In celebration of International Women's Day 2020, White Story's founder and creative director Fiona Myer answers some questions about women in fashion and the influence on her design.
What role do you think fashion plays in women's lives today?
Fashion is to compliment women's lifestyles that have changed over decades. It is the necessities of life, a need to accomodate all women, whether they be teenagers, young mothers and right through to middle age. I feel this sense of dressing has changed and to be able to dress in a streamline way without the fuss is something important to me when I design. Accomodating women's needs in terms of size and fit, so that they feel comfortable and empowered.
What was your most empowering outfit?
I would say the one I'm wearing, ( Velvet Maxi trench coat ( in store soon) paired with Phillipa dress ) . I was in the Paris Showroom a couple of weeks ago, I threw this on and it just made me feel good.
Looking back, what was your favourite outfit from the past?
When I think about it, I was a bit of a tomboy so it was very much about blue jeans and runners (Spalding runners in those days) and a white T shirt. Hold that space, that could be the next collection!
Honing in on the "tomboy" aspect, how has this influenced the way you design?
I feel that theres a resurgence and a connection between menswear. Menswear is largely about lifestyle and comfort and theres a real cross section between womenswear and menswear. As women, yes we want to feel empowered and special, but we equally just want to feel comfortable. I would say that intertwining practicality and design is important.
What advice do you have for women either professionally or personally?
Thinking from a motherly and professional perspective, just be true to yourself. Be kind to yourself, love yourself, we aren't going to get it right all the time but just give it a go! Give everything a chance and don't raise the bar too high or have expectations that are unforeseen, just be kind to yourself, I believe thats the real message in it.
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All measurements listed below are in centimetres and based on actual body measurements, not garment measurements.
White Story styles vary from fitted to relaxed off body styling however, each design is still created to fit around the measurement chart specifications.