As much as I love the Afrocentric styles Nakimuli, Boxing Kitten, Adama Paris, etc. are bringing, I'm somewhat over that look, since it's gone mainstream. In fact, it was one of the reasons I started sewing. A lot of my early sewing/diy projects were inspired by Ashaka (still LOVE her much), SHNY, Catch A Fire & Duro Olowu
I still want to do some clothing with that "ethnic flair," but keep away from the busy, bright, costumey look. I would like to keep the silhouette classic and less of a "statement."
Recent looks by Duro Olowu and Oscar de la Renta are giving me some good guidelines on how to keep it low-key and sophisticated.
Here are my Toned Down "Tribal" guidelines:
- Go for prints with fewer colors and with less contrast
- Pair ethnic & classic (like the simple black skirt and trousers below, a tweed jacket like above, or LACE!)
- Add leather! (or faux)
- Mix prints in the same color scheme or pair bright with muted.
- Go for non-exaggerated silhouettes - no pointy/puffy shoulders, no excessive drape, no ruching.