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Katie AW 2017 collection: “Katie`s HIT MEDLEY”

A few days ago before leaving for work I was excited to see that Katie´s AW 2017 lookbook pictures were finally online! It has been a while since I blogged last time so I thought it could be nice to write down some thoughts about the new collection: please feel free to share your opinion as well! I am always happy to chat about Katie, hehe…

katieaw17The collection this autumn/winter is called “Katie`s HIT MEDLEY!” and it celebrates Katie`s 20th anniversary. As the name suggests this collection includes several renewed versions of their iconic items besides some new designs. When I saw the first teaser pictures of the items and heard the theme of the collection I got quite interested because I felt that their SS 2017 collection was a bit more minimalistic and mature than their usual style.

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AW17 photobook stylings

Let´s talk about the clothes and the stylings! The general feeling of this lookbook seems 90s or early 00s inspired (Katie was founded in 1998 so that might be the reason!) and the overall style is a bit less vintage inspired than in some of their older collections. The fun and interesting thing in this lookbook is that the clothes are modelled by the actual Katie shop staff girls! I found this idea super cute!

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Some of the main elements of the collection are nicely featured in these looks: cherry pattern, lavender colour and velvet, sheer layering pieces and leopard pattern.

The main colours in this collection seem to be black, lavender, white and light pink. Like last year there are several velvet pieces (probably more than ever!), sheer layering pieces and some girly knits. The lookbook features only two different patterns: a classical leopard pattern that appears in a few pieces and the pin up-style cherry pattern. I was able to spot the cherry pattern in at least six different items so it is one of the most dominant and iconic elements in the whole collection.

The overall view of the lookbook coordinates.

The overall view of the lookbook coordinates

Because this collection is partly dedicated to Katie`s hit items it was interesting to see which classical Katie pieces were chosen to be included. After seeing some teaser pictures on Katie`s twitter I kind of expected to see more familiar looking “signature pieces” but there are quite many new ones as well. Classical Katie pieces that you can find are at least the fluffy cardigan (both the short and long versions), Striptease baby doll dress, Under pretties series’ turtleneck and camisole plus the puff dress (this time in cherry pattern!). The collection also introduces some new pieces into the existing Katie clothing series like “Girl In The Room”, “Under Pretties”, “Striptease”, “No Country”, “Café Chic” and “Mad Honey”.

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Dance triple strap shoes, sheer Lame tulle socks (yes, the name of the socks is “Lame tulle socks”!) and the newest version of the long ribbon pin.

The accessories of this collection are cute and very “Katie” but it feels like there is a little less of them than on some years. There seems to be only one bag design available and surprisingly no hat boxes although they probably are among the most iconic items of the brand.

“Katie`s HIT MEDLEY” –collection includes quite versatile designs and cute pieces but I must admit that their AW16 had more items that suited my personal style. One reason is probably the colour scheme of this collection: I feel that especially lavender is a bit tricky for me because although I like it as a colour it doesn`t match my current style and wardrobe that well.

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My favourite coordinates from the lookbook

However there are some items that I would love to have in my closet! For example I really like the look with the red fluffy cardigan and the midi length denim skirt: the colour combination and the “Sundae Treat” camisole (worn underneath the cardigan) remind me from Une femme est une femme and some looks F.i.n.t had this summer. I also realised that I almost own this look: last winter I already invested in the fluffy short cardigan in red and I happen to have a similar style denim skirt from Forever21!

The Striptease baby doll dress in pin dot (on left) and the Striptease maid skirt in lavender lace (on right).

The Striptease baby doll dress in pin dot (on left) and the Striptease maid skirt in lavender lace (on right).

From the more complicated items my favourite is probably the Striptease maid skirt that seems to be a new release of an older design, because I remember seeing one in peach by Katie years ago. Unfortunately the skirt comes only in lavender and pin dot pattern so there are not many options in colours. The pin dot pattern looks really cute in the new Striptease babydoll dress so I am curious to see how the the pin dot version of the maid skirt looks! After seeing the lookbook my personal favourites items from the collection would be:

♡ The Striptease maid skirt in pin dot

♡ The Sundae Treat camisole in ivory

♡ Dance triple strap shoes in black

♡ Satin long pin ribbon in light pink

What is your opinion of the new lookbook? Did something caught your eye? ; ) You can see the whole lookbook here.

Katie SS 2017 collection: “Rose & Daughters”

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“The Virgin Suicides” (1999)

I have been checking Katie`s website for about a month hoping they would release the SS 2017 lookbook and today it is finally online! The Spring and Summer collection this year is called “Rose & Daughters” and judging from the decorations of their SS 2017 exhibition one of the main inspirations for this collection must be the film “The Virgin Suicides” by Sofia Coppola. One of the collection´s dresses is even named “Rose Garden´s lux’s dress” after one of the film`s main characters!

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Lux wearing a floral dress in The Virgin Suicides.

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Risa and her Lux inspired styling at Rose & Daughters exhibition.

Katie`s Night fever top vs. the striped top Mary (second girl from the left) wears in Virgin Suicides

Katie`s pink Night Fever top vs. the striped top Mary (second girl from the left) wears.

ROSE GARDEN lux´s dress and NIGH FEVER bare top

Rose Garden lux´s dress (on the left) and Night Fever bare top worn together with Night Fever skirt and Katie Jeans boogie jacket.

After eyeing the lookbook for a while I spotted the words “Hanging Rock” in the names of several items and got curious: the name sounded a little random to me so I googled it. I found out that there is actually a film called “Picnic at Hanging Rock” (which suddenly started to sound awfully familiar…) directed by Peter Weir and after seeing the school girls in the film wearing white frilly dresses and straw hats I became convinced that some items of the collection are definitely inspired by this film as well!

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

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Very “Picnic at Hanging Rock” inspired look featuring Hanging Rock puff dress and Daughters straw hat (on the left) and a more modern, casual look with a glimpse of the Apple Yard College t-shirt.

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Dreamy sceneries from the “Picnic at Hanging Rock”.

Unfortunately I haven`t seen “Picnic at Hanging Rock” myself but I love its aesthetics and the plot seems fascinating so I really want to see it now! After doing some research about the film (while trying to not spoil myself) I also realised that the girls in the film are students at “Appleyard College” which probably explains the “Apple Yard Collage” text in one of the collection`s t-shirts! Wikipedia also taught me that even Sofia Coppola was fascinated by “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and the film had an influence on both “The Virgin Suicides” and “Marie Antoinette”.

It isn`t probably a coincidence that Katie also decided to combine the aesthetics of these two films in the same collection. After finding out about the references to “Picnic at Hanging Rock” I wouldn`t be surprised if there were more inspirations and other references that I totally missed haha…

Most of the coordinates for the S/S 2017 lookbook

Most of the coordinates featured in the SS 2017 lookbook.

Lastly some thoughts about the collection itself: the colour palette this Spring/Summer seems to be quite typical to Katie including white, pale pink, light blue and black. Red and bordeax also seem to be present like in the A/W 2016 collection which is great since I have grown to like these colours a lot! A few olive green/khaki pieces are also included.

Be Your Cat lacy pants in olive green and pink Josephine skirt (on the right)

Be Your Cat lacy pants in olive green and pink Josephine skirt.

I think these looks are very cute!

These two looks are so cute! The blue overall is lovely although I couldn`t probably pull it off myself.

Although this collection is mostly quite different from the SS 2016 collection I feel there are some similarities too. In the both collections there are some denim items (jeans and coats) and several simple, casual style clothes at least compared to other collections, for example A/W 2016. The overall feeling of the collection is quite mature and minimalistic and I must admit that I miss the more girly “Katie feeling”. I´d like to love this collection but I must admit that many of the items look a little too simple to my taste.

Some looks featuring the jeans of the collection. I hardly wear trousers so these are not really my style.

The new collection includes two types of high waisted jeans.

The two looks are among the most simply and mature ones of the collections

These two looks are probably among the most minimalistic and mature ones in the whole collection.

I think it is interesting to see Katie doing new things and seeing Elli-Rose modeling the lookbook was a nice surprise: I think she is a little different from the models they have used in the past (typical Katie model seems to be a cute girl with bangs).

I already briefly talked about this with Sara Mari and we both agreed it was interesting to see Katie using a little more mature style model like Elli-Rose which kind of shows that Katie is also for women in their 30s! That makes me happy because in a few years I will already be closer to 30 than 20 myself and I still hope to wear Katie as long as I like their stuff haha…

Shiny Shiny lame cardigan in appeals to me a little for some reason (on the left) and I love the bordeaux Rosemary skirt + bustier t-shirt look!

Shiny Shiny lame cardigan (on the left) appeals to me a little and I love the bordeaux Rosemary skirt + bustier t-shirt look!

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I really like the white + bordeaux combination on the left and the black Café Chic high waist skirt (on the right) is one of my all the time favourite Katie pieces.

I feel that many items from “Rose & Daughters” don`t really suit my personal style but I liked the inspirations behind the collection and the film references. My favourite items from the collection are the Café Chic high waist skirt that does a come back in black and the bordeaux red Rosemary skirt and camisole one-piece.

After seeing how different this collection is compared to their older collections I keep wondering if Katie has started to change their brand identity a little by little. I guess that the next collection might reveal if they take a few steps back to their signature items and girly look or continue to produce more minimalistic and mature pieces.

How do you feel about the new collection? What are your favourite pieces? ^__^ 

image sources: Katie related pictures, TheVirgin Suicides: 1&2, 3, Picnic at Hanging Rock: 1, 2, 3