Colourful prints and eclectic textures. That’s what’s promised by the tagline of this editorial for Elle South Africa, in their “geisha-inspired world of kaftans and kimonos”.

Under the eye of stylist Sharon Becker, the shoot delivers on those promises. If you were after more inspiration on turning oriental fashion into a wearable wardrobe feat for spring 2012, the Ross Garrett-photographed shoot has some clues. Like plenty of colourful accessories (strands of coloured beads are a winner), floral prints, and a beauty look that doesn’t shy away from bold hues.

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 Alexandra Collins: Marie Claire South Africa December '11
 Alexandra Collins: Marie Claire South Africa December '11
 Alexandra Collins: Marie Claire South Africa December '11
 Alexandra Collins: Marie Claire South Africa December '11
 Alexandra Collins: Marie Claire South Africa December '11
 Alexandra Collins: Marie Claire South Africa December '11
 Alexandra Collins: Marie Claire South Africa December '11
 Alexandra Collins: Marie Claire South Africa December '11
 Alexandra Collins: Marie Claire South Africa December '11
 Alexandra Collins: Marie Claire South Africa December '11

Of course, you can forgo the traditional headwear and boldly exotic hairstyles if you want to keep to a modern interpretation of the trend.

Starring model Alexandra Collins, you can view the rest of the editorial at the thumbnails above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.