Toronto — Now that Kimberley Newport Mimran's sexy-preppy label Pink Tartan is the undisputed Toronto Fashion Week grande finale, she took the party vibe one step farther for fall-winter 2006.
Opening the must-see show was bad-boy fiddler Ashley McIsaac, cranking out a fiery medley (including Vivaldi!) on his white electric violin, clad in a black and grey kilt, work socks, combat boots and a black furry bomber jacket.
Get it? McIsaac in tartan?
And while the collection leaned heavily on 1960s Edie Sedgwick chic -- perfect timing considering the Sienna Miller Factory Girl flick on its way -- McIsaac likely approved of twists on Canadiana classics like the knee-length fisherman's sweater she showed over short pants.
Clearly Newport, known for her crisp patrician looks, is loosening up for fall/winter. The frill-neck blouses with lavish cuffs and wide ascot ties take a dose of moxie to wear, as do her bright tartans, hounds tooth dresses and capes, tight skinny velvet pants and a sexy librarian pencil skirt paired with a tight buttoned-up-to-here tie-back blouse.
McIsaac and Newport - who took a gleeful spin together down the runway at the end of the show -- were not the only odd couple of the night.
Fashion magazine editor Ceri Marsh and women's wrestler and recent Walk of Fame host Trish Stratus were doing the rounds together (perhaps Stratus is gearing up for a cover...).
Marsh, with her trademark Snow White looks and luminous pearls, had been teaching Stratus, with her trademark caramel skin and Jessica-Simpson-meets-Pamela-Anderson babeness, how to pull a front-row fashion face.
So convincing was her poker face, I asked her what she thought of McDonagh's show, which had preceded Pink Tartan.
"I liked the butt-crack dresses," she said, playing to type, and referring to the covered-up in the front, low-cut in the back lersey or lace numbers McDonagh sent out to challenge the ladies who have made her the go-to gown designer for all their gala needs. The best was a demure cap-sleeve grey lace gown with a plunging back.
It seemed actress Wendy Crewson misplaced her poker face in McDonagh's front row as a loose tiered grey chiffon number floated by, topped with a mini military bolero.
"Wow" she mouthed.