Meeting a Goddess

On Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending an intimate gathering to have a preview look of Larrissa Watson’s ‘Goddess & Swift’ SS14 Collection. During the evening, I was also given the opportunity to interview the lovely Larrissa about her career, fashion memories and latest collection.

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Asking Larrisaa about herself she told me: “I’ve been in the creative area and fashion textiles for twenty years. I’ve been involved in different areas such as: Interior design, print and I’ve had my own labels as well as designing for other designers.”

She said: “In 2011 I started up Goddess & Swift and I’ve just been working very hard on getting it established in Belfast. We’re delighted to finally be here, it’s a dream come true.”

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With various fashion events taking place across the city, I asked Larrissa if taking part in Belfast Fashion Week and other shows has helped her brand, she explained:

“Yes, I do feel that it has helped, especially starting with FashionWeek. I feel that there has been a lot of interest generated from that and I think Belfast is growing in regards to fashion.”

She said: “Over the past five years, the fashion scene here in Belfast has gotten very interesting and it’s all very exciting.”

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Describing the Goddess & Swift brand, Larissa explained: “The brand is about classics, quality and creativity. My background is in textiles so I always bring colour, print and some sort of creative flair through. I like to make sure my looks are classical, wearable and has a tailored feminity to it.”

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When it comes to interviewing designers, I’m always curious as to what was their first ever piece they constructed.

Giggling about this, Larrissa told me: “I was still in school and I was making this piece and I found a scrap of black silk. I ended up having enough for the front but not for the back, so I got this see through fabric and stitched it on. I put these little blue beads on as buttons and I ended up wearing it to death.”

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A person’s own style is just as important as their collection as it represents everything they vision in fashion. Speaking about her own style, Larrisaa said: “I dress very simply, I like having a few creative pieces in my wardrobe and I love having styles that will last season after season. If you do have a creative or a flair piece, wear it with several different looks. One that is an investment.”

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And finally, the age old question. How does a designer like Larrissa prepare her Goddess & Swift collection for a show like Belfast Fashion Week?

“Well, I work each collection a year in advance so for the likes of FashionWeek, I use my core collection for the runway and I have a lot of fun doing these kind of shows. It’s also a great opportunity to design those more one of a kind pieces to showcase to the audience. I like creating concept styles so that I can then bring them forward to next years collection.”

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Thank you to Larrissa for taking the time to speak to me and the CMPR girls for inviting me along to the preview.

The Goddess & Swift store is located at 9 Commercial Court, Belfast. Pop in and have a look at this season’s must haves!

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