A few weeks ago at Fashion Rio, I overheard a neologism that although might resemble Mary Poppins’ “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” quirk, appeared to me like the perfect description of the fall/winter 2012’s it-trend. The so-called neo urban ethnic craze transcended geographical boundaries and encouraged brands like Balmain, Missoni and Proenza Schouler to search for inspiration in African and tribal patterns when developing their collections. Mixing up geometrical patterns from different cultures with cosmopolitan fits — such as boyfriend blazers and tight mini skirts – is the key to create the ideal neo urban ethnic vogue.
However, when I spotted today’s Fashionista, ‘neo’ was certainly the last word that crossed my mind. Although she was wearing the ultimate fashion yell when it comes to trends, her ethnic-printed coat was the key piece of a vintage-inspired look that assorted references through the decades. Bangs that could have easily jumped out of an Easy Rider’s scene, innocent ‘60s denim dress and a ‘90s red leather bag make this Fashionista a master in the global — and historical — mix.
Follow this vintage globe-trotter’s path by cinching an airy dress with an ethnic-printed belt from ASOS, or adding an H&M’s flower power fringed bag to your outfit. If you want to escape from the ordinary jeans like today’s Fashionista, pair your favorite wide-legged pants with an Urban Outfitters tribal-patterned cardigan or your boyfriend jeans shirt over an UO’s mini skirt. The final touch? Colorful feathers that bring the ‘70s vibe back and can accessorize everything from your bag to your hair.