Monday, March 14, 2016

Miuniku // Fall 2016 //

I attended 15 shows and presentations during London Fashion Week this season. Among them, 10 were on-schedule, 3 off-schedule, one on the digital schedule, and one on the events schedule. Off-schedule presentations have been overwhelmingly impressive for the past few seasons. PR company The Wolves hosts their clients in one space: The Elms Lesters Painting Rooms. The Painting Rooms Presentations hosted numerous collections on Friday and Saturday, allotting two hours for each designer. On Friday evening I popped into the Miuniku installation upstairs in the Painting Rooms. What ensued was a beautiful mash of colours, precise tailoring, and delightful quirks. 

Miuniku was founded by sisters Tina and Nikita, who were worn in Mumbai. They graduated from the London College of Fashion with a BA in Womenswear in 2013. Based in London, the duo produces exercises in colour and meditations on shape and form. The pieces presented that Friday were adaptable—fit for any woman’s wardrobe this winter. 

The collection was inspired by “people who go out and explore something new.” A decidedly apt description given that this was my first Miuniku presentation. “It reflects the curiosity of man to discover things less known.” As well as reviewing large conglomerates on my blog, I love spotlighting upcoming creatives (like Miuniku)—but back to the clothes… Mountaineering, camping, geological analysis were the points of references. There were stylish half-zips in shimmering glitter; a trend that has been picking up traction throughout the season from Louis Vuitton and Carven. Hoisted in the air was a lovely jacket with colour-blocked patches. Pushing commercially creative designs. That’s easy to get on board with.

What’s great about young designers who create pragmatic clothing with a few frills and thrills here and there, is that they give women the opportunity to update their wardrobe in an interesting way with great additions. Pencil skirts with abstract pocket shapes, glittery half-zips, jaggedly cut coats, blouses with frilly cutouts; Miuniku is looking out for you. Be curious, discover labels lesser known and see where it takes you. Up a mountain or in the boardroom, it will be fun.

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