Have you seen the starry sky when the moon is but a sickle and the Milky Way envelops the world in her motherly arms? Yeah, it is not a sight most have enjoyed more than once in their lifetimes, if that at all, but it is certainly a scene that the beautifully talented kaleidoscope of color loving Mary Katrantzou has surreptitiously incorporated into one of her best collections yet! While the open toes of those sandals under the long partial foot covering hoses look a little out of place, the rest of the figures incased in glittering shimmering, positively stunning designs that somehow brought to mind modern embodiments of goddesses. Her restless spirit shines through easily as we watch the sky fall down and illuminate the runway of the Mary Katrantzou spring/summer 2016 fashion show staged during the London Fashion Week. While known for her technological incorporations and modern to futuristic inspirations, this time around there was something more folkloric about the way the gorgeous skirts wrapped around the legs of the ladies sashaying onto stage.
The dresses are nothing close to looking or being heavy, having been made soft and light in order to allow the spring and summer breeze to tickle all the right spots on the body. The shapes are short and simpler, flaring at the bottom and with a whole lot of intricate detailing such as embroidering on the chiffon, crystals to brighten the night sky, and impressively delicate sequins to give the glittering effect we fell in love with. We could spots Spanish, Balkan, Romanian and some more obscure cultural elements throughout the Mary Katrantzou spring 2016 lineup, which only added to the modern bohemian look about the designs. Katrantzou has long been a leader in the fashion world, and that is mostly due to her ability to innovate: with fabrics, with styles, with combinations of the old and new and most definitely taking into consideration all the technological advancements of the times.
Think tiny flower prints, micro sequins and metallic quilting this time around. Being one to take criticism to heart, Katrantzou has soared in the fashion world and most definitely reached a place where it is an honor to be wearing one of her designs, whether they are RTW from the Fashion Weeks or incredibly detailed collaborations with some of the top brands in the fashion industry, particularly in sportswear. The tiny roses incorporated into this particular line-up appear to be a new trend happening on the runway as it was seen on Topshop as well as a few other collections reveals in the past few days.
We love the silhouettes of her pieces as well, from the starry fit and flares to the Marsala colored gorgeous minis, the ruffles on the pieces to the layering of the dresses that add bounce and flounce and everything pretty and feminine to the party wear. Red, blue, black, Marsala, white, yellow, violet, cream and a whole slew of other colors appear on the runway, effectively turning this collection into one of the most tastefully colorful combinations out there.
Photos courtesy of Vogue