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Mary Katrantzou

Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

London

Mary Katrantzou

Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear

London

BY Afsun Qureshi

September 17, 2017

Mary Katrantzou’s Spring 2018 lineup was puerile-meets-pretty, a mix-up of jolie laide with just plain jolie.

Katrantzou’s dreamlike confectionary of dresses was so bejeweled and ornamental that some may not have noticed the “laide” part.

That element came through in rust brown looks with yellow or orange polka dots and boy-scout boxy shapes. If you saw them on the shop floor, you would never believe they were Katrantzou’s, a comment that made the designer smile backstage. “I do like to mix things up and create a balance,” she said.

Katrantzou noted that the inspiration came from a child’s imagination—what would happen if you let at child go while with Crayolas.

To be sure, they would go for pinks and purples, but they wouldn’t ignore the darker shades.

The childlike theme carried on with jelly shoes embellished with Smartie-like dots and pompoms.

Two trends were inescapable. One was the crochet look, a motif Katrantzou turned into a print. “The idea was a friendship bracelet that a child would make…then it just evolved from there,” the designer explained.

The other was nylon, which we have seen a lot of on the runway. Wares in this fabric are in jeweled colors—a real pop. 

On the whole, the collection was fantastical, colorful, and mesmerizing to the hilt.

Plus, tip of the hat to Katrantzou for always drawing the most slickly dressed crowd—that sure gave tourists at Leicester Square an eyeful to start their Sunday morning with.

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