President and Head Designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran presented the Spring 2012 Pink Tartan collection during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
This collection combined the 60’s Rocker look with a contemporary flare on edge. I thoroughly enjoyed the 60’s inspired hairstyles and cat eye sunglass accessories. Lots of bold colors, polka dots, and stripes were used tastefully for the clothing. Perfect for the everyday woman with a busy schedule, Pink Tartan Spring 2012 collection yells retro yet practical.
Here are some of my favorite pieces.
The Polka Dot trend is in…
Lady in red…remember this color, you’ll be seeing alot of it come Spring…
…All that glitters is Gold, with Pink Tartan.
What do you think? Is retro fashions making a comeback?
Pink Tartan had a clear identity from the first. The crisp cotton twill menswear shirting cut snug to a woman’s body and finished with elegant French cuffs remains a staple today. Pink Tartan tweaks the modern classic every season, adding a ruffle or a fresh new colour and for their consistent production of classic style, Pink Tartan graces the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for the first time this season!
“I’m a sportswear designer,” says Newport-Mimran. “Clothes to live your life in and easily transition from day to night.”
Kimberley Newport-Mimran is the President and Head Designer of Pink Tartan, the womenswear line she co-founded in Toronto in 2002. The New York showroom opened in 2004, and the line is now housed at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Holt Renfrew and The Bay as well as specialty stores across North America, Dubai and Seoul. Newport-Mimran has also designed sleek retro-fabulous uniforms for Canada’s boutique Porter Airlines and the uber-hip rooftop bar at 60 Thompson in New York City, Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel Tropicana bar and the concierge desk at Holt Renfrew.
Growing up in Niagara Falls, where she was born in 1968, Newport-Mimran was captivated by her grandmother Aubrey. “She was a lady who lunched and played bridge. She served tea sandwiches in pearls and a polished shoe. Always topped off with a perfect coat.” This romantic and grand formative image remains at the heart of her granddaughter’s style ethos. She sums it up: “Simplicity is the secret to elegance.”
By the age of 14, Newport-Mimran was on the front lines of fashion,selling retail where she found a passion for clothes and working with her customers. She studied fashion merchandising and manufacturing management at college then began her full-time career in the buying office at the Hudson Bay Company, North America’s oldest retailer. She went on to product development and merchandising and specialized in Denim and Menswear at Club Monaco. That is where she learned the importance of structure and tailoring. “Execution is key,” became her lifelong mantra. She later moved to Caban where she further exemplified, “Sourcing is an art: finding fabric and manufacturing makes the difference in luxury design.” There she met and married the CEO, Joe Mimran. Today the pair is Canadian fashion royalty; Mimran launched the Joe Fresh mass fashion phenomenon after he sold Club Monaco to Ralph Lauren.
It’s officially less than a month away and the Spring 2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show line up has been announced. There’s an impressive list of new and returning designers that are prepared to show their latest collection at Lincoln Center to hundred of thousands of fashion industry professionals, insiders and VIPs.
“New York City is the fashion capital of the world, and from September 8th – 15th Lincoln Center will become the heartbeat of the city,” says Peter Levy, SVP Managing Director, IMG Fashion Worldwide. ”Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the city’s single largest media event, is proud to offer some of the biggest names in fashion, as well as young and emerging talent, an unsurpassed platform to debut their Spring 2012 Collections.”
“This season’s diverse lineup ofdesigners is a testament to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Lincoln Center’s ability to create a world stage for the fashion industry to showcase everyone from the well established brands to the future stars,” said Lisa Holladay, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. ”The scope and support of the event continues to evolve and with it comes new opportunities and benefits for those involved.”
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will present the following designers:
Tommy Hilfiger Men’s
Son Jung Wan
Diesel Black Gold
Chado Ralpho Rucci
Milly by Michelle Smith
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*Denotes first time showings at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week / Lincoln Center.