WITH LISSETTE MAYSON Director at Libertine.
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.