Mary Katrantzou Fall 2014

Mary Katrantzou has become so linked to her graphic, colourful prints, that it comes as no surprise that she is trying to distance herself away from them. She’s realised that if a brand does the same signature look over and over again, people are going to move on. I guess she is trying to beat them to it.

So this collection featured no prints, and instead a lot of embroidery, appliqué and patterned textile manipulations, as well as a lot of “plain” clothing. While there were a few big misses, I wouldn’t say that this collection was terrible. It did, however, demonstrate that while Katrantzou did have a very unique and strong point of view when it comes to working with print, her less colourful womenswear is quite mediocre.

I love…

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this crazy appliqued fabric. It looks amazing.



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a beautiful mix of pleats and beading. But this looks like it should be on the catwalk of another designer.

I loathe…

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decoration on the boobs and the way the bodice of this dress looks like a leotard. It’s not flattering.

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when Mary Katrantzou steers away from pattern. This is a shapeless tailored coat.

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more attempts at non-printed clothing that look very mediocre. This could be The Row.

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a metallic suit that looks like it could be from almost any designer.

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chainmail dresses with random bits of hardware hanging off them.

Images from Vogue.com.

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  • Ana O

    I don’t know what the brand’s DNA is without the crazy prints (Also, couldn’t she afford prettier models?)

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Exactly – the brand DNA is non-existent without the prints and it will be hard to change that.

  • Disappointed W.

    Shame. I liked the dress with the pleated skirt under the green coat.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Maybe it was nice, I can’t tell. But that coat was shapeless.

  • Inés Cruz

    Couldn’t agree more. What’s hip about this woman without the prints?

  • jaspy

    haha you’re right. her models don’t really look very pretty