The obi belt, once restricted to complete a Japanese kimono has been transformed into an everyday fashion design trend thanks to designer Marc Jacobs. Not long ago the Spring/Summer Louis VuittonÂ and Gucci runways were sprinkled with obi belts wrapped around modelsâ€™ midriffs. Now the likes of Natalie Portman and Kate Hudson have been spotted sporting the accessory too. Obi belts can be worn to add a shot of colour or texture to an outfit. They can also be used to faux-tailor clothes to fit perfectly. The obi belt complements the female form by nipping in the waist and 301 Moved Permanently accentuating it. Thereâ€™s more to Japanese than sushi; obi belts are a promising Eastern influence to add to your wardrobe. For more obi belt fashion pictures, click hereÂ or watch the full Gucci spring/ summer runway show below.