in her first book “Colorful World” In, just published by Rizzoli, Mira Mikati provides 50 the most colorful (yes) on earth A roundup of The Places – a joyous and upbeat celebration culled from her own travels and iPhone albums.
As it happens, during the second pandemic lockdown, the ever-happy designer found himself walking from tourists to places like Antigua Live like a local in Barbuda. Reconnecting with simple living—not to mention those seascapes—becomes her spring inspiration. That, and a Coachella fitting session with Mikati, a Beirut-born, Paris-raised British-American singer whose taste for vibrant outfits easily rivals Mikati’s. She even converted some of Mika’s leads to women.
Unsurprisingly, palm trees sprouted on shorts and shirts, with prints recreating flowers and fruits—papayas, coconuts—found in tropical paradise. Sunrise/sunset shades are effortless, while hoodies and knits are perfect for after dark. The Mikati rainbow returns in shades of orange on cargo pants and ropes. There are concessions to tailoring because, as Mikati says, “Even if it’s an island and you’re barefoot and wear it effortlessly, sometimes you want to take it up a notch, or be intellectually ready for a return to city life. .”
Overall, the collection is stripped down, with very little embroidery other than a denim jacket with palms or trousers embellished with flowers. In real life, Mikati prefers to buy men’s suits and tailor them to her body, so she ventured into the butterfly bra, which says a lot. By her own admission, she would never have done so in the past. For those like her who prefer coverage, there is a jumpsuit with a sheer back. For an evening — or even an island wedding — a dress is strewn with innocent flowers, butterflies and anything else imaginable. The ubiquitous ceramic flower buttons provide a delicate touch. So, for that matter, what is a bob hat, some form of hat that everyone should be wearing these days, island or not.