Minimal Oriental

Minimal, Oriental, Wish List, SS13, Spring Summer 2013, Allsaints, Zara, Rick Owens, COS, Topshop, & Other Stories, Haider Ackermann

It’ll come as no surprise that I’m excited about all of the oriental influences that seemed to show up everywhere on the Spring/Summer catwalks, being a bit of a Japanophile myself. I’ve taken inspiration from traditional oriental dress, particularly from China & Japan, many times for my own projects at college & university. I always preferred the mens garments though, they still have those lovely crisp, distinctive silhouettes, but without the fussiness of all the prints & decoration that you usually associate with this kind of dress.

It’s a more relaxed, minimal take & it’s great to see so much of it about for Spring. There are so many pieces I’ve got bookmarked to buy, but these are just a few of my favourites. I like that most pieces just hint at the inspiration with their high mandarin collars, wrapped fronts & origami inspired folding, it’s so subtle. There’s nothing worse than looking like you’ve dressed head to toe in the new seasons trend, but these pieces are timeless & would slot effortlessly into my current wardrobe.

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  1. Posted 01.04.2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Japanese style is pretty cool, I’m coveting that all saints dress and those wedges! Come into my wardrobe please!

  2. Posted 01.04.2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh, I need those Rick Owens Wedges in my life!

  3. Posted 01.04.2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I just saw the skort in white, which I didn’t care for (diapers?) But the black is soooo much better. I would wear these in black…

  4. Posted 01.04.2013 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    mmMmM I might need to go to Zara to check that striped shirt…


  5. Posted 01.04.2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Amazing dress :)

  6. Posted 01.04.2013 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    One thing I really like about your wishlist is how I can quite quickly imagine every single piece together. I have that Topshop black dress on mine too – it’s so cute!

    • Posted 05.04.2013 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      Yes it is! I keep checking my store to see if they have it in yet, I’m curious what the fabric’s like as I think it could make or break it for me, in terms of purchasing it.

  7. Posted 02.04.2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    steph that allsaints dress is AMAZING!!! so perfectly minimal and i do have a thing for mandarin collars.. the back detail is awesome too ;) also much prefer the skort in black.. definitely liking spring options (except i seem to be in the wrong hemisphere lol)

    • Posted 05.04.2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

      Isn’t it?! I was tempted to put the back on the image too cos it’s so nice, gotta love a sheer back! I don’t actually have anything with a mandarin collar, even though I really like them too, think I need to see to that! Hah! ;)

  8. Posted 02.04.2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I love these platforms from & other stories. I am planning a London shopping trip and looking forward to checking out the store, have seen a few nice items on the website, but eager to see in the flesh. Especially keen to try all the cosmetics they do too.

    • Posted 05.04.2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

      Yes, me too. I’ve been stalking the online store & there’s so many pieces I like, but I want to see what kind of quality to expect, so I plan on going to the store too before I buy anything. I hate being disappointed when ordering online! I’m intrigued by the makeup too!

  9. sophie
    Posted 02.04.2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I love oriental influences as well and the pieces you have chosen are so beautiful and unusual. I’ll be keeping an eye out for them in the shops xxx

    I left my heart in Miami

  10. Posted 02.04.2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    I can’t really do the oriental look or trend even though here you have presented really well and in my colours most is usually loud and lots of prints. I am def going to try the mandarin collar, I am sure you will rock this look no problem

  11. Posted 02.04.2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    That COS necklace is amazing, everytime I go into COS, I look at the jewellery and this one always stands out. I’m sure it was in the sale a little while ago? Not sure – I could be wrong though! The All Saints shirt dress is pretty awesome, can definitely see these fitting into your life!

    • Posted 05.04.2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      Oh, tell me about it! I’m obsessed with their jewellery, such nice clean pieces. I’m planning to get it on my next trip down to London, so fingers crossed it might be in the Spring sale too! ;)

  12. Posted 03.04.2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Love the structure of the skirt and necklace! Definitely loving geometrics and minimalism this season.

  13. Posted 03.04.2013 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    I’ve never taken to Oriental infused fashion mainly because I look awful in it lol. I do it no justice. But doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the amazing structure and tailored lines that goes into each piece. I’m loving the Zara shirt, I think I’ve seen a handful of people wearing it around lately so thanks for pointing me in the right direction!


  14. Posted 03.04.2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Those are really great picks! That striped shirt is my fave!
    I have been reading your blog for a while, but it never occured to follow it, so, anways I’m your newest follower! :)

    • Posted 05.04.2013 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

      Aw, thankyou Maddie! I already follow yours too :)

  15. Posted 03.04.2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink
  16. Posted 04.04.2013 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Nice clothes, need such a skort and the dress! :)

  17. Posted 05.04.2013 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    No doubt this season and the next oriental inspiration is everywhere! Love the pieces you chose! :)
    I really missed checking out this place :)

  18. Posted 07.04.2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m also a fan of oriental influences in fashion (to be honest I’m a big fan of Asia overall and I think Asian countries are my favourite destinations…)! Steph, you put together a great selection: may I have the stripy top and the black dress…please?! Caterina

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