Toronto Fashion Week officially kicked off last night with the Holt Renfrew show, but it was Kimberley Newport-Mimran’s Pink Tartan label which was the first to present spring fashions on the runway at David Pecaut Square. This time around, the designer presented an elegant line-up of tailored separates and dresses, reinventing her signature silhouettes in lighter, almost sweet hues..
Cropped tops, full skirts, and even head-to-toe pyjama looks were shown in sorbet hues and light metallic fabrics as well as classic black and white. “I love the statement coat this spring, so you’ll see a lot of coats in the collection,” Newport-Mimran told us backstage moments before the show. “I love [using] geometrical influences in a non-obvious way. There’s a lot of exaggerated proportions, interesting geometric seam placement.”
Britain’s A-list stylist Annabel Tollman, former editor at Interview Magazine, worked her magic backstage while top models Charlotte Free, Alana Zimmer, and Irina Lazareanu donned the designer’s latest creations. But what had us most excited was the brand’s shoe collaboration with Canada’s own Aldo, which debuted on the runway last night and will be sold in stores next spring. “To have your own shoe on the runway is such a luxury that I haven’t had before.” said Newport-Mimran. “I think it just adds to the whole Pink Tartan look for the season.” The wedge heels, available in white with silver and black with gold, were inspired by the architecture of the garments in the collection.