These garments, designed by London-based Mary Katrantzou (see below for biog), caught my eye on a recent Net-A-Porter window shopping spree. What attracted me to the silk-satin skirt, was the somewhat historic feel of it and obvious nods to costume of the past. The peplum exagerates the hips in a shape not too dissimilar to that created by penniers (side hoops) worn in the mid-1700s. That, coupled with a print that borrows heavily from Regency architecture and interiors and I was swooning. Next to catch my eye as I investigated the designer further, was this Jewel Tree appliqued velvet dress . . .
. . . I've tried to highlight the intricate details of the dress, such as the three dimensional roses that burst out from the skirting, accentuated by tiny rows of diamonds glistening through the lucious green velvet. Pass me a tissue, I'm drooling!
More about Mary Katrantzou:
Mary, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, was born in Athens to an interior designer mother and a father who worked in textile design - two elements that would clearly go on to influence her work in a big way. Mary's signature style centres around her stunning 'trompe l'oeil' (fool the eye) prints which have seen her take inspiration from Faberge eggs, Corommandel screens, the court costumes of the Qianlong Dynasty in ancient China, and Meissen porcelain as well as architecture and nature. In 2008 she opened the Saint Martins Graduating Show, with her first collection also shown at London Fashion Week 2008. A collection for Topshop launched for LFW AW2010 and was available in shops in February 2011 (how did I miss this?!). Katrantzou is definately a designer I will be keeping a close eye on from now on!
Find Mary Katrantzou on Twitter here.
Read a short interview with Mary Katrantzou here.