When England reached the World Cup semi finals in the summer of 2018, amidst massive political division, the country joined together to celebrate. Inspired by black and white photographs of football fans brought to life with her signature use of colour, for SS19 Katie Ann McGuigan paid tribute to the unity of sports culture. McGuigan’s show at London Film Museum in Covent Garden was an exploration of the designer’s fascination with pattern and volume; SS19 showed maximalist silhouettes and statement prints in floaty chiffons and ribbon alongside structured textiles in her signature bold graphics .
Colours for SS19 were fresh and light, with full peplum skirts in duck egg blue paired with a waterfall of cobalt plaid, and sporty candy apple red argyll vests styled with crisp white collarless shirting. Skirts toyed with volume in long, midi, and mini hemlines, whilst graphic slogans adorn shirt sleeves, sashes, and sweeping carwash skirts. Trousers were relaxed, cinched with drawstring waists and gathered at the ankle. A trench coat in cherry was given a contemporary twist with one of the designer’s signature geometric patterns
McGuigan played with translucence and opacity in layers, styling a boxy jacket with a diaphanous peach dress, or a full skirt with an oversized dusty rose sweater; a sheer forest green organza trench coat was worn underneath a cropped top, whilst ruffles and pleats added a touch of femininity to an innovative take on sports luxe.