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What are the aesthetics of your current collection (AW 2012)?
Becky: For ‘Jardin Exotica’ we were inspired by the French artist Henri Rosseau, who himself was inspired by the exotic gardens and the jungle in South America. It’s a little bit wild but still quite driven by nature.
Bridget: It was interesting because he’d never been to the jungle; he’d only ever seen it in books. So it was his interpretation of what these places would be like.
Becky: Sort of dream-like and very entertaining.
Bridget: Yeah, that’s the angle we presented our collection as well. Heaps of textures and the vibrant colours - it’s like our own interpretation.

And for the second drop of AW 2012?
Becky: It’s bit of a continuation of the first but it’s a bit more like the wild side of the jungle. There’s slightly more ‘red carpet’ looking fabric and then there’s the sequin, with quite a bold animal print through it as well.

What goes into the typical preparation for a Bec & Bridge collection?
Becky: We can sometimes pick fabrics 6 months before we even start, but generally it’s the 3 months prior to when we shoot the collection that we’re really working with pattern makers, concepts, everything. Everything sort of gets done all together, we don’t have a perfect timeline unfortunately. There’s no magic formula we work towards. It just tends to be what fabrics come up and what shapes work together.
Bridget: We’ll constantly be looking at new fabrics and if we find something that we really love and want to fit it into the range, then we will make allowances for that to happen. We’re always trying to make sure the collection is the best that it can be. Time almost doesn’t matter.

What was it like Australian Fashion Week last year? Do you still get nervous before shows?
Becky & Bridget: Definitely!
Bridget: I think we always get nervous because you never know how people are going to respond. Especially knowing that there’s all of the media as well as critics out there.
Becky: There’s also so much natural adrenaline backstage because you’re so rushed and a think you’re always going to get a little bit anxious. We try to keep as calm as we can but there’s just so much going on and so many people. I think that can add to our anxiety levels.
Bridget: It’s always exciting and a great feeling afterwards as well! Seeing the whole collection come together, the models all lined up ready to go out – it’s quite a moment.

Can you give us a little hint of what’s to come for Fashion Week?
Bridget: We don’t have much to give away yet! It’s very much a work in progress. Refining and trying to pull together our favourite prints and shapes.
Becky: It’ll definitely be how Bec & Bridge epitomises summer so colour, prints and textures. There’s always a 1970’s feel to it, even if we don’t intend it to be! I think our girl is sort of raw, healthy, effortless, Bianca Jagger inspired. Hopefully we don’t disappoint [laughs]!

What advice would you give to those just starting out in the business?
Becky: I think one of the things we find important is to not take yourself too seriously. I think if you start taking fashion in general too seriously then you can really go down the wrong path. It was easy when we were a bit younger because when we made mistakes in the beginning, we just laughed about it. Otherwise you can get too overwhelmed with everything, especially in fashion.
Bridget: I definitely think getting as much experience as you can beforehand, which was something we didn’t have the benefit of. We started when we were still studying so we really missed out on gauging from other designers that have gone before us. Really valuable.

And finally, where do you guys ultimately want to see yourselves and the label in the next few years?
Becky: I think we’d really love to see what happens in the US. It’s a really exciting time for us and we just hope to continue to have growth with what we do.
Bridget: Yeah, I think definitely seeing how the label goes overseas. It’s very exciting to be on that international level but also very overwhelming sometimes. We can’t believe there are people outside of Australia that are wearing Bec & Bridge! I guess just definitely seeing how that pans out where that will take us. 

I desperately want to say a huge thank you to both Becky and Bridget for taking time out of their busy lives to sit down and chat with me, and also to Ali for setting the whole thing up! Now if you'll excuse me, I have some very important work to do (read: important work may or may not include sitting in my room and drooling over the latest Bec & Bridge look book).
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