PHOTOS: WHIT’s Whitney Pozgay Channels Marianne Faithfull For Fall

There were so many things to like at Whitney Pozgay‘s fall 2013 presentation for her line WHIT at the W Union Square yesterday afternoon — the clothes, the accessories, and of course, the designer herself. Pozgay could’ve passed as a Styleite editor in her slightly oversized sweater, leather skirt, and statement earrings by Lulu Frost. The ensemble was a perfect combo of romantic rocker, exactly what she was going for.

“I think that after coming off spring, which was so bright and print-oriented, we felt that it was a little refreshing to cleanse the palette with darker, moody, and very romantic looks,” Pozgay said of her collection. “We’re focusing on Marianne Faithfull during her Mick Jagger phase as a central muse. We wanted to focus on her as an icon but also modernize it. So we took the paisley that she always wore and modernized it by embroidering it onto a sweatshirt. Leather is also so great. I love really feminine silhouettes, but when you put it with leather, it gives it a nice little kick.”

The Phoenix, Arizona native would know a thing or two about mixing things up — the CFDA Incubator designer cut her teeth at Kate Spade and Steven Alan before launching WHIT in 2010:

“I love feminine and vintage, but I also have a tomboy side to my personality. Between those two companies, I was really able to indulge my love of vintage and color at Kate, and also my irreverent tomboy in Steven. My aesthetic kind of falls in between. And starting at a big company is good training.”

It’s also paid off. Our favorite looks were by far the easy sweaters paired with leather and peplum skirts, but we could’ve easily seen ourselves in knee-length coats with fur collars and silk blouses layered underneath v-neck sheath dresses, and carrying two-toned leopard and oxblood satchels.

Check out some looks from the presentation below:

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