Mary Katrantzou


London: Known for her hyperrealist digital prints, Athens-born designer Mary Katrantzou took inspiration this time from the stylized interiors in 1970s Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin fashion photographs. Fading, blurring and mirror-imaging gave the prints an intriguing surrealist look, and a pale palette with pops of bright green, blue and magenta made it feminine and upbeat. Items that referenced household items were cheeky and fun – a shoulder piece looked like black and white floor tiles, mesh in the shape of basketweave was used for skirts and shorts, and several structured skirts were shaped like lampshades, complete with swinging beaded fringe. If not for Katrantzou’s impeccably cut hourglass dresses, precise, form-fitting jackets and simple shorts, the collection could have looked unruly, but her finesse, technical skill and eye for color held the looks together, creating a humorous yet chic collision of fashion and interior design.

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