STEPHANIE VON WATZDORF

 

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STEPHANIE VON WATZDORF

Designer, Figue

 

Some things are worth waiting for. For Stephanie von Watzdorf, her collection Figue is the culmination of her life's experience and memories of childhood summers spent on Isola dei Galli. (The island was covered in figs, or “figue” in French.) Stephanie, who has designed for Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren, has been an integral part of the Tory Burch design team since almost Day 1. We couldn’t be prouder to have an entrepreneur among us. Here, we asked Stephanie about her inspiration.

 

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND FIGUE…

I have always wanted to have my own line. I started sketching at a very early age and was always surrounded by music, the ballet and lots of color. My grandfather was choreographer and dancer Léonide Massine. He had a closet full of costumes from his collaborations with the Ballets Russes, and my dog and I spent hours in his closet playing dress-up.

 

FIGUE IN FIVE WORDS…

Global, artisanal, resort-spirited, colorful and bohemian.

 

MY STYLE ICONS…

Anita Pallenberg, Louise Nevelson, Gabriella Crespi, Diana Vreeland, Frida Kahlo and Lauren Hutton.

 

MY FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY OF
ISOLA DEI GALLI….

Watching the dancers from my grandfather’s company rehearse ballet performances for the fall season. I remember the fragrance of the figs and the rosemary in the air.

 

THE MOMENT I FELL IN LOVE WITH FASHION…

When I was 15, I interned at Victor Edelstein’s couture house in London — he made dresses for Princess Diana. It was also, ironically, the height of the punk era in London. I absolutely loved what was happening in fashion at that time. And after that summer, I was determined to forge a career in fashion.

 

BEST ADVICE I RECEIVED WHEN LAUNCHING FIGUE…

“Follow your heart and follow your gut.”

 

MY FAVORITE LOOKS FROM THE COLLECTION…

The military jackets and embroidered tuxedo shirts because they’re timeless and reflect the ethos of Figue.