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Ç x Façonnable Debuts in Blue

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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.

Photo: Tommy Ton