Sometimes fashion is groundbreaking. Sometimes it’s avant-garde. Sometimes fashion is just beautiful, and that is exactly what Mimi Tran’s AW17 collection was: stunningly, jaw-droppingly beautiful.
We started off Day 2 of LFW with Mimi Tran’s ‘Fluorescence’, a departure from the more traditional colour palettes she’d used in previous seasons, with pieces in black and white punctuated with pops of luminous neon. Tran used new techniques such as 3D lace and digitally printed silks juxtaposed with meticulously hand beaded and sequinned crystal encrusted flowers. The attention to detail was incredible.
“The Mimi Tran woman is fearless, strong and radiant – a woman to be respected, someone to impress, someone who strides with passim – her excellence pouring over any who behold her’ – Mimi Tran
Tran’s designs embody femininity, and everything about ‘Fluorescence’ screamed female empowerment, from the soundtrack to the silhouettes. The show opened with a model walking the catwalk in a sequinned black and gold tuxedo-inspired look to the beat of a girl power anthem. She strutted, stepped, and sashayed with confidence. There was nothing passive or timid about this collection; these women were not simply dolls or mannequins, they showed a power and individuality that is sometimes lacking in fashion.
This collection was based on a foundation of a monochrome palette, embellished with multi-dimensional texture and colour in the form of flowers and sequins in shades of neon green and orange. Patterns were bold brushstrokes of abstract painterly colour on beautiful floor-length gowns, whilst beaded three-dimensional petals graced delicate silk trousers and frocks like a grown-up flower power dream with shapes reminiscent of the 60s and 70s, plunging necklines paired with flared lace trousers and floor-grazing frocks split to the thigh.
There was nothing boring about this collection. Bold colour abounded. Textiles were multi-dimensional, show-stopping sequins in neon colours and flowers everywhere. These were not the passive florals of the English Rose, but a definitive, modern take on that girly classic. The shapes were feminine, cut to accentuate a woman’s body, with off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder, and sheer sleeved dresses showing off some serious curves.
As the show built up to its climax of that wedding dress, the sounds of Marina and the Diamonds filled the hall and model after model floated down the catwalk in Grecian-inspired bridal gowns adorned with sequin embellished silk flowers in silver and white. Mimi Tran has showed us yet again that yes, it is possible for fashion to be pretty and empowering, making a very powerful statement about femininity. Confidence is beautiful.