Thursday, September 22

Mary Katrantzou SS12
Know Wear,
For SS12 Mary Katrantzou went for a much more abstract approach to the prints that have made her so famous and covetable. It was so that it almost felt like you had walked into, say, the Gugghenheim museum in Bilbao to watch a moving abstract painters exhibition. The huge metallic tubes that served as the backdrop at the old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station added to this illusion.

I must confess I found this new approach to prints –oversized, slightly distorted- fascinating. The silhouettes, sexier and less rigid than we'd seen before, still retained that regal air Katrantzou was famous for. Cocktail dresses carried a train at the back or had long sleeves. The most striking and, to me, unexpected of the looks was perhaps the scrap metal asymmetrical dress that closed the show. The designer had used coloured cans to create a stunning effect. Even the way the metal sounded as the model walked was charming.
It was a much more wearable collection than we've seen before but this didn't take away from beautiful and almost magical world that Katrantzou's fashion always manages to take you to.

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