Clockwise, from left to right: Naeem Khan, Etro, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tanvi Kedia, Alberta Ferretti, Sanchita, Anupama Dayal, BCBG MaxAzria, Valentino, Kenzo, Isabel Marant
The hippie uniform goes haute this season as designers draw cultural references from all over the world. Looking like a well-seasoned traveller is easy-peasy this summer. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino, Isabel Marant, Sanchita and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Kenzo, among others, evoked a gypsy spirit for their S/S 2016 collections. Think an eclectic mix of indigenous prints, free-flowing fringe and edgy embellishment, strappy leather sandals and jangly jewels.
At Isabel Marant, it looked like the models had trekked through Rajasthan with dhoti pants, embroidered robes and peasant tops. The Kenzo woman went searching for an endless summer in their signature prints and chunky, enamelled necklaces. Valentino fused Italy and Africa with Modernist lines, suede trims, white ceramic jewellery and gladiator shoes.
Etro and Alberta Ferretti presented a pretty picture with delicate motifs and breezy dresses worn with prairie blouses, while Anupama Dayal and Tanvi Kedia’s patterned dresses made chic airport companions. But if you’re looking to go pro, wear a mashup of cultures like BCBG MaxAzria and Diane Von Furstenberg.
Photographs: Gulshan Sachdeva, Imaxtree.com/Alessandro Lucioni (Runway), Davide Gallizio (Backstage)