Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, the dynamic duo behind blissful prints and exuberant silhouettes, embarked on fun-loving adventure mixing fresh nautical elements with mementos from visited lands. Red, white and blue, with accents of yellow, referenced a traditional sailing palette in offbeat ways, while mint green and bright melon represented tropical locales. Straw and cream stripes on voluminous boleros were worn with bright tube tops. Flora and fauna motifs from far-flung holiday destinations — like Souleiado prints from the South of France, Polynesian flowers and Japanese bamboo shoots — made their way onto full skirts and fit-and-flare frocks. Feather motifs were bordered with lilac and plum stripes for silk chiffon dresses that exhibited the new print mix direction. Seafaring ropes became printed curlicues for A-line dresses and were hung with tiny plastic life preservers and sail-shaped charms for fun necklaces.
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