Ethnic accents continue to be a strong presence in fashion, merging into a globetrotter look. Spring 2008 means the revival of Asian influences brought forward into an eclectic mix: obi-style belts at Alessandro Dell'Acqua, variations on the Mao collar at 6267, Max Mara and Prada (and not only), silky fabrics, dragon prints and calligraphic motifs, kimono tops, caftan coats and cheongsam dresses. Designers took all this traditional elements from Chinese, Japanese, and Korean culture and created feminine, relaxed looks.
Left to right: 6267, Alessandro Dell'Acqua and Malo.
Down: Rubin Singer, Martin Grant, MaxMara, Yohji Yamamoto and Prada.
Tribal patterns, with primarily bold Afro prints in black, white and yellow-ochre, are another strong theme for spring 2008 fashion. Loose tunics, flowing maxi dresses or tight and flirty short dresses, mini skirts in colorful prints are teamed with chunky, straps platform sandals and turban-like head wear.
Left to right: Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, Etro and Just Cavalli.
Down: Just Cavalli, Ohne Titel, Oscar de la Renta and Tracy Reese.