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.