Friday, June 24, 2016

Mimi Wade // Fall 2016 //

Months have passed, I’ve reported on three quarters of Fashion East’s Fall 2016 womenswear line-up. Caitlin Price, Richard Malone, A.V. Robertson presented their work on the catwalk, and Mimi Wade had the opportunity to display her work in presentation format. Caitlin and Amie Robertson benefitted from a runway show; Richard could’ve performed overwhelmingly if he had chosen presentation, but his work was brilliant nonetheless. The best result, in the end, was Mimi’s, whose self-assured work was presented against a black-and-white image of the Hollywood sign.

Hollywood is an important facet to Mimi’s work but not in the way you’d expect it to. It’s not the banal glitz and glam of modern-day Hollywood, instead she looks to the silver screen starlets who dominated screens of yore. But ‘dominated’ is probably the incorrect word. Pamela Curran, Mimi’s grandmother, was a B-movie actress. B-movies are low-budget commercial films used as tools to support a greater cinematic programme. Curran starred in The Blob, in the 1950s, as well as occupying small roles in film and television projects. Mimi’s ode to this was lining her presentation space with old-fashioned cameras, film reels, the director’s chair (printed with the Mimi Wade logo. Front and centre was a black motorbike, evoking the Marianne Faithfull in Girl on a Motorbike; there were biker leathers accented with lace and bullet-hole prints, and accessorised with faux fur. Faye Dunaway’s Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde also influenced Mimi. The badass attitude imbuing this collection was remarkable.

Sassiness is something that Mimi Wade executes exceptionally. The upcoming talent has a clear vision. Attention-stealing yet practical clothing, suitable for nights-out. Edged with filmic inspirations, 60s brazenness emanates from the clothing. Posters for the films Devil Girl From Mars and Please Murder Me were printed on two dresses, contributing to the literal old-Hollywood flair in this collection. It’s deliberate, humorous, self-confident. Working with makeup artists and hairstylists to enhance the overall vision of her woman. Slightly unkempt hair, red-stained lips. In her heyday, Mimi’s grandmother Pamela Curran would’ve appreciated these clothes. 

Speaking to American Vogue, Mimi described her grandmother as “rebellious and theatrical and funny.” It seems fitting that these characteristics are attributed to Mimi’s magnificent work. She’s destined for stardom!
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