Cheap kimono are the best kimono…

$7 Synthetic Komon

They are…for just $7 you can get a nice synthetic komon…and I got 20 obijime for $14 too:

$7 Obiage lot

£7 Obiage Lot

I will bundle up the unwanted of the obijime for selling. It was the gold/silver, purple and mint green that caught my eye.

I am really into the round twisted obi-jime at the moment, I love how they stand out. My favourite obijime have been these type or my really big flat ones!

Kimono at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Well Kimono de Jack was at the Victoria and Albert museum saturday and we were horrified that the fashion segments was closed until May 🙁

We still had the Japanese exhibit and more photos can be found here.

However, we provided our own fashion:

kimono de jack

Purple Kitsuke; KDJ

Kitsuke in the V and A

I had not worn my purple hitoe kimono before but I love it. Slightly too narrow but a bit more weight loss will see the front panel slide across more 🙂

As you can see the UK KDJ fashion is an eclectic mix of traditional, taisho, hime and modern themes. We all sport our own style.

I am having a love affair with pink and purple at the moment, probably due to the Cath Kidston fabric fetish I had a month back!

It has been a kimono filled week, as I went to a conference in kimono Wednesday and have ANOTHER kimono event this Saturday!

Kimono Challenge 11 – Your kimono collection!

The challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono?
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono.
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that…
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears.
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration:
11. Your kimono collection.
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.
13. Your special kimono memory.

 

Well, I have kindly sorted out and added my kimono collection to this blog for you:

 

Pulled in dynamically from my flickr account 🙂

Easy as pie and my obsession laid out for all to see. You can see my favourite themes running though my collection, red, black and purple for most part!

I have tried to add more colours recently but still find I actually WEAR red with black or purple most often than not.

I have added more pink as typically I like purple and pink, as well as upping my accessories for a more multi-colour theme look. I think I decided this when one of the fashion shows we did, EVERY outfit was red/black or purple!!!

I like all colours, apart from beige. Beige is the devils colour. I will even take brown or grey (considered boring colours by myself), if it is paired with a brighter colour. I have a wonderful brown meisen kimono with bright aqua blue shapes.

Also don’t tell me it’s ‘sand’ and not beige. It’s beige, Lucifer is known by many names.

Origin of the challenge:

Blogs participating in the challenge:

 

Kimono Challenge 5 – Favourite co-ordination so far…

The challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono?
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono.
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that…
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears.
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration.
11. Your kimono collection.
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.
13. Your special kimono memory.

 

I have old faithfuls in everything, kimono is no exection. However my favourite ‘posh’ co-ordination in my purple furisode. I have used this many times for myself and shows:

Baka Hime Furisode (2)

and for ‘shopping and kimono de jack’ my failthful black and red co-ordinations..again overused at shows and photoshoots by me!

Bit messy, but experimenting for KDJ

Red and Black Kitsuke

Obi’s with Gold, a Wardrobe Staple

Fukuro Obi, Pink and Gold

I have many obi’s with a lot of gold. I don’t know why as normally gold is not a colour I like in normal attire. Cold golds are my favourite, not brassy colours.

I have a yellow gold and colder ‘silver gold’ nagoya obi which makes kitsuke quite easy as they match pretty much every kimono I have.

However, a girl yearns for more beauty and pattern sometimes and I acquired these two obi. I already have obijime and obiage that will match these and my green accessories set will contrast also.
Fukuro Obi, Gold and Blue
If you are cursed with more kimono than accessories like me, a gold obi, quite plain saves your bacon as it can be dressed up or dressed down. It offers the contrast needed as you don’t get many heavily gold kimono, and even with a lighter kimono, you can make the obi jump out with bright obiage and obijime.

Go for gold, they all seem quite cheap also, my favourite gold obi was $6.

How did you learn Kitsuke?

Its a well know fact that you can’t just plonk on a kimono or even yukata. It is an art and skill which needs patience and years of practise. I learnt my kitsuke skill from books, DVD’s and using general guides from the Immortal Geisha community.

However, watching someone else is the best way to learn. You can see how to wear a yukata here:

I still dress to this video from time to time even after three years as it never hurts to refresh your technique.

Here is a formal kuro-tomesode kitsuke video which I particularly like, which shows silk kimono dressing:

It takes a while to learn kitsuke, and you will keep learning for many years especially as there are hundreds of different obi arrangements to try!