Bon chic, bon genre. It’s a French expression meaning good style and a good attitude, though Google translate pegs it as “preppy,” which is more on the nose, especially in the context of Kimberley Newport-Mimran’s fall collection. But don’t think of Muffy and Biff, rather it was prep’s Paris and London corollaries on display at Pink Tartan last night: Right Bank chic meets the Sloane Rangers.
The deep lineup of outerwear included a polished ponyskin trench, straightened Mongolian lamb chubbies, a deep green leather and velvet topper and sharp scarlet blazer made yet more want-inducing with contrasting black patent. Circle skirts featured flashes of skin through sexy sheer godets, while skin-tight trousers made a new case for bootcut flares. Newport-Mimran’s eye as a sportswear designer made for a collection that was as sleekly cut as it was luxuriously appointed. The no-fuss glamour continued to eveningwear, with two long knit bandage dresses, in red and black. Paired, respectively, with a black blazer and a feather peplum, they distilled the message perfectly.