HAIL, RIVIERA!

Fashion (Canada) - - Style News - —Is­abel B. Slone

“A lot of peo­ple don’t look at linen as a print tex­tile fabric,” says Whit­ney West­wood, the founder of Toron­to­based Whit­ney Linen. But her Spring 2018 col­lab­o­ra­tion with artist and tex­tile de­signer Vir­ginia John­son is out to change that. John­son, renowned for her jaunty Marimekko-es­que prints, de­signed an im­pres­sion­is­tic leop­ard print, a splotchy ikat and a clas­sic nau­ti­cal stripe to be splashed onto breezy linen skirts, blouses and, of course, caf­tans. West­wood’s de­sign sensibility is in­formed by her child­hood sum­mers spent in the South of France, a sub­ject on which John­son hap­pened to be writ­ing a book (pub­lished in May). Even more serendip­i­tous? John­son’s fam­ily used to rent the West­wood home near Saint-Paul de Vence. “As soon as Whit­ney walked in my front door, we put it to­gether,” says John­son. “It’s re­ally funny, be­cause [even though] that was 20 years ago, I’ve al­ways re­mem­bered the pretty flo­ral pat­tern on the tile in the up­stairs bath­room.”

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