On the Runway

Toronto: Pink Tartan's Couturitarian Collection

Photo by George Pimentel

Photo by George Pimentel

Photo by George Pimentel

The fashion industry loves a good portmanteau (see: jegging, flatworm, shote) and Pink Tartan designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran has added another to the lexicon: “couturitarian.” The line’s Fall 2011 offering hit all of the right military-inspired notes: Blouses with cargo pockets and gold buttons, woollen overcoats, silky mechanic’s jumpsuits and shades of green that ranged from olive to drab.

“I loved all those drab colours mixed with pretty elements,” say Newport-Mimran. The pretty came in the form of full shirtdresses in grey flannel and a parachute-like fabric–there were also big skirts done in black polka-dot and golden tulle–sheer blouses, feathery skirts and shots of vibrant grape silk. A black camo print with a  metallic sheen drove the point home in the form of a cigarette-pant suit, a deep-V tunic dress and a strapless gown.

Of the pair of gowns–the other was in the olive parachute fabric–the designer had designs on her own wardrobe. “I don’t normally do eveningwear,” she says. “I did the strapless dress because I have an event next week in New York, so it was perfect timing.” With a healthy list of U.S. retailers carrying Pink Tartan–not to mention Newport-Mimran’s husband Joe Mimran’s soon upcoming New York launch of his Joe Fresh line–it looks like Canadian fashion’s power couple are also plotting a south-of-the-border takeover.

See a gallery of looks from Pink Tartan’s Fall 2011 collection