ATTENTION CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS: The Aztec/Geo/Tribal trend has gone global! Not that you needed that news flash since the multi-faceted design has erupted around the world. Just give the Manhattan-once-over to your fellow subway patrons, glance over the editorial magazines, or take a scroll through the blogosphere and you’re sure to witness the print’s explosion.
Of course you’ll find the typical photos snapped of rounded beauty Kim Kardashian strolling down the sidewalk dressed in a tight, form-fitting, geometric-print maxi with the slightest hint of color.
And of course there are the troops of angular models clad in brightly-colored armor charging down the runways.
But even more exciting, Aztec/Geo/Tribal is growing in fields of everyday people seen sprouting their sense of appreciation for the international eye-catcher. The evolution of this tri-fold trend has made its way home to craftsmen in South America after circling ‘round the world.
Originally established in the Americas, ancient Mesoamerican architecture with massive structures of stairways and enclaves provided protection and served as temples. The Aztec/Geo/Tribal print of intricate lines and interlocking shapes is testament to that architectural aspect.
Originating in Central and South America during ancient times, the amalgamation of Spanish and New World tribal influences collided; these empires’ influential intersection in a fusion of foods, mixing of music, and amalgamation of art still exists today in the worldly wardrobe staple that is “geo.”
The geo-tribal influence returned to Europe in epic fashion proportions. From London-based designer Matthew Williamson’s fierce focus on “dynamic prints” in his 2009 collection to later collections at L.A.M.B., Missoni, and new-comer Whitney Eve; this pop of print has popped up all over the globe. Head down-under to find an Australian interpretation of the design at The Fashion Niche or to India for a glitzy glimpse of the print on the Bollywood scene.
In the past, tribal clothing served as a means of separation among one’s position in society, but at present, the tribal trend is positioned as a universal unifier. Splashed across everything from couture dresses to commercial mini-skirts, men’s tank-tops, and basically every garment imaginable, the trend has flowed to footwear! And while the general consensus is to style the loud print with classic silhouettes and subtle accessory additions, I say go louder!
Flip this trend around with funky shoes like these Matthew Williamson sandals:
Turn up the hype on mixing prints and wear a pair of Inkkas with your favorite Aztec top for a complimentary combination or just kick-it in some Low Tops with an ethical jean choice and an organic cotton tee.
Personally, I’d pair a pair of Inkkas High Tops with a white linen, ruffled eyelet dress and be one fly señorita.
Only a true trend-setter can pull off Inkkas’ line of sneakers.
The only question is:
are you willing to make the sacrifice?
Inkkas foregoes 10% of its profits to benefit the Amazon rain forest and its collections are hand-made by artisans in Peru. The brand’s fabrics sourced from local regions in beautiful bold patterns is sustainable fashion development at its finest.
Keep the geo trend evolving with a bright step forward in Inkkas’ products.
“Don’t just buy a product, buy a small piece of a better world.”