Here’s what you want to do with your modern/vintage look!
Long haori are very old-fashioned, as in the 1920’s-30’s, but have made a strong comeback in polyester from modern designers.
The combination of fur purse with fluffy white scarf and knitted hat and rough-looking gloves, bouncing those textures through the coordination WITH a perfectly balanced violet blue and ochre yellow has me absolutely enthralled. This is a 5-star coordination in my book. You could wear boots with this, earrings, or lace gloves. Under the kimono you could wear leggings or pants (I’ve seen it!) and even a sweater for warmth! There is almost no limit to how many layers you can wear UNDER it. Brilliant colors here.
33,075 yen…but why??
It’s a yukata with dancing skeletons, that’s probably why!
This is ridiculously expensive for a 100% Polyester YUKATA, but maybe that’s what I get if I want to buy designer. :(
I love it though, and with a black obi wouldn’t it be excellent?
This is an insertible obi-stiffener that has an edge of lace on it. As you can see the body of the object is made of an open plastic mesh instead of the usual thick plastic or satin-coated plastic. This makes it very suitable for summer.
The same lace is on an eri (you can just stitch this in) to match, though you could just use one or the other if you like.
This lace obi-stiffener is basically taking the place of an obiage and you don’t have to worry about sweating on it! Go ahead! It’s July!
2 piece set at Kimono Bijin, 4800 yen
The gigantic obi in back is made by a double application of “puchi obi” (a mangling of the word “petit”), long crepe-like obi that are just tied like a very big ribbon. Anything you can do with a long ribbon you can do for a puchi obi. The regular obi itself is pink, and underneath, probably holding up the fluff of the puchi obi. There is also an inserted layer of lace as well as an “obi necklace” AND a clip-on ribbon….
is this enough accessory for you? XD
Coral orange/pink/red in all its forms is a very basic Japanese color and is utilized heavily in kimono.
Adding a dark grey-green eri (collar) to this kimono makes it more formal, though the allover pattern is already casual. The dark stripe connects to the dark color in the obi and keeps it in the same color family.
Putting abstract patterns with abstract patterns (obi/kimono) is non-seasonal and mature.
Butterfly obi and butterfly kimono here at Kimokemo shop.
These butterfly are large and youthful, and printed in very bold colors, but they are arranged in a grid which is quite 70’s vintage, don’t you think?
The colors here are really interesting on a white background, and the orange spotted obiage is tied in the back—beside the obi pillow, with the ends hanging down. That’s unique.
Double obiage tied in ribbons (the same as a bunko obi) is a great addition to this bold purple furisode. The violet in the eri is different from the purple of the furisode, being a very cool purple, but the dark obiage picks up that color well and keeps the outfit tied together.
The touch of red in the obijime is a good focal point. I feel a dark or red bag would have matched better, as the white/gold disappears into the outfit.
Kimono by Kimonohime, Obi by tsumori chisato.
If you want to wear your Nagoya obi in a Taiko, and you want to look like a present, this is probably the obi you want! :)
Furisode designed by Tsumori Chisato.
100% polyester, washable. The large geometric in the obi is a good balance for the hand-painted lace-style lines. The lace collar is another current trend that can be used to great effect (see Mamechiyo’s work). The only point I’m not convinced of is the light, cool-pink juban collar.
The bonus of this furisode is the repetition of visual texture. The lace collar is repeated in the painted gold and black “lace” design on the length of the kimono, and the fading black into white and white into pink gives the illusion of real layers.
I really try to be as professional as possible when writing this blog, but when I go through Mamechiyo’s stuff and see a color set like this, I just want to write “By the beard of Zeus, I must take this kimono and RUB IT ALL OVER MY FACE I CANNOT RESIST YOU PLEASE HOLY COLOR GODS”
But I will refrain.
The collar they’ve used is embroidered with realistic, textured sakura blossoms and bamboo leaves as seen above.
The obi, close-up, is also pretty enough to get its own picture:
It appears to be bouquets of blue tulips with ribbons and shading in gold stitching, but the reverse is, if possible, even more gorgeous.
I will be the first to say I am not the world’s biggest fan of blue, but this vibrant turquoise is a color that I have been wanting to use in kimono since day one. The double bow-tied obiage are also a specialty of Mamechiyo and I can’t figure out how they tie them…! They add a lot of texture to an otherwise graphically flat kimono and the overall effect is so razor-perfect it has me on the edge of my seat.