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.
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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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