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White shirt Wednesday: Out of Africa

africa prints styled with classic silk separates

Channelling your inner sub-Saharan queen, wanderlusting prints and traditional tribal patterns evoke a wildly exotic take on statement style. A cross-continental mash up of slick silhouettes and earthy, intricate wax fabrics, beautiful odes to out of African design connect the sartorial dots between the Serengeti and the street.

Inspired by the global nomad, peaty hues and rich hand woven fabrics celebrate the diversity of design. Ideal for the exotic fashion hunter-gatherer, unique hand-illustrated looks add a touch of authenticity to contemporary casuals, infusing folklore fantasy with a straight-talkin' city edge.

Enriched with a vibrant history that dates back to the origins of pattern making, classic hand-dyed geometric patterns are being given a contemporary overhaul, with high-luxe purveyors and high-street players offering a diverse range of native-printed designs for the adventurous dresser.

Take your look off the beaten track this season and explore uncharted territory with fresh, ethno-minded accenting, mud cloth fabrics and desert inspired hues for high summer.

Tapping into a rich heritage that spans the sun-baked continent, the urban jungle dances to the beat of its own tribal drums this season as the ethical fashion movement pays tribute to provenance with an array of exciting super-charged statement patterns.

A blend of super-charged luxury adornment and humble separates, this well-dressed pairing of opposites is a curated ode to understated quality. Keeping things light and bright, this white silk shirt from our Hepburn collection beautifully sets the tone for wild and adventurous colour combinations.

A smart-casual essential, this VAUGHAN original works perfectly paired with these Comme des Garçons cropped capris.  An original print by Junya Watanabe, these hand illustrated desert flower trousers in a light seasonal linen beautifully underpin the pan-global aesthetic. Worn low-slung with the hem of our VAUGHAN silk shirt tucked into the waistband, this eclectic reference point adds an element of artistry to traditional Kente designs.

Extending the eco-ethos into accessories too, beautifully hand crafted jewellery and textured footwear inject some whimsy back into the mix. Worn big and bold, these African sun yellow gold earrings are a beautiful, warm design – ideal for accentuating a bronzed glow. Worn with this artisanal woven raffia clutch bag and party-ready pompom heels, this intricate design combo bridges the illusive work to play divide. Enlivening your wardrobe with a carnival of colour, spice up your perennial wardrobe with a united nations approach to cultural influences, using strong exotic designs to extend your sartorial sphere.

Pictured: VAUGHAN silk shirt in Lion in Winter white, Junya Wantanbe African print cropped trousers, Jimmy Choo sandals, Whitney raffia clutch, Cevherun gold earrings

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