Cultural trends around the world have been dominated by economic upheaval for the past several years: diminished expectations led to austerity and pessimism, two traits that have largely defined the decade.
Recently though, a powerful countertrend is emerging. Glimmers of economic hope, combined with a universal weariness with glum and gray, lead to a newfound embrace of the fabulous. But unlike the bling and showiness of past years, this is a democratic, attainable glamour. Using the resources at hand and a sense of play and humor, aspiring fabulistas from dozens of countries are celebrating the everyday with color, enthusiasm and an equal embrace of the high and low brow.