The vibe going on in fashion right now is folk, a style that celebrates the mixture of different cultures. Labels are making clothes with artisan crafts including folkloric patchwork, embroidery, and appliqué. Christopher Bailey of Burberry, among many others, said he was inspired to show these unique handmade crafts combined into patchwork. This style statement is interestingly surfacing at a time when craftsmanship is in the hands of an aging population and at risk of dying out.
Fashion Director of Women’s Accessories at Neiman Marcus & Bergdorf Goodman, Ana Maria Pimentel, also noted that folkloric themes are a ubiquitous trend for Fall, she said “[It’s about] looking fresh and modern in mixed media of multicolored suede and skins.” The idea is to wear pieces with contrasting patterns, colors, and textures that are quilted and stitched together. The print ends up being unexpected but a rather good looking style mashup.
I purchased this jacket (handmade in India) with all the aforementioned artisan and folkloric patchwork characteristics on sale from Zara this summer. A company that to my surprise supports artisanal work and incorporates handmade styles from all different countries into their fast fashion mix. It looks like labels are really trying to preserve these endangered skills; a smart decision when customers are constantly on the lookout for originality and craftsmanship, it adds value to the product. By the way, happy October!