Chikimiki Spring/Summer 2016

Elise Dealmeida is doing something special with her New York-based line Chikimiki. She’s telling the world that life should be led in an extraordinary way through their “Be Kind. Be Different” motto. Each season is a reflection of this ethos with their designs deemed as magical creations for women who want to express their personal spirit to the world.

For spring, her vision was to marry art and nature with colorful, textural pieces and evolve their knits, which come in a dynamic range. One example of this visual story is a black dress with long pleats starting at the empire waist in a rainbow of colors that lends itself to the most gorgeous fan. There are other forms of motion too. Her wave inspiration which goes back to her days spent on the water as a surfer is the the focal point of many silhouettes.

The beauty is also in the intricacies. A lightweight white cotton poplin dress with hand beaded detail from top to bottom would make any woman a striking fixture. There’s also the jardin top, a style that she brings back each season which is a hand embroidered work of art that looks like a colorful garden. Building on the outdoors, she tells the tale of ants and plants that come straight out her weekend travels upstate New York and makes insects most favorable on a short and sweet flared skirt.

In the midst of this sensorial satisfaction, she has tried-and-true styles covered: short cotton twill pants, culottes and little black dresses that are thoughtfully different.

Learn more about this made in New York label at Chikimiki.


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