Ali Jeffery reviews the latest collection of Fashion Scout’s Merit Award winner Katie Ann McGuigan.
Growing from her graduate collection at the University of Westminster, Katie Ann McGuigan’s AW17 collection brought an eclectic mix of bold hues, graphic prints and showstopping silhouettes to London’s Freemason’s Hall. Showing on the Fashion Scout schedule as the winner of the coveted Merit Award, the Irish-born, London-based designer follows in the footsteps of past recipients David Koma, Phoebe English and Xiao Li.
Primary colours and playful prints established a high-energy collection. Ankle-grazing, technicolour leather coats drifted down the runway with voluminous effect. Oversized knits and graphic sweats were layered with midi-skirts amid the marbled hall. Fluid dresses and dramatic scarfs gave way to lessons in layering. Each element of the collection struck a balance between quiet femininity and a youthful vigour.
Outerwear was a leading element of the collection. The sleeveless puffer vest appeared with variability but channeling an undoubting sportswear aesthetic. Worn cropped and collared in cobalt blue and midi-length in cherry red, each iteration gave a unique silhouette. Similarly striking, sweeping suede and leather coats featured full skirts with an elegant ease.
Craftsmanship is a key part of McGuigan’s process. Working extensively with supple leathers and vinyl printing, the designer continues to impress with her trademark texture. Laser-cut panels and linear prints demonstrate an affinity for geometric motifs and a strong understanding of art and aesthetics.
Ultimately, McGuigan’s unabashed approach to vibrant colours and complex silhouettes peaked interest in her graduate collection and continues to soar her success.
Want to know more? Lucky for you, The Fashion Conversation caught up with Katie Ann McGuigan ahead of her AW17 runway show. Read the designer interview here.
About Ali Jeffery
London based contributor Ali Jeffery calls Australia home but made the move to London to study postgraduate journalism at the London College of Fashion and is now working at MATCHESFASHION.COM. Ali loves gin, decorating her flat in East London and of course, discovering emerging designers.