One of the perks of being a designer in the CFDA Fashion Incubator program is the chance to travel, expenses paid, to a destination of your choice for a weeklong inspiration trip. Whitney Pozgay chose Bali, and she and her husband, along with photographer Greg Vore, tacked on an extra week to double the inspiration potential. Their wanderlust paid off. Vore's photographs served as the basis for many of the collection's prints—the white squiggles on a sporty seafoam-green dress are an aerial view of rice paddies—and Pozgay's husband painted the turquoise-plumed roosters that provide a splash of saturated color in an otherwise subdued springtime palette.
A sarong-friendly, tropical ease permeated, although Pozgay did incorporate the graphic angularity of the country's temples into the silhouette. Nipped high waists, cutouts, and subtle pleats at the top of wide-leg pants provided structure, but the prints made the pieces pop. Pozgay paired a traditional batik pattern, cleaned up and sharpened, with her take on a ceremonial gingham check she saw wrapped around holy trees and statues while temple-hopping. At her presentation Pozgay said she was aiming to capture Bali's "quiet elegance." She succeeded in creating understated looks that still felt playful—a versatile mix that should appeal to her clients.