There was no doubting the Chinese influence this season when the collections hit the catwalk. From dragons unfurling down the front of a gown at Valentino to crimson columns of lace (tiered at Alexander McQueen, straight at Diane Von Furstenberg, embroidered at Roberto Cavalli) and limitless amounts of gold, the runways were awash with Eastern magic. We’re not talking Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon here, but rich colours and indulgent fabrics. Seen in Spring shows, from Prada among others (layered oriental silk shirts), the oriental fashion look has crossed over into the winter months.
Look out for silks and colourful piping to Japanese motif prints and other far-flung destinations of the Orient on anything from dresses to T-shirts. Browse the high street, malls in Muscat and souks of Oman to unearth some Eastern gems that catch your eye.
Add a sprinkling of the East to your outfit any way you can. This white oriental fringed poncho works well with smart jeans or trousers and will help keep you toasty warm during the cooler Omani winter. Available at Accessorize (there’s one in City Centre Muscat) RO23
Every woman should have a pair shoes by the iconic designer Jimmy Choo during her lifetime, although most of us may not be able to afford it. Still, if you can push the boat out, the Darylin is made from glossy patent-leather and the softest suede in the rich crimson red hue of the Orient with a gold panel at the heel. RO267 from Net-a-Porter.com
Traditional Japanese kimonos, or variations of them, are popping up all over labels this season. We love this Biba Kimono dress by House of Fraser combining the Orient with the ongoing fringed 1970s boho. RO58. Check out House of Fraser stores in Dubai Mall or World Trade Center Mall, Abu Dhabi
We’re a fan of these and it’s easy to see why. Keep cool and look the part with a Chinese bamboo-folding fan, an absolute bargain at RO1.14. Available in black, red, white and pink from dotcomgiftshop.com
This charming Naoki print tunic dress from Phase Eight with a design of flowers and butterflies gives a touch of the East without going over the top. The three-quarter length angel sleeves, round neckline and soft jersey bodice flatters most shapes. RO58
1. Keep it simple with elegant lines and chic tailoring.
2. Don’t overdo the Eastern influence. Sometime less is definitely more, so channel the look with accessories or key pieces, rather than head-to-toe.
3. Watch those clashing colours and prints. Vibrant red is great, but not when it sits next to orange.