At first glance, it is the black and the white that really makes its mark on you. You see the thick stripes on the mid skirt and the mini version, you see the white engulfing many of the garments, as well as the touches of black that appear in almost every outfit. It appears that Mary Katrantzou wanted to really have her buyers feeling at ease as they tried on her pieces, the Mary Katrantzou resort 2016 collection coming as a stark contrast to the bolder and more elaborate designs made for the spring and fall months of 2015. Coming into 2016, she seems to want to take a whole different approach and we are more than okay with it. “I wanted it to be effortless,” she says and we have to agree that she has certainly achieved it, for the most part. While we still see color, it certainly is not what it was during the rest of 2015, much more subtle and fluid in design. We are happy with the midi skirts and dresses most actually, since the longer hems, particularly falling above the knees, have a tendency to make a woman look taller, slimmer and generally more appealing.
We do see a bit of pink and a bit of purple here and there, we see block of color slicing through pleats that remind us of the sun’s rays, coming out in rainbow stripes. That particular skirt is a favourite actually, accordioning out as the garment moved about. There is a beauty among this collection that makes Katrantzou so very good at what she does. This is one fashion designer adept at creating that, which catches the eye while still remaining prim and proper for the ladies wearing it out.
We see Op-Art stripes melded in with floral prints that are rich in colors and design, the flowers from days long gone but the cut itself more of a modern yet romantic fit. One dress in particular took this idea to heart and came out with a floor length crepe de chine fabric, a high collar with georgette ruffles and skirts pleated and pretty in green and black stripes. Between the sway of the skirts and the feel of the sophisticated woman from a century ago who was quite fashion forward for her time, this and so many others along the list are simply too lovely to pass up.
While Katrantzou is known for her bold colors and her use of prints, the Mary Katrantzou resort 2016 collection is toned down primarily to attract the consumer who prefers to wear designer on a daily basis, as she walks about town or drinks tea with a friend. There are rather lovely cotton dresses that have been inset with panels of dense floral prints, but this is in no way similar to the prints we are used to seeing on her pieces. Midi dresses falling to the knees and the calved are gorgeous, particularly with the rainbow paneling all about. Spaghetti straps and criss-cross tops, sheer lace and love short suits all make up a collection that we want to fully possess for ourselves!
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