Katie Ann McGuigan’s contemporary style has always been my virtue. Better still, I believe that her vision for SS21 will put a pandemic aside with versatility, comfortability and most importantly relevance. There are many aspects to her designs that are relevant, from sourcing locally with a conscious effort to tapping into one’s environment and culture to draw inspiration.
For SS21, lockdown must have had a light bulb effect for McGuigan as she uses her family history alongside Irish photographer Tom Wood’s work documenting life in the North of England. Garments include Crepe de Chine and organza digital print dresses with matching silk scarves, signature hand dyed casual sets and hand-printed leather jackets and trench coats. Her designs are heavily influenced by the photography of Tom Wood with every-day scenes in the North of England in 1979, with McGuigan being drawn to the furnishings inside the homes of his subjects, informing prints, graphics and artworks in her collection.
McGuigan’s SS21 collection is relatable, nostalgic yet present and hopeful of a stable future.