If you are anything like me, you are dying for Spring to come around so you can finally strut some color! Lucky for us, Pantone has made it simple to update our wardrobes with just the right colors… Check out the Spring 2012 colors and strut your stuff this Spring!
Here are a few of my favorites…
Was chosen color of the year!!! It is provocative, vivacious and will most definitely spice up your outfits.
I absolutely love the maritime look. This blue is classic and will go with every other color in the palette.
radiate warmth and cheer with this yellow…
Mix and match these colors by color-blocking which is another huge trend for Spring. You can always incorporate these colors with accessories. Check out Global Fashionista for some beautiful green accessories.
Which color(s) are you going to wear this Spring? Please share!
Being a fashionista requires one to be on top of the trends. If you love bags as much I do, then you will happy to know that designers are changing things up a bit for 2012. Obviously, that means that you HAVE to get a new bag!!
Knitted Bags have shown up all over the Spring 2012 runways of designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti, Donna Karan, Versus, Proenza Schouler, Marni, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Rebecca Minkoff, just to name a few.
Check out a couple of my favorites!
Dolce Gabbana Spring Runway 2012 Straw Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff Straw Bag
Ralph Lauren Monogrammed Straw Bag Spring 2012
Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 Clutch
Proenza Schouler tweeked by adding chain and fringe – not your typical crochet bag
Michael Kors Spring 2012 Runway Woven Straw Bag
Michael Kors – roomy tote in a natural fabric
Global Fashionista Woven Straw Clutch
Global Fashionista Large Woven Tote
You can find these last two at Global Fashionista
at great prices!
This new take on the traditional knitted/woven bags has transformed them into exotic bags with a tribal flair. Wear then day and night…
The fair trade movement in North America began in 1946 when Edna Ruth Byler, a volunteer with the Mennonite Central Committee, began importing crafts from Puerto Rico and selling them out of her car. In 2008, $1.1 billion of Fair Trade products were sold in the United States. That compares to considerably less than $100 million in 1996.
What brings so many to this movement? They share a passionate belief in fair trade, a fast-spreading phenomenon that aims to give businesses, cooperatives or solo artists in poor or marginalized parts of the world a higher price for what they create and a more direct route into lucrative markets in America, Europe and Asia.
The fair trade movement seems to be a step in the right direction, considering there are 2 billion people on this planet who live on less than $2 a day. It is clear that something must be done in order to provide a better future for these people.
For those of you interested in joining the movement, there are several routes you can take. There are many websites that provide all the necessary information on membership and what is required to receive a fair trade certification.
I personally, have always felt that crafts play an important role in keeping cultures and traditions alive. Since I was very young, my father shared his love for crafts with me, by taking me to many craft fairs in Colombia. I was simply amazed at all the beautiful things these artisans could do with their hands! From leather products, to home goods made of wood, coconut and palm. Every year I looked forward to attending these fairs with my father. In fact, even after I moved to the U.S I still made it a point to coordinate my trips to Colombia with the arrival of a craft fair.
The concept behind my business, Global Fashionista, is precisely to showcase these beautiful and artful pieces which are handcrafted by the very artisans I have admired so long. I feel a tremendous privilege, to get to work with them and learn their craft and the wonderful stories behind each piece. Buyers are drawn to products that apply traditional production techniques and materials to current trends, and so I try to infuse these traditional pieces with current fashion trends.
Overall, there are many ways you can support fair trade. The important legacy behind this movement is the help it brings to so many people around the globe. Schools are built, wells constructed, children attend school, and other signs clearly indicate that the income generated by fair trade sales positively resonate in a community. In intangible ways, one can note the impact of fair trade, as well. Cultural techniques are revived; women become valued members of their societies; alternative production methods preserve biodiversity; small and medium sized enterprises in the developing world increase their capacity. Through this and other evidence we know that lives have been positively changed, because of fair trade.
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!
P.S: Global Fashionista is a great place to start shopping for ethnic-chic pieces and once and for all begin incorporating the ethnic-chic trend into your wardrobe this season! Check out our horn bracelets and our cana flecha handbags!