Award winning 'New Jewellery Designer of the Year', Katie Rowland launched in 2009 with her revered 'St Tropez' collection. Named in the industries 'Hot 100' list, Rowland has since shot with Rankin and collaborated with the fashion industries finest including Chloe Kerman, Gemma Slack and Hasan Hejazi.
Awarded the Lonmin Design Innovation Award For Platinum two years running, Winner of Coutts New Jewellery Award and Winner of the Sonama Cutrer Design Award, Katie Rowland's latest accolade of New Jewellery Designer Of The Year' has cemented Rowland as the one to watch. Bringing her to the forefront of the fashion worlds attention, Rowland has captivated press, buyers and celebrities with her unique designs.
Katie Rowland's eponymous designs of 'St Tropez' and 'Lilith' have secured her global stockists including Liberty of London and New York's Treasure and Bond, whilst cultivating a strong celebrity following including Keri Hilson, Lady Gaga, Cheryl Cole, Daisy Lowe and Tali Lennox.
Inspired by the female form, Rowlands designs investigate the powerful human emotions of lust, escapism and pleasure to offer a luxurious, seductive yet playful collection across her Signature collection, Fine Jewellery range and bespoke pieces. Her unique use of gold and precious stones perfectly blur the boundaries between jewellery, fashion and design creating luxurious adornment for the modern woman.
Katie showcased her Spring Summer 2011 jewellery collection during London Fashion Week at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Exhibition. This is where i met her and i had the chance to have a close look and admire her sculptural jewellery. My instant huge crush and immediate buy was the knuckle duster (see below)!!
Katie was really kind to answer to a few questions of mine for all the fashion wanderers.
FW: What was your inspiration for this collection?
KR:The St. Tropez collection which includes the stone set knuckledusters, was inspired by 1960's St. Tropez where the stars of the era used to enjoy cocktail graced days followed by sultry nights. It screams statement jewels and red carpet glamour. The collection looks great dressed up, or worn simply, with a white shirt. It really is for the women who is looking to make a killer entrance....and exit!
KR:Jewellery is probably one of the most important accessories, it can really make an outfit and take clothes to another world.
FW: What's fashion for you? Could you please define me the word "fashion"?
KR:Fashion to me is about creativity, experimentation and a big dollop of glamour! I'm in the jewellery business and I work with some of the most precious materials known to man, so it's pretty exciting to be surrounded by all that sparkle.
KR: Liberty of London, Machine-A, Azendi, Nude, Johnny Rocket, Pressleys
Kiki de Montparnasse - New York
Treasure and Bond - New York
With her innovative designs Katie has cultivated a celebrity following that includes Cheryl Cole, Coco Sumner, Tali Lennox, and Danni Minogue and Lady Gaga to name a few.
I can't wait to meet her again and view her Salome SS12 collection in London Fashion Week in about a week time!
Photos by LYDIA KOUKOU and katie-rowland.com