Ghanaian New York based designer Mimi Plange unveiled her 2012 Spring /Summer collection, “A Flower in the Desert ” at the Asia Society last Thursday. Her crowd included Vogue Editor in Chief Andre Leon Talley, Celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe, stylist Ugo Mozie, Editor in Chief of Pop Africana Oroma Elwa and more.
“Desert Flower” couldn’t be more different from her previous collection “Scarred Perfection;” the latter was inspired by the scarification rituals that some tribes in West and East African countries practice, while for “Desert Flower”, the designer looked to a different tradition. The Herrero of Namibia, who are known for their elaborate Victorian style of dressing, were the muses for this spring /summer 2012 collection. Standouts included billowing gowns in floral prints, chic pants in pinks and greens, and one beaded white gown with a plunging neckline which looked ready for a red carpet runway. That isn’t a farfetched statement to make as Mimi Plange is becoming a favorite of celebrities like Rihanna, Katerina Graham, Vanessa Hudgens, Paris Hilton and more.
In addition to clothing, Mimi has branched into footwear through a collaboration with Manolo Blahnik. Being the shoe-aholic that I am; I was excited to see the shoes up-close. They definitely did not disappoint and revealed everything a great pair of shoes should be: sophisticated, unique and aesthetic. Andre Leon Talley of Vogue has stated that Mimi is a promising designer to watch and I couldn’t agree more. When the fashion gods talk, you listen.
–WRITTEN BY MAZUBA KAPAMBWE