RSVP’s One to Watch: Natalie King
In this weeks One to Watch, fashion designer Natalie King chats to RSVP’s Mikie O’Loughlin.
Firstly, tell us about yourself?
I’m a fashion Designer based in Co.Clare. I lived in London for seven years where I studied and worked for some great brands like Roksanda, Betty Jackson and Dolce & Gabbana to name a few. It was a great experience and I had the aim of starting my own label, so the time felt right to move back to Ireland and it all began. The label launched in 2014 and it has steadily been growing since then.
Where did your passion for fashion come from?
I always had an interest in fabrics and manipulating them to create something. As a child I loved dressing up and making up stories that my friends and I played at.
How did you get involved with former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh?
I met Maria at an appearance she was doing and I had been asked to bring a collection for the fashion part of the day and we just clicked straight away and it all started from there. She is now a brand ambassador and has worn pieces from the collections on tv and at many events here and abroad. It is great to have her on board and you couldn’t have a better model or a nicer person!
What are your other hobbies and interests? How do you de-stress?
To de-stress I love to go swimming, that’s my exercise of choice at the moment. It really clears my head and I always feel energised after doing my lengths. I have always loved horses and I grew up horse riding and competing in that. I started lessons at three so I was horse riding before I was in school.
Describe your own style in 4 words
Contemporary, strong, fresh, clean
Where do you like to shop yourself?
In Ireland, I love to have a look around the many great boutiques around the country that carry labels that aren’t in the mainstream stores. Powerscourt Townhouse is great to have a look around and find great pieces.
In London, I love to browse around Liberty, and then go down around Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Portobello Market and just wander through the boutiques and stalls. In Paris, I love to go to Colette on Rue Saint- Honore.