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CATHERINE QUIN at her home office in the West Hollywood hills in a dress from the S/S16 collection. PHOTO: Diana Koenigsberg.
A mood board with gold looks from the A/W16 collection. PHOTO: Diana Koenigsberg.
A GUY BOURDIN photograph. PHOTO: Diana Koenigsberg.
Looks from the S/S16 collection. PHOTO: Jiro Schneider.
Looks from the S/S16 collection. PHOTO: Jiro Schneider.
Quin’s airy home. PHOTO: Diana Koenigsberg.

The Dark Side

by C California Style

Catherine Quin’s monochromatic silhouettes seduce even the most colorful characters.

Open the doors to Catherine Quin’s wardrobe and it’s a little like falling into a black hole. “I’ve been wearing only black for about five years—I never get tired of it,” says the West Hollywood-based fashion designer. The color became the pillar of her eponymous collection, now in its third season. Sticking with this end of the spectrum also offers Quin the ability to experiment with texture and dimension, mostly in silk, but also leather and a signature croc-embossed calfskin.

A native Bermudian, Quin says she grew up surrounded by “neons and caftans” before moving to London and starting her career as a family lawyer. Her office happened to be near art and design school Central Saint Martins, where she took night classes in design until she was ready to make a career change. Quin’s education continued in Los Angeles under the tutelage of her good friend Sophie Buhai, who at that time was running Vena Cava, and encouraged Quin to hop the pond.

For fall, the designer is gently introducing color to the mix—gold, navy and ivory—along with cashmere. But as for whether she will be adding any alternate hues to her personal wardrobe? “Definitely not—I’m a purist,” she insists, adding, “but that doesn’t mean I don’t think they are beautiful.” catherinequin.com

Written by  KELSEY McKINNON.