East Meets West: Kimonos at New York Fashion Week Fall 2016

 Kimono! 

Versatile, flattering, cozy and chic. I can’t say enough about this Japanese traditional garment that’s making a comeback. In fact, it’s become a staple of almost every well-known fast fashion chain. Yet, what do most people really know about this garment’s history?

This piece, which has so many distinctive features (form, motif, design, fabric and accessories), has an amazing story behind it. The Japanese, following their normal tendency to adopt, adapt, adept, started wearing the orient fashion in the eighth century. Traditionally, they were made from a single fabric bolt. By the 20th century, most Japanese citizens wore Western clothing. Today, kimono manufacturing is on the edge of crisis. Reduction of the kimono market, and the aging of artisans, and lack of their successors are slowly diminishing the once vibrant art.

Hiromi Asai, whose collection “Spirit Of The Earth” captivated me during NYFW, and my genuine curiosity for Japanese culture, inspires me to incorporate the traditional kimono into my wardrobe. Just like the little black dress or white shirt, I believe this should become a staple for all women. Hiromi Asai’s silk kimonos were a breath of fresh air at NYFW. I particularly loved the ones that featured pastel colors and minimal prints. The robe-like, relaxed look was absolutely stunning.

 

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