February 10, 2008
Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto are staging a bit of a comeback this seasonin addition to showing their signature line on the London runway, they're preparing to present their first collection for Cacharel in Paris. Building on their 1992 beginnings as artsy-crafty mom-and-pop printmakers (Japanese kawaii meets Welsh eccentric), they've created a brand that includes shoes, bags, and hosiery. True to past form, they turned out cute dresses with frills and Peter Pan collars in a range of harlequin and rabbit prints, needle-cord skirtsuits, and a couple of on-trend shaggy knit bombers. No surprises there; perhaps they're saving their powder for the far bigger challenge of impressing in Paris.