GLORIOUS EXCESS FROM MARY KATRANTZOU

For AW10, Mary Katrantzou was inspired by 18th century society paintings and the attire worn by the ladies and gentleman portrayed in them. So this season, the Greek born, Central Saint Martins' trained designer appropriated fragments from her favourite works – those of Fragonard and Nattier – and spliced them together.

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As she told us backstage after her show, it wasn’t only about developing her love of trompe l'oeil prints but about reassessing 18th century gowns and making them relevant for the 21st woman.

The idea of transferring the image of a period dress onto the body of the modern woman also pushed Katrantzou to develop her silhouettes this season. Adding to her signature shifts with playful details, three-dimensional lace was mixed with printed lace, while prints, lame and ruched chiffon were also combined to stunning effect. Adding a few new pieces to her repertoire, there was also jackets, ruffled blouses, high waist skirts and trousers for the style set who have come to love Katrantzou.  

Continuing her signature, jewellery impressed once again with elaborate brass pieces custom made out of old furniture parts. Featured on the necklines of her dresses and combined with Swarovski stones, the effect was stunning and the perfect accompaniment to a collection dedicated to excess.

And as Katrantzou knows, with one of her dresses. all you only need is a bit of red lippy!