17 September 2012 by

Mary Katrantzou Spring Summer 2013: Looser, Boxier & Laid Back

"I wanted to show I could do something different with my work," explained a radiant and ever chipper Mary Katrantzou backstage after a storming Spring Summer 13 show. Her aim? Complete. Gone were the bodycon shifts and corsetry of last season and beyond and in-coming were looser, boxier, laid back shapes. Not only that but her easily recognisable super bright kalaediscopic digi prints were put on the shelf, too. Her new palette was fresh and light, but with the unusual subject matter - postage stamps and money - it still had Mary Katrantzou hallmarked all over it. So just how did that inspiration come to life on the catwalk? Here were our favourite moments...
1.  Relaxed shapes - like razor skinny-boot pants, boxy sleeveless tops, jeans (yes! Jeans!), slinky but not restrictive shift dresses, boyish blazers - were kept as simple canvases for the intricate prints Mary told us.
2. The printed Swarovski crystal mesh. As well as designing her very own brocade for the first time, Mary also took the tricky, arduous and labour intensive route of getting crystal mesh printed at a stained glass printers. Mega luxe.
3. Her reinvention of the '50s holiday dress. A postage stamp on a dress sounds retro riviera, but Mary's modern interpretation rocked - it was the full A-line skirt and graphic halter neckline that did it for us
4. The bank note inspired foil prints. So shiny but so subtle, so good to go matchy matchy, sooo wanted to touch them on the catwalk. They were like the best version of paisley we've ever seen. Mary wanted to take the audience on a historical trip, via the old postage stamps and bank notes. We wanted to take a trip to our bank and then head straight to Mary's nearest stockist!
5. The shirt dress as modelled by - you guessed it - Cara Delevingne. So coolly nonchalant and bound to be a fashed favourite.
 
Best moment: Aside from every look that graced the runway, we were inspired to see just how many girls were wearing Mary K. The Greek born designer has a major - and wonderfully varied - fan club.
Item we'll be saving for: we're going to have to really watch the pennies because in addition to the shirt dress, we'd like some (any) trousers and a matching top!
 
Top accessory: The patent pastel Louboutins with black ankle straps were gorgeous. There were quite rightly subtle, one doesn't want to detract from the killer clothes after all.

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