Katie Eary 30 London
Categories: Designer, Fashion

Posted: 30th August 2014

In age when fashion design seems to be all about making billboards out of people (Moschino for Maccy D's anyone?) there are imitators and then there are innovators. Having launched in 2009, you could say menswear designer, Katie Eary was driving the band-wagon. Katie's design stamp has always been unashamedly ballsy prints, graphics and oversized silhouettes in acrid colours. One person who recognised Katie's authenticity was Kanye. Yeah, Yezzus himself. In fact Kanye sees all the pieces from Katie's collects before they debut on the catwalk (Yeezus season approachin') . Katie' s AW14 catwalk was ushered in to the dulcet tones of Yeezus… before the album had even been officially released. That's whats up.

Having graduated Menswear Design at the Royal College of Art Katie was left in no doubt of her fashion credentials when Mossy was shot in her grad collection by the legendary Mario Testino. Subsequent to those images going viral, Kanye got in touch and a collaboration was decided upon. The collab has since gained a kind of urban-fashion-mythology and helped establish the fanatical fan base that now surrounds Katie and her riotous designs. Katie's street-wise luxury caught the attention of the British high street, and the designer has also collaborated with high-street megaliths Selfridges, River Island and Topman. Her SS14, Flamingo Massacre collection saw models toting scarlet flamingo print skateboards and had us extending our overdrafts in a scurrilous attempts to get our sweaty hits on some silky red leopard print threads. Her SS15 collection was a mishmash of Hunter S Thompson rodeo swagger meets 70s porno-flick chic. Double denim, fringing, bison head belt buckles and cactus appliqués shouldn't make sense, but Eary's headstrong London sensibility means everything she touches looks confident, urban and desirable. One of the most close-to-our-heart reasons we admire Katie so much, is that she's making huge strides in a field that is still so obviously dominated by men. Long may Katie continue to shake things up, we're stepping to her beat.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:Menswear Designer.HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?WORK HARD. PLAY HARD. WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?When I'm on holiday with the sand between my toes, a mossie on my face and a cocktail in my hand. Or simply dancing like no one is watching with my friends.FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT/SHOP/HANG OUT?EAT: Any of the HIX restaurants <3 SHOP: net a porter HANG OUT: Hackney Hoe central! WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?Trust your instinct.WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?Stop when you are no-longer happy.WHAT WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE?“where is my Oyster card, Where is my bank card, has anyone seen my glasses?”BEST PARTY YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO?Too many to mention… SONG TO BE PLAYING AS YOU ENTER THE CLUB?PJ Harvey : ‘This is Love’WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD BE ON YOUR RIDER?Camera, Heels, Rum. BIGGEST LIE YOU WERE TOLD/THAT YOU TOLD AS A KID?TOLD: My mum used to call Spam meat Whale meat, I used to cry at the idea of anyone eating it. MY LIE(AGE 5): It’s a really long story but when I was a kid my brother and me tried to kill each other several times… He once gave me water with bleach in etc, hospital was involved, blah blah. So to get revenge I waited for him to be asleep and I put a few polystyrene balls in his ear (from a broken bean bag). A while later my Mum was cleaning his ears and stumbled across what she thought was an abscess (in his ear) so took him to hospital… I sat in A&E knowing what it was, and was paralyzed with fear when the doctor said he may have to cut down into the canal too get to the abscess. Luckily he ended up pulling it out with tweezers so I didn’t have to confess… Quite a big Lie/Secret. WHAT'S NEXT?Collaboration with a HUUUUUUGE brand, BUT cannot say whom… so it’s a wait and see.I'm working on a few musicians tour outfits (cannot say who just yet, you will know when you see) Oh and next season- It never ends! AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Elizabeth Frazer Bell
Why: She’s a frickin G
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