Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2012

Mary Katrantzou does beautiful things with print and shape, but she is like a colourful version of Gareth Pugh: a fashion artist, but not a fashion business. Ok, perhaps that is harsh, she does sell a bit, but I wonder how she manages to stay afloat? Her collections are incredible to look at, but who really wears this? This is the problem with London brands, so many of them create collection after collection of incredible clothes, but not enough commercial pieces to be a secure business. I’ve seen her things in a showroom, and it is not like there are a bunch of commercial pieces, like printed tops that normal poeple can easily wear. You don’t see this in New York, Milan, and Paris, and that is probably why they are more important fashion weeks. Their designers actually sell a lot of clothes. And fashion is a business, above all else.

I love…

London fashion week, fashion shows, catwalk, fall winter 2012, Mary Katrantzou

the shapes of the sleeves and skirt "pieces" on this dress. But I feel like we've seen this print before...

London fashion week, fashion shows, catwalk, fall winter 2012, Mary Katrantzou

a Mary Katrantzou dress that is actually wearable. By a normal person.

London fashion week, fashion shows, catwalk, fall winter 2012, Mary Katrantzou

the skirt on this dress. This is a great silhouette.

I loathe…

London fashion week, fashion shows, catwalk, fall winter 2012, Mary Katrantzou

too much print. Can't she stick a solid colour in here and there?

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • http://twitter.com/Ines_Cruz Inés Cruz

    I have to agree on the commercial area… but jeez do I love her! I think she has a very architectural approach to dresses, and the prints are plain fabulous and elaborate. I guess the Top Shop thing might give her that money she needs to stay afloat, that plus all other collaborations she does (like the Lomgchamps one, for example).

    at least she has a vision (even if it’s 15% commercial)

    Inés
    http://www.chezagnes.blogspot.com

  • AnaO

    I sure get what you mean and sort of agree, but if I had the money, I’d buy tons of her clothing. And, call me not normal, WEAR it.