Friday, August 26, 2011

In the News: Manolo Blahnik collaborates with Mimi Plange

Manolo Blahnik for Mimi Plange

Our earlier Mimi Plange post this week hinted at a collaboration with Manolo Blahnik for New York Fashion Week this fall. According to WWD, two pairs of shows have been created for the show and they bear traces of designer Mimi Plange's African heritage. What to expect? A celebration of 'the traditional craftsmanship of Namibia', 'African leatherwork', and 'South African pattern bead work', with elements of quintessential Blahnik. 

Formerly called Boudoir d'Huitres, Mimi Plange has steadily grown in popularity in recent years, resulting in attention from industry greats like Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley and Nigerian-born Duro Olowu. With a name change came a re-branding of the Mimi Plange aesthetic from a flair for Victorian sensibilities to a more conscious inclusion of the designer's African roots. Mimi Plange's Fall/Winter 2011 collection paid homage to traditional tribal scarification, while her Spring/Summer 2012 collection will use Namibia's Herero tribe as one of its points of reference.

Mimi Plange will show at New York Fashion Week on September 7 and at Mali Fashion Week this December.

- SLiq

Image and quotes: WWD, via Mimi Plange

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