Katie Grand has a thing for thinking outside the box, and that folks, is why she’s as talented as she is.
This season for Giles Deacon’s spring/ summer 2011 show, Grand put Kelly Brook and a pregnant (and wonderful) Abbey Clancy on the catwalk. Was this to cause a scene? No, in fact Katie had a very straight forward reason for her actions: "Just because they haven't had the typical 'cool model' career path it doesn't mean they're any less valid than someone like Agyness", she told reporters at London Fashion Week after the show.
She even went as far as to put Kerry Katona on the front row for the show, now surely this was to cause controversy amongst the highbrow fashion set? No, again, it was just because she wanted to, simple as that. "Sometimes I think it's good to not be as highbrow", she says. "Often fashion is quite lofty. It's good to use different people."
As well as helping out ex-boyfriend, Deacon, with his Giles show, she is also following him to Ungaro. Many fashion followers are wondering what Deacon will do to revamp the house after Lindsay Lohan’s attempt at ‘Creative Adviser’ or whatever non-realistic title she was given. But with Grand at his side, I’m sure, when the collection hits the catwalk in Paris this week, the show will be a success.
While we wait with baited breath for the Ungaro SS11 offering, I have been trawling through some past editorials and campaigns that Katie has styled over the years. Here are just a few of my favourite pictures…