Q&A

WITH LISSETTE MAYSON Di­rec­tor at Lib­er­tine.

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Tell us a bit about your ex­pe­ri­ence in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

I got bit­ten by the fash­ion bug when I was 21 and work­ing as an as­sis­tant buyer. Since then, I’ve been a pro­duc­tion man­ager for large whole­sale gar­ment com­pa­nies and a cloth­ing de­signer. You never stop evolv­ing in this pro­fes­sion as there’s al­ways a new skill to learn.

What’s spe­cial about Lib­er­tine?

I aim to put gar­ments out there that make women of all ages say, “I just love that piece – I have to have it.” I want Lib­er­tine designs to stand apart from any­thing main­stream or dull, while re­main­ing af­ford­able.

How would you de­scribe the aes­thetic?

I al­ways start with the prints. They need to be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from ev­ery­one else’s. Some are a bit un­usual, which I love. The designs also have to be com­fort­able and make you feel fem­i­nine, some­times with a lit­tle edge of rock-chic cool.

Who are your style icons?

I dig the Olsen twins and [for­mer Bri­tish Vogue fash­ion di­rec­tor] Lucinda Cham­bers for their in­di­vid­ual style, as well as Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe for her raw, un­abashed sex ap­peal.

What’s your ul­ti­mate style ad­vice?

I take it from Os­car Wilde: “Be your­self; ev­ery­one else is al­ready taken.”

Lib­er­tine’s prints come in beau­ti­ful colours – what are your favourite com­bi­na­tions?

There are just too many to list. In the last few sea­sons, rose gold and navy seem to have worked well, and I love a bit of sparkle – I’m a com­plete magpie when it comes to bling. I’d like to see more women be­ing dar­ing and com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent prints.

What are your favourite pieces from the sum­mer col­lec­tion?

As a dress girl, I’m in love with the Tiger Lily dress and Rain­for­est dress – the prints re­ally say ‘sum­mer fun’ to me. The se­quinned La­goon t-shirt is also great, as you can wear it with denim shorts dur­ing the day or dress it up for evening.

Lissette wears Rain­for­est dress, $180, by Lib­er­tine.

Botanic Gar­den dress, $170, by Lib­er­tine.

Wild Poppy dress, $160, by Lib­er­tine.

Tiger Lily top, $150, by Lib­er­tine.

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