She shares a surname with one of the fastest things on the planet, its no wonder Katrina Ferrari has blasted onto the scene with a fighting spirit. Boasting a Graduate Fashion Week collection that emulated Lady Gaga connotations and given her ravenous hunger for the art of texture juxtaposition, we’re keen (and just a bit nosey) to discover the behind-the-scenes secrets of her latest offerings.
Word on the grapevine is that your finalizing the new collection, what can we expect?
I have to say its been a struggle! Expect something completely new for Katrina Ferrari. I’m looking at combining soft knits with our trademark fabrics and drapery. It’s very dark and gothic with a touch of drama!
Your graduate collection has been described as a cross between Lady GaGa and “Warrior Queen”, do you think that’s a fair comparison? Most definitely! I always want to create a strong image for women. I think its important that they feel empowered when wearing my clothes. Clothes should make you feel something when you wear them.
Can we expect a similar vibe in collections to come?I think as a designer you always tend to veer back to a signature style or certain ways of working so that your collections inevitably have similar ideas behind them but its always good to try something new and push your designer boundaries.
How would you define the signature house style of Katrina Ferrari?
Melodramatic draped elegance.
When designing, do you have a particular customer in mind?
I always imagine a very tall woman who pushes the boundaries with what she wears. For example, she would do the supermarket chore dressed in a full gown and not give a damn about what anyone says!
What has been your favourite fashion moment, to date? In designer terms, for me, it has to be one of McQueens first collections – Highland Rape. The clothes were shocking enough at the time but the models staggered down the catwalk. It wasn’t the generic walk that we see now, the models were portraying a character through the clothing. It was like a performance, the whole atmosphere adds to the style of the clothing.
Finally, London Fashion Week AW12 is looming, who are you most looking forward to seeing?
I always look forward to seeing Vivienne Westwood, but most recently I have been enticed by Charlie Le Mindu, he is seriously pushing the limits!
Expect to see Katrina’s latest collection (beautifully) draped across the internet in all its tactile glory oh so soon.