Monday, September 3, 2007

Inspiration: Eley Kishimoto

Wakako Kishimoto & Mark Eley

A/W 2007

Wakako Kishimoto and Mark Eley make up one of my most favorite and visually stimulating labels. They founded Eley Kishimoto together in 1992, designing prints for Hussein Chalayan and Alexander McQueen amongst many others. In 1995, Eley Kishimoto produced their first collection "Rainwear", printed PVC coated fabrics turned into umbrellas, waterproof coats and coats and gloves. Eley Kishimoto has not only gained a reputation for their print commissions (Jil Sander, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Clements Ribeiro), but also for their own trippy yet sophisticated take on fashion. The married duo presented their first show during London Fashion Week in 2001: a series of afternoon tea parties, rather than a traditional catwalk presentation. The label has also expanded to include cookware, furniture, wallpaper, luggage, sneakers, lingerie and sunglasses. Eley Kishimoto are commissioned by international designers including Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, but despite the scale of their industry, the couple works quietly in a workshop in South London.

PS I am always impressed with couples who can work together, live together, etc. and continue to inspire.

PSS I was lucky enough to score a skirt and a bag! Both are hand printed!

1 comment:

deb said...

love. great eye sister--love your picks!