Show report: Mary Katrantzou A/W’12

It was typical Mary to take the utterly ordinary – spoons, coathangers, even a vintage typewriter - and transform it into something breathtakingly extraordinary

It was typical Mary to take the utterly ordinary – spoons, coathangers, even a vintage typewriter – and transform it into something breathtakingly extraordinary.

So memorizing were these intricately executed prints at the Mary Katrantzou show, held in the Topshop space in London yesterday, that it was easy to forgot that these were actual items of clothing. Not that the elaborate silhouettes she offered were wholly unwearable, from cocktail for leggy party girls to longer billowing baby doll chiffon dresses, through to grown-up wide leg trousers – if you love the idea of clothes that do the talking there was something for every woman in this collection.

The colour spectrum went seamlessly from greys and neutrals to primary blues, reds, yellows and greens with added encrustations of Swarovski crystals and statement funnel neck jumpers here and there.

As the raucous applause after this exquisite show made clear, Mary Katrantzou is London’s reigning princess for prints.

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