A Tribe Called Fashion Quest — A Global Approach To Style
Bing Bang Zuni Charm Bracelet, $57.80. Available at BingBangNYC.com
This season, fashion and jewelry designers are functioning as tour guides, leading us through a journey spanning the entire globe. First stop: a safari through Kenya and Tanzania. To reference the wild, exotic animals in these destinations, they’ve offered us an array of booties, blazers, dresses, scarves, hats and cuffs with zebra stripes, cheetah and leopard spots, and panther silhouettes.
Next, they’re guiding us through Ghana, threading colorful glass beads like those found in Odumase Krabe through metal chains to create stunning statement necklaces and hand-sewing them onto purses, belts, and hemlines. Our final destination in Africa: Egypt, where we’ll experience the grandness of the pyramids and reference ancient hieroglyphics via elaborate triangular shapes.
After our voyage through Africa, we’re embarking on a visual trip to Sri Lanka and India. And, while we might not be physically staring at snake charmers on city sidewalks, we can be enticed by the handbags and jewelry pieces featuring undulating snakes matched with raw stones — all rife with mystery. Then, we’re heading to Tibet, where we’ll walk devoutly into Buddhist temples via the incorporation of prayer beads and age-old amulets in jewelry designs.
Lastly, we’re venturing to South America, visiting the Quechua people in Peru and Bolivia, and then heading to Mexico to learn about Aztec-inspired textiles and patterns.
Below, you’ll find some of our favorite “stops” on this worldwide journey — studded leopard print heels, purple handbags adorned with exotic snakeskin and lush ostrich feathers, and cuffs engraved with elegant cheetahs in mid-stride, among many other tribal-flavored wares. No passport necessary for this global quest!
Giuseppe Zanotti Sculpted Platform Wedge Booties, $1195. Available at Shopbop.com
DANNIJO Marika Necklace, $395. Available at DANNIJO.com
Sass & Bide The Real Thing Printed Dress, $580. Available at Net-A-Porter.com
Skova Cheetah Cuff, $158. Available at SkovaDesign.com
KOTUR JB Renna Leopard Satin Clutch, $350. Available at KOTURltd.com
Rebecca Taylor Purrfect T Dress, $315. Available at RebeccaTaylor.com
Lanvin Leopard Scarf, $730. Available at KirnaZabete.com
Jimmy Choo Mojo Sunglasses, $395. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
Rebecca Taylor Faux Fur Blazer, $695. Available at RebeccaTaylor.com
Matt & Nat Santogold Tiger Purse, $202. Available at Zappos.com
House of Harlow 1960 Gold Tribal Earrings in Coral, $58. Available at ShopKitson.com
Giuseppe Zanotti Dore Sandals, $980. Available at ShopSribali.com
Amrita Singh Inti Necklace, $150. Available at AmritaSignh.com
Rachel Roy Fairwinds Clutch, $79. Available at RachelRoy.com
Pizzutto One-Shoulder Dress, $229.95. Available at Pizzuto.com.au
Oscar De La Renta Green Stone Pendant Necklace, $650. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
Tarnish Asymmetrical Animal Print Fedora, $75. Available at Nordstrom.com
Preen Line Animal Print Tank, $205. Available at NetAPorter.com
Diane Von Furstenberg Marlene Evening Bag, $495. Available at Shopbop.com
Sam Edelman York Studded Heels, $200. Available at Bloomingdales.com
Julia Failey Tiger Hoop Earrings, $95. Available at JuliaFailey.com
Matisse McKee Sandals, $48.92. Available at Endless.com
Amrita Singh Chalchi Necklace in Coral and Turquoise, $250. Available at AmritaSingh.com
Skova Jewelry Snake Bond Necklace, $304. Available at SkovaDesign.com
Daniblack Belinda Sandals, $107.80. Available at Zappos.com
Tryst Fringe Earrings, $58. Available at TrystJewellery.ca
Dolce Vita Amos White Gold Sandals, $87. Available at ShopSribali.com
Old Navy Women’s Exotic Necklace, $4.95. Available at OldNavy.com