Oriental influences, key for A/W 12, offer you opulence, hi-tech fabrics and traditional Eastern tailoring. Think obi belts, kimonos and cheongsam dresses combined with cherry blossom prints and elegantly strong florals. Traditions of the East shine through with enhanced graphics, embellishment and fabrics that encourage futurism. Oriental colours add a spark – Zac Posen combined Imperial Blues with China Reds, whilst Marni and Balmain embellished with light gold. Dries van Noten used artificially bright oriental patterns with graphics to add a contemporary edge, whereas silk was seen down many Eastern inspired runways to keep to tradition. This trend has come at a time when Eastern designers are starting to earn prestigious reputations in the fashion globe as the world’s newest designers, cultivating their own ideas through their work instead of following Western ways. Our Princess, Kate Middleton, has recently celebrated Eastern designers by wearing their creations as part of her tour of South East Asia with Prince William. Yesterday, she was photographed attending a state dinner wearing a Prabal Gurung graphic dress in deep purple. Gurung is a Singapore-born, American based upcoming designer who this week displayed his S/S 13 collection during NYFW. She was also seen sporting the oriental look in a beautiful kimono inspired dress with a delicate orchid print, designed by British designer Jenny Packham. No doubt K Middy will have many more Eastern inspired looks up her sleeve as she continues her nine day tour.
Top: Dries van Noten A/W 12; Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham.
Bottom: Proenza Schouler A/W 12; Jason Wu A/W 12 clutch.
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Top: Gold Jacquard print cropped trousers, Topshop, £45; Imperial Blue Regal scarf, Warehouse, £20. Bottom: China Red lace platform heels, Karen Millen, £140; Printed Chiffon kimono jacket, Miss Selfridge, £39.