Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Collection
Darlings, these two bloggers still have a ton of New York Fashion Week collections to bring to you, but we’re feeling the siren call of London across the Atlantic and we simply must start featuring the collections walking down runways across the pond.
We always eagerly await Mary Katranzou’s next collection because we can always count on her to bring the color and the print in ways that no other designers seem to imagine. Her looks are totally original and a bit exciting each time. This time she was inspired by the crushed-car sculptures of American artist John Chamberlain and can we just say? It’s so refreshing to hear THAT as an inspiration rather than the boilerplate “strong woman” “old Hollywood” statements. “For this collection, I was inspired by crushed cars.” That’s not just a designer looking to sell a line; that’s an artist, and we can’t help but respond well to it. In addition, the harsh metallic print lines are offset by glorious florals that turn the wearers into walking gardens.
There’s not a lot of play here with shapes and silhouettes; the dresses and pieces are, for the most part, simple. It’s all about the prints, and while one could make the argument that a print shouldn’t do all the heavy lifting in the design, we’d say that in this instance the print is the design and the dress is the canvas upon which its rendered. Gorgeous, thoughtful unique looks that excite us and thrill us when we see them.
[Photo Credit: firstview.com]