(Zara crop top and skirt, Reiss fedora, Whistles French Suede Stiletto, Vintage belt, Topshop neon card case)
Japonisme has been all the rage for this S/S season, but for some weird reason, I haven’t taken it on in any of my posts until now. I thought I should address this failure in my part as soon as possible, but it’s been difficult to find that ‘it’ piece. I’ve seen countless pieces with kimono motifs, but something’s always been wrong. Perhaps I’m a bit of a snob for ‘authentic’ Japanese patterns. But having thought about the key features of the Japonisme trend, I realised that the key isn’t finding traditional kimono prints, but finding the idea of Japan or the interpretation of Japan in fashion. I particularly like this Zara skirt for it’s rich cobalt blue hue and chrysanthemums and cherry blossom pattern. If there are two quintessentially Japanese flowers, these two must be it. Chrysanthemums are the flower of the Japanese imperial family and cherry blossoms are symbolic of pink snowflakes during spring time in Japan. It’s also a perfect piece to dress up or wear to work for a sophisticated look. For today, I thought of teaming it with a crop top to give it a more casual, yet fun style.