If you ever need a lesson on how to stand out with your fashion choices Mary Katrantzou is the right person to ask for advice. The designer is famous for her digital prints that will take you into another world. Katrantzou has the best dresses to get all eyes on you for both day and evening. The London-based designer with Greek origin creates a visual language through her intricate pieces. She designs electric but wearable designs. Something that’s not that common in the high-fashion world.
The Resort 2018 collection is no different. Katrantzou offered more glorious ensembles with psychedelic motifs in her inter-season collection. To present the latest designs Mary Katrantzou went to Waddesdon Manor, a neo-Renaissance Victorian property that belongs to the Baron Rothschild’s family. The present baron, Jacob Rothschild invited the designer to take part in the “Creatures & Creations” exhibition last summer. His ancestor Walter Rothschild opened the natural history museum in Tring in 1892.
The present baron invited Mary Katrantzou to help him celebrate his ancestor’s collection. The designer knew that the luxury property would be perfect to showcase her latest designs. She took her entire Resort 2018 collection at the Victorian country pile. The luxury setting blended seamlessly with the vibrant designs.
Mary Katrantzou once again took prints to another level. For the Resort 2018 collection, the designer used a lot of sequins, animal prints and nature-inspired prints. Every piece from Mary Katrantzou’s latest collection has the WOW factor. Her vivid prints are something you won’t be able to find anywhere else. From psychedelic abstract prints, blooming florals to virtuous modifications of animal prints, Katrantzou knows how to occupy your attention. There was a show-stopping silk pantsuit covered in digitalized peacock feathers. Katrantzou also created a chic loose mini dress in the same vibrant print.
The dazzling designs had a moment in the Resort 2018 collection. You would rarely find a plain piece in Mary Katrantzou’s collections. The sequins can make a statement by themselves, but that’s wasn’t enough for Katrantzou’s imaginative mind. She added multicolored prints even to the sequined pieces. And somehow everything looked feminine and elegant. You won’t even think that this is too much when you look at the designs. You’ll get lost. It’s like magic packed in clothes.
The Mary Katrantzou Resort 2018 Collection is a buy-now collection. The pieces are designed to make ladies around the globe shine at Christmas and other Holiday parties.
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The Greek designer Mary Katrantzou left everyone in awe with her colorful Pre-Fall 2017 Collection. The designer found inspiration in a deck of cards to create a playful clothing line. The easily wearable designs were released on Monday and she says they are “based on the patterns on the backs of playing cards, which probably no one notices very much, but which are so varied and amazing when you do start to study them.” Katrantzou’s latest collection is more proof of her immense creativity and her ability to link the impossible together.
It seems that the designer is obsessed with different shapes and colors that really dominate in most of her work. Katrantzou stays loyal to her Greek roots, combining the Ancient vibe with surreal geometric and psychedelic forms, that result in playful, fun designs that are just perfect for the summer and early fall.
The line will be available in stores from June to September and all of the pieces are perfectly adapted for the season. The colors that dominate are electric blue and flaming orange-red. Black and white are also combined to emphasize the shapes and make the looks more down-to-earth.
When it comes to fabrics, there is a variety that starts from light silk and chiffon creations perfect for warm summer days, to creations made of tweed for the cooler autumn days. The energetic, bold colors act provide the perfect accent for formal occasions.
The pajama creations made of silk are really eye-catching, especially with their fun geometric pattern. The dresses are also very vibrant and fun to wear, with a striking combination of colors. Most of them are pleated both long and short, while others are cute jacquard with stylish pearls placed strategically around the neckline. The chiffon dresses are light, vivid, decorated with beautiful flowers and can be worn for many different occasions. The most interesting detail present on some of the creations are the hands with red painted nails that are holding a set of cards. The jacket and dress made of tweed are decorated with flower-shaped buttons.
In general, it is a unique collection that perfectly describes Katrantzou’s specific designing style. Every single piece is designed to be wearable and it can be elegant or very chic depending on what you pair it with.
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The Fantasia inspired Mary Katrantzou fall/winter 2017-2018 ready-to-wear collection also used inspiration from the film noir craze of the Forties that played an important part in cinematic history. Considering the inspiration for the collection, it was surprisingly… subdued.
Mary Kantantzou’s name is nearly synonymous with creativity and eccentricity. In her ready-to-wear collection she was careful not to incorporate too much of the elements she is known for, but that did not stop her from putting in plenty.
She had a live orchestra on either side of her runway. Her clothes were still full and busy with outerwear in several colors that boasted full fur sleeves. Her velvet dresses shimmered with patters of starbursts and mythical creatures; even Tinkerbell made an appearance thanks to Disney allowing for it.
Though the Mary Katrantzou fall 2017 collection was not as bold as expected, it was still a great collection filled with plenty to be inspired and astounded by. The inclusion of so many different elements – check prints, flowers, crystals, fur, interesting zips, tapestry inspired jackets, velvet and tulle – meant that she covered a lot of bases with this collection.
Katrantzou explained post show: “I was thinking of different kingdoms, the Magic Kingdom and ‘Fantasia,’ which I first saw when I was about 10, and how Disney used the music to animate the characters, I wanted to counterbalance that with the Forties, and the heroines of film noir.”
She certainly gave us plenty to mull over and a lot to wear with her collection, even if the ensembles themselves were not worn in their entirety. The dimensional aspect of the collection is fantastic and easily appreciable, so this was a win even if we yearned for a bit more of the ‘out there’ quality that Mary Katrantzou is know for, so there is not a whole lot of room to complain.
If at any point you watched Walt Disney’s Fantasia (the original 1940s version), then you were probably astounded by all of the colors and general magic of the film. The same way Fantasia had issues with the movie that were rectified as requested in the remake; here with this collection the requests for the inclusion of Mary Katrantzou’s printing genius have been expressed as well.
Though not as glaringly obvious a modification as the movie had – let’s be real, those changes needed to be made – there was no question, within the collection it helped inspire it was more a subtle slightly nostalgic request. The garments were beautiful and that requires no amelioration, but the history of Mary Katrantzou includes really out there digital mastery, and a lot of her fans and buyers would have loved to see more of that presented in a collection as amazing as this. Mary Katrantzou is one of those designers who could really only be compared to herself.
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London-based Mary Katrantzou is a non-conformist designer for sure, and not just because of her one-of-a-kind aesthetics. Like more and more fashion designers who are following her example, Katrantzou delayed the release of her resort 2017 collection up until now, meaning that all the staples are already available for purchase.
Such a choice not only grew anticipation regarding her Mary Katrantzou resort 2017 lineup, but also denotes a clear willingness to protect its designs, which consequently become even more exclusive and high fashion.
Mary Katrantzou’s career is constantly expanding, with her fashion house increasing its sales year after year. Acclaimed for her signature hyper-real designs, figures, structured silhouettes as well as trompe l’oeil prints, the Greek designer is, in fact, one of the industry’s most intriguing designers, whose runway shows have been charming us for almost 9 years now.
As for this specific Mary Katrantzou resort 2017 collection, Katrantzou focused on both standard Katrantzou lines and figures, as well as on more visionary motifs, the geometric cuts and patterns of which were inspired by “research on vintage scarves, ties, and trunks.”
Brightly revitalized with multicolored prints, the collection featured Sixties-inspired mod aesthetics, as well as more contemporary, at times even conceptual proposals, which overall gave the collection its haute couture-inspired appeal. The Mary Katrantzou cruise 2017 collection includes thus both oversized, roomy silhouettes, and more curve-hugging, hourglass figures, the bon ton patterns of which perfectly embody a modern preppy style dipped into hippie festival’s vibes.
The line-up’s It item is therefore the t-shirt dress, here adorned with flower-power 3D botanical appliqués, floral collars and shimmery refinement. Other preppy-inspired garments include turtleneck sweaters and striped skirt suits, which could, however, easily become more casual-chic if combined with a grunge pair of biker boots.
The collection, of course, also featured roomy bell-bottom trousers, palazzo pants and a whimsical mannish suit with patterns that seem to be directly inspired by Jackson Pollock’s signature and abstract designs.
Blazers and striped shirts take us back to the bon ton motif too, only to be quickly interrupted by more Nineties-inspired attire options. An edgy leather jacket, a long dress with a fresh Americana neckline, a tight V-neckline t-shirt and a multicolored striped jacket are just few of the many versatile examples we can use to describe Katrantzou’s Nineties allure, which inevitably allows us to dare more with fashion and have fun playing with contrasting combinations of colors and proposals.
While for her spring/summer 2017 collection and runway show Katrantzou embodied her Greek origins, for this resort collection she strictly focused on purely holiday-ready must-haves, which not only easily transition from day to night, but are also sustainable in terms of materials and fabrics.
Conscious in every aspect of her life, Katrantzou’s circle skirt is made of old-school neckties, while the aforementioned striped coats and jackets were made of faille ribbons. She is indeed changing the fashion industry in a more sustainable way, one non-conventional decision at a time!
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Every time Mary Katrantzou is on stage, be prepared to screw up eyes, feeling like you suffer some visual problems and ending up in some deep psychedelic trance. And when it is all accompanied by many mirrors reflecting the trompe l’oeil prints, the effect is just doubled much as it happened at the Mary Katrantzou spring/summer 2017 runway show held at Soho’s Brewer Street car park on September 18, on the third day of London Fashion Week.
The designer with Greek origins turned a blind eye to the fact that she was physically in London with her model squad, thus mentally and spiritually meandering among Greek labyrinths, participating in chariot racing and rubbing shoulders with Minoan women. The new collection was obviously an ode to her roots, an attempt to walk us through her memory lane, a coup to visually narrate the Greek history and culture.
“It was a really personal collection,” Mary Katrantzou said backstage. “I’m usually more abstract in my approach, but this time I wanted to look at my roots – and distort the images with something that was op-art and psychedelic.”
The Mary Katrantzou spring/summer 2017 collection was from soup to nuts crafted with an intention to show the whole pulchritude of the amalgamation of colors and prints, spiced up with Greek culture episodes.
The show kick-started with colorful diamond shaped prints in a psychedelic arrangement mixed up with Greek women images, Greek mythology characters and chariot racers. Amazing shift dresses, retro style flaring pants paired either with tunics or blazers were soon to be followed by calf-length tube dresses all covered with alternating Hellenic prints, which were somehow restricting the models’ gait. But who said it would be easy? After all going in for Mary Katrantzou style is a tough nut to crack!
Then came a unique chapter dedicated to long-sleeved printed turtlenecks worn over strapped tube dresses. But what made us all gaze open-mouthed were those amazing pieces made out of pastel-toned Perspex pieces that were just intensifying the optical spiral and moiré prints worn underneath.
The breezy floral-petal-imitating skirts in blue and yellow were adding the dainty dose in the air along with Minoan women images as more eloquent agents. And if you have a yen for some more fragile pieces, those mosaic sequined treasures with some ruffled pieces hanging down are to cover the bases.
Towards the end of the Mary Katrantzou spring 2017 runway show the chic factor was just moving onwards and upwards bringing to our view a couple of floor-scraping peplum skirts in green and blue prints with bodices displaying stunning embroidery of women and birds. There were also some unique combinations of gypsy-style tulle skirts with printed panels teamed with embroidered blazers and an amazing black multilayered skirt.
Want to be a predictable woman? You are obviously barking up the wrong tree. Want to be a woman making a splash? Mary Katrantzou is just your cup of tea!
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Colors, colors everywhere! Fun and swirling and beautifully contrasted, the colors take over and meld together with such a style that the eyes are left begging for more and more. There is something ethnic, something vintage and something entirely modern to futuristic about the Mary Katrantzou fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection, which was newly unveiled at the London Fashion Week runway, something that is exactly what the designer stands for: fun, flirty and entirely era bending, particularly where colors are involved.
It is like she takes something that is fairly plain and then pulls out her paints and voila! A series of optical illusion high contrast pieces is born. It is truly a work of art, magnificent to behold, particularly as the designs take over bomber jackets. Other favorite staples in the collection are the high-waist skirts reminiscent of the 1950s and ‘60s, with shoes that take vintage to the future and give them a very interesting spin, multiple straps, closed toes and platforms and all.
There are 39 looks in the Mary Katrantzou fall 2016 collection, which does the house proud, with cartoonish skies depicted on tulle skirts under overcoats of a plain kind and lots of miniature paintings brought to the fabrics that appear throughout, from the organza to the cashmere and the corded knit sweaters too. We see heart shapes and stars all around, as well as floral creations in a graphic design. It appears as if each dress, skirt, top or head wrap is made of silk and painted on, or is a stained glass piece of artwork that has been transferred onto something wearable.
There are stripes and there are animal prints, lots of colorful fantasy butterflies and leopard skins, a few see-through creations and many more graffiti-like in painting, while all have a certain artistic flair to them that is rather hard to describe. We are in love with each and every outfit that has been pushed onto stage, where we see legs for the most part, but find the modesty of the hems rather appealing.
The best print of all though, is the hearts that appear all over and give a rather Alice in Wonderland air to it all as we can easily see some of these ladies standing guard to the Queen of Hearts. While most of the outfits have the extravagance of the colorful artistry, there are a few that are a lot milder and more down to earth, using blues and golds to get their Mary Katrantzou injection without being over the top in design.
Shiny shirts with ruffles and stars on the shoulders with snakeskin scrunched fabric waists and almost plaid-like skirts seem common enough, the skirt look also turning into and outdoor coat. One of the most appealing parts of this collection undoubtedly has to be those shoes though… Leopard platform heels anyone?
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Athens-born fashion designer Mary Katrantzou has always been surrounded by beauty and harmony, being raised by an interior designer mother and a father working in textile design. No wonder why her sense of fashion quickly made her collections so loved in the industry, while her paradisiacal prints and oversized lines well-known all over the world. The Mary Katrantzou pre-fall 2016 collection is no less striking, as its showcases an array of dreamlike prints, which take a surprising turn when it comes to certain designs.
Since her very first collections, the designer has often experimented with fabrics and prints, trying to understand in what ways they could change the shape of the women’s body. This latest pre-fall lineup perfectly proves how useful prints and especially fabrics could be when it comes to structure, and how much they actually intertwine fashion with interior designing. The print structures remind of those of architecture, as they shape the fabrics, and subsequently the body, in fantasy-like figures.
The Mary Katrantzou pre-fall 2016 collection has a clear interior design feel, as it shows actual pieces of art rather than mere outfits. Each one of the looks is refined with ethereal colors, somehow managing to preserve the same level of elegance and beauty even when translated to bold and strong hues.
Those who already love Katrantzou may however quickly spot that, throughout the entire collection, something is definitely missing: the designer’s signature oversized jewelry pieces. Given the fact that no less than 3 years ago her complex prints took her so much to be completed she had no time to create any pre-fall collections, the current lack of jewelry designs may be linked to a lack of time too.
The lineup is, however, full of incredible details, the main sources of inspiration for which may be found in Isaac Asimov’s and Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi books. Both Dick’s and Asimov’s golden age as novelists goes back to the mid-Fifties/mid-Sixties, and exactly this era influenced Katrantzou’s lineup too.
Adding her unique point of view on the retro-futuristic trend, which has been taken into great consideration especially by John Galliano and Jeremy Scott lately, Mary Katrantzou chose to travel back to the future, making oversized capes, school collars and kooky furniture prints shine again.
Those ten years being particularly eclectic and basically a smorgasbord of styles, Katrantzou chose to focus on ladylike party dresses, jumping from the British mod fashion to a slightly hippy style. That’s why both hourglass shapes and flared cuts peacefully coexist within the collection, taking a retro-futuristic turn thanks to the wavy frills that blissfully accentuate the silhouette. In fact, to make things even more dynamic (as if those wavy frills weren’t enough), Katrantzou alternates tight-waisted pieces with dramatic rounded items that look like the coziest things ever.
Although mini and midi dresses take center stage here, Katrantzou chose to experiment with maxi dresses and palazzo jumpsuits too, creating some red-carpet looks too. Abstract prints and floral embroideries – one of the main Katrantzou reasons to brag – make a quick appearance too, reminding us that the best is yet to come.
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Have you seen the starry sky when the moon is but a sickle and the Milky Way envelops the world in her motherly arms? Yeah, it is not a sight most have enjoyed more than once in their lifetimes, if that at all, but it is certainly a scene that the beautifully talented kaleidoscope of color loving Mary Katrantzou has surreptitiously incorporated into one of her best collections yet! While the open toes of those sandals under the long partial foot covering hoses look a little out of place, the rest of the figures incased in glittering shimmering, positively stunning designs that somehow brought to mind modern embodiments of goddesses. Her restless spirit shines through easily as we watch the sky fall down and illuminate the runway of the Mary Katrantzou spring/summer 2016 fashion show staged during the London Fashion Week. While known for her technological incorporations and modern to futuristic inspirations, this time around there was something more folkloric about the way the gorgeous skirts wrapped around the legs of the ladies sashaying onto stage.
The dresses are nothing close to looking or being heavy, having been made soft and light in order to allow the spring and summer breeze to tickle all the right spots on the body. The shapes are short and simpler, flaring at the bottom and with a whole lot of intricate detailing such as embroidering on the chiffon, crystals to brighten the night sky, and impressively delicate sequins to give the glittering effect we fell in love with. We could spots Spanish, Balkan, Romanian and some more obscure cultural elements throughout the Mary Katrantzou spring 2016 lineup, which only added to the modern bohemian look about the designs. Katrantzou has long been a leader in the fashion world, and that is mostly due to her ability to innovate: with fabrics, with styles, with combinations of the old and new and most definitely taking into consideration all the technological advancements of the times.
Think tiny flower prints, micro sequins and metallic quilting this time around. Being one to take criticism to heart, Katrantzou has soared in the fashion world and most definitely reached a place where it is an honor to be wearing one of her designs, whether they are RTW from the Fashion Weeks or incredibly detailed collaborations with some of the top brands in the fashion industry, particularly in sportswear. The tiny roses incorporated into this particular line-up appear to be a new trend happening on the runway as it was seen on Topshop as well as a few other collections reveals in the past few days.
We love the silhouettes of her pieces as well, from the starry fit and flares to the Marsala colored gorgeous minis, the ruffles on the pieces to the layering of the dresses that add bounce and flounce and everything pretty and feminine to the party wear. Red, blue, black, Marsala, white, yellow, violet, cream and a whole slew of other colors appear on the runway, effectively turning this collection into one of the most tastefully colorful combinations out there.
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At first glance, it is the black and the white that really makes its mark on you. You see the thick stripes on the mid skirt and the mini version, you see the white engulfing many of the garments, as well as the touches of black that appear in almost every outfit. It appears that Mary Katrantzou wanted to really have her buyers feeling at ease as they tried on her pieces, the Mary Katrantzou resort 2016 collection coming as a stark contrast to the bolder and more elaborate designs made for the spring and fall months of 2015. Coming into 2016, she seems to want to take a whole different approach and we are more than okay with it. “I wanted it to be effortless,” she says and we have to agree that she has certainly achieved it, for the most part. While we still see color, it certainly is not what it was during the rest of 2015, much more subtle and fluid in design. We are happy with the midi skirts and dresses most actually, since the longer hems, particularly falling above the knees, have a tendency to make a woman look taller, slimmer and generally more appealing.
We do see a bit of pink and a bit of purple here and there, we see block of color slicing through pleats that remind us of the sun’s rays, coming out in rainbow stripes. That particular skirt is a favourite actually, accordioning out as the garment moved about. There is a beauty among this collection that makes Katrantzou so very good at what she does. This is one fashion designer adept at creating that, which catches the eye while still remaining prim and proper for the ladies wearing it out.
We see Op-Art stripes melded in with floral prints that are rich in colors and design, the flowers from days long gone but the cut itself more of a modern yet romantic fit. One dress in particular took this idea to heart and came out with a floor length crepe de chine fabric, a high collar with georgette ruffles and skirts pleated and pretty in green and black stripes. Between the sway of the skirts and the feel of the sophisticated woman from a century ago who was quite fashion forward for her time, this and so many others along the list are simply too lovely to pass up.
While Katrantzou is known for her bold colors and her use of prints, the Mary Katrantzou resort 2016 collection is toned down primarily to attract the consumer who prefers to wear designer on a daily basis, as she walks about town or drinks tea with a friend. There are rather lovely cotton dresses that have been inset with panels of dense floral prints, but this is in no way similar to the prints we are used to seeing on her pieces. Midi dresses falling to the knees and the calved are gorgeous, particularly with the rainbow paneling all about. Spaghetti straps and criss-cross tops, sheer lace and love short suits all make up a collection that we want to fully possess for ourselves!
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