Shape, form and a distinct lack of colour – why Mary Katrantzou‘s autumn/winter show stunned us all.
Out were with the old and in with the new; last night, Mary Katrantzou dramatically swerved away from the colourful prints she’s best known for, throwing the entire crowd at 5 Howick Place into a state of shock and awe. Don’t worry, their replacement was nothing short of genius.
Mary may have utilised a more reserved colour palette for next season, but there was no holding back concerning shape. Dresses framed iridescent photographs, which were cleverly brought to life through overlapping folds of luxurious fabrics and cocoon structures completely irrelevant of the body from which they hung. Where the prints ended, the leather began – and there was not an inch of leather that went unembossed in sight, boasting the vast technicalities of the collection.
Billowing metallic dresses drew the show to a close, leaving the industry’s finest speechless at the sheer beauty of the pieces. Mary Katrantzou showed off the advantages of our digital age this season, connecting fashion and art in a way she’s never quite managed before. Who knew that such melancholy prints could lift our spirits quite so high?
Words: Millie Cotton