After fatefully being partnered for an assignment on their first day of university, Bec Cooper and Bridget Yorston have gone on to become close friends, business partners, and the force behind their label, Bec & Bridge. These days, between celebrating the brand's 15th anniversary and preparing to showcase its Resort 2018 collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, the designers and 2017 InStyle Women of Style nominees chatted to us about celebrations, celeb fans and what we can expect to be wearing next season…
What inspired your Resort 2018 collection?
"Experimenting with playful combinations of colours and textures, the collection is inspired by the work of Matisse and his innovative use of light and layering."
Does this collection have a muse?
"We’ve gone back to our roots and looked to the true Bec & Bridge girl as our muse for the season. She has always been a rule breaker but this season she is really pushing the boundaries."
What can we expect to see?
"Intense Whitely blues and fiery reds are used, while stark whites and textural blacks sharply cut through the collection. Sculptural detailing features in pieces that are dramatically ruffled, tucked and layered, and delicate sheer lace is contrasted against heavy silk."
Do you have a favourite piece from the new collection?
"We’re really feeling the leather in this collection. It’s a little unexpected."
Are you planning anything special to celebrate your 15th anniversary?
"We’ll definitely do something to celebrate as a team. Significantly, we’re opening the doors to our first ever retail store in August. I think this calls for a celebration too."
Preparing for fashion week must be a super-busy time—have there been any near disasters over the years?
"It wouldn’t be Fashion Week without a shoe drama!"
Which celebrities have you loved seeing wear Bec & Bridge?
"Some of our favourite B&B girls are Kim Kardashian West, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner, Taylor Swift, Emily Ratajkowski and Chrissy Teigen."
Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?
"Try not to compare yourself to others or to be something you’re not. Focus on who you are as a brand and creating your own brand identity."