London Fashion Week: Eley Kishimoto

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Eley Kishimoto SS09

Eley Kishimoto showcased in the large BFC tent: on possibly one of the dreariest days of the year the collection was a lovely window into next years sunnier seasons. The show was dominated by a schoolgirl kitsch, big floaty dresses that kept the lines very simple with hardly a ruffle to be seen.

Puff sleeves were probably the most endearing feature, I honestly haven’t gone near them since I was over the age of six, and it brought a certain sweet nostalgia to the show; as did the satchel bags, stripy sun hats and school-boy shorts.

Eley Kishimoto SS09

The shorts were a big hit, teamed with billowing smock tops and calf length socks they (amazingly) appeared rather sexy in a louche androgynous way. Spring coats were wide and loose with big statement buttons and three-quarter length sleeves.

One thing that did strike me as rather unusual were the seventies floral design shirts that kept appearing. They looked almost appealing in a weird way, as it was a given that they weren’t made from the same polyester that the originals came in, but even so I think that lamp-shade decor patterns should be left well and truly alone. 

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