Japanese kimono-inspired fashion returns

Oriental magic once again dominates the pencil of fashion designers, who often return to the East for inspiration.

This time the turn is for the house of Dior, who, led by Raf Simons, recently presented the new collection Esprit Tokyo 2015, in the Japanese capital. However, the designer ensured that there were no obvious Japanese references or cultural clichés.

Instead, this collection had a romantic nostalgia in its designs, a look back at the sixties and seventiesbut firmly tied to the future by its bright modern fabrics and architectural lines.

Turtlenecks, fur-lined tunics or leather coats, looser knit sequined tank tops, and stark black or white pants contrasted with color yellow, crimson, plum, spruce green, burnt amber, scarlet, and dark tan.

The traditional kimono was the muse for dozens of garments whose elegant lines remind us of that mysterious culture, while sheltering us from the cold with style. Here are the cutest looks on the catwalk.