Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 21, 2011

Darlings, these two bloggers still have a ton of New York Fashion Week collections to bring to you, but we’re feeling the siren call of London across the Atlantic and we simply must start featuring the collections walking down runways across the pond.

We always eagerly await Mary Katranzou’s next collection because we can always count on her to bring the color and the print in ways that no other designers seem to imagine. Her looks are totally original and a bit exciting each time. This time she was inspired by the crushed-car sculptures of American artist John Chamberlain and can we just say? It’s so refreshing to hear THAT as an inspiration rather than the boilerplate “strong woman” “old Hollywood” statements. “For this collection, I was inspired by crushed cars.” That’s not just a designer looking to sell a line; that’s an artist, and we can’t help but respond well to it. In addition, the harsh metallic print lines are offset by glorious florals that turn the wearers into walking gardens.

There’s not a lot of play here with shapes and silhouettes; the dresses and pieces are, for the most part, simple. It’s all about the prints, and while one could make the argument that a print shouldn’t do all the heavy lifting in the design, we’d say that in this instance the print is the design and the dress is the canvas upon which its rendered. Gorgeous, thoughtful unique looks that excite us and thrill us when we see them.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Collection

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Collection

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Collection

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Collection

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2012 Collection

 

 

 

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  • Anonymous

    I’ve been to an exhibit of Mr. Chamberlain’s work and I can see the influence. I like it except for the bubble skirt dresses near the end.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been to an exhibit of Mr. Chamberlain’s work and I can see the influence. I like it except for the bubble skirt dresses near the end.

  • Anonymous

    Love love love. Those are some attention getting wonderful fabrics. I wonder if it is possible to get just the fabrics somewhere.

    • Anonymous

      The last 2 in the 2nd last row – there are some expensive silks at G Street Fabrics in DC that are lot like these two.   I first saw them last year and some other posters said they saw them as well 

  • Anonymous

    Love love love. Those are some attention getting wonderful fabrics. I wonder if it is possible to get just the fabrics somewhere.

  • Anonymous

    As a lover of a rainbow-brite world, I adore these prints. Some of these dresses are a little too fantasy to realistically work, but I dig where she’s steppin’.

  • Anonymous

    As a lover of a rainbow-brite world, I adore these prints. Some of these dresses are a little too fantasy to realistically work, but I dig where she’s steppin’.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6TDAYXK555ABAKZEEOAJMC25FU Stan

    I’m not sure about the big horizontal color blocks, but the rest is just plain awesome.  Cool combinations of color and pattern.  Fun for the eye!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6TDAYXK555ABAKZEEOAJMC25FU Stan

    I’m not sure about the big horizontal color blocks, but the rest is just plain awesome.  Cool combinations of color and pattern.  Fun for the eye!

  • alex

    Now THIS is my pretty for the day! Gorgeous.

  • alex

    Now THIS is my pretty for the day! Gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    I want one!

  • Valerie Owens

    Love everything except the trailing skirty parts!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, the pretty!  I’m actually surprised at how much I like these.  But her use of color and the way she mixes the prints is masterly (and painterly). 

    Nevertheless, I’m still not a fan of mullet dresses or dresses with random strips of fabric hanging off of them.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    This is so interesting. I don’t exactly look at it and see clothes to wear, but I do want to keep looking at it.

    If any of that made sense.

  • narita_rayna

    this made me want to sit up & applaud not half way down the page.  phenomenal!  arresting & gorgeous.  this designer gets better with every collection.

  • Anonymous

    I basically love everything except the ones with pants. But overall, they’re gorgeous. Loving the use of color. That is certainly some amazing and skilled use of prints.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. This is the embodiment of what I perceive fashion design to be. It’s intellectual and thoughtful and unique and interesting. It’s beautiful and I imagine being at her show would be akin to a sacred experience. So unusual but accessible at the same time. I love it. thanks for sharing T Lo!

  • Judy_J

    I want that first dress on the third row of pictures.

  • Anonymous

    It will be interesting to see this collection in the stores–how they may be a bit modified for real life (no trailing parts). 

    • Anonymous

      I hear you – These are mostly pretty adaptable for the marketplace of women who can’t trail fabric along behind them (even if it is fabulous fabric).

  • Anonymous

    So pretty!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if I could personally wear these, but I do love them, and I’ll give an automatic WERQ to the first star to wear one on a red carpet, one, just for wearing real art, and two, for shaking up Hollyworld and wearing something other than the big (but usually a little boring) names.

  • Anonymous

    Now THIS is “pretty of the day” material. Delicious.

  • aussiegal77

    Oh wow, I LOVE THESE. Not the trailing hems on some of them but nonetheless – WERQ! Snaps etc.

    I really want the second to last strapless dress with asymmetrical ruffled hem. It is gorgeous!

  • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

    I always love collections that actually have stuff I want in my closet! I would wear the shit out of several of these dresses!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

    I so covet the second from top on the left!

  • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

    Wow some of those are SHORT! I love some but find others too patch-worky.

  • Anonymous

    i like the variations of neck lines and sleeves/less as well. the trains and side tails must go though.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful colors and prints. Don’t like those scarf-things hanging off the dresses — keep picturing myself stepping on them as I step off a curve or go up stairs and falling flat on my face. Still, lovely.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I was going to “Like” your comment, but that might seem as if I want you to fall flat on your face. So I’ll just say that I know exactly what you mean.

  • Anonymous

    These are the kind of patterns I wish the PR contestants would come up.

  • Anonymous

    Love the prints. I agree with most others–this is ART in fashion. Oh to be young, slender, rich and in a world where I could wear most of these. Except for the trains, and trailing pieces.

  • Kim Sheehan

    I’d never wear them but I love to look at them.

     

  • Terence Ng

    Agh, these blue lips are giving me Paz flashes.

    The prints and colors are gorgeous, but I’m wondering who could pull off something like this…Zoe Saldana maybe?

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoy these prints.  They’re like a well-designed quilt–they keep your eye moving all over the place.  I don’t care for the mullets/side-mullets, but other than that I really like it.

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous prints and just enough design to make them sing.  But with all that going on in the dresses, did you really need to jar our eyes away with the blue and purple lipstick?

    • Suzanne Heist

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Margot Brose

    J’adore the 5th and 4th from the end… it’s like if Van Gogh dropped acid by way of Paul Klee :D

  • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

    If not for the mullet hems/trailing fabric, I’d give this an A+++. I even like the balloon skirts.

    The prints are more than fabulous and I don’t have a problem with them doing all the work. There is a finite number of silhouettes a designer can come up with. They might as well work with the ones they love and make them special by using the best prints they can find.

    This is truly amazing stuff.

    • Anonymous

      I assumed she designs her own prints, no? 

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        Actually, yes. I’m also assuming that, and I meant to change “find” to “create”.

        • Anonymous

          Gotcha, and I agree re. the simple silhouettes. 

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            It just occurred to me that my response might have come off a bit snotty. My apologies. (I sometimes have a tone problem in the non-internet world too. I’m trying to work on that. :-)  )

          • Anonymous

            Not ‘t all… and my observation was in the ‘duh’ category anyway.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            You made me realize I hadn’t said what I wanted to say, so not “duh”.

  • Anonymous

    That is really fantastic stuff – I don’t love the pieces with the horizontal blocks of color, but other than that, I’m totally wowed. I wish men’s clothes had color like this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    I love the artistry of it all, but truly there is not one look here that I could wear.

  • Anonymous

    In my worst nightmare I find I have gone out in public wearing the outfit in the middle of the fifth row, with the lipstick of the unfortunate woman pictured immediately below her.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I read your comment and thought “I think she’s talking about that suit.” It’s just about the only thing I don’t totally love here, and man, it really is the stuff of nightmares.

  • Anonymous

    Epic, love the collection. It’s innovative, colorful and not cloned. 

  • MilaXX

    LOVE the color. Not a fan of mullet dresses or outfits with crazy scarves hanging from them, but the shorter versions like the orange/black/white outfit are nice.

  • Anonymous

    When I read your description, I thought, “Ugh.” but then came the pictures – wow. This is amazingly attractive. I tend to like pretty more than modern, but I really like this.
    Thanks for the eye candy!

  • Anonymous

    Love the colors – don’t love most of the prints (at least the combination) – except L O V E the last 2 in the 2nd last row (the prints, not the too short puffy skirt)

    WTH is with Blue and green lips – NO 

    Too many Wilma’s

  • Lori

    So beautiful I went looking for the runway show.  They move beautifully, except for the bubble skirts and the last look.  Second row first look and last row middle are now hanging in my dream closet.

    • Anonymous

      Your last sentence was EXACTLY what I was thinking!!

  • Anonymous

    I like color and print–and crushed cars for that matter–but this is a lot to take in. I’ll have to look it over a few times. The pieces that work best in my opinion are the ones without the trailing bits.

  • aimee_parrott

    PRETTY!  I love these so much. 

  • Kate Pearce

    I love her :) That is all. And I’m saving up. :)

  • Anonymous

    The prints totally made me smile. The simple silhouettes are necessary  as the prints are so busy. Just fabulous. 

  • Anonymous

    I love looking at her stuff.  Just love.

  • Anonymous

    Some of these prints should be hanging on walls with frames. I wouldn’t even consider wearing one, but I would proudly show it off as an art piece.

  • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

    I’ve seen John Chamberlain’s art at the DIA in Poughkeepsie and it was one of their most impressive displays. I am in awe of anyone who can create so much beauty out of, basically, rubbish. These prints are very evocative of his work, I can definitely see the influence. I’d also kill to own some of these pieces since I have neither the space or the money for the art, but I fear I don’t have the funds or the bod for these amazing clothes either. 

  • Anonymous

    I love this!  And am I crazy or….would Michelle Obama look great in that dress in the center of the last row?  Somehow, I think the bold print and assymetrical would work on her figure.  Or am I crazy?

    • Anonymous

      i must be crazy too, because i was seeing shelly O in the pantsuit with the four color blocked florals.  but that would probably get her thrown out of the white house on mental health grounds.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    LOVE these prints, and especially the last two dresses on the bottom row. The styling ( particularly the JBF hair and zinc oxide lippy) not so much. 

  • Anonymous

    Some of these are REALLY cool.

  • Anonymous

    Need to sink in a bit more but I like where she is going

  • http://twitter.com/DresswithAplomb Aplomb Pomilio

    Absolutely gorgeous everyone.

  • Anonymous

    Aaaaaaahhhhhh, now THIS is my pretty for the day.  Beautiful.

  • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

    You two were the ones to introduce me to Mary Katrantzou and I’m forever grateful for it.  I adore her work; the mullet skirts not so much, but STILL!  Love her so much!

  • Anonymous

    fun fun!! but what is up with the blue lipstick the models are sporting? there was another collection you featured where the models also had sickly blue lips. Is that also in now?

    • Anonymous

      they have no fat cells.  they are without insulation.  and they are freezing!  it HAS to be that, because i am NOT wearing blue lipstick, ever, no matter how “in” it is….

  • Anonymous

    fun! the prints are great….

  • Alisa Rivera

    Love the prints. Hate the tails/mullets/whatever. 

  • Anonymous

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these. So original, so ALIVE. Refreshing without being at all twee or cutesy. 

  • Anonymous

    I really like those two “What Dreams may Come” dresses in the last section.  They’re a bit short (understatement) but still nice.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    yr avoiding the ny collections cos, i am afraid, in large & sorry part they, as they say, sucked. this, otoh, does not.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    yr avoiding the ny collections cos, i am afraid, in large & sorry part they, as they say, sucked. this, otoh, does not.

  • Anonymous

    It’s colorful and a lot of fun, except the mullets and hanging shmattas, but I can’t help but think of when you want to make candles and you melt down all your Crayola bits. That’s EXACTLY what these prints look like..

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Interesting work  Graphically exciting but in terms of what actually flatters a human being a total wash out.  Bodies obscured in the interest of the promotion of the textile patterns isn’t the way to sell clothes women want.

    • Anonymous

      This woman must respectfully disagree with you. These clothes do have shape, and they’re shapes that might actually flatter the bodies of women of many body types and sizes. We don’t all want to squeeze ourselves into tight knits and wear hoochie skirts that expose the good china whenever we move and bodices cut down below our navels. And yeah, I realize I’m exaggerating what you were implying. :)

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        And I appreciate your disagreement.  I think perhaps I wasn’t clear enough about my real meaning.  I find the patterns of the fabrics in use so overwhelming that the shapes of the clothing and the bodies that carry them disappear. For me, good design is a unified synthesis of materials, cut, color, embellishment, and the body of the person wearing it.  If any part falls short, the whole thing fails.  And in reference to what you mentioned; its one of the reasons I would be in full agreement with you about hoochie skirts and tight knits. Too much attention is pulled to one aspect of the whole look.

        • Anonymous

          Ah!  I get it now.  Thanks for clarifying, and I don’t disagree. These prints definitely take the spotlight, but I love them so much that I can’t help myself! :)  I’m just a sucker for a gorgeous print.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Trust me when I tell you that I love a great print too.  And each of the prints in use here I think is great. Its just the mass of them together that spoils it for me, love them all as I do.

  • Anonymous

    these i LOVE.  they remind of an art quilt i made recently using photos i took of junk in a shipyard.  i love them all, especially those combining florals with abstract crushed cars, and including the girl with dark skin and various inappropriately colored lips. 

  • http://twitter.com/Ash2046 Ashley Wu

    I love the bubble skirt dresses! So fun and whimsical!

  • Anonymous

    The color patterns are amazing. Not so crazy about all the tails, though.

  • Anonymous

    I love these prints with a desperate, panting passion.  Minus the trains and the bubble dresses, I would like one of each, please.

    One small point: Designers of the world, can we now eliminate the Technicolor lipstick treatment?  Cause it’s silly. Thank you.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I’m with you. I can’t stop looking at this collection. I don’t even wear prints that often, but I am coveting these pieces.

      The blue lipstick is pretty horrid, but I’m writing it off as an affect for the runway.

  • lilibetp

    What great dresses!  I have to admit to having been distracted by the messy hair and weird makeup, though.

  • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

    I love this! I’d love to have an entire closet of this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

    Oh my god, I would love to have the first two rows in my closet.  It’s always nice to see prints like these, people seem to be afraid of them lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

    Oh my god, I would love to have the first two rows in my closet.  It’s always nice to see prints like these, people seem to be afraid of them lol.

  • Anonymous

    Oh wow, I love this too! I just think you guys are doing an amazing job featuring some really worthy – and original! – collections.   Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Oh wow, I love this too! I just think you guys are doing an amazing job featuring some really worthy – and original! – collections.   Thank you!

  • Wrenaria

    Third row down, middle dress. Yes, please. The like the one to the right of it a lot too.

  • Wrenaria

    Third row down, middle dress. Yes, please. The like the one to the right of it a lot too.

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    There are some interesting colors. Not sure I love it all, but it will be fun who gets the TLo “That’s not your dress” speech for wearing one of these.

  • Anonymous

    God I love this collection.  I would rock every one of these pieces every single day if I could get my hands on them and if I could get away with it.

  • Anonymous

    I Absolutely LOVE this collection! One of my favorite designers.

  • Anonymous

    Also, I am in love with the shoes. Can we get a close-up?

  • Anonymous

    A lot of mullet skirts here.

  • oohsparkley!

    That was fun and I see the crushed car inspiration in quite a few of the designs and prints.  I love it. 

  • oohsparkley!

    That was fun and I see the crushed car inspiration in quite a few of the designs and prints.  I love it. 

  • Anonymous

    Now this collection is wonderful and full of such a fun vibe.  It’s good to see such beautiful creativity.

  • Anonymous

    Why the horrible colored lipstick on so many if the models?

  • Anonymous

    Now this I can get behind. I like an awful lot of it. Not in love with the blocks of horizontal colors, the balloon skirts, mullet skirts or the drapy scarfs hanging off, BUT I can clearly see where the inspiration came from and that is very cool. The prints are drool worthy.