Toronto Fashion Week Spring 2013: Pink Tartan hits the sixties-inspired sweetspot with Charlotte Free in tow

Pink Tartan Spring 2013
Pink Tartan Spring 2013
Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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Kimberley Newport-Mimran returned to her signature sunny disposition last night during the first night of World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, showcasing a confection-sweet Pink Tartan collection of 38 looks for Spring 2013.

Opening with the aptly pink-haired Charlotte Free in a butterfly-printed crop bustier and pale pink full skirt, the looks that followed worn by the homegrown likes of Alana Zimmer, Irina Lazereanu and Amanda Laine were shaped with the kind of sixties-inspired aesthetic that always seems welcome. Staying within a predominantly pastel palette of mint green, cornflower yellow and lightly-sheened gold and silver, Newport-Mimran gave shimmering shift dresses, baby-dolls, flared jumpsuits and light car coats yet another life. And while a particular silver metallic jacquard jumpsuit may prove interesting for real-girl wear, the bulk of the collection is extremely easy to translate into closet worship for all ages.

Pink Tartan’s Spring 2013 outing also marked two of Newport-Mimran’s latest collaborations—with Aldo Shoes and milliner Lara Vincent. The first, a capsule collection of classic feminine heels as part of Aldo’s ongoing collaborative effort, Aldo Rise (previous collaborators include Mark Fast, J.W Anderson and Preen), will hit stores next spring. As for the perfectly perched straw hats, Toronto-based milliner Lara Vincent created styles especially for the show. No word on whether they will be produced with the collection, but here’s hoping).