Designers and artists have always looked to the East for inspiration, but lately, this has manifested into gorgeous fashion pieces which are easy to wear but with an added touch of gorgeous, old-world charm. Picking out elements and techniques from Oriental traditions, and blending them with modern cuts and forms, these pieces are must-haves for any fashionista worth their Gucci.

To mix in a little cultural awareness into your next outfit, be sure to check out these 10 West-meets-East looks featuring embroidery on leather to silk dresses.

1

Clarice macramé-trimmed embroidered Georgette top by Alice +Olivia

Strut down the street with a pair of silk trousers or even to high tea with your girlfriends.

Price: S$540

2

White calfskin “Lady Dior” bag by Dior

Dior’s elaborately embroidered animal motifs are really going to steal the spotlight.

Available in stores.

3

Kunming scarf by Sandro

The easiest way to look instantly chic. Tie it around your neck, wear it in your hair, dress up your handbag.

Price: S$170

4

Off-the-shoulder embroidered cotton mini dress by Sensi studio

This relaxed off-the-shoulder dress is an easy solution for that weekend getaway to your favourite spa. Just throw it on and go.

Price: S$360

5

Soft lara embroidered satin and acrylic box clutch by Edie Parker

If you’re not too big on drama, play it down with a box clutch.

Price: S$4,100

6

“Rockstud” embroidered shoulder bag by Valentino

An important addition to make that simple outfit pop.

Available in stores at 2 Orchard Turn, 01-03 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801

7

Pineapple jacquard pump by Gucci

The devil in the details with this pair of ballerina flats. From the fur to the ball crowning the tip of the shoe, down to the pineapple prints.

Price: S$1500

8

Lauren fringed embroidered satin clutch by Edie Parker

Fringe is huge in traditional Chinese costumes. Why not have a whole line of it hanging from your bag? Super empress inspired.

Price: S$3,600

9

Printed silk-twill dress by Gucci

Can’t say no to a salmon pink dress with printed cranes. Keeping it fun and quirky.

Price: S$2500

10

Embroidered black jeans by Sandro 

Switch out your old jeans, make way for this beautiful understated embroidery.

Available in Sandro stores, 2 Orchard Turn, 03-18 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801