February 24, 2011

LFW and the Greek*

Yesterday was day five of London Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2011 and I was lucky enough to be there. More specifically I went to see *Mary Katrantzou‘s show. The show was at Old Billingsgate’s Market EC3, at Topshop’s show space. The show was full even though it was 9.45 am (time never stops fashion-lovers!)

The music chosen had a rhythm that perfectly matched the pace of the models (or maybe the other way round?!) and became more intense at the end of the show when all the girls walked down the runway.

The collection (as most of the collections presented in Fashion Week by various designers, see Vogue for pictures and reviews of all the shows) had a touch of spring, actually not only a touch—it was spring all over the place. The lampshade skirts and dresses and corsets remained for yet another season and more airy materials were added to create a 60’s feel, with the hair being classic sleek low ponytails. Prints (like flowers, birds and mosaics with a touch of opulence as necessary), added with colours (like yellow, turquoise, red and pink) and of course the amazing collaboration: Christian Louboutin’s red soles, Katrantzou’s prints and carved wooden heels; there you are! A perfect winter, n’est-ce-pas? And with shoes like these, no wonder that a pair was missing after the show…

the lampshade skirt

Christian Louboutin by Mary


Winter wouldn’t be winter though without some long-sleeves and some blacks and grays. Katrantzou managed to incorporate them in a way that looked like they were actually painted on the models’ body; natural and just right. 

Greek-born designer, Mary Katrantzou graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008 after completing a BA in Textile Design and an MA in Fashion Textile. The same year she produced her first ready-to-wear collection for Autumn/Winter 2008, which she presented in London Fashion Week through the New Gen sponsored stand. There, she showed her signature style that focused around Trompe l’oeil and dresses with digital prints of oversized jewellery, this collection was nominated for the Harrods and L’Oreal Professional award. Katrantzou now, in the age of 27, has 60 stockists worldwide and won the Swiss Textile Award in 2010.

For more information contact Jasmine Sevan at jasmine@relativemo.com or 020 7749 4510.

See her full collection online and the video from her A/W 11 show from the official website for London Fashion Week.

To watch more, visit Mary Katrantzou’s profile.

xo F

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