The fashion scene has brought “Cowboys and Indians” from out of childhood imagination and into the forefront of major trends for Fall/Winter 2014. This cowboy-hat-donning Native American tribal look has been spotted everywhere lately, from Chanel’s pre-Fall presentation in Dallas, Texas, to the fashion week runways of New York City and London.
Many designers and brands, including Coach, Tibi, Burberry and various others, have dropped the horseshoe on this trend within their recent collections—and all in different, marvelous ways. For those Southerners reading this, who (perhaps at this very moment) are digging through their old cowboy boots: Hold on to your horses.
Tips from how designers Alexander Wang and Ralph Lauren introduced laser-cut paisley and sophisticated tribal garb, respectively, into their season’s lineups at NYFW will be major points of reference for the upcoming months. For this trend, the idea is not only about bringing out the old “American vintage” look, but imagining how we might also use this as a huge opportunity to re-envision how inspirational Native American art and culture truly is—especially after seeing how Coach introduced leather fringe into their lookbook.
Join us now as we look at how these designers pulled together a South by Southwest direction on the runway.