Summer's all tied up with Orient-inspired obi belts offering an Eastern promise to summer wardrobes!!
Designers from Caroline Herrera to Sonia Rykiel featured versions of the Eastern waist-cincher on the runway. At Herrera, block colours nestled against wide neutral backgrounds, and were finished with geographic buckles, while at Sonia Rykiel, an obi-style belt was knotted over a chunky cardigan - a failsafe way to add shape to summer cover ups.
For versatile obis, look to Louis Vuitton (sequins) and Gucci (ropes, tassels), as well as the great British high street. River Island has channelled Marc Jacobs - the cranberry obi belt adorned with corsages is excellent - and the Paul & Joe spring/summer 2011 collection features metallic obis perfect for summer. ASOS.COM currently has a black leather obi with skinny leather bow detail which will fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. Alternatively, visit your local haberdashery and create your own satin version, as seen at Haider Ackermann.
How to wear the obi? Over everything! The obi belt completes a look with elegance, pulling together separates and adding a brilliant twist to maxi dresses and tailored jumpsuits.