Runway Report: Mary Katrantzou AW18

From Victorian era romance and extravagance to Bauhaus utilitarian minimalism, Mary Katrantzou proved opposites attract as she took London Fashion Week’s front row on a trip through the cannon of art history for Fall/Winter 2018.

Sporty Bauhaus printed knitwear tied to the roots of graphic design and modernism, while the palette turned to pastels in a series of Seurat’s pointillism reimagined in sequins and abstraction. Katrantzou wove together rich layers of luxe materials reminiscent of the decorative arts ages, from tapestries to embellished brocades and silhouettes that celebrated the feminine form, in corsetted and curved hip suiting separates and dresses featuring bust and waist line ruching.
Tufted bomber jackets mixed with geometric tile print faux fur car coats in statement making outerwear, and Katrantzou kept hemlines midi lengthed, lending a ladylike appeal and the perfect framing for bejeweled and buckled kitten heels. Models wore side swept back hair and shimmering, dewy eyes that kept highlighter the hero of the season’s must-have beauty bag.
Cultured and confident, Katrantzou’s art history chic kept fashion moving forward, while ever appreciating and nodding to how we got here and the movements and mastership of the past, in a collection that truly defines fashion as art we also live our life in. Skip the trip to the museum, Mary is bringing art-spiration to the runways and the real world, one conversation-starting style at a time.

About the Author

Sarah Bertness is the Editorial Manager of social shopping platform, covering the arts, music, fashion and culture from Dallas in her spare time. She has a love for public art, all things vinyl, antiquing, wanderlust, and a good dose of color blocking and print clashing. You can follow her travels and musings on Instagram @sarahbertness.