Caitlin Price 27 London
Categories: Designer, Fashion

Posted: 8th January 2015

Caitlin Price is making the clothes you want to wear, now. If you didn't see the Christopher Shannon women's (yeah, one for the ladies) SS15 collection that Caitlin worked on, Google it now, and if you did, you'll know what we're getting our frilly knickers in a twist over.

Inspired by the Friday night ritual that most girls undergo; from tracksuits and trainers to tanning and tonging. The 18 piece capsule collection is every twenty-something London girls dream buffet of illustrated knitwear, cascading frilled polo shirts, scalloped mini skirts, painted tracksuit sets and long tees. Caitlin's adoption into Shannon's clique, makes perfect sense when looking at her graduate collection from Brighton, way back when, in 2010.

An early author of the noughties romance with British sportswear, Caitlin's sport luxury aesthetic has been there since day one. Having won the Brighton catwalk collection award in 2010, she was encouraged to apply for the MA Fashion course at Central St. Martins. Unsurprisingly she was accepted, and then awarded the Armani Bursary by the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE. It was during her MA that she began working for Christopher as a design assistant. Despite having always studied womenswear their design personalities were a perfect match. Having been with Christopher for almost three years Caitlin left the business in October feeling it was time for her to 'spread my wings and broaden my experience within womenswear'. Caitlin has in fact received sponsorship to start her own label and will be showing as part of London Fashion week this February. Drops mic.

While we wait with baited breath to see what she conjures up for her solo collection we do now how she works behind the scenes.Caitlin's research process is largely visual and in the best part inspired by photographs; garments she's archived, pictures of friends or places she's visited (Elephant and Castles' relic of a shopping centre, is a favourite hang out). In fact, the frills for Caitlin's MA collection came from Tom Wood and Rineke Dijkstra photographs of glammed up girls in frilly bikinis. Before actually settling down to sketch, Caitlin often ignites her working process by fishing out garments and accessories from her own wardrobe and keeps things even closer to home by using her sister Emily as a fitting model. In fact Emily modeled her MA look-book and Caitlin instinctively confers with Emily over each of her designs.

When she's not busy in the studio, you can find Caitlin at your local garage night, or trawling back from her favourite market, Le Guerrosil in Paris with bin bags filled with stuff. Our kinda gal.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:I am a freelance Womenswear designer, 27 years old. I grew up and live in South East London.HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?They said: Determined, big hearted and fun loving. FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT/SHOP/HANG OUT?I think Brixton market is the best place in London for food, they have everything there and the atmosphere is always buzzing. You can get the best noodles there. Deptford market is somewhere I often visit to do research, they sell stuff mainly from house clearances so you never know wheat you will find, sometimes theres a bit of a theme going on. Lots of ideas iv had over the years have been sparked off there. Peckham for drinking especially in the summer and the gowlett pub for pizza. Elephant and Castle shopping centre is a London treasure. It feels like time has stopped inside. There’s an old arcade and hairdressers and all these odd shops some are completely empty. I shot my MA collection in there for LAW magazine. It will be knocked down in the next few years so I wanted to document it before that happens. Its been there my whole life and everyone travels past it but there’s not much reason to go inside but you should go see if you haven't. The Palais de Tokyo in Paris is an interesting place to visit to see film and video artists work. You can spend most of a day there wandering around watching things, I love it. My favourite shop is Le Guerrosil in Paris, they are dotted all over the place and are like indoor flea markets. I once got on the Eurostar with two bin bags of stuff from there. That was chic. WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?Decide what it is that sets you apart from everyone else and be true to yourself. Be honest and let your personality shine through in whatever you choose to do, even if it doesn’t please everyone. Accept when things aren’t working and learn to move forwards instead of getting stuck on ideas. If you commit to something give it your all and don’t go round copying what already exists. Question it and do your own thing. WHAT WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE?‘Babe’ ‘No’ and ‘Thats long’BEST PARTY YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO?My boyfriend Joe and my mate John who are behind LAW Magazine put on the garage night Joyride at Dalston Dance tunnel. This week Sweet Female Attitude are doing a live set. DJ Luck & MC Neat, Oxide Neutrino and Artful dodger have all headlined before. Garage has always been my favourite, it has a special place in my heart. When I was 14 I used to go to this club ‘Bon Bonnes’ with my fake ID. I didn’t even drink because I had school the next day, i just used to go and dance with my girls. Also Nasir Mazhars after show party at Metropolis. Im sure you've heard about it. Nasir knows how to throw a party! SONG TO BE PLAYING AS YOU ENTER THE CLUB?Roy Davis Jr - Gabriel or Cam’Ron – Oh BoyBIGGEST LIE YOU WERE TOLD/THAT YOU TOLD AS A KID?When I moved to a new primary school in year three I wanted to make an impact on my first day. I played hairdressers with a girl and washed her hair in the drinking fountains and told everyone I had a big sister. It got out of hand and dragged out for about a year. I had to keep my mum well out of the way around my friends. In the end I couldn’t cope and the truth came out. AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Sadie Williams.
Why: There is no one like her.
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