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Folkloric Influences

                      

One rich source of inspiration for fashion designers is the vast cultural heritage of all countries around the world. Reinterpreting the folk costume has always been a challenging task and the folk trend comes back to attention every now and then.

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Eastern European rich craft was a big direction last winter, now designers looked for inspiration in warmer landscapes: from Latin America to Asian Islands and back to “corrida” land, beautiful Spain.

Tunic dresses, peasant hats, short kimonos with flowing sleeves make for a chic “back to the nature” look. Main features of this current trend: paisley patterns or border prints with strong bands of colour, lacing, embroidery and piping, smock shapes and square yoke necklines, ruffles, flounces and full sleeves. Handicraft texture is a key word. Also patchwork styled smock frocks at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui bring back the boho chic look. (More about that in a future post).

Ultimately the globe trotter look will continue this trend in the upcoming seasons. Gucci's folkloric purple dresses cinched with triple red belts are going to be a huge hit. They seem to be wearable by any type of silhouette and look great paired with red handbags and high heel strap sandals.

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Roberto Cavalli sent down on the runway glamorous “senoritas” dressed in dramatic long dresses and matador suits teamed with deluxe flip-flops and gold jewelry.

                      
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