Adobe: Covid Fueled Online Shopping. Now 2022 Looks Like Another Banner Year.

Illustration by Elias Stein

Text size

Now we know: Americans are hooked on buying a lot of stuff online. A new study says U.S. consumers will spend a record $1 trillion in online shopping in 2022. The study, part of the


Digital Economy Index series, noted that consumers shelled out $1.7 trillion online since the pandemic began, from March 2020 through February 2022, almost triple combined 2018 and 2019 online sales of $609 billion.

Adobe estimated 2021 U.S. online sales at $885 billion, up 9% from $813 billion in 2020, which in turn soared 41% from $575 billion in 2019. Adobe also found that prices rose for 21 consecutive months—as inflation grew more severe. In 2020, Adobe says, incremental online spending over 2019 totaled $237.9 billion, including $4.7 billion due to higher prices. More startling was that of the $72.2 billion of incremental spending in 2021, $22.2 billion reflected

Read More

The Year Ahead: Beauty’s Cautious Recovery

This article first appeared in The State of Fashion 2022, an in-depth report on the global fashion industry, co-published by BoF and McKinsey & Company. To learn more and download a copy of the report, click here.

Consumers cut spending on discretionary items amid Covid-19 stay-at-home restrictions, and sales of beauty products plunged. In 2020, global sales fell 15 percent from $538 billion in 2019 to $458 billion. In 2021, as lockdowns ease, the sector is close to reversing that fall. A 13 percent increase in sales to $518 billion is projected for 2021 and, in 2022, sales should top 2019 levels.

Asia Pacific and North America should be the first regions to completely recover 2019 sales performance, followed by Europe, while Latin America, the Middle East and Africa will take longer. China, where the beauty market continued to grow during the pandemic, will pick up speed, fuelled by

Read More

DIY spa treatments let you greet the new year beautifully

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is always a good time for chilling at home. Barely anyone is working full hours, everyone needs a break from the holiday frenzy, and this year, omicron is giving us yet another reason to hibernate for a bit.

But we could also use some serious pampering and self-care right now, too. So why not combine the best of both and bring the spa to your own home. Now’s the time to get out your favorite face masks, and hair and body treatments — and if you don’t have any handy, then whip some right up. These three super easy DIY recipes and treatments for face, hair and body will freshen you up for the year ahead.

Honey’s known for its anti-inflammatory properties – perfect for use in a calming face mask. (Photo Metro Creative Services)

Face: An Oatmeal & Honey Face Mask

Read More

The 50 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Year: Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Justin Beiber, and More

The year has been packed with unforgettable fashion. Of course, one of the most memorable and Instagrammed events was September’s Met gala. Among the flashiest dressed stars was Lil Nas X, who wore three outfits, including a metallic gold suit and a bedazzled jumpsuit. A glammed-out Billie Eilish and dapper Frank Ocean made the event even more unbelievably chic.

Cardi B shone on Instagram this past year, whether she was showing off her Hermès Birkin collection or purchasing a home in full leopard print. One of the most standout moments was when the rapper traveled to Paris in an electric green Richard Quinn jumpsuit and visited the Arc de Triomphe.

Other memorable ’grams included Marc Jacobs’s snapshot of his power lunch with Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons; Justin Beiber getting in touch with his tender side and wearing a charming necklace of playful baubles with a black suit; and

Read More