Mary Katrantzou is synonymous with prints. And not just any prints, but of the eye-popping, ridiculously intricate, attention mongering, digital print variety. It is Katrantzou’s signature, so I expected nothing less from her for the Fall 2014 season.
But some of her looks had no prints at all!
[I’ll just let the shock sink in.]
This is, really, a true act of bravery. In the last seasons, Katrantzou came up with increasingly creative prints, so creative that it is more fitting to call them art. Who doesn’t remember her stamps, her zoomed-in shoe motif, her flowers, or any of her recent collections? And not only is she a master of this art, but her clothing is wearable taken one piece at a time.
This season, Katrantzou focused on the symbolic power of symbols, from the high (religious motifs) to the low (bathroom signs). Strung together, these created an intricate illusion of lace.
This is without doubt an editorial piece. But notice that while Katrantzou challenges convention, there is a slight Elizabethan era collar and structure to be found in the dress. Mixing the old with the new, and the high with the low.
The following pieces are extremely wearable and are sure to be a huge retail hit. The lack of print is disconcerting at first, but the structure and interesting use of materials are noticeable here as well.
I love the snake motif; it reinforces the clash between primal and urban instincts. Or is it really a blend and not a clash? A philosophical question to consider…
One of my favorites pieces:
This whole collection is extremely covetable. I am not ashamed to say that I want to buy every single piece – the common fashionista’s dilemma.
Without a doubt, Mary Katrantzou’s act of bravery will pay off. She has literally designed a clean slate for herself.
She has reminded us all us all that she is capable of much more than just prints.
She has reminded us that she is a designer to be reckoned with.
p.s. What do you think of Katrantzou’s collection. Were you as surprised as I was? Tell me what you think in the comments below! ❤