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Beyond borders: East meets West in cool weather looks from Pink Tartan

03/24/2015 12:49 EDT | Updated 05/23/2015 05:59 EDT
TORONTO - Womenswear label Pink Tartan channelled international influences for its latest cool weather looks.

"I felt this is a really East meets West moment," head designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran said in a backstage interview at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week on Monday.

Pink Tartan unveiled a range of cosy, snuggle-worthy textured knits and furs, paired alongside garments with relaxed kimono sleeves and tie-front detailing.

"I'm a sportswear designer, and it's really about putting pieces together that inspire people, but yet are accessible and they put on and feel chic and ready to go into the world," said Newport-Mimran.

The designer cited a new outerwear piece as key for fall-winter. Pink Tartan had no shortage of fresh takes on cool-weather toppers, including shaggy furs and multi-pocketed coats. Adding, texture volume and visual interest was the bold use of oversized bows accenting coats and blouses in the collection.

Models walked and weaved along and through a cloud-like installation created by Toronto-based firm Mason Design which spanned the full length of the runway.

Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran said he loved the check coat in his wife's new line, as well as the "matted felted feel" of the cable sweaters featured.

"I thought it was such a departure for Kim. It was almost a coming of age," Mimran said of the collection following the show.

"She just wanted to pursue her own creative idea and I thought it was a really brave show."

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