Mary Katrantzou looked down for inspiration for her Spring 2014 collection–that is, down at her feet. The celebrated print master let footwear details inform her designs, rendering them in her acclaimed digital prints.
Buckles, laces, and perforated detailing on oxford shoes found a home on low-stanced vests and jackets, dresses, jackets, and swingy skirts. Her fringed strapless frock mimicked the fringes on smart loafers.
Katrantzou revisited her roots, putting out a series of sculpted, architectural pieces, effectively bringing us back to her lampshade skirt days. Tunics billowed out into cocoon-like shapes; exoskeletons heavy with dimensional, beaded embellishments. Indeed, not the most wearable options, but certainly stunning to look at.
The sculptural pieces are spectacular, but I can’t help but be a little wary of their wearability. One thing Katrantzou is known for is making her crazy prints somehow look flattering on a woman’s body, and while the first set of looks offers that, the embellished, ruffled, ballooning pieces might prove to be a bit much for a lot of women’s tastes. Still, I have no doubt that skinny minnies like Kerry Washington or Naomie Harris might take a turn in one of these options. And of course, we can expect die-hard Katrantzou fan DJ Kiss to be seen spinning the turntables in a look (or two… or three!) from this collection.
What do you think?