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MiMi Plange is featured with one of her dazzling designs: (Nahla) wide mock neck top with mohair blend knit layered on silk crepe and (Olivia) satin gabardine full layered high waist skirt. (Photo courtesy MiMi Plange)

*MiMi Plange presented her autumn/winter 2012 show in a private residential penthouse suite on the 58th floor at the ritzy Setai Fifth Avenue providing an unobstructed view of New York’s famed skyline; and her new line was as close to heaven as you’ll get on earth.

The idyllic show, which took place during New York Fashion Week on Sunday, February 12, 2012 and titled “Labyrinth,” was inspired by a “self-imagined surreal Nordic Forest” and provided an exotic utopia filled with cloths to die for.  As a solo violinist provided classy music to look by, guests were able to take up close and personal looks at Plange’s hauntingly beautiful constructed designs.

It felt Camelotic in nature – purely crated garments of fabrics as smooth as silk and as velvety as Nat King Cole’s voice.  The toned down colors shed light on the romantic detailed structure of the garments made of textured alpaca wool and metallic gold brocade.

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Essence magazine editor-in-chief and host of invitational only breakfast Constance C.R. White (far left) with fashion designer MiMi Plange (far right) and models from Essence’s “Style 24/7” breakfast (center). (Photo Credit: Brad Barket)

Other colors included many shades of wine, ecru, coal and crimson set against muted tones of blush and eggshell blue.  Once again, the charismatic designer delivered a line of great quality — an enchanting feeling of sensational splendor.

Designer’s credits to: Connect The Dots Entertainment Group (press); The Ground Crew (dressers); Private Residences at The Setai 5th Avenue, Floor 58 (venue); Charlelie Couture (art installations); and Antoine Louisgrand (set design)with special thanks to Jason O. Parker, ADK Fashions, Jessyca Butler, Oluwaseye, Antoine Louisgrand, Kyle Hotchkiss, Andre Leon Talley and Manolo Blahnik.

The Fashion Whirl’s fascination with MiMi Plange continued the very next morning, Monday, February 1, at a private breakfast Essence editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White hosted to kick off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2012 at the fabulous Strand NYC Hotel’s Style 24/7 celebrating some of the “top beauty and fashion enthusiasts and influencers” in the industry featuring a special designer presentation from MiMi Plange’s 2012 fall collection, as well as minute manicures by Ginger+Liz Colour Collection and a crystal bracelet bar provided by Swarovski Elements.

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.

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