Trend Report: Japanese-Inspired Fashion

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This 2015 a lot of designers looked to the East for inspiration, specifically Japan. The land of the rising sun definitely has no shortage of beautiful landscapes, unique art, and cultural heritage and history to draw from. Designer runways, from Alexander McQueen to Tibi, prominently featured design details directly drawn from Japanese culture and tradition.

I love how designers translated Japan’s heritage into wearable and fashion-forward pieces that every woman would love to wear. I, for one, would love to own something Japanese-inspired. The East meets West aesthetic is just so modern to me. Here is my take on Japanese style for Singaporean designer Silvia Teh. Click here for the full fashion spread that I previously blogged about. Here are some of my favorite looks from the shoot:




There are 4 styles that characterize this trend: origami detailing, tied/obi belts, kimono silhouettes, and japanese print motifs.

Silvia Teh’s design certainly reflect all 4 of those trends. I mean, how amazing is that wave print on the jacket? I also loved that navy kimono vest tied with an obi belt as well as the piece with an origami ribbon detail around the chest.

Here’s a closer on look on the 4 key pieces that comprise this hot trend:

Origami Details

Architectural and sculptural folding details are being integrated into runway looks this season. Instead of dressing up your clothes with jewelry, why not be progressive and opt for origami detailing that lends your look a futuristic yet sophisticated appeal? Margiela’s approach interprets origami via silhouettes that emulate origami’s stark folds and calculated proportions.


 Dasha Gauser // Image from DesignerCentral

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Maison Margiela // Image from Vogue

Kimono Style

Probably the most wearable out of all the Japanese-inspired fashion trends, kimono styles easily translate from one season to another. Keep an eye out for exaggerated sleeves, billowy fabrics, and wraparound silhouettes. What’s great about kimono styles is that it’s flattering to most figures and can be styled for either casual outings or fancier events.


Herve Leger // Image from Lollipuff

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Tied/Obi Belt

To look more in the know, swap out your leather and metallic belts for fabric belts that you can easily tie around your waist. It adds an air of chic nonchalance to your look, and it feels so on trend. You can choose thicker or thinner bands depending on your figure. If you’re looking to make more of a bolder statement, look for the full-on wide obi belts.


Image from FashionMio

Japanese Print Motifs

Be on the lookout for vintage-looking Oriental flora print or ancient art inspired prints. It’s patterns like this that will make you stand out head and shoulders over the fashion pack. Consider this the more high fashion alternative to your typical prints.

70s-and-Japanese-Print-Trend-2015Image from Trendspotter

How to Style Culottes

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Culottes are the new must-have pant for the summer. A cross between trousers and skirts, culottes have a voluminous cropped legs that are designed to resemble the ease and flow of skirts.

I love the laidback feel that culottes have. Not to mention it’s one of the trendiest silhouettes to sport this season. The other thing to love about culottes? It is so versatile.  You can jazz it up with bolder pieces or keep it simple and breezy with basic tees or tanks. You can even opt to wear it for work by adding more structure into your culottes look. The cherry on top of this trend is that culottes are a chic and more comfortable alternative to your regular pant.

Don’t get intimidated by culottes. It can be tricky to navigate and style this piece, but not to worry, I’m here to guide you. Here are some of the interesting and stylish ways you can style culottes:

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Pantone‘s Color of 2015 is Marsala. Pick Marsala hued culottes or opt to style your culottes with rich Marsala hues, and you’ll be as good as gold on the fashion trend scene.

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Birkenstocks staged a major comeback last year, and its reign hasn’t yet ended. Play up the comfy chic and polished lounge feel of culottes by pairing it with these sandals. Keep it sleek by throwing on a lightweight blazer.

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Olivia Palermo is really the master at making trends work for her. Culottes + a fringe clutch + graphic stripes = trend perfection. By keeping the accessories to a minimum, the trendy pieces shine.

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If you have a minimalist aesthetic, culottes add a dash of flair to your neutral ensemble of choice.

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Coordinated two-pieces are all the rage this season. Deviate from the crop top and skirt combo and try on this culotte and blazer duo for size. This one-two style punch will be great for the office as it is both fashion forward yet work appropriate.

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A pair of navy culottes is an investment worth looking into. Camel leather pumps, significant arm candy, and an animal print envelope clutch elevates this navy pant.

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Do like fashion maven Jenna Lyons and be a trail blazer. An ankle length pair of culottes with dramatic and maximalist volume is a great alternative to a maxi skirt or cocktail dress.

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Instead of doing white denim for your all-white summer look, why not opt for culottes? It feels more current and is definitely cooler than your standard white ripped denim.

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A pair of linen culottes feels positively Parisian with a simple tee and pumps. Tie a matching cardigan over your shoulder and some tousled waves for the perfect undone casual chic look.

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Look out for culottes that have interesting details, just like this pleated pair. The pleats give any look much needed texture.

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Get inspired by the masculine fashion history of culottes, and give your look a tomboy chic spin. Brogues plus a Peter Pan collar are just the ticket.

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Culottes are the perfect piece to show off your statement shoes. Since these pants are always cropped, it is ideal for letting your heels do the talking (and walking too!).


Vanessa Hudgens nails the culotte trend by pairing it with modern classics like a camel trench, barely there ankle strap heels, and a striped tee.

Which look did you love? I hope that this post inspired you to slip into the hottest silhouette of the season. 


Color of the Year: Marsala

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Every year the Pantone Color Institute selects a color they dub “color of the year.” Pantone is a company that creates tools for fashion, interior, and textile designers to ensure color accuracy and vibrance. And every year, Pantone never fails to start a color trend. This 2015, Pantone has named Marsala as the hot and trendy hue that is sure to take the world by storm.

Adaptable to both men’s and women’s fashion as well as home styling, the rich color of Marsala is just as warm and robust as the wine it derives its name from. Style wise, Marsala provides us fashionistas with so many opportunities for styling this hue all year round. Although the color is very reminiscent of fall, Marsala can be worn all year round. I am personally so in love with this earthy and sophisticated red-brown hue.

Here I give you some styling inspiration as well as some tips and tricks so that you can easily get in on this color trend too! Take a look at my picks and fashion ideas below.


Glamorize Marsala with hints of gold and leopard print. Both gold and marsala are warm hues that are sure to work well together. A Marsala feathered skirt is a worthy addition to your evening wear rotation, and a welcome change from your typical cocktail wear.


Sometimes, all you need is one trendy accessory to turn things around and elevate your look. A Marsala hued wide brim hat is a great way to cover your head and stay warm from fall to winter, and it’ll easily complement your cozy plaid flannels and cozy sweaters. The best part is that you can take this Marsala accessory toward summer dressing as well. It is a great topper for those breezy maxi dresses. 64a54b54ba9de25db234b4b16374a48b

Don’t shy away from donning Marsala from head-to-toe, the understated elegance and warm saturation of this hue is flattering to most skin colors and isn’t too loud or overpowering to be worn as a monochromatic look. Insert some leather and exotic animal skin into your look for some dramatic and fashion forward texture play. 289df7817721756695df2832ee900adb


Midi skirt plus Marsala equals a trendy combo that your closet will die to have. A pleated midi in Marsala can be worn with a variety of pieces, you can wear it with a crop top for more casual occasions or you can opt for more polish as shown in this look. The striped oxford shirt and pearls add a classic twist to the Marsala piece.

Marsala when done in tailored and structured shapes is so attention grabbing. Add an oversized belt that’s very current, and you’ve got a contender on your hands. For serious street style chops, Marsala is the way to go as it shows your trend savvy and fashion knowledge. 8743eeef8f57bf9a29309d85cd465f87

Casual days get a trendy update when you throw in a relaxed fit Marsala button-down into the mix. This rich hue pairs amazingly well with jeans, and again looks so stunning when worn with animal print and your favorite gold bling.

An athletic spin on Marsala is a styling idea that you should look into. The juxtaposition of the sporty platform slip-ons with the mystery and femininity of Marsala is pure perfection. A leather cross body satchel and sunnies definitely add that downtown cool vibe to this look. d leopard belt leopard loafers steve madden brooks brothers camel blazer burgundy theory cropped pants brooks brothers non iron blue oxford shirt fashion blog classic street style new york city women working appropriate professional outfit

Adding some Marsala to your office look is a great way to insert color into your everyday work wear without looking inappropriate or out of place in the board room. Marsala is a subtle and warm shade of red-brown that can pair well with your blue office separates and tailored blazers. Try a Marsala tailored pant for a standout stylish office look. e6934c1d5d1b0c62864aecd8cf311c63

When in doubt, pair it with black and white. Outerwear has been a fashionista staple for many seasons now. Most street style stars make a sartorial statement through their topper of choice, make yours count with a Marsala trench coat. It’s a classic silhouette that is given a modern spin by this trendy color. This coat will go well with most fall hues, but black and white just gives it that edgy graphic feel. fbe481b1a8e352d6bb2246fcfb940b3aTaylor Swift has been nailing the street style game as of late, and this on point outfit is no exception. She basically affirms the chicness and wearability of Marsala in this papparazzi perfect street style look. The green check scarf and her khaki-colored peacoat look like they were made to go with her Marsala hued denims.

So which Marsala look caught your eye? I am looking forward to some Marsala-hued shopping this weekend!