Brittany Byrne for Kortni Portia x Billie Wilde
A conversation with Kortni Portia
MEET KORTNI PORTIA
Introducing Billie Wilde x Kortni Portia—editorial looks with pieces from our collection and evening wear from Kortni Portia, a friend to the brand.
We sat down with Kortni to discuss her namesake label based in Australia. The label carries bright, vibrant, and on-trend looks for a variety of occassions—and we love it.
Selection from Kortni Portia / © 2022
Tell us about yourself. How long have you been in fashion? How did you get into the industry?
I showcased my first capsule collection at an event called RAW Artists (Brisbane) which is a show for independent creatives of the arts in October 2018. I have always had a passion for fashion since I could remember. I left school at 16 to study fashion design then went into fashion retail and styling. The Raw show pushed me out of my comfort zone completely but forced me to start creating the next chapter of my life.
At the time I was asked to participate, I was collaborating with other creatives in on photoshoots and editorials. The opportunity came out of nowhere, but I ran with it and made 6 unique designs that represented my new direction. When I saw my designs come down the runway I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be. It was so empowering. The whole creative process of putting everything together and then seeing it all come to life—it was like nothing I had experienced before.
Who inspires you?
I draw inspiration from many things. People, places, pictures and life itself. I love the fashion and style from eras such as the 60s and 70s. It was such a time of revolution, experimentation and expression. I like to recreate the retro aesthetic, carefree attitude for the modern day fashionista.
Your brand is built around the idea of empowering women. Tell us about your perspective on the role of fashion in female empowerment.
It is so important [for us] as artists to use our creativity to inspire others in one way or another. I believe brands can be extremely influential on their customers. Kortni Portia is a brand that values personal empowerment, female and male. My goal as a designer and brand owner is to cultivate a diverse customer base who embrace their unique style which is not confined by a genre; who feel they can express and project the best version of themselves through individual style. Fashion is limitless. I want our customers to feel free and confident when wearing a KP item.
You’ve previously worked as a fashion stylist. Tell us about how you would approach jewelry when styling a wardrobe.
Variety is key. Personally, I think having a range of bold/minimalistic pieces to mix and match depending on the occasion, season, and overall mood is the way to go. Jewelry is the perfect addition to any outfit; a necessary accessory to complete your look.
What are some of the challenges you’ve had to overcome working in your industry?
Being a business owner is hard for anyone. Fashion is a tough, unforgiving industry. I haven't had any major challenges, nothing I haven't been able to handle. However you do have those tough days! But at the end of the day the rewards out-way the stress. Being able to do what you love for work is an incredible gift.