Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spotlight On: Mary Katrantzou





This story is about the evolution of a young designer from London.  We are witnessing a career "take off."
I was sitting on this story waiting for Mary to present her Fall 2011 show.  She did not disappoint.  Her cleverness and creativity are set on brilliant at the moment!  She is a conceptual artist of the textile medium.



Fall '11 was a Chinoiserie dream.  The koi, flora, Faberge eggs and landscapes create a perfect symphony on cloth.  Mary looked to Diana Vreeland and Coco Chanel's apartments for inspiration with a little Babe Paley and The Duchess of Windsor thrown in.





Mary really caught my attention with her last collection.  The homes and interiors that inspired her were literally lifted from the pages of Architectural Digest or World of Interiors.  They were then digitally manipulated onto the fluid silks and knits.  Her imagination and the computer are her tools for limitless possibilities.  Mary's clothes look completely fresh; something we have not seen before.


The trompe l'oeil and three dimentional embellishments create a new language.  Curtains, pelmets and lampshades come to life.  It is a visual feast for the eyes.






 Chandeliers and candelabras are turned into necklaces.  Mary said, "I want to put the room on the woman, rather than the woman in the room."




There were undertones of jewel encrusted, Belle Epoque inspired, Napoleonic references as well.  And somehow, it all works magnificently.






To think ~ it all started with a perfume bottle.  Miss Mary's first collection referenced the beautifully blown bottles, the shape and the movement of the glass.  Tres magnifique!




These 2 dresses are my favorites.  They're as beautiful on the runway as the real way.  As a matter of fact, I might need to do a little more research because I am in need a dress!





Do you think I am a fan?


Take a look at her work on the sites below. You need to see it a little larger to appreciate the beauty.


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