Animal markings, snake and reptilian skins still feature in many
designs. Without doubt animal marking printed fabrics have been a top
seller throughout the past decade. They have progressed from exact print
markings to colourful abstract animal based designs.
Pantone's yellow gold for this year is called
Solar Power and it certainly has the golden glow of the Sun.
Tribal fashion frequently adds a touch of Solar Power to
highlight, contrast and enliven fabric prints.
Right - Pantone Solar Power 13-0759.
A Hint Of Africa
Left & Right Below - Rocha - John Rocha Dress
£49, Shoes £38
Debenhams Stockist Number: 08445616161.
At Max Mara Spring Summer 2012 - tobacco, aquamarine, beige
and gold, were the colours
Left - F&F at Tesco Top £12, Skirt £16 - F&F Womenswear Spring
Summer 2012. Stockist Number: 0800 505555.
Centre - F&F Womenswear Spring Summer 2012, Top £12, Bag £8,
Shoes £22 and Sunglasses £5 by F&F. Belted skirt £18 by F&F
Limited Edition. Stockist Tesco.com.
Yellow ochre, tan and black highlight the earth tribal ikat
relationship. This year designers have played with stripes,
geometric zig zag or the suggestion of animal striations to
create modern prints that appear simple, yet are strikingly
Left - Wallis SS12 Geometric Print Dress.
Centre - Evans Plus Sizes Tribal Ochre Earth Tones Tunic £29.
Right - Wallis SS12 Geometric Print Maxi Dress.
Tribal prints take a play on geometrical lines and shapes.
Strappy Maxi Dresses
Stripes and ikat patterns offer further room for fabric print
Left - Dress - Republic SS12 - Republic.co.uk.
Right - Hobbs SS12 Tribal Pleat Dress. This Hobbs print is also
available as a long pleated skirt.
Centre - Tribal Print Haltered Maxi Dress £34.99/44.99. New
Look Clothing Stockist Number: 0844 499 6690 and Newlook.com.
Right - Abstract Tribal Maxi Dress Accessorize Monsoon SS12.
Maxis are often yoked, empire
line or halter necklines and as beachwear offer easy comfort for
those who wish to go braless. Yummy mummies also find a maxi
dress an attractive alternative to other maternity wear!
Flowing maxi dresses are often made in less expensive materials
as they can be used as beach cover up wear. Crinkle cotton or
viscose fabric offer value for money, are cool to wear and flow
well. Dresses with halter necklines allow the wearer to tan and
stay cool. The women's maxi dresses above show how effective
striped arrangements can look especially up to date when the
fabric has a tribal fashion look.
Some tribal/jungle prints use motifs and geometric marks as a print
foundation, others use tribal animal markings or digital
abstractions of them.
Left - SS12 Per Una Speziale Zanzibar Maxi Dress £79 Marks & Spencer.
Right - Plus Size Abstract Tribal Animal Print Maxi Dress -
This dress above left and centre has such an exotic name -
the Zanzibar maxi dress from Marks & Spencer. Plus sizes are
also catered for with this maxi print dress from Evans shown
Abstract tribal animal inspired prints in dark and brooding
earthy tones are also used for jeggings, treggings and flowing
pants. Flowers in earthy tones as in this shift example look
more tribal print than
But change the colours to hot pinks, azure cobalt blues, lime or
purple and immediately it would look more tropicana.
Left - Miss Selfridge Tribal Print Fashion Pieces SS12.
Right - Terracotta Colours Shift Dress -
Tropical Trend - House Of
Left - Tribal Print Ziggy Maxi Skirt £20 River Island SS12 WW
Stockist Number: 0208 991 4904 and Riverisland.com.
Centre - Techno Print Tunic £45/70, Lucy Jeans £45/70,
Bakewell Sandal £40/62 - Monsoon SS12 Stockist Number:
Right - Donatella Tribal Scarf Print Silk Pyjama Trousers -
River Island SS12 WW Clothing Stockist Number: 0208 991 4904.
Left - Bank - Ribbon Zig Zag Sweater Knit Aztec Cropped Jumper
£28, Bank Fashion.
Bank Stockist Number: 0844 264 0111.
Right - River Island Abstract Tribal Print Zig Zag Skirt.
Tribal Aztec Print Top in Multi Colour £12.99 Pilot Clothing
Stockist Number: +44 24 7671 8834 - pilotfashion.com.
Right - Orange Tropical Tribal Paisley Scarf Print Loose Silk
Kaftan Top Blouse - Dorothy Perkins SS12.
Note the subtle changes and not so subtle differences which
illustrate these prints. You'll observe Safari, Ikat, Tribal
Mask, Feather, Tropical Fruits and Ferns, Zebra and Leopard
Print Looks. Watch for Bold African Border Prints and Desert
Sand or Moroccan
Terracotta Dust Colours.
Look For :- Fringe, Macramι, Crochet, Raffia, Colourful
Beadwork and Loose Weaves.
Tribal Meets Exotic Garden Florals & Hothouse Prints
Tribal inspired prints often merge or combine with
tropical jungle imagery to create inspirational fabric prints
that encompass design concepts in fabric prints from every corner of the
These prints below are a good illustration of
abstract fabrics that hint at the tribal message.
Left - Jamelia Patch Print Dress, Osse
Necklace, Osse Bracelet, Hurst Sandals. Monsoon SS12 Stockist
Right - Monsoon Sisanda Dress £55/85 Due May, Bakewell Sandal
Floral prints and border prints add a dimension that make
some garments appear to be a complete tropical jungle or garden
scene. These tribal prints sometimes use the colours of
hot pink tropical flora.
Left - Evans SS 12 - Plus Size Ethnic Print Summer Cotton
Left - Wallis Optical Ray Print Dress.
Right - Stella McCartney Tropicana Anemone Print Tunic Dress
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