From Marni to Alexander McQueen, the obi belt left a mark on the runway this season| Read on to discover the Asian influences

Marni injected an ethnic energy into the Spring/Summer ’15 collection by incorporating obi belts to their hallmark floral prints. This time the blooms were oversized and appeared on fur coats, leather skirts and silk dresses.

marni spring 2015

Feminine met masculine in Jonathan Saunders’ Spring/Summer ’15 collection where he introduced an origami-style gathered fabric bow on sweet summer tops. Botanical embellishments, silver and gold sequins scattered across pant-suit separates, skirts, dresses and tops in blues and browns were head-turners. His gold sheath dress had a lightness, achieved using Japanese techniques.

Asian inspired fashion



Kimono-sleeved shirtdresses, Indian ikat motifs and robe-style cover-ups were part of the trendy Spring/Summer ’15 collection bySportmax. Silhouette-skimming dresses and bias-cut separates were either tied around the waist, with pieces of fabric resembling sleeves, or strategically knotted and pin-tucked.

Alexander mcqueen spring summer 2016Kimono-sleeved shirtdresses, Indian ikat motifs and robe-style cover-ups were part of the Spring/Summer ’15 runways.

Alexander McQueen went on the kimono trail featuring his own version of the geisha in his Spring/Summer ’15 collection.

marni spring 2015

Sarah Burton, who designed the kimonos, elegantly adorned them with circles of cherry blossom on jacquard, along with stiff lantern sleeves. Cut-out blooms embellished harness-topped dresses which were softened via a skirt of ruffling petal and tiny flower appliqué. The samurai inspiration is clear from black-strapped harness topped dresses, cape jackets cut with slit open sleeves and short dresses with rounded armour-like short sleeves and stiff skirts.

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