Autumn/Winter 2012/13 Trend: All aboard the Orient Express!

There’s simply no denying that the Far East has a brand of beauty all it’s own and this season designers have infused their collections with a striking dose of ornate orientalism.

The trend was widespread across the designer collections this season but Dries Van Noten, Proenza Schouler and Rag & Bone were among the few who took the essence of the orient to heart.

Colour and print are key elements to this trend – Rich and elaborate kimono style embroidery, bold silk brocades and stand-out shades of rising-sun red trimmed in gold – Not for the faint hearted fashionista. However, classic black had a strong presence and a sleek monochromatic outfit will flatter almost anyone.

Cut is another essential element to that ‘oriental chic’ look and in this area the trend truly does cater for everyone. Take inspiration from the classic Japanese kimono cut for something flattering, easy to wear and effortlessly chic, or take the extrovert choice and opt for a modified Chinese cheongsam dress in a bold seductive pattern.

Don’t stop at your clothing. Incorporate the Far East into your wardrobe with accessories too, try a fabulous printed obi belt, or a metallic origami style handbag.

Michael J Mulligan is a soon-to-be graduate of fashion journalism in the UK. As Style Editor of GabrielleTeare.com, He’ll keep you posted on new trends, fashion news, and style advice.


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