FASHION FROM ABROAD: Azteca and Chain Links

Fashion From Abroad

One my favorite trends to emerge over the course of the last twelve months has been the bold geometric patterns printed on apparel and accessories alike. My biggest fashion nod regarding tribal print has to go to Donna Karan’s spring 2012 ready to wear collection — she presented us with striking color contrasts and intercepting shapes that demanded our gaze. Inspired by Haitian art and culture, she transformed those lively contours to fit a contemporary line of apparel that captured a similar aesthetic, but with an urban touch.

Tribal print is a loud statement which can make a rather bland outfit extraordinary, but just as quickly wreak havoc on your vision. A big reason I think that people may feel a slight aversion to adorning elaborate style pieces like the one featured on this Fashionista, Karli, is that it can overwhelm your look. However, with the right alchemy of shapes, colors and hues like we see on Karli Jones, you can achieve a very appealing flow of fabric. What really brings this outfit together is the way that the burgundy denim gives the right amount of color and contrast to her cream cardigan.  Mixing neutrals like black and cream with a darker hue like burgundy, navy or emerald is almost always a safe combination. The key here is moderation without fear to give your look a bit of edge — neutral colors against a bold pattern, or vivid colors paired with cool tones.

Chains and links have made their way back into the spotlight as statement pieces, but I especially love them on this Fashionista’s Eliot Lucca bag. This kind of detailing can give even the most modest Fashionista/o a touch of edge without being over the top.  Although chains are associated with darker style choices, this year we’ve seen it take the bag industry by storm — from the iconic Chanel lambskin bag or the more modern Kate Spade satchels, you can bet that chains will be hanging from the shoulders of many Fashionistas for seasons to come.

Spotted: Donna Karan crowned Haiti as her 2012 muse, which is a great combination of philanthropy and style.

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