Being a tactile kind of chick myself, I was overjoyed when I saw Mary Katrantzou’s RTW Fall collection, full of pieces you just want to touch. Inspired by anti-kenophobia (fear of empty spaces), all of the spaces were filled with a mix of interesting materials + textiles. A Victorian affliction of sorts, she drew upon the opulence of the time with brocade patterns then pairing them with modern materials, with a modern sensibility. The pattern play of two dimensional with three dimensional patterns was genius. Just look at the shift dress (pic 1) with a brocade top + a skirt covered in squishy foam spikes, brought together by a waistband made up of large prisms.
I loved all the fishtail skirts throughout the collection, as they look good on everyone, no matter what size you are. All the coats throughout the collection were amazing, especially the last one below, with an all-around floral pattern in magenta mixed with hints of deep red – I’ve forgotten how good those two look together.
The show notes read ’An exploration of the relationship between heritage opulence + techy utopia, the collection seeks to redefine the parameters of modern luxury + documents the significance of value perception,’ which Katrantzou achieved masterfully. Once again, Katrantzou exceeds my expectations.
(photos: Yannis Vlamos)