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DESIGNERS looked East for inspiration this season and plundered a wealth of exquisite ideas.
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The result? Beautifully brocaded kimono jackets, elaborate obi belts, cheongsam-style dresses in rising-sun red, and embroidery rich with oriental motifs.
"Judo jackets in hi-tech fabrics and graphic Chinoiserie prints in streamlined shapes feel decidedly urban and less ceremonial than in seasons past," explains Vogue executive fashion director Calgary Avansino. "This is Eastern futurism for the modern woman."