Fashion Emulating Current Affairs

 

Behind the Scenes at London Fashion Week. ©Makeda Scille 2010

Behind the Scenes at London Fashion Week. ©Makeda Scille 2010

The ethnic trend is not a new one and neither is the mixing of cultures. What is new, however, is the amount of coverage this trend is getting this season. Multi-cultural inspired pieces are everywhere! Open a magazine, walk past a store window, turn on the tv. You can see strong African roots mixed with various cultures such as (but not limited to) Hawaiian, Nomadic or Asian influences.

Kenzo. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Kenzo. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

"Vertical Change" by Bjorn Copeland. Image courtesy of Bjorn Copeland.

"Vertical Change" by Bjorn Copeland. Image courtesy of Bjorn Copeland.

I am seeing newspaper articles on how America is fast becoming a multi-cultural society, not in the sense that there are many races or cultures residing in the States but that much of the population is of mixed backgrounds. A form that requires you to check ‘White American’, ‘Afro American’ or Latino simply won’t suffice. We are too diverse a nation to be confined to boxes, so why should our wardrobes be any different. Embrace the world around you!

-Makeda

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