Nominated for “Best Emerging Talent” in 2010 by the British Fashion Awards, Athens, Greece native Mary Katrantzou studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design before working with designers such as Sophia Kokosalaki and Bill Blass.
Katrantzou’s Spring 2012 designs recently rocked the runway at London Fashion Week with an exciting collection of psychedelic, eye-popping graphics and ultra-feminine, sensuous shapes.
The mismatched prints exploded onto luxe fabrics such as chiffon and knits on beautifully sculpted cocktail dresses, cropped bomber jackets, stretch knit dresses, trouser suits, and sweatshirts conjuring up the Man vs. Nature debate.
The pieces from her collection were emblazoned with surreal images of nature such as flower fields, tropical fish, sea bed corals, and scallop shells.
Mary Katrantzou’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection Presentation at London Fashion Week.
Due to her recent fascination with sculptures by artist John Chamberlain, her collection revealed elements of man-made objects with prints consisting of crushed Cadillacs; grand architecture and metal objects such as cans, metal flowers, and car parts. Some pieces were further accentuated with seed pearl outlines, iridescent panels, and colorful jewel detailing.
Her previous collections were packed with artsy graphics, and she received huge editorial success for their rigid, formal elements.
The aesthetics of this Spring/Summer 2012 collection, however, have created an even larger stir in the fashion world—from Keira Knightley wearing one of her dresses for Venice Film Festival to editrix Anna Dello Russo who wore one of her designs to New York Fashion Week.
Thankfully, her latest collaboration with Topshop means we can all have a piece of Katrantzou in our wardrobes without having to take out a loan to afford it!
After all, who wouldn’t want to look like a living work of art?
Her new website is coming soon at www.marykatrantzou.com