A magical sounding trip to Bali inspired Whitney Pozgay’s Spring 2014 collection for her namesake line WHIT, which is now three years old.
“It was a real escape,” Pozgay said of the formative vacation she recently took with her husband. “From the textiles that are indigenous to Bali to the botanicals–it’s such a beautiful and visual place that it was hard to edit down where to pull from.”
The influence of Bali’s tropical flora and fauna was obvious. Not only did colorful floral prints punctuate the collection (they looked especially fine on a jumpsuit with a tie-waist)–but the presentation was set in an exotic flower shop in the Meatpacking District specializing in South Asian plants. But the Balinese influence ran deeper still. Pozgay explained that the use of a black and white gingham (say, on a sarong skirt)–which served to balance the bright floral prints–was actually inspired by the fabric used in many traditional Balinese ceremonies. Silhouettes felt airy–crisp white boxy tops and wide palazzo-style pants–yet another nod to Pozgay’s tropical destination. She did say she felt a “lightness of being” while there.
Luckily, WHIT’s clothes are slightly less expensive than a ticket to Bali (though after listening to Pozgay wax poetic about her holiday, it was hard not to want to jet off then and there). These are saleable clothes that any wanderlusting hipster girl will be happy to snatch up. And an adorable new shoe collab with Spanish shoemaker Jacques Levine is even easier on the wallet (price points will hover around $200 for flats and wedges). `
Photos: Timothy Mulcare