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Fall fashion trends: Indian territory

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Fall is just around the corner, and for those of us who live west of the Continental Divide, there’s one autumn trend that stands out above the rest: Western wear.

Much of what’s in stores now looks like it could have been ripped from the pages of Cowboys and Indians magazine: arrow print maxi-skirts, blanket-stripe ponchos, suede jackets with swinging fringe, cowboy booties and T-shirts with more Navajo patterns than Ralph Lauren’s RRL ranch.

Shopbop.com calls the trend “neo-native,” Les Nouvelles refers to it as “nouveau Navajo,” and at H&M it’s “bohemian style.”

It brings me back to the 1990s and my first apartment in West Hollywood, with its Kokopelli lamp and IKEA Ektorp sofa in Santa Fe stripe.

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The trend’s newest iteration first appeared on the fall runways in New York in February, when Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez showed gorgeous burn-out velvet dresses, macrame skirts, chunky Peruvian sweaters, diamond-patterned T-shirts, blanket-striped pants and clutches in vivid shades of turquoise, orange, green and pink — all inspired by a trip to Santa Fe, N.M.

Read more about the tribal trend and why it’s resonating now in the Image section.

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-- Booth Moore

Top left photo: LoveStrength Riviera stretch belt. Credit: LoveStrength

Top right photo: Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Navajo jacquard messenger bag. Credit: Ralph Lauren


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