The interesting element of this ensemble is that usually when a Furisode with distinct gold and/or silver is used, an obi with matching gold or silver will also be used. From this image, it appears that there is NO gold or silver the Obi, Obiage, Obijime or Eri. The very flat and ‘for no real reason’ pairing of wave-cloud-squiggles is purely for the use of colour.
We do see Fukuro Obi without Gold or Silver threads but they are much lesson common and less sough after, as they would be considered less formal.
The waves or clouds are very styallized and not particularly traditional falling into almost a geometric category. This contrasts with the organic nature of peacock feathers and fully breaks up the Kimono into it’s appropriate proportions in a bit of a ‘hard reset’ way.
Aside from the somewhat usual/popular pairing of red and blue there is no reason to use blue in this ensemble (although remember red, white and black are neutral) but it certainly functions in an effective way. The red Obijime bringing together the ensemble and tying it together nicely.
While the Zori are plain cream and tabi un-pattered, it functions to frame the outfit and draw the eyes.
Interestingly we’re seeing more and more of the minimalist approach to furisode lately, with the focus more on geometric flat colours instead of the layers and layters of texture that was still going strong.
Love: The color choices, the peacock motif, the sublime obi (which is fighting to be noticed in this coordination…I’d steal it to use with denim kimono though).
Don’t Love: It’s a furisode (hello MA a kosode in this would be awesome), Modern Antenna’s prices
Disagree: Fukuro obi WITHOUT gold & silver threads (share fukuro obi) are WAY more popular with those of us who are into everyday kimono.They are meant to be stylish and an increase in formality for items made of wool, cotton, denim, rayon. polyesters and some rough raw silks. If they have a minimal amount of dulled down metallic threads/colors in them (copper, bronze, silver, gold), they are the most formal of share fukuro and are okay with komon (common everyday) kimono provided the komon is at the pricer more prestigious end of kimono like a fine tsumugi (raw silk) especially a tsumugi from Yuki or Oshima.and you’re going out for a nicer than usual event (like attend a fine restaurant or seeing a play or a concert)