Thursday, February 24, 2011

Inspired By...Mary Katrantzou

The fashion world has moved on to Milan (Prada shows today, you can watch it live on The Cut blog at noon EST). But my mind is still in London, where Mary Kantranzou moved to center stage with her breathtaking collection.

 Image from Vogue.com

She may only be four years out of Central St. Martins, but you can hardly tag her as an "up-and-coming" designer after the praise she's earning for her Fall 2011 show.

 Image from Vogue.com

The collection was inspired by objects of beauty--Fabergé Eggs, Meissen porcelain, cloisonné enamel, Ming vases. But the designer's remarkable accomplishment was that in spite of her forward-looking creative vision, she didn't produce merely decorative museum pieces--instead, she showed beautiful, wearable clothes. 

 Image from Vogue.com

As Vogue's Sarah Mower noted, "She’d started off looking at the homes of Diana Vreeland and Coco Chanel, and 'imagining a luxurious apartment inhabited by Babe Paley or the Duchess of Windsor.' With an extraordinary control of rich and delicate color—pale pinks, violet, aquamarine, carmine yellow, and red—she turned what could have risked being pure costume, or an irritating display of 'conceptual' art, into a real proposition that had the women in the audience on the edge of their seats wanting to buy into it."

 Image from Vogue.com

While some of the pieces may be for the more adventurous style setters--the Daphne Guinesses, Lisa Airens and Anna Dello Russos...

 Image from Style.com

Image from Style.com

...there were several that I would die to wear to a luncheon, cocktail party, or even the office. 

image from Style.com

image from Style.com

Mary designs all her prints herself by computer. It's not surprising that she was born in Athens to father who trained as a textile designer and an interior designer mother-- her Spring 2011 collection was inspired by homes and interiors, with fabric designed from pages from Architectural Digest and World of Interiors.

  Spring 2011 image from Style.com

Spring 2011 image from Style.com

As Sarah Mower put it, “Rarely does a fashion audience get to witness the career of a designer move onto a whole new plane before its very eyes…” 

 Image from Vogue.com

When asked to describe her customer, Mary says, “She has a liberated spirit and a strong sense of style.”  I think those words also describe the designer... and I sure hope that someday I'll have one of her pieces hanging in my closet (a girl can dream!)

5 comments:

  1. So glad you chose to profile Mary Kantranzou. Her work is incredible!! Truly like wearable art. A new blogging friend of mine - Gretchen at http://www.gretchenaubuchondesign.com/ has been doing fashion -interiors pairings and her latest is of Kantranzou. Some of the shapes are a bit too out there for normal wearablility but like you, I'd love to have one of her fabulous designs in my closet!!

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  2. I've been so out of touch with fashion for so long - thanks for bringing me back. Love the design, patterns and colors of the first dress.

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  3. Q, I'm popping over to visit Gretchen. Thanks for introducing me.

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  4. Wow - love it. Thanks for introducing me to her. Yes, a girl can dream...

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  5. Thanks for introducing me to Mary Kantranzou. Such a fun merger of interiors and gorgeous clothes!

    Loretta

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