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Show Review: Pink Tartan's Ode to '60s Bardot

Kimberley Newport-Mimran Pink Tartan Spring 2012

Photo by Adam Moco

Pink Tartan Spring 2012

Photo by George Pimentel

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Photo by George Pimentel

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Photo by George Pimentel

“I was very inspired by Brigitte Bardot and that whole seaside scene in the ’60s,” said Pink Tartan’s Kimberly Newport-Mimran. With the French femme fatale’s one-time paramour Serge Gainsbourg on the soundtrack, the designer opened with the obligatory Breton stripe frock, this one with a kicky drop-waist ruffle. The coquette’s essentials of mini-circle skirts, mod patch-pocket shifts (vaguely Courrèges, yet now a signature of the PT girl)  trapeze trenches and teacup-silhouette dresses furthered the nouvelle vague-on-vacation mood. The most compelling looks were less mignon, more linear: spot-on stretch wool/silk-blend cigarette trousers in vixen cherries and Yves Klein blue. Their precise, perfect fit was particularly standout, just wish the accompanying silver strap heels had been more era-apropos, less prom. Curved mini-shifts in the same fabric were also superb. By comparison, a brief diversion into softer styles – washed-out beige tiered dresses and tablecloth floral tailoring – had less vivre. All-over polka dot suiting and and vivid orange shirt-dressing was more in chime with the collection’s spirit. And speaking of chime, the closing shell-button embroidered frock sure made a lot of noise. “That was the point,” confirmed Newport-Mimran. “I was sick of sequins and wanted something fresh.” Or, in this case, frais.

Click here to see the entire Spring 2012 collection from Pink Tartan.