Video: Citizens of the World x Carlie Waterman
Audio: Laura Palmer’s Prom by You Say Party! We Say Die!
Here’s some behind the scenes footage I took at Dom’s shoot with for Carlie Waterman earlier this week. It’s got the shaky-cam realism of The Bourne Ultimatum meets the soul-enriching feel-good vibe of Devil Wears Prada. Plus, amazing clothing. Enjoy! And for your reading pleasure, here’s an interview with Carlie we prepared earlier.
UPDATE: A few shots of the finished product are up for your viewing pleasure here.
We love the collection, the colours are super striking and a lot of the structure is very complex. What’s the story behind it?
It’s really a mix of textures inspired by the natural landscape. I wanted to use the traditional crafts of hand weaving, smocking, knitting, embroidery and fabric manipulation, using leather, wool, silk, raffia, and plastic. You’ll notice the collection contrasts tailored and structured pieces with pop citrus colours and bright whites with pastel lilacs and nudes. My architectural roots inspire the silhouettes and shapes of many of my designs, while the colours are playful and feminine which rings true to my design aesthetic.
So having architecture in the family has influenced you a great deal?
Prior to studying fashion design I studied Architecture at the University of Sydney but I have always been interested in fashion, art and design and wanted to pursue a career in that creative field. Fashion and architecture have always shared a reciprocal relationship based on common visual and intellectual principles. Both produce environments defined through spatial awareness and create structures based on volume, function, proportion and material. Studying architecture has given me a more in depth understanding of design and a great basis of inspiration.
Harpers Bazaar magazine listed you as one of this year’s ones to watch. How does it feel about having that kind of buzz surround your show?
It is so exciting and motivating when amazing things are written about your label by such a major publication. I have been given this amazing opportunity to show at MBAFW and I really hope it opens up a lot of doors in the industry. I am excited to be finished studying (finally) and for my life to begin!
How do you plan to celebrate after your debut at Australian Fashion Week?
I will definitely be giving the sewing machine a rest for a few weeks, catching up with all of the friends I have been neglecting for that last few months and hopefully just waiting for a really great job offer to come along, Fingers crossed!
Do you have a favourite piece from the collection?
My favourite piece from the collection is probably one of my more recent additions, the printed jacket with yellow beading. The print was designed by manipulating images of orchids, and overlaying them with a stained glass window design. The print is true to the rest of the collection, which contrasts feminine elements, and interesting textures and fabrics with structured architectural components.
Be honest, do you never want to look at a laser cutter again?
Haha! I feel like I have sworn never to laser cut again so many times throughout the three years of the course but I always come back to it. It is so rewarding to design and cut something so intricate and delicate, essentially making your own fabric. The things you can do with a laser cutter are amazing.
And finally, if your collection had a theme song what would it be?
Something feminine and fashion forward, with an undertone of drama and edge. Perhaps Illest Alive (feat. Bjork) by Clams Casino.
Interview by Meghan. Video shot by Meghan on Nikon D3s.