The Dutch-born Li Edelkoort, 58, is the oracle behind Trend Union, the go-to source for trend forecasting for the fashion, beauty, retail, automotive, consumer-electronics, and interior-design industries. She counts Philips Electronics, Nissan and Donna Karan among her 1,500-plus international clients. "People think I am some mystic or gypsy," says Edelkoort. "What I really do is pay attention."

Farms, androgyny, animal husbandry, and modernist architecture are all on their way back. "Once again, we'll want to live in a box, because it makes us feel calm and organized."

Rural will rule and cities will be countrified, with vertical agriculture, parks and landscaping. "Food in the city will be better than in the country."

Covering up with veils and layers will be cool again, and not just because it's autumn. "We'll show much less skin. Between fundamentalist and fashionista there will be no difference. Which is the beginning of the cure of our differences."

Goodbye lofts, baseball caps and square plates. Edelkoort says you are finished. She also nixes reality. "We will crave fiction, fantasy."

The globe-trotting Edelkoort, whom Time magazine named one of the world's "25 Most Influential People in Fashion," has agents on five continents feeding trend information back to the company's mothership in Paris. Her influence can be seen in any American mall, and you won't be seeing flashy styles anymore. "The period of too much bling is over, but sparkle will be part of the picture."

The pumped-up look for guys is passé. "I saw a billboard of David Beckham selling underwear. It looked so old. Men should stop working out."

If the U.S. was her client, Li Edelkoort would advise: "For one thing, it's an American misconception that everything should be big and in numbers. I went to Crate & Barrel and wanted some stuff for my new apartment, and everything was too big. Every bowl was like a salad bowl, every mug like a vase, every wineglass like a pitcher. It's unappealing."

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The Dutch-born Li Edelkoort, 58, is the oracle behind Trend Union, the go-to source for trend forecasting for the fashion, beauty, retail, automotive, consumer-electronics, and interior-design industries. She counts Philips Electronics, Nissan and Donna Karan among her 1,500-plus international clients. "People think I am some mystic or gypsy," says Edelkoort. "What I really do is pay attention."

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