Mimi Wade | AW20

Flirtatiously expressing romantic silhouettes and distinctively natural, sartorial hyper-feminity, designer Mimi Wade exhibits her first breakthrough solo show for London Fashion Week AW20. Collaborating with Warner Bros and drawing her main inspiration from DC's new box-office hit; Birds of Prey: The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Mimi Wades latest collection empathises the stamina and sexuality of American women in power.



Mimi Wade establishes multi-creativity as a designer, personality, artist and contributing Fashion Editor to Tatler Magazine. Her signature style is heavily influenced by her film star and glamour-girl grandmother Pamela Curran; who is Mimi's muse behind her brand. Staying true to Mimi's beloved beauty icon aesthetic, she has established herself as an influential sensation, just like her grandmother.



Persevering her Americana-infused pop-culture references, Mimi stays true to her signature sexy feminine approach in this collection. Producing harlequin prints devoted to the blockbuster persona of Harley Quinn and piecing together traditional cheerleader uniforms, Mimi's AW20 collection defines the crazy natured, female spirit. Executing her stance on Harley's popular outfit, Mimi's uses elasticated velvet ribbon and Sophie Hallette lace to signify the classic cheerleader posture through re-purposed traditional Americana T-shirts. Tailored low waisted denim trousers with flared legs draped with graphic fabrics, alongside thinly clasped, bright coloured cotton-cardigans with feather neck and cuff detailing.



Mimi's AW20 designs kept sustainability at the forefront of the creative process, not only seen through predominantly upcycled garments used. But, her influence from; DC's beloved superhero "save the world" comic book storylines, integrating into Mimi's garments. Dodger's jerseys upcycled into 1950's-but wiggle dresses adjacent to motorcycle graphics. Ripped hand-dyed lace trims and raw edges used to mirror the image of Harley Quinn's emancipation from The Joker in the Birds of Prey story, "seeking a sense of newfound freedom".



Soft pink and lilac tones of hand died silks, cut into bias argyle pattern dresses and classical Pierrot mini dresses with organdie ruff flutter down the Truman Brewery catwalk. Mimi also features beautiful knitwear this season featuring cropped mohair cardigans thinly clasped at the front, leaving almost nothing to the imagination.



In alliance with J&D Davidson, Mimi constructs bags prompted on Katie Hillier's classic carnival fringe on patchwork leather and diamond Pierrot print. Cheerleader pom-pom purses were another highlight of the show, adjacent to hand-linked chainmail swimwear collaborated with Vicki Sarge in reference to popular Marilyn Monroe film 'Some Like It Hot', further mentioned in the Harley Quinn release.



Photography by Henry Nash


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