Ethnic Summer | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to a new episode of Friday Fashion.
Traveling to a foreign country is about learning a different culture, taste new food, approaching local people in their language, trying their customs and bring back some of the beauty to talk about with my friends over a dinner party. Ethnic fabrics, jewelry, and some home décor are usually the things I bring back, hoping I will have a place or a use for them.
Ethnic fashion is about creating a distinctive look wearing a garment of a racial group or foreign society that can be incorporated in the western fashion, just like this mandala skirt below.  It is like celebrating diversity in a personal way.

 

ZuChic -Mandala

ZuChic -Mandala

 

Mandala Fabric

Etsy – Mandala Fabric

I would make a spectacular jacket out of this mandala fabric. I found it on Etsy https://etsy.me/2YFropx

Flowing dresses and layered patterns is one of the ways to combine ethnic design.

ZuChic-Layered

ZuChic-Layered

 

ZuChic-Purple

ZuChic-Purple

In the 20th century, western society was smitten by the Eastern far side of the world from the European Bohemian style outfits of the hippies and flower children to the Indian style, China style, Middle Eastern and African style of the ’70s. In the 1990s, approaching the new Millennium, designers felt to reconcile with the ethnicity of distant countries, creating new expressions of eclectic without being too faithful to the style of a particular country. Exotic was a word coined then. If it came from elsewhere, it was exotic and therefore accepted as new and out of the ordinary. Of course, if we look back in history, chinoiserie and silk fabrics were the high styles of Italian and French courts in the 1700s. Their fashion and home décor reflected the acceptance of foreign influence in their culture.

Ethnic Hat by Cicely Gilman

Ethnic Hat by Cicely Gilman

My friend Cicely Gilman hand-embroidered this style hat, reminiscence of the traditional Arab Kufi hat for men. Today, western women can wear this style of hat with modern clothes, casual jeans, or ethnic clothes. However, think how good this colorful hat could highlight a woman stark business outfit and take the serious edge off of it. Cicely is not a person afraid of colors. She produces fabrics for fashion and interiors. Find her bold and vibrant creations here: www.etsy.com/shop/cicelygilman

This necklace is one of my latest purchases on eBay and I will wear it with a very modern outfit. All the little metal beads will make a nice sound when I move, kind of like wearing windchimes and all the nice thoughts will come in. I heard a phrase in the  film Return To Me:
“When bells ring, angels appear”. Perhaps, the sound of this necklace will do it.

eBay Ethnic Necklace

eBay Ethnic Necklace

Ciao,
Valentina
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

ValValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear.
To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of four books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

Back In Bohemia | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Welcome to my Friday Fashion episode.
I am reflecting on the word Boho as vulgarly used in place of Bohemian and what it really means. In my seamstress shop last week the word Bohemian was thrown around so loosely that it was clear to me any of the people there knew nothing about Bohemian style. In fact the purchased wedding dresses they brought to the seamstress to be remade in the Bohemian style would turn out everything but Bohemian at the end of her work. I sat and laughed quietly at people who want so much to conform to the mass and comply with fashion.

The region of Bohemia is a region in the Czech Republic. The Czech lands belonged to the Czech monarchy. Later the land passed in the hands of the Holy Roman Empire until 1806, then became a province of the Austrian Empire under the Habsburg monarchy and finally in 1918 became Czechoslovakia Republic. The original “Bohemian People” were travelers or refugees from that part of central Europe, they were gypsies, some of them settled in France in the 15th century, hence the French word Bohémien. Being a gypsy was not a fashion statement dictated by some fashion guru of the era, gipsy girls did not give a hoot for fashion, they felt sexy and delightful precise in their folk costumes reflecting their lifestyle and heritage.

In the nineteenth century France and England nonconformists, free spirits, dropouts, avant-garde people, artists, musicians, writers and people of informal and unconventional social habits, wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds adopted the Bohemian lifestyle and congregated in lower-rent area, around lower class café-pubs in the company of like-minded people where often talks of politics and anti-establishment took place.

(All photo credits given to the respective owners)

In 1960s, the era of the hippies, the Bohemian lifestyle came back strongly as a sign of rebellion, free love, frugality, libertine and looseness of customs. In this new Millennium women even in the aristocratic or wealthy circles are mimicking the gypsies style in the hope of looking bohemian, nomadic, non-bourgeois and voluntarily poor, hence the new coined expression “haute bohème”, which makes no sense to me. Bohème is a poor looking style, not a chic designer style. You either dress down or dress up and flaunt your wealth.

What do you think? Why is this 1969’s hippy fashion so loved today? Is it because there is nothing new to invent, because newer generations want to experience a relatively old past, or because young professionals are not proud of the amount of money they make and want to dress down?

I must say that conforming has bored me always, if everybody wears it I don’t want it. I will wear a Bohemian style if I can make my own interpretation.  Everyone wants to wear what others wear and think they are so individual and original. I dress according to my mood.  My idea of chic is my idea!!!

I hope you too have your individual style that reflects your personality, exalt the beauty of your eyes, your hair and speak of you in an instant. If not, you might want to consult with me, do not hesitate to contact me. Ciao,
Valentina
https://valentinadesigns.com/services#fashion-services

 

Copyright © 2015 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

 

Val:FarfalleStampValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
Amazon: http://goo.gl/qNxXrB
Barnes&Nobles: http://goo.gl/q7dQ3w

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