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  • Kimberley Newport-Mimran’s latest inspiration? Netflix

    With her husband — new Dragons’ Den judge Joe Mimran — cheering from the front row, Kimberley Newport-Mimran marched a pack of glamorous, monastic models down the runway of her Pink Tartan show at World MasterCard Fashion Week last week.


    “The collection is modern, androgynous and powerful, but still feminine,” Newport-Mimran said of her wares, which echoed an Asian influence. “I try to mix that all up and put it on the runway — hopefully it works.”


    Proving inspiration can come anywhere, Newport-Mimran was equally inspired by her exotic trips to Asia and something closer to home — Netflix. “I adored Netflix’s Marco Polo,” Newport-Mimran said. Kimono sleeves were showcased, as were wrapped-waist wide-leg samurai pants.


    Newport-Mimran tapped design firm Mason Studio to create lit white tissues clouds that created a backdrop and centre lane for the runway. Newport-Mimran was inspired by a Mason Studio installation, and enlisted them to recreate it for the show.


    Pink Tartan


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    Pink Tartan“It was the idea of experiencing the collection versus just watching it,” Newport-Mimran said backstage at her show. “I wanted the audience to have a relationship with the collection.”


    Models weaved through the installation to a modern zen soundtrack by DJ and music producer Jasper Gahunia. While elaborate sets are commonplace at runway shows in Milan and Paris, designers showing at the David Pecaut Square tents typically stick to the sterile white runway they are provided with. Pink Tartan’s cloud set was a welcome change to the norm, and in a week of back-to-back collections, solidified the show as a standout.


    Presentation aside, the clothing alone was of Milanese calibre. Soft mohair and alpaca sweaters that rang Marni or Prada were paired with culottes and floor sweeping pleated trousers. Quite a few models rocked high beanies. “It came from the Tibetan hat,” Newport-Mimran said.


    Overcoats were styled with thick belts and fur pelts to make runway statements, but deconstructed they stood alone as classic, functional pieces for a woman’s wardrobe.


    “I was restrained on the clothes,” Newport-Mimran said. “It was really more about the cut and the tailoring on the clothes and the restraint of making a beautiful collection.”


    Husband Joe Mimran was on hand, greeting and welcoming guests into the show space. During her finale walk, Kim blew kisses to Joe and their daughter. Earlier this monthMimran announced he was stepping back from Joe Fresh, the namesake company he founded. He will be joining the next season of CBC’s Dragons’ Den in the fall.

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  • As Easter Awaits, Floral Prints Take Root

    Now that we’re knee-deep into March, we’ve noticed a verdant change in the fashion environment. Black peacoats, knee-high boots and wool infinity scarves have given way to landscape-enlivened tea-length dresses, cheeky flower crop tops and flirty skinny jeans in pink, blue, yellow, purple and other spring shades.


    Yes, spring fashion is in full bloom and floral prints are forever en vogue. Through the decades, these feminine pastels have found favor with topsy turvy toddlers, chic twenty-somethings and well-dressed dames, which is why we’ve formed such a love affair with these ageless frocks. Now that Easter is peeking right around the corner, it’s time to pick out a springy Sunday dress for the occasion, whether you're dressing for Passover, a garden party, the Kentucky Derby, or an afternoon wedding. Here are a few of our favorites to flatter every style.


    Those looking to save on this year’s Easter dress will find a match in this romantic, fit and flare Eliza J dress. The pattern is bright, festive and perhaps a little over the top, but it’s an ageless garb you’ll wear one hundred times over.


    Comfortable yet classic, this flowy, sleeveless Erin Fetherston dress (top, middle) looks like it sprang right out of Kate Middleton’s closet. Intricate vines and white roses dominate the fabric, and the well-tailored fit does the rest of the amazing work. Eye-catching but muted, women of all shapes will fall in love with full-bodied skirt and slimming waistline.



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    Vince Camuto sleeveless photo floral print shift dress, $129 at Bloomingdale's.Not everyone is down for rocking an Easter dress, and that’s where modern designers like Cynthia Rowley come in. This black and watercolor floral top is sexy but demure and pairs well with a solid skirt or the designer’s gorgeous matching leggings.


    This Vince Camuto dress (shown at right) is a modern take on everlasting florals. Utilizing geometric patterns, this fashion powerhouse has crafted a brilliant take on landscapes and shapes.



    Maeve Tea Garden sheath, $178 at Anthropologie.Anthropologie is a garden of festive floral clothing. This fitted Maeve dress (shown at left) boasts a rich shower of flowers with a flattering fit that’s very Mary Crawley-esque. It’s fancy enough to wear to a wedding, but professional enough to pull off during the 8-5 workday.


    For many, there is no greater master of floral prints than Oscar De la Renta. An absolute legend in the gown world, Oscar De la Renta brings simple elegance to fruition with this demure botanical print (top, right). Movie stars and everyday consumers alike have an affection for Oscar’s perfect prints.


    Those who aren’t crazy about florals will find thisKate Spade option (top, left) is right up their alley. Never before has a bed of leaves looked so fabulous.

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  • Wardrobe Clean-Out -Things to Scrap And Save

    Start 2015 with a thorough edit of your wardrobe, throw away all that items, which you don’t need any more in the new year. Holidays are the perfect time to start with the cleanup so, start organizing your closet and store only those items you are planning to use in the coming season.



    Save the florals of 70’s and bohemians:


    Spring 2015 has come with the bohemian twist; you can see much of these carefree cuts and prints into fashion. Fringed vests along with a body hugging mini dress are also a fashion element of this spring. Apart from this, you will also see the demand for earthy floral prints this year. So, save every floral print and bohemian cuts you have from your wardrobe for this season. If you are not having these in your closet, rush to stores now and get some of the classiest dress with floral prints and bohemian cuts.



    Save your falling suit jackets and chopped, wide pants:


    Switch the “classic power suits” you had with the cropped pants, king-size cuts, and falling jackets. These cool looking attires can surely get you much of public attention, but if you are not so sure to start with it, you can surely move to some other classic fashion trends like wide blue denim, skinny tee’s and plunging jacket.



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    Save anything that has fur:


    A little touch of fur is not everything now, it is one trend that is continuously gaining momentum and is sure to rule the entire year 2015. Save everything that you have relating to fur, coats, jackets, bags whatever. Even fur shoes have gained much popularity this season. If you are lacking something from this list in your wardrobe, head to the shopping mall as soon as possible. Bright colored fur accessories have more demand and thus, if you have some in your closet already, use it in this spring.



    Save all your transparent garments:


    If you are a little shy, then this is probably a bad news for you but this spring fashion is all about transparency. Gather all your transparent and sheer clothing to flaunt on the party floor. Designers have created some of the most beautiful and elegant see-through pieces this year. Show a bit of your skin in the coming season.



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    Save your dress with long splits:


    Last year it was the crop tops, but now it’s time to eliminate them from your closet. This spring is all about flaunting your bare thighs and not the tummies. Even the renowned fashion brands have started creating dresses and skirts with “sky-high” slits, revealing and showing much of your leg. You can also carry this style to the red carpets and other high-society parties.



    Save your gladiators:


    Flats are still very strong and will surely prevail the entire 2015. Flat “lace-up” sandals with a gladiator look will add a twist to the spring fashion trends. Were these gladiators or laced sandals with the 70’s inspired florals and grab the attention of every person.


    These are some, but there are lots more new and interesting fashion twists you can see in spring 2015.


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