Taking inspiration from the Berber tradition, contemporary styling acquired a folk-inspired upgrade on the AW17 runways. Peter Pilotto presented the Berber effect with gloomy prints, framed by a dark background. In contrast with colourful tassels, the designer highlighted both the moody and bright side of the Berber aesthetic. At Coach, shearling coats easily mimicked toga-inspired styles, reflecting the Roman influences that were embedded in the nomad’s styling trait. Isabel Marant
opted for a more contemporary approach, with printed pieces teasing just the right amount of Berber to leave the fashion pack eyeballing for more.
Weatherproof layering is the main feature that Berber-inspired dressing has up its printed sleeve. Because of its nomadic nature, comfortable coats – preferably elevated by textural detailing, as seen at Sacai
– are key to nailing the look. Prints – be them overtly clashing or flying solo – lead front and centre, while a strong boot à la A.F. Vandevorst
or Veronique Branquinho
adds an urban touch that will inspire you to do some roaming of your own.