Mimi Wade’s signature romantic silhouettes and Americana-infused pop-culture references return wrapped up in her distinctly natural sartorial hyper-femininity. Cheer leader uniforms and harlequin prints in homage to Harley Quinn’s iconic style. Sustainability has been a crucial factor for Mimi Wade in the making of this collection in line with the mood of the times, working with DC known for their superheroes and taking inspiration from an iconic comic book franchise stays true to this “Save The World” mentality with large parts of the collection either fully or partially up-cycled.
In Mimi’s interpretation of Harley’s iconic uniform, she uses elasticated velvet ribbon and Sophie Hallette lace to create the classic cheerleader lines through slash up and re-purposed Americana T-Shirts. Dodger’s jerseys are manipulated into 1950’s-but wiggle dresses and graphic t-shirts are given an update with a puff-sleeve, finger-less gloves, velvet ribbons and lace applique. Mirroring Harley Quinn’s emancipation from The Joker in the Birds of Prey story, the collections seeks to convey a sense of newfound freedom with motorcycle graphics, ripped hand dyed lace trims and raw edges.
Mimi Wade creates bags in collaboration with J&M Davidson for AW20, drawing on Katie Hillier’s classic carnival fringes bags in patchwork leather and Pierrot diamond print, alongside cheerleader-inspired pompom purses. She also continues her long-standing collaboration with Vicki Sarge to create hand-linked chainmail swimwear inspired by Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, as referenced by Harley Quinn in the new release.
Hand died silks in shades of pink and lilac are cut into bias argyle pattern dresses and a classic Pierrot mini dress with organdie ruff. Tailoring is revisited in iridescent royal blue silk with a sister silk wool blend skirt suit in classic lip stick red. Knitwear this season features cropped mohair cardigans as if you shrunk your favourite cardigan in the wash and it became even better and lost none of its softness.
Mimi Wade is a designer, artist, personality and contributing Fashion Editor to Tatler. Her unique design aesthetic is heavily influenced by her film star and glamour-girl grandmother Pamela Curran who remains the core inspiration behind the label. Like her starlet grandmother and as the muse behind her own label, Mimi herself has become a contemporary beauty icon and influencer.