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Interview With Emily Watson
Interview With Emily Watson

Interview With Emily Watson

Words by Steph Reid

Naarm/Melbourne based fashion designer Emily Watson has been making waves in the industry since her graduate collection in 2019. The subversive designer who's brand encapsulates Australian nostalgia with a focus sustainability and re contextualising traditional swimwear archetypes has built a cult following, gaining the likes of Bella Hadid, Kali Uchis and Emma Chamberlain.
Michelle Li wearing Emily Watson and Irvrsbl
Michelle wears Emily Watson Tankini, Emilio Pucci bikini and shoes, Fendi Scarf.
Michelle Li wearing Emily Watson and Irvrsbl

What a crazy past year it has been for you Emily! Can you tell us about your highlights of 2021? 

First off, I would say one of the main highlights would be moving my workspace out  of the cramped side room at my parents house into a proper studio. Also- growing  my team and hiring some contractors to help out with the production side of things.  

Also, randomly waking up to an Instagram of Bella Hadid in my tankini set is  definitely next on the list haha! 

How would you describe your brand in 3 words? 

Aquatic, femme and flirty.

You mention that your garments draw inspiration from Australia Nostalgia, what does that look / feel like/ smell like to you? 

I feel like as the brand has evolved, this element is becoming less distinctive within the garments themselves but more the story they portray within a collection. Next collection I'm hoping to bring back these roots from my grad collection back in 2019 - through colour palette and new archetypes. 

Michelle wears Emily Watson Tankini, Emilio Pucci bikini and shoes, Fendi Scarf.

Michelle wears Emily Watson Tankini, Emilio Pucci bikini and shoes, Fendi Scarf.

Your garments have already been sported on Bella Hadid, Benee and Kali Uchis to name a few.... Who would you like to see in Emily Watson next? 

Off the top of my head- either Hunter Schafer, Britney or Rihanna hahah, please! 

Michelle wears Emily Watson Skirt and Blouse, Versace Belt and John  Galliano Underwear Set.

Michelle wears Emily Watson Skirt and Blouse, Versace Belt and John  Galliano Underwear Set.

Michelle wears Emily Watson Set, Dolce and Gabbana Belt, Emilio Pucci Hat and Bikini and Chanel Sunglasses.

Michelle wears Emily Watson Set, Dolce and Gabbana Belt, Emilio Pucci Hat and Bikini and Chanel Sunglasses.

 

What can we hope to see from Emily Watson in 2022?

A wider range of archetypes, textiles and silhouettes.

 

 

Keep up to date with Emily through Instagram and her website.

Photographed by Steph Reid

Styled by Josaia Bruinsma

Model: Michelle Li

Makeup Artist: Grace Harre

Hair Stylist: Kara Lacobellis