Whether it's our impending obsession with veils and turbans or our "global quest for decadence," Li Edelkoort knows what's coming. She 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. And you might not believe what she sees on the horizon.
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For years, Mattel has worked to grow beyond Barbie. One strategy was growth through acquisition. Ivy Ross's strategy is to inspire innovation -- to reinvent how the world's number-one toy company designs its toys.