Kimono / by Didier Young

Since 1971, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has thrown an annual fundraising Gala to finance its Costume Institute for the year and to signify the launch of a new exhibit at the museum. Each new exhibit has traditionally opened on the first Monday in May since 2001 but the show did not receive much global recognition until 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty which honoured the deceased designer and broke attendance records. Since then, the Met exhibits have been under the scrutiny of the World, with each new show highly influencing brands and designers globally. 2015’s China: Through the Looking Glass became a glass shattering success which in turn created a huge revival of asian influences in fashion.

Since the Chinese exhibit, the presence of Koi fish, bengal tigers and Crane birds on fashion pieces has been prominent. The sudden rebirth of Gucci with Alessandro Michele at the helm of the house further fuelled the market with imagery of tigers and lions, patch worked in an unmistakable Chinese style. However, for those of us who may not be inclined to wear eye catching patterns, there are other alternative that will still allow you to partake in the asian movement. From Haider Ackermann to Marni,  modern variations of Qipao dresses and kimono styled shirts and jackets now overpopulate the market. In today’s post, I am featuring a kimono jacket from one of my favourite brands, COS.

The British brand decided to reinterpret the Japanese garment for their Spring Summer 2017 collection. While the cut is fairly traditional when it comes to kimono jackets, the interesting twist that the brand incorporated in the design is the fabric used during the manufacturing process. A supple, yet heavyweight denim was used in the making of the fashion piece and comprises of a belt that is weaved into the jacket in order to create the perfect cinched silhouette and avoiding the belt from moving too much up and down the torso. While it looks wonderful tied up, the belt can also be removed altogether to create a boxier figure which would work fantastically well with a more fitted outfit underneath.

Starting in May, the newest exhibit at the Met will be unveiled, a tribute to fantastic Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo and her avant garde fashion brand Comme des Garçons. Only time will tell how this particular exhibit will influence designers but one thing is sure, we are still firmly in route on the Orient Express.



Kimono jacket: COS/ Tee-shirt: Everlane/ Jeans: ACNE studios/ Shoes: Adidas