Design Stars: Pink Tartan, Marques’Almeida and Être Cécile

We ask three designers about their spring inspiration (bonus: you can buy them all at Hudson's Bay!)



Kimberley Newport-Mimran of Pink Tartan

What influences shaped your spring collection? I was inspired by the ’70s and a relaxed way of dressing.

Did you have any muses in mind? I always have a muse in mind when preparing for the runway. Lauren Hutton in the ’70s for American Vogue was the essence [of this collection].

Which adjectives would you use to describe your spring looks? Free-spirited, chic, modern.

What would you single out as the key pieces? I am loving a long earring, flared pant and blouse as must-have pieces for spring.


Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida (available exclusively in Canada at Hudson’s Bay)

You were initially known for denim, but now you’re offering your customers more of a complete wardrobe. Is denim still important to your line? It’s always at the core of what we do, and how we’ve worked with it in the past informs how we approach every fabric now.

What’s the inspiration behind your spring collection? The spirit of grunge and the dark, difficult poetry of PJ Harvey’s music.

Does your personal style come through in your work for Marques’Almeida? It’s hard for us to see it, but I guess if you’re honest about what you do, some part of you always comes through in one way or another.



Yasmin Sewell of Être Cécile

Is the Cécile in Être Cécile a real person? There’s not an actual person named Cécile, but the brand and idea of Cécile was inspired by one of the founders’ grandmothers who was an artist in the ’70s in Paris and had a love for colour and animal prints.

 What’s the inspiration behind this season’s collection? We’ve merged our Parisian roots with the New York City disco scene. Think Studio 54 and Andy Warhol.

How would you define modern dressing for spring? It’s about doing whatever the heck you want with fashion. It’s not about rules. It’s not about Dos and Don’ts. It’s about cherry-picking from a range of brands and creating a style that works with you, not against you.

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