Kenophobia or “an abnormal fear of empty spaces” is the most appropriate definition for Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou to describe her amazing Mary Katrantzou fall/winter 2015-2016 collection that has just embellished the 3D Pink Foam covered runway at London Fashion Week. The queen of digital prints went even bolder and more creative taking her signature textile prints to a whole new level, showing an interesting game of texture and fabric combinations for her fall fashion line. She juxtaposed kenophobia with modernism, unveiling both quite minimalist and modest looks and designs that were celebrating opulence and extravaganza. Best of all, both the contrasting styles of the silhouettes presented were perfectly designed to bring the best out of the female body and put the focus on femininity and elegance. It was a new, modern and even kind of a futuristic definition of ladylike allure, one that is bolder, cooler and brighter.
She might have looked to architecture and art for inspiration to bring this awe-inspiring and out-of-this-world selection of designs that took the runway by storm in London this evening. It’s definitely one of the best shows unveiled during this London Fashion Week and it makes us look forward to new stunning creations from Katrantzou. She opened her show with the looks inspired from kenophobia, sending out quite minimalist and monochrome looks in a timeless navy blue tone. Whether it was the tea-length dress matched with a sleeveless top or the pair of pants worn with the same style top, the accent was placed on the movement with the gorgeous flounces taking center stage. This was a detail that was beautifully illustrated throughout the entire collection and when the hems weren’t decorated with flounces, we mostly witnessed sharp and straight silhouettes.
Then, the show brought the opposites to kenophobia looks, featuring designs entirely covered with interesting textures and prints. First we saw intricate Victorian lace-embellished pieces in delicate pastel tones of lilac, baby blue and soft green, followed by an array of looks featuring opulent rococo patterns in pops of bright colors. We saw an abundance of bright yellows, khakis, fuchsias, pinks, orange and purple tones that were beautifully contrasted with subtle grays, navy blues and chestnut browns. The 3D embellishments were absolutely sick, bringing sequins, gothic motifs, PVCs and plastic paisley detailing, which were harmoniously mixed and matched with exuberant ruffles, flounces, inverting and flocking.
From hobble skirts and figure-enhancing strapless or sleeveless bodices to straight dresses with creative embellishments, every staple presented wowed and won our hearts instantly and when it comes to the rich outerwear pieces, we were like in a dream at the sight of the sharp looks mixing plastic ruffles with rococo patterns or the plastic paisley piece with big 3D pockets. The accessories utilized to finish off the looks were as creative, bringing sponge-resembling clutches and color-blocked velvet platform shoes.
Beauty wise we saw equally dazzling and unique trends: the models walked down the runway wearing a dolly look with ‘90s inspired graphic eye makeup and flirty lashes finished off with nude lips and a glowing face. The center-part hair was left loose and natural being ideally contrasted with the bold makeup look. Wholly, the Mary Katrantzou fall/winter 2015-2016 rtw collection is one inspiring selection of devastatingly beautiful clothes that we are sure to see a lot in our dreams and that we crave so much!
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