We have seen it slowly trickle onto the runways, but currently it has become a hot trend worldwide. So what is it exactly?
The ethnic-chic trend consists of strong, graphic prints (black and white graphics mixed with darker prints is a recognizable element) combined with warm, earthy tones (black, browns, deep reds and oranges) and natural accents (straw, wood, bone and horn). The ethnic-chic trend can also be felt in fringe and lots of bold colors and patterns. This look has been seen on the runways for several years now, but recently has exploded in the runways of many top fashion designers like Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton.
Ethnic-chic has become more than just a hot trend-it’s almost become a way of life. It is a new twist on boho chic that is less hippie and more ethnic in nature. This look depends on rich, organic looking fabrics and hand-crafted, folk-inspired pieces from around the globe!
This fashion trend is also labeled “boho chic”, “bohemian”, or “tribal chic” by fashionistas. Bohemian is a word for gypsy, signifying an exotic or wild origin.
So why is this trend catching on? I am of the personal belief that we live in a world that is more global in nature. With the internet and other technological advances of recent times and the ease with which we travel, many are becoming aware of the beauty that lies in cultural diversity.
Generation Y is the most racially diverse population in the nation’s history. “We’re seeing more of a desire for the exotic, left-of-center beauty that transcends race or class,” said Amy Barnett, People magazine’s managing editor. It “represents the new reality of America, which includes considerable mixing,” she added. “It is changing the face of American beauty.”
Dare to be bold! Dare to be different! Find ways of incorporating this trend into your style!
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