Tribal / Ethnic Trend: Spring/Summer 2009

Tribal themes can be seen with the strong use of animal prints at Christopher Kane, in cheetah and leopard print tops, combined with geometric shaped skirts in earthy hues such as grass green. Turbans also crop up again and again, another simple way to update your wardrobe for this season's fascination with global fashion.

An African feel is also apparent in the Egyptian style drapery and sheer neutral toned fabrics at Paul Smith and Max Azria, which give the ensemble a regal chic reminiscent of Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra. Further majesty can be seen in the flowing kaftans at Reem Arca and Gucci in dusty gold and sapphire blue respectively.

Sensuality is also prevalent in these globally-inspired collections. Look no further than the use of the sheer trend, with semi-transparent fabrics, at Proenza Schouler to see what I am talking about. On the other hand, Safari style practicality is another recurring theme, seen with the re-worked and practical jump suits in neutral tones at Ralph Lauren and Lacoste.

To pull off this look you need to pick one of the outlined themes and stick to it - don't wear a sheer jumpsuit with a leopard print cardigan! For the daytime, the animal print look of Christopher Kane is a safe bet, as is the Safari casual, with beige shorts and simple sandals. Obviously, these will work best in summer and might look a bit out of place in the winter. The regal side of the trend is perfect for evening wear, with sheer flowing fabrics draped to perfection. It couldn't be easier. That said, avoid tribal overkill by keeping accessories to a minimum, and footwear appropriate - don't combine a maxi with 6 inch platform heels!


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