Athens-born fashion designer Mary Katrantzou has always been surrounded by beauty and harmony, being raised by an interior designer mother and a father working in textile design. No wonder why her sense of fashion quickly made her collections so loved in the industry, while her paradisiacal prints and oversized lines well-known all over the world. The Mary Katrantzou pre-fall 2016 collection is no less striking, as its showcases an array of dreamlike prints, which take a surprising turn when it comes to certain designs.
Since her very first collections, the designer has often experimented with fabrics and prints, trying to understand in what ways they could change the shape of the women’s body. This latest pre-fall lineup perfectly proves how useful prints and especially fabrics could be when it comes to structure, and how much they actually intertwine fashion with interior designing. The print structures remind of those of architecture, as they shape the fabrics, and subsequently the body, in fantasy-like figures.
The Mary Katrantzou pre-fall 2016 collection has a clear interior design feel, as it shows actual pieces of art rather than mere outfits. Each one of the looks is refined with ethereal colors, somehow managing to preserve the same level of elegance and beauty even when translated to bold and strong hues.
Those who already love Katrantzou may however quickly spot that, throughout the entire collection, something is definitely missing: the designer’s signature oversized jewelry pieces. Given the fact that no less than 3 years ago her complex prints took her so much to be completed she had no time to create any pre-fall collections, the current lack of jewelry designs may be linked to a lack of time too.
The lineup is, however, full of incredible details, the main sources of inspiration for which may be found in Isaac Asimov’s and Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi books. Both Dick’s and Asimov’s golden age as novelists goes back to the mid-Fifties/mid-Sixties, and exactly this era influenced Katrantzou’s lineup too.
Adding her unique point of view on the retro-futuristic trend, which has been taken into great consideration especially by John Galliano and Jeremy Scott lately, Mary Katrantzou chose to travel back to the future, making oversized capes, school collars and kooky furniture prints shine again.
Those ten years being particularly eclectic and basically a smorgasbord of styles, Katrantzou chose to focus on ladylike party dresses, jumping from the British mod fashion to a slightly hippy style. That’s why both hourglass shapes and flared cuts peacefully coexist within the collection, taking a retro-futuristic turn thanks to the wavy frills that blissfully accentuate the silhouette. In fact, to make things even more dynamic (as if those wavy frills weren’t enough), Katrantzou alternates tight-waisted pieces with dramatic rounded items that look like the coziest things ever.
Although mini and midi dresses take center stage here, Katrantzou chose to experiment with maxi dresses and palazzo jumpsuits too, creating some red-carpet looks too. Abstract prints and floral embroideries – one of the main Katrantzou reasons to brag – make a quick appearance too, reminding us that the best is yet to come.
Photos courtesy of Vogue