3 posts tagged "C x Faconnable"
There are adventure travelers, and then there’s Mira Mikati. An accomplished surfer, the creative director of Ç ×Façonnable is fresh off her first kite-surfing vacation. Looking tanned and relaxed in her Paris showroom, Mikati says that someday she’s going to do something she’s always dreamed of: show up at the airport with a mix of stuff in her suitcase, then grab a ticket for wherever the next flight on the departure board might take her. That “permanent vacation” mind-set comes through in a Fall ’14 collection filled with easy-to-layer pieces that pick up on Ç ×Façonnable’s sunny Riviera spirit, then touch down in Tokyo with kimono-inspired floral-print pajama suits in orange and green.
Speaking of pajamas, meet the “smyjama,” a smoking/pajama hybrid designed to travel from day to night—a useful quality whether or not you’re hopping time zones. Variations range from a sharply tailored white jacket with flocked velvet tree branches reaching down from one shoulder to a fluid pajama-cut velvet number in deep gray-blue. Seasonless basics include the brand’s signature scuba tops, felted wool tees, and a white perfecto with knit sleeves that would be right at home anywhere.
Garance Doré-lensed lookbook photos of model-writer-mother Candela Novembre, which debut exclusively here, capture the Fall range’s spirit.
Mira Mikati admits she’s not much of a camper—scuba is more her thing—but that didn’t stop her from taking Façonnable on a charming summer-picnic-slash-camping-trip for Spring ’14. Most of the good-humored, easy separates featured in her second outing for the range are sprinkled here and there with bestioles—critters like ladybugs, bees, and spiders. Options ranged from a classic white blazer with a lone bee on the shoulder (the others were tucked inside, on its blue and white striped lining) to a varsity jacket embroidered with little creatures and lush foliage. Mikati has a knack for pairing sportswear with noble fabrics in winning combinations. This season, some surefire hits included the basic blazer with ribbed trim, the pajama-style separates (a Façonnable essential), a jumpsuit, and a colorful knit sweater that “brings together every type of stitch I could get my hands on.” Hans Feurer’s campaign photos, which debut exclusively here, capture the energy and optimism of a collection that, it’s a safe bet, is likely to be as close to camping as a lot of fashion-lovers will ever get.
Fall 2013 marks Lebanese-born, Paris-raised Mira Mikati’s first ready-to-wear collaboration with traditionally French brand Façonnable. Titled Ç x Façonnable, the capsule explores the label’s fun, feminine side. “I wanted to go back to the brand’s French identity,” said Mikati of her “very blue, very Riviera” collection. She started by mining the house’s necktie archives, using vintage stripes and patterns for trim on a trench and a scuba top. Mikati even turned a necktie into a belt, which was shown with a pair of pajama-style evening separates. (The outfit looked so comfortable, one might be tempted to actually sleep in it.) For brisk fall days, there was a toggle coat with jacquard lining, a wool Perfecto, and outerwear with thick ribbed knit sleeves. “Façonnable is all about a relaxed, fresh, high-energy look,” noted Mikati, who knows a thing or two about what’s out there and—more importantly—what’s missing. A fashion designer by training, and cofounder of the concept store Plum in Beirut, Mikati already has a keen sense of the look women will be craving next season. What might that be, exactly? “Less black!” she laughs.