Spring 2013 Trends: Raffia

From utilitarian to ultrachic, raffia was woven into everything from skirts and jackets to shoes and accessories for spring. Whether you’re spending a day at the beach or a night in the city, this thick, earthy texture can be easily incorporated into a casual or polished ensemble. Stay on the lookout for the perfect piece as this natural fabric starts to hit the shelves.

Annabell Ingall / Drawstring Raffia Bag
Diane von Furstenberg / Lips Raffia Clutch
Dolce & Gabbana / Crochet Raffia Bag
Marni / Raffia & Leather Shoulder Bag

You can’t go wrong with a raffia handbag for spring. From satchels to clutches, raffia stepped up its game working its way into more sophisticated silhouettes teamed with leather and detailing suitable for a night out. Even the classic beach bag gets a refined revamp.

Lanvin / Raffia Wrapped Bracelet
Flora Bella / Crochet Raffia Hat
Tory Burch / Raffia & Crystal Necklace
Dolce & Gabbana / Pom Pom Raffia Earrings

Introduce raffia into your accessories for a bohemian take on the trend. Mixed with crystals, pearls and natural stones, pair these standout pieces with your favorite sundress or tunic. Don’t forget a classic sunhat perfect for lounging poolside.

Charlotte Olympia / Ankle-Strap Pump
Vera Wang Lavender / Raffia Smoking Slipper
Valentino / Rockstud Raffia Wedge
Rachel Zoe / Raffia Ankle Booties

Incorporate the trend into your shoes for the ultimate spring style. Modern takes on the fabric are seen using bright colors, fun patterns and mixed-media effects. Used in boots, flats and platforms alike, these styles will work well into the fall.

Temperley London / Flower Necklace Dress
Etro / Embroidered Boucle Coat
Timo Weiland / Raffia Print Shorts
Balmain / Embroidered Geometric Top

Stand out in raffia statement pieces sure to be conversation starters. Incorporated into clothing using heavy embroidery, embellishments and geometric patterns, raffia takes on a whole new look. From edgy to sophisticated, it proves to be a versatile fabric.

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