Katie Ann McGuigan’s sophomore collection was characterised by what is already becoming a signature – elaborate pattern cutting and oversized silhouettes emblazoned with intricate geometric prints in floaty chiffons and structured textiles.
Buttercup yellow, bold orange, olive, and periwinkle blue coordinated and contrasted to form a mouthwateringly fresh colour palette. Each piece was infused with a depth not obvious at first glance, with layers of pattern and detail that demanded a second look.
Katie’s aesthetic is inspired by vintage looks – especially the distinct patterns and shades of mid-century modern. However, the addition of contemporary twists and outlooks gives her pieces a totally timeless look.
Katie’s debut collection at Fashion Scout AW17 was inspired by the photographic work of Michal Chelbin, particularly her book Sailboats and Swans. For SS18 the influences are other photographers and their stories, including the work of Perry Ogden, Alen Macsweeney and Colin O’Brien.
As a designer, one of the things we love about Katie is that she disrupts volume and texture in multi layered looks that shouldn’t work – that should clash – but don’t. Instead they are beautifully manipulated into a thoroughly cohesive sartorial story.
The SS18 show at Fashion Scout was an exploration of volume, expressed in a multitude of layers and textures, ruffles, peplums, laser cut fabrics, leather and organza. This collection is not for the minimalist or the monochrome enthusiast, but is daring, bold, and different. Katie remains one of our recommendations for one of the most exciting designers to watch.