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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#WMCFW: Pink Tartan Spring 2015

 Get your hustle on.  Pink Tartan’s Spring 2015 collection took a lot of inspiration from the 1970’s.  Designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran brought the decade to World Mastercard Fashion Week in Toronto with a nod to the disco era.

There were a lot of plunging necklines and jumpsuits.  There were elongated jackets and sharply pleated pants.  I can’t say I was a fan of the high waists on some styles, they made the models look dumpy and that’s quite hard to do.  Swimwear was introduced on the runway, which in the chilly, damp temperatures of Toronto, I wasn’t in the right mind frame to appreciate.

Stark black and white dominated the runway for the first half of the show.  I understand that no matter what the media and buyers claim they want to see in bright colors, they do always make the most buys from a collection from these two shades.  However, this doesn’t make a dramatic presentation.  I perked up when updated graphic prints arrived on the catwalk.  At first glance, the colors and patterns looked like they were a throwback to the 70’s as well.  However, a closer look showed an abstract, modern floral.  The other print I really liked was an over-sized paisley in gigantic foulard print.  I love seeing traditional motifs being re-interpreted and re-mixed.  The freshest way to do that is to change up the scale.

Are you looking to boogie? There was a top and jumpsuit that featured fringe that swayed when the models walked.  You can’t have a 70’s inspired collection and not have a few looks ready for the dance floor… I wonder where Kimberly Newport-Mimran and Pink Tartan were when Studio 54 was open… 

photos by David TW Leung

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