This may seem obvious but it has to be said: Los Angeles loves France. The city and the country feel connected in a strange way, as if both have a similar headspace and unique approach to the world. If anything, we in California certainly look to cities like Paris as inspiration for what we can be. Why? Because the French way is a pretty great way of living. What does this mean? There are a lot of Frenchy things happening in this city from food to fashion and more—and they all seem to be coming to a head now. Thus, a trend has risen in Los Angeles: we are currently dealing with a (wonderful) rash of Francophilia.
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.
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.
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.
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.