Passionate Print-cess...

by - Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Following the metamorphosis of pattern on the fashion runways today, you will notice the hyper-realistic three dimensional images saturated with depths of color-rich trompe l'oeil. Thank you Mary Katrantzou for single-highhandedly sparking the digital print mega trend! Marketing her label in over 200 stores and 47 countries, it is safe to say Mary's mind palace has materialized, becoming iconic fashion inspiration for many veteran designers and new kids on the block.

Studying architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design then transferring to St. Martins for textiles, her graduating show in 2008 encapsulated her signature style. Spawned of oversize jewelery prints on bonded jersey knit, the silhouettes created the illusion of wearing giant necklaces that would be too heavy in reality. She completed the collection with real pieces of jewellery she made of metal and wood mirroring the prints. It was a huge hit.

With an awarded background, she seized a freelance job as print designer for Bill Blass and later perfected her portfolio working with Sophia Kokosalaki for two seasons before debuting her first ready-to-wear collection at London Fashion Week in Spring / Summer 2009. With a capsule collection of only nine dresses, she won the hearts of fashionistas and critics, securing her space on the runway for future collections.

There's definitely something about Mary.

Her work is all about " perception and perspective, and channeling that through a visual language that is used to design desirable clothes that are flattering."  You can see how her fusion of style and substance in pattern, shape, color and cut continues to achieve wunderkind status in the fashion industry, drawing collaborations in all genres, not to mention dressing some of today's biggest pop culture celebrity.

Rhianna in Mary
Simple shape and flattering cuts - Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 collections

Detailed tapestry knitwear patterns are intricate and color rich
With Swarovski crystal embellishments adorning her liquid photo prints
From the current Mary Katrantzou Spring 2014 runway collection
Collaborations with Gianvito Rossi for printed footwear
Mary Katrantzou for Current Elliott
Crowned a Fashion Print-cess? Absolutely! Haute couture reins supreme with a passion for brilliant realism - a photographic look at new court appointed creativity...  xoxo-Sonya

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