If you sit at my desk what you will see is a collage of many images with ethnic styles, bright and colorful clothes and designs that inspire me on a constant basis. For me this is a reminder to always be creative and not shy away from a different way of thinking and creative. It is very easy to conform to the norm in design. With this post I really wanted to try something creative and different. For some it might be outrageous to wear such clothes but why does it have to be? Sometimes I would get a comment "How is it practical to wear this in the city?".
How can it not be practical? Fashion for me and for many of my readers means to express ones personality and show it on the outside with the help of clothes. What you wear really is linked with your personality, creativity is shown this way and the type of person you are. Clothes are important for this reason, they represent who we are. When you first greet someone on the street your mind reads what they wear without you even being aware of this, your mind forms a mental picture of them and like it or not it jumps to a conclusion of them. People are very visual! This is how we communicate, even most of our communication to one another is only %20 Oral, the other %80 is body language.
For a long time I have loved bright colored clothes with intricate textile patterns, cuts that defy the norm and combinations that you do not see in urban surroundings. Tibet, as the South Americas, Nepal, Yun Nan of China and many others of an "ethnic" background styled countries have always been inspirational to many artists, designers. If it is in fashion or in costume design for film, each designer has a catalogue of research on This style. This type of Style shows a warm and friendly character of the person. Color affects the mood, Dark and gloomy colors bring down our moods at times as a overcast day full rain and win. On the opposite scale, if you are surrounded by bright colors let's say a blue sky, dark blue ocean with a soft breeze caressing your cheek whilst your eyes feast upon the surroundings of people and your ears swim in sounds of latin folk music (classical guitar). This was the experience had in South of France, Nice. Clothes are the same. I wish more people were Brave to take to the streets in bright clothes in a ethnic style. Experiment! Make your own or mix from existing clothes. Be brave and wear what you want, without worry of what others things as most of the time people are always worried of what others are thinking about "them".
When was walking down the road in Berlin with this outfit, not only did I feel happy and warm, but other people smiled and enjoyed it. It brought joy to their life even for a second to see the outfit stand out with pride amongst a sea of grey jackets, black coats, and desaturated colors. It reminded me of the Little girl from "Schindler's List",, wearing her Bright red Coat amongst the black and white surroundings.
Be Brave, Bring color to yourself and others!
Hat by H&M
Scarf by J.Crew
Sunglasses by Topshop Unique
old Miao embroidered piece collar
Top by COS
Skirt by Mexican traditional costume
Bag from Vintage shop
Flats by Fin
Illustration by Nancy.Z
Photography by Ajdin.B
References pictures all from National Geographic