Whitney Pozgay's collections for Whit
are often geographically inspired, and Fall 2014 was one such outing. Thankfully, the designer's concepts never overshadow the collection and, per usual, Whit presented an easily wearable assortment for those who like their fashion with a bit of fun. This season, Pozgay drew upon the whimsical folklore and mid-century modernity of Scandinavia for the prints and palette. A standout graphic print of blown-up black ink splats, which Pozgay dubbed "inky cow," was featured on a sleeveless silk dress that gathered asymmetrically at one shoulder, and was echoed in small-spotted calf-hair Chelsea boots—one of several styles in Whit's first season of footwear, produced with Jacques Levine. "We've always wanted to do a Rorschach test," said Pozgay, and the prints were just abstract enough to be open to interpretation—spiky blue thistles on cream silk chiffon looked a little like marijuana leaves, and a vintage print of concentric orbs that reappeared in pale pink, black, cream, and jade might have been olives, moons, or billiard balls. Richly textured pieces, like a subtly holographic skirt, popcorn-surfaced sweatshirts, and a shearling-paneled quilted wool coat, added some depth to the whimsy.
Pozgay loves a pinafore, and said when she discovered via Instagram that customers were wearing a previous season's with nothing underneath, she raised the armholes on a little leather dress she showed atop a striped long-sleeved tee. "For versatility!" she added with a laugh, sounding slightly scandalized by the spare styling of social media. It's obvious the designer is tuned in to her audience: Models were accessorized with not only her new shoe collection but also Warby Parker sunglasses and swinging pendants from Lizzie Fortunato—just like real girls.