Does the name Inspector Jacques Clouseau ring any bells? With his giant pink paws, magnifying glass in hand and that fluffy tail. “Dial P for Pink”- Pink Panther that is. Mimi Wade’s AW/17 collection draws inspiration from a childhood favourite, and to her surprise, this lead her to the redesign of her previous school uniform.

“At school, the uniforms were so ugly that everyone would put their dark green skirts on a boil wash in the machine 20 times over so they would become a more attractive pale, blue-y turquoise.”

On the whole the collection is pink, but you can see snippets of this blue throughout the collection along with bursts of brown and pistachio green. Wade marries these hues with iconic cartoons that were ingrained since she was a little girl. The comical stills are woven and her AW/17 title ‘Dial M for Mimi’ is printed on heat transfers- a collaboration with the talented Avery Dennison.

Wade creates a sense of volume with her adorned necklines paired with tailored corduroy jackets.  This makes her one of the first London based designers to introduce corduroy to their AW/17 collection. Speaking about  introductions, this collection is one of the first of Wade’s to have knitwear. Tight fitting and cloud-like mohair knits are worn with three-dimensional paws- once again making reference to her all-time favourite top cat- The Pink Panther. Lace peeping out from the sleeves, frills on necklines and accessaries are essential characteristics providing each outfit with a sense of playful unity. You can’t help to think WHAT FUN!








About The Author

Cait Biller

Social Media Correspondent has always followed an artistic path, from her choice of graphic design at university, to working in print design, photography, illustration and abstract painting. She is inclined to see fashion as an art form in motion, as a visual conversation, which allows people to express themselves. She love’s how diverse and dynamic the industry has become, and as an ever- changing reflection from the differing desires and opinions of each individual. With a keen eye for detail, Cait likes to call herself a creative observer. In her spare time she regularly likes to visit museums and watch live music. The ideal night out is an evening at a jazz bar, with the ultimate goal to travel the world, reporting on social media for the magazine. Follow Cait as she reports on the fashion events around the world.

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