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July 30 2014

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Whit Goes on Holiday with Anthropologie

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Whitney Pozgay's Petite-focused collection for Anthropologie

Last month, Peter Som teamed with Anthropologie to create a limited-edition Spring capsule, and now it’s CFDA Fashion Incubator designer Whitney Pozgay’s turn. However, Pozgay’s collection, which was inspired by (and designed during) a recent trip to Tulum, Mexico, has a particular focus: petites. “I’m about five feet, four inches,” giggles the Whit designer, “and I think it’s cool that we were able to do this, because there isn’t a lot out there for petite girls,” she explains, noting that her nine-piece range (six pieces of which come in regular and petite sizes, three of which are petite exclusives) transcends tiny taboos. “Supposedly, if you’re short, you’re not supposed to wear long dresses, because they’ll overwhelm your frame. But I think long dresses can be really flattering on short girls,” Pozgay asserts. Enter her white-and-black starfish-print maxi in sand-washed rayon and her coral floor-skimming dress, both of which are cut shorter in the front to flatter a smaller stature. Other standouts include a flirty polka-dot sundress, a striped stretch-cotton short-sleeve frock, and a calf-length azure-and-white skirt with a beach-friendly print inspired by a vintage swatch Pozgay found during her travels. Priced between $148 and $258, the line was modeled by Ms. Pozgay herself in a special lookbook shoot. “I was nervous! In school, I was originally an acting major, and then I switched to costume design because I preferred being behind the scenes,” she admits. “It was definitely a good lesson for me…I respect models even more now than I did before.”

Pozgay hopes clients will embrace the new wares, which will be available at Anthropologie, from June 11, as easy vacation staples. “It’s about hot weather, having fun, and things that you can just wear easily,” she says. “I think it’s like the fun, bike-riding kid sister of our [main] collection.” Pozgay’s Anthropologie designs debut above, exclusively on Style.com.

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