Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Designer Spotlight: Katie Ermilio

It's official: we've got a crush on Katie Ermilio and every single piece in her Fall/Winter 2011 collection. And Ms. Ermilio comes with quite the style pedigree - she is the granddaughter of Grace Kelley's personal clothier. Its a pedigree and history that you can see in nearly every piece in her collection - some of them, we swear we could see Grace Kelley herself, wearing.

Katie has been making her own clothes since she was twelve, and has had a lifelong education learning tailoring and textiles from her father - a bespoke menswear designer - which only reinforces what we already knew: this girl knows what she's doing.

Her designs are structured and feminine, classic and clearly, tailored to perfection.

 I adore her bright, vibrant color choices and flirty short dresses. And if only I had a place to wear that hot pink ball gown!

 This dress is a wonderful combination of retro styling in its silhouette, with a touch of the modern thrown in with the sheer fabric panel in back. I would spin around in this dress like a little girl, were it mine.

 Fantastic wide leg, high-waist trousers that recall Katherine Hepburn and another seemingly simple dress with an intricate surprise in the back - Katie Ermilio has won me over.

 Romantic designs, no? I do believe my favorite piece in the entire collection is that cream sheath dress with the criss-cross straps and bow in the back.

Loving the ladylike ruffles and pleats!

 Aren't her designs simply charming?

Take note, she's definitely an up and coming designer to watch out for!


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