I work in Canonbury, North London and my offices are in a little business park. Every morning I walk past the rest of the businesses to get into my door and I have the utter pleasure of walking past the offices of Mary Katrantzou.
Isn’t she a goddess?! If you’ve not heard the name yet, you should get to know it. Mary Katrantzou recently won the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion fund (a prize that provides an emerging designer with not only a bespoke mentoring support programme for a year from some of the top names in fashion, but a £200,000 grant to take them to the next stage of their business) and she is set to be the name on everyone’s lips.
I’ve been in love with her designs for a while now. I’m a huge lover of bold prints and statement brights and her designs encapture all there is about my fashion loves. Her collection is expensive. I mean, mortgage-your-house-for-a-dress expensive. With a high price tag comes high quality though, and her collection is deliciously unobtainable for the Average Joanne on the street (one particular dress in her current collection is over £4,000), which means you’re more likely to see the likes of Diane Kruger, Keira Knightley and Alexa Chung (all ladies seen out and about in her designs) walking down the street in her wears.
She has done some collections for more attainable brands, however. In S/S 2012, Mary Katrantzou did a collab with Topshop and brought her passion for prints and embellishment to the high street; a collection which sold out almost immediately. She’s currently collab-ing with another high street (ish) brand Adidas and her collection has been seen on the body of Rihanna no less. These items are a little bit more attainable for you and I, but the majority of her pieces in the collection still sitting at the high end of the high street with pieces around the £200, the cheapest being around £90 and the most expensive knocking up at £330. Check it out here – here’s my favourite from the collection:
But she’s not just all about the prints… Her clear passion for embellishment and attention to detail means that she churns out some amazing accessories and accessory-inspired fashion too. Her Pre-Fall collection is a homage to all things sparkly. With paisley prints, gingham and Seventies inspo taking centre stage, this collection is everything there is to have for a fashionista with flair.
For a plus size babe like me, the very best we can hope for is the ability to afford one of her many many gorgeous accessories – handbags, jewellery and the most GORGEOUS printed silk scarves are what my body cries out for (unless you fancy doing a Design Collective capsule with Evans, Mary?!) as her range goes up to a size 16 only, however her genius continues to inspire high street trends. Here’s my pick of the accessories from her range, including a clutch that’s currently on sale at a much more bank-balance-friendly price!
I’ll be finding and posting some Mary Katrantzou inspired, Plus Size, High Street items in my next post, so look out for them if you too have been blinded by the utter fabulousness that is her talent!
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