The Nouveau Gypsies
The gypsy bohemian girl is passionate and free-spirited. She is romantic, peaceful, alive, creative and has a strange innocence. This is not a trend and it won't fade in time. It's more like a state of mind, the expression of a free spirit, a tribute to the gypsy culture with obvious hippie influences. The fashion world was not interested in the gypsy culture until the late 60's when a look that allowed people to express themselves was developed. Back them it was called "hippie" or "boho". “Bohemian” was a common term for "roma" people" of France.
Floral prints, lace, skimming skirts, colorful scarves, billowing sleeves, large earrings, gold angles and beaded jewelry transformed fashion into a huge playground. John Galliano often took inspiration from gypsies. Anna Sui, Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci created mesmerizing clothes embracing the gypsy fashion sense and Alexandre Herchcovitch launched the Royal Gypsy Trend for FW201. The gypsy style, although lyrical and ecstatic is intriguing because this ethnic minority suffered large-scale persecutions and discrimination in Europe, during the past centuries. Fashion is not only pure aesthetics. Fashion could and should get involved in politics and "showing a piece of their culture in our fashion is important to start creating a closer link with them" said Pierluigi Mancinelli in 1980. Women all over the world adore this flamboyant and feminine style, the vibrant colors, the mix of patterns, the exotic touch and carefree feeling of this hybrid culture.
This nomadic escapism can be seen in many forms of art, not only in fashion. Some good examples would be the paintings of Augustus John, Jean-François Portaels, Karl Gun, Benedict Masson, Anton Brentano, the poetry of John Clare, called the "peasant-poet" and the fiction of D.H. Lawrence (The Virgin and the Gypsy). Gypsies also inspired Victor Hugo to create Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Bizet to create Carmen, Vita Sackville West-Pepita, Joane Harris-Roux, George Borrow -Jasper Petulengro, and the list could go on and on.
Gypsies are icons of freedom and they will always be an inspiration for artists for their exotic looks and the allure of mystery. If you are a sensual and free spirited girl dare to take this boho to the max. Mix patterns, materials, colors and layers. Accessorize with bangles (wooden or gold) and necklaces and don't forget the flowing chiffons with gypsy motifs. As for the shoes, definitely boots or sandals. For your hair try loose curls bound with scarves or other bohemian hair-pieces. Let your hair flow naturally, don't try to make it stand still. There are no rules just listen to your heart and it will work perfect.