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Hiromi Asai Fall Winter 2016

Cherry Blossom in Winter Wonderland, the descriptive I would use to describe the collection of exclusive Kimonos designed by United States-based fashion designer Hiromi Asai. Kimono is a universal fashion that is beyond cultural and ethnic boundaries. Hiromi’s Kimono tells a story with its exquisite textile. Each piece is exclusively created for its Kimono collector. The creative process is the same as a sculptor would create a commissioned sculpture for its art patron. This collection shown on the runway is a juxtaposition of purple and gold, flowers and birds, the mood is light and happy. It is a fresh take on fashion amongst all the rock-n-roll angst we have often seen on the runway brought on by designers like Alexander Wang and Rick Owens. Hiromi, on the other hand, works with the Kimono Artisan Kyoto in Japan to revive an art form. The Kimono was originally a Japanese garment with many unique features: form, motif, design, fabrics,

and accessories. It has a long history of more than 1,000 years — in Japan, yet in its native country the art of kimono creation is on the verge of crisis. Reduction of the kimono market, aging of artisans, and lack of their successors are slowly fading the once vibrant art. Hiromi hopes to reverse the trend and bring kimono dressing to its rightful forefront in fashion. Hiromi Asai believes the Kimono is universally recognized formal wear beyond cultural and ethnic boundaries. She creates outfits of the highest quality for her clients, every stitch is done by hand. The designer may not find a fan in every fashion editor but those who have the opportunity to see the Hiromi Asai Collection in New York certainly revisited the "Old World" where Kimono dressing is ceremonial. The audience had just rediscovered this art form through multiple variations of delicate weaves, mixture of soft and strong colors. 

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