What brilliant minds and indescribable talents like Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent and plenty other amazing fashion visionaries understood was that fashion isn’t just a piece of clothing we put on our backs but rather a piece of iconography, a testimonial to a person’s individuality and sensuality which would, otherwise, stay locked and chained within. This is why their pieces are timeless and forever inspiring.
Tastes are different, styles vary, individual reactions to trends are plenty and we are all living with it, trying to figure out who we are and what style suits us best; however, with fast fashion and fast trends we’re witnessing in recent years, one may get stuck in their own fashion-belief system confused with what’s to be liked and what despised.
One of the recent trends that’s caught everyone’s attention and caused a bit of drama, too – is the trend inspired by ethnic cultures. At the first glance, the trend does look exotic, ethno-quintessential and different to the typical Western washed out vibe but its inclusion in the fashion world has caused much drama among those whose heritage was mimicked through patterns proclaiming a trend rather than celebrating a culture and history of a particular people. Still, despite this fuss and semi-negativity about it, the ethnic style has survived, making us believe it’s more of an ode to beauty than a disposable trend. And, in all honesty – we are absolutely mesmerized with it!
Here’s what’s caught our eye the most:
Sensual, exotic and inspiring, African prints have found a way into fashion successfully and have inspired major international brands and numerous famous designers like Burberry, Proenza Schouler, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, etc. and a lot of celebs to embrace the trend, celebs like Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and plenty others.
Obviously, stripes and polka dots are no longer a major thing in fashion as they were so easily pushed out from the throne by the daringness of bold and colorful African prints. The trend reflects the excitement, adventurous spirit and the thrill of a far away land, so exceptionally unique in all its ways.
Designers have worked hard to form a perfect union of both urban and jungle vibes, by giving the newly found exotic edge to African prints; the urban vibe is shown through modern cuts and silhouettes, and additionally emphasized accessories complementing the urban, simple cuts.
Africa is known for fantastic jewelry, statement body piercings and unique accessories such as hairpieces, turbans, and head wraps, and these too are very much included as part of African-inspired fashion.
Asian traditional clothing has served as inspiration for modern needs and they’ve been successfully included into the modern-day wear. The pieces inspired by Asia often evoke the feeling of serenity and calm, just as the whole Asian culture does; the fashion pieces are layered and belted, embroidered with origami flowers and other motifs and ooze exquisite femininity and sophistication. Judo jackets, asymmetric cut dresses, kimonos, samurai and geisha-inspired pieces and even some Mongolian outfits (long fur, dark colors) are becoming major trends.
Native American vibes
Cuts, patterns, and silhouettes inspired by Native America is very much loved and embraced by the wide audiences. Even though this particular trend has caused much drama (many with NA heritage have voiced against it, calling it “shameful” and “insulting” to mimic a culture for banal fashion purposes), Native style is one of the most loved by the fashion knowledgeable. Its vibe is reminding of boho chic and it’s easily paired up with modern pieces and inspiring hairstyles (as it’s clearly taking away the blend feel and making it exciting), as well as easily worn regardless of one’s size and shape.