Camping and Lego at Mary Katrantzou


Photo by Guillaume Roujas for NOWFASHION

Shape and novelty has always been a Mary Katrantzou hallmark. Recall those lampshade skirts she so built her name upon, the perfume bottle silhouettes she sent down the catwalk upon Central Saint Martins graduation. We’ve had the alphabet and pencils and all sorts of other fun and non-obvious paraphernalia from her in the past which she has then somehow managed to go and build a collection around, digesting it into sophisticated and polished design. Because that’s the clever thing about Katrantzou, she doesn’t do novelty in the way that other brands do. You have to look a little bit harder to realise that the skirt shimmering back at you is, in fact, made up of Lego-style bricks in new metallic shades, as it was today. 

 


Photo by Guillaume Roujas for NOWFASHION

 

Katrantzou decided to take a wander down childhood memory lane, an “idealised infancy” is how it was described – and so a typically vivid and bright collection went one part Boy Scouts and the great outdoors with a solid utilitarian streak, underpinned by plenty of cagoules, to that familiar floral print terrain of hers, with an explosion of surface textile to go with it. So an anorak up top descended into a giant bubble hem of blustering blooms. There was swing to the pieces but they weren’t heavy. 

 


Photo by Guillaume Roujas for NOWFASHION

 

It was an expansion of territory for Katrantzou – camping-style, but with her signature glamour to be found too. Beaded woven dresses were an ode to friendship bracelets, the sort you swap when you’re 10 years old, but were rendered in shine and column-shaped elegance, tassels at their hem for swing and ease. 

This felt fun in just the right measure, the childhood nostalgia not so overplayed to be saccharine but enough to bring a sense of personal adventure for Katrantzou.

 

 

See the full Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer 2018 Collection