Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: For her first ever Pre collection, Katrantzou paid homage to British heritage textiles: “It’s looking at the most popular tessellations that you find in fabric — the paisley, the houndstooth, the check,” said the designer. Never without a twist, each received an injection of Katrantzou’s signature explorative handwriting – paisley motifs were constructed from a pictorial playground of typewriter keys, fused together with pencils, brogue detailing and clock faces, hounds tooth was re-innovated in super-sized colour blocked towel embroidery in a most noticeably updated and striking ankle-length wool gown and herringbone jacquards featured in hazy rainbow metallic. Re-worked check patterns in micro sequins met paisley guipure lace, composing geometric shapes in the construction of the garments. Silhouettes appeared austere and elongated – sensible cashmere knits and starched wide leg trousers, juxtaposed with flared mini and A line lady-like skirts, all caught up in the visual feast of Katrantzou’s continuing exploration into print, colour and texture. – Anna Ross
Theme: Heritage Twist
Key Items: A-line skirts / Wide-leg flare trousers / Boxy woven Tee / Roll neck knits / Button less double breasted coat / Ankle length strapless gown
Colours: Oxblood Burgundy / Rosewood / Forest Green / Duke Blues / Lilac/ Electric Crimson / Chartreuse
Materials and Trims: Taffeta / Wool / Laminated Cotton / Velvet Devore / Cashmere / Guipure lace
Print and Pattern: Re-innovated British Heritage Houndstooth / Paisley / Herringbone/ Check
Footwear and Accessories: Patent Mary Jane heels / Fold over block colour clutch bag
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