Whitney Linen Men’s and Women’s Ready-To-Wear and Home Linen Collection Spring/Summer 2016 @ Only One Gallery (Sep 17, 2015)
Images: Nicholas Chan
High-end fashion label Whitney Linen is infused fresh new styles into its women’s ready-to-wear collection for Spring/Summer 2016 and launched a much-anticipated collaboration with men’s designer Marlon Durrant for Whitney Linen Men. The collections was presented alongside the Whitney Linen Home Collection in the “Living in Linen” lifestyle setting at Only One Gallery (5 Brock Avenue, Toronto).
The ground-breaking label which launched in 2012 at World MasterCard Fashion Week brought linen with a twist yet again to its audience in 2016.
As part of the show, notable artist and creative director Bruno Billio showcased a creative installation featuring the new Spring/Summer 2016 Home Collection at the event. Inspired by fashion and the social context of medium, colour, texture and object, Bruno used the ‘Living in Linen’ to create a large, colourful textural wall of table wear linen and home products.
The Whitney Linen Women’s Collection comprised of easy-to-wear statement pieces with textures and techniques that pushed the boundaries from what is traditionally expected from linen. The collection took inspiration from Paris’s high-end designer lifestyle and architecture, and Cote D’Azur’s magnificent scenery and resorts.
“Linen is a cloth that truly has its own unique allure,” says Whitney Westwood, President of Whitney Linen. “My personal affair with this textural fabric started while living and going to school in the South of France, where it is a lifestyle, long before I launched Whitney Linen.”
The Whitney Linen Men’s Collection is a continuation of that philosophy. In collaboration with well-known menswear designer Marlon Durrant, Whitney Linen created pieces that are easy-to-wear and tailored to perfection, but with an unexpected twist. The collection is suitable for the dapper gentlemen in any occasion, from lounging at resorts during the day to black-tie events at night, and travelling anywhere.
“I was extremely excited at the opportunity to work with Whitney on this collection,” Marlon Durrant, designer, Whitney Linen Men’s Collection. “Coming from a bespoke tailoring background, it was a pleasure to utilize that experience to help balance a linen Menswear collection equally suitable for day to night and city to beach. We endeavoured to push the boundaries as much as possible to provide the garments with a versatility not often associated with men’s linen. “
The Whitney Linen Home Collection reflected the “living with linen day and night” motto. From formal table settings for entertaining to functional pieces for the kitchen, the 2016 Whitney Linen Home Collection offers it all. Also included in the collection were cosmetics, bathroom accessories and loungewear. With colour variations available, the collection is suitable for homes of any style, whether its décor is traditional or modern.
Whitney Linen is well-known for taking an innovative approach to an ancient textile, tailoring bold shapes and textures using techniques that are unique and edgy, and putting a stamp of great sophistication to each piece designed.
“It is the quintessential summer cloth, at once both debonair and dishevelled,” says Whitney Westwood. “There’s just something about a woman or man wearing linen that conjures a highly romanticized view of tailored dress. A blend of Brideshead Revisted, the French Riviera. Expressionist painter and early 20th Century Bohemian, good quality linen tailoring creates an image of a man or woman who offers the epitome of nonchalant, characterful and expressive character.”
Partial proceeds of the 2016 collection are going to Pierspective Entraide Humanitaire (PEH). Founded in 2002, PEH is a non-profit, registered charity focused on supporting charitable organizations in Haiti particularly those affecting children and the elderly. Currently PEH is focusing on building St. Paul de Corail, a school that serves community needs, provides adult education for men and women and as a community/sports centre. Whitney Linen is working with them to create a school of fashion and leadership which will empower women, men and youth.
About Whitney Westwood
Whitney Westwood, founder of Whitney Linen, got her start in fashion as an international model for Elite Model Management. She has spent the past two decades working in fashion representation, marketing, event planning and public relations, and more recently as a partner in an online fashion and lifestyle magazine. Whitney launched Whitney Linen in 2011 and took the Canadian fashion world by storm by not only creating a niche label, but also introducing and educating the North American market about a lifestyle of linen. As a result of her achievements, Whitney had the opportunity to work with fashion and entertainment icons such as Gucci, Hermes, Valentino, Lenny Kravitz, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lennox Lewis, and Kim Cattrall, just to name a few.
About Franciska Veress
Franciska Veress partnered with Whitney Westwood to co-design Whitney Linen’s first ever couture collection, and the partnership blossomed from then on. Franciska loves pushing the boundaries of design and thrives on creating unique and never-before-seen pieces. Her love for natural fabrics and linen in particular makes the partnership work amazingly. For more information on Franciska, please visit: http://veresscouture.com
About Marlon Durrant
Marlon Durrant is Toronto’s premier bespoke and made-to-measure tailor. Apprenticing with the legendary shirt-maker George Bouridis for four years, Marlon took over the business in 2003. His attention to detail and eye for fashion has allowed him to attract VIP clientele from presidents and CEOs to actors and athletes. For more information on Marlon Durrant: http://www.mdbespoke.ca/
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