The designer behind NZ fashion sensation Maggie Marilyn is young and unruffled – The Australian Financial Review

by Georgina Secure

New Zealand is a good distance from the normal fashion capitals of New York, Milan, Paris and London, however designer Maggie Hewitt has used the isolation to her benefit.

"Being faraway from the primary fashion centres offers me respiration room on the subject of designing," says Hewitt. "I do not evaluate myself to anybody round me and I am not following the traits."

Final yr, Hewitt's singular focus led her to change into the primary designer to be picked up by Net-a-Porter on the energy of a debut assortment, introduced simply six months after she graduated with a tremendous arts diploma from the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland.

Hewitt was simply 22 when her Maggie Marilyn model of ruffled skirts, uncooked silk clothes and oversize denim jackets caught the attention of Web-a-Porter fashion director Lisa Aiken at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016.

"They don't seem to be lovely items you put on solely sometimes; they're items folks can dwell in," Maggie Hewitt says of her designs. Ben Morris

"I believed Maggie had a really concise, properly-edited assortment with an outlined aesthetic that walked a tremendous line between being tremendous cool and charmingly girlish," says Aiken. "Her imaginative and prescient was clear and properly executed, which instantly appealed to me."

When Life & Leisure met Hewitt in Sydney in Might at MBFWA 2017 she'd simply turned 23 – but exuded a poise and quiet confidence past her years.

She describes her clothes as "habitable luxurious".

"They don't seem to be lovely items you put on solely sometimes; they're items folks can dwell in," she says.

"With each garment we ask: 'May you put on this on a Monday morning and a Saturday night time?' And every part has to have the ability to be chucked within the washer as a result of I am 23 and I can not afford to get issues dry-cleaned."

Maggie Hewitt says her aim for the Season Three collection was
Maggie Hewitt says her goal for the Season Three assortment was "to be free and to have enjoyable once more". Ben Morris

"Habitable luxurious" within the new Season Three assortment runs from masculine tailoring, striped denim and huge-shouldered jackets by to the designer's signature use of uncooked-edged frills and fluid ruffles on blouses, mushy clothes and cocooning coats.

"I felt a number of strain with the second assortment that it needed to be higher than the primary, and I believe it clouded that sense of affection and ardour I've for my craft," she says. "So with Season Three I went residence to my household's home within the Bay of Islands on the high of the North Island. It is on the water and very peaceable, so I went for swims and out on the boat, and simply tried to be free and to have enjoyable once more.

"I believe that basically exhibits in a way of playfulness and optimism within the new assortment."

Hewitt's upbringing amid pure magnificence additionally shines by in her dedication to producing clothes with minimal environmental and social affect. She produces each merchandise in native factories, which permits her to supervise each a part of the method to make sure it is moral and sustainable.

Raw-edged frills and fluid ruffles on blouses are Maggie Hewitt's signature.
Uncooked-edged frills and fluid ruffles on blouses are Maggie Hewitt's signature. Ben Morris

"Fashion has a number of adverse results on the atmosphere and the folks concerned within the manufacturing chain. I am not saying I can change the world, however for me it is actually essential to have a clear provide chain."

Season Three might be stocked by 30 of the world's high retailers together with Lane Crawford, Saks, Neiman Marcus, and David Jones in Australia, as a part of Hewitt's plan to take over the world one ruffle at a time.

"The dream is massive, and it is world," she says.

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