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.