The Mary Katrantzou Show In Full Swing, Observed By Olivia Palermo (Grazia_Live Instagram)
Mary Katrantzou has been known to take inspiration from all manner of unexpected quarters. Be it jewels or Faberge eggs, foreign currency or architectural digest, Katrantzou's shows always have a strong message.
This season was no exception with a fetishistic fascination with footwear providing the line's jumping off point.
The entire shoe wardrobe was up for reinterpretation with brogues, sneakers and decadent dress slippers re-imagined as cocktail dresses, shorts suits and sleeveless moto jackets. "The different sections of the show were all about different shoes and the women wear them," Katrantzou explained backstage, "The evening slipper, for example, was taken from that time in the 1950's when Roger Vivier was dressing people so I wanted the dresses to reflect that texture, that silhouette, that woman."
That meant brogue punched leather details blown up and printed across silk dresses complete with heavy pleating to reflect traditional Ghillie brogues. Strapless dresses were belted at the bust to mimic the Monk shoes buckled straps while sneakers were deconstructed and abstracted, then jigsaw-patched back together.
But it was the aforementioned evening slipper that provided the collection's real fizz with dresses created from bold lampshade silhouettes, printed and then embroidered with fantasy embellishments. Crystals, pearls and sequins were festooned across the high shine minis creating party dresses fit for modern day Marie Antoinettes. A fabulously decadent shoe in a dress- what more could a girl want?