When the menacing shape of wing-shouldered tops were seen at Rodarte and Alexander Wang on the spring runway, it piqued our interest. Then the trend was reconfirmed at Gianfranco Ferré, Haider Ackermann, and Lanvin, where shogunate elements like vests and wide trousers were complemented with other Japanese touches, like pleated, origamilike organdy and plush striated cotton bodices and bra tops, with hakana stiff belts looped just so. With its understated toughness and minimalism, it's a simple enough trend to gravitate to for spring; diffused options in stores now are easy to wear as the weather gets hotter. Try the drape front wide-leg trousers from Zara that mimic the silhouette of a yukata, or the Comme des Garçons overall-shirt cut along the grain to give a stiff drape and shape. For more fighting options, click the slideshow below.
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