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The Definitive Look Back: Predicted 2018 Trends Explained

Listbenjamin schmidtlists
The Definitive Look Back: Predicted 2018 Trends Explained

Here we are! Just like an evicted tenant, 2018 is walking out the door in a few days, whether she wants to or not. She is saying goodbye, she is collecting herself. She is waving to her fans. Last year, we predicted what would trend in 2018. Let’s recap and see how it manifested and stay tuned for part two: predictions of what will trend in 2019!

Key:

✔ = Predicted correctly.

✘ = Predicted incorrectly, reality was different.

↕ = Had elements of positive and negative trend.

✔ Hillary Clinton

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Indeed, Hillary Clinton most definitely had her publicity card revoked in 2018 and she’s snug as a bug in her mildly upstate NY hobbit house. We have heard her mutter and sputter this year, but she’s barely on the radar.

✔ Bernie Sanders

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: This anti-capitalist barely saw the light of day in 2018. He had some boring remarks about healthcare, but generally, not a headliner. 2020 Election isn’t far off, so we may see this ancient legend reemerge on the main stage once again.

✔ Voting

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Well a few people are still furious that Dr. Mr. Donald S. Trump, DDS, Esq., MD, Ph D. got elected a few years ago. Indeed, they put their foot down and made the 2018 midterm election among the most participatory of the entire history of American elections. Orange man bad!

✔ Mila Kunis

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon simply snapped in their hit movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me. I watched this on an American Airlines flight recently and was simply hooked. Get into her.

✔ Pleading Guilty

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: More Trump shit.

✘ Public Displays of Affection

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: That new Cyrus girl and Lil Xan. Britney and her Arab slice of a man. Ariana Grande and whatever the fuck. Not only was being in love trending, but so was appearing in love.

✘ Caviar (Food)

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: After some “Yellow Vest Protestors” scribbled the French variation of, “Down with caviar- long live kebab” on a Haussmann-designed wall in Paris, we cannot, in good faith, say that caviar had a good year.

↕ Emotional Availability

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: TOSS-UP

Notes: Cardi B and Offset’s recent maybe-planned stunt aside, it seems like emotional literacy is still on the up, but didn’t crest in 2018. Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and more tried in their own ways, but without new Adele or Lorde albums, this year wasn’t ready to open up. And Mariah Carey’s (amazing but emotionally restrictive) Caution didn’t help the crusade toward transparency.

✔ Guacamole

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Avocados stuck around, but we’re not putting Guac everywhere anymore.

✔ Young Thug

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Dropping pure flames a few times this year, Young Thug came out on top with beautiful music and bringing up some stunning talents like Gunna and HiDoraah.

✔ Lamborghini (Automobile Manufacturer)

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Infuriating new SUV. Miami and LA boys still thinking a Huracán is a car worth something. Hop off.

✘ Spaghetti O’s

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: N/A

✔ Female Rappers

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Rico Nasty. CupcakKe. Asian and Cuban Doll. Karlae. Azealia Banks (of what we got). Cardi B. All standout. Female Rappers did a thing or two this year, just as Nicki stumbles around a throne she built herself.

✔ Farting

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: N/A

✔ Sex on Weekdays

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: N/A

✘ Day Drinking

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: I drank more during the day this year than any others. Aperol Spritz with lunch, champagne for breakfast, an ill-advised glass of red on an American Airlines flight…

✔ Timed Brunches

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: I encountered only one time-limited brunch. Time-limited brunch is in steep violation of the very principle of brunch in the first place: leisurely, without care, theoretically endless. I’ve been at brunches that lasted six hours.

✔ Brunches (Generally)

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: I was only invited to two brunches all year.

✔ Fidget Spinners

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: She fell off.

✘ Quinoa

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: N/A

✔ Shakespeare Reboots

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: There was probably development on this front. I don’t give a shit. Shut it down.

✘ Toyota

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Wow! After that runaway Prius fiasco, Toyota was never the same. Meanwhile, Honda is tearing it up. They just snapped with the new Accord and the Passport’s triumphant return, not to mention solid Civic R-Specs.

✘ See-through Shower Curtains

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: This never had the come-up it deserved.

✘ Glamping

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: With Global Warming, is camping see a cultural exit? The only person I met who (accidentally) went glamping was an SA at the Hermes store in St. Tropez. She thought it was a yoga retreat.

↕ Evidence

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: TOSSUP

Notes: Well fake news is relaxing a bit, but we’re still seeing a lot of questions bullshit being presented as real. On the legal front, this stay trending.

✘ Deep house music

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Literally not even “EDM” is getting radio play anymore.

✔ Ayn rand (author)

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Buying her books is a violation. You must steal them then redistribute.

✔ Snacking

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Triscuits, Ritz, Fried Kale Chips. Snacking had a moment this year.

✘ ICE CUBES (FOOD)

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: Unfortunately the Americans have kept ice relevant. But straws fell off.

✔ 2-n-1 shampoo and conditioner

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Convenience vs. self-care. The people chose correctly.

✔ Saying “exqueeze me”

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Exqueeze me.

✘ Boating

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: We didn’t see much news about boating. Rappers are not looking for yachts anymore. There was only one billionaire money-laundering-via-yacht-charter-scheme story this year.

✔ Snitching

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Lyft asked me to report a driver. I said fuck y’all.

✔ BEBE REXHA

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: N/A

✔ Loitering

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Standing outside the club for four hours. Outside the doctor’s office for 15 minutes. Art show after-party? On the sidewalk in front of the gallery. Other favorite loitering spots: Chanel on 57th street (after 9pm), the Social Security office in Brooklyn during business houses.

✘ Portable lavatory

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: I was in a few really nice portable lavatories this year. Wood-paneling and music type shit.

✔ Humira (prescription arthritis drug)

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Can’t say shit on the world's best-selling drug.

✔ Self-diagnosing arthritis

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: One of my favorite pastimes.

✔ Carpal-tunnel syndrome

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Ask your doctor if Humira is right for you.

✘ Mattress with no sheets

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: Unfortunately, you all do live like this.

✔ Frank Ocean

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Only sad people listen to him!

↕ Kardashian family

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: TOSSUP

Notes: It was a weird year to be a Kardashian. Kylie Kosmetics has established itself as a force, but Fenty and Madonna’s thing are also around now. Kanye has been going through “some shit”, briefly a Trump supporter. His authenticity is up for debate. Kim and the others were steady clearing racks.

✘ Artisinal soaps

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: Filed under '“collectively renewed sense of self-respect”.

✔ $12 Cappuccinos

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Starbucks just opened a big thing in Milan, too. This shit is here to stay.

✘ Retrospectives

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: Andy Warhol at the Whitney. Delacroix at the Met. This article.

✔ Gucci

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: For the burds. Gucci has completed its transition to kitsch bullshit emporium.

✔ WAKING UP AFTER 11AM ANY DAY

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: I have been waking up ass-crack early ever since starting to commute to LA monthly.

✘ Porcelain Timepieces

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: I have been waking up ass-crack early ever since starting to commute to LA monthly.

✘ Eating with your Hands

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: I did not touch a single morsel of digestiable matter this year.

↕ Laura Dern

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: TOSSUP

Notes: After a simmering 2017, I figured Laura Dern still had some oil left in her good-fortune lamp. Well, I saw Star Wars and whatever. Expect her to be absent from next year’s list.

✔ Rosa Parks

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Barbz stay in school challenge.

✘ Golfing

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Even the president took a break from the landscaped game.

✔ Sunbathing

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes:

You can sun if you want to
Fun if you want to
Stay in the shade all day if you want to
Villa with shore view, 'punzle I adore you
Bitches rock whatever she say they can afford too
What'chu know about open out key west, relax, recess, all up on the beach, yes

Beach sandy, look at little bambi in the two piece set looking like a banjee
Can we kick it in the Hamptons?
Residing where it's fancy
Porto Pino or the champagne
She a leader and a champion
Coco dream things, aqua green scenes
Palm trees caribbean queen

A paradise with me is so amazing
So elevating, switch up on the beat and sing

✔ Parking Tickets

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: I raked in the parking tickets across two countries and three states. Totaling about $800.00, $500.00 dismissed thanks to WinIt app!

✘ Grime (Music Genre)

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: From the art of grime icons like Milly B and Afghan Dan, Grime never reached its dizzyingly fucked-up heights of 2016, in which everyone waited with baited breath for replies that seemed to come within minutes of the initial send.

✔ Pizza

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: A picture of a pizza with chicken feet topping was the nail in the coffin for this drawn-out gimmick. Shut down the old shops, this joke is saying its final goodbyes. It had a good run.

✔ Bella Hadid

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Bella Hadid hit a rare late-season meme spree in 2017. She’s laid a bit lower this year, but her A+ body work- reaching its point of perfection in 2018- is worth celebrating.

✔ Ancestry.com

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Well, I’m 96% Finnish.

✘ Getting Swole

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: The new going to the gym is looking like you’ve never been to one. Protein mixes, powders, and shakes just couldn’t lift like they used too.

✔ Using Grindr in Airport Lounges

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: Set “Cathay Pacific Lounge for the next 6 hours” as your headline, and watch the dick pics trickle in.

✘ Chives

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: Chefs really went stupid with chives this year. I once ordered a simple toast and it was drenched in chives.

✘ Concerts

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: Taylor Swift gorgeous success. The slow-burn of Fyre Festival- still making news in 2018. The tabloids trashing Nicki’s concert. Concerts really had the headlines by the throat this year.

✔ Painting

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: We saw a lot of painting this year. And a lot of paintings get sold. This is a cool concept worth keeping an eye on.

✘ Las Vegas (City)

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: After a tough 2017, Las Vegas is bouncing back, big time. With Mariah and Britney holding their own in this desert money Mecca and Lady Gaga joining them in the new year, Las Vegas is officially popping off.

✘ Mariachi Bands

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: Ariana Grande’s friends surprised her with a Mariachi Band.

✘ Celebrity Memoir (Book Genre)

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: Busy Phillips and Michelle Obama led the pack for this species of book, with Jason (?) Timberlake, Kobe Bryant and Ellie Kemper dropping texts.

✔ Microfiber Clothing

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: American Airlines is still shoving microfiber blankets down our throats in our year of the Lorax 2018.

✔ Natural Birth

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: I gave birth in a river.

✔ Rental Cars

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: From the leased ‘baby mama’ Benz to Sicily By Car (my rental company of choice while in Italy) to German rental company Sixt to Audi-owned Silvercar, I spent more time in rentals than anything else.

✔ Selling Out (Activity)

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: In

Notes: This happened way too much in 2018. From that dancing boy to Snapchat to countless celebrity gimmicks and prop relationships (and most prominently musician Grimes’ relationship with Tesla founder Elon Musk), this was the year for abandoning your principles for a nickel or two.

✘ Local Beer

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: In

Notes: Your Forest Hill IPA? I’m sick.

↕ Space Travel

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: TOSSUP

Notes: Although NASA (good guys) and Richard Branson’s Virgin (good guys) had successful launches, but so did Elon Musk’s SpaceX. In other bad news, space travel is getting safer (odds of dying getting lower) but not less expensive. Further research required.

✔ Duck, Duck, Goose (Game)

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: officially Replaced by Duck, Duck, Go, an Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers' privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results.

↕ Gooseberry

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: TOSSUP

Notes: Although the year started strong for gooseberry, gooseberry didn’t really go anywhere. If you liked gooseberry before, you probably still like it. If you don’t, you probably still don’t.

✘ 2004 Film “Millions” Directed by Danny Boyle

  • Prediction: In

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Literally no one gives a care.

✔ ‘Sent from my iPhone”

  • Prediction: Out

  • Reality: Out

Notes: Replaced with “Von meinem iPhone gesendet”