First Look: Fossil Debuts Its First-Ever Collaboration with Print-Centric Label Eley Kishimoto
If you're looking for a good print, Eley Kishimoto delivers. The London label, designed by Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, has been churning out eye-popping, graphic patterns since the early '90s. Starting this week, you'll be able to shop their designs at Fossil, as the retailer enlisted the duo for its first-ever collaboration, which is filled with watches, scarves, iPad cases, wallets and more decked out in punchy prints inspired by pre-technology, '50s-era references. "We wanted to twist the familiarity of the retro-domestic notion into a new modern watch design," Kishimoto tells InStyle for our sneak preview of the line.
The ultimate throwback in the collection is one watch that's made to look like a kitchen timer (pictured above). "I was drawn to the simplicity of the iconic design, which also tells time, but in a different way from watches," says Kishimoto. "It was fresh to look at something that does one thing really well."
Their prints, as seen here with the vintage laminate-inspired tote, took time to perfect. "We wanted to develop a range of graphic prints that didn’t look as if they just came out from a computer, but [weren’t] free and loose, either,” Kishimoto says, “as if somebody drew each pattern using a ruler and markers, the aim was to achieve perfection—but there is a trace of human touch.” To get the bold hues to really pop, they looked to the “formica pastels of the '50s," and mixed them with darker accents.
And the cheery color palette of the collection’s scarves and gloves are more than just fun to look at—they'll also brighten up any chilly day, Kishimoto says. “We always feel cozy when surrounded by colors and patterns, but the warmth offered by these items makes them extra cozy.”
Check out the collection when it debuts in stores on Oct. 27. And just for InStyle.com readers: The collection is available for pre-order now at fossil.com.