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Turning Japanese: Fashion & Cocktails

On Tuesday 14th October, Find My Style was invited to host a fashion and cocktails night for bloggers at the newly opened Sakura Bournemouth. The Japanese inspiration behind the bar lent itself perfectly to the current fashion trends. Below we share the five key ways that Japanese style is influencing the current style trends for autumn/winter.


Fashion commentators have been claiming that the impact of Japanese aesthetics this season is reminiscent of the 1981, when Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto burst onto the Paris fashion scene. At the time of relatively conservative dress, the new shapes that they brought with them threw the fashion world into array. Their ‘dark, voluminous, misshapen coats worn with huge brimmed hats that hid the models’ faces’ displayed the deconstructed lines of Japanese fashion that was the antisepsis of western bodycon and shoulder pads at the time.

Fast forward 23 years and the Japanese aesthetic has held a long and successful courtship with western fashion. Within the current trends, there are five key influences that trace their inspiration back to the influence of Japanese culture:

Oversized Coats

Reboot your outerwear. The ideal coat this season is bobbled finish, with a tonal wool-blend design cut into a cocoon silhouette and finished with notch lapels. This design actively defies the western philosophy of cutting and stitching the fabric to fit the body, and embraces the Japanese aesthetic of wrapping the fabric to envelop the body.

Earthy aesthetic & washed out florals

Creativity with texture. Folk influences flow from the craft couture movement; and nowhere is this more highly regarded than in Japan. Quality fabrics –think Japanese denim – have always been important culturally and often high-end Japanese fashion is still hand finished within people’s homes even today.

Simple structure & fabric fluidity

The fluidity of the cuts signify the link the nature and the importance of fabric flow. Alongside this, the clean design lines and emphasis on structure is ironic of Japanese design and brands like Cos on the UK high street encapsulate this beautifully. It’s all about doing something different as the opening to Issey Miyake’s show for AW 14 illustrated.

 Urban retro

Bold graphics & punchy sportswear is the look this season. Work it your way.  Influences from the streets of Harujuku can be clearly seen in this trend, and in how the looks are pieced together.

Seeing red

Red is the colour that turns heads by day and by night, as it is the first colour that the eye sees. In Japan it is associated with being life-giving and traditionally red and white are the two colours used to celebrate weddings. Red can be seen everywhere this season particularly for coats and dresses to make an impact.

To finish up the session we handed over to the bloggers to turn their hand to Japanese style with fashion origami. See below for the results & many thanks to Phil Maclean for capturing the moment on camera too! 

Bloggers at Sakura with Fashion Origami