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Pink Tartan: Vibrant colours and disco-glam

Models show creations by Pink Tartan during Toronto Fashion Week in Toronto Tuesday, October 19, 2010.

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There is just something about orange pants.

Whether it be the boot leg tangerine slacks Tilda Swinton wore in the Milanese-set film I am Love or the cigarette-slim set from last night's Pink Tartan spring/summer 2011 collection - there is just something about orange pants that makes you want to wear them.

Held at Heritage Court during LG Fashion Week, designer Kim Newport-Mimran's Pink Tartan show was both runway and presentation as models took their places on lit boxes once they finished their strut.

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Inspired by YSL of the late 1970s, disco glam filled the room with floor-skimming flared pants, vibrant jumpsuits, and sheer blouses with floppy collar bows. An equally retro-era soundtrack, with lyrics screaming "sexy lady," accompanied the collection courtesy of DJ Rory Them Finest.

Vivid colours were paired in both contrasting separates and head-to-toe monochromatic looks echoing Jil Sander's "mille-feuille of colour," as exhibited in designer Raf Simon's recent show in Milan. Intense fuschias, electric blues, neon lime and patterns in all shapes and sizes from diagonal stripes and a black and white Navajo-print bandana to a half-sleeve leopard print maxi dress.

"It's a real departure from what I've been doing," said Newport-Mimran. "It's the way it has evolved. It does have a sarong flip from last season."

Sarong and strong - the show made a statement and offered a sense of style many onlookers aspire to have in that sitting-at-a-cafe-in-Rome-smoking-skinny-cigarettes sort of way. But can Toronto pull off the bold sophistication of our European counterparts? We'll see next spring.

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