Monthly Archives: March 2009

Trend Watch: Ruffles

Not just for pirates, Prince or Victorian ladies…

You will find them in nearly every store this spring and summer—ruffles have made a comeback.  The good news is there is such a variety of styles within this trend everyone will be able to participate.

If you have a small bust—rejoice—because this trend will look most flattering on you.  While your big bust gal pals have enough volume of their own, the increased volume of the ruffles will draw the eye away from your cup size and will create a focal point on the ruffles instead. 

The first blouse would also look good on a woman with a straight figure who wants to create some curves.  Pair it with a straight skirt and heels and you will look fantastic.

Now I mentioned at the start of this post that every shape could participate in this trend.  The beautiful blouse in the center by Nanette Lepore is perfect for a large busted woman with its wrap style and single ruffle layer.  This blouse would also flatter an hourglass shape with the belted waist to enhance your enviable waist.

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If this is your first visit to Fashion Sensei, take a look at the Fashion Lesson series to find out more on how to dress your body type.

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Japan Fashion Week A/W 2009

Ok, this is more like it!  There are loads more pictures to review today from JFW, so let’s get right to it.

 

YUMA KOSHINO
Yuma Koshino

I absolutely adore the dress in the center with the lively color, tulle overlay and the little bow shoes.  The black dress to the right, would be particularly flattering on a woman with a straight figure and an angular face.

View JfW day 3

 

 

YUKI TORII
Yuki Torii

Oh my, how beautiful is the cranberry jacket with the silk blouse?  Notice all the varying textures in that outfit—the felt hat, the silk blouse with the velvet jacket over it and the metallic thread in the pants.  This is a very creative business look.

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Keiichi Muramatsu

Remember the first post in this series when I mentioned that there would be some street style influence?  Young Japanese are known for dressing up like superheroes, Strawberry Shortcake and even porcelain dolls—the names of the styles range from Gothic Lolita to Cosplay (costume play).  This collection from Everlasting sprout has that sort of edgy street style feel to me with its lampshade inspired collection.

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JOTARO SAITO
Jotaro Saito

Here, we go from edgy street style, to the other end of the spectrum with the traditional kimono.  The west has been heavily influenced as of late with the obi style belt.  Do you remember the spring Louis Vuitton belts?

 

View JFW Geisha

 

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Norio Surikabe

This silhouette will not be new to you.  The updated version of the harem pants were seen in fashion weeks world wide.  What I really like about this collection, are the metallic boots that the model in the center is wearing.  When grouped with this color pallet, it really works.

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araisara
Sara Arai

Right on trend with the rest of the world, we have a jumpsuit and metallics.

View JFW 9

 

HISUI
Hiroko Ito

You hear me talk about proportion so often in my Fashion Lessons, and the skirt in the middle is one shining example of why a short, high waist skirt will lengthen your legs. 

It also illustrates how a woman with long legs needs to take care when choosing the length of her skirt (unless she looks like this model).  Do you see how long her legs look and how short the skirt looks on her?

View JFW 12

 

G.V.G.V.
MUG

Hourglass ladies take heed, the dress to the right would look incredible on you!

View JFW 10

 

That’s it for this installment.  Be sure to come back again tomorrow for more from JFW!

Photo Source: Japan Fashion Week Organization

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Japan Fashion Week A/W 2009

In today’s installment of JFW, we have mintdesigns, Theater Products, and Kamishima Chinami.

mintdesigns
Hokuto Katsui /
Nao Yagi

Someday I would love to cover JFW first hand to understand the context of each individual show and to interview the designer’s on their inspiration.  For example, why are these models wearing masks?  I know that there is a market for designer hospital masks in Asia due to the bird flu, but is there another reason?

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THEATRE PRODUCTS
Akira Takeuchi /
Tayuka Nakanishi

In a patchwork-like theme, the trench coat to the right is quite lovely.  I am also happy to see a couple of Asian models in this show.  And is it just me, or does the blond model below look a bit like Paris Hilton?

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KAMISHIMA CHINAMI
KAMISHIMA CHINAMI

A very European inspired collection, Chinami featured soft unstructured dresses, sweater jackets in neutral colors and classic oxford shoes.

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What do you of JFW think so far?  Take a look at yesterday’s photos and leave me a comment.

Photo Source: Japan Fashion Week Organization

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Japan Fashion Week A/W 2009

Hurray, it’s finally here!  I just love Japan’s Fashion Week.  Known for their technological prowess, JFW opened with a ”cybernetic human” robot code-named HRP-4C.  A far cry from the Jetson’s style robot Rosie, this robot’s face is eerily humanlike.

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Photo credit: AP Photo/Shizo Kambayashi

JFW is much smaller in scale than other fashion weeks with only 39 brands participating, but the shows never disappoint.  The Japanese designs blend European, American and of course Japanese influences.  There is also an element of Japanese street style incorporated in some of the collections that you will not see at any other fashion week.

 

motonari ono
Motonari Ono

Influential in their own right, I recall several Japanese designers showing high ruff collars during the spring 2009 shows; particularly our first designer Montari Ono.  Later, during the fall/winter 2009 American and European shows, I couldn’t help but notice a few of the high ruffs included in their collections.

In this collection, Ono has delivered a new interpretation of spring’s a high collar that is ideal for a chilly fall evening.  I particularly appreciate the golden scarf constructed from flowers in the first picture and the ruffled trim on the jacket in the second photo.

View JP FW AW 2009 Motonari ono

 

Né-net

Kazuaki Takashima

I will be keeping a close eye out for more information regarding Né-net’s inspiration in what appears to be a homage to boxing promoter Don King’s hair, the Masked Marauder and the American dollar.

 

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matohu
Hiroyuki Horihata /
Makiko Sekiguchi

In what appeared to me to be a very well tailored, but incredibly dark collection, designers Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi may be reflecting a mood shared by the world wide economy. 

View JFW AW 2009

   

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the next installment of Japan Fashion Week autumn/winter. 

Photo Source: Japan Fashion Week Organization

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20 Style Finds Under $50

It’s the first day of spring and you have the itch to go shopping, but you are trying to save money.  Here are 2o style finds that won’t break your budget, and will add a little “spring” to your step.

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Spring Finds Under $50

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