Is this Pink Tartan's best collection yet?
Have you met the girlfriend of Jil Sander's 2011 Spring/Summer male? Well, the girl wears Pink Tartan, in a show that left me pleasantly surprised. The runway was lined with lit platforms, the eventual resting place for the most well-selected models of the week.
But one thing was certain, Kimberly Newport Mimran borrows, but frankly it doesn't matter because very few things are original anymore. The most consistent criticism arose from the use of Gucci-esque hardware on off-the- shoulder striped dresses - it was later represented as a means to cinch a waist, but as fellow writer Briony Smith mentioned, we've seen it before.
But that is a lesser matter. The show itself was elegant, forward and expensive. The Jill Sander neon partner-dressing fit beautifully - notable hits were a pair of lengthening royal blue pants and a nod-to-Halston jumpsuit in the same colour. The former was paired with a striking hot pink topper, while the latter referenced Ralph Lauren Safari with its khaki jacket.
The theme of retro safari was revisited in a sleeveless khaki vest-jacket with utilitarian pockets - it was perfect. That get up and go outer layer that can literally be flung off a hanger and onto your back. Simplicity done with elegance.
Then came the animals, both leopard and giraffe. If you couldn't tell already, Pink Tartan aggressively hit the trends - animal prints, new restraint camels and neons were all present. We were in a classroom and the lesson of the day was how to look trendy in Pink Tartan's ten minutes or less. Near the end of the show, a seasonal maxi came out in leopard that fit so snug to the body, flattering every inch of the model. A complete sex kitten, with the pun very much intended.
Hats off to Kim Mimran, a woman who despite all odds, presented a varied collection of show stopping trend pieces. The woman knows her business. Now it's time to pay up.