Colombian Fashionistas Do Native American Style
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA--From Topshop to Bless to Pamela Love--Native American prints and their similar South American styles have recently flourished in fashion--or rather, the Western fantasy of the tradition. It seems the trend has gone full circle: During Colombia Moda 2010, it was evident that local fashionistas have re-adopted the style, without, it seems, fully realizing that the look stems from their own history. For example, I chatted to a Medellin-based fashion student who looked dead hip in a colorful canvas “Inca-style” backback, as she put it, matched with a black and white jacket in traditional Latin American prints. While the former was bought in a village near Bogota, the latter was purchased at…Forever 21. And ironically, she described it as “American style”! Fashion picks and mixes cultures and isolates them from their roots.