Fashion for 2011: Tribal TrendEnjoy Fashionistas! Designers take a grown-up approach to the tribal trend inthis year’s Resort collections. A few years into its life, the tribal trend has come of ageand the likes of Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen and Christopher Bailey forBurberry Prorsum made the 2012 Resort season its graduation ceremony. Ethnicprints, beads and shells were all present to see their baby grow up into a more gentleand subtle creature, albeit one who still knows how to bring the wow factor.Alexander McQueen Resort 2012
Alexander McQueen Resort 2012Sarah Burton used a touch of tribal across her smart and sober olive green and blackjackets in her romantic utility-inspired collection for Alexander McQueen. Brownand black animal print belts cinched the waists, the jackets themselves decoratedwith over-sized pockets in ethnic patterns, edged with lines of cowry shells, instantlytaking the city to the Souks in a bold, yet wearable, way.
Burberry Resort 2012Christopher Bailey took Burberry’s heritage traditions to Ghana: the bright prints ofpurple and orange geometrics, sat on speckled blues and greens that featured in hisdresses and shirts were inspired by the country’s traditional wax print technique, butthey were most effective when used in a stealthier way, slid under the collars andacross the storm flaps of the label’s signature trench coats. A few feet below, theshoes followed suit; high platform heels were adorned with a few rows of brightbeads, like a tribal necklace for the ankle.
Givenchy Resort 2012But Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci took it all a step further. He gave dazzling florals anethnic spin, edging the bright red Hawaiian print on a green military-style dress withtribal embroidery and splaying white petal patterns around the top of a fitted blackdress like tribal tooth necklace.
Missoni Resort 2012Derek Lam, Thakoon and Missoni all dipped into tribal, too. Lam put Bhutan frontand centre with woven belts and embroidered skirts and brought Thailand homewith him for a scarf-print halter dress, whilst Thakoon’s gypsy themed collectionused tiny florals lined row upon row in zig-zag patterns. Missoni’s collection took thetrend to the shore, where calf-length dresses, skirts and even tote bags had an ethnicskew to their prints.With its continued presence on the high street, as well as on the backs of celebritieslike Beyonce, Rihanna and J-Lo, tribal is here to stay, albeit with some refreshingtwists if Resort 2012 has anything to do with it. Dare we say goodbye to fashion for2011 so soon. Fashion for 2012 is looking strong.