A Tribal Vibe in Fashion & Jewelry – Part Two, The New Safari Style

Alongside the bright multi-color, multi-print versions of tribal style are a variation that starts with the muted hues of safari style. In the March 2011 issue of InStyle magazine, fashion director Cindy Weber Cleary discusses a look she terms “City Safari.” Cleary writes:  “Like the tuxedo and the trench, safari dressing plays on the surprise of seeing a woman in a man’s uniform. The master of the look was Yves Saint Laurent, whose designs from the ‘60s and ‘70s remain classics. These days khaki and olive tones are still king, but there are also tribal and animal prints in the mix.”

Cleary interviewed Simon Kneen, creative director of Banana Republic, the retailer “which popularized the look in the late ‘70s” and suggests, “Add sparkle with a jeweled necklace to dress it up.” Kneen adds, “Safari is utilitarian, so feminine extras are a pretty contrast.” I would have liked to have seen a jeweled necklace with the article. The only jewelry shown in the article is a gold-plated necklace from Rachel Rachel Roy, pictured above.  

The April 2011 issue of InStyle shows this attractive arrangement of accessories with textural interest, stating: “Straw, beads, coins, suede and stones create a blend of textures that brings to mind a glamorous souk.” The jewelry pictured is a Swarovski crystal and metal necklace with coin-like dangles from Made Her Think; a bronze, quartz and garnet ring from Stephen Dweck, and a gold-plated ring from A Peace Treaty.

The March 2011 issue of InStyle highlights what it terms “global edge” in a montage of subdued, safari-inspired hues (except for a bright red ikat print shorts) that includes a silver-plate hematite-plate and thread necklace from Kenneth Cole New York, a metal and Swarovski crystal ring from Ceek (an unexpected choice, given its Art Deco-inspired design); and wood bangles from Monique Leshman. For more on wood designs, see my post of March 24, 2011

Like InStyle, Lucky magazine focuses on the concept of safari style in its February 2011 issue, or more precisely, as described by senior fashion editor Eleanor Strauss, “a glamorous safari—particularly elegant, breezy pieces in a muted palette.”  The vintage image is from the January 1957 issue of Vogue picturing a model in safari-style garb wearing multiple strands of beads. Current designs in jewelry shown are bead necklaces from Stephen Dweck (“Just like ivory, without the ethical problems”), and bamboo bangles from Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz (“I would pile these on with a ton of gold ones for a chic contrast”).

The February 2011 issue of Marie Claire proclaims that: “For night and day, tribal accents and sophisticated neutral tones are key.” A montage featuring actress and model Liya Kebede includes a bracelet from Fenton at Curve and a necklace with multiple tassels from Ann Taylor (another trend I’ll be discussing at length in a future post).

Tribal-inspired jewelry is a perfect way to spearhead fresh looks this season.  

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