THE MODERN NOMAD HAS TAKEN ON THE SHAPE OF A YOUNG AND AFFLUENT CROWD THAT MOVES BETWEEN IBIZA, CAPRI AND MOROCCO AS IF THEY WERE STOPS ON THE NEW YORK SUBWAY. BREAKFAST IN EUROPE, LUNCH IN THE CARIBBEAN AND DINNER ON A YACHT SAILING INTO THE SUN SET CLOSE TO THE AMALFI COAST WOULD BE JUST AN AVERAGE SORT OF DAY. DESIGNERS ARE TAPPING INTO THIS PROXIMITY OF CONTINENTS AND CULTURES FOR THESE HIGH-END GYPSIES, BY LETTING THEIR COLLECTIONS REFLECT A SENSE OF THE EXOTIC, LIKE SOUVENIRS OF AN ADVENTUROUS LIFE.
Alluding to an idea of gypsy life as essentially free-spirited and carefree, the trend is characterized by flowing materials, a bold mix of patterns and layering that radiates a vibe of luxurious freedom and exotic travel. Whether slipping into an Etro dress inspired by oriental carpet patterns or throwing on a Chloe cape, the look combines the glamorous sensibilities of a sophisticated world traveller with the down-to-earth ease of a stylish nomad. Think ethnic elements, textiles, bold colours and patterns infused and layered into your regular wardrobe. Key garments are the fur vest, floor length skirts, loose fitting blouses and trousers and gold accessories. Materials that dominate this look are chiffon, brocade, quilting, embroidery, patchwork and intarsia.
While designer offerings, like the sheer paisley separates at Isabel Marant and floor-length floral dress at Dries van Noten, are fit for any lavish Cote d’Azure soiree, they would just as easily work in the urban breeze of downtown LA. Whisk together luxurious fabrics and accessories with a pinch of orientalism, bohemianism and the zest of being young and free and you are set for turning quite a number of heads as your alluring wardrobe conjures up an air of exotic magic.