African Fashion in Vanity Fair Italia Aprile 2014

How phenomenal is the pattern play in this African fashion editorial from the April issue of Vanity Fair Italia? Model Nur Hellmann sports upwards of three patterns in each outfit, contrasted with vertical striped walls and striped and checkerboard floors.

African Fashion in Vanity Fair Italia Aprile 2014

While compositions like these are incredibly difficult to execute, stylist Elisabetta dal Bello and photographer Kenneth Willardt do so, perfectly.

Fashion Pattern Play in Vanity Fair Italia Aprile 2014

When it comes to translating these looks to personal style, the idea here is not to duplicate these outfits or photo backdrops, but to gain ideas from them.

African inspired Fashion in Vanity Fair Italia Aprile 2014

Mix it up a little, re-think existing patterned clothing, and even consider previously unlikely pairings.

Colorful Fashion in Vanity Fair Italia Aprile 2014

I have several African-inspired print tops and skirts that I hadn’t thought of mixing with stripes or a contrasting pattern in a smaller or larger scale.

African Fashion in Vanity Fair Italia Aprile 2014

When putting together a room, these remix principals are obvious to me, but when I’m pulling together an outfit, I’m so much more shy.

Fashion Photoshoot from Vanity Fair Italia Aprile 2014

After looking at these images, perhaps not as shy anymore?

Fashion Editorial from Vanity Fair Italia Aprile 2014

If you see me wearing three prints at once, you’ll know where I got the idea from.

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Image Source: Visual Optimism, via Vanity Fair Italia

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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.