4 posts tagged "Willow"
Six weeks shy of giving birth to her second baby, Kit Willow is sitting this New York fashion week out. Instead, she’s showcasing her collection first on Style.com with Lady Into Cat, a Sharif Hamza-directed video starring two fellow Aussies, the beautiful Emma Balfour and a wild cat to which they fed multiple chickens to get these shots. To see her complete Spring 2011 line, click here.
Michael Cera’s new romantic comedy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, had its European premiere in London last night, and though most of the film’s leading ladies (from Anna Kendrick to newcomers Ellen Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead) made an appearance, all eyes were on Florence Welch, the fiery front woman of the rising pop act Florence and the Machine. Welch has a solid history of supporting independent designers (she often wears Hannah Marshall, and has done turns in Roksanda Illincic, too), and for the occasion she picked a Fall ’10 tattoo dress by the Australian label Willow, paired with chunky wedge booties. The combination—a bold, printed mini paired with ankle boots—is one we’ve been seeing more and more of lately, and Welch is the perfect example of why: She looks red-carpet ready but not fussy or prissy. What do you think of the look—is this one that should be turning Scott Pilgrim’s head?
I stopped by Willow’s presentation at the Altman Building on Thursday, along with a throng of non-fashion types drawn in by the thumping bass and artfully styled models arranged in a tableau vivant. “Expressive,” “drippy,” and “animalistic” were the catchphrases designer Kit Willow used to describe her Spring collection, inspired by the Ballets Russes. “I work mostly with draping,” she said of the cascading silk pants and dresses that anchored the collection. A tiger print was used throughout, to stunning effect in a sleeveless vest with itty-bitty Japanese bugle beads—”the tiniest beads in existence”—from a digital print of an African rug she has in her Sydney home. I think the above look is perfect, exactly the kind of unique, sophisticated, and yet comfortable ensemble I will want to wear come spring (or right now, actually).
Sydney designer Kit Willow-Podgornik has been learning some valuable lessons about supply and demand lately. A few months ago, she sent the models at the Fall show for her label Willow stalking down the runway in pairs of specially made corset boots. “The idea was to play on Willow’s background as a lingerie brand,” she explains of the gray over-the-knee knockouts, which lace all the way up the leg. “I figured they’d be great for the runway, and that’s it.” But Willow’s corset boots induced an immediate fashion swoon: In about as much time as it took the models to unlace the things and kick them off, she found herself deluged with calls from buyers. “There was no plan in place! We wound up making up 40 for our new store and they were gone in a week. It was almost like I could have charged any amount for them.” As it is, she has pretty much been selling the boots at cost, taking orders and producing them five at a time—though she swears that the most recent batch was the last. “Well, it’s almost summer here, and I did a pair of summer boots inspired by the corsets, which we’ll be selling in a slightly less limited edition at the store,” she explains. “And in the meantime, I’m planning a trip to Italy to find a proper factory so I can launch shoes. That seems like the obvious next step.” Yup. Inasmuch as fall has yet to arrive stateside, however, Podgornik has conceded that she might be willing to resurrect the corset boot one final time. “I suppose I’d be willing to take a few more orders from people in the northern hemisphere,” she says. “Providing demand is sufficient.”