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Nomadic Fashion

A masterpiece: Proenza Schouler tank and raffia skirt.

Top, Skirt and Sandals by Marni.

One-shoulder draped dress and skirt by Bottega Veneta.

Iris Sandals by Jimmy Choo.

Shift dress by Michael Kors.  Sandals by Gucci.

Tee and pants by Reed Krakoff.

We love this one!  Belted double-breasted trench coat by Burberry Prorsum.

Ruffle-trim tunic and skinny pants by Giambattista Valli.

Belted double-breasted trench coat by Burberry London.

Silvana top-handle bag and dress by Fendi.

Halter dress by Ralph Lauren Black Label.

Rilla Sandals by Manolo Blahnik.

Halter-neck zip-front jacket and Circle Skirt by Donna Karan.

Dress and stretch jersey by Piazza Sempione.

For their 2012 Women's Spring Fashion Collection, Bergdorf Goodman hired the talented team of Querelle Jansen and the super-talented photographer Viviane Sassen for their ultra chic nomadic fashion shoot. Under the motto "Nothing looks more sophisticated than the Primitive", Bergdorf Goodman offers an urban take on timeless tribal with earthy color palettes and bold color patterns. The collection is shown against the modernist architectural backdrop of South Africa's Taal Monument (more about this building in our next post). Thanks to Peter-Frank Heuseveldt and Viviane Sassen for the heads up on that one.

Our favorite piece must be this Proenza Schouler tank and raffia skirt.

This beautiful fashion shoot reminded us of the late 1960s urban chic nomadic fashion style that blossomed under the stewardship of the guiding light of high fashion, Diana Vreeland. The chic nomadic fashion style had a huge following. Several notable designers of that time included Emilio Pucci, Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo, Donald Brooks, Dominic for Matty Talmack, Emmanuelle Khanh, Anne Fogarty, Joan Atkin, Laurence Gross, Jobere, Jacques Tiffeau, Bill Blass, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and others. Fashion photographer Henry Clarke, jet-setted around the world for breathtaking fashion shoots, visiting intriguing locals such as Egypt, Turkey and India. Henry Clarke's images captured models such as Veruschka and Editha Dussler in nomadic chic creations that merged Nomadic, Gypsy, Aztec, American Indian, Middle Eastern and South Asian influences among others. One of our all-time favorite fashions shoots is Henry Clarke's "Eastward to Eden" series, which appeared in the US edition of Vogue on December 1966. For this memorable shoot, Henry Clarke captured Editha Dussler against the backdrop of Turkey's Valley of Göreme, a spectacular landscape, entirely sculpted by erosion. Another notable example of the chic nomadic fashion style of the late 1960s are Franco Rubartelli's legendary portrayals of fashion icon Veruschka in Arizona, Egypt and Turkey. Hopefully, this renewed interest in chic nomadic fashion will herald the return of the beautiful Mini-Jibbas by Princess Tazi of Marbella (see US Vogue issue December 1966).