Mary Katrantzou proved she was worth more than digital prints with her latest collection. For AW14 Katrantzou brought us embroidery and embellishment; short shift dresses emblazoned with 3D fabrications and long, heavy evening gowns spliced with pleats.
“Lean, ankle-grazing long-sleeved gowns were meticulously pieced together by crocheted symbols. Katrantzou was thinking about language, ideas of nationality and political allegiance, notions of uniform, and badges of honour from military medals to scout patches. It was hard to see what every single one of those motifs were; they varied from Stop signs to other insignias but in the end, it didn’t really matter, the resulting effect was exceptionally beautiful.
Elsewhere, a series of chainmail dresses suspended from brace-style straps, spliced with silk pleats took their cue from butcher’s aprons – but were so elevated into new realms of desirability one would never have known.” – Vogue.com
The colour palette for the show was equally as majestic as the clothes. Navy blues, wine, silvers and greys gracefully shimmied and shone along the catwalk. Accessories took the form of box-style bags inspired by builders tool boxes and vintage camera bags, continuing the multi-functional, industrial theme seen elsewhere (for example at Alexander Wang).
Images: Dazed Digital.