Katie Ann McGuigan SS18

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All things bright and beautiful

London during Fashion Week has the most glorious buzz. Vibrant styles fill the streets, fashionistas, photographers, bloggers, and designers flit between 180 Strand and Freemason’s Hall, the two, now iconic, fashion spots in London during Fashion Week. There’s a kind of excitement that is rarely felt, the frenzied commotion intriguing even tourists.

Saturday night’s showstopper came in the form of Katie Ann McGuigan. An Irish-born, London-based designer Katie is fairly new to featuring her own collections at London’s Fashion Week having only graduated last year. Her new Spring/Summer 2018 collection took a large leap up from her AW17 collection by bringing out bold yellows and oranges paired with pastel blues, mahogany, and olive greens. Striking patterns and statement footwear completed each look.

Bell sleeves and stunningly draped skirts formed a key part of the eclectic mix of garments in Katie’s ready-to-wear collection. Each piece featured graphic, geometric-style prints on the bold background fabric, with another layer of texture applied in overlaid netting fabrics.

Outerwear was the pinnacle of the collection, with chunky over-size jackets in bold prints contrasting the femininity of the flowing ankle-grazing dresses.  Although, at a close second came the accessories: angular shapes and statement geometric prints matched with opposing colors for a standout effect. Sizeable but chic bags are a signature of Katie’s and she has previously commented that she loves how primary colors work with prints for workwear style.

My personal favorite pieces include the white and orange geometric jacket (Look 3), the pale yellow midi skirt (Look 4) and skirt-trouser combination for Look 17. Models in this show had very simple makeup: highlighted eyes and hair combed back away from the face but left down for the effect of mirroring the flow of the garments, particularly those maxi skirts and full leg trousers, whilst avoiding distraction from the color and print.