London-based Mary Katrantzou is a non-conformist designer for sure, and not just because of her one-of-a-kind aesthetics. Like more and more fashion designers who are following her example, Katrantzou delayed the release of her resort 2017 collection up until now, meaning that all the staples are already available for purchase.
Such a choice not only grew anticipation regarding her Mary Katrantzou resort 2017 lineup, but also denotes a clear willingness to protect its designs, which consequently become even more exclusive and high fashion.
Mary Katrantzou’s career is constantly expanding, with her fashion house increasing its sales year after year. Acclaimed for her signature hyper-real designs, figures, structured silhouettes as well as trompe l’oeil prints, the Greek designer is, in fact, one of the industry’s most intriguing designers, whose runway shows have been charming us for almost 9 years now.
As for this specific Mary Katrantzou resort 2017 collection, Katrantzou focused on both standard Katrantzou lines and figures, as well as on more visionary motifs, the geometric cuts and patterns of which were inspired by “research on vintage scarves, ties, and trunks.”
Brightly revitalized with multicolored prints, the collection featured Sixties-inspired mod aesthetics, as well as more contemporary, at times even conceptual proposals, which overall gave the collection its haute couture-inspired appeal. The Mary Katrantzou cruise 2017 collection includes thus both oversized, roomy silhouettes, and more curve-hugging, hourglass figures, the bon ton patterns of which perfectly embody a modern preppy style dipped into hippie festival’s vibes.
The line-up’s It item is therefore the t-shirt dress, here adorned with flower-power 3D botanical appliqués, floral collars and shimmery refinement. Other preppy-inspired garments include turtleneck sweaters and striped skirt suits, which could, however, easily become more casual-chic if combined with a grunge pair of biker boots.
The collection, of course, also featured roomy bell-bottom trousers, palazzo pants and a whimsical mannish suit with patterns that seem to be directly inspired by Jackson Pollock’s signature and abstract designs.
Blazers and striped shirts take us back to the bon ton motif too, only to be quickly interrupted by more Nineties-inspired attire options. An edgy leather jacket, a long dress with a fresh Americana neckline, a tight V-neckline t-shirt and a multicolored striped jacket are just few of the many versatile examples we can use to describe Katrantzou’s Nineties allure, which inevitably allows us to dare more with fashion and have fun playing with contrasting combinations of colors and proposals.
While for her spring/summer 2017 collection and runway show Katrantzou embodied her Greek origins, for this resort collection she strictly focused on purely holiday-ready must-haves, which not only easily transition from day to night, but are also sustainable in terms of materials and fabrics.
Conscious in every aspect of her life, Katrantzou’s circle skirt is made of old-school neckties, while the aforementioned striped coats and jackets were made of faille ribbons. She is indeed changing the fashion industry in a more sustainable way, one non-conventional decision at a time!
Photos courtesy of Vogue