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Mikati’s fall inspiration surfaced at her kids’ urging: The family had vacationed out West, in Utah, Sonoma, and Santa Fe a couple of years back, but unlike other adventures, the designer had never funneled that particular one into a collection. “They were listening to Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” and wanted something disco, rock, and Western at the same time, where everyone is in a good mood,” the designer explained. “I literally changed everything right then.”
If anyone can do a sendup of a sendup, it’s Mikati. Fall’s “Rhinestone Rodeo” fringed blanket coat—one of the collection’s standouts—appears filtered through Mikati’s colorful prism. Dresses, popovers, and oversized jackets similarly feature sheriff’s stars, cacti, and crayon-like embroideries of a trio on horseback, riding into the sunset. Elsewhere, bandana prints were worked into a fringed, patchwork jacket. Disco-fabulous pieces include, for the first time, ombré faux-fur jackets, a sparkly pink Lurex ensemble, a multicolored metallic fringe on a white jacket, and Swarovski-studded pajamas (“those are always my eveningwear,” Mikati said.) Embroidery specialist Jackie Villevoye of Jupe by Jackie co-designed a capsule collection featuring outerwear and scarves in New Zealand mohair.