Sunday, 5 February 2012
Flavour of the Month: Mary Katrantzou
Some of you may remember my first ever blog post on Hunting in Heels was on Greek born, London based designer Mary Katrantzou. I reviewed this up and coming designer along with her 2011 Spring/Summer collection. Almost one year later and Katrantzou has seemingly become designer of the moment.
Top labels and fashionistas alike (Anna dello Russo was her first famous cheerleader) have caught trompe l'oeil fever, leading to collaborations with french heavyweight, Longchamp and English house of cool, Topshop.
Sophie Delafontaine, artistic director of her grandfathers leather goods company, Longchamp, has enlisted Katrantzou to give Longchamp's classic Pliage, foldable travel bags, a makeover. Inspired by Katrantzou's prints of first perfume bottles and then interiors, Delafontaine asked Katrantzou to design some prints based on the main collection's inspiration from Asia. Katrantzou conjured up an East meets West concept for the collaboration.The classic Pliage, for instance, has been brought to life with an exotic print of dragons, lanterns and orchids.
Out this month, I reckon the Longchamp bags are to fly off the sheleves but thats not the only thing she has got up her sleeve this month.
February also sees the release of Katrantzou's 2012 collection, the 14th of February to be exact. Having collaborated with the brand in 2011, the sneek peaks released online look even better than last year. A bit pricey for Topshop, one dress hits the £350 mark, it could be worth it for a piece for Katrantzou's designs though, only set to go up in value if you ask me. Get your other half to spluge for Valentine's day as this collection is set to be as crazy as Christopher Kane's Topshop treasures.
Katrantzou is definitely a rising star in the world of fashion. Someone who is doing things a little differently with innovative inspiration.
I can't wait to see more from her !
Let me know your thoughts on Katrantzou and her upcoming collaborations??