Don’t worry, be happy! Forget far flung travels for Autumn Winter 2016 and stay home. Take a staycation. Revel in your creature comforts. Play with the kids.
In the space of two collections, Mira Mikati managed to make her mark as something of an industry anarchist, setting her brand apart from the sartorial norm with playful pop art motifs, sharp tailoring, and offbeat, tactile showcases.
Autumn/Winter ’16 was no different, countering the hum drum of the dreary season with an unapologetically playful collection that welcomed attendees into to the world of Mira Mikati; an optimistic headspace filled with delightful musings on everyday life. Cartoon characters, flora, and fauna collided with joyfully comic accents in the interplay of embroidery, intarsia, and patchworks that embodied the playfully feminine showcase.
Emblazoned with positive messages inside and out, a contemporary and ladylike wardrobe was twisted with a naïve sense of fun as a rainbow of colourful appliqués interacted with the classical shapes of elegant coats, cosy knitwear, staple denims, and tailored separates. Lifted from the pages of children’s books, a cast of critters came to life from the playroom floor. Rocket ships, robots, and racing cars met butterflies and magical mushrooms, splashed over padded duvet jackets, lean trench coats, sporty varsity bombers, and hooded denims lined in shearling.
Lego blocks were printed across technical cady skirts and zippered blouses while bold slogans became integrated design statements – with words like ‘play’, ‘smile’ and ‘be happy’ hand-stitched onto jacquard sweaters, painted on perfectos, and picked out through colourful eyelets on woollen cabans and hound’s-tooth trousers. The trend of pyjama dressing flourished 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.