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Elegant Plus Fashion Trend Report
Kimono Palooza
June 23, 2015

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All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected and curated by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships and is available at date of posting.  Please be advised that popular selections can sell out quickly, especially at trendier Fast Fashion outlets. Options are available in all size ranges, although Elegant Plus specializes in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over. 

 

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MODCLOTH
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DILLARD'S
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MAYA BOUTIQUE
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NEIMAN MARCUS
$49.99 $134.00 $299.00 $350.00
Cream Floral with Fringe
Kimono Topper
Size S - 4X
Vince Camuto
Blue Tile Print Chiffon Topper
Size 1X - 3X
Peacock Motif
Silk Velvet Duster with Fringe
One Size Fits XL - 5X
Caroline Rose
Abstract Print Jacket
Size 1X - 3X
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Ranging from simple solids in fine, lightweight fabrics to vintage, asian, and contemporary prints and designs, the kimono duster topper is currently having a fashion moment.  A long beloved item in many bohemian princesses' wardrobes, and often hand crafted works of art that gently skim and wrap the body in beauty, the trendy mass market is bringing riots of options in traditional and contemporary patterns to mainstream fashionistas.

The wide sleeve of Japanese kimonos give this jacket topper its distinctive style, but Western adoption of the garment type has evolved well beyond the ethnic tradition.  The addition of fringe on many comes from the popularity of large, embroidered silk piano shawls imported by Europeans from Asian colonies and trading enclaves during age of colonial empires.  These were the original material for vintage cocoon and opera coat designs with wide sleeves.  Today, textile artisans use the simple silhouette as the base for many hand painting and other surface design techniques for unique, art-to-wear pieces sold in upscale boutiques across the country.  Collectors love to wear their prized textile collections as conversation starters.

 

 
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SOFT SURROUNDINGS
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NORDSTROM
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ASOS
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RUE 21

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$89.95 $79.95 $73.00 $21.99
Hand Beaded
Striped Chiffon Topper
Size S - 3X
Sheer Scarf Print Kimono
Size 14 - 24W
Long Lace Duster
Size 14 - 24W
Sheer Southwest Print Kimono
Size 1X - 3X
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eSHAKTI
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CATHERINE'S
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CHARLOTTE RUSSE
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LORD & TAYLOR
$49.95 $129.00 $27.99 $69.00
Sheer Print Chiffon
Size 0 - 36W
Fringed Paisley Kimono
Size XL - 4X
Tasseled Scarf Print Kimono
Size 1X - 2X
Georgette Geo Print
Cocoon Topper
Size 1X - 3X
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AVENUE
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DRAPER'S & DAMON'S
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MACY'S
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ONLY GOLDEN GODDESS BOUTIQUE
$60.00 $149.95 $69.00 $75.00
Breezy Tropical Print
One Size to 32W
Silk Picasso Print Kimono
One Size to 3X
Jessica Simpson
Floral Fringed Cardigan
Size 1X - 3X
Hand Batiked
Art to Wear Jacket
Size M - 5X
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BATIK & FANS BOUTIQUE
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PYRAMID COLLECTION
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KAREN KANE
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CHELSEA VERDE BOUTIQUE

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$32.49 $69.95 $148.00 $34.00
Batik Golden Koi Fish
Kimono Coat
Size 4X - 6X
Floral Satin Jacket
Size 2 - 28W
Scarf Print Topper
Size XL - 3X
Byzantine Sketchbook Print
Oversized Kimono Wrap
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Finer examples are hand embroidered, made of vintage lace, Asian silk, or burnout velvet.  Vintage beaded details and long fringes are not uncommon. Art Deco and Art Nouveau inspirations are plentiful.   Exotic global prints have long been popular, evoking the spice markets of Marrakesh to ethnic looks of the American Desert Southwest. More everyday looks in more utilitarian cottons and rayons have traditionally been hand batiked and tie dyed, painted, or made from vintage scarves upcycled from thrift and yard sale finds.

Summer weights are often filmy chiffons that play peek-a-boo with body lines underneath.  The Summer Festival fashion crowd has embraced these worn casually over everything from denim shorts to maxi dresses. Some make fabulous swimwear cover-ups for pool side fashion.  More opaque, yet lightweight rayons are frequently batiqued in art-to-wear styles that work well over jeans, leggings and casual looks.  The most popular source for these is the Indonesian island of Bali where hand crafts have a long tradition as part of the local economy and culture. Heavier weight silks, satins, and velvets are generally choices, along with chiffons, for dressier occasions including paired with evening pants for unique wedding guest and cocktail party pant suit looks.

 

 

 

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