what they believe to be social justice. Citizens will be more vocal about continued inequalities widening in the United States, particularly about race and wealth.”

Dr. Keri Brandt, associate professor of sociology and gender and women’s studies, Fort Lewis College Movies“I think that what’s done Hollywood in is their reliance on remakes. There’s not a lot of original ideas going on out there except for in Netflix and Amazon becoming their own production companies. I think that’s why you see a lot of success in Netflix Originals. They are coming up with new ideas, not remakes. It is just a matter of time before mainstream Hollywood starts to see that in dollars. Netflix and Amazon are capitalizing on an original idea, why don’t we go back to that? I would hope that the trend of original content continues in 2017, and not remakes.”

Ericka Curlee, co-owener, Louisa’s Movie House“I think documentaries are getting bigger and bigger. We’re going to see a lot of current events. For example, there’s a lot of documentary filmmakers up at Standing Rock. I’m sure that the political climate of the past year will produce films that reflect it. Current events are big … I think any story that is compelling somebody is out there trying to make a narrative feature, film, or documentary about it. I see more and more true stories that are coming to the screen.”

Joanie Fraughton, executive director, Durango Independent Film FestivalMusic“In town, I’ve noticed a resurgence of kids wearing battle jackets – the vests with all the patches. That hasn’t been a thing here for ages. Now, I see punk rock kids wandering around town. I definitely think that there’s gonna be a bit of a punk rock resurgence, especially with the folk punk happening, too. That’s like crust punk kids on the street who play acoustic guitar and banjo because they can’t afford an amplifier, but it’s still got the same punk rock aesthetic to it. I think Andrew Jackson Jihad are gonna get a bigger bump and Days and Daze will get pretty popular here. Also, the resurgence of funk music here. There’s a lot of bands coming out and playing straight-out funk music. Nationally, there’s Childish Gambino eschewing the rap genre completely and making a Parliament-worship record. I think that speaks to people’s desire for an analog experience, or an experience that feels more genuine, rather than laptop-type stuff.”

Cooper Stapleton, host of “The Heaviest Matter in the Universe” on KDUR

“I’m not sure that I see what is upcoming besides a continuation of what we have been seeing that doesn’t want to die yet. We see the use of eclectic instruments – banjo, folk instruments, ukulele – going strong. Also still growing strong is the genre of the singer-songwriter, which turned into the closet musician being able to express and record at home. Recording at home is more and more accessible. If anything, if I were to project for the future, recording is going to grow even stronger because of the tools becoming familiarized and affordable.”

Jim Gillaspy, Katzin MusicWeed“We’re getting all new products on a daily basis. We’re seeing every product on the market infused now. We have beef jerky. We’re getting so many technologies – like with vaporized pens. Just easy, easy ways to medicate. That is what we are seeing and what we will continue to see: User-friendly products and accessibility.”

Tracy Robinette, manager of Santé Medical and Recreational Dispensary Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer


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