There is something other-worldly about Katie Gallagher’s designs. Ignoring the fact that the creepy red eye makeup and matching slicked back I Dream of Genie ponytails made the already eerie-looking models look even freakier, you can’t help but look at certain pieces and think, how exactly does this come out of someone’s brain? To me, the RISD grad is one of few American designers whose clothes seem to be executed with a strong, genuine artistic vision. She’s not trying to appeal to buyers or copy someone else or look to the past. Instead, she takes risks, which is extremely ballsy and commendable for such a new line.
Katie presented her Spring collection to an eclectic crowd in a simple gallery space in Chelsea. The presentation wasn’t about some big theme or spring trends. There was no set–just grey cinder blocks for the models to stand on and nothing to distract from Katie’s futuristic, bondagey wears.
The body-con collection was full of tight leggings, mesh paneling, zippers, leather accents and strong shoulders. Accessories included a pair of boxing gloves that I think was a purse and a couple of oddly classic-looking chain strap box purses. The only obvious criticism would be the collection’s similarity to last season, which could also be seen as a young designer fine-tuning what she does best. We’re not sure who wears these clothes, but we hope someone is so that we can continue to see what this creative young mind comes up with.