As much a departure from their last SS collection as possible, Eley Kishimoto’s SS/10 catwalk brought us 70′s styling with Peter Pan collars, chunky heels and a full plate of prints. But with brazen pattern combinations their mark was unmistakable. What they called “Beyond The Chintz” was an ode to interior textiles….and no furnishing was safe. With oversize sofa florals, gem colored curtain stripes and eastern pillow prints, the design duo stitched together a collection of nostalgic ethnic fusion.
William Morris’ decorative signature could be felt in tenting blouses with creeping vines while Scandinavian elements were present in a negative-space two tone spring jacket.
Borrowing from the whisper of red, white and blue pieces from SS/09, we saw pointy graphic prints, crotchet shrugs, and boxy dresses in sunbleached blues.
Last year’s shiny tailored dresses and complimentary tonal tights were abandoned for gauzy cottons and slouchy socks paired with chunky heels. The latter, although adorable, occasionally misfires when the slippery socks cause toes to ‘hang ten’ over the shoe’s front edge.
Hemlines bounced from knee to mini and blouses were loose and boxy in chiffons and lightweight cottons. A striking all over pheasant feather print turned a twill mechanic’s jumpsuit into a super chic one piece that stole the show.
Other showstoppers were a pair of tablecloth gingham egg shaped dresses with large citrus polka dots outlined in black fringe and worn with pouf sleeve jersey shirts with their own boldly colored polka dot clusters. Only Eley and Kishimoto could make that work.
Travels to East India seemed to provide fodder for some earthy tones and more surprise combos with, my personal favorite, a full skirt with mint green bleeding into a bamboo pattern and belted off beneath a fitted brown diamond print blouse. If only winter weren’t on its way!
The collection felt like a midday nap on a threadbare sofa in the sunroom of your grandma’s house where every textile tells a story and the sunshine looks like lemonade.
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