Mira Mikati

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The designer

London-based Lebanese designer, Mira Mikati, began her fashion career in 2007 as co-founder of the Middle East’s leading concept store, Plum. In 2012, Mikati was invited to design a capsule collection for Parisian label Façonnable: “As a buyer I wished I could find something fun that was also beautifully tailored,” says Mikati. “Which is exactly what I set out to do.” The capsule collection went on to become a sellout success. Encouraged, Mikati began her eponymous label, which today counts Beyoncé and Rihanna as fans. Now in its second season, Mira Mikati uniquely combines fun, emoji-style detailing with elegant, grown-up silhouettes.

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Mikati’s close art world connections continue to inspire her designs – in particular, the works of artists Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Darcel, and KAWS, with whom she collaborated with for Spring/Summer ’16. “I have always collected KAWS’ toys, even when that meant staying up all night to buy a rare edition online,” Mikati says. “He is one of my favourite artists in the world – collaborating with him is a dream come true.

Autumn/Winter 2016

Don’t worry, be happy! Forget far flung travels for Autumn Winter 2016-17 and stay home. Take a ‘stay-cation’. Revel in your creature comforts. Play with the kids.

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Welcome to the world of Mira Mikati, an optimistic headspace filled with delightful musings on our everyday lives. Cartoon characters, flora and fauna all collide in the interplay of embroidery, intarsia and patchworks that define this jubilant feminine wardrobe bursting with joyful comic accents.

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Emblazoned with positive messages (inside and out), a contemporary and ladylike wardrobe is twisted with a naïve sense of fun, as a rainbow of colourful applications interact with the classical shapes of elegant coats, cosy knitwear, denim and tailored separates. Lifted from the pages of children’s books, a cast of critters come to life from the playroom floor; rocket ships, robots and racing cars meet butterflies and magical mushrooms, arriving splashed over a padded duvet jacket, trench coat, varsity bomber and hooded denim lined in shearling.

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Lego blocks are printed across technical cady skirts and zippered blouses, and bold slogans become integrated design statements – with words like ‘play’, ‘smile’ and ‘be happy’ hand-stitched onto jacquard sweaters, painted on a perfecto, or picked out in colourful eyelets on woollen cabans or a hound’s-tooth trouser. The mood of pyjama dressing abounds in striped peignoir cardigans, washed cashmere sweaters and the mosaic effect of a loose crochet hoodie – all celebrating the winter wonder of the great indoors.

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For more info visit www.miramikati.com

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