Bearing in mind the musical melange that greeted us as we took our seats at the Eley Kishimoto show (early for once people!) we were expecting an eclectic and fashion forward collection from a label renowned for its print design. Portia Freeman primped and preened for the cameras in the front row, and many a Japanese journalist eagerly scrabbled for a place near the front. Having set up the label in the early 1990’s with husband Mark Eley, Wakako Kishimoto has a huge fan-base in her native country.
As the lights dimmed, the stereo blasted out a thudding electro beat in perfect tandem with the nautical-inspired geometric prints and colourful cheesecloth shirts that made their way down the catwalk. Signature Peter Pan collars were expanded and embellished on tees and sun-bleached cotton pieces, while heavily textured oversized dresses (the red and blue structured number with a central pleat and balloon sleeves was a particular favourite) created a chic diaphanous silhouette styled with bare legs and wedge sandals.
As the music changed to LCD Soundsystem’s Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, the models really got into their stride as their contrasting polka-dotted chiffon sleeves wafted to the beat in the breeze. Taking a slight departure from their more graphic prints, Eley Kishimoto’s Spring Summer girls will be wearing loose smock dresses in a retro 80’s colour palette with floral inserts at their backs. But the highlight of the show was undoubtedly the mannish wide-legged feather print jumpsuit in muted beige, which had us all hankering for Miami Vice reruns and cocktails by the pool.
- Katie Jackson