Any chance A&F will "wake up" after the current trend wears old?
No. I think some people are missing the point here. They didn't change their product per se to meet a specific fashion trend; they actively chose to change their product in general
by changing their target audience. That's the big shift here. They now make clothes for young people. That's the change. I'm not sure what you all mean when you talk about specific "trends" and imply that when these clothing trends end, you will see A&F returning to its roots. That's not what's going on here. Certainly, the trend in young people's clothing will change, but all that means is that A&F, if they continue with their current (extremly lucrative) business model, will adjust their designs for young people accordingly. However, the "trend" of young people wearing different clothing than older people will, unfornately, never wear old. Thus, a change in fashion for teenagers and 20 year olds isn't going to make A&F go back to making boots and camping gear... It's jut going to make them make a different kind of tight girls tanktop and cargo jeans.