Monday, July 22, 2013

Resort 2014: Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou collections are known for vivid, photo-realistic prints presented on innovative shapes. Being known for something can force a designer into a corner. Customers and critics are both wary of any move away from what they’ve come to expect, but they are also quick to complain when they believe the clothes have become stagnant and stale. But this isn't a problem at Mary Katrantzou where the focused vision never hinders experimentation.

The prints for Resort move beyond the mere florals that appear elsewhere. Instead there are natural landscapes that are almost psychedelic in color. These are fantastical lands that one wants to jump into like the protagonist in a children’s film. Seen on dresses with silhouettes that recall the 1950s as well as more modern shapes, these prints can stand alone but instead they are contrasted with and complimented by features from a different type of landscape, that of a modern, almost futuristic city.

And with that combination, the collection becomes about taking things one step further.

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