London-based Lebanese designer, Mira Mikati, began her fashion career in 2007 as co-founder of the Middle East's leading concept store, Plum. In 2012, Mikati was invited to design a capsule collection for Parisian label Façonnable: "As a buyer I wished I could find something fun that was also beautifully tailored," says Mikati. "Which is exactly what I set out to do." The capsule collection went on to become a sellout success. Encouraged, Mikati began her eponymous label, which today counts Beyoncé and Rihanna as fans. Now in its second season, Mira Mikati uniquely combines fun, emoji-style detailing with elegant, grown-up silhouettes.
Mikati's close art world connections continue to inspire her designs - in particular, the works of artists Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Darcel, and KAWS, with whom she collaborated with for Spring/Summer '16. "I have always collected KAWS' toys, even when that meant staying up all night to buy a rare edition online," Mikati says. "He is one of my favourite artists in the world - collaborating with him was a dream come true.