One to watch: Katie Eary

by Katie on August 18, 2010

There’s no getting away from it. Katie Eary’s show stopping, dramatic jewellery demands your attention and is as impactful as the white blonde designer herself.

She has already been achieving massive critical acclaim for her menswear line since her launch in 2008. Opulent gold and pearl rib cages sit alongside brass hand and foot pieces. This London-based fashion designer is certainly an unstoppable, inevitable hurricane ripping her own path through fashion. For S/S ’11, she is to show at LFW under the umbrella of NEWGEN and has already shown her pre-collection in Paris, so fash pack watch out.

Eary graduated from the RCA in 2008 with an M.A in Menswear and on graduating, Selfridges flagship store commissioned her to create nine body/head pieces for their LFW window display. That same month, Kate Moss donned a number of Katie’s designs for Mario Testino’s shoot for Vogue UK.

When I asked Eary what is currently inspiring her work, her fearless reply was “Dog fights. Gangs, Drug warfare, Crime and Violence. I think its quite current, very real and really sad. Im emerging myself in it with books, films and personal research for SS’11. It haunts me in my sleep, but I’ve always been interested in things that are so far from my life… Like an unhealthy interest.”

Eary’s current work comprises bold, brave, human skeletal masks and hands. This is ‘look at me’ statement jewellery in all its chic bullish bravado. Not overtly sexy but undoubtedly powerful and beautiful, Eary’s designs are made for men but what archetypal strong woman can resist the challenge of that? Anything you can wear we can wear better. This is a woman with refined and specific tastes after all. When asked who are her favourite designers, she replied, “Riccardo Tisci. I feel we have a similar muse. Hedi Slimane also. He designs for perfect youth. Perfect as in ‘not at all’… All the kids with issues. The clothes and the understanding of the muse goes hand in hand.” And her muses? Her brothers: “They are all quite different but are all similar in their youth. All the issues, all the upset and angst.”

This jewellery celebrates your inner warrior but in beatific form, the nearest you can get to wearing art. And Eary should know, as the super styish and avante garde Roisin Murphy wore her Swarovski gold coat on her tour night after night for her opening extravaganza. Fashion peeps, if it’s good enough for Roisin…. In fact, other celebrities approaching Katie to design for them or purchase her work include style heavy weights such as Rhianna, Kelis, Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, MIA and oh, Kanye West actually has one of the gold Skeletal hands.

Her gothic metal skull masks with chains, feathers or pearls can be worn as a warrior statement full on and face off funky or swept to the side of the head and worn ironically as a fascinator. I like that. I like the way that this designer plays with form, clashes textures and relays strength throughout her work. This jewellery takes cajones to wear it (whether a man or woman). Not everyone can. Be brave. Release your inner warrior.

Katie Eary’s accessory collection will be exclusive at Kabiri from 20th July 2010, and is strictly limited quantity. The skeletal masks and hand pieces will be available online at whereas the large scale body pieces are exclusive at Kabiri’s concession in Selfridges, Oxford Street. Kabiri is one of London’s leading jewellery stores, helping to launch the careers of many independent jewellery designers since their launch in 2004. With carefully curated collections from over 60 designers each season, Kabiri is is the ‘go-to’ store for exclusive jewellery designers.

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Cherie City August 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

I went to Kabiri to see Katie Eary’s masks and they’re really impressive and quite big.
Good price point too.


DESIGN + CONQUER August 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Powerful work! Love it.


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