Sustainable Style: Autumn In Africa

The Gudrun Sjödén autumn collection encompasses nature, vivid hues, and the world of the jungle—African animals are fluid throughout the line as influence.  

A couple of my favourite patterns within this particular collection are as bold as you could imagine,  and given the inspiration coming from the motherland, how could one go wrong? And, since a fashion medley of jungle animals was the sole source influence for this collection, the result is a harmoniously balanced line. You can really feel the spirit of the season all over the line, even in a glance.
The Colours in Nature:
From sunset to sunrise, some of the most splendid blends of colour (in the line) are interpreted from Savanna and the visible horizon. There are earthy tans, deep neutral colours, and variations of dusky pink and purple intermingled with jacquard knits and jersey fabrics.  

The general colour story is charming, and with a jumbled palette like this one, there are abstract motifs that are difficult to ignore.

The leopard, zebra, and giraffe all played a role, and expand the breadth of the collection—pairing the jungle inspired patterns together also make quite a fashion statement. I chose to go along with the rich colour combination, but I added mustard yellow to my outfit. Then, to make it my own, I added my wide leather belt over the cardigan, which also gave the illusion of a peplum.  
Lastly, here are a few other styles that I am completely in love with, some of which are so distinct and smartly designed for layering or even coupling pieces with solid separates that you may already own. I could easily see the cosy zebra tunic blended with skinny jeans and boots, and the printed scarves worn in a myriad of ways for autumn and winter seasons.

Stay tuned, I have more colourful and eco-infused combinations coming soon. In the meantime, here's a glimpse of a few winter knits here.   

What do you think of Gudrun Sjödén’s autumn collection?     

The goods: “Giraff” lyocell dress (sold out!) and “Leo” lyocell/cotton printed cardigan-Courtesy of Gudrun Sjödén, Leather belt-gifted, Oxfords-F21. *All images: Fashion Tales, other styleboard image elements-www.gudrunsjoden.com, edited by Fashion Tales.


*02/10/14 update: the "Giraff" dress is now available here!
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  1. Stunning, love bold prints as well, you look marvellous. I love the patterns in the orange and gold like colours, perfect!! This is really wonderful. I hope you have a sweet day doll and weekend too xx

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  2. I love these prints! You dress annd jacket are gorgeous!

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  3. Hi Madison! I think its a great collection, love the Africa inspiration, the prints are way too adorable and cool. The cardi and the dress you wear are so beautiful, love how you mixed together adding even the mustard belt, looking very stylish and wonderful, I like also ur hair in this way. Have a lovely weekend dear, hugs! xo

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  4. Chic Street Choc26 September, 2014

    wow! super cool!!!!

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  5. alessia milanese26 September, 2014

    Your look is soo cool!

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  6. Great look, Madison. I love how you belted it to make it look like peplum:)

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  7. Really like this outfit, the mix of prints and how you highlighted the yellows with accessories. x

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  8. Closet Fashionista26 September, 2014

    I love that dress worn by itself! Such a great print
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  9. These prints and color palette look so appropriate for autumn. I really like how the cardigan and dress look paired togther. It's quite eclectic and cool!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  10. Gorgeous. There's no better place to draw inspiration from than nature and the animal kingdom. Great stuff.

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  11. stunning look! so wild, like in Africa indeed!

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  12. Glam up your Lifestyle26 September, 2014

    Liebe Madison, ich mag diesen an Afrika inspirierten Look. Du schaust in deinem Outfit hübsch aus. Hab ein schönes Wochenende

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  13. I love the bold/statement prints. You can well be spotted from afar. Lol! You look great in that number. The last pic is awesome. Love how you combined the two patterns. Chic!
    *Have a lovely weekend Schwester. xoxo*


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  14. wow the bold prints are truly amazing!!! love how you paired them up really making an statement. I also really enjoyed reading about what inspired this collection! Thanks so much for sharing :) Also thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog, I’m following you on Bloglovin and G+, I hope you can follow me back to stay in
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  15. I must say your style is very impressive! You have a fantastic blog and all the pictures are wonderful! Loved everything!


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  16. Wow Madison the new autumn collection is a dream!! I love everything. You look marvelous. This is definitely one of my favorite outfits so far. I'm not surprised that the dress is sold out and it matches perfectly with the cute cardigan. Habe einen wunderschönen Samstag!!

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  17. Erika Sorocco27 September, 2014

    Le sigh...Madison I am in LOVE with this look! The print reminds me of giraffes - so exquisite on you!!

    xx

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  18. An amazing combination of prints Madison and the way you set them off with the beautiful pops of colour is simply perfect. Adore your approach to accessorising these prints also. :)


    Take care and I hope you are enjoying your weekend,


    Daniella xox

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  19. Fashion Blawger28 September, 2014

    I think this collection is beautiful. The giraffe print is subtle but clearly very inspired by nature. The colors flow perfectly together and totally encourage layering. I like how you paired the leopard printed top with the giraffe dress. Of course the dress is sold out! Btw, I checked the link to the Leo dress but it is no longer linking correctly.

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  20. Beckerman Girls28 September, 2014

    FANTASTIC prints!!! SOOO cool and super fun!
    xoxoBeckerman Girls

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  21. Beautiful mix of prints!
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  22. Thanks for your comment. Yes, many of the clothes tend to sell out very quickly in recent months.

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  23. Thank you Lilli. I wish you a wonderful weekend. xx/Madison

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  24. I liked it belted and thought a peplum would give it an elongated silhouette. Glad that you like it too. Thank Emmy.

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  25. Liebe Cla, Dankeschön!
    Auch, Ich hoffe, Sie haben ein schönes Wochenende! :-) xo

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  26. hehe, yes, definitely can be spotted from afar in these prints. But, I LOVE that! Wishing you a great weekend. Danke, Schwester! xx

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  27. Thank you Daniella. You are so sweet.Enjoy your week! :) xx

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  28. I'm glad that you liked the autumn collection, I also loved the colours and prints. Thanks so much for reading and commenting Mira. Haben einen schönen Abend! lg, Madison xx

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  29. It is absolutely gorgeous! I love the black & gold. Love the prints for both outfits! Looks great on you Madison.


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  30. The two prints work together so well - great choice!

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  31. To be honest, in my country those prints are not very welcome. But I like leo print. My sunglasses are with that print and I don't care what other people think. Love that dress, you made it look like a peplum indeed with that belt! And those colours and prints look great on you!


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  32. I love the black and golden colours and the mix of patterns! Great look :)

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  33. Lady parisienne29 September, 2014

    You look so pretty and sophisticated, I love your look this is perfect this pattern!

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  34. Dressed with soul29 September, 2014

    Mir gefällt diese Herbstkollektion von Gudrun Sjödén einfach sehr gut, liebe Madison, und vor allem finde, ich dass die Kleidung, die Du hier zeigst, wie für Dich gemacht ist! Ich habe Dir ja schon einmal geschrieben, dass ich der Meinung bin, dass diese Firma sehr froh sein kann, Dich als Partner gewonnen zu haben, denn Du verkörperst für mich die ideale Trägerin der Kleidung so elegant und schön wie Du bist <3

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  35. I like the colours and the patterns; definitely items that I'd wear!

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  36. Liebe Rena, Wow, Sie sind immer sehr süß in Deinen Kommentaren. Ich bin glücklich, ein Partner, mit Gudrun Sjoden. Ich finde die Design und Weise sehr gut und perfekt für die Umwelt, besonders umweltfreundlich Kleidung. Danke!
    Alles Liebe,
    Maidson

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  37. Understandable about your country, also a shame since they are amazing prints. thanks for your comment. I agree, not caring what others think will free you from being constricted in your personal style. :)

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  38. I love bold prints, this dress looks perfect on you! I'm also a fan of those heels. ;)

    Tara x

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  39. oh, those little tigers (or whoever those cuties are) are so cool! I love that fabric. and overall those bold patterns are really nice for autumn and winter when people tend to wear darker shades anyway. those fierce patterns indeed add colour to every look!



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  40. Your outfit is fabulous. I like the bold print and colour combination. Mustard is not a colour I tend to wear but it's a great colour to wear with black. Those winter knits are so rich and vibrant.

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  41. You look stunning and so elegant. Pairing of patterns is fabulous. This looks like wonderful collection. Great inspirations.


    xoxo Ra

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  42. Can I snatch that jacket away from you dear? The prints are way beyond amazing and you styled them perfectly together! You look impeccable

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  43. SHE Jenmarie30 September, 2014

    These prints are amazing! I've never in my life worn anything giraffe printed. I'd be interested in trying it!

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  44. wow you look stunning! i love the print ;) !

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  45. Rosalind Jana30 September, 2014

    What's not to love? Sustainable AND well-designed with an eye for vibrant print mixing. Not to mention that you look as though you should be strutting the pages of a lookbook!

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  46. I am really loving this fall collection! The prints are really awesome and I love how well they mix together!

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  47. Thanks! Yes, I think that the colours are a great combination as well. Have a nice week!

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  48. Was für ein schönes Outfit! :) Die Farben sind toll und stehen dir sehr gut! Liebe Grüße aus München

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  49. Yes, it is not for everyone, but I love it and try to wear the clothing in different ways. The colours area amazing! Thanks for your comment.

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  50. Thanks Rebecca. I knew you would love it since you adore colour! xx

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  51. Oh to Be a Muse01 October, 2014

    Nice styling and color palette, especially with the mustard addition of the shoes.

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  52. What a fun print!!
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  53. A daring, colorful and optimistic collection. I love your outfit, you look so elegant and precious, sophisticated!<3
    xoxo

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  54. Thanks for sharing! I am definitely in love with this collection now, the prints are fab and it is eco friendly too (ticks all the boxes for me). Looking forward to more sustainable style.

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  55. These colors are so gorgeous and I love your entire look because the pop of yellow is so unique especially for fall. Hope you had a great summer Madison! :) xoxo

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  56. Thanks Dale! Hope you're enjoying the beginnings of autumn. :) xx

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  57. Thank you. Yes, the entire collection really is amazing. I think you would definitely love some of their prints. I will have more sustainable styling coming soon. Enjoy your week! /Madison

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  58. what a sharp look, love the dress paired with that jacket and stunning shoes and belt!

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  59. MISPAPELICOS15 October, 2014

    You have a wonderful eye for print mixing, dear Madison
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