Tsumori Chisato couldn't have known that Paris fashion week would fall in the midst of a European heat wave. She just got lucky. Her retro pinup parade of cat-eye sunglasses, matchy-matchy twirling parasols, bright zigzaggy crochets, and campy postcard prints seemed enviably appropriate. Even more so considering the glass and cast-iron Art Nouveau venue of Le Centorial. All that was missing were the mai tais.

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.