Cathy Pill

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 October, 2009, 12:00am

Who started it? Belgian designer Cathy Pill studied fashion at the prestigious La Cambre school in Paris. She interned at brands such as A.F. Vandevorst and Vivienne Westwood before becoming a fashion consultant. She launched her first ready-to-wear collection in 2006 in Paris, where she continues to show. Since then she has won several awards, including Andam in France, the Fabio Inghirami Award in Italy and the Modo Bruxellae Prize in Belgium. Last season Pill teamed up with Kipling to launch a line of printed leather bags. The label is available at international boutiques such as Ikram in Chicago and Browns in London.

Why we love it: Pill's work resembles that of Madeleine Vionnet, with a decidedly modern twist. Her feminine draped silhouettes come emblazoned with vibrant digital prints, some so delicate they almost look as though the clothes have been handpainted. Her work has an artistic, creative edge making her popular with women looking for unique feminine pieces.

Her latest collection features dresses that wrap themselves around the body and look like they've been splattered with paint, along with embroidered knits and furs.

What we'd pick: the Drama dress (above; HK$8,500), with its unusual shape and statement colour. The Dalia dress (left; HK$9,300), which transitions from white to black, makes a statement for the evening.

Where can you get it? Cathy Pill is sold at Uma Miy, 1/F, 9 On Lan Street, Central, tel: 2869 1269.