Emojis are slowly taking over the world, with style. One look at last November’s Victoria Secret Fashion Show, Anya Hindmarch’s latest bag collections or Betabrand’s Poo emojis, and one can tell the fever has spread. Fashion designers and illustrators are pairing up for freaky emoji design collaborations, and today we set on this one by cartoon artist Craig Redman (Darcel) and Mira Mikati for her very first solo-collection.
Photo: Fashion week fall15. Source: NY Times
This playful patched up bomber jacket, patched up in flags, goggly eyes and shapes, features Redman’s popular one-eyed illustration Darcel. His cute creatures have been in fashion for quite some time now, and Mira Mikati, a serious accessory addict, is a big fan. She has a huge collection at home, which includes a Darcel portrait of herself and the whole family.
Mira Mikati at home with her Darcel collection. Photo by Olivia da Costa
Up until now, Mira Mikati was a successful entrepreneur co-owner of Plum, a fashion boutique that is to Beirut what Colette is to Paris, and co-creator of the Ç x Façonnable capsule collection since 2013. But this year she has finally decided to step up and launch a line under her own name. “It’s my life and my universe and my vision,” said the designer. “It’s a bubble of happiness.” Her first collection for Fall 2015 is full of embroider emoticons, cartoons and shapes on pieces that vary from sporty jackets to classic tweed coats.
Many of the designs in the collection, such as the bomber jacket, are created in collaboration with Redman. He is an Australian born artist & illustrator, founder of the renowned design collective Rinzen and co-creator of the Studio Craig&Karl http://www.craigandkarl.com/. His work is very optimistic, as Mira Mikati’s style, filled with simple and colourful messages executed in different mediums, from illustration, painting, sculpture, typography and pattern to editorial design, animation, and art direction.