JUST AS PICASSO DREW ON AFRICAN SCULPTURE TO DISRUPT A CONFORMIST EUROPEAN PERCEPTION OF FORM, SO ARE DESIGNERS CURRENTLY FINDING INSPIRATION IN ETHNIC TEXTURES, PATTERNS AND SILHOUETTES, CREATING EXCITING NEW LOOKS HEAVY WITH FUN AND EXPERIMENTAL TEXTURES.
Proenza Schouler’s amazing feather-mesh dress seems to defy the laws of physics in delicately refusing to disassemble as it gently envelopes it’s wearer in a mysterious layer of ethnic avant-garde. Feathers also feature prominently in Givenchy’s fascinating ostrich feather-trimmed gown contrasting the simple jersey top and tribal ear-decorations perfectly. Esteban Cortazar also appropriates tribal aesthetics in crafting his snakeskin bandage crop top featuring a silver metallic underside that has been worked into the design to great effect. Valentino, Bottega Veneta and Alberta Ferretti draw from ethnic patters that are given a further edge with a few delicate tribal touches, such as tassel trims, long-fur collars or Grecian necklines, while Balmain and Rochas work with stitching and thread work to create looks fit for the modern amazon. The tribal elements that are dominating the spring aesthetic are captivating and exciting, allowing all to experience their own personal wild side.
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