The Rundown

The Beauty Of Berber

With steps tracing all the way back to 2000 BC, Berbers have established quite the heritage. Rich in history and stylistic influences, the nomadic crowds inspire a captivating outlook on a decorative daytime ensemble.

Photography by Serge Leblon
Creative direction by Zoë Hordies
Styling by Christine Van Laer & Zoë Hordies
Models Lara @ IMM Models | Valentine @ Ulla Models
Words by Martine Verhoeven
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Reinventing the ancient code

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.

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