Fashion Trend: Asian Inspired Looks

From kimono styles, oriental floral and animal prints and even the occasional Japanese quotations, this fashion trend is a ticket around Asia. A Western take towards the East gives us a whole spectrum of form and print.

Prada Spring/Summer 2013

Prada gives us a more structured and mod appeal with its Judo-influenced tops that look like a minimalistic version of the peplum while the layered skirts are also reminiscent of Samurai armours.

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From left: Etro, Emilio Pucci, Emilio Pucci heels.

Etro on the other hand, goes all out with fluid silk wraparounds; a common style that other brands have adopted. These come along with gorgeous floral motifs that range from peonies to lotuses. Emilio Pucci incorporates Chinese tiger motifs and knot closures, and goes a step further with intricate carvings of dragons on the collection’s wedges.

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From left: Dries Van Noten, Hermes, John Galliano.

Perhaps the best combination of East and West goes to Dries Van Noten who paired a kimono-style shrug with a plaid two-piece – an odd combination on paper that translates so effortlessly beautiful in real life.

How to wear it: The most flexible piece from this trend is the silky kimono-style wraparound. Whether it is body-hugging or a flowy interpretation of the Japanese kimono, you can pair it with two extremes: a pair of slim or flared, baggy pants. A modern and chunky pair of heels should complete the outfit nicely. You can also introduce Asian-inspired prints that usually feature flowers from Asia in your accessories.

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