Would you wear wrap-around tailoring?

This exciting new trend has taken the fashion world by storm, with the Japanese fashion houses kick-starting this new direction for men’s clothing. In the heart of Paris, in the Musee D’Arts Decoratifs, H&M showcased its collection by inviting guests to a mock-up of a Japanese teahouse. They were treated to a feast of sushi to entice them into the show; the authenticity of the experience went as far as requiring guests to remove their shoes before stepping onto the tatami mats.

The H&M event was resoundingly successful. This can be attributed to the way that the designs displayed were part of a whole experience. The Japanese influence on design was carried through to details of table settings and décor.

What is the significance of see-now-buy-now designs?

The good news for consumers is that the designs seen at the show will be available in high street stores immediately. The concept of “see-now-buy-now” means exactly what it sounds like. This ever-growing trend was noted in September 2016 in relation to London fashion week. Read about it at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37408928.

Could these stylish kimonos be the latest item of clothing to complement mens designer jackets? Beware of a look that takes this too far. Don’t try to overdo it by wearing a kimono-style shirt with a kimono-style jacket. A classic jacket worn over the kimono from https://www.ejmenswear.com/ will tick more boxes on the fashion front. For a surprising finish to this sleek look, try black cowboy boots.

Think outside the box. Wrap-around is not all about silky fabrics and kimonos. In temperatures below freezing, models looked comfortable in thick knits made edgy and up-to-the-minute with bold colours and patterns. Another option is classic denim; this version was understated with exposed stitching.

The History of the Kimono

The kimono as an item of clothing has been worn since the 5th century AD and was adopted by the western population about 150 years ago. In recent years, there has been much sensitivity about westerners exploiting the fashion of minority groups without fully understanding the context of religion and culture. A case in point is the Bindi as worn by non-Hindus. The kimono on the whole has never quite slipped into this area of debate. However, there were protests when the Boston Museum of Arts started to celebrate Kimono Wednesdays as a celebration of Claude Monet’s painting La Japonaise.