Mary Katrantzou's new silhouette for AW12 at London Fashion Week
This morning saw exciting new print designer (that everyone is talking about) Mary Katrantzou show her Autumn Winter 2012 collection at London Fashion Week and exciting it was. Over the past few seasons, the fashion world has really sat up and taken notice of the young new Grecian designer, who has had the backing of NEWGEN sponsorship for the last six seasons which appears to have taken her from strength to strength.
After a series of overwhelmingly well received collections, expectations for the Autumn Winter 2012 collection was high as to how Katrantzou would progress, develop and move on her offering into a fresh new season. The first few looks that came down the runway had less colour than we're used to seeing from this designer employing a series of pale golds and pastel monochromes; at first I feared this was Katrantzou's new take on the season. Such fears soon disappeared as subsequent looks in the collection contained just as much vibrancy strength and boldness as we're used to seeing in terms of colour; the cleverly arranged finale looked like a rainbow covering the spectrum of colours.
Where the designer did experiment this season was with shape; renowned for her trademark lampshade skirts and well defined structure, which was still very much present on the top half of looks, the bottom half of dresses and skirts gave way to much more movement than we've seen from this designer before. This created a new sillhouette of flowing chiffons and sheer fabrics. Prints remained as exciting, innovative, creative and graphic as ever. Katrantzou quoted "Still life, crayon box and Victoriana" as areas for this season's inspiration, we saw this in the more novel prints with pencils and typewriters.
After a collection like that and with collaborations with Longchamp and Topshop both set to launch this February, we suspect Katrantzou will continue to be a household name with the fashion crowd. Check the show out for yourself in the video below.