Pink Tartan Spring 2014: Edie Sedgwick and the sixties art scene inspire 40 perfectly on-trend looks for next season
Amid a buzzy scene of editors, notable guests (Elisha Cuthbert, Stacey Mackenzie in a giant fur cape) and the Mimran socialite circle, Kimberly Newport-Mimran sent out a Pink Tartan Spring 2014 collection at the World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto last night that was thinking ‘60s—”youthquaker” Edie Sedgwick, to be precise. The scene was set with a video of a melancholic girl, soundtracked with an Andy soundbite: “I had a lot of dates but decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.” But in the clothes, the ‘60s flavour was kept subtle, in favour of checklisting some of the biggest trends of Spring 2014: long shorts, pleated skirts (the best was long, in supple blush faux-leather), knee-length fitted tunics worn over flared skirts, hits of highlighter-yellow, and plenty of plays on the white shirt.
The staple Pink Tartan shirtdress was reworked with knit panels, big pearl buttons and a perma-pleated skirt; a breezy white shirtdress featured an overlay of laser-cut polyester; and one of the final two looks was a dramatic white poplin shirt-gown that would make a very chic wedding dress. One of the most significant spring trends is a direct incorporation of art into fashion—Prada practically showed paintings on the runway while Chanel presented inside a giant made-for-fashion gallery—a movement that makes it to Toronto with the pop art Warholian flowers woven into Pink Tartan’s always-flattering power-stretch jacquard knit dresses.