Katie Eary likes her men like she likes her clothes: powerful and incredibly good looking. HYFR.
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Designing with the street wear silhouette in mind, London entity and fashion empress Katie uses couture based techniques to bring her elaborate, avante-garde collections to life. Designing both menswear and womenswear, her adoring fans rank high amongst the most powerful fashion dictators working within the industry; both Mario Testino and Yeezy are into it. Concentrating fully on quality and consumerism, this Stevenage-born blonde bombshell doesn’t listen to criticism and believes her own hype. She is the epitome of a strong and inspirational modern woman. i-D online dressed up post dubstep vocalist and breaking talent Lulu James in some of Katie’s choice wardrobe cuts and found out what the innovative designer has been wearing and where she’ll be lunching now the sun is out and proud.
How’s Testino these days? He’s brilliant. But I haven’t spoken to him for a while. You have always been inspired by literature, what are you reading right now? I’m reading Skag Boys by Irvine Welsh. How important is wearable fashion to you? From SS13 onwards it is going to become extremely important. We are pushing the Katie Eary brand to new heights and will solely be concentrating on quality and consumerism. How do you interpret criticism? Criticism is something that no-one could ever escape. But I don’t let it get to me, I only listen to people who I feel are being helpful, so turn it into a positive. Who have been the biggest supporters of your collections? My mum (naturally) and the amazing buyers in the Far East. How important is film for your work? With film you get to show the clothes with a narrative, not to mention movement, it is pleasure for the eyeballs. Who would you like to see wearing your clothes this season? All pro skaters this season please. Where are you off to now? I’m off to buy lunch from The Naked Sausage and then to my leather factory to check up on some sexy jackets. What are you wearing? Yves Saint Laurent backless swimming costume, Vionnet skirt with tasseled felt front, Pierre Hardy heels and studded Burberry bag. What will you be wearing this weekend? Saturday, friends party: Full Céline look. Sunday, Jubilee party: Floor length sequined dress, crystal Miu Miu heels, flowers in my hair, prosthetic elf ears and a bucket load of glitter OBVs. I’m going as an elf.
Jumper with embellishment Ashish, bra Agent Provocateur, hot pants American Retro, socks Jonathan Aston.
Text: Milly McMahon
Styling: Shirley Amartey
Photography: Lonny Spence
Hair: Kota Suizu
Make up: Valeria Ferreira
Location: The Yard