The affinity toward retro-inspired looks remains ever present for Pink Tartan, as the womenswear label channelled influence from the 1960s as well as modern art in its spring-summer collection at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week On Monday.
Designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran said she drew inspiration from pop art for her new line, from hints of prints featured in textured jacquard to dotted and graphic patterns, in a collection which played with the use of optic prints.
Largely bathed in black and white with infusions of navy, the crisp collection of separates featured mostly monochromatic looks with flared skirts and sheath dresses, fitted jackets, cardigans, blazers teamed with knee-length shorts and capris. But what distinguished the classic pieces were the punctuations of striking prints, such as checkerboard patterns, stripes, blocks, oversized florals diamond shapes which accented the creations. Pretty, perforated prints on skirts and delicate, peek-a-boo patterned cutouts on sleeves also added a bold, graphic element to the luxe garments.
Highlighter hues added a vibrant infusion of colour with hits of hot pink and neon green graphic floral prints adorning dresses, to eye-popping pairings of sheer blouses with elbow patches and knee-length shorts in blindingly bright yellow hues.
The spring-summer line was rife with the demure, ladylike staples that have become signature staples of the Pink Tartan brand, which encompassed ultra-feminine pleated shirtdresses and tiered dresses. Newport-Mimran lowered hemlines for the warmer months, opting for skirts and dresses skimming below the knee, and a pair of shirtdresses with hems sweeping the floor.
Newport-Mimran said she always designs with a “vision and a perspective of who my girl is” with each new line. She selected the late Edie Sedgwick – muse of famed American artist Andy Warhol – as a source of inspiration, which included mirroring the makeup look personified by the socialite and actress-model, who favoured ultra-dark brows which starkly contrasted her platinum blond crop.
“She was a beautiful girl and she had such a short life, and she was kind of a bright star for a moment,” she said of Sedgwick in a recent interview. “I loved the idea of an It Girl from New York, but done modern day.”