In case someone asks me: If I could describe the current latin fashion trend in one word, what would it be? I would say: “Opposition”. This year we are observing the extreme opposites of the European Latin Fashion. From the naughty fringe, to complete elegance and class. It doesn’t matter, if you are looking for inspiration regarding your next outfit or whether you are checking if your favorite dress is an oldie (but goldie). This article shall, hopefully, reveal it all: Fashion trends of the European Latin, and what was left out in the past year.
As I mentioned before, “opposition” is definitely the theme. We can see a lot of fringe on the floor, enhancing the latin movement while delivering the “gypsy” look. Even though fringe always has that sultry (maybe also a little dirty) flair to it, the cut of the dresses is governed by a sleek and feminine style. Most of the gowns are not showing too much skin. I love the style of cuts this year, especially the elegant longer robes with the clever and sexy highlights.
“Strappy Straps” and “Cutouts”
Straps are everywhere – The more the better! This style element emphasizes certain body parts, like small waists or strong backs. Straps are creating optical illusions when the dancers are squeezing, elongating and spinning. Hence, they are the perfect eye catchers! Also cutouts are in trend this year, setting the scene for the sexy highlights.
Personally, one of my favorite trends this year. The fabric is falling naturally down the sides of the back, leaving a sensational view of the muscles, with a nice touch of “feminine” and class. It underlines every movement and gives turns and twists the illusion of great momentum.
(Which, sometimes, are not real belts…) Rhinestones, pearls or sequins are very often used on a belt or in a belt pattern. It looks great, gives an elegant appearance and adds some extra sparkles to the dress. It also underlines the great “Hourglass” shape for all the ladies! Love it!
The Polo Match Accessories
Hats, caps, feathers, headscarfs and fake hair always remind me of the ladies at the polo matches. (Well, maybe not the fake hair, but definitely the hats, caps and feathers.) I can’t imagine that the head accessories are very comfortable and to be honest, this is not my favourite trend… but to each her own! What do you think?
The “Tribal” Look
I think, Kristina Moshenskaya started this look at the European Championship and Louise Heise wore it in perfection at the World Championship this year. Exotic, harsh and wild tribal look. I couldn’t help but being reminded of Rihanna (the singing superstar) by their style, with their hair braided into cornrows and the tribal culture patterned dresses. Rawr!
Long Shirts With Belts
The shirt on this look extends, covering the butt and crotch area, whilst being held together by the belt. The fabric is often cut in the lower ends, so the strips can fly around and give a little more movement to the look. The top of this shirt varies, as some gentlemen prefer tighter fit over loose.
Even More Casual
The men’s wear got a little less spectacular, more casual. The tops often are plain black, without rhinestones, a little bit of an understatement. The cuts are more casual as well – like a buttoned shirt one could also wear out for a nice dinner sometimes. I really am a fan of this trend, because in my opinion it brings out more masculinity.
What’s LEFT OUT?
What I think we didn’t see so much this year is Feathers! (except for Dasha Paley’s wonder dress, of course. But, we shall cover the WDC predominant fashion trends in the next article). I have the feeling that the hype around animal prints is dying as well. Also rhinestone shoes, which were a great trend last year, but not as strong this year. And, the tulle fabric, which could also be put in the “LEFT OUT”- list of this year’s fashion trends of the European Latin.
So, which styles were your favorite this year?
Did I miss anything?
Let me know in the comments below!
Author: Sophia Wedel
Photography: Anna Lebiedzińska
Exclusively for Dance Comp Review