Mark 9am on February 17th in your diaries ladies. Because that’s when Mary Katrantzou's latest capsule collection for Topshop will be hitting topshop.com (well, actually, our sources at Topshop HQ tell us that it might be a little bit earlier so probably best to log on about 8.30 to be on the safe side!). And expect queues of fashion-forward bunnies desperate to get themselves a piece of MK at the nine branches of Topshop that will be stocking the collection too.
The nine-piece Spring Summer 2012 collection (priced between £40 - £350) is inspired by Mary’s mainline range for Autumn Winter 2011 so is certainly not ‘Katrantzou lite’. Expect to see the same head-turning collage prints and lampshade-shaped party dresses that the designer has become famous for since she stormed onto the fashion scene five seasons ago. Hyper vivid crystal flower brooches, lacquered Coromandel screens and Qing Long Dynasty floral motif china dazzle on satins, silks and jersey. For a first look at the full collection, have a browse through our gallery above.
So what's Mary's favourite piece? Well, it's the bowl-skirted dress at £350, which is a limited edition piece and a total bargain if you consider a Katrantzou catwalk equivalent usually sells for £8,500. 'I'm astounded that Topshop managed to get it to that price!' the Greek-born designer exclusively told Grazia. 'It's boned and a very intricate pattern. Plus, only a few of them have been made, so it's something very special. I know anyone who spends that kind of money doesn't want to see every else wearing one.'
There are also some simpler pieces too – trousers, blouses, T-shirts and leggings that can be worn layered together for the diehard MK enthusiasts or can be mixed with simple pieces for the fashion risk averse. We'll take one of everything please.