September 30, 2011 Paris
Chisato said she imagined Japan as an island in the South Pacific, while also loading up her basket with a host of other tropical cultures like Costa Rica, Cuba, and Miami. But ultimately, her imagination is a republic unto itself—a place where Godzilla breathes fire onto sequin mermaids, and palm-tree leaves merge with hula skirts in raffia trim on sweet little T-shirts. As ever, Chisato's collection ran the gamut of the silly-but-cute and the cutesy-but-chic. In the latter group were the crocheted cardies, a striped knit midi dress, all those abstract watercolor florals, and, hey, even some of the parrot-and-palm prints on airy chiffon frocks at the end. Of course, Chisato's sensibility translates particularly well into small-dose accessories, like the whimsical carved and printed cloth-covered platform sandals, and the swimwear. Consider those her postcards from Chisato World to you.