Roberto Cavalli AW15. Photo: Yannis Vlamos
The Far East has long been a source of inspiration for Western fashion designers, with its interesting shapes and traditional prints, but this year Chinoiserie is a fully fledged trend. It all started with SS15, with the likes of Stella McCartney and Prada incorporating subtle styles into their collections. AW15 is where the trend really comes to life though; Dries Van Noten’s collection was full of beaded dragons and Chinese medallion prints, while Celia Birtwell, Lanvin, Donna Karan, Erdem and Gucci all looked to China for inspiration.
It’s no surprise, then, that this year’s theme for the much-anticipated Met Gala was China and its artistic influence on the West. Jewel tones, kimono-like garments and embellished floral motifs dominated the red carpet at what is often dubbed fashion’s biggest night of the year.
Kate Hudson, Kendall Jenner and Beyoncé showed us how to put a contemporary spin on Chinoiserie at the Met Gala (ok, maybe we won’t be recreating Beyoncé’s exact look…), giving us inspiration on how to wear this trend with style. Here at MyBag, we’re fully embracing the trend, using bold reds and golds in our accessories, as well as intricate florals and prints.