“We usually get very bright and graphic with our prints, but I was feeling a little moody this season, so we did this kind of romantic, late 60′s-early 70′s inspiration,” says Steven Alan alum (and Kate Spade niece) Whitney Pozgay of the starting point for her latest collection, which debuted to a packed house at the W Union Square this afternoon. “The central muse was Marianne Faithfull,” she explains, the ultimate hippie, rock n’ roll style icon who dated Mick Jagger in the 70s.
The clothes, a feminine mix of wayward prep classics, included paisley-printed mini shifts, polka dot minis, and “a kind of conservative plaid coat with a twist.” Swarovski crystals in place of buttons and pops of leopard print on circular purses and silk blouses added a playful touch to a collection that may be a bit wistful, but certainly isn’t somber.
“We’re mixing in romantic notions of Tim Walker and Tim Burton with this very iconic Marianne Faithfull girl,” Pozgay said. “I love the idea of her influence on music and falling in love. We tried to modernize it a bit–we love to play with older romantic notions.”