Now that we have all survived the “end of the world,” it’s time to celebrate a new year and take a look at what to expect. Here’s a peek at what the new year will bring.
The year 2013 will be full of opportunities to head to the movie theaters, but make sure to get your 3-D glasses ready. Many classics including “Top Gun,” “Jurassic Park” and even “The Little Mermaid” are coming back to theaters in 3-D. The sequels to many kid favorites are also coming to the big screen, including “Monsters University,” “Despicable Me 2,” “The Smurfs 2” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” The next installment in the Hunger Games series, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” is sure to draw crowds when it comes out in late November. If you just went to see “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” you can look forward to seeing “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in December.
In 2013, comic book characters will continue to be present in theaters with the releases of “Iron Man 3” and “The Wolverine.” If you want to see a fresh take on some classic literature characters, “The Great Gatsby,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, and “Much Ado About Nothing” will be good choices (especially if you are reading them for school).
The remake of “The Great Gatsby” is just one factor that will influence the fashion trends of 2013. Gatsby-inspired ’20s-style flapper dresses and fringes are expected to be popular. Other trends are floral and nature prints, stripes and clothing designs inspired by water. Popular looks will be the military look, vintage knit sweaters, color blocking and sport-themed designs.
New technology is always exciting, and 2013 doesn’t look like it will disappoint with new trends and cheaper tablet computers. For televisions, 4k, with four times the detail of HD, is going to be the next big thing. The launch of Windows 8 is expected to set new trends with its more user-friendly design. And, 4G technology is set to change networking – time to get a new phone again!
An interesting 2013 trend is more interactive and creative vending machines with features like facial recognition and live tweeting. Who knows if we will see these vending machines in Buffalo this year, but it could happen eventually. Also, ordinary objects are being upgraded. Pop bottles will be getting a stylish twist to appeal to a more fashionable, trendy crowd.
Other trends to expect are fascination with dystopia and vintage. The popularity of “The Hunger Games” is a perfect example of the movement away from being interested in utopia to a deep interest in dystopia. This interest in futuristic dystopia is expected to continue influencing pop culture this year. Also, deliberately giving things a vintage look is expected to become even more popular in 2013. Instagram is just one place to look to see images with a vintage feel through faded colors and other effects. Even as technology moves forward, people still like the effects that older technology had.
This year is sure to be full of surprises, and it will be interesting to see if the forecasted trends start to influence our daily lives. Maybe 13 will actually be a lucky number, and we can start the year off right by keeping those New Year’s resolutions.
Kristina Macro is a senior at Holy Angels Academy.