Backstage Fashion Tips

Fashion Week may have come and gone, however that doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate a few fashion tips learnt into our everyday life!

Kristy Johnson took LifeStyle YOU backstage to speak with Toni Maticevski, Bec & Bridge and Johnny Schembri of By Johnny, to chat not only about their latest collections, but also what staple fashion items we should include in our wardrobe for the warmer months.

Bec & Bridge

Congratulations on your showing at MBFW. Where did you find inspiration for this particular collection?

It started in September last year whilst we were exploring at a flea market in NYC and came across some stunning indigo textiles. It has been an on going process since then.

We saw denim and neutrals - a colour palette that is easy to work into one's wardrobe. Was it a conscious decision to make the range as accessible as possible?

We're constantly thinking of our customer and creating effortless dresses and separates for them to wear. We've also touched on that 'wash and wear' concept of washed back denim and chambrays which are easy for our customer to work back with other items in their wardrobe.

How would you describe the Bec and Bridge customer?

The Bec & Bridge girl is playful, strong and chic. She knows what she wants, and likes to experiment with shapes. Our girl is ever evolving.

Which items do you think every woman should have in their wardrobe when it comes to dressing for the warmer months?

We are loving denim and indigo tones at the moment. We think it's great for every girl to have a chambray shirt in their wardrobe, it's a great staple. We are also obsessed with drapey white pants and shorts that you can wear everyday and dress up or down.

Toni Maticevski

Congratulations on your showing at MBFW. Where did you find inspiration for the range?

I started working with what I had already been working with over the last few seasons. Then it just morphed into the idea of taking an orchid and throwing it into space, and seeing what the shapes and volumes would kind of look like.

Do you get a rush out of seeing everything come together?

Yeah, it’s really great.

In terms of hair and makeup, what kind of look were you after?

We kept it all quite clean and just less fuss. Some of the details in the clothes are quite full on, so we just wanted a nice balance.

What tips would you give women on dressing for the warmer months?

I kind of think you should always experiment with your style and go beyond what you would usually do. That could be trying a different silhouette, or being bolder in your overall fashion choices.

Johnny Schembri

Congratulations on making it to Fashion Week. What’s the atmosphere been like?

It’s been great! It’s kind of been well prepared.

Can you tell us where you found the inspiration for this particular collection?

I started off with a whole lot of colour. I started thinking about the spectrum of colours, when you look at the sun and you close your eyes and then you see all those smaller coloured bits. We started off with pastel tones and then big blocks of colour. It became quite arty, playing with pieces in the garments and playing with art on the computer. There are also a lot of 3D elements such as silk ribbon and panels that come up the body.

What kind of fabric have you gone for?

All fabrics that I’ve used aren’t as they originally were. They’re fused to give a bit more body, as I wanted everything to have structure and a purpose.

What kind of hair and makeup look did you go for?

We had O&M doing a sculptured, wet; I wouldn’t say a quiff, but a twist that goes into dry ends. Each girl is very individual. This year it’s very much a mix of girls and the way their hair works is the way we will style the hair, so that it’s more fluid. We’ve kept the overall look more organic. Max May is doing this graphic eye that goes over the lid, but follows the contour of the eye. Everyone in the show has his or her own little quirk that we’ve kept.

What tips would you give women on dressing for Spring/Summer?

I think definitely just colour. Colour on top of colour, on top of colour, pastels mixed with muted nudes. If you’re doing colour then go all out and pare it with a nude shoe or nude lip.

Invest in a good feature skirt, whether it’s a printed skirt with a special cut, a silk skirt or something that you can just rock with a t-shirt, cami or a little crop top with flats or heels. I think a feature skirt is what everyone should have. 

Interview by Kristy Johnson

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