Showing posts with label gypsy fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gypsy fashion. Show all posts

Thursday, 16 April 2015

How to wear fringes

According to dictionary "Fringe" is an ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels 
or twists, used to edge clothing or material. 
It has always been en vogue, but this year runways were full of fringed clothing and accessorises. 
Wearing fringes is not a dificult task, however our usual advice to boho novices would be "the less is better". You need to master your skills of combining fringed items with normal ones. With too much fringes you risk to look like a hero of the Western movie. 
We suggest you using more fringed accessorises or cover ups and less fringed clothing. The best would be:

Fringed bag

Festival fringed suede bag

Fringed boots

Ash fringed boots 

Fringed jacket

Boho leather jacket

Fringed shawl

Boho gypsy shawl

Fringed poncho
Ottoman poncho with fringe

Fringed belt

Boho kuchi tribal belt with a fringe

more on fringes you can read in our previous posts here We love fringes 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Effortless Gypset/ Gypsy look

Today we tried to recreate proper gypsy look in contemporary interpretation - what we call Gypset look, which includes long patterned skirt, shawl with a fringe and a cropped top. We didn't include any headdress or hairband on purpose, as it may look too historical, too heavy together with a shawl. Furthermore, as long as there is a pattern on skirt and shawl, only plain top can be used in this look. For the hair you can "put a flower in your hair" (if you go to San Francisco )

Shalom Harlow for Vogue US 1993
Gypset Gypsy Look Gypsy Skirt, Gypsy shawl
Gypsy skirt, Gypsy shawl by Le Lapin Blanc
Festival gypsy peasant skirt by Le Lapin Blanc

In this look:
Long gypsy peasant skirt by Le Lapin Blanc
Silk top by Louis Vuitton 
Extra large gypsy shawl by Le Lapin Blanc
Ibiza coin leather bag 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

St Barth Boho Chic

St Barth - a meccah for movers and shakers, hot spot for celebrities and a setting for beautiful bikini shoots with world famous models. But do you know that island's spirit sets trends for international fashion? Every time people from all over the world gather on this small piece of land for a short period of time over New Year, they leave with style ideas in their minds. And this style is Bohemian. 

Another chilled day on Gouverneur Beach
The style is amazing itself as it doesn't require too much effort from your side.

1.You don't have to straighten or blow dry your hair as you can wear a turban or bandana. Sun and wind dried natural hair is the key for the style.

2. You don't need to wear heels - flats all over - sandals, boots or even anklets will be perfect.
Peacock Boho Kimono with a bandana 
 3.You don't have to have a perfect body - kimonos and overdresses will hide your curves.

Boho white crochet top and shorts with turquoise anklets on Flamands Beach
 4. If you happen to have a perfect body you can always show it off in micro crochet shorts and cropped tops

Morning meditation on Flamands beach St Barth

St Barth sunset on Shell Beach Do brazil
 5. Long skirts will make you look taller and your waist smaller

Boho lace Valentino dress in Gustavia at night
 6. White bohemian lace suits everyone and make you look like bride :-)
Boho Herve Leger dress and antique venetian headpiece in Le Ti St Barth
 6. In Boho Chic you can combine pieces from different cultures and epoques without any hesitation
Cropped shorts and boho headpiece on Flamands beach
 7.  Accessorising:  shawls, scarfs, fringes, rings, necklaces are the must!
Boho inspiration

For some pieces above please visit our online Boho shop:

In St Barth We Love:

Divine St Barth
Vanita Rosa St Barth
Donale St Barth

Gouverneur Beach
Flamands Beach

Colombier Beach

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Eastern treasures. Part 2. Gypsies of Asia

Afghanistan, with its traces of the first human inhabitation found thirty millenniums ago, was the important passage for the human migration in the region on the historic pathway known as “Silk Road”. Throughout centuries the traditional and nomadic life style of the Afghani people has never changed. The main ethnic communities of Afghanistan are Pashtuns , Tajiks,  Hazara and Uzbeks. Kuchi tribes, from the Persian word koch meaning "migration", are Afghan Pashtun nomads. They mostly keep sheep and goats and the produce of the animals (meat, dairy products, hair and wool) is exchanged or sold in order to purchase grain, vegetables, fruit and other products of settled life. In this way an extensive network of exchange has developed along the main routes annually followed by the nomads.

Kuchi nomad tribe

The majority of Afghan clothing found abroad comes from neighbouring Pakistan.  Afghanistan has been at war almost constantly since 1979 and decades of devastation created the need for many to sell their personal jewellery and traditional clothing. UN sanctions in the early 21st century necessitated a lot of cross-border indirect trade. Items are shipped through the bazaars in Pakistan since there was formerly no direct trade with Afghanistan.

Bazaar in Pakistan

 Buying Afghan items may be very tricky. You might be lucky to get some antique silver, but much of the truly older Afghan jewellery is in the hands of private collectors now, although some dealers continue to offer vintage or antique items.
Most tribal clothing and jewellery on the market today is a mix of the old and the new. Displaced Afghanis make belts, for example, by using remnants of vintage embroidered fabric and lining them with new cotton and attaching reproduction pendants and old coins. Some belts are made entirely of reproduction pendants now, newly made copies of traditional nomad designs.
The traditional dress of Afghanistan was very tremendous and elegant; especially the traditional women attire is so unique for its beautiful embroidery, which is mostly handmade. Having a complex and ancient historical background the traditional dress of Afghanistan has also gone through many variations and fashions.

Traditional Afghan dress

The women usually wear a long dress, which is made with cotton fabric with a combination of various colours, however, for preparing the expensive dresses, rugs and carpets, silk was also an important raw material.

The long lasting cultural exchange between Greece, Persia and Turkey resulted in the introduction of Persian, Greek and Islamic symbolism to the designs in weaving, embroidery and woodcarvings. There was also a cultural exchange happening with India. Afghan traders, mercenaries and soldiers traveled there on a regular basis. With close attention, the influence of all these people can be seen in the artistic works created by Afghans today. The carpets woven by the Turkmen, the woodcarvings of the Nuristanis, and the embroidery of the Pushtun and Hazaara women are some examples.
The Scythians men were warriors and craftsmen. The women were weavers and embroider of extreme talent and artistry. They have created magnificent robes and dresses that were embellished with gold studs and silk embroidery. Quite often, these regal dresses were worn for their everyday use. Although, they changed when doing household chores such as building fire to bake breads and cook and wash clothes.
When we speak of traditional Afghan women’s dresses, most often the dress of the Pashtunes comes to mind. But the dresses created by Hazaara, Baluchi, Nuristani and Turkmen women are also of immense beauty and adorned with exquisite embroidery.

Traditional afghan dress

The art of embroidery is almost exclusive domain of the women throughout Afghanistan. Most girls begin learning it at an early age, usually at age five or six. Once they master the basic steps, typically when they are in their teens, the girls spend all their free time embroidering clothes and other textiles in preparation for their dowries.
Embroidery techniques are passed down from mother to daughter. Each dress created by the women can be viewed as a distinctive work of art in which their life stories are told by incorporating personal symbols and elements to the more traditional designs. With the exception of the Nuristani clothes, most women in Afghanistan choose colourful fabrics to make their clothes.

Heavily embroidered afghan kuchi top
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Clothes are usually stitched by hand. Much care and attention will be give to the men outfit for a neat finish. Women’s dresses are always long and loose with room to grow up, gain weight or get pregnant. Sometime a pleat around skirts and sleeves are sewed for a better fit and opened later needed for the fabric shrinkage or growing taller. Although Afghan women are skilful in embroidery and color coordination, they don’t use matching threads, or even one colour to finish a garment. With limited access in the villages, they have one or two colour threats at home for all their daily use. At times, they tear a piece of the same fabric to pull the threats, twine and sew with it.