London’s most versatile polymaths, who are always pushing the boundaries of print and design, showcased their collection to the fashion community. The design duo, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, have established an international reputation as innovative and influential textile and fashion designers since 1992.
When asked about their inspiration for the collection, Mark replied “Travel, people and food.” And Wakako added “The airport, transportable handicraft and irregular regularity.”
The theme was relevant, and was executed with an elegant yet quirky attitude.
While awaiting the start of the show, Japanese airline announcements were played on loop. And the sound of a plane swooping down, ready to land. The collection had a definite airport theme, from the “plane ticket” invitations, to the name of the collection, appropriately named “Jet Set Masala”.
Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away…
Frank Sinatra blasted through the speakers as a selection of appropriately attired air-hostesses paraded down the catwalk. But these air hostess sported bright, colourful prints, and effortlessly stylish suits, complete with gloves and matching handbags. Eley Kishimoto also sported the “tights with sandals” fashion faux pas, and banished all negativity towards it.
The colour palette, ranging from reds, blues, greys and yellows, was a major focal point for the collection. Using contrasting and complimentary colours gave the garments a much needed youthful twist.
The dependence on bright colour became apparent throughout the collection, whether it was contrasting piping, bright patch pockets, clashing patterned tights, or luminous hats. The spectacular prints created an optical illusion, and provided a modern take on the traditional skirt suit.
The design signature of the brand is “Print, colour and unsubtlety” which encapsulates the Autumn/Winter 09 collection. Periwinkle, hot pink, violet and blood orange were used frequently in prints, A-line dresses and boxy suits.
Big, bold prints were visually stimulating, from oversized quotation marks to paisley swirls on fluid silk dresses and blouses.
Overall, a vibrant colour palette, strong design, and interesting silhouettes came together to form a collection true to the Eley Kishimoto design ethic and stimuli.
Thank you for travelling with us today, Eley Kishimoto, we look forward to meeting with you next season.
Images courtesy of Eley Kishimoto.