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July 31 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.

Designer Diary: Whitney Pozgay’s Postcard from Bali

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As a member of the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator program, WHIT designer Whitney Pozgay was sent on an inspiration trip to Bali. Here, she shares the details of her tropical adventure exclusively with Style.com.

As part of the CFDA’s partnership with W Hotels, we traveled to Bali for inspiration and were humbled by the experience and the unending parade of artistry. Drive anywhere on the island and your head will spin—there’s so much to take in. We were joined by our two buds Marcy Roberts and her husband, photographer Greg Vore, who captured some special moments. The godmother of fashion, the CFDA’s Lisa Smilor, was also with us for the first leg of the trip. We began in Seminyak, a bustling beach town with lovely restaurants. On a day trip, we were given a tour of an ikat factory in a small village. It was wonderful to see such intricate weaving being done by hand. Then we shot up to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, where we wandered around winding streets, ducking into shops with expertly crafted carvings and textiles. After a relaxing jaunt to the north coast, we met my husband’s sister, who flew in from Singapore, and posted up at a villa in Keliki that was surrounded by rice terraces. We left Bali too soon; we fell in love and can’t wait to go back.

On our first morning, we were up before sunrise to see a temple on the eastern coast and got our first view of rice terraces.

It’s something to see a mass of ducks being herded across a busy highway. They obediently follow a red flag on a stick and spend their days in rice ponds.

Beautiful religious offerings are made daily and placed all around—so many you really have to watch your step. The contents of the handmade boxes symbolize the elements, a token of gratitude to the spirit world, and the hope of good Karma. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Whitney Pozgay’s Postcard from Bali” »