70 posts tagged "Mary Katrantzou"
The new double Cs: Chanel and Colette. In a spirit of chic sisterhood, the two opened yesterday in Paris what they call an “ephemeral boutique”—one that considerably ups the ante in the pop-up shop department. With freshly white-washed walls covered with sassy monsters by New York graphic artist Kevin Lyons, the former garage (down the street from Colette at 336-340 Rue Saint-Honoré) is hosting DJ sets (Elisa Sednaoui and the Misshapes are on the bill), a cupcake bar, Chanel bag customization sessions from club impresario-cum-graffiti artist André and others, and a Chanel nail bar throughout Paris’ nine-day fashion week.
“We’ve collaborated with Chanel in the past,” says Colette’s Sarah Lerfel, “and we were looking for another opportunity when we discovered this space, which is going to be a drugstore at the end of the year. For us this is a meeting both geographically”—the shop is about halfway between Chanel’s HQ on Rue Cambon and Colette—”and with products. We’re mixing very young designers like Anthony Vaccarello, Christopher Kane, and Mary Katrantzou with Chanel, which gives a much less classic vision of the brand.” Continue Reading “Chanel And Colette Partner For A PFW Pop-Up” »
Several months pregnant, Natalie Portman’s already proven herself up to the task of accessorizing a baby bump in style. She’s going to need to have all her faculties about her for this Sunday—all eyes are going to be on the presumptive frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards. She’s already worn Viktor & Rolf and Azzaro to the Golden Globes and the SAGs, respectively; now the London runways have just provided what might be the perfect dress, Mary Katrantzou’s bow-tied, strapless purple maxi-gown. See you at the Kodak Theatre?
To see more from Katrantzou’s Fall ’11 collection, click here, and click here for the complete London runways.
London is famously supportive of its young designers, and today, the British Fashion Council announced the 18 who will be the beneficiaries of the NewGen sponsorship at London fashion week in February.
Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou, David Koma, and Michael van der Ham will all be presenting shows on the catwalk, supported by NewGen. Christopher Raeburn, Craig Lawrence, J. JS Lee, and milliner Nasir Mazhar will hold presentations; jewelers Dominic Jones and Jordan Askill will stage installations; and menswear designer J.W. Anderson will screen a film. There’ll also be a larger exhibition featuring the work of all of the designers above, plus Dorchester Prize finalists Chau Har Lee and Thomas Tait, Fannie Schiavoni, Felicity Brown, Yang Du, and Finnish designer Heikki Salonen.
Check out the links above to see runway shows, reviews, blogs, and all of Style.com’s past coverage on the winning designers.
Pictured above, left to right: Spring 2011 looks from Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, and Michael Van Der Ham.
No rest for the accomplished. Within 24 hours of winning the prestigious €100,000 Swiss Textiles Award—presented to her by last year’s winner, Alexander Wang—London-based designer Mary Katrantzou was on a plane, headed to New York to celebrate the launch of her new fragrance, a collaboration with Six Scents Parfums. The process of creating the scent, in collaboration with Shyamala Maisondieu from Givaudan, was “like going to the shrink,” she says, but at the moment, she’s just as interested in looking forward as looking back—to where her newfound winnings will take her and her line.
In her future? A new studio—”we have been in a fully subsidized studio for two years, and it was really difficult to be able to find the money to grow out of that and start establishing our own studio,” she says—as well as further development of new categories. “I think my work will always be print-based. I am hoping the award will help me be able to explore new bases and maybe be able to do the print on different types of garments—I think it makes a difference to the feeling of the collection,” she explains. “Maybe [I will] not focus so much on the dresses and work on some jackets and trousers, as well as developing the embroidery that we started.”
Katrantzou is working with Swarovski for 2011 and has a hoped-for collaborator in mind, but, she says, “I can’t tell you about it because she wouldn’t know and it would be strange if I said it.” About her new collection, she’s keeping mum, too. “You know, with my work, because it’s so thematic, if I say it I will give everything away. Like if I had said ‘room’ this season past, you can instantly visualize it,” she allows. “This one is a little bit darker, it’s printed, and it’s more of a layering of different references rather than one big, bold visual like it was this season. That’s all I can say for now.”
Mary Katrantzou (pictured) is the latest winner of the Swiss Textile Award, beating out fellow finalists Adam Kimmel, Juun J, and Duro Olowu for the €100,000 prize. Last year’s winner, Alexander Wang, was on hand in Zurich last night to present Katrantzou with the award, which will go toward developing her line internationally. [WWD]
The Victoria’s Secret runway show hits New York City next week, and more and more details are emerging about the 30-odd models who’ll tromp down the runway. Constance Jablonski, Lais Ribeiro, Lily Donaldson, and Anne Vyalitsyna—a first-time Angel this year—will all be part of “A Night of a Thousand Fantasies,” this year’s show. [Fashionologie]
Kell on Earth may be no more, but People’s Revolution PR queen Kelly Cutrone won’t stay off the air for long. She’s just announced via Twitter that she’s signed on as a correspondent for Dr. Phil, where she’ll no doubt provide a saltier brand of tough love than the good doctor’s usual platitudes. [;@peoplesrev]
Attendees at the Fashion Delivers gala in New York this week were treated to a surprise appearance by a very big-name guest: Madonna. The Material Woman (née Girl) stopped by to praise the evening’s honoree, Iconix Brand Group CEO (and Kenneth Cole’s brother) Neil Cole, for his charity work, including with her Raising Malawi organization. [WWD]