One of my favorite trends that I am seeing for 2011 is an emphasis on global reality. People are finally starting to look outside of the US and Europe to have a better understanding and connection to the world at large. We’ve seen this trend slowly emerge in film and television through social awareness campaigns. Small signs have appeared in fashion in the past few years with tribal and African prints appearing on the runways.
What I love most about this trend in regard to fashion is the color and print inspiration that is drawn from other countries such as Peru, Guatemala, Morocco, India and Africa. These cultures thrive on color and unexpected print combinations and do so out of complete raw expressionism. We saw alot of this type of inspiration on the Spring runways and it is one of the main trends I am thrilled to jump on board with when styling my wardrobe for the season.
I recently stumbled upon a Moroccan artist by the name of Mounir Fatmi who currently lives and works in Paris, France. The work he showed at Art Basel this year connects with the same global influence and directly addresses the current events of our world. Fatmi’s work “constructs visual spaces and linguistic games that aim to free the viewer from their preconceptions of politics and religion, and allows them to contemplate these and other subjects in new ways.”
When I saw his work, I noticed a direct connection to Spring fashion in terms of color and ethnic print fusion.
Notice the same influence in prints and colors from the Spring 2011 runways below.
I know there will be more influences for Fall, as Proenza Schouler just showed their Pre-Fall 2011 collection that had a similar feel of mixed ethnic prints and bright colors.