Colors, colors everywhere! Fun and swirling and beautifully contrasted, the colors take over and meld together with such a style that the eyes are left begging for more and more. There is something ethnic, something vintage and something entirely modern to futuristic about the Mary Katrantzou fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection, which was newly unveiled at the London Fashion Week runway, something that is exactly what the designer stands for: fun, flirty and entirely era bending, particularly where colors are involved.
It is like she takes something that is fairly plain and then pulls out her paints and voila! A series of optical illusion high contrast pieces is born. It is truly a work of art, magnificent to behold, particularly as the designs take over bomber jackets. Other favorite staples in the collection are the high-waist skirts reminiscent of the 1950s and ‘60s, with shoes that take vintage to the future and give them a very interesting spin, multiple straps, closed toes and platforms and all.
There are 39 looks in the Mary Katrantzou fall 2016 collection, which does the house proud, with cartoonish skies depicted on tulle skirts under overcoats of a plain kind and lots of miniature paintings brought to the fabrics that appear throughout, from the organza to the cashmere and the corded knit sweaters too. We see heart shapes and stars all around, as well as floral creations in a graphic design. It appears as if each dress, skirt, top or head wrap is made of silk and painted on, or is a stained glass piece of artwork that has been transferred onto something wearable.
There are stripes and there are animal prints, lots of colorful fantasy butterflies and leopard skins, a few see-through creations and many more graffiti-like in painting, while all have a certain artistic flair to them that is rather hard to describe. We are in love with each and every outfit that has been pushed onto stage, where we see legs for the most part, but find the modesty of the hems rather appealing.
The best print of all though, is the hearts that appear all over and give a rather Alice in Wonderland air to it all as we can easily see some of these ladies standing guard to the Queen of Hearts. While most of the outfits have the extravagance of the colorful artistry, there are a few that are a lot milder and more down to earth, using blues and golds to get their Mary Katrantzou injection without being over the top in design.
Shiny shirts with ruffles and stars on the shoulders with snakeskin scrunched fabric waists and almost plaid-like skirts seem common enough, the skirt look also turning into and outdoor coat. One of the most appealing parts of this collection undoubtedly has to be those shoes though… Leopard platform heels anyone?
Photos courtesy of Vogue