2 posts tagged "Mira Mikati"
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.