An interview with Katty Xiomara – the one to watch
Katty Xiomara, the talented Portuguese designer, has recently been causing quite a stir on the fashion scene. The designer has already gained international recognition from showcasing her romantic, idyllic and elegant creations in both Paris and Lisbon Fashion Weeks. But her debut spring/summer 2014 collection in NYFW has really grabbed people’s attention. Even though she established her own clothing line back in 2000, it is only now that she is lapping up such international recognition. Katty had international press and bloggers buzzing as they labelled her “the one to watch”. The Upcoming got the opportunity to question Katty on her inspirations and what her hopes are for the future.
What inspired you to design clothes?
Katty Xiomara: I usually find inspiration in all artistic expressions: music, architecture, cinema, literature, design, etc. But to filter all this information I also need to feed-in from society and street movements.
What was the first piece you created?
It was when I was a teenager. I recall a kind of dress, and then a few more dresses…
Who is your favourite designer?
If it comes to appreciating the work, generally I will say Dries Van Noten. But if it comes to choosing a designer that I would like to wear, I’d say Philip Lim.
Which celebrity/celebrities would you love to design for?
I’d love to dress Kate Moss. She is a fashion icon, and also Twiggy.
Where do you hope to be in five years’ time?
On a personal level I hope to be as happy as I am now with my family. On a professional level I hope my market grows progressively, consistently and persistently, mainly in the United States and in Japan.
It certainly seems Katty’s hopes are on the horizon. Her S/S 2014 line, Sketchcolours, was wonderfully received. It intertwines her Portuguese heritage by basing it around Portuguese tiles. Symmetry and geometry are a strong concept within the collection as groups of solid colour and patterns are constructed to almost resemble jigsaw pieces. It represents a very interesting look based on arty concepts whilst still offering a beautiful, feminine and smart look.
It is great to see a designer who has been so successful in Europe finally break out even further to other continents. We wish Katty all the best on her promising career.
For more information on Katty and her designs, visit here.