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


Photo by George Pimentel


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.