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Outfit to Fitout: TRIBAL is ‘it’ on the runways this season, and for interiors too


Outfit to Fitout - interiors inspired by fashion on The Unexpected Chic

Fashion and interiors trends are linked in so many ways, and often change and evolve in rhythm with eachother. You can spot similar patterns and colours evolving when you look in the windows of high street shops, flip through Vogue’s runway report pages, or browse a home furnishings store’s website. That’s what this series is all about – looking at those trends and seeing how different creative genres inspire and influence each other.

A big one I’ve noticed lately is the TRIBAL trend. This has been around for a few years, creeping in slowly, starting with haute couture and then appearing on the high street, but only in the past few months have I noticed it really popping in furniture and decor as well!

Outfit to Fitout: the tribal trend crosses from fashion to interiors on The Unexpected Chic

Collage by The Unexpected Chic. {image sources: dollsofindia.com, flickriver.com, hauteonamission.onsugar.com, patternobserver.com, shopnastygal.com, silkroadtribal.com, spoonflower.com, tribal-bellydance.be}

Now of course the term ‘tribal’ is used as a broad brushstroke here, to cover any kind of ethnically-inspired prints, shapes, techniques or textures. It covers a hodgepodge of inspirations from African, Middle Eastern, Pacific, Central Asian, South American and Native American cultures, colliding to create an awesome visual cacophony.

According to The Telegraph’s fashion column, the tribal trend has ‘grown up’ this season for Spring 2012, becoming more refined and elegant in its interpretations. These pieces are no longer the gaudy, frivolous fare of summer, but rather more subtle and wearable. I think this is why the trend has now entered the interiors market in a stronger way, since people see it as more approachable and mainstream now that it has been around for a few seasons.

Keep reading to see some key elements of the tribal trend, and how it is mirrored across the lines of fashion and interiors. Some great ideas for how to incorporate it into your home as well!

Outfit to Fitout: tribal trend on the Unexpected Chic

{Dress from Donna Karan SS12 Collection, cushion from wisteria.com}

Outfit to Fitout: tribal trend on the Unexpected Chic

{dress from Derek Lam collection shown at Resort 2012, image from varnishid.blogspot.com}

Outfit to Fitout: tribal trend on the Unexpected Chic

{rug from westelm.com, outfit from needsupply.com}

Outfit to Fitout: tribal trend on the Unexpected Chic

{dress from Donna Karan Spring 2012, interior from linenhousesa.blogspot.com}

Outfit to Fitout: tribal trend on the Unexpected Chic

{skirt from Ionee on Pinterest, interior from oraclefox.blogspot.com}

Outfit to Fitout: tribal trend on the Unexpected Chic

{outfits from Burberry collection shown at Resort 2012, interior from 4.bp.blogspot.com}

Outfit to Fitout: tribal trend on the Unexpected Chic

{bedspread from karboojeh.blogspot.com, outfit from Missoni collection shown at Resort 2012}

Outfit to Fitout: tribal trend on the Unexpected Chic

{interiors from abigailahern.wordpress.com, shoe from Donna Karan Spring 2012}

Stay tuned for a shopping feature to help you find the best ways to add a tribal touch to your home! Hope you’ve enjoyed, leave a comment or tweet me @magnoliahillint!

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One thought on “Outfit to Fitout: TRIBAL is ‘it’ on the runways this season, and for interiors too

  1. Pingback: Trend Spotlight: Our shopping finds to bring on the tribal beat « the unexpected chic

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