Mary Katrantzou Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 16, 2013






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  • No, none of it is easy to wear, but my Gawd is it uber cool! I love the over scaled digital printed imagery. What an amazing surreal collection.

    • Nancer

      I so agree! It’s really fresh and the print pieces are fabulous. I had to really look closely at many of the to try to figure out what was print and what was ornamentation. Not sure if I guessed right on many of these pieces. Loved how innovative it is. Though some of the florals aren’t really my taste, I can still appreciate them.

      • I love it when a designer really pushes us to think and look at something differently. My only quibble, is that the floral, ruffled dresses, look like another collection entirely.

        • Nancer

          I had exactly the same thought. They were a bit of a discordant note for me.

        • decormaven

          So much this. Was loving it til the florals. Still the prints are amazing.

          • fursa_saida

            Same, I kind of checked out when we got to that point. But all the shoe prints (as in, prints of shoes, not prints on shoes) are so clever and wonderfully manipulated, and I think a lot of the shorter, sportier pieces are seriously cute. And I want every last pair of shoes (actual, not digital) in this collection, I mean every one, the more I think about them the more obsessed I feel. I’m gonna go look at them again.

    • poggi

      Yes, I especially love the brogue prints.

  • Valdri8

    Oh that I were an A-lister! I would wear this collection every day! What amazing pieces. Put Parker Posey in these!

  • alyce1213

    I love her commitment to pattern and color. This is a lot of fun and very fashion-forward, but I’m a little tired of the baby doll silhouette.

    • fursa_saida

      Normally I would be too, but I think the babydolls with the shoe prints on them make a nice contrast. In the second, floral/kaleidoscopic half I think it all gets a bit too froofy.

  • Jacquelyn

    Lots of funky (in an interesting and good way) pieces. Visually stunning.

  • majorbedhead

    I must be seeing a different collection, because my first reaction was “Um, no. Just no.”

    • Daisy Walker

      Mine was, “This is just stupid.”

    • Louise Bryan

      Mine was: Oh no! Babydolls? I also think some of the shoe prints look awkward; the first look is actually pretty cool. Add in the florals and graphics, and it’s a little better, until you hit the babydolls (oh no! babydolls?).

      • demidaemon

        I’m with you guys. Some of the prints are cool, but the silhouettes kill 90% of the looks.

    • ankali

      I generally adore Mary Katrantzou, but this collection is leaving me pretty cold. I don’t love the shoe prints, and I too have a problem with her experiments with silhouette — for me, it’s like, “Pattern or shape, sweetie, not both.”

    • Aurumgirl

      I get the whole print perfection she’s doing. However, at a certain point, some of the really surreal prints just look like airbrushed vans from the 70’s, and the baby doll shape turns into a “barrel” shape.
      I know we are going to see these knocked off from here to eternity next spring. I don’t know how i know, but I just do.

  • NMMagpie

    Visually, one of the more vibrant and whimsical collections this year. Until you get to the florals. At that point, you lost me.

  • Garcia Loca

    Between the teapot covers, giant shoelaces, and generally bulky-fying shapes, I’m disappointed.

    • Datura

      After seeing those really delicate, watercolor-esque floral patterns from last season on various celebrities, I’m a bit let down by this new collection too. The shoe prints are interesting, but I wish the shapes of the dresses were more wearable. There’s a lot of gimmick going on here.

  • HVM

    I love the shoes more than the clothes.

  • There are a few dresses in the middle that work. But most of this is an assault on my eyes. Way too much going on with the patterns and weird shapes. Either way too bulky or, as Garcia Loca says, teapot covers.

  • Coleen

    One of my favorite collections by far. Loving all the print and color!

  • I dunno. I love the fabrics but at some stage I think she might need to get over clever prints and start making some wearable shapes.

    • LaSylphide

      Totally agree.

  • Akmall Razlan

    Ask “lady Mary’ from Downton Abbey to wear this amazing collection. Its so urban yes so polished.

  • marlie

    I usually love her use of prints, but this collection isn’t doing it for me. And much of the second half looks like toddler-wear.

  • Sunraya

    Not really wearable, but I love the colors!!!

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  • MaggieMae

    I’ve never much cared for her particular use of prints. I’ll give her credit for having a distinctive “voice” in fashion. Even this little unborn fawn can usually tell when an outfit is a Katrantzou.

  • siedhr

    The prints are amazing. I would love them all.. but in different designs. The dresses themselves are a huge miss, childish and overwrought.

  • ewes_urn_aim

    That second model reminds me of Project Runway’s Cheroin. I miss you, Cheroin!

  • filmcricket

    I desperately want Taylor Swift to wear one of the balloon-y, shoe-print ones, just to fuck with people.

  • broke&fashionable

    I hate that bubble, strapless muumuu/babydoll dress shape (does it have a name)? If it doesn’t work on anyone.

    • Let it out

      Yeah, if it looks bulky and weird on a 100 lb. model, what’s the point for the rest of us?

      • broke&fashionable

        Thanks for being a friend and finishing my incomplete thought! I was trying to say “If it doesn’t work on your gazel-like model, it is not going to work on anyone.” …I blame this darn head-cold that I have managed to catch in SEPTEMBER!

        • Let it out

          Heh. I was going to comment but *you* said what I wanted to say first. Hope the head-cold gets better soon!

  • newleaf1

    Yikes. so hard to imagine this translated to ready-to-wear. Maybe it’s not ever intended to go this route. Some of these prints really creep me out.

  • Imasewsure

    Wow I hate all of this… Nina would call it modern and I just see overwrought. Like a lot of the shoes though

  • Let it out

    Only one dress in this entire collection I like, the sneaker dress with the yellow accents. There are about 47 pop stars that would just *kill* it in that piece (first dibs for K-Perr, I think). Everything else is horribly unflattering.

  • princessricky

    the first few pics i thought ummm no – too dark and cartoonish. then she won me over by incorporating the new prints with her trademark pastels in more wearable clothing. and then the transition to flowery..ok. but it ended with scrunchy dresses? aw hell no.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Hate this. This is not the Mary Kantrantzou that I love. I love her usual beautiful floral prints – while I admit that the shoe close-up is interesting, it’s really not what I want from her clothes. Ugh. I’m sad.

  • kimmeister

    Didn’t like the first 8 looks, then I liked the ones in the middle, and once we got to the first boob curtain floral dress, she lost me again. The cobalt blue dress has a weirdly placed yellow strap right on top of the bust. I would love to rock the high heeled floral oxfords though!

    • oohsparkley!

      Just exactly what I was thinking. Except for the shoe part. I had to go back and look, the shoes are cute if challenging to wear.

      • fursa_saida

        I LOVE the shoes.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    No wonder Ronan wore the same dress twice, everything else is God awful ugly!!

  • MilaXX

    Nothing jumps out at me, but I want to see a celeb or two wear some of these and make it work.


  • Kate4queen

    Oh my gosh, I don’t like almost any of these. And I loved her earlier collections and own a couple of pieces.

  • mmelaprof

    Close are interesting, but Want. Those. Shoes. All of them!

    • fursa_saida

      In this, you and I are one.

  • joything

    Uh, yes, honey, that pattern DOES make you look fat. And … pregnancy armor??

  • crash1212

    I pretty much want everything until we get to the ruffly dresses – I like those too, but couldn’t pull them off. I might could do something real drastic for that jacket in the third panel.

  • oohsparkley!

    There were a very few I thought weren’t hideous. I usually love a print but most of these reminded me of those fake tuxedo t shirts or Trompe l’oeil.

  • formerlyAnon

    As a direction in which to take her super-busy look and skill with prints, I really love the first 8 looks. The more the rest slides back into a less severe/dramatic look into colorful print-centric flamboyance, the less I like. But that’s personal preference, not really a reasoned critique.

  • Trickytrisha

    Holy cats on a raft! That first look – pregnant alien? I’m looking at these and going nope, nope, Yes!, nope nope nope nope, god no, nope, kill it with fire! Not necessarily in that order.

    • demidaemon

      Which one is the kill it with fire? I am intrigued.

      • Trickytrisha

        Third from the bottom, blousy purple belly pouf, with blue ruffle on top. I like the very last one though.

  • The second half of the collection is awesome, but god bless the stylists who think they can manage finding the perfect shoe for a dress that LOOKS like a shoe.

  • conniemd

    The first few looks I thought someone stole Mary Katrantzou and replaced her with another designer. I like the rest of her prints, but I hate the poufy empire waste design of most of the dresses. Just cannot see most women wanting to be shape like a pear or a wine bottle unless they are preggers.

  • TigerLaverada

    Inspired by wingtips, crosstrainers and granny’s cafe curtains, I guess. Interesting, but not attractive.

  • quiltrx

    I can’t with the tea cozy/toilet paper cover portion of the collection…
    My two favorite things are jackets–the blue shoe one and the one with purple sleeves and epaulets.

  • There’s no doubt that the work with the prints is masterful, but the shoe gimmick wears thin. There are a couple downright brilliant pieces there, though. The florals are a big old nothing.

  • frannyprof

    Mostly fug with a skosh of pretty.