April 17, 2003

Campus Couture

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The fashion industry has been experiencing a sudden outbreak of yellow fever. A contagion of Asiatic origins has stealthily made its way into numerous collections, injecting the usual spring style canvas of soft pastels and light, airy fabrics with a lethal brand of striking Orientalism.

So what are some of the symptoms of yellow fever? One clear indication is the manifestation of sleek, silk fabrics with detailed embroidery on numerous runway models, most notably those sporting the designs of high-end designer Roberto Cavalli. Another sure sign is the appearance of bold hues of Imperial reds and yellows surfacing on many clothes, The list goes on, with anything from Japanese kimonos to Mao-inspired mandarin collars to obi belts. Whatever the symptom may be, it’s no doubt that the Asian invasion has caught on with a myriad of designers such as Donna Karan, Miuccia Prada, and Imitation of Christ, to name a few. Seeing how Asian influences have taken fashion over by storm, it’s certain that you’ll be sucked into the epidemic in no time. Contrary to the rather negative connotations associated with this style epidemic, catching yellow fever is actually a good thing. Here’s a guide on how you can successfully achieve this look, up until the next fashion outbreak comes along, of course.


These dresses are extremely flattering in that they are designed to emphasize the pleasing curvilinear shape of the female form. The high collar elongates the neck, while the fitted waist gives the figure a more shapely, hour-glass silhouette. Designers have put a modern day spin on these alluring items by slashing the bottom hemlines to reach risqu