Katie Ann McGuigan looks to the illustrious roller-disco scene of the early 70’s for her SS20 London Fashion Week collection, where fun was all the rage and worries and woes were nothing but an afterthought. Tampa, Florida, was the birthplace of this pastime – a safe space where anyone and everyone would strap on their blades and stride away to the sound of disco. Despite hailing from Ireland, and moving to London to study her passion of design, McGuigan has often looked to the rest of the world for inspiration. It is this zest for outside influences that leaves her collections feeling informed and cultivated.
Even though she often looks for the rest of the world for inspiration, McGuigan also champions locality and ensures her materials are sourced and made as close to home as possible. For SS20, the designer has created lace-up boots made in East London. Her tie-dye hoodies, which are making a resurgence from AW19, are hand-died in her studio and screen printed in Brixton.
« Organza and leather are my go-to,” insists McGuigan. This season, organza dresses look as though they have been plucked from a beautiful boudoir, shown in neon pink, candy-floss shades, icy blue and deep teal. Leather jackets are shown alongside tie-dye ruffled dresses and skirts, knitted checkerboard cropped jumpers, halter-neck tops and high-waisted tartan skirts as well as flared trousers.
“Given the current political climate, especially within the UK, I feel that it’s important to offer a light-hearted collection – something that is fun and uplifting. An escapism to distract people from the worries and woes that we are all forced to endure on a daily basis.”