My beautiful and amazing Chinese fashion influencer friend and muse Harper Silin, purchased a vintage Haori the other day. Like many people, she was told it was a kimono, as that is what so many here in the west are told they are.
The Haori 羽織 is worn by women as outer or overwear to a Kimono. It is a light mid length jacket, normally not tied, so it is open to reveal the beauty of the Kimono and Obi under it.
Harper liked her black Haori very much. But the cost, the price was so much. Young Millennials.
You know how they are when it comes to money. More than we ever could dream of, yet so frugal and intent on a good bargain and tweeting, blogging or posting on Instagram about their latest haul.
And why not.
Harper looked great in all black, a great silhouette, her high street dress and her vintage Haori.
Lift your arms? What? she says. Hold out your arms like a tree. Reluctantly she fulfils my strange request. Look at the beautiful shape I say. Look how the sleeves hang and drop in a perfect right angle like a long square i say. Amazed, a smile comes to her face. When she smile’s and laughs, WOW. Forget your atom bombs and nuclear energy. More positive energy radiates from her than you can imagine.
The sales person in the shop did not tell her about the unique beauty of this item she purchased.
Just the typical you like, so buy and goodbye.
So when the lovely Harper showed me her purchase, I had to say it looks great, but you do know i have lots of these vintage Haori don’t you. Let’s try some, so after trying a few ranging from the 1940s to the 1980s, we opted for this one from the late 60s, with its colourful geo pattern, and its strange ubique paper like feel.
The shoot components consisted of a vintage belt to bind her super tiny waist, as an Obi was just too big and would be the star and not Harper in her Haori. Harper is an ambassador for the French bag brand GB David, so we had to have their popular cute cats eye bag. The Chantilly Le Chat Premier.
Next we added the way cool lace kitten heels with butterfly detail by Aruna Seth.
Harper has the most tiny and pretty feet, so to me, for this shot, it made sense to promote the pretty shoes by not wearing them, but to allude to them in a sensuous way, by showing off her bare feet, but holding the shoes. I think it works. Hope you do too.
The other look was a purple sparkly lurex mini dress from the late 1960s, working thigh the colours we matched with tiny court shoes with Japanese socks. Why do we only thinks of socks in the west, as only for children. Women rock socks, and if you’re into socks, there is only one place that rules, Japan. So we raided the treasure chest of cute socks for these, to complete the look.
For a few shots, we added a colour accent of a lime green wide brim floppy hat.
Hope you like the images and their energy.