By Wendy Donahue, Tribune Newspapers
June 18, 2013
Gypsy-meets-jet-set style — gypset — heats up like the sun every summer.
Ethnic-inspired motifs rise with it.
Dolce & Gabbana worked raffia, macrame and kitschy prints from Domenico Dolce's native Sicily into dresses, sandals and jewelry for spring.
Mary Katrantzou did a world tour of ethnic prints with a collection inspired by postage stamps and bank notes. Tracy Reese riffed on ikat and combined animal and geometric prints. Beyond the runway, the luxury brand Figue (pronounced fig) uses beading and fringe in a thoroughly modern way for globe-trotting sophistication. Vibrant stripes inspired by and woven in Ethiopia sweep across breezy cotton tops and dresses from Lemlem (lemlem.com), a collection conceived by model Liya Kebede, a native of that African country.
Fashionistas are slipping on beaded footwear from Pikolinos' Maasai Project (pikolinos.com) or strappy Ancient Greek Sandals (ancient-greek-sandals.com) and ringing their wrists in bracelets from Gypsies + Debutantes.
The look for less
This summer ethnic prints are available at all price points. For less than $100, Wallis (wallisfashion.com) and Loft (loft.com) render dresses and caftans in ethnic motifs. H&M (hm.com) puts tribal touches on swimwear.
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