Monday, December 05, 2011

The Tribal Trend by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar leads the summer trends forecast in their December 2011 issue, where Transformers 3 star, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models an array of ethnic-inspired outfits. We've seen graphic tribal prints make a colourful splash on the Spring 2012 runways from New York to Paris. 

In South Africa, this isn't a new trend, it's one that has been eternal. Women here wear traditional shweshwe fabrics through all seasons. Historically, it was worn in dress-form by specific cultural groups for special occasions. But in recent years the shweshwe print has merged its way into a more modern, mainstream market, thanks to local designers. 

It's exciting to see this trend extend it's vivifying influence to the rest of the world. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley marches to the beat of a tribal drum in this invigorating fashion shoot for Harper's Bazaar.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley clashes colours and prints in an ensemble by Burberry Prorsum. Warm, spicy shades are brought together in a black and orange striped jacket and blue and ruby print skirt. Striped brown Burberry wedges and beaded clutch echo the tribal style.


Animal prints are dipped in a rainbow of colours for Spring 2012. Rosie flirts with fringing and tiger-stripes in a ruffle-tiered dress and scarf by Missoni. How cute are the runway shoes?


Earthy tones and ethnic beadwork combine in a geometric cut-out dress by Donna Karan. Rosie wears a large statement necklace by Donna Karan and wooden bangles by Alexis Bittar.


Rosie takes a bold stride in a blue and white patterned suit and handbag by Derek Lam. One has to be really fearless to wear a folkloric print from collar to hem.


A vertically striped Bottega Veneta dress in shades of an African sunset. I like how the stripes are designed to create an optical illusion.


An architectural design in glossy ombré stripes. Rosie wears a strapless dress by Giorgio Armani with chunky necklace by Etro. I prefer this look in editorial over runway.


What is your verdict? Are you for or against the 'Tribal Trend'?

34 comments:

Carmen said...

fantastic images those that you leave, little kisses and happy week!

Danielle @ VintageDanielle said...

Some of the outfits I have a hard time believing the normal gal would wear, like the first two pictures. However, the dresse by Donna Karan and Bottega Veneta dress and the dress by Giorgio Armani are just gorgeous and lovely!

That 20 Something Virgin. said...

I really like the second to last dress, the striped one. I don't think I could personally pull off most of these looks though!

Paulina Mo said...

wow those prints are gorgeous!! and the colors are so bold :)

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Macherie said...

I so love the print inspired by south africa, it looks so vibrant and earthy. Its like there is an ongoing beat from the center of the world.=) I know, weird analogy!

Grace said...

those prints are so stunning. i think they look so great and I love seeing inspiration from all over the world. great post.

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kavery said...

I think Rosie makes a better model than actress! Love the in-your-face prints

Sherry said...

I absolutely love this!! Such beautiful, vibrant colors and sexy shapes - so gorgeous!! I am loving your blog!!! :)

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Rahul Bhatia said...

Very eye catching and nice display!

Purvi said...

Now I am really looking forward to this trend of Tribal Print... I am sort of liking the entire vibe around such prints :) :)

Bailey Schneider said...

Totally for it!! Love love love it!
Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

Chanel Tonè said...

I am so FOR the tribal trend. It's one of my favorite trends and Rosie is a crush of mine LOL

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Rakhshan said...

Have a big girl brush on rosie!!;) she's rocking those outfits every single one of them!!
i love how the stripes on her shirt match those on her platforms in the first pic!! xx

Rakhshan said...

*crush lols :D

Josie said...

I've been LOVING tribal prints! So beautiful.
xo Josie
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Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life In...Australia said...

I'm for the tribal trend...in moderation!

Style Servings said...

Wow.. Stunning shoot, thanks for sharing!

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Joana said...

I like the tribal trend, the last dress its perfect to.

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Denise said...

I loved the third and the fifth dresses!!! They are awesome, I would love to wear them! In Brazil there's a state that also wears this trend the whole year long and just like you said, it's eternal there. I travelled to that place once and I loved it (Salvador/Bahia)! To tell you the truth, I could picture myself wearing the dresses I pointed out, but any other pattern would make me feel fake - although very beautiful patterns and fabric, I don't think I can carry the style well enough... I don't know (as usual!)
But great selection and now I'm dreaming of the dresses I most liked!

MyChicStyle said...

thank you so much for the comment, I like your blog!

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Fictitious Fashion said...

Tribal is nice.. :) Nice post dear..
Love
Akanksha

Paolita@BerryHaute said...

That Donna Karan dress is just stunning. Never heard of shweshwe before, can always count on you to introduce us to new fabulous things!
BerryHaute

Pola Katelu said...

its an amazing picture :] kisses.

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Nuar said...

Though I'm pretty much a classic wearer, I'm definitely FOR the tribal trend! Especially after falling deeply in love with a Dries van Noten's ethnic collection a few seasons ago.I'm already your follower, Sam, and if you like my blog, I'd be thrilled to have you among mines. XOXO, María José
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Bonnie said...

I love errrrryyythaaaang. I need it all in my closet.

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Alexandra said...

Oh I'm totally for it! I think it's such a beautifully graphic trend, I especially loved everything out of the DK collection, that dress is stunning!

Alexandra xo

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FashionJazz said...

Loving the prints :) xx

Daniella said...

Love this post!! All the outfits are gorgeous! I especially love the printed suit by Derek Lam! :)

Take Care,Daniella xox

Jessi said...

The pictures are stunning, she looks absolutely stunning in every photo. I love that optical illusion-y dress!! Thanks for sharing, I loved this post!!

Molliee said...

she rocks every look and is fab!

MaRiaNela.. said...

Love your blog!! I follow you! ;
Thanks for comments on mine!
Kisses!

Miss B said...

oooo I love the first photo! They're all different elements that I would never put together, and yet they work so well! :)

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Kasia said...

Great blog! I really like this post<3
Thanks for your comment!
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