Mimi Plange presented her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week at the private residences of The Setai and showed off why she is an up-and-coming designer to look out for.  Having just completed a second collaboration of women’s shoes with Manolo Blahnik, the fashionista talked with us about her work thus far as well as her muse for this season’s looks.

Taking inspiration from a self-imagined surreal Nordic forest, the collected – dubbed “Labyrinth” – weaves delicate details such as metallic gold brocade, feminine ruffles and a romantic blend of silk velvets mixed with rugged alpaca wools.  The intricate seams in her stitching create a unique puzzle-like pattern in places that normally go unnoticed, such as the upper backs of blouses and sides of skirts.  The effect is eye-catching and sets Plange apart from the novice designers.

The most eye catching piece in the collection was certainly the black silk dupioni skirt with feminine pleating to create a ball gown effect, topped with a metallic sequined bodice and perfect for a black-tie gala.  Set in front of a dramatic view of the city skyline in the luxurious penthouse of The Setai, this dress will surely be a Fashion Week favorite for many and undoubtedly end up on the red carpet this fall!