An interesting trend is making its way onto the streets for this spring. Combining the past and the present, this stylistic robe is transforming into a modern “thing to wear.” This traditional garment is known as the kimono.
Dating back to traditional Chinese culture, this oriental artistic robe is rising in popularity in the fashion world. Heavily influenced by traditional Han Chinese clothing, this T-shaped, straight-lined robe, was adopted by the Japanese culture and was made into a particular women’s fashion. Wrapping around the body with a hem that falls to the ankle and with natural fluttering long-flapped sleeves, these kimonos are often worn on special occasions and seasons, whether it may be a child coming of age or a graceful wedding ( signifying the beginning of a journey). Festive in its colorful designs of dragons, flowers, and scenes of nature, these kimonos were and still are beautiful and extraordinary.
For this spring, the kimono has been revamped into a modern, chic design. Still having motifs of imaginative imagery and decorations of a wide variety of embroidery and design, these kimonos contain the ideas of the past with views of the present. With silk touchings and a slight bohemian edge, the kimonos of the streets are unique and aesthetically pleasing. These shrug-like draped looks could reach lengths to your ankles, knees, and even waist. With a variety of lengths comes a variety of colors, patterns, and textures. From muted colors of tan, white, and black, to more bold colors of red, yellow, and blue, there are many options! Pastel floral artworks, sheer texture and fringe, velvet accents– this trend is something customary with a twist!
Making a presence at this spring’s Japan Fashion Week, traveling off the runways to the urban streets of Paris, London, Tokyo, and New York, the kimono has made its presence known! This street style is traditionally vivacious!