London Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Mary Katrantzou

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Mary_Katrantzou-AW14-styleonthecouchMary 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.

Flowers, Beach and Sea.

Help me out with a little research experiment, Blog Reader. How many of you can’t resist buying something new and perhaps that little bit different for a holiday? I call these items my ‘holiday purchases’ – whilst the vacation itself is for relaxing and exploring and rarely (perhaps surprisingly for me, shopping), before I head off I tend to buy one new thing to take with me and enjoy wearing.

This Zara dress was my Turkey-holiday-purchase.  I bought it in London in fact, quite taken with the neckline and bewitched by the print (shock, horror*).

I wore this dress often last week and I’m now looking to Mary Katrantzou and Erdem for the inspiration that will help me continue to wear it beyond my trip.  Erdem – the eternal king of floral prints in my book – has some delightful dresses in their new resort 2013 collection. Perhaps a bit more sombre than their usual designs, I nonetheless liked the silhouettes and use of lace:

Catwalk images above from Elle.com. Top, Erdem resort 2013. Below, Mary Katrantzou spring / summer 2012.

So where do you stand on floral prints right now Blog Reader? And as for my little piece of holiday-related research, let me know…

Wearing: Dress, Zara (no longer available on line, similar alternatives here and here); Leather ‘O’ bracelet (just seen) Bordelle; Clutch by CurlyInTheCity – her Etsy shop here.  Sunglasses, GUESS.

*Alright, alright, I might just have to concede that I can now ‘do’ print *gasps*