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Fash Food Trend Report: Design houses remain under the influence of Asia for spring

Herald-Leader Fashion writerDecember 23, 2012 

Fashion has been flirting with Asian-inspired style the past few seasons.

Retailers have offered gold jewelry reminiscent of ornate designs from India, and labels including Proenza Schouler produced clothes with rich brocade accented with Japanese-style flowers and metallic threads.

For spring 2013, designers again looked to the East for influence. Collections include flowing silk pants and tops with mandarin collars, obi belts and ornately carved accessories.

Kimono-style jackets were shown by Prada, Lanvin and The Row, among others. At Prada, the jackets featured embroidered flowers, and models wore split-toe socks, alone or with platform sandals.

Emilio Pucci adorned bomber jackets, white sheer paneled dresses, pants and tops with elegant dragons. Models sported ornately carved ivory hair pins and shoes.

The minimalist collection at The Row included flowing pants topped with simple robes in muted colors. A structured vest tied simply at the waist was similar to an Asian jacket.

At Lanvin, sleek dresses were balanced with patterns stitched upon textured short-sleeve jackets that closed with obi-style ties.

For accessories, think of adding Asian-style jade-colored beads to an outfit or a carved wood bracelet. Something simple, but chic.

Harriett Hendren: (859) 231-3324. Email: hhendren@herald-leader.com. Blog: fashfood.bloginky.com.

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