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Mary Katrantzou Womenswear S/S11

The Greek designer applies influences from Italian fresco paintings into her signature graphic prints on sheer silk

This season the Greek-born designer followed on from her previous collections, working again with strong structural shapes and graphic, pictorial printed fabrics that were silk and sheer. Spring Summer 2011 sees her prints influenced by Italian fresco paintings, cutting up the landscape scenes and reassembling them in patchworks, building up elegant pieces with a young twist. Short, thigh length strapless dresses were elongated into fresh looking evening wear with woven attachments, adorned with statement over sized jewels. Opulence and a sense of rococo design came through from this, pushed along by her use of tasselling and the occasional candelabra inspired neck piece, adding a sense of humour to the bold collection. In keeping with the use of grand interiors as inspiration, and the humour, structurally of some the pieces hinted strongly at lampshades, with Katrantzou creating almost bell shaped minis to accompany her more traditionally cut dresses and trouser suits. Combining this sense of humour with the grand and the elegant, Katrantzou managed to show a collection that was both chic and fun, keeping her tongue stuck firmly in her cheek.


Photography by Billa Baldwin