Say hello to the ultimate summer collaboration: Nasty Gal x Shakuhachi! We’ve got silky rompers, breezy dresses, cut-out bikinis and slip-on floral sandals, but—before you start swiping up our exclusive gear—find out all the deets behind this killer collection straight from the Aussie label’s lead designer, Jessie White.
You said before that a lot of of your collections feature a “little pop of the ’90s.” Is that true of this collection as well? Why is that decade so iconic/important to you?
It’s definitely a favorite era of mine and seems to be something I constantly reference. It’s a nostalgic time for me. The ’90s were my formative teenage years, and I have a lot of great memories from that time. Everything in the nighties was great: the music, the models, neon, technology, movies, grunge. It was all there.
Where do you look for inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everywhere: my family, my friends, the music I listen to, the books I read. Inspiration can come from the smallest of things. A lot of my inspiration starts with the prints I create or fabrics I find—and the silhouettes and styles form from there. For the Nasty Gal x Shakuhachi color palette, I was inspired by the pastels in heart candy, blue roses, tropical birds and flowers, cotton candy-colored hair, and oil slicks.
Who is the Shakuhachi girl?
She’s young and fun and definitely doesn’t take herself too seriously. She’s a chameleon of sorts and loves to mix and match prints. She’s also not afraid of color.
The return of the Birkenstock slip-ons is very polarizing. What are you thoughts on this trend?
A floral or lace Birkie is OK. My tip would be to always have pedicured and polished toes and never wear socks with slip-ons. Never!
How is Aussie fashion different from the U.S.?
I think some areas of the U.S. are similar to Australia, like California. It’s laid back, relaxed and beachy. Both countries seem to love party dresses which, says a lot! Australian fashion is unique in that during summer there really is that “beach to bar” type attitude in the way girls dress for the weekends. We also wear thongs, which is not something the US should learn from us!
Favorite summer activity, go.
Racquet ball on the beach or sunset runs through the rice fields in Bali. Being poolside with my boys is pretty hard to beat.
What’s on your summer playlist?
I have such a random playlist going on right now: Sky Ferreira, Little Dragon, Pharrell, Fleetwood Mac, TLC, Whitney, Eurythmics, Salt-n-Pepa, The Bangles.
Any tips on how to dress for festival season?
A printed playsuit or jumpsuit and some kind of head gear, like a hat, bandana, or even bunny ears and good sunnies are a must. Try the Shakuhachi x NG Concrete romper. I love this piece.
Finally, do you have any advice for aspiring female designers?
Have a very clear vision from the start—know your market and understand your customer. Being a designer is not all creativity and glamour, so understand your business on all levels. It’s a lot of hard work, but when you see a girl walking down the street wearing one of your pieces you can’t help but a feel a little bit proud.