Katie Eary is the London-based designer who needs little introduction for style mavens and fans of the capital’s brightest talent. Collaborating with such names as Kanye West and Topman and stocked by both Mr Porter and Harvey Nichols, Katie’s unique take on colour and print ensured she hit the ground running from the very beginning. Rihanna and Rita Ora often sport Katie’s clothes, proving that this young fashion designer is set for incredibly big things. We recently got the chance to catch up with her.
1. When did fashion/a sense of personal style first become important to you?
I had my own personal sense of style from a young age. Growing up on a council estate with limited amounts of money, my mum used to make all of my clothes, which taught me the foundations of fashion. Some of the clothing I absolutely loved, but some of the clothing was so bad it forced me to tears. Because of this, I decided to help pick the fabrics and trims and my mum would sew them together. My fashion sense has always been unique, and I am well aware that my style isn’t for everyone. I spent a lot of my childhood questioning why people didn’t understand my style, but I would always wear everything with pride, regardless of what others thought of me. I’ve always loved clothing and how it made me feel.
2. Who is your style icon (living or dead)?
For years my style icon was Helena Bonham Carter. The funny thing was I never actually dressed like her; I just always loved her for her mind and fabulous lifestyle choices. Now my style icon is Christine Centenera. She is so chic.
3. How would you describe London style?
I have a love/hate relationship with current London style. I try to verge on chic these days and so I draw a blank when I see costumes as opposed to outfits. Saying that, I do love the creativity London fashion brings. There really is nothing else like it in the world.
4. If you could live anywhere else in the world where would it be (and why)?
Los Angeles or New York City. I think living abroad is something everyone should do at least once in their lives.
5. Limited to just a suitcase, which items from your wardrobe would you have to
take with you?
I’d bring all my AW13 Celine pieces, my Christopher Kane furry skirt, my Lanvin silk leopard-print shirt, and my Dolce and Gabbana red dress.
6. What are your most used grooming/beauty products?
My Jo Malone Lime and Basil moisturiser and Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream are the real essentials. My Creme de la Mer moisturiser too, but only if I’m having a terrible skin day.
7. When and where did you look your best?
At the GQ Style Awards and then last week at my 30th birthday party.
8. Which is your favourite season of the year (and why)?
Definitely autumn and winter because I love layering.
9. Who in your own family most influenced your sense of style?
10. If life was a movie, which film would you most like to live in?
‘Romancing the Stone’ as I’d love an adventure like that!
11. Which grooming or fashion mistakes most irk you in others?
Definitely the ‘I’m going to try and make myself look as unattractive as possible’ style. I’ve never quite understood that.
12. Cat or dog?
I’m a total cat person.
13. What lesson would you pass on to younger people following in your shoes?
I wouldn’t have been so nice. I’m not saying be horrible to people, just treat everyone you meet with caution.
14. What motivates you in your career?
Collaborations, working with incredible people, being inspired and, most importantly, learning from them.
15. If you could trade looks with anyone who would that person be?
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, for obvious reasons.
16. What category of clothing are you most drawn to/are most likely to
Clothes and definitely anything by Celine. Category? Shoes are my downfall.
17. Which is your most treasured scent?
Prada for men. I wish I could remember what it is called.
18. Name three elements of a perfect holiday
Sun, sea and plenty of cocktails.
19. If you could change a single aspect of your appearance what would it be?
Longer eyelashes would be fabulous.
20. Your ideal lunch venue and guest?
For dinner, I’d choose MASH and my guest would be Carine Roitfeld. I would love to hear her whole journey from start to finish. She’s a definite power-woman and a huge icon.