Saturday, November 7, 2009

Get the Look: Neo-Amazon Warrior

Sorry for the failtastic lack of postage yesterday. I'm making up for it by blogging on a Saturday.

One of the big trends on the runway for Spring/Summer 2010 was a culmination of the tribal and space-agey movements that have been going on for awhile into a sort of Neo-Amazon warrior look. It fuses organic prints, rough and arts and crafty trims, rich colors, and statement jewelry for outfits that are equal parts glam and sporty.

Yigal Azrouel Resort
, Givenchy, Versace, Balenciaga, Herve Leger, Proenza Schouler: Here are some of my favorite examples of the trend, especially Givenchy (love Lara Stone) and Balenciaga (he always does neo-tribal chic).

Diane Von Furstenberg Marketta Tank Top, $198 at, VPL Cincher Midi Skirt, $395 at, Foley + Corinna Zipper Bag, $389 at The trim on this tank is made out of feathers and studs. FEATHERS AND STUDS. It's equal parts hard edged and rainforest parrot, strong and delicate, it totally negates the need for any kind of necklace, and it's just so unexpected. I'd tuck it into this high-waisted skirt from VPL. The elastic banding at the waist is very space age (and totally waist slimming), I love the black and white contrast that ties back to the Givenchy and Balenciaga looks, and there's a fab exposed zipper at the back. If you left the tank loosely tucked into the skirt, there would be a lovely play on volume between the drape of the soft jersey tank and the structure of the waistband of the skirt. I know the bag adds a lot of black to an already very dark outfit, but I think it works because it's so structured and the leather has a bit of a sheen, so there's a really nice mix of textures between the leather, the feathers, and the elastic going on. The zippers are very strong and futuristic, and balanced out nicely by the boho feel of the fringed zipper pulls.

Landver Woven Chain Bracelet, $50 at, Velvet Angels Barbuto Three Strap Booties, $295 at, Gara Danielle Double Stone Turquoise Ring, $198 at This bracelet is such a perfect example of this trend. The woven structure is very homegrown and crafty, but the chain texture is so industrial. There's something very offbeat and eyecatching about it, and I think it would help balance out all the detail at the neckline. With a tank top and a mini skirt, you need a strong shoe to anchor the outfit. I love these because they have the effect of a bootie from the front, but the side cutouts and the peep toe make it much more flattering. The buckles are just the icing on the cake. I think this ring is so awesome. The color ties back to the feathers on the tank, the shapes of the rocks are so organic, and the double stone is so weird and yet so right at the same time.

Image Sources:
Yigal Azrouel:, Givenchy:,Versace:, Balenciaga:, Herve Leger:, Proenza Schouler:, DVF tank:, VPL skirt:, Foley + Corinna bag:, Landver bracelet:, Velvet Angels bootie:, Gara Danielle ring:

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