Friday, 21 June 2013

Designer spotlight: Kat Maconie

A few seasons ago, I spied a gorgeous pair of chunky heels with jewellery-like metal accents at London Fashion Week. After a few weeks of research, I nailed down the designer – Kat Maconie. I’ve been following Kat’s career for a while now but inexplicably I haven’t shared this on Fashion Daydreams. Shame on me! For those who are unfamiliar with Kat’s work, she is a London College of Fashion alumni who studied shoe design and went onto work as a stylist for various magazines as well as buying, design and product development for the likes of Tomasz Starzewski and Whistles.

In 2009, she set up her own label, which fuses fashion and function, taking inspiration from jewellery and trims. Heavily inspired by British antiques and vintage markets, the devil is in the detail, each pair includes the Kat Maconie signature gold screw feature and luxury ‘mould to measure’ insoles – who can resist a pair of comfy heels?!

The price points are surprisingly affordable, with most of the collection hovering between £150-250, on par with Kurt Geiger. I prefer Kat’s ultra-modern,  severe and striking aesthetic to Kurt Geiger, which tends to be fairly safe and highstreet (and not completely deserving of the high price point). Kat’s shoes actually tick all my shoe boxes – they’re a certified statement shoe but simple enough to be versatile and therefore justify the price tag, we all operate on a cost-per-wear model, right?

Here are my top 5 Kat Maconie heels. Eenie, meenie, minie, mo…

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