Fashion is getting a dose of Southwestern flair this season. This heritage and tradition-rich culture is having a big impact on the fashion world, with Southwestern tribal elements serving as one of fall’s biggest style purveyors. Ponchos, fringe, tribal prints, beading, feathers and textured knit fabrics all comprise this Native American infused trend that is dominating American fashion.

With the likely inspiration of traditional heavy printed blankets and rugs, designers like Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, ADAM and Perry Ellis showcased Native American driven collections at their Fall 2011 runway shows.

With stores recently receiving their first deliveries of the season, it’s obvious the fad has trickled down. From basic iterations, like that seen in an All Saint’s belt or House of Harlow 1960 cuff, to more literal interpretations, like Joie’s knit tunic and Minnetonka’s trademark moccasin boots, America is returning to its roots.

Isn’t it interesting how this directional trend is derived from our own country’s native citizens?

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