Take inspiration from other cultures is something that often happens in fashion. It’s easy to see how creative stimulation can be drawn from the various ethnic groups that surround us, and it seems that this influence is likely to grow more and more. This summer the ethnic trend, however, does not focus on just one part of the world or people (in the past just remember the Aztec or the Far-East or Indian patterns?), but ranges from different cultures, leading to a wide range of exotic patterns and ideas applied to garments traditionally “Western”. This trend is well suited to a current wardrobe, especially after the great attention that fashion has already had for the prints.
The simplicity of Bottega Veneta has turned into a variety of garments inspired by medieval tunics of England (Robin Hood style). The collection has made use of warm colors, textured fabrics such as velvet or suede, and the lacing cross in place of buttons, reinforcing the feeling of ethnic collection. V-neck, oversized garments, pants mid-thigh.
Other designers were slightly lower with ethnic influences. E. Tautz has borrowed references from cMoroccan, Sudanese and Abyssinian clothing, but applying them in a more sober. Alleviating the ethnicity, the brand has played primarily on very strong colors.
Missoni, whose inspiration came from South-East Asia, has focused instead on different variations of terracotta and earth tones. The collection also includes ethnic patterns applied to jumpers and knitted short-sleeved V-neck.