This year, fashion week in Milan and Paris got off to an oriental start with many designers turning their heads to the East for Spring inspiration. Mason Martin Margela led the pack with an all out appreciation that featured jacquards and florals, long, straight dresses and obi wastes. On other catwalks, Antonio Marras threw a few cherry blossom blooms into his designs, while Roland Mouret preferred out-sized orchid motifs.
Over in NYC, designers including, but not limited to, BCBG Max Azria, Jill Stuart, and Suno also dipped their feet in Japanese waters with obi belts. London doesn’t like to be out-done, so J.W. Anderson picked up the baton for team UK and dramatically oversized the humble obi belt for greater effect.
All in all, Japanese influence was rifle across Milan, Paris, London and New York. We can expect this trend to trickle down to the high street in the form of wide, judo-style trousers, cinched waist styling and prints featuring cherry blossom, poppy and orchid blooms.