Showcase — 10.09.19

Spring/Summer ’20 Presentation

Mira Mikati is an adventure traveller, so it came as little surprise that a recent trip to South Africa circled back as a safari-themed collection. “I’ve done many, but I didn’t just want to do brown and earth—I wanted it to be more colourful,” she said during a conversation in her showroom, an apartment in a perpetual state of renovation with an unbeatable view over the Seine and the Eiffel Tower.

Anyway, Mikati is not one to stick to the beaten path. For Spring her kaleidoscopic safari includes many multicoloured patches of elephants and monkeys; purple hippos; and painted giraffes—and also some very pretty naive prints inspired by South African textiles. And because she can never resist piling on another beaded bracelet, she also incorporated beads into her clothing (“I thought, Why not feel better?”), taking inspiration from artisanal ones she admired in KwaZulu-Natal. “The mood board was bursting with colours,” she said.

So were clothes that wended their way from safari to jungle flora, stripes, and rescaled checks. A bright blue suede jacket with wings of beaded fringe will probably be the highest-ticket item in a lineup that was full-on fun. Her base will probably thrill to the ribbed sweaters tricked out with argyle beading, the mesh tops, or a rainbow macramé top. They will probably also snap up the first line of handbags featuring her “little monsters.”

Those customers will be even more excited to learn that, after four years in the business and as many pop-ups, Mikati is gearing up to open her very own shop on Walton Street in London’s Chelsea district, where luxury-minded neighbours include Chanel and Isabel Marant. When it opens in November or so, the space will follow Mikati’s philosophy of showrooms and life with an ever-evolving roster of artist collaborations, much in the spirit of a curtain of handwoven ribbons the artist Megan Geckler set up for the Paris presentation. There will be non-fashion items she loves too, such as a juice bar or maybe things she picks up in her travels, like Japanese candy. “It’s a little dollhouse townhouse, but I put all my dreams in it because I think we can represent the world,” the designer said. And thus a whole new adventure begins.