Garments: Tribal Everywhere

Zayn Malik x Giuseppe Zanotti: Last week, we reported that Jennifer Lopez announced her own shoe collaboration with the shoe legend, Giuseppe Zanotti. This week, we were all blind sighted when Zayn broke all barriers and came out to declare his own collaboration with Giuseppe, as well.

Already a favorite with the ladies, such as Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, Zanotti had yet to team up with a masculine star on a shoe collection. With not much information released yet about the overall designs of the shoes, the first styles seem to be a zip-up boot, a camo chukka, and zip sneakers. But, if there is one thing we can say for sure, it’s that with a name like Zayn Malik attached to them, the shoes are definitely going to be unlike any other. Zayn is known for his overall artistic visions, which can all be examined through his music videos, artwork, and of course, the living man himself with all of his tattoos. We’ll just have to wait until January 2017, when the full collection is said to be revealed.

Native Designers at SWAIA Haute Couture & Pret-a-Porter Fashion Show: Some of the best Native designers have yet again decided to showcase their talent in SWAIA’s Indian Market. The third annual Indian Market Fashion Show highlights Native designers who push the creative exploration of original and unique fashion as inspired by their diverse backgrounds.

The show is an innovated expression of fashion, design and art, featuring award winning and internationally recognized Native designers. The exhibit is both Haute Couture, a designer line of high-end customized fashions, and Pret-a-Porter, what is better known as Ready-to-Wear, lines of standard size fashions ready to purchase and wear.

The Native American touch has become a long-time trend in all things fashion. With the self-expression that fashion is, these designs play with pride, tradition, family, contemporary, modern, avant-garde, chic, and simple elements.

Designers at the SWAIA Haute Couture & Pret-a-Porter Fashion Showcase include Jamie Okuma, Orlando Dugi, famous for his Navajo designs, Sho Sho Esquiro, Patricia Michaels, Dorothy Grant, Pamela Baker, and many many more who are big names in the Native American fashion culture.

Tribal Jewelry Shines at North East Fashion Event: Indian coins in various denominations got a chic twist when a designer from Arunachal Pradesh presented them as fashion accessories at the ongoing North East India Fashion Week (NEIFW). Coins form an integral part of tribal jewelry, but because of just how tribal they are, not everyone gets to see them on big name fashion runways. Renu Logum, a jewelry designer who isn’t afraid to use coins in her designs, made it all available to the public at the NEIFW held in the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Logum, who is a firm believer in preserving her tradition, showcased a collection that consisted of a variety of neck pieces. These pieces are made of coins and colorful beads, long ear pieces, head pieces, and bracelets. Logum used popping colors like red, white, black, orange, and yellow, with a ton of blue in her designs.  “Blue is our main colour. That’s why my collection has so many pieces in blue,” the designer said. Asked about sale of her products at the three-day fashion week, which began on Friday at the newly-constructed multipurpose cultural centre, she said,”Not many people have turned up. I believe it’s because of the venue. Not many people know about it.”

Hosted by designer Yana Ngoba Chakpu, NEIFW is being held in the Arunachal Pradesh capital for its second time year-round.