Known for their quirky graphic printed womenswear, Eley Kishimoto are increasingly attracting attention for their cross-disciplinary collaborations. Working with the likes of BMW, Honda, Nike, Motorola and Louis Vuitton to name a few, there seems to be no slowing down for the power couple Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto.
Head of design for the brand, Wakako spearheads the creative direction from the starting point of their signature prints to pattern making and material sourcing. Whereas Mark ensures the opportunity of projects can exist through many relationships and brand partnerships. Whilst Mark and Wakako are proud of their achievements over the years (20 to be exact), it's good to see their modesty still in tact as Mark admits the brand to be "awkward, clunky and patterned, which is the nature of our silhouette and our aesthetic. But it's consistently clunky and consistently patterned!"
But we like awkward and clunky, rejecting trends and fads, so of course we weren't expecting a run-of-the-mill fashion presentation from the London label. This time round, the design duo presented their Spring Summer 2013 collection and collaborations at The Aram Gallery during London Fashion Week and London Design Festival. For those who don't know, The Aram Gallery is part of the Aram Store, and is an independently curated space that encourages and promotes the understanding of contemporary design.
The famous art pottery house Moorcroft Ceramics (dating back to 1890) have produced a series of 600mm high pots combining their decorative style and Kishimoto's graphic archive prints (aptly named "talking daffodils" and "flash butterflies".) "It's the first time we've done anything purely ornamental, whereas our dresses are functional in design. This is as close to art as we've possibly come." says Mark.
To go with their simple iconic shapes of the collection's garments, Kishimoto have worked with Clarks, replicating the 'cute boys' and 'flash' prints across 3 styles of footwear, the ever-classic desert boot, peep-toe wedges and heeled court shoes.
The 'flash' print can also be seen on woven 8ft lace drapes, made in collaboration with MYB Textiles. In addition to the exhibition at The Aram Gallery, Aram Store will launch a collection of new commercially available rugs, highlighting Eley Kishimoto as the 'patron saints of print'.
Eley Kishimoto's collaboration with Clarks will be in stores in February/March 2013. Prices start from £80. Their archive print rugs start from £850 and are available from The Aram Store.