Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Trend Preview: The Kimono Jacket

One reoccurring theme that seemingly popped up in previously viewed spring/summer 2013 fashion shows was a simplistic approach to fashion. While many of today’s top design houses went big and bold for the fall/winter 2012 season, a good portion of them chose to adopt a grass-roots mentality, opting for minimalist styling.

One such trend that briefly caught some attention last fall and found a way back onto the runways for spring is the Asian-inspired kimono. The Far East’s influence on Western fashion is one that goes without saying. We have seen this time and time again with trends such as floral prints, dragon prints, geisha prints, language symbols, and, of course, the kimono. Prada, Haider Ackerman, and Dries Van Noten are a few noted design houses that chose to turn to our neighbors out east for some sartorial cultural inspiration. Available in a host of basic colorways, the kimono is a time-honored classic that adds meaning and sentimental value to this so-called minimalist styling movement.

One of my absolute favorites was a contribution from Haider Ackerman’s collection. The look featured a model wearing a white fitted waist-length kimono jacket featuring two asymmetrical lapels draped at the bottom. This unique piece was fitted with a pair of loose-fitted trousers, which added a contrasting silhouette to round out the look.

Ever consider adding a kimono jacket to your wardrobe roster? Not many have either! Consider this though; a kimono can serve as a unique statement piece that can help add some texture and high-fashion appeal to just about any smart casual ensemble.

Still on the fence? Check out these select kimono jackets:

The Row Saladin KimonoThe Row Saladin Kimono, $2,390

See You Monday Top Floral KimonoSee You Monday The Floral Kimono, $55

Nikita Sweater The Drum KimonoNikita Sweater The Drum Kimono, $21.95

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