16 September 2009

Erin Wasson on recovering from her first show!

Erin Wasson + RVCA line = the epitome of downtown New York hipster cool, but you’ll be happy to hear the model-turned-designer also has a soft spot for British fashion, which first caught her eye as she traveled the word in her modeling days. Now a capable designer, Erin has just unveiled her third collection with RVCA as well as an affordable range of her jewellery line LowLuv. ‘Everything about English style is interesting, you guys constantly push the envelope,’ Erin told Grazia today as she prepared to throw a 'thank you' barbecue on her terrace for all who were involved in her show. ‘One of my greatest memories is of walking around Spitalfields Market where everyone looks amazing. In New York there’s good style but, I hate to say it, everybody sort of looks like a variation of each other. London is really interesting because you see real personalities come through. Everybody’s more into risk-taking and there’s a quirkiness to it that I find really refreshing, because quirky translates into sort of geeky or goofy in the States – but it’s not.’

Erin debuted the affordable range of her LowLuv jewellery collection this New York Fashion Week, a line that close pal Alexander Wang encouraged her to design when she worked with him as a stylist before branching out with her own collections. ‘The second season I styled with Alex he said, “You should do your own jewellery collection, you’re obsessed with it.” I made a body chain for that season and people really responded to it. This season, I decided that I really wanted to do a costume line, as I felt like I was alienating people by doing high-end jewellery.’ The Texan-born model recently spent some quality time with her designer pal in Tokyo for the launch of the Opening Ceremony store there, where she said the pair had a chance to tighten their long-time bond. ‘We totally got to rekindle our friendship and ran around Harajuku and Shibuya together. We’re both very, very busy and it’s hard to make time with anybody in this line of business.’ But she credits him with helping her kick-start her designing career, after spotting her model-off-duty style in the lift of the apartment they shared. ‘Alex gave me such a wonderful opportunity to style with him and then out of divine reasons in life RVCA approached me and now here I am – a designer. It’s surreal for me; I would have never thought in a million years that I would be styling Alexander Wang’s show, let alone putting on my own show, so all of this is unchartered territory for me. None of it was strategic or contrived, this was never part of my plan, I’m just sort of riding this big beautiful wave.’ And aren’t we glad…

- Fiona Byrne in New York


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