Curious Trends


Folk inspired fashion and accessories

The Navajo Indian theme has been popular over the summer. Next year will bring more quirky takes on the folksy flavour - and the ethnic mix with span far and wide, with folk cultures from all over the world being represented. This trend is characterized by an earthy, handmade feel - with hand painting, mosaic detailing, plaiting, fringing and hand-dyed fabrics. Street style clothing also reflects the trend, with urban upcyclers like Dr Noki adopting folk inspired methods and designs.

Whilst native American Indian bags and accessories will continue to be fashionable, coming seasons styles may well emanate from as far afield as Mexico, South America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Polynesia.

One of the more unusual folk inspired looks is this elaborate hair headdress, which has the appearance of a giant corn dolly. Headbands and feather headdresses are likely to be more commonly spotted on the streets.

Traditional techniques and patterns include those seen on the strap of a shoulder bag from Venezuela (above), on Cobra Society’s collection of boots and on Brokenfab’s jewellery and hair accessories (see below).

Look out for fringing, tassels and coins on jewellery and belts – as spotted on Akong London’s necklaces and earrings by Fiona Paxton and Erickson Beamon (see below).

Funky folk fashions also feature printed and hand painted fabrics, fringing and tribal style belts. Colours include a brown, cream and mustard mix, alongside more vibrant beetle coloured shades – red, blue, purple, yellow, orange and lime green.

On the high street, Monsoon’s folk fashion heritage will pay off.

In underground circles, Dr Noki’s handcrafted upcycled creations have the edge.

Folk designs from ethnic and ethically aware clothing suppliers will be at a premium – like these hand printed kaftans from Egypt.

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