Katie Ann McGuigan - AW17 Merit Award Winner
Tingles. Star emojis. All the heart emojis. Every color. Plain old text just isn’t enough to express the rush of sensation the Fashion Scout AW17 Merit Award Winner announcement produced. A bloody good choice. Perhaps the beginning of a fashion obsession. We like those.
Westminster grad Katie Ann McGuigan’s Merit Award winning collection is a riot of folky, fashion forward innovation. Sturdy from Eastern European inspiration and cutting edge in its use of fabrics and revealed processes, the collection has a real sense of self. These are the kinds of pieces that you glance at to get one impression of, before looking closer and seeing something completely new. Great big, bold, feminine lines, vinyl prints layered onto leathers, laser cutting and pleats are an intense and lusty combination. And the coats…
There’s something really clever about these designs that at the same time draw on vintage 80s attitude or 50s ladylike elegance, while also embodying uncompromisingly fresh modernity. Genuinely innovative and covetously wearable the line is an exciting debut produced by a designer we already want see more from.