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The Modern Geisha Girl

Geisha Style

One trend I am loving this season is Oriental. As designers give a modern twist to Japanese Geisha and take inspiration from the Far East we are seeing bold colours, patterns and interesting shapes like never before. With summer being the time for travel and exploration this is a trend impossible not to embrace.

Etro has been a key player for this trend, producing garments that Veronica Etro likened to being ‘windows to a fantasy world’. Her collection really plays with origami-stiff shapes and kimono sleeves to give the Western world a little taste of the East. Her blend of stripes with bold florals, rigid shapes and flowing dresses complemented with chunky statement accessories leaves something for everyone.

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Celebrities such as Taylor Tomasi Hill and Miranda Kerr have the right idea for how to wear this trend. Tomasi Hill shows us how to stay cool in a silk summer day dress and shades, while Kerr nails sophisticated evening glamour in a fitted dress with details of blue, black and coral.

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As for the high street stores, Zara is where I am heading for my Kimono style blazer. Their collection is full of intricately detailed dresses and jackets. With endless choice of bright colours or you can opt for black with details of gold for a modern take on a Japanese Geisha.

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This look needn’t be worn head to toe, instead add a few key pieces to your wardrobe. Wear jeans and a plain top with a bright kimono or find a silk dress with a traditional Japanese pattern on for a strong visual statement. Neutrals are key for balancing out the bright colours and prints so try and incorporate earth tones into your outfit. Accessories in hot colours like red and regal blue are perfect for the summer months.

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