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79 posts tagged "Mary Katrantzou"

A Sneak Peek At Mary Katrantzou’s Topshop Collection, Margherita Missoni Makes Her First Solo Design Outing, Tom Ford’s New Project In Palm Springs, And More…


Mary Katrantzou’s Topshop collaboration hasn’t hit stores yet, but a few photos from the collection are already out. The collection has Katrantzou’s signature stamp of colorful prints all over it. [Style Bubble]

Director Babette Pauthier has brought the Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 skull scarf collection to life in a new short film. If you are still costume-less for tonight’s Halloween festivities, one of these scarves is should do the trick (or treat). [Telegraph]

Margherita Missoni’s solo debut as a designer is a 12-piece capsule collection for M Missoni and OrphanAid Africa. The collection hits stores in Milan on November 10 and New York on November 15. [WWD]

Tom Ford has rented the John Lautner-designed Arthur Elrod house in Palm Springs for a new perfume campaign he is shooting. The house, which was featured in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever, has an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, a domed concrete roof, and a wall of motorized glass. [Page Six]


Katrantzou Diaries


For the finale look of her Spring ’12 runway show, Mary Katrantzou used all the Swarovski crystals in her box. The Brit designer, known for her painstaking attention to beautiful detail, spent two months laboring over the 3-D dress made of crystals and cans. In The Diary of a Dress (above), debuting exclusively on, the designer offers a behind-the-scenes look at the ever-changing process of creating the final piece in her collection.

“It was really intense to do a fully crystallized look, but I felt that we should do something special with Swarovski Elements that encompassed what the entire collection was about,” Katrantzou tells

What The Heck


Giambattista Valli, Dries Van Noten, Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester—those are just a few of the heavy hitters photographer Erik Madigan Heck has worked with over the past few years. It’s no wonder those big names are knocking at his door. Just take a look at the images from his hyper-colored Surreal Planes series with Mary Katrantzou (Janice Alida is wearing a Fall 2011 runway look). The anthology and corresponding exhibition feature his work from the past eight months (including images from his Artist as Muse series for A Magazine, where he is a regular contributor). spoke with Heck about art, fashion, and playing hooky during NYFW.

What do you find interesting about fashion as a photography subject?
That it is malleable; it can become anything, or be a catalyst to do anything else with it.

Tell me a little bit about your working methods. How, for example, did you achieve the high-pigmented color look in those portraits you did for Mary Katrantzou?
My working methods are pretty simple; I like to have a small closed set, one assistant, natural light, and an outside or small studio space. On Mary Katrantzou, that’s a secret, but it’s not how you would think.

What kind of camera do you use?
I use an old Canon EOS 630 film camera.

Tell me a little bit more about the exhibition/book itself. What’s your favorite image in the series?
The book took two months of hard work in terms of designing and laying out, and then obviously shooting all the work this year was intense, but the book just happened naturally. It felt like the right moment. My favorite works are probably the A Return to Giverny series—I want to live in those photographs. Continue Reading “What The Heck” »

Will You Throw It Back With Vintage Versace?


Scarf prints, bondage straps, studded leathers—fashion is having a vintage Versace moment. That fact hasn’t been lost on Donatella Versace herself: She brought the house down last month with a menswear show that paid homage to the motifs that her late brother Gianni made famous in the eighties and early nineties. Back then, glamazon supermodels—Gianni’s designs helped make Linda, Christy, Naomi, and Cindy household names—and celeb friends alike endorsed Versace’s singular brand of fearless sexuality. (Case in point: the infamous Elizabeth Hurley safety pin dress.)

These days, Lady Gaga is flying the Versace flag. In early June, the superstar told a reporter, “I’m wearing only Versace for, like, the next two months,” and Donatella opened up the house’s archives for her to oblige. Nor is La Gaga the only one feeling the maximalist urge. On recent runways like Givenchy’s and Mary Katrantzou’s as well as Versace’s own, bolder was better. And this November, the high street gets in on the action, too, with the launch of a Versace for H&M collection, which will reportedly reinterpret the house’s greatest hits.

CLICK FOR OUR SLIDESHOW, and let us know what you think about the vintage Versace comeback.

Photo: Frederic Andrieu / Condé Nast Archive

Goodbye To All That: Mary Katrantzou On Her Memories of Central Saint Martins


This month, London’s Central Saint Martins school—one of the globe’s best fashion training grounds—leaves its long-held Charing Cross Road building (pictured) and moves to a new complex on Kings Cross. reporter Katharine Zarrella spoke with some of the school’s most distinguished alumni about their memories of the Soho space, running throughout the week. Today, Mary Katrantzou shares her story.

Mary Katrantzou: BA Textile Design and MA Fashion, Print Pathway, 2008

“Charing Cross Road is a special building that has such a strong presence because of all the great people that have walked its rooms. It’s not glamorous, but then, why should it be? It has history and character and also the most inspirational mentors you can ever find. I found a great mentor in Louise Wilson and also my print tutor, Fleet Bigwood. I remember the area behind the library where we used to smoke and talk about fashion. You felt special being in a building that has such history and was host to the education of alumni that you aspired to be like. My most embarrassing memory was Louise Wilson commenting in front of the entire MA on me being absent one day. I must have taken the day off to recoup after talking Sarah Mower to death on her preview visit! I also used to wear a monochrome black uniform. At that time it was accessorized with a belt. Louise banned it, so the belt was dropped.”

Pictured left: A look from Katrantzou’s Central Saint Martins graduate collection.

Photos: David Rhys Jones (CSM exterior); Courtesy of CSM (Katrantzou graduate collection)