Our Guide To The Oriental Influence Fashion Trend – AW12
Cascading a collection of brocaded jackets complete with oriental motifs down the catwalk, Proenza Schouler added a texture mix feel to the trend with leather pouches and chunky heeled ankle boots used to punctuate looks.
Updating the grandiose fabrics with dishevelled locks and worn-in make-up, the maestro showcased the new way to work the trend. Follow suit and keep your accessories chic and sleek, and your hair and make-up artfully undone.
As the trend’s brocade, metallic and luxe fabrics lend themselves to eveningwear, translating the look for day time can be tricky.
Crafted from soft cotton printed with Chinese dragons and Eastern blooms, Wallis’ knot front top makes easy weekend wear. Team with a pair of dark skinny jeans and velvet smoking slippers to subtly salute the trend.
Investing in luxe, touchable textures is a key way to channel the trend’s majestic feel and with its embossed paisley print, To Be Adored’s Magda top effortlessly hits the fashion mark.
If you’re wary of the catwalk’s head-to-toe oriental outfits, a printed pencil skirt is a wearable way to dip your toe in the trend.
If you’re too timid to try out a printed top or trousers, accessories are the answer.
Embellished with a trio of peacocks, Zara’s embroidered bag has a handcrafted, textural feel that will effortlessly give the skinny jeans and a classic t-shirt an oriental edge. Keep the rest of your accessories simple and chic – black ballet pumps will work best.
While many designers tackled the oriental trend in a head-to-toe manner, queen of knowing what women want to wear, Diane Von Furstenberg’s approach was decidedly different.
Pairing busy printed shirts with crisp, white cotton - this is the wearable way to work the trend. Pick one piece – be it a bag, cropped trousers or pencil skirt – and let it be a focal feature. Tie up your look with a black obi belt or structured leather bag.
While we usually head to J.Crew for our wardrobe classics, thanks to its oriental-inspired, paisley print, the American store is quickly becoming our go to for tricky-to-translate trends.
A Red favourite for its trend led pieces; high street store French Connection has given printed trousers a facelift this season, splattering them in Eastern-inspired blooms.
While the catwalk’s clashed Chinoiserie prints – think mismatched kimonos, trousers and vests – MW Matthew Williamson’s top has already tackled the task.
With its gilded gold cloth and steel grey panels, this statement tee will look best with chic cigarette pants or dark denim jeans. Simply trade your ballet pumps for high heels and add a pair of oriental inspired chandelier earrings to take it from day to night.
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