Lines We Love: Katie Ermilio

– By Sarah-Leigh Wade –

Above: Katie Ermilio Tiffany Open-Back Dress
What’s not to love about Katie Ermilio‘s spring/summer 2012 collection? A saccharine sweet colour palette, beautifully feminine shapes juxtaposed against super-sharp lines and intricate cutaway panels with unexpected details.
Bridging the gap between clean cut style and colourful femininity, Katie has stayed true to her initial goal. Her label was borne from her own needs for clothing to take her effortlessly from her corporate day job, assisting at a handful of Conde Nast titles, back to the college campus to complete her creative studies.
New York based Katie has somewhat of a legacy behind her innate design skills. Her Grandfather was none other than personal clothier to Grace Kelly and is responsible for some of the most important formal attire in modern history. Her father owns a long-standing tailoring business, which incidentally provided the initial platform for Katie’s first creations.
Late last year Katie launched her eponymous collection for fall 2011, while February saw spring 2012 presented to critical acclaim. Still just in her mid-twenties, Katie has been propelled in to the limelight with magazines hailing her ‘one to watch’, movie stars requesting her versatile creations for red carpet premieres and retailers picking up the line worldwide.
Focusing back on s/s 12, Katie’s had some fun. Demonstrating her typical ability to combine minimal basics with flirty feminine pieces, she’s played with materials, transparency, colour and silhouette. An ingrained attention to detail results in an appealing combination of a super-fine knit playsuit, sweet peplum hems, subtly eighties inspired references and sharply cut but sensual backless tops and dresses.
Further highlights for Team Olivia include fuchsia city shorts with an almost origami-esque belt detail (a reoccurring technique) and a bold blue blazer with contrasting white sleeves and matching cigarette pants. Elsewhere, differing proportions add interest while the selection of warm peach and pink toned dresses, either beautifully flirty and fifties in style or sleek with a hint of a bejewelled embellishment under a hidden panel further add to the uniquely complementary contrasts on offer.
Flip through for some of our favorite looks from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection:
Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW

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Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Bunting is a seasoned editor and marketer, having worked with some of the world's biggest fashion and interior brands and retailers. In 2012 Sarah-Leigh co-founded What Peggy Did Next (, an event and communications agency based in the UK. You can follow Sarah on... Instagram - @sarah_leigh_b Twitter - sarah_leigh_b Facebook -