(L) Satin Souvenir Jacket by Stussy, $149; (R) Bomber Jacket with Eagle Emroidery in Khaki by ASOS, $89.
Chinoiserie is the idea of borrowing Chinese motifs and techniques such as dragons and floral patterns. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Chinoiserie flourished throughout Europe within furniture, art, and architecture. Centuries later, the style has been reborn through menswear collections.
Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, and Gucci have all embraced embroidering and/or printing Eastern-inspired Chinoiserie onto silk bomber jackets. In their latest spring collections, Louis Vuitton incorporated exotic animals within its luxe embroidery; Dolce and Gabbana combined oriental dragons with Sicilian colors; Gucci featured lavish floral designs on track jackets that echo the Eastern world.
Details: (L) Embellished Techno Satin Bomber Jacket by Ports 1961, $2,950; (R) Peacock-Embroidered Vinny Bomber Jacket by Dries Van Noten, $1,775.
Brands like Topman, Diesel, and Dsquared2 offer a range of Chinoiserie bomber jackets at price points great for people on a budget and people who can invest. This bomber gives you a sophisticated and cheeky old-world China feel while sipping a cocktail in the Lower East Side.