As far as presenting a new fashion collection goes, the runway is a very linear method, which races past in the blink of an eye. This season though, design duo Eley Kishimoto debuted an exciting and thoroughly inventive way of communicating their creative process.
Entitled Pattern Lab, visitors to 8 Kingly Street were confronted with four rotating hexagonal prisms. Each separate face revealed a small step in the evolution of one of the brand’s signature prints. On one prism, the first side revealed a large dot, which developed into a polka dot. On the second, a stripe became a gradient stripe, then morphed into washed-out lace. One particularly cutesy print developed from a question mark to the silhouette of a squirrel’s tail, which then transformed into a squirrels-in-paisley pattern before finally exploding into a ’70s-inflected psychedelic, swirl.
The installation also revealed the inspiration for the overall collection, which was found in a photo slideshow and on the rails downstairs. There were everyday casuals such as jersey hooded sweaters and t-shirts, Mary Quant-worthy mini shift dresses, silky shirt-waisted dresses. A bouclé mini skirt and hooded coat provided the heavier winterwares of the collection. Pixelated leggings, knee high socks and scarves make savvy commercial pieces for the brand while still embodying the house codes.
All credit to Eley Kishimoto for one of the most intriguing presentations of this year’s London Fashion Week.
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