Style icon or posh dress­ing gown? Ki­mono fad we’re all wak­ing up to...

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Fiona McIn­tosh Fash­ion Edi­tor

ONCE it was some­thing you’d slip on af­ter a bath or wear to mooch about the house on a Sun­day morn­ing.

But the ki­mono-style dress­ing gown has been el­e­vated be­yond all recog­ni­tion.

It is now more likely to be seen with a pair of Jimmy Choo stiletto heels than a pair of slip­pers, with a de­signer price tag to match.

Ac­tress Mar­got Rob­bie wore a £6,000 black Gucci ver­sion with pink faux fur cuffs to a film pre­miere. Model Georgia May Jag­ger looked chic in a £4,000 Gucci ver­sion at a gala in New York. Heidi Klum daz­zled in a £1,100 Johanna Or­tiz num­ber at a char­ity din­ner.

So why all of this star-stud­ded adu­la­tion for what is, es­sen­tially, a glo­ri­fied dress­ing-gown?

The Ja­panese ki­mono emerged from the boudoir a few years ago when trendy young things started raid­ing vin­tage stores and wear­ing them to fes­ti­vals. They were cheap, colour­ful and evoca­tive of the louche, bo­hemian early 70s, when the gar­ment was last seen on stars such as David Bowie. De­sign­ers Alexan­der McQueen and Marni were quick to pick up on the trend.

This sea­son you can pick up a Gucci ki­mono fit for an em­peror. Em­broi­dered and trimmed with mink, it costs a stag­ger­ing £11,340.

But this is no longer a trend just for A-lis­ters or lithe teens.

Marks & Spencer puts the ki­mono at the heart of its Christ­mas evening­wear col­lec­tion, with a ki­mono-in­spired black jacket for £65, a dress at £79 and two tops at £39.50, avail­able from today. And next sum­mer M&S will launch the world’s first ‘sarono’, a cross be­tween a ki­mono and a sarong.

High street ver­sion: £65 from M&S She got her beauty sleep! Heidi Klum in £1,100 gown

Off the cuff: Mar­got Rob­bie’s £6,000 Gucci one

Flo­ral: £4,000 Gucci dress for Georgia May Jag­ger

Night out: Ri­hanna’s £1,300 Dries van Noten ver­sion

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