Behind The Scenes Of Phoebe-Lettice Thompson’s Kawaii Collection For Illustrated People
Made In Chelsea’s Phoebe-Lettice teams up with Illustrated People for a kawaii-inspired womenswear collection…
By Alice Casely-Hayford
Streetwear fans, brace yourselves. Photographer and stylist Phoebe-Lettice Thompson has collaborated with East London brand Illustrated People to create a bold and playful collection that all the coolest kids will be rocking this summer. Since her stint on Made In Chelsea, Phoebe has swiftly garnered a loyal legion of followers who covet her unique look, and now they (and you) can steal her style.
Unlike some reality TV stars who venture into clothing design, Phoebe has authentic fashion credentials, having worked previously at Wonderland magazine and Tatler. The collab with Illustrated People was a natural step as Pheebs was already a big fan of the brand. “You can tell by looking at the company that it’s a group of young, really talented designers, which appealed to me,” she says. “I arranged a meeting with them and my top possible outcome was to design for them, but I didn’t expect it, then in the meeting they came out with it straight away! The best thing about working with IP is that we’re a perfect creative match, they let me do what I want and we get on really well which is good because I’ve spent every day in that studio!”
From initial design plans, through to model casting and shooting and styling the campaign, Phoebe has been involved in every aspect of the six-month project. “The shapes I introduced into Illustrated People were the girls’ basketball shorts and a men’s-fit T-shirt. I wore this look all last summer, but nowhere did a set of them in matching crazy prints, so I decided to make it myself. The new silhouettes mixed with the soft pastel prints are a good example of my personal style coming out within the collection.”
Phoebe-Lettice Thompson x Illustrated People
Hailing Hiari Ikeda and M.I.A. as her style crushes, Phoebe didn’t “design the collection with anyone in mind but wouldn’t make anything I wouldn’t want to wear so I guess you could say myself!” Her love for Japanese fashion and kawaii began when “Gwen [Stefani] went solo, teamed up with her Harajuku girls and bought out L.A.M.B, it was so exciting and I started to research more into that culture.”
With a week to go until the collection drops – there’s a countdown on social media and the Illustrated People website – we suggest you have your wallets at the ready.
Watch an exclusive behind the scenes video for Phoebe-Lettice Thompson x Illustrated People below
Phoebe-Lettice Thompson x Illustrated People will be available at www.illustratedpeople.com from May 26th