Showcase — 10.27.17

Spring/Summer ’18 Presentation

With the rising trend that is blending the sartorial lines between stereotypically masculine and feminine, Mira Mikati managed to strike the ideal balance, letting show-goers have it all for SS18.

Stepping into the stereotypically French Place Vendôme presentation space, it was easy to identify Mikati’s driving inspiration behind this season’s collection. Endless Summer-inspired graphics stretched across the floor and backdrop, meeting a neon-swirled mini ramp where skater girls–picked straight from the park–dropped in decked out in 70s skate and surf-inspired garb.

Bringing Venice Beach to Paris with borrowed-from-the-boys boiler suits and flowing, floor-length sherbet frocks, Mikati showcased a more laid-back retro vibe over the industry-favoured disco aesthetic. Girly ric rac ribbons flowed from the waistlines of midi skirts, trimmed the cuffs of crop-top tees, and striped the sides of jogger pants, offsetting the tomboyish air of wide-cut pants and extra-oversized hoodies.

The designer’s infectious cheery spirit was evident throughout, with trademark patches reading “Busy Skating” and “Think Less” donning convertible denim rompers, ivory overalls, and bohemian maxis trimmed in ric rac ribbons. Rainbow buttons spelled out “Do Nothing Club” on the backs of oversized shirts, while unfinished needlework trailed off embroidered muscle cars, rainbows, and palm trees.

Mikati’s signature bomber jackets were re-worked to fit the theme du saison, embellished with thematic patches and “Muscle Beach” stitched script, while a handful of retro-tinged windbreakers with frayed drawstring introduced a fresh take on springtime outerwear.