TORONTO— Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week started off with a bang as designer, Kimberly Newport-Mimran, of Pink Tartan gave us 60's glam for her spring/summer 2014 collection on Monday. Drawing inspiration from pop art, she was able to maintain her basic-pretty approach with a hint of retro chic and risky-sexy. Picture this: a femme fatal-esque woman, riding a fierce Vespa down the streets of London. Dream girl, right?
The runway show started off light, fresh and crisp as models walked down in white textured jacquard flared skirts, sheath dresses, and tailored blazers paired with above the knee shorts and capris. Seamlessly, the show transitioned from crisp whites to heavy monochromatic black and white prints and patterns; infused with eggplant purples, deep navy blues, powder blue hues, a hint of pale pink, and dramatic neon ensembles. Classic pieces were punctuated with striking prints, such as: stripes, blocks, checkerboard patterns, oversized Marimekko-like florals, and zigzag diamond shapes.
Pretty, perforated prints on skirts, dresses and matching jackets, paired beautifully with subdue peek-a-boo sleeves, which also added a bold, graphic element to the luxe garments of Pink Tartan. For instance, the femme fatale infused collection gave a fierce punch of black on black leather pieces; with a hit of highlighter hues of hot pink and neon green graphics on adorning dresses and skirts; eye-popping pairings of sheer blouses; and a mod take on monochromatic black and white prints.
This spring/summer 2014 line was ubiquitous with the demure, ladylike principal that has become a signature staple of the Pink Tartan brand, which encompassed ultra-feminine tiered dresses and pleated shirtdresses. Forget short-shorts and ultra mini skirts for spring and summer! Newport-Mimran opts for lowered hemlines that skim below the knee. Even she walked the catwalk at the very end of her show, showcasing a black on black ensemble— a light cotton crewneck sweater paired with her pleated leather, below the knee skirt.
Sassy, cheeky, classy and sexy all in a nutshell. Newport-Mimran hems a modern twist on a vintage inspired era. This collection definitely pushes the boundaries in the most simplistic, sexy way. Mr. Joe Fresh (Joseph Mimran) is one lucky man!