La Greca Magazine
Knokke. April 30. Eccentric Fair 2015, the utmost prestigious Belgian exposition of products and services that appeal to the desires and senses of the most demanding and luxury-indulgent clients, is soon opening its doors. Having overcome my initial last year's puzzlement and after a painstaking World Wide Web browsing quest on how to be presentable and blend in, I finally got to determine what the proposed "Boho Chic" dress code was. Despite the fact that this year's edition is sticking to the same looser concept of "Le Boho Monde", it should, however, not be taken too lightly. The rules need to be set straight for a fun, outstanding Bohemian outfit which is yet chic, subtle and tailored to modern times.
So, whether you want to follow in the footsteps of Nicole Richie or Johnny Depp, one basic principle should be your guide: Excel in simplicity. Rather than 'exaggerated', Eccentric should be interpreted as "beyond the ordinary, away from mundane everyday routine". Bohemian means loose (freely adjusted scarves, braided or wavy hair, relaxed and carefree state of mind, airy fabrics and lines), comfortable, floral, as well as accessorized with bold and heavy oriental or native American jewelry, gladiator or decorated leather sandals, suede boots with playful fringes or metallic elements, flower-child-like hair bands and nature-inspired hair pieces. Eccentric 2015 will focus more on the Middle East, so Kaftans will be dominant this time.
The gentlemen get away with it fairly easily: a linen scarf, a vest and a Panama or Trilby hat will do the job. When it comes to the ladies, the matter becomes more perplexed, but at the same time, addictive and multifaceted. Roberto Cavalli has brought out several spring/summer Bohemian collections, which celebrate color and flatter the female figure giving it a divine Roman goddess quality. In 2015 Dolce & Gabanna drew on the Spanish tradition to pay homage to flowers and breathtakingly detailed embroideries. Last but certainly not least, The Greek London-based designer Mary Katrantzou did not escape my radar. My admiration for her work results from the application of her architectural knowledge and background on the design of her original kaleidoscopic patterns. Her creations seem like surreal paintings and are undoubtedly eccentric.
So, if you are planning to be part of this year's red carpet opening or VIP parties, use your imagination, take the above first-hand advice and be eccentric! The outcome can be romantic, sexy, wild, or a cross-over amalgam which will uniquely resemble YOU.
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