Japanese influence in fashion is all the rage this Spring, but whoever claims it’s a novelty is hugely mistaken. Japanese esthetics have been flitting in and out of fashion for decades now. Post-WWI, Japanese prints on silk were all the rage. For that matter, I still own a Japanese style scarf that I bought back in the early Noughties, which I’m looking forward to tying around my waist Obi-style once again.
On the other hand, you will NOT be catching me wearing those freaky Givenchy slippers (see below), which scream sexlessness and should really be reserved for the catwalk and photo spreads featuring whippet thin models who could make paper bags look elegant. There’s a fine line between elegance and major fashion victim. When in doubt, don’t do it! A beautiful sheath, gorgeously cut jacket and pants (think Giorgio Armani or COS, if you’re strapped for cash), a delicate print or a silk scarf tied just so will, however, always stand you in good stead. Remember, this is classic, old-fashioned Japanese elegance, not Harajuku Girl on steroids!
Here are a few examples.