Story-telling prints in Mary Katrantzou S/S 2013 collection
Sometimes stories of our past, memories of childhood mementos, shape and influence our imagination and creativity of today. Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou’s childhood was richly influenced by her affinity for postage stamps and currency from around the globe. Each item stirred her imagination as she pondered the path that had brought it to her; the places it had been, the lives it touched.
Just as those tokens of her past told stories to her, Mary’s latest collection seems to herald a kind of homecoming, as if in homage to these influences from her past. The natural symmetry of the two-dimensional artwork of postage stamps lends itself to her latest designs, just as the whorls and fades in a bank note provide an almost luxurious background to a piece finished in a dark brocade.
Mary’s ability to draw inspiration from this geometry coupled well with the direct, unassuming cuts of her latest work. Pant suits, shifts, and A-lines offer a ready canvas for the intended print. Mary also used denim (scarcely so) for the first time, a refreshing contrast to the more opulent pieces, done in metallic brocade and crystals.
Photography: Marcus Tondo