We are Kindred’s Lizzie & Georgie share the secrets to sisterly love and their new collection
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia takes place this month. Here, the sister duo behind Aussie label We Are Kindred reveals the inspiration for their Resort ’20 collection, and who they hope to see wearing it.
Lizzie and Georgie, you’re showcasing at MBFWA for the fourth time this year. Can you tell us about your 2020 resort collection and your inspiration for this year’s show?
Georgie: Our Resort ’20 collection Boheme Heart is a quintessential We Are Kindred collection — it feels very bohemian, very luxe and very feminine, but this year we’ve taken a slightly more refined and pared-back approach. Our prints are more inspired by paisleys and there are also stripes and spots, with more natural fibres such as cotton broderie anglaise and linen blends. We’re very inspired by travel this season – the collection embodies feelings of wanderlust, summer days and escape.
What does showing at MBFWA mean to you?
Lizzie and Georgie: We Are Kindred is proud of our Australian heritage, and being able to showcase our Resort collections to both domestic and international media and buyers through the platform of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is fantastic. We’re honoured to be among some of the best Australian design talent every year.
Who would you most love to dress?
Lizzie: We would love to dress Meghan Markle — she has fantastic style.
What’s the best piece of fashion advice you’ve been given?
Lizzie: To not be a slave to trends, to work out what suits you and what makes you feel good and go with that. I’m a firm believer in choosing to show either your legs or décolletage, never both at the same time.
How will you be celebrating after the show?
Lizzie and Georgie: We’ll no doubt fall in an exhausted heap and spend some much-needed time with our husbands and kids. The lead up to fashion week means we’re absent a lot of the time in April and May.
Lizzie, you jumped from fashion journalism to design. What’s it like on the other side of the fence?
Lizzie: I loved my career in magazines, but I’m so thrilled to be doing what I’m doing now. I’m constantly challenged, constantly learning and there’s something really special about creating a brand from scratch. The best bit, though, is that I didn’t get to work with my sister every day when I was in the corporate world and now I do — I wouldn’t change that for anything.
Can you describe the We Are Kindred woman?
Georgie: The We Are Kindred woman is bold, confident in her femininity and not afraid of standing out from the crowd.
Finally, what’s your favourite piece from the Resort ’20 collection?
Lizzie: It’s really hard to choose this season. The collection is so wearable. The wow pieces for me are the chiffon evening gowns. I’m going to a wedding in Italy in June and can’t wait to have the opportunity to wear one of these. They’re reminiscent of Grace Kelly.
As told to Charlie Hale
MBFWA runs from May 12 to 18 at Carriageworks and locations around Sydney. Fashion fans can experience live runway shows and seminars at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Edition, May 17-18. Tickets: mbfwe.com