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adidas x Katrantzou–Known for her print work, designer Mary Katrantzou is teaming up with adidas Originals for a capsule collection of apparel and footwear. Katrantzou’s signature prints and patterns will be on display for the collaboration. “I’m really excited to be working with adidas on a line of apparel and footwear. I grew up like so many other kids around the world, wearing adidas trainers and I’m really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand. They have a fantastic heritage and their ability to innovate in sportswear makes them the perfect partner for us to work with in this market,” says the designer. The line is set to hit stores in November 2014.
Mary Katrantzou Fall 2014–When you think of Mary Katrantzou, the Greek designer has become synonymous with her signature digital prints but for her fall-winter 2014 collection she decided on other ways to showcase her vision. Katrantzou found herself inspired by the idea of uniforms and the symbols used on them for her designs’ decorations. Gone were the structural silhouettes which were replaced with long tunics such as the opening look worn by Kirsten Owen and metallic suiting. Texture was a main component of the new season with symbol-shaped brocades, chain mail, jacquards and pleating for pretty dresses with edge.
Katrantzou’s Accessorized Spring – For Mary Katrantzou, it’s all about shoes for her eponymous label’s spring 2014 collection. A highlight of London Fashion Week for her use of digital prints, the Greek designer looked towards what is worn on the feet for inspiration this season. The prints were made with images of footwear by distorting and amplifying photographs sometimes as much by two hundred percent.
For day wear, mens brogues and sporty trainers are blown up for colorful prints worn in streamlined silhouettes and cocoon-like shapes. Evening wear is polished and elegant; influence is taken from eighteenth century evening slippers as shown by the final section’s embroidered silk adorned with Swarovski crystals, ribbons and mirrors. The short and sweet dresses in fluorescent pink, blue, green and yellow hues added a romantic element to the spring season.
Diane in Mary Katrantzou – German actress Diane Kruger wore an attention-grabbing look at Fox’s Summer TCA All-star Party held yesterday in Hollywood. Diane opted for a floral and gradient print Mary Katrantzou dress from the label’s resort 2014 collection. The blonde paired the look with strappy heels and a clutch bag.
Katrantzou’s Tribal Beat – Mary Katrantzou continued her use of colorful prints and architectural inspired shapes for her fall 2012 collection presented during London Fashion Week. After last season’s garden prints, autumn appeared to be more focused on the abstract with an opening of grid like patterns which progressed into something more primal, tribal even. Katrantzou did not shy away from color and showcased a range of hues such as emerald, canary yellow, ruby and sapphire blue. Although still playing with proportion, fall’s silhouettes were more tamed than usual–offering flattering shapes with a structural twist.
Katrantzou’s Blooming Garden – Greek designer Mary Katrantzou brought an expert display of pattern and color for her spring 2012 collection presented during London Fashion Week. Spring was a story of nature and industry, with inspiration by sculptor John Chamberlain who is noted for working with crush steel and other found objects. Katrantzou’s designs were indeed structural yet feminine for the new season with some of nature’s most glorious colors on display. Beauty for the show featured brightly colored lips and a messy up do.
Mary Katrantzou trades in a highly structured spring collection for a loose-fitting yet crowd pleasing fall 2011 showing at London Fashion Week. Katrantzou’s garments featured her trademark digital prints on luxe materials such as satin, velvet and chiffon with inspiration stemming from fashion writer Diana Vreeland’s “garden in hell” apartment.