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Lessons from the Lookbook

I’m koo-koo for kimono prints.  (And any Asian prints in general.)

Don’t know why they speak to me.  They just do.

Photo from The Sartorialist, probably over a year ago.

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  1. March 31, 2010 / 12:16 pm

    I agree completely. Also, as one whose closets are basically huge black holes — not because they’re empty of course, but because everything within is either black, charcoal or navy — a beautiful kimono works wonders in giving that “twist” you and Karen have been talking about lately.

    Oh yes, pas mal, pas mal de tout if you follow my drift. Well done.

  2. March 31, 2010 / 3:40 pm

    Agree. So…sumptuous. The color combinations always seem to be gorgeous, too.

    I was in a casual restaurant last weekend and there was a party going on in a separate room; a woman walked in for the celebrating in dark jeans and a belted kimono jacket and she looked GREAT.

    [I try not to think about cultural appropriation when I covet one, ha.]

  3. March 31, 2010 / 3:45 pm

    I don’t like kimonos so much as I like one style of Asian dresses-cheongsams, but I don’t think they’re suitable for my body type, a plus sized hourglass.

    I also like the Asian style peasant tunic/pajamas/pants I’ve seen but I would wear those at home or in the summer if they were really lightweight material.

    However, the real reason I’m posting is because I loved the jacket from yesterday-it was the first thing I noticed when I looked at the picture and I’m thrilled that you bought it! You look SO good in it, very flattering, lovely colors/textures etc. on you.

    Especiale Google insists on making me anonymous as usual…

  4. Couture Allure Vintage Fashion
    March 31, 2010 / 1:28 pm

    Perhaps because they are exotic but classic at the same time. Have you ever tried wearing a belted kimono jacket? It might be a great twist for your wardrobe.

  5. March 31, 2010 / 9:19 pm

    I am mad for them and today am wearing a blouse of Asian print, a pale turquoise ground with non-repeating (this is very important)print of crysanthamums in blacks and greys with tiny red petals, I mean, it is *something*. Wide black palazzo pants and gold hoops. I dislike safe, tight prints but adore these.

  6. La Belette Rouge
    March 31, 2010 / 3:53 pm

    I think he should give you that kimono. It would be much better on you.

  7. metscan
    March 31, 2010 / 7:10 pm

    So sorry, I find these too exotic to be worn over here, but might like them in some other part of the world.

  8. April 1, 2010 / 2:21 am

    I adore Japanese modern cotton prints – very quirky and stylish.

    I own three wonderful antique japanese kimono, but sad to say, I hardly ever take them out of storage. I wish I knew a way to enjoy them.

  9. April 2, 2010 / 12:55 am

    I’m so with you – I love chinoiserie too. There is something about asian prints and art that speak to me.

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