Watching as each collection from Bimba Y Lola unfold is indeed akin to going on a voyage around the world.
The Spanish brand – a brainchild of sisters Uxia and Maria Dominguez – always make it a point to uncover the different culture and heritage from the various continents in its own original way. From Greece to the Wild West, or even a ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’, as prescribed in French dramatist Jules Verne’s epic science fiction novel for its A/W 2016 collection, the brand literally leaves no stone unturned.
That’s why it comes as no surprise that Bimba Y Lola is gearing towards the tribes as inspiration for the Spring/Summer 2017 season. Clearly the time of the year for easy-breezy, laidback styles, the brand incorporates the culture and way of life of the Maasai people; the historic African ethnic group of the southern plains of the Great Rift Valley between Kenya and Tanzania, into covetable fashion pieces for the everyday wardrobe.
Here are the reasons why we love the collection:
Prints … and more prints!
Labeled as a ‘patchwork of prints’, the collection is doused with fabrics in strong primary colours and prints that evoke a tribal atmosphere – think all-over patterns inspired by the traditional Ikat, alongside African prints in acid hued strokes.
It is contrasted with geometric elements on airy drapes and silhouettes, resulting in a stunning array that is really hard to pick just one.
Bold, statement-making accessories
Certainly the highlight of any Bimba Y Lola’s collection, the accessories range consists of Maasai-influenced costume jewellery (above), accented with artisanal touches. Think enormous overlapping necklaces and earring with beads and trims in primary colours and one-of-a-kind textures, and all in recycled materials. Pair them with a plain top or dress, and you’re good to go.
Highly interesting details for the daily outfit
Continuing with the Maasai-inspired ‘patchwork print’ theme, the Spring/Summer 2017 collection from Bimba Y Lola also offers an arresting feat of handbags and shoes in a variety of unique shapes – all fashioned in raffia fibre, canvas, leather, braided plastic, as well as colourful bits and pieces.
Photo courtesy of Bimba Y Lola