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The Tribe Has Spoken

The Tribe Has Spoken

One trend that seems to never go away and stick longer than it was expected to has to be the tribal mix. It started off with a few ikat print pieces from Gucci SS2010 collection and futuristic warrior-inspired pieces at Balenciaga by Nicholas Ghesquire from the same season. Dries Van Noten also set the tone for this trend with their very own quirky color-block seperates. Be prepared for more tribal takeover as it is one of the biggest trends to hit the runway for Fall 2011.

Dries Van Noten

But what does it mean really? Well tribal look is all about bold eccentric prints and colors with inspiration mostly derived from African, Asian or Native American tribal costumes. But the look keeps changing each season and there’s nothing costume-y about the tribal trend this season as everything has been modernized. A-listers like Rihanna, Carey Mulligan, Mary-Kate Olsen and Zoe Saldana  are huge fans of the trend.


Tribal-chic Rihanna on the cover of Cosmopolitan

Isabel Marant

As for the coming season of Fall 2011, the look has been dominating the runways of Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, Isabel Marant and Marc Jacobs. Thakoon RTW Fall 2011 collection was highly inspired by African loud and busy prints while Isabel Marant gave totally different interpretation on the trend with Native American ponchos and knits worn with tassel boots. Proenza Schouler combined the look with ultra-modern silhouette and fresher vibes with tailored jackets and leather tops.

Proenza Schouler

Aesa brass choker, Isabel Marant feather necklace and Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch

So how to rock this trend and get way ahead of the fashion pack? Always wear minimal make-up and slick-back hair to avoid the bush-women comparison. Although it was all heavy print and color-clashing mix seen on the runway, it might not always work in  real life. Try perhaps only two different prints at one time. You also have to choose between tribal statement jewelries or tribal-print dresses because you can’t rock both at one time.

Now let’s go tribal!

Source: hautefasionafrica.com, elle.com

Photos: marieclaire.com, style.com

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