Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012
London Fashion Week
September 20, 2011
Mary Katrantzou is my favourite designer at London Fashion Week. Her trademark prints, industrial jewellery, and structured silhouettes have constantly wowed me over the seasons. Her Spring/Summer 2011 collection was the best she has ever produced. If you haven’t seen it, then please do so right away. For Spring/Summer 2012, Mary said backstage that her inspiration was “Industrial fabrications versus formal beauty in nature”. The stage was set up with a beautiful array of white, cream, red, and pink flowers. Creating a calm and tranquil atmosphere in the room, fitting for what we was about to see.
Throughout the collection you could see this “beauty of nature” in the garments. A lot of the prints were floral, bright and rather beautiful. It felt like a botanical garden on a piece of clothing with many shades of different colours, representing the flowers that nature has to offer. The beauty of nature clashed with the industrial palette of white, grey and silver. A great effect on the garment and it worked well.
Mary had tailored trouser suits as well as the usual mix of structured dresses with interesting cuts and beautiful, colourful, gowns. She even had a colour gown made of tin cans at the end, certainly bringing that mix of industrious v nature. There wasn’t any sheer material in this collection that is proving very popular for SS12, but then again, Mary isn’t about following trends. The palette was very much typical to what we would see from a collection by Mary Katrantzou.
I am still deeply in love with her SS11 collection, however I found this very beautiful and calming. I loved the vibrant and beautiful floral prints she used. And although I prefer the silhouettes of SS11, it would be boring to stick to the same design. I will always love this designer, a totally unique and fresh helping of fashion at London Fashion Week.
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