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Eley Kishimoto

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SCHOOLGIRL POP

London: Eley Kishimoto enjoys a cult-like following, especially in Japan, where fans go mad for their appealing prints and girlish, softly draped silhouettes. For F/W 10 this husband and wife team employed a darker palette, adding 70s-inspired tones of red and brown to their usual pastel rainbow, and mixing these disparate elements for a fresh take on schoolgirl pop. Elongated cardigans, short-sleeved tunics, button-up blouses and printed tights were all standouts, while lace-up oxfords provided a quirky twist. The Kishimoto girl doesn’t wear pants, but favors opaque legwear and skirts and dresses of modest length, getting her fun from both color and print — this time a lively exploration of polka dots, ethnic geometrics, colorblocking, stripes and paisley. No pattern was left unexplored for fall, signaling the ongoing importance of this vibrant trend. Think of Eley Kishimoto as a lesson in prints and graphics, as well as an instruction on restrained, yet youthful, silhouettes.

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