Fashion Scout Merit Award AW17: Katie Ann McGuigan

Freemason’s Hall hosted Fashion Scout’s Merit Award. With her daring colour palette and bold silhouettes impressing the selection panel, this season’s winner of the award was University of Westminster graduate Katie Ann McGuigan.

Interning at huge names McQ (Alexander McQueen) and Marc Jacobs, McGuigan, the Irish born designer follows the likes of Phoebe English and Han Wen in winning the award.

Fashion Scout’s Founder and Creative Director Martyn Roberts commented on Katie and her work, saying:

“Katie’s collection is a skilful demonstration of craftmanship. Her work stood out at the selection panel as a clear winner of this season’s merit award. I am delighted that we are able to support talented young graduates achieve their dreams through our initiative”


The show started promptly, with press and bloggers gathered at the back of the show space writing furiously. It immediately became obvious that McGuigan carried over concepts from her graduate collection to her Fashion Scout show, with oversized garments, layering and prints appearing throughout her AW17 collection.


With her previous work influenced by youth groups in Russian and Ukrainian prisons, Katie’s AW17 collection was inspired by art. A vivid palette of red, blue and yellow dominated the runway, with the broad use of highly technical skills and attention to detail throughout, proving the designer was the obvious choice for the award.

Red heels, again made an appearance at Katie’s second show, this time teamed with red fishnet socks. Large circular and square fur bags accompanied oversized vinyl laser cut coats and gillets. Ink printed sleeves featured geometric patterns whilst the theme of texture was evident through rough knits contrasting with soft lambs’ leather.

Finally, Katie herself comments on winning the Merit Award:

“After achieving my goals to create a vibrant, print heavy collection for my degree course, that i was immensely proud of, i am beyond grateful that i was considered for the Merit Award. Fashion Scout, by giving me the opportunity to yet again be ambitious within my own work, allowing me to create another collection and launch my own brand as well as simultaneously providing me with a wonderful platform to make my mark as an upcoming young designer, has fulfilled one of my many aspirations. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and eager to progress throughout.”

Text: Becky Warrington

Images: Stuart McLaughlan

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