Mary Katrantzou’s autumn/winter 2015 collection is all about the 60s flare, from flare hemmed skirts to flares at the bottom of fitted trousers, there was plenty to be seen at Mary’s AW London Fashion Week show.
Playing heavily on the idea of horror vacui art, the catwalk was embellished with pink 3D foam spikes and contrasted with a shadowed, dark pink backdrop. Mary Katrantzou’s pale models stood out against the moody lighting, immediately alerting the audience to their presence.
The collection opened with a simple black dress embezzled with the pink foam spikes used on the floor. As the collection shifted, the 60s shone through, paving the way to an explosion of patterns and textures with bursts of sharp colour.
Mary’s AW collection brought more contrasting prints than you could hope for – next season is definitely going to be an advocate for a mix and match wardrobe, taking a bit of pressure off getting dressed on a morning.
There was plenty of choice when it came to coats and outwear. The collection embraced the duffle coat with roomy pockets and fur-lined hoods donned in floral prints, varying in colours, from white and green to moody fuchsias and deep purples.
For the accessory lovers out there, the clutch bags were new, exciting and fresh. The black brick shaped bags sported the same pink pyramid-shaped embellishment that lined the floor.
In what appears to be an ode to the womanly figure, skirts were sculptured to the body, abruptly jutting out at the bottom prompting a feminine flare. From the corset style structure of vests to the sweetheart necklines seen occasionally, fitted garments appear to be the way forward for AW 15.
Mary Katrantzou’s designs were an ideal mixture of old-fashioned baroque with futuristic 3D, which proved to be an inspiring contrast. With this much creativity in mind, and a seriously wearable collection, the Athens-born designer has done London proud and shown everyone exactly why London is known for originality and innovation.