Pink Tartan opened with a video that paid homage to the French New Wave crime director, Jean-Luc Godard and his would-be gangster flick, Breathless. The model, much like Jean Seberg in black and white and a striped sweater, organizes her yellowed paperbacks before leaving her apartment in a trench coat, packing a 9mm. Minutes later, down the runway, came not the heroine of a Parisian art film from 1958 – but a sophisticated femme fatale of the future. Kim Newport-Mimran, for all the success and accolade she’s received as a Canadian designer, showed just why she’s so prolific. Kim never, ever, gets lazy. She pushes her collections to be the best they can and wows the crowd each season. This season, she surpassed all previous achievements.
To be certain, we are talking about a line of clothing that calls a historical building in the middle of Yorkville, home. A brand that is known worldwide and is considered part of the ‘cool club’ in Toronto’s own fashion industry. Our praise resides within this realm. For a very commercial brand, this collection spoke volumes. The colour palette was bright, almost saturated. Fire reds and burgundies, bright green raw silk, emerald green leather, and baby pink fur – combined with neutrals black, white, navy and tan. Intermittently we saw a feather micro mini and some prints.
The collection also underlined how important styling is on the runway: gold embellished belts, fur stoles and shirts under blazers, under coats, under fur bombers; monochromatic separates; assorted fabrics. Detail and assembly of each runway look made the Pink Tartan Fall Winter collection most desirable.