If you haven't heard of Mary Katrantzou, you must be lying under a rock. I have to say, she had one of my favorite collections for Spring 2011, if not- MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE, don't tell Alber Elbaz and the Late McQueen that:) Mary, a Greek Native, attended Rhode Island School of Design and then completed both her BA and MA at Central Saint Martins. She previously worked for Sophia Kokosalaki and freelanced for Bill Blass, amongst other designers. Since I am so in love with Interiors and I am trying to figure out a new career path, this collection had me thinking...that I too can combine my two passions and have them engage into a beautiful and successful marriage.
It is with no surprise that the Queen of Fashion, Anna dello Russo has already been wearing Katrantzou's designs.
Her inspiration for Spring Summer 2011 was interior decoration...she was inspired by World of Interiors and Architectural Digest Magazines. Interestingly Katrantzou was formerly an interiors textile designer. "Trompe l'oeil prints, garment shapes, trims and accessories played with the theme of how we adorn the interiors of our living spaces, contrasted with the views through our windows", she said.
I love the chandelier crystal drops she used to trim this elaborately embellished lampshade skirt.
Side panels sewn into the skirts of dresses are cut to drape like curtains waiting to be drawn, or, as seen pleated folds of the top part of a curtain adorning a bodice melt into a print of its bottom half. Shoulder lines of dresses stand stiff like curtain pelmets.
The elaborate prints depict flowers in vases of which the petals sometimes protrude from the garment. Beading is used to outline the patterns of tiles on a floor or forms the crystals of a chandelier.
So which room do you want to live in?
Katrntzou just won one of the most prestigious and coveted fashion awards in the industry, the Swiss Textiles. She managed to beat her competition- Jason Wu, Duro Olowu, Adam Kimmel, Juun J and Damir Doma. She was so overwhelmed that she cried backstage when the winner was announced. The award gives a good healthy financial support for up-and-coming designers like Katrantzou, who now pockets €100,000 in prize money – €10,000 of which will be used to purchase Swiss textiles. Marios Schwab, Rodarte and Alexander Wang are past winners of the award.
Nicholas Guesquiere, watch out, there is a new star in town. Do you guys love her style, or is it a little bit too much for you?
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